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Denis Suarez appears to disagree with Unai Emery over his best position for Arsenal

first_imgSuarez took part in his first training session on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)Although Suarez may not get many opportunities to play in central midfield under Emery, he is delighted to be reunited with his countryman.He continued: ‘I have a very good relationship with him. I spent a year with him at Sevilla when we won the Europa League.‘I think he’s a very demanding coach and one of the best coaches in the world right now – I’ve been saying that for a while. I’m really happy to have the chance to work with him again and I hope that the rest of the season is successful for me and the club.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment The Arsenal boss sees Suarez as a winger (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery may have pushed hard for Arsenal to sign Denis Suarez in the January window, but the pair already seem to be on different pages over his best position.Speaking prior to the 25-year-old’s loan move to the Emirates, Emery was asked where he envisaged Suarez playing, saying: ‘We need wingers. Suarez, who I know, has this quality.’During their time together at Sevilla in the 2014-15 season, Suarez was predominantly used on the flanks, with Emery recalling: ‘He was playing as a left or right winger when he was with me.’ Denis Suarez appears to disagree with Unai Emery over his best position for Arsenal Emery intends to use Suarez predominantly on the flanks (Picture: Getty)However, since returning to Barcelona he has frequently been used in a central midfield role and still sees that as his primary position, likening his style to Andres Iniesta.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m a midfielder and my best quality is my final ball,’ Suarez told Arsenal’s official website.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The person I look up to most in the world of football is Andres Iniesta. He’s always been my idol, ever since I was young.‘As well as the fact that he plays in a similar position to me, I was also able to spend two years with him – I learned a lot from him. It’s always been a massive compliment to be compared to him.’center_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 31 Jan 2019 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link547Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal lead race to sign Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal are reportedly favourites to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar (Getty Images)Arsenal are at the front of the queue to sign Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain.The France international joined Atletico from Monaco in a €60 million (£52.7m) deal in 2018 but has struggled to make an impact for Diego Simeone’s side.Atletico are now open to selling Lemar as they need to make room to fund the signing of a new striker.The Spanish club remain hopeful of reaching an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain for Edinson Cavani, although Chelsea and Manchester United are also interested in signing the Uruguay international.ADVERTISEMENT Diego Simeone is happy for Thomas Lemar to leave Atletico (AFP via Getty Images)According to Marca, Arsenal are leading the race to sign Lemar with Mikel Arteta’s side being the ‘main candidate’ to sign the 24-year-old.AdvertisementAdvertisementLemar has started just nine games in La Liga this season and has failed to register a goal or an assist this term.Speaking earlier this month, Simeone admitted that Lemar had failed to live up to expectations since joining Atletico.“Facts speak better than words. Lemar is an important player who hasn’t been able to develop his game but who has characteristics that others don’t have,’ Simeone said.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Let’s hope he has a good moment when he comes back from injury.‘Now if Lemar can stay or not, we know that agents work in an exemplary way. Clubs work in function for their needs.‘He’s played a lot more than he hasn’t played.‘His characteristics have always excited me. But he hasn’t been able to live up to expectations.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 24 Jan 2020 9:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.5kShares Arsenal lead race to sign Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madridlast_img read more

Equinor orders subsea production system for Johan Sverdrup phase 2 from TechnipFMC

