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Karate Champ Atsuko Wakai posted by Karate Fan

Born September 12, 1971, Atsuko Wakai is a fifth dan black belt karate practitioner, who has won numerous honors and awards in kata competitions. She has won many titles consecutively in All Japan Karatedo and World Karate Federation championships. She trains is Seigokan Goju-ryu karate, which she started when she was six years old. Her parents enrolled her into karate training at that age because they felt it would help her regain her coordination and strength from the serious injuries she suffered in an automobile accident when she was four years old.

Even though she trained in karate throughout her school, she took up competing seriously when she was in university. Initially she took part in sparring (kumite) and pattern (kata) competitions, but when she was ranked third in kata at the All Japan championships, she began to focus mainly on this aspect of karate. However, Wakai was selected into the national karate team of Japan only after she had graduated. Wakai was highly inspired by Suzuko Hamasaki, who was the first woman who won the World Kata Championships in 1980. Wakai's coaches include Yoshimi Inoue and Akira Shiomi.

Wakai won her first international title in 1997 at the Ladies' International Karate Cup tournament. From that year, she won the All Japan Karatedo Championships for eight years consecutively, up to 2004. Apart from that, she also won the WKF World Karate Championships consecutively for four years from 1998 to 2004. Additionally, she has won the women's kata World Games Championships three times in 1997, 2001, and 2005. In 1998 and 2002, she won Asian Games titles, and won the gold medal in individual kata competition at the sixth World Games held in Akita in 2001. After her last kata victory in 2005 at the World Games, Wakai no longer takes part in competitions. However, in 2006, she was honored with the Award of Excellence by the Japanese Olympics Committee.  

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Les Leonard

Big Daddy Cranks the Volume to Eleven posted by Les Leonard

     Forget stressing out about the threat of Swine Flu, Black ’ n’ Gold Fever is spreading across the country faster than U.S. Attorney Jim Letten opens new corruption investigations at City Hall. Prior to the game, the biased Northeastern-controlled television sports media told national TV viewers that the team of the decade (New England) would expose those fraudulent Saints. After the Saints pummeled New England Monday night, the Fever’s infection rate reached epidemic proportions. Worried Americans started seeking a cure to this peculiar new virus. Well don’t be frightened, Big Daddy knows the only remedy: Jump on the “Who Dat Bandwagon” rolling through your city and start enjoying life. In this week’s edition of the Section 645 Saints Beat, Big Daddy covers the State Farm Bayou Classic, tailgates at the Kingpin, rides the streetcar to the game, recaps a wild Monday Night Party, reports from Section 645, and releases his World Famous Pregame Information.

     Thanksgiving weekend around these parts means Bayou Classic. This year marked the 35th anniversary of the grudge match pitting Southern University vs. Grambling State. An estimated 200,000 tourists descended on our fair city to enjoy the epitome of college football’s pageantry, pumping $30 million into the local economy. Visiting fans look forward to attending Bayou Classic sanctioned events made possible by lead sponsor State Farm. Activities include the super job fair, a Gospel brunch, the Battle of the Bands and Greek show, climaxing with Saturday afternoon’s grid iron war. Grambling dominated Southern for the second straight time, pounding the Jaguars 31-13. Post game celebrations commenced, enveloping a sizeable chunk of Canal St. and the Vieux Carre. Adventurous dudes experimented with some of the area’s alternative entertainment options, keeping Bourbon St.’ s talented ladies busy explaining their recession-sensitive VIP services. Big Daddy knows just like Tiger Woods, no matter what event tourists come here for, bad boys will always want to try new ways to “ hide the salami” while spending time in the Big Easy.

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Funny non-sport related videos!!!!! posted by Devin

I know these 3 clips have nothing to do with sports, but I thought that it would be entertaining because all you need to do is laugh sometimes.  I will probably post 3 videos every so often so stay tuned, I guess:

THEY GET BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IT GETS EVEN BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Lyoto Machida finally a title holder posted by LXY

Machida's recent victory to claim the UFC light heavyweight title was definately a long time coming.  This blog is not about the fight.  Rather it is ongoing debate which Machida is a symbol. 

   hasn't lost a single round
   over 2 years in UFC before a title shot

While 2 years seems like nothing to the casual observer, many in mma circles have wondered why he hasnt gotten a title shot sooner.  People who both like/dislike him agree; his style is boring.  No one can doubt he is a great fighter but his style is not one which brings in casual fans.  This is not a mma dillema but a sports dillema in general.  MMA has the image though of brininng the "best" fighters in the world.   It also has an image of modern, appealing to younger adults, and borderline anti-traditional martial arts.  Machida's Shotokan karate strikes are obvious compared to the Thai kickboxing strikes you normally see.  He's calculating and counter-striking which is bad for excitement (but good in actual combat). 

