Adult Sports – John Bright |

Adult Sports – John Bright

John Bright
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Growing up Hawaii, all of John Bright’s friends were into karate.

So, in 1967, the then 15-year-old joined them.

“It was just such a great way to exercise. And it was supposed to keep me out of trouble, but it’s not as if it worked,” the Penn Valley resident grinned.

Bright left the islands to go to college in Colorado, but took his new-found sport with him.

He kept training in martial arts and did a little boxing for before he moved to the area in 1975.

Bright, who?ll hit 50 next month, took a break from karate for a while, then got back into it a little more than two years ago.

?As you get deeper into it, your mind and body really begin to work together. They begin to function as one. I don?t think about it, it?s just automatic,? he said. ?It gives me a nice, peaceful feeling.?

Nowadays, Bright, whose sporting a cast from a recent motorcycle accident, is forced to watch everyone else have all of the fun.

But not for long.

?I?ve got a broken ankle, and all kinds of plates and screws in my leg, but this cast is coming off next Thursday. I just can?t wait to get back on the mat,? he said.

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