first_imgNorway’s Equinor has awarded a contract for constructing and installing the subsea production system for Johan Sverdrup project phase 2 in Norway to TechnipFMC.The Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. (Photo: Arne Reidar Mortensen / Equinor)The production system consists of five templates and a total of 18 X-mas trees with associated components, Equinor said on Wednesday announcing the contract.In a separate statement on Wednesday, TecnipFMC said that the contract covers the delivery and installation of the subsea production system including integrated template structures, manifolds, tie-in and controls equipment. The value of the contract for TechnipFMC is between $75 million and $250 million.According to Equinor, plans call for the Johan Sverdrup field to start up in November this year. To ensure synergies, continuity and a coherent field development, Equinor and the Johan Sverdrup partners – consisting of Aker BP, Lundin Norway, Petoro and Total – are awarding the contract for the subsea production system for the second development phase. Production start of phase 2 is scheduled for 4Q 2022.Trond Bokn, senior vice president for the Johan Sverdrup development, said: “This is an important milestone for the Johan Sverdrup development. We have now determined the subsea solution for both phase 1 and 2 of the field development, and TechnipFMC has been given the responsibility for both jobs. This gives us a good starting point for accelerating the collaboration on safety, efficiency improvement, simplification and technology development. Close collaboration in the execution phase lays the foundation for achieving good solutions and further simplifications in the operating phase. We are looking forward to that.”Equinor said that the beginning of the installation campaign for the topsides for both the processing platform and the utility and living quarters platform is planned this week. The living quarter topside, the fourth and last platform for the first phase of the Johan Sverdrup project, was ready for sailaway late last week. Once completed, all four platforms in the first phase of the development will be in place at the field 160 kilometers west of Stavanger.“Johan Sverdrup is the biggest ongoing industrial project in Norway. The field development has played a key role in terms of activity and spinoffs during a demanding period for the industry, not least in Norway. Norwegian suppliers have secured more than 70% of the Johan Sverdrup contracts, and this award further increases this share, demonstrating their ability to change and their competitiveness,” said chief procurement officer Peggy Krantz-Underland.The contracts are subject to approval of the plan for development and operation (PDO) for Johan Sverdrup phase 2, which was submitted to the authorities in August 2018.The Johan Sverdrup is located on the Utsira Height in the North Sea, 160 kilometers west of Stavanger. Oil from the field will be piped to the Mongstad terminal in Hordaland. Gas will be transported via Statpipe to the Kårstø processing plant in North Rogaland. First-phase investments estimated at NOK 88 billion.last_img read more

DOLE livelihood project up for Antique sugar migrants, LSIs

first_img“TUPAD beneficiaries will get their pay through money remittance,” Navarra said. SAN JOSE, Antique – Antiqueño sugar migrants and other locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who were repatriated may now avail themselves of livelihood under the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (TUPAD #BKBK) program.DOLE-Antique director Melisa Navarra said on June 9 that they are requesting local government units (LGUs) to assist and submit the names of their respective sugar migrants, LSIs and those who belong to the informal sector as the agency is set to implement the third batch of the program. According to her, DOLE-Antique has allocated around P30 million for the wages of 8,000 TUPAD beneficiaries.“Each TUPAD beneficiary could receive a P395 wage daily,” Navarra added. There are some 1,644 sugar migrants – locally known as “sacadas” – who have returned in this province from Negros Occidental by batches on May 18 to June 8. The TUPAD#BKBK is a 10-day program wherein beneficiaries carry out works such as disinfection and cleaning of their own homes and backyard gardening while staying at home due to the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Families who were also unable to avail themselves of the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program of DOLE may also avail themselves of the 10-day project. “Other LSIs and informal sectors who were not able to avail themselves of the Social Amelioration Program or the Aid to Individual in Crisis Situation from the Department of Social Welfare and Development may also apply for the TUPAD program,” Navarra said. A batch of sugar migrants return home to Antique after being stranded in Negros Occidental. The sugar migrants, locally stranded individuals and those who belong to the informal sectors may now avail themselves of a livelihood program from the Department of Labor and Employment. PDRRMO ANTIQUE The first batch of TUPAD#BKBK program in this province helped 400 beneficiaries last April 8 to 17. The second batch, on the other hand, had 2,800 beneficiaries who conducted works from April 29 to May 8. “The wages of the TUPAD beneficiaries in the first and second batches were already paid,” Navarra said. (PNA/PN) “The third batch of the TUPAD#BKBK program is being targeted to be implemented in Antique on June 15,” said Navarra. The LGUs, at the end of the 10-day work, will validate and certify that beneficiaries were able to carry out their tasks to get paid.last_img read more

