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Carrot juice? Protein powder? A2 has it

Kicking is the


Noah Finkel, my fellow culinary
connoisseur, is many things -
flexible is not one of them.
Because Mr. Finkel - whose
stated gastronomic motto is
"anything good for the body can't
possibly be good for the taste
buds" - deemed himself
unworthy and unqualified to
elaborate on health food, he
decided to pawn off the column.
Luckily, the two unfortunate souls
are Amanda Neuman and Sarah
Schweitzer. Weaned on wheat rice
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by Amanda Neuman
and Sarah Schweitzer
In a town where the line for
the Stairmaster at the CCRB is
never- ending and tight lycra
exercise pants are in high demand,
one would expect to find a
comparable supply of health food
restaurants. As the Daily's guest
food consultants, we were
surprised to have difficulty
finding a healthy bite to eat.
Not only did we have a hard
time finding restaurants which
profess to have health-conscious
dishes, but we also found that
few actually live up to this claim.
Afternoon Delight
Take for example, Afternoon
Delight, the brightly-lit and airy
restaurant on the corner of E.
Liberty and S. Fifth. Their motto
is "It's good for you... anytime."
After eating at Afternoon
Delight, we would like to offer an
addendum to this motto: "It's
good... but too good to be good for

you... anytime."
On Saturday morning, in
pursuit of a low-cal, high-carb
brunch, we waited in a line that
ended on the sidewalk. Clearly, we
thought, there must be something
to this place.
Once inside, menu in hand, we
were confronted with a dilemma:
to order according to our taste
buds or by the calorie count
displayed after each dish.
True to our assignment, we
went with the calorie count.
Pecan Chicken (at an
unestimated number of calories),
the Chicken Salad (at 480 calories)
and the Nacho Salad (at a
whopping 500 calories), lost to
"Our Fantastic Baked Lasagna,
a mere 430 calories. Entr6es range
from a modest $3.95 to $5.95.
We fought our way to a table
(a calorie burner in itself) and
settled in for our lasagna, which
came with a generous salad and
slice of wheat bread (read: +170
calories). A further bonus wasthe
condiment bar which offers
dressings in combinations diet


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Despite its low-cal content,
the lasagna weighed in highly on
our scales. With a good balance of
zucchini, almonds and
mozzarella cheese, we couldn't
even tell calories were missing.
They were so missing, we
decided to go for dessert to make
up for the loss.

We approached the dessert
menu with considerable
ambivalence: a non-caloric
dessert? (Has there ever been a
better oxymoron?)
Our doubts were confirmed
with one glance at the menu.
Muffins - bran, that is -
average 400 calories. "Frozen
Yogurt Favorites" offered little
escape from the depths of caloric
calamity. "The Split

by Matthew D. Pulliam
You stand in the center of the
dojo practice room, dressed in the
traditional white garb. The firm,
warm floor imparts a feeling of
strength and rigidity to your bare
feet. Your opponent faces you,
sword in hand, ready to strike at a
moment's notice. You focus your
inner strength into a concentrated
force and assume the ready stance.
You are prepared. Your opponent
swings the sword, a swift, hard
blow aimed at the crown of your
head. You gracefully step aside and
forward, out of the path of the
weapon. The sword slices the air
where you were less than a second
ago. Throwing out your left hand,
you restrain the sword arm of your
opponent, who tumbles to the
ground at your quick push. You
seize the bamboo sword and take
command of the situation. A
would-be assailant now lies at your
feet, defenseless.
Asian martial arts in the Ann
Arbor area provide a physical
fitness regimen that is practical for
self defense, effective for toning
muscles, and satisfying for
improving mental, emotional, and
spiritual well-being.
The student investigating
martial arts as a form of physical
fitness has many options for
training in the immediate area of
the University. Programs offered
by the University Sports Clubs and
the Ann Arbor Asian Martial Arts
Studio represent two of the options
available to students.
Each martial arts practice is an
exciting and educational
experience. No two disciplines are
exactly the same. Since a thorough
examination of the multitudes of
Asian martial arts would be too
cumbersome for this feature, karate
can be used as an example of the
typical discipline.
Shotokan Karate at the
University is considered to be a
sport club. The sport clubs are
University-recognized groups of
students with common interests
who participate in extracurricular
competition. The university offers
Aikido in addition to eight
different karate disciplines, so the
interested student faces no
shortage of diversity. These clubs
are open to all interested students,
though they often charge a fee for
participation expenses. In the case
of Shotokan, the club dues are $85
per year.
Shotokan at Michigan is a part
of Shotokan Karate of America
(SKA), the child of Tsutomu
Ohshima. Ohshima studied under
Gichin Funakoshi, the man who
brought karate to Japan in 1922.
Ohshima founded SKA in 1955,
and the club at the University has
been active since the 1970s. The
current "senior," or instructor, of
the club is Dean Askounis, who has
been with the club since 1981.
Upon arriving at the CCRB dojo

in the small gym on the second
level, I was greeted with a group of
men and women dressed in
traditional martial arts garb. They
were spread out over the floor,
warming up or stretching. Not just
stretching, butstretching. These
martial artists were performing
exercises that one would never
think of trying without first
purchasing some serious insurance.
Luckily, they were experienced in
such displays of flexibility and
seemed in no way uncomfortable.
Students trickled into the dojo
for the next few minutes, always
bowing before entering. The
atmosphere was one of quiet
concentration and respect. After a
short while, the two seniors knelt
on one of the tape lines at the far
end of the gym. The students
proceeded to kneel in the same
manner in a line perpendicular to
the instructors. They observed a
period of silent meditation. At the
end of this period, the instructor
gave an order and the trainees fell
into two parallel lines facing him.
An official warmup commenced,
starting with the muscles of the
head and moving to the feet. The
group split into two units, the
advanced and the novice.
The "technique of the day" for
the novice unit was a forward strike
with a closed fist. The instructor
demonstrated the proper way to
perform the punch, with one fist
placed near the hip while the other
was pulled back at waist level. He
then described the philosophical/
physiological basis of the
technique. The purpose of the
particular stance is to focus the

energy of the entire body into the
fist and attempt to punch through
the opponent. Physically, the
stance emphasizes balance and the

Ann Arbor Asian Martial Arts Studio student Steve Kolasa (right) demonstrates a

concentration of force.
After dozens of repetitions of
the forward punch, the students
seemed to have improved


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