Karate Training Saves Realtor’s Life

Real estate agent Lenora Farrington was attacked during an open-house showing in Bedford, Virginia, and her friends say it was only her "knowledge of self-defense" and her karate training that allowed her to survive. According to police, a man — who has since been charged with multiple crimes, including assault and attempted rape — took a tour of the house, left when someone else arrived and returned later with a crescent wrench, which he allegedly used to attack Farrington.


Capt. Jon Wilks of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said authorities are not sure of a motive but are investigating.

Farrington, who holds a second-degree black belt, fought off the much larger man, but she suffered multiple skull fractures from being hit with the wrench. She was admitted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

According to Teresa Grant, the operating principal at Keller Williams Real Estate, Farrington's martial arts training likely saved her life. "She fought him," Grant said. "I don't know that I could've fought him like that. She's just a small, you know, woman, and he's this huge, huge guy.

"Lenore is a fighter. She's not a victim — she doesn't have that kind of mentality."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay Farrington's medical bills and aid her recovery. Those wishing to donate can find the page by going to gofundme.com and entering "Lenora Farrington" in the search window.— Jason William McNeil

Introducing Martial Arts School Listings on Black Belt Mag!
Sign Up Now To Be One Of The First School Listed In Our Database.
SUBSCRIBE TO BLACKBELT MAGAZINE TODAY!
Don't miss a single issue of the worlds largest magazine of martial arts.
Judo
Saddleburn

Two-Time Black Belt Hall of Famer Hayward Nishioka has been campaigning for judo in the United States to harvest more shodans (1st degree black belts) Shodan literally means student. It's analogous to being a freshman in college. It's not the end but the beginning according to Jigoro Kano, the Founder of Judo.

A very dear friend and sensei of mine the late Allen Johnson, may he rest in peace made a home at Emerald City Judo. In Redmond, Washington.

Keep Reading Show less
Bruce Lee museum
cdn.i-scmp.com Dickson Lee

An immersive feature in the revamped Bruce Lee exhibition in Hong Kong.

On what would have been Bruce Lee's 81st birthday Saturday, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum unveiled a new Lee exhibit which opened to the public on Sunday. Following on the heels of the museum's previous Bruce Lee exhibition, which ran from 2013 to 2020, the new exhibit, A Man Beyond the Ordinary: Bruce Lee, is slated to run until 2026.
Keep Reading Show less
Pacquiao vs Mayweather
www.sportsnet.ca - Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
One can argue that left-handedness is a phenomena to which science is still trying to find its cause. It is estimated that there are around 10-14% of left-handed people in today's world, men being double in number than women. Science hasn't yet found the cause that makes a person left-handed, i.e. we still don't know what makes a person to be born left-handed or right-handed. Some research points to an anomaly in brain structure, whereas some other research and theories talk about genetic inheritance as well as the influence of the hormone testosterone. This would explain why there are so many more left-handed men in comparison to women. Recently, in 2007, scientists from Oxford University have identified the gene which rises the chances of a person to become left-handed.
Keep Reading Show less