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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

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

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. 


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