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The Harlem Grandmaster and His Ten Thousand Karate Kids

For nearly half a century, Sam McGee has offered generations of Harlem residents free martial arts training, and the confidence to fight without fists.

By | November 21, 2013

Every Tuesday and Thursday at Hansborough Recreation Center in Harlem, Grandmaster Sam McGee, sixty-five, gives free Goju Karate lessons to children and adults from its community. As a young Vietnam War veteran in the late 1960s, McGee was a disciple of “Major” Leon Wallace, who introduced Goju karate to Harlem, offering free lessons to McGee and other youngsters.

Founded in 1973 by McGee, Harlem Goju Association has trained over 10,000 children and adults of the Harlem community, some of whom have started their own schools, expanding the teachings and philosophy of Wallace in New York and beyond.

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The Collector of Time

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The Saviors of Saffron

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An Aging Mother’s Animated Love Letter to Her Autistic Son

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A 360° View of India’s Gravity-Defying Pole Wrestlers

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This Breathtaking Greek Fireworks Battle Puts Your July 4th to Shame

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Penny’s Ex-Husband Realized She’s a Woman. But They’re Still Best Friends.

When Dee came out as a transgender, it meant the end of her marriage to Penny. And that’s when the empowering journey for both women truly began.

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The Nomadic People Caught in the Crosshairs of China’s Economic Boom

As Chinese investment turns this mineral-rich region into a cash cow, does the Southern Mongolian culture have any hope of survival? A few families are willing to fight for it.