Portales hosts 140 in karate tournament

Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Chuck Norris wasn’t in Portales Saturday but martial arts did take center stage as Greyhound Arena played host to the Yom Chi Taekwon-Do Association’s New Mexico state tournament. Over 140 competitors from five states took part in the open tournament which features competition in five disciplines. Sixty local competitors were […]

Tae kwon do students to compete in Korea

By Dave Wagner Qualifying for the tae kwon do world championships was quite an accomplishment for three students of Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do in Portales. Instructor Steve Blakeley, who has taught tae kwon do for 32 years, said it’s the first time he’s had anybody make it to that level. But he knows the competition […]