Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
April 9, 1988
Martial arts are considered more than just a way to fight since the release of “The Karate Kid,” according to a California karate instructor now in Oneonta.
“Too many people try to fight, fight, fight,” said Fumio Demura, director of the Japan Karate Foundation of America. “You have to have a good mind and a good body to be a good martial artist. You can’t just be ‘macho.’”
The “Karate Kid” movies helped the public understand that karate is not only learning self-defense but also a means of self-discipline and control, he said.
Demura is visiting from Santa Ana, Calif., for seminars and a tournament at the Oneonta Karate and Dance Studio this weekend. He has been coming to Oneonta since 1982. This weekend’s activities will focus on the history and forms of karate and won’t require protective gear, he said.
Demura has played double to actor Pat Morita for several years.
In 1965 Demura left Japan and his work at a medical company to “prove himself.”
Demura came to America, and for more than seven years, he gave martial arts shows on stage. He also began teaching karate in a one-car garage.
50 years ago
April 9, 1963
Nine Oneonta YMCA swimmers invaded Lowville Saturday and captured five of six places in the 13-14 age group. Although no team scores were tallied, Oneonta was the official winner over Rome, Ithaca, Watertown, Norwich, Lowville and other communities in the AAU event sponsored by the Lowville Elks Club and held at the Lowville High School pool.
In addition to the five Oneonta boys taking first places, the entrants nabbed four seconds, one third, three fourths and two fifth places.
Jeff Archer and Al Anderson paced the team with one win and two seconds each. Anderson won the 100-yard freestyle and Archer was first in the 80-yard individual medley. Dick Erbe won the 50-yard breaststroke and placed fourth in two races. Bob Stineford won the 50-yard butterfly and a third place.
Jim Austin rounded out Oneonta’s first place winnings with a win in the 50-yard backstroke.