Ramtown Karate


YOU GOT THIS. A LOCAL KARATE SCHOOL IS TRAINING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, AND HELPING BUDDING BLACK BELTS. IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT WINNING. ASHLEY WILLIAMS IS LIVE WITH A LESSON OF HER OWN. WHAT’S UP? Reporter: I’VE ONLY BEEN BACK THREE WEEKS, YOU GUYS HAVE ME GETTING HIT IN THE HEAD HERE. THEY’RE KICKING AND I’M AFRAID. WE ARE AT RAMTOWN KARATE. OVER 30 STUDENTS SHOWED UP TODAY JUST FOR THIS SEGMENT. YOU HAVE TO APPRECIATE THE DEDICATION AND DISCIPLINE THEY HAVE. THIS IS KATHY AND JIM, THE OWNERS HERE. IF I WANTED TO TRAIN FOR THE OLYMPICS, THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST FACILITIES IN THE AREA? YES, PROBABLY FROM NAPA TO SACRAMENTO, WE ARE THE PLACE TO GO. Reporter: TELL US ABOUT THE TRAINING AND WHAT GOES INTO IT. WE HAVE A REGULAR TEAM. EVERYONE CAN COME AND LEARN SELF-DEFENSE AND LEARN FIGHTING. WE ALSO HAVE A COMPETITION TEAM THAT GOES UP TO THE AAU WORLDS. ONE OF OF OUR ATHLETES IS GOING TO SCOTLAND NEXT WEEK TO FIGHT IN THE AAU WORLDS. AND WE HAVE STUDENTS PREPARING FOR THE OLYMPICS BY GOING THROUGH THE NATIONAL KARATE FEDERATION AND WORLD KARATE FEDERATION. Reporter: THAT’S FANTASTIC. JIM, YOU DEAL A LOT WITH THE COMPETITION TEAM. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO TRAIN THESE GUYS? IT’S FUN. ACTUALLY MY WIFE TALKED ME INTO STARTING THE EARLY PROGRAM AND I DIDN’T THINK IT WOULD WORK. BUT STARTING THEM ON BALANCE AND COORDINATION, THESE TWO STARTED AT 7 YEARS OLD. IT’S NEAT TO SEE WHERE THEY’RE AT. Reporter: I LOVE THAT. NOW I THINK WE’RE GOING TO SWAP EVERYBODY OUT. AT FIVE YEARS OLD, I COULD BARELY FOCUS ON ANYTHING. I REMEMBER DOING SPORTS AND RUNNING ALL OVER THE PLACE. WE HAVE A LOT OF TEACHER TRAINING HERE AND WE CONCENTRATE ON DIFFERENT AGE LEVELS. SO THE 5-YEAR-OLD TRAINING IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. THEY HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO BE A TEAM MEMBER. Reporter: AND WHAT ARE WE SEEING HERE? THIS TEAM IS TRAINING TO EVENTUALLY BE IN THE OLYMPICS, NOW THAT KARATE IS AN OLYMPIC SPORT. WE WANT THESE KIDS TO MAKE IT ONE DAY, AND THEY ARE WORKING FOR A TOURNAMENT NEXT WEEKEND IN ELK GROVE, THE IKF TOURNAMENT. Reporter: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE HAVE BEEN SAYING ALL MORNING THAT I’M GOING TO LEARN SOMETHING. YOU’RE GOING TO TEACH ME SOMETHING, RIGHT? I THINK AT THIS POINT THIS IS ALL I CAN HANDLE. TELL US HOW LONG YOU HAVE BEEN TRAINING. Reporter: 14 YEARS, I GUESS. Reporter: AND WHAT ARE YOU TEACHING ME? PREEMPTIVE FRONT CHOKE, GETTING OUT OF A CHOKE BEFORE IT HAPPENS. Reporter: LET’S HAVE SOMEONE TALK US THROUGH IT. OKAY. IF SOMEONE IS COMING AT YOUR THROAT, THE FIRST THING YOU DO IS TUCK YOUR CHIN AND MOVE YOUR HANDS UP AND SLAP THEM IN THE EYES. WOW. ONE MORE TIME. NOW YOU HIT ME. OH! Reporter: THANK YOU. THANK YOU. CAN I GET MY BLACK BELT NOW? WE’LL TOSS IT BACK TO YOU BUT I HAVE TO SAY, THEY WANTED TO TEACH ME A HAIR-PULLING TECHNIQUE, AND I WAS LIKE, WE CAN’T DO THAT. IT WAS A VERY AWKWARD CONVERSATION. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WHY WOULD THAT BE AWKWARD? I DON’T KNOW WHY. HAS THE MAN NEVER SPOKEN TO A WOMAN BEFORE? THAT AIN’T IT. PLEASE, FIRST OF ALL SAVE THAT.

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