Karate drop kicks its way into Lithuania

  • 1998-11-19
Making up for time lost under Soviet repression, martial arts participants are busy walking on glass and being squashed by brick panels, as Paul Beckman reports.During Soviet times, the only fighting sports the government allowed were boxing and judo. Since the re-establishment of Lithuanian independence in 1990, a number of sports with oriental flavors have stormed the country. Karate, karate do, and tae kwan do have all gained enough momentum to set up national federations in Lithuania.The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English simply defines karate as "any of several Asian styles ...
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