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Martial Artist Tests For Belt In Korea

Most tourists travel to see the sights and eat the food. But New Hyde Park resident Dr. Peter Douris recently flew to South Korea for a different reason entirely. He spent a week in the southern mountains testing for 5th degree black belt in the Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do. 

 

Douris was part of a group from Kwon’s Karate studio in Manhasset, where they’ve all trained for many years with their instructor, Master H.Y. Kwon, a ninth level black belt.

 

In Korea, their days began at 6 a.m. and continued until very late.

 

“We trained with highly skilled Korean masters for many hours,” said Douris, a professor of physical therapy at the New York Institute of Technology’s Long Island campus. “It was very tough physically and mentally.”

 

Fortunately, there was a health spa nearby, where the practitioners dunked themselves repeatedly in very hot and very cold pools, he said.

 

“I use hot and cold therapy regularly at my PT practice in Astoria, Queens. During the test, it helped all of us tremendously,” said Douris 

 

The week-long test, called Ko Dan Ja in Korean, attracted martial artists from around the globe. That meant Douris found himself sharing the training floor with practitioners from countries as far apart as France and Australia.

 

“It was really great to be able to train with people from half a world away who have the same passion for Soo Bahk Do as we do,” he said. 

 

Douris wasn’t quite so enthusiastic about the food. “We had fish soup at almost every meal. It’s traditional Korean fare but it was a bit tough on my stomach.”

 

 Douris has already begun training with Master Kwon for his next rank test, which he’s considering taking in Greece. “I have family there,” he said. “And I like Greek food.”


News

 Online food market OurHarvest has recently joined forces with Mineola-based Island Harvest Food Bank, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, to help feed hungry Long Islanders over Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

In the year it’s been open, the Space at Westbury has been host to musicians, comedians, dancers and last week, the venue opend its doors for world class boxers and their loyal fans. One of the headliners was Richie “Brazil” Neves, from New Hyde Park.

 

Winner Takes All Productions and Greg Cohen Promotions brought a night of boxing to the Space on Thursday, Nov. 13. While boxing events have come to Long Island before, this was the first of its kind to come to The Space. 


Sports

Despite a disappointing playoff loss against the Wantagh Warriors, Sewanhaka Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis, is pleased with his football team’s season. 

“I’m proud of my team,” he said. “But you are never satisfied unless you win the whole thing.”

 

The Indians faced a big challenge this year, moving up into Conference II left them as the new kids on the block, unfamiliar with the teams they would be going against. 

Kasimatis will have a tall task next year replacing graduating seniors, which made up most of his starting lineup. Kasimatis said most of the offensive line, such as Danny Gianotti, Adrian Gonzalez and Louis Segarra III, and the defensive line, such as Justin Alexandre, Peter LaTorre and Peter Militano are seniors, many of which have started multiple years for him. 

The fifth seeded Sewanhaka Indians traveled to Wantagh to take on the fourth seeded Wantagh Warriors on Friday, Nov. 7 for its opening playoff game. 

 

The Indians opened the game sluggish on offense, and were held in check throughout the first quarter. The Indians defense did its best to keep the team within striking distance, but field position form shaky special teams play, put them in a difficult position. 

 

Warriors running back Dylan Beckwith, was able to punch in a 15-yard touchdown run, to give the Warriors a one score lead after the first quarter. 


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