Mr. Aaron Daniel Martin

first_imgMr. Aaron Daniel Martin, age 28, of Bennington, Indiana, entered this life on December 24, 1988, in Knox County, Indiana, the loving son of, David Martin and Dara D. (Meyers) Swanson. He was raised in Washington, Indiana and Lawrenceburg, Indiana and attended the Washington High School. Aaron was employed for Belterra Casino & Resort in Florence, Indiana, where he was a cook for the Stadium Bar & Grill for 1 year. He was a former employee for Robbie Cunningham in Markland, Indiana, for 2 years. Aaron was baptized at the New Hope Christian Church in Washington, Indiana. He was extremely artistic and enjoyed music, writing poems, pug dogs and elephants. Aaron was a loving father, son, brother, grandson, uncle, cousin and will be dearly missed by his loving family and abundance of friends. Aaron was an organ donor and gave the ultimate gift by donating his organs so others may benefit from his gift. Aaron passed away at 6:54 pm, Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.Aaron will be deeply missed by his mother and step-father: Dara D. (Meyers) and Dana Swanson of Bennington, IN; his father and step-mother: David and Andrea Martin of Washington, IN; his son: Kennedy Johnson of Vevay, IN; his brothers: Sam Martin and his companion: Cierra Brettnacher of Louisville, KY and Levi Martin and his companion: Kayla Nevils of Louisville, KY; his step-sister: Angela Swanson and her companion: Dave Conway of Indianapolis, IN; his step-brother: Clint Swanson and his companion: Nora Yazell of Bedford, IN; his paternal-step-grandmother: Dixie Miller of Washington, IN; his maternal-step-grandmother: Daisy Swanson of Bennington, IN; his nephew: Tristan Martin of Honolulu, HI and his several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.He was preceded in death by his maternal-grandfather: Lawrence E. Meyers; his maternal-grandmother and step-grandfather: Treva (Raney) and Donald Ragle; his paternal-grandparents: Samuel and Edna Martin; his maternal-step-grandfather: Carroll “Buddy” Swanson and his paternal-step-grandfather: Jim Miller.Friends may call 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to the Aaron Daniel Martin Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Late show sees Dubs to victory

first_imgDublin crushed Kerry’s challenge with a late avalanche of scores to settle an epic All-Ireland SFC semi-final with a 3-18 to 3-11 win in front of an enthralled full house at Croke Park. A marvellous exhibition of attacking football enthralled a crowd of more than 82,000, and fans of the Metropolitans and western opponents Mayo can look forward to more of the same in next month’s Sam Maguire Cup decider. The Dubs may have run out seven points winners, but the sides were level heading into the final minute of a memorable encounter, before substitutes Kevin McManamon and Dean Rock settled it in ruthless fashion with late goals. The Kingdom had stunned their opponents with three first half strikes, two of them from James O’Donoghue, and had Dublin’s defence in all sorts of trouble. Kerry led by 3-5 to 1-9 at half-time, with Paul Mannion grabbing the Dublin goal. But the strength of Jim Gavin’s bench was to prove decisive in the end, with all of his substitutes making telling impacts as they came strong in the closing stages, hitting 2-2 without reply. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Newcastle eye up candidates

first_imgNewcastle plan to speak to a series of potential candidates for the vacant post of head coach once again as they attempt to move on swiftly from near-disaster. Press Association Managing director Lee Charnley, as he did following Alan Pardew’s departure for Crystal Palace in January, intends to hold informal talks with several men in order to gauge both what they have to offer and whether or not they could work within the prevailing system at St James’ Park. It is understood Patrick Vieira, head of Manchester City’s elite development squad, is among a small number of contenders with whom discussions will be held, with the name of long-term target Steve McClaren, now a free agent following his sacking by Derby, also on the list. He is currently completing his coaching qualifications and would certainly be the kind of name to excite disgruntled fans. Charnley is in no rush to make an appointment with the field having changed markedly since January, but with a big summer in the transfer market ahead of the club following owner Mike Ashley’s promise to invest in the squad, he cannot wait too long. Meanwhile, Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini has hailed close friend Jonas Gutierrez as he prepares to leave the club after his “perfect” send-off. The Magpies confirmed on Friday evening that the 31-year-old’s seven-year stay at St James’ Park would come to an end when his contract expires at the end of this month. That means the final-day 2-0 victory over West Ham, in which Gutierrez scored the second goal to spark mass celebrations as the club secured their Premier League status, was his last contribution. Coloccini told Newcastle’s official website: ” Jonas has been a great player for Newcastle and someone who has given everything for the club. “He was here for seven years and that is a long time to be with one team. But this is football and life continues, and I am sure he will do well wherever his next club is. “The fans here love him because in the worst days he was still here. Jonas stayed at the club in its worst days – when we went down – and he helped get us straight back up again.” Not only did Gutierrez play his part in the Magpies’ return to the top flight in the wake of relegation in 2009, but he fought his way back from testicular cancer and back into the team, signing off with the goal which ultimately spared them from the drop. Coloccini said: “I am very proud of him for that moment. “In my opinion, one of the biggest reasons we stayed in the Premier League this season was because Jonas was on the pitch in the final game. “Scoring in front of the Gallowgate End in his last game for the Club was perfect.” News of Gutierrez’s impending departure, if not unexpected, was greeted with anger by some fans, although he had been told he could look for another club two summers ago. Both Gutierrez and Ryan Taylor have come out and criticised the club for the way their departures were handled. The pair, who are currently in Belfast at a coaching course, were both told they were being released over the same phone call with current boss John Carver. Taylor, who has endured an injury-ravaged six-year spell at St James’ Park, told Sky Sports News: ” John Carver rang me and told me the club weren’t going to offer me a new deal. “So I had a chat with him and then he asked me to pass the phone to Jonas, which was unbelievable. “He was made to do it, he obviously was upset in doing it. I spoke to him and he seemed upset about telling two good pros who have been there a long time that it’s come to an end. “I can’t really blame John because he’s under instructions on what to do.” Two-time cancer survivor Gutierrez, who scored in the final-day win that secured the Magpies’ Premier League survival, was similarly unimpressed. “I didn’t expect to get offered a new contract but it’s not about that, you have to move on,” he added. “The more important thing is that they can pick up a phone and call me or call my agent and say ‘Listen, thank you for everything, we are going to release you’.” Former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup too is available after his brief stint in the Middle East, and could be invited to share his thoughts on the position. However, it appears that John Carver, who took over from Pardew on an interim basis and suffered a tortuous second half of the season, has slipped in the pecking order after winning only three of his 19 Barclays Premier League games at the helm. The Magpies did much of the groundwork towards making an appointment at the turn of the year, but at that point, their preferred candidate was unavailable. They spoke to McClaren and Remi Garde, among others, at that stage, and the former England boss was offered the chance to return to the north-east, where he enjoyed a successful spell with Middlesbrough between 2001 and 2006. However, he opted to remain loyal to the Rams, and in turn, Newcastle decided to keep their powder dry until the end of the campaign. Little did they know how the remaining months of the season would unfold and McClaren was approached once again with three crucial games left and the club in dire need, with Derby’s promotion hopes having being dashed. Again, the answer was in the negative, but while that did not go down particularly well on Tyneside, the fact that he is now very much available – and perhaps significantly, there would be no compensation to pay – could prove attractive. Frenchman Vieira would be a very different candidate, one with no proven track record as a head coach, but with a glittering playing career behind him and the authority that brings, particularly among his compatriots, a sizeable number of whom are among the current Magpies’ squad. last_img read more

