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  • wpadmin 11:14 am on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: deddy mansyur, karate, martial arts, physical education, scott horstman   

    Martial arts instructor brings gold home and into classroom 

    San Jacinto College (SJC) martial arts instructor Deddy Mansyur recently captured gold during the 2010 Japan Karate Association- American Federation (JKA- AF) National Karate Championships at the University of New Orleans.

    Mansyur is an adjunct physical education instructor at the Central campus and a Japan-certified sixth-degree black belt in Shotokan. He has been competing for more than three decades, earning the title of 2009 bronze medalist at the World Union of Karate-do Organizations (WUKO) championships in Mexico. However, he brings it all back to his hometown of Houston to inspire his SJC students to succeed in whatever goals they chose to pursue.

    “The number one rule I want them to know is to never give up on what they love; always stay active for their health and state of mind,” said Mansyur, who is in his 33rd year as chief instructor of the University of Houston Shotokan Karate-Do Club. “I hope I can inspire them to continue their physical fitness no matter what age they are or how busy they get. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help them achieve their career goals here at San Jac.”

    Among his most recent accomplishment, Mansyur also holds the titles of 2007 Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF) Pan American gold medalist, 2006 SKIF-United States Federation gold medalist, two-time USA National Karate Federation (NKF) Champion, seven-time All-South JKA Champion, and 15-time State of Texas Champion. Scott Horstman, SJC physical education department chair, said Mansyur’s teaching style is based on traditional karate methods that take students back to the fundamental values of hard work.

    “When the students know they have good quality instruction, it may inspire them to continue their physical education,” said Horstman. “Deddy is in his first semester with San Jacinto College, and already, he has been a great asset to our department.”

    • Ina Standfield 3:11 pm on July 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      OMG, How many times have you heard mixed martial arts is a real Martial art… it is and it’s getting bigger and bigger.

  • andrea.vasquez 4:02 pm on December 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College receives $1.8 million grant for manufacturing training 

    Present at the Texas Workforce Commission check presentation are (from left to right): Dr. Michael Murphy, President, Lee College; Barbara Lewis, Director of Constituent Services, Senator Mike Jackson; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College; Texas Workforce Commission Commissioner Representing the Public, Andres Alcantar; Elizabeth Mercer, Human Resources Manager, Kaneka Texas, Corp.; Nathan Murray, Chair, East Harris County Manufacturing Association Industry Training Committee; Edgar Baena, Plant Manager, The Lubrizol Corporation.

    The Continuing and Professional Development division of San Jacinto College has been awarded nearly $2 million from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Skills Development Fund to provide training for the manufacturing and petrochemical industries.

    TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar signed and presented the check at a reception held Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at the San Jacinto College Central campus. In conjunction with Lee College, the $1.8 million grant will assist in training nearly 800 local workers in the areas of operations and maintenance, and leadership and management. The grant is expected to help produce 39 new jobs, and upgrade 744, in the Gulf Coast region.

    “Through this training grant, 781 jobs will be created or upgraded,” said Commissioner Alcantar. “This is a great example of partnership between the private and public sectors to produce good jobs for Texans.”

    The grant proposal by San Jacinto College and Lee College is also in collaboration with the East Harris County Manufacturers’ Association (EHCMA), a long-time partner with the two institutions. EHCMA represents more than 125 petrochemical companies along the Houston Ship Channel, and since 2006 have partnered with the two colleges on a variety of activities to increase the number of new and incumbent workers that are needed to replace a retiring generation.

    The grant will cover the cost of the courses for employees from 12 different industry partners in the region. The customized training will also allow for the two institutions to continue offering the training on an annual basis.

  • wpadmin 6:03 pm on December 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Students learn of geology through service learning 

    San Jacinto College geology professor Sharon Choens and 55 students recently participated in the School Daze Earth Science Program at the annual Houston Gem and Mineral Show at the Humble Civic Center.  The students assisted public, private and homeschoolers on a TEKS scavenger hunt.  Upon completion of the scavenger hunt, the team helped hand out free mineral and rock kits for the classroom. Students also assisted with the Dino Dig, a favorite of all the students.

    In Spring 2011, SJC Central campus geology students will participate in science learning at the Earth Science Activity area of the Clear Lake Gem and Mineral Show.

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