MMA IS DIFFERENT THAN OTHER SPORTS because of its ties to actual combat.  This is why the balance between sport and entertanmaint is much more icy.  Other sports can always change the rules to make the game more entertaining.  sure they might piss off some old guys but who cares; they probably don't buy jerserys and hats.  MMA on the other hand has an air of legitemacy that makes changing rules for the sake of entertainment a little bit trickier. 

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Welcome to posted by Sports Fan

Welcome karate fans!
Please join the site if you love karate.  I've set this site up so that karate folks can interact with other karate fans, share tips and strategy, and find karate instruction in their area.  Joining is free and easy so sign up now.Continue reading "Welcome to"

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Inbound link contest winner announced! posted by Earn Money Blogging

A big thanks to everyone who participated in the "Inbound Link Contest".  We have a winner!  A big congratulations go out to Marija.  Thank you for all your hard work on this.  While we had a lot of people participate, Marija was able to win with only 4 links!  So it wouldn't have taken a lot to win this contest!  We'll be having another contest soon so stay tuned.

The whole purpose of this contest was to get our bloggers networking with other webmasters and to start to build up their inbound links which will help their traffic.  Even a few links can help you with the search engines as they will see you as more of an authority on your topic the more inbound links you have.

To learn more about marketing your blog check out this post:

Marija's blog can be found here.  If you're a Knicks fan, check it out:

The original post announcing the contest can be found here:

And if you're not already signed up with Google AdSense and making money from your blog, check out our Revenue Share FAQ page:

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Inbound link contest - Win $100! posted by Earn Money Blogging

To try and motivate our bloggers to get inbound links we're going to have a contest to see which blogger can get the most inbound links to their blog. The contest begins now and ends July 31st, 2008. To be entered in to the contest all you have to do is go out and get as many websites to link to your blog as you can and at the end of the month send us an email listing all those links. All links must be active from August 1st through August 7th when we'll be judging the entries - a winner will be announced on August 7th. All entry emails must be received by Midnight on July 31st, 2008. You can email them to

We're going to impose some restrictions on the types of links you can get so please see below for the full list of links that do NOT count.

To get started simply go to Google and find other websites and blog that are about the sports and teams that you write about. Email the website owner and ask them for a link by explaining that you think your blog would be a good resource for their readers. Or offer to write a guest post for them with your by-line and URL at the bottom of the article. Or offer to exchange links with them by writing a quick write up of their site and a reciprocal link back to them. Some webmasters will be happy to add you to their blog roll even if you don't give them a link back (which is ideal) but some may want you to link back to them - you can easily do this with a quick blog entry on your blog about their website.

To learn more about inbound links and marketing your blog in general check out this post:

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Bill Koch

Duncan's dirty play turns Rays devilish posted by Bill Koch

Akinori Iwamura's unborn children were in jeopardy Wednesday thanks to the antics of Shelley Duncan.
Duncan's spikes dug into Iwamura's thigh after a diabolical slide into second base, touching off a spring training brawl between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees. Rays' right fielder Johnny Gomes charged in from the outfield and crashed into Duncan, sparking some pushing and shoving between the two teams as the benches emptied.
The mutual dislike between the two clubs started last weekend when Tampa's Elliot Johnson ran over New York catcher Francisco Cervelli on a play at the plate, leaving Cervelli with a fractured wrist and Yankees' manager Joe Girardi with a serious case of disgust. Girardi was livid with Rays' manager Joe Maddon and criticized Johnson for making such a play in an exhibition game.
Keep in mind that Johnson is fighting for his professional life. He's just trying to make a team in the Rays' system. Cervelli's injury was an unfortunate accident. But for Maddon to come out days later and call Duncan's retaliation "borderline criminal" is about as ignorant as it gets. Maddon has encouraged this sort of chippy behavior from his own team and his players should expect to get as good as they give.
And Duncan's feigning ignorance over his disgraceful slide is just as ridiculous. He said on Thursday that he watched a couple of replays and that he didn't see what was wrong with trying to plant his left foot through Iwamura's testicles. Johnson's collision, though unexpected considering the nature of the game, is something that you will see countless times this summer. Duncan's Karate Kid impression is unlikely to be repeated by anybody who doesn't want to be beaned or spiked themselves. He did the right thing trying to defend his teammate, but he went about it the wrong way.
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