Student puts safety in hand

first_imgPanic· Junior Clark Kromenaker, accesses the new panic button application on his smartphone. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan There are already smart phone applications that let users check Facebook, pop bubble wrap and read the newspaper, but one USC student is working to bring an application to campus that could increase student safety.Tracy Lawrence, a junior majoring in business entrepreneurship, is collaborating with iPhocus Venture Management Group Inc. to offer a panic button application — iLink Wireless — to USC students. The application, which can be downloaded on any smartphone for $13 per month, allows users who find themselves in a dangerous situation to push a panic button on their phone, which then sends their GPS coordinates to safety authorities.The system also involves 3-D maps that allow responding officers to see a user’s exact floor and room within a building. Lawrence said she worked with iPhocus to map 15 buildings both on and off campus.Lawrence said she has always been passionate about self-defense and campus safety, so when she saw the opportunity to work with iPhocus, she jumped at it.“My personal hope is that it helps the credibility of the school,” Lawrence said.Students said the panic button application could be useful in certain situations.“It would be a good way to contact DPS in a situation where you may not be able to actually talk on the phone, and to let the people close to you know what’s wrong,” said Alicia Johnson, a junior majoring in neuroscience and French.Some students, however, said the price of $13 per month was enough to keep them away.“I don’t think I would pay for it, just because as a college student I don’t have a lot of extra funds and I might not ever actually use the feature,” said Jeremiah Forkkio, a junior majoring in animation and digital arts.Lawrence is currently in conversation with USC’s Department of Public Safety, Take Back the Night and the Women’s Student Assembly in hopes of forming a partnership with the university and spreading the word about this new application.“DPS seems really interested in working with it,” Lawrence said. “Trojans Alert was their first dappling with technology so they haven’t done anything this advanced.”DPS Chief Carey Drayton said although he thinks the idea sounded good on paper, DPS has not yet decided if it will partner with iPhocus.“There’s a big difference between a sales pitch and the product actually working,” Drayton said. “I’ve seen a lot of good ideas come and go.”If DPS decides not to partner with iPhocus, an independent safety patrol close to campus will respond to users who push the panic button, Lawrence said.Lawrence said iPhocus is aware that many students may have privacy concerns, but iPhocus has special privacy features that can be turned off or on. When turned on, DPS would only see a user’s GPS coordinates when the panic