Posts Tagged ‘Karate’

Throwback Thursday: Brothers

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Omanii Abdullah, poet, businessman (performing at the former OnaJava Cafe)

Syracuse is a city of families. On this Throwback Thursday I want to give some dap to the Grace family. Each summer poet, educator and actor Omanii Abdullah sets up his hot dog stand near my office.  He’s as famous for his country-style lemonade as he is for his spoken word performances.  Omanii has specials at his stand, and one of my favorites is the Uncle Vince. It’s named for his brother Vincent Grace, who sadly passed away a few years ago. Vincent was a karate master who influenced a generation of fighters here in the city.
Vincent Grace (at his studio, which was located on South Salina Street)

Sensei Vincent Grace (training at his studio, which was located on South Salina Street back in the day)

Dynamic Tension

Monday, February 11th, 2013
Chihwa Kao competed in forms at the Excel Martial Arts Tournament at Syracuse University last weekend.

Chihwa Kao competed in forms at the Syracuse University Karate Open Tournament sponsored by the Excel Martial Arts Center last weekend.

Fighting Words

Saturday, November 10th, 2012
Head judge Ritchie Everage gives a pep talk to a competitor at the New York State Martial Arts Showcase on Friday night.

Head judge Ritchie Everage (right) gives a pep talk to a youth division competitor before a second round sparring bout at the New York State Martial Arts Showcase on Friday night. The event was held at the Driver's Village Conference Center in Cicero.

Battle for the Cuse

Monday, March 12th, 2012
CNY Martial Arts Experts El Java Qadir and Carlos Tearney do battle at last weekends SMAC tournament in Niagara Falls.

CNY Martial Arts Experts El Java Qadir (left) and Carlos Tearney do battle at last weekends SMAC tournament in Niagara Falls.

The Art of Weapons

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Terence and Christopher Collins (photo illustration by SIF)

Father & Son: Terence and Christopher Collins (photo illustration by SIF)



Christopher Collins (right) took the  2010 International Federation of Martial Arts (IMFA) Black Belt Weapons Championship today in Batavia, NY.

Legacy of Grace

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Giles and McGriff: Students of Grace

Giles and McGriff: Students of Grace



Keith Herring Muhammad and Brenda Muhammad, along with Focusing Our Resources for Community Enlightenment (F.O.R.C.E.) held a tribute for (Sensei) Vinson Grace on Saturday. The program included family tales, a short film, story-telling, and various martial arts demonstrations. SIF Advisory Board Member John Giles (left), a 2nd degree brown belt and Robert McGriff, a black belt, began martial arts training with Grace when they were children. To read an article about the event, click here.