When we first started this blog, I thought that it might be interesting to have a weekly round-up of karate-related news stories, and link to the stories in question. More fool me, of course. I quickly discovered that putting worlds like “karate” and “martial art” into google’s “news” search engine produces exactly three kinds of story:

  • Team Ninja from the Shinburyukankwon ha dojo in Springfield competing/competed/brought home the medals in the Labatt’s Mighty Warrior Tournament
  • Local 4 year old makes blackbelt!

And the depressingly common:

  • Area Karate master found guilty of sexual molestation

Yay karate. Giving your child PTSD since 1996.

But this week the world is a little stranger.