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Wednesday, August 4,1993 - The Micgan Daly Summer eely -11

DAVDOFF
Continued from page 12
a silly routine supposed to represent
their culture. It's just a sporting event,
shut up and accept it.
Oneof the more exciting groups
in Michigan sports history - The Fab
Five-graced us with its presence this
past year. No matter how well they
played, though, it seemed the talented
quintet of men's basketball players
could never meet the expectations of
the media. They were lazy and stupid;
they gotby on talent alone.Nevermind
that they reached their second con-
secutive Final Four; they expressed
themselves too much on the court.
How dare these players violate the
(mostly white) media's norms of how
a basketball player should behave?
Don'ttry to defend yourselves against
the criticism,just shutup and accept it.
Yes, it isa game, but agamemust have
rules, mustn't it?
These examples rank as the rule
rather than the exception. Discrimina-
tion runs rampant throughout all as-
pects of sports. How many people of
color are Big Ten football coaches?
What would happen if an athlete came
out as a homosexual? How many fe-
male journalists cover the Michigan
football team? What sort of access do
stadiumsandarenasprovideforpeople
with disabilities?
And how much would you care to
wager that the next Michigan athletic
director will be (drum roll, please) a
straight, white male?
Muchlikeany otherbusiness,sports
are not going to succeed unless they
open themselves up to multicultural
perspectives. Invalidating these opin-
ions by dismissing them as "silly" or
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Starting in May, we meet at
the Student Union every
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Swing, Fox Trot, Waltz,
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"irrelevant" will hurt everyone in the
long run.
Wecanalldoourpartassportsfans
to bring about positive change. Write
to universities, teams or leagues if you
feelthey havepracticeddiscrimination.
Ask your local newspaper, radio or
television station why it doesn't have
more women and minorities on its
sports staff.
Yes, when it comes down to it,
sportsarejustgames.But they're games
that carry a great deal of clout. Games
that create national celebrities, role
models and societal trends.
Sports can only benefit from elimi-
nating discrimination. There is no sac-
rifice involved here, unless you con-
sider increased sensitivity a sacrifice.
My affiliation with Michigan has
now concluded, at leaston anon-spiri-
tual level. Don't let your connection
finish without making a difference.
Think, challenge, fight. Go Blue. And
don't"escape"unless you know where
you're going.
Farewell.

'M' Martial arts teach defense

By J.L. ROSTAM-ABADI
DMLY SPORTS WRM
Steven Segal, Bruce Lee, Chuck
Norris.We've all seen these actors star
in action-packed martialartsmovies at
some point in our lives, but are those
Hollywood scenes for real? Is it pos-
sible to learn from local University
martial arts clubs how to kick and
karate chop the annoying man down
the street? Well, not exactly.
The University does offer quite a
variety of martial arts training, but the
results will not likely produceany Se-
gal soldiers. Rather, they will give you
some practical training and skills in
protecting yourself and others.
Someof the existing clubs atMichi-
gan include women'sself-defense,nin-
jutsu and suibukan.
The goal of the self-defense club is
to provideasafeenvironment forpople
to develop martial arts and self-de-
fense skills with particular emphasis
on developing assertiveness, aware-
ness, self-confidence and flexibility.

"Not only do we cover the physical
skills, we cover the verbal skills and
assertiveness training," instructor Me-
lissa Buie said.
The focus of ninjutsu is on real life
situations. It could be considered a
backwards approach to martial arts, in
the sense that club memberslook at all
the various ways in which specific
techniques could backfire, and then
prepare for them.
Members are not taught byrote,but
by trial and error.
"I promote them to think," head
instructor Otto Cardew said. "Why did
(that move) work? What did you do?
The physiological reasoning is an im-
portant part."
The suibukan club at Michigan is
affiliated under Sensei Tadashi and

Sensei Yamashita. The style practiced
is kobayashi, a branch of shorin-ryu.
Suibukan differs from the others in
that it tries to teach more of a combat
art than a sport.
'We practice controlled violence
and aggression," Sempai Oleh
Karpenko said. "The bottom line is
preservation."
The world we live in can be violent
at times. Whether you are a diehard
kung-fu fan or just interested in being
prepared for the unexpected, the Uni-
versity clubs encourage you to investi-
gate for yourself.
For more information on women's
self-defense, contactBuieat668-0807.
For ninjutsu, call Cardew at475-4232.
Karpenko can be reached at 996-1454
for suibukan.

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