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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta vmg Karate lessons little girfs dream By JUDE TURIC Herald Staff Writer What does a mother do when her five-year-old daughter in- sists she wants to take karate? Some mothers might ignore the child's pleas, try to talk her out of such a crazy notion, or follow in Mrs. Peggie Hughes' footsteps and enrol the little girl in karate lessons. "I decided I wanted to take karate when we still lived in cute "Sheina explain- ed, "so mom took me to a kar- ate school and tried to get me into class. "But the instructor said they wouldn't accept children under eight, so we went home and I just waited for mv birthday." The Hughes family moved to Raymond some months later, and assumed the lack of karate school would bring Sheina's dream to an abrupt end. "Sheina nagged, and nagged and nagged at said Mrs. Hughes, "until I couldn't stand it anymore and looked up a studio 'in the phone book. "So we drove into Lethbridge one day, spoke to the instruc- tor and she started her karate "I was only about eight, or maybe a little over, and there weren't any other girls not even women in my Sheina said. Her instructor explained kar- ate demands a great deal of concentration, discipline and a tot of hard work. Sheina was to be accepted on the understand- ing that if she showed little promise, couldn't keep up with the class or had her grades in school drop, the lessons would automatically be stopped. "But I just loved ft and this September it'll be a year I've been Sheina added. She explained karate is the ancient art of self defense, which instills in its students a respect for fellow man, disciplines mind and de- velops quick body response and is an excellent'form of overall exercise. For every level of learning, students are awarded a parti- cular color of belt which is wtrn with the karate uniform. Colors begin at a first and second level of white, yellow, orange, green, blue, first and second brown and then 12 de- grees of black. Nine-year-old Sbeina is now wearing her yellow belt, and hopes to have her orange quite soon. In competitions, Sbeina has placed first and second hi pee- wee (under 12) fights and forms. "I was so proud when I won my first trophy I wouldn't let go of it all smiled Sbeina. "So far, I've placed second, twice in inter-school fights, was the '72 south Alberta cham- pion, and won a first in the '73 forms." Mrs. Hughes added that and forms' vary in that forms involve more than one 'attacker'. As promised at the start of her lessons, Sbeina has found karate takes a lot of work and a lot of at-home practice. "Her dad and I try to work out with her, so that she has a target to aim said Mrs. Hughes, "but she sometimes manages to land a blow be- cause we certainly don't know how to block properly, and boy, it sure hurts." "Why she Ekes karate so much is beyond continued Mrs. Hughes, "she thinks it's great fun, but it doesn't inter- est me in the least, and is just too much work." "Sbeina's lessons take place twice per week, for an hour at a time, with half-hour work- outs; at home she practices what has been taught for an hour two or three times per Carpet Dirty? PHONE 328-2t53 mr. steam Clacmfnf Warm ups include situps, pushups, running on the spot and basic stance, punch and block positions. dont go around i boards and dumb things like said Sbeina, "that's just show-off stuff and doesn't prove a thing. Karate isn't for breaking up boards to show you're strong, any strong per- son can do that. The only thing that bugs me is being razzed at school by bigger kids." "People don't understand the theory of added Mrs. Hughes, "they think it's a vio- lent sport But the idea of self- disdpfine, exercise, respect for otters (especially elders) far exceeds any attempts to make the participants fighters. "In fact, we had to sign a con- tract which ensured Sheina would never karate for any purpose bat self-defense and only in a situation where there was no other possible Taking the good with the bad is part of karate, and Sheina has bad her share of knocks. "The only thing that's hap- pened was a fat lip that loosen- ed my teeth a she said, "and my legs got sort of bang- ed around too. But 1 wear hand and shin pads when we fight' Sheina, who includes swim- ming, modelling and riding her ten-speed among her bobbies, plans to continue karate and eventually hopes to become a J_ teacner in ner own ngn. nut, me proDtems ot growing up Just interfere with her plans for a short time teeth braces are a looming possibi- lity hi the near fuUvt. "That's okay Sheina is quick to add, "cause the other kid in class might have to get some Clubs: This past week fun clubs hroughout the city observed ecology week. Several fun clubs collected trash all over their ark m an effort to make a nore appealing piece to visit. Other clubs made ecology col- lages from the trash they col- ected in order to illustrate Just tow thoughtless those who lit- er can be. Friday morning the special event for the week was a pre- sentation by a conservationist who showed films, slides and talked about ways all of us could share In conserving our natural environment. One of the activities all fun chins have been participating in regularly is taking excur- sions to various industries and daces of Interest throughout jethbridge. This week, the Purity bottling plant was visited and young- sters played with equipment in he new gymnasium at the Collegiate Institute. Two faces for Sheina Blonde hair, blue eyes, little girl braids and a nice karate at age five, fcut had to nurture her dream until smile All sounds pretty normal for a nine-year-old. But she turned eight and then began lessons, with her par- Sheina Hughes also has another side to her personality ents' full support. Shown at right, is a preparat.on for the side that loves karate and works hard at making striking a blow to on opponent, herself a pee-wee champion. Sheina decided to TORONTO (CP) There is a movement in the Big Sisters or- ganization to admit males. Gordon Wolfe, 37, is the group's first male worker and when be takes over as director in the fan, he plans to start a pilot project for counselling joys as well as girls. "Big Sister counselling serv- ices are primarily a youth serv- ice agency and if a girl comes into counselling we try to find out about her parents and fam- he says. Although the 60-year-old or- ganization has served only fe- males until this year, he be- lieves there is an urgent need to Big Sister agency to counsel boys counsel brothers and boy- friends of female clients who seek help from Big Sisters. He says youth counselling services must change and grow rapidly to cope with stresses felt by today's children. GROW UP FASTER Modem parents have less control over then? cmHren who are growing up faster than ever before. "Today's la-year-olds are doing what 16-year-olds were >ing five yean ago. They use drugs and have sexual ex- periences much earlier and the drinking age has been low- ered. Mr. Wolfe, who holds a mas- ter's degree in social work from University of Toronto, has worked with the Jewish Family and Child Service for six years. He says conflict with parents is major reason girls are re- ferred to Big Sister associ- ations' counselling service. The association assists girls between age 12 and 21 who are referred Ann Landers by school counsellors, children's aid services and frequently by older sisters. Mr. Wolfe says conflict be- tween adolescents and children is a normal part of growing up bur frequent battles at home are a danger signal. "K there's a battle every time the child walks into the house he begins to feel that Mfe is just one long feud." HELP US TO HaP OTHERSI The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Homehold Effads CAU 320-2880 KNt MCKUP .BtVICI OR UEAVE AT 412 IN AVI. S. CASH BINGO TONIGHT, O'CLOCK HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HALL A Blackout Binoo ployed for tffl n MBMWMWB Saturday plus 2-7-Numbw JACKPOTS NOW AND f Coras for w 25c cadi (located Next to Ntt. 1 -JoturtJ.y, July 21, 1f73 THI UTHMID01 HMALD It Summerfun Community summer program Attendance at our Wennes- day afternoon programs for ne-ticfaool age children is grow- ing rapidly. K you have a four or five-year-old child who would like to participate, the programs are at Rldeau Court, 20th St. and 7th Ave. N., Lions Centennial Park, 24th St. and 19th Ave. S. and Kinsman Park, 9th Ave. and 9th St. S. In the part, Fun dubs have visited the police station, var- ious fim hafls, the sports Can- ada eddbtton at the fair, a local television station and the Sir Alexander Gcdt Museum. Dcy Camp: The staff at toe Henderson Lake Day Gamp are busy pre- paring for next week's three- day outing to Gamp Impeesa. Any boy or girl aged nine to 12 is welcome to attend this camp at a cost of Regis- trations win be taken for the camp until noon, Monday, at the day camp site at the north- east corner of Henderson Lake or at the Yates Centre. For more information phone the Yates Centre at Wednesday 'Nights: Teenagers from all dry parks participated in an. overnight campout at Park Lake Wednes- day night. They cooked their own meals, hiked and swam while at Park Lake and all were sorry to leave after such a short time. WeeWhimsv F.O.E. BINGO TONIGHT EAGLES HAIL 6th Ave. A and ISIh St. N. Every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. S for 1.00 tack 7 Number Gamw JACKPOT FTM Oanm ana Cmds DOOR mat Gold earth pay deubb moiMy Children umtor 1ft Ml LOSE INCHES IN 90 RELAXING MINUTES THE NEW, EASY WAY! Figure Trim Guarantee You'll loss 2 inches overall en your first visit, and 5 inches by your fifth or your money will be refunded in full. NO CONTRACTS TO SIGN PRICE OPENING SPECIAL FIGURE TRIM WESTMINSTER SHOPPING CENTRE 425 13th St. N. Phone 328-9SS6 DEAR ANN LANDERS: For years I've been annoyed by the digs at overweight people. We've been called "Fat "Big Berthas" and so on. Why is it that no one ever says a word about the 50- year-old turkey with a face like a dried prune? She wears sizes shorts and a halter top when she does her market- ing. Her legs look like a spar- row's when she clomps around in those ugly platform shoes. Yes, I'm fat, but my hus- band would rather have me this way than looking like a bird who fell out of OK nest Thanks for letting me say it Fine DEAR F.: Now that you've said it, what am I going to say to those prune-faced, sparrow-legged size 8s who will be writing to me? DEAR ANN LANDERS: Every now and then you print a letter about problems that come up because people didn't make the proper plans in regard to their burial. Here is what happened in our fam- ily and I hope somebody will learn from it Our beloved mother passed on in 1957. Dad married again in 1961. His second wife start- ed in with that double plot talk immediately after they were married. She nagged him incessantly. Dad agreed to a double plot for him and hb second wife so be could get a night's sleep. Last year our beloved dad suffered a stroke. He died two weeks later. His wife was married within five months. Yesterday we learned from a reliable source that now she is nagging her new husband for a doable plot Our be- loved dad is atone to HIS half of a double plot and Mom is atone in HER half of a double plot They are on opposite sides of the ceme- tery and for us children it is tte longest walk In the world. What should we do? Grieving In El Paso DEAR E.P.: Have your fa- ther or your mother moved so they are by LETHBRIDGE RESIDENTS! DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE REPAIR SERVICE PHONE NUMBERS CHANGE SUNDAY JULY 29 DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE PHONE NUMBER CHANGES FROM to 411 REPAIR SERVICE PHONE NUMBER CHANGES ,rROM to 611 ALBERTA GOVERNMENT TELEPHONES ;