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June 9, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The martial arts school with worldwide fame is tucked in the corner of a Newport Avenue shopping center, beneath a rented sign with burned-out letters. But the students who converge on the small school each year from around the globe are attracted to the man inside, an instructor who holds the highest hapkido ranking in the world. "This place is a lot like him," one student says of his teacher, Kwang Sik Myung. "It's a hidden jewel."
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January 14, 2007 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
In 1971 the American public knew little about the martial art known as hapkido. Then came the movie "Billy Jack" and an unforgettable performance by a then-unknown martial arts instructor, Bong Soo Han. Standing nearly nose to nose with one of the movie's villains, Han, a stunt double for Tom Laughlin, the movie's star, delivers a quick kick to the man's jaw, flooring him.
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April 13, 1998 | CANDACE A. WEDLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When I want to gauge the wind, I study the treetops or hold up a moistened index fingertip in the air. So it blew me away when Brian Thompson--actor and self-described windsurfing addict--told me that he's hooked up to Call of the Wind. The paging system beeps when wind conditions are worth the trip to the beach. He lives in La Can~ada with his family. "I got my pager in my pocket right now," the actor said when we got on the phone.
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April 13, 1998 | CANDACE A. WEDLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When I want to gauge the wind, I study the treetops or hold up a moistened index fingertip in the air. So it blew me away when Brian Thompson--actor and self-described windsurfing addict--told me that he's hooked up to Call of the Wind. The paging system beeps when wind conditions are worth the trip to the beach. He lives in La Can~ada with his family. "I got my pager in my pocket right now," the actor said when we got on the phone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2007 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
In 1971 the American public knew little about the martial art known as hapkido. Then came the movie "Billy Jack" and an unforgettable performance by a then-unknown martial arts instructor, Bong Soo Han. Standing nearly nose to nose with one of the movie's villains, Han, a stunt double for Tom Laughlin, the movie's star, delivers a quick kick to the man's jaw, flooring him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2000 | Dana Bushee, (949) 574-4207
A new martial arts program will begin Monday for children and adults. The program will integrate the principles and techniques of taekwondo, kukmundo, hapkido and yudo while emphasizing the skills for self-defense and physical fitness. The class, open to anyone 5 or older, will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 23 at City Hall, 25201 Paseo de Alicia. Information: (949) 707-2600.
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July 26, 1999 | MARTHA KELLEY, Martha Kelley is a 37-year-old registered nurse and homemaker
I have always been interested in the martial arts, so three years ago, I started studying taekwondo, the Korean martial art of kicking and punching. I studied it for a year but took a break when I had my second son, who's now 17 months. I was anxious to get back in shape afterward and resumed taekwondo classes (two or three times a week) and took up hapkido, which focuses on self-defense with punching, kicking, the use of pressure points and grabs. I've recently earned my blue belt.
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May 27, 2007 | Susan Carpenter, Susan Carpenter is a Times staff writer. susan.carpenter@latimes.com
The Plain Janes A Graphic Novel Cecil Castellucci, illustrated by Jim Rugg Minx: 176 pp., $9.99 paper * Re-Gifters A Graphic Novel Mike Carey, illustrated by Sonny Liew and Marc Hempel Minx: 176 pp., $9.99 paper * WITH such superhero movies as "Spider-Man 3" breaking box office records and manga flying off bookstore shelves, the timing couldn't be better for DC Comics' new imprint for teenage girls.
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December 15, 2013 | By Susan King
Tom Laughlin, who came to fame as the half-Native American, half-white ex-Green Beret in the 1971 indie blockbuster "Billy Jack," died Thursday at age  82. A lot of his films are on DVD and on streaming services.  If you want to go back to his earliest films, check out "The Delinquents" (1957) -- which was directed by Robert Altman -- "South Pacific" (1958) and even "Gidget" (1959). And for those who want to revisit his best-known films, or perhaps see them for the first time, here are five: PHOTOS: Tom Laughlin, filmmaker who drew huge following for 'Billy Jack,' dies "The Born Losers": Laughlin first introduced Billy Jack in this low-budget 1967 biker film, which American International Pictures released in 1968.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2000 | GRACE E. JANG
Professional harmonica player Tommy Morgan told 200 Porter Middle School music students Wednesday that the skills he learned from years of practicing music helped him to excel academically--and achieve a fifth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of hapkido. "As a byproduct of studying music, you do better work," said Morgan, who holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's in music composition, both from UCLA.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The martial arts school with worldwide fame is tucked in the corner of a Newport Avenue shopping center, beneath a rented sign with burned-out letters. But the students who converge on the small school each year from around the globe are attracted to the man inside, an instructor who holds the highest hapkido ranking in the world. "This place is a lot like him," one student says of his teacher, Kwang Sik Myung. "It's a hidden jewel."
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May 3, 2001 | ROBIN RAUZI
* The actor plays Ardeth Bay in "The Mummy Returns," which opens Friday, and also co-starred in "The Mummy" and "Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo." Wild Blue Yonder: On Friday, I would go in the afternoon with an Israeli friend of mine, Deddy Tzur, who's a pilot--and also a composer here. He's got a pilot's license, and we would go up in his Cessna from Santa Monica Airport for a little tour around town. Dinner for Two: In the evening, I'd go to a restaurant with my wife, Rhonda Tollefson-Fehr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
At first, Joseph Blanco's family was surprised when he announced in 2003 that he was joining the Army. And then, the more they thought about it, the more it made sense. He had always been interested in the military, from the time he owned a GI Joe as a child. He drew tanks, loved karate movies and for years prepared himself physically to be a soldier. "This is what he wanted to do," said his older sister, Candy. "Not that he wanted to do it forever, but he wanted it to be part of his life."
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