The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on September 23, 1978 · Page 8
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Saturday Morning, September 23,1978 KARATE INSTRUCTOR Danny Bergeron demonstrates some of the techniques he will be using to teach a basic karate class beginning in October at Galveston College. Bergeron holds a second-degree black belt in karate. In addition to the beginning karate class, Bergeron will also instruct a self defense class for women. College To Hold Class In Karate With the popularity of martial arts continuing to spread across the United States, the continuing education department at Galveston College will offer a karate class beginning in October. Tae Kwon Do, a Korean style of karate, will be taught by a second-degree black belt holder, Danny Bergeron. He will teach beginning kicking, punching, chopping, jabbing, blocking and take-down techniques as well as exercises to condition the mind and body. Bergeron began karate training in 1971 in La Marque. In addition to holding a second-degree black belt, Bergeron has also received his first Dan, a high ranking title in karate. He has been teaching martial arts for six years. After receiving his first Dan in 1974, Bergeron and three partners opened a karate school. He has trophies in sparring and kata and experience in full- contact karate matches in the boxing ring. Bergeron also has training in judo, jiu jitsu, akido and Oriental weapons. He is presently the instructor at the Texas Martial Arts Institute in La Marque. This beginners' class will teach newcomers exercises to loosen up and condition muscles not normally used in everyday activity but used in karate. Students will learn the basic stances to execute karate and self defense techniques. Students will also be introduced to sparring. Classes begin Oct. 10 and continue through Dec. 5 meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-9:30 p.m. Cost for the course is $35. For more information on registration, contact the continuing education department at Galveslon College between 1 and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, 763-6551. Galveston College is located at 4015 Ave. Q. Defense Course For Women Set Self Defense for Women — a basic class to help females protect themselves during an attack and to discourage would-be attackers — begins in October at Galveston College. Taught by Danny Bergeron, who also is supervising a karate class, the course will begin with limbering and loosening-up exercises. Students then will learn basic judo, different throws, and how to escape from holds, including choke holds, bear hugs and body pinning. Jujitsu and basic karate techniques also will be taught. Bergeron said he will te'ach the women karate, judo, jujitsu and other defense techniques to protect them from attacks. Bergeron holds a second degree black bell in karate and is the instructor at the Texas Martial Arts Institute in La Marque. Cost for the class is $20. It will meet from Oct. 10 to Dec. 5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Those interested in more information can contact the continuing education office at Galveston College, 4015 Ave. Q, between 1-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The phone number is 763-6551, extensions 252 or 253. 12 Houston Banks To Buy City Bonds HOUSTON (UP1) Twelve local banks Friday agreed to buy $40 million worth of city bonds rejected by New York bankers because of a citizen movement that has forced a January referendum on city property tax limitation. Announcement of the sale culminated two weeks of maneuvering by Mayor Jim McConn, Controller Cathy Whitmire and others after Citibank of New York and later Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. refused to buy. The firms blamed a petition drive by Tax Protest Group, which forced City Council to schedule a referendum Jan. 20 on measures McConn said would cost the city $100 million of more than the $500 million in revenue needed next year. Mrs. Whitmire said Friday's deal did not end potential financing problems for, this city, which owns the nation's only Triple-A bond rating among cities of 1 million or more. "The sale of the bonds to local banks is a one-time situation and not a solution to the city's ongoing bond marketing needs," she said. "Local banks cannot be expected to absorb the risk in future bond sales if the Jan. 20 issue is approved by voters." The banks — led by First City National Bank and Texas Commerce Bank, which invested $10 million each — agreed to a 5.17 percent interest rate which the New York investors rejected. "There is no extraordinary risk associated with this $40 million issue because it is being delivered prior to the Jan. 20 tax limitation vote," Mrs. Whitmire said. Tax Protest Group's measure would limit city property taxes to 0.5 percent of assessed market value and would roll tax rates back to 1977 levels pending citywide revaluation. ( Classified Ads } Gat FAST Results! Legion's Disease Worries Dallas Convention Group DALLAS (UP1) Convention authorities were worried Friday the city's burgeoning convention industry would be harmed because two persons attending the national Veterans of Foreign Wars convention last month contracted the mysterious illness. In San Antonio, meanwhile, health officials said Friday they were investigating two unconfirmed reports of Legionnaires disease in the city. Dallas health officials announced Wednesday at least two of the 35,000 people attending the national Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in August had contracted Legionnaires' disease. Both cases were non-fatal and health officials refused to disclose names of the victims other than to say they were from Missouri and New Jersey. State health officials said Thursday the outbreak posed no threat to the Dallas population, but Chamber of Commerce officials feared it would hurt business. "It's still too early to tell what effect stories fike this will have on the convention trade," said Jack Andrus. vice president of the chamber's convention and visitors bureau. "We're just telling people to wait awhile and see what the situation really is before jumping to conclusions. Right now we don't even know what the situation is. We just don't have any information yet." After the mysterious pneumonia-like illness killed 29 people and sickened another 151 in Philadelphia in July 1976, the city suffered a substantial loss of convention trade. The once-popuiar Bellevue Stratford, where the victims stayed, was forced to close a few months later because of a lack of business. Ironically, the VFW originally had planned to have its 1978 convention in Philadelphia, but came to Dallas because of the Philadelphia episode. State health officials have been collecting air and water samples from the hotels that housed VFW members and their guests. At San Antonio, Dr. Robert Bell, head of the communicable disease control division of the Metropolitan Health District, said identities of the suspected victims were not released. But he said 5 Burglars Sought In Student Beatings HOUSTON iL'Pl) Police Friday sought five burglars who beat, stabbed and robbed three Rice University students studying in an apartment. Officers said Steve Spedale, 20, drove up to find a burglar carrying out a television set after Billy Koran, 20, and Stephen Tillery, 20, were attacked in their apartment. A!i three were beaten, stabbed with knives and screwdrivers and bound Thursday night while the burglars rummaged the apartment. "I'm bewildered because we don't have anything expensive in the apartment," said Charles Friffey, 19, who shared the apartment with Koran and Tillery but was out Thursday night. "We usually keep our door unlocked since we figured there was no need to lock it — until now." All three victims were listed in stable condition at Hermann Hospital. the cases were not connected with the national Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Dallas. About 75 persons from San Antonio attended the Dallas VFW convention, but Carroll Magraw, VFW district commander, said he checked with most of the local post commanders and found no health problems among the delegates. A spokesman for the state VFW headquarters in Austin said it had turned over all available names of convention delegates to the Texas Department of Health Resources at the department's request. 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