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Sparks martial artist win national blackbelt tournament, voted into BASKA Hall of Fame
by Tribune Staff
Jun 08, 2011 | 1175 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Martin Amba, an instructor at Martial Arts on the Move in Reno, was voted into the BASKA (Bay Area Sport Karate Association) Unity Championships Hall of Fame for his service to the martial arts community.

Besides Amba, three other inductees were inducted May 14 in Vallejo, Calif. The ceremony was held at the beginning of the BASKA Unity Championships martial arts tournament. Amba was inducted under the category of Community. The other categories included Education, Family, and Career Achievement. All four inductees opened the start of the prestigious martial arts tournament by breaking a board.

“The Unity Championships typically honors the Hall of Fame award for Community to an individual who actively inspires and motivates the surrounding community through martial arts” is the criteria as written in the tournament announcement.

“I am humbled and honored to have received such a prestigious award. It was unexpected,” Amba said.

During the weekend prior to the Hall of Fame celebration, Amba competed and won his third national martial arts tournament championship at the National Blackbelt League Pacific Jewel Nationals in Vancouver, Wash.

Representing the world championship team, Team Proper, Amba competed in the Blackbelt 45+ lightweight division. The win places him first in the NBL national and world rankings in that division.

CFL team looking into Pryor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired the negotiating rights to Terrelle Pryor and have spoken to Pryor’s lawyer about bringing the former Ohio State quarterback to the Canadian Football League.

Pryor’s attorney, Larry James, said Wednesday that the CFL is a genuine possibility for the ex-Buckeye.

“Yeah, it’s like I told (the Roughriders). My house is not for sale, but at the right price, it’s on the market,” James said.

James was in a meeting and had yet to speak with Pryor about the Roughriders, however. James said he did not believe Pryor had ever mentioned the CFL as a strong possibility in their conversations.

Pryor, a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, announced on Tuesday that he is giving up his senior season while the NCAA investigates Ohio State players getting improper benefits, including tattoos, cash and possible sweetheart deals on cars. Pryor has admitted he broke NCAA rules by accepting improper benefits from a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner.

Roughriders general manager Brendan Taman told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the team owned Pryor’s CFL negotiation rights and was intrigued by the 6-foot-6, 233-pound quarterback.

“He’s a heck of an athlete,” Taman said. “We get a lot of U.S. college football up here. We’re well aware of him. With the (bigger) field up here in Canada, with the athlete that he is, he would be an interesting component to come up here and run around and do some things as a quarterback.”

Taman said he was more concerned about Pryor’s passing ability than his past.

“It (the CFL) is a pass-oriented league, so that’s one thing he’d have to master,” he said. “But as a runner he would flourish up here, I know.”
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