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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Auguil 13, 1972 THE LETH8RIDCE HERAtO 19 Orr Nam Buk Pie is not a pastry lly jor. MA licrniu" Stuff Writer When Blair Orr opened his Chinese: martial studio iti J.clhbridi'c foi'r years :igo, sensed thai if hu named liis slmlit) properly after his first school, Klmo I-in Ku, people might have difficulty under- standing it, Ihinking pevliops it were a Chinese restaurant. So he rained it the Southern Alberta Karate Studio, al- Ihough he titles net teach .lapay csc karate. It was rcnninccl the Orr Karate Sliulio Jan. I, 1972. Shao Lin Ku is tine of the major schools of Chinese mar- lial arts. Shao Lin is Ihe name of a liucklhisi denomination which developed the martial art for self-defence. The word Ku means Method. Because of the popularity of karate and the Canadians1 lack of knowledge nl Chinese martial arts, Shao Lin Su, Tai Chi Chuan (Chinese Shadow Box- ing) and other Chinese schools of martial arts have come to be called, for Ihe sake of eon venience and clarity, Chinese karate. Like other defenders of their particular schools of martia arts, Mr. Orr considers Lin Su is the best. And he proved it. Mr. Orr is the current Cana dian- All-Karate Black Bel champion. He won the title in Calgary May 28, 1971 after de- feating challengers from al over Canada and from al schools of martial arts, inclutl ing karate, kempo and (ackwor do. Born in l.clhbridgc 26 year ago, Mr. On- was raised in Koi Macleod. He travelled as young man and hecamc inter ested in Chinese martial art nine years ago. He learnec from various masters, mainl Shao Lin Su, in Alberta ar. California. Today, he is the head of his own sc'hool, Orr Nam Buk Pie, in Western Canada. Nam (Sou til) Buk (North) Pie (Schools) means a combination of ttie southern and northern schools of Chinese martial arts. There is another head of martial arts organization in Kastcrn Canada. Mr. Orr's ter- ritory takes in British Colum- bia, "Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Mr. Orr has represented Can- tida in five international ali- karatc tournaments. His liesl international tourna- ment performance was at Ixmg Beach, Calif, in where he placed fourth in the black belt class after losing to Joe Ixjwis, trie international grand cham- pion of karate. "My first tournament was Ihe B.C. Centennial All-Karate Mr. (Jrr recall- ed. "In fact, I won in the B.C. Centennial's yellow class July 35, IW7, my 21st birth- day." Since his 1967 victors', he lias won more than 20 trophies and awards, fn addition to the current titleholder of the Canadian Ail-Karate Black Belt, he is also Ihe current B.C. Centennial Black Bell cham- pion. Tnerc are seven colors of Ixills In Orr Nam Buk Pic, similar to the knrale grading. Beginners wear the while After ttic white belt and as Ihe student's skills improve, he is awarded the yellow, orange, green, blue, brown and, final- ly, the black belt in that order. There arc 12 dans (degrees) in [he black belt, (he 12th dan black teing Ihe supreme achievement. Mr. Orr is a fourth dan black bolt. Mr, Orr said there are mar- tial art experts in the world who are better (ban he is ,lnc for one so far in Canada "I haven't met a one.'1 Mr. On- tlicl not lake part in this scar's Inlei national Karate ('liaiiipiun.ships lournament at (teach, lie went Iherc as a judge earlier this month with three; students. Ills sliMlenls were disqualified for allegedly cornpi'lilion rules. "N'ow that I am Ihe head of JMV school, I will trail: my slu- fh nts lo win Ihe he said, explaining this is the Chinese Mr. Orr is (be owner of Orr K.-irale Sludios which op- erates Orr Karate Studios in l.o'hbritigo. Calcary and Medi- cine Hal. "mil karate clubs in Fort Mac-lend, Pinclw Creek, Clarosholm, Cardstnn, Ray- mond, Taber, Vulcan ar.d Vatix- He is planning lo onen an Orr Karate Studio in jnnnlon. Mr. Orr lenehes at his l.clh- bridge studio and Ihe bridgc- College. The lorichers am martial arts only for sclf- efence and sport. The core of his students is or- onizcd into a brotherhood, vhich is Ixirncl by mutual in- ereUs and a common tlcsire o develop Orr Nam Buk Pic. 'o bs a brotherhood member, me has to be Irce of a ccord. Currently, tlicrc arc 300 stud- ents cm-oiled at liis various Orr Indies and clubs in the prov- ncc. Of these, 150 arc in Lelh- Mr. Orr has trained some HCMP officers. Another group of Mounties will train with him shortly. City police officials lave also expressed interest to train their men with him. There are certain unpublish- able "punishments" if his stu- dents use the skills they learn from him for criminal pur- poses. "I leach them purely for he said, want a good reputation and if they commit crimes, they are r.ot only answerable to justice but also lo mo." Mr. Orr saitl depending the pupils, it takes to two years to reach the black licit in individual instruction, and lour to six years to reach the black belt in group instruction. Some may never reach the black belt The highest grading he has ftiven lo his stuclcnls two first dan black went lo Bob Dalai, a city lircinan who as a part-lime and lo Dave formerly of Lcllibridlje and now a garni; warden in Victoria, B.C. There is a separate Kunj; Fu (Chinese boxing artsj class at the Orr Karale Studio. 'Ilic Fu class is restricted lo members tind to enter, one has to be at least on orange belt in Ihe regular Chinese karate class. There are three gradings in the Kung Ku class; red, black and white sashes, the white being Ihe- supreme. The highest grading a girl student has achieved lo date at the Orr Karate Studio is Sivcrlson's Kung Fu red sash. Miss KivcrUon teaches ners at the slurjio. Mr. Orr also leaches forms the use of weapons. Tho forms he teaches are Chinese sticks, swords and knives and the Okinawan weapon of Sai. Blair Orr, with Okinawan Sai, stops Chinese stick PAY LESS.. RIDE THE BUS PLUS! more than regular Greyhound fare between CALGARY and LETHBRIDGE more than regular Greyhound 1are between Greyhound announces new reduced fares on V.I.P. CALGARY and Executive Coach Service between Edmonton, Cal- EDMONTON gary and Lethbridge. SAME LUXURY! SAME 'HOSTESS CARE'I NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED! GO GREYHOUND and leave the driving to us Brown belt Mark Ralph demonstrates flying kick WESTERN WEAR 2000 PAIRS OF JEANS PANTS All U.S. made including GWG ond the famous Californian Jean Plains Patterns Stripes Perma Press Bell Bottoms and Flares 26-38 Waist Reg. 10.00 to 14.95 AS LOW AS Casual Shirts and Sweater Tops CASUAL SHIRTS SWEATER TOPS THURSDAY A.M. SPECIAL! 70 PAIR BLUE DENIM BELLS by Male and Gaslight. 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