Written by Ian Prior Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
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.”
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Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV- D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.
The disease disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.
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New Hyde Park Village Mayor Robert Lofaro gave a local laundromat until Wednesday, Oct. 15 to appear in village court to address property issues, mainly appearance and a lack of signage, or face arrest.
A final letter was sent to the tenant, Lofaro said.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week.
“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Indians relied heavily on its offense in the first two victories and head coach George Kasimatis relies on one player to set the tone for his group; senior, running back Brenton Mighty.
Mighty is versatile as a running back, as he possesses the ability to run hard between the tackles, lower his shoulder and run into the defender, or run to the outside and break one deep. He also has good hands and is utilized by quarterback Elijah Tracey, as a receiver out of the backfield.
“He makes such a difference in the run game,” said Kasimatis. “Teams have to respect that and it opens up the pass and the possibility for a lot of play action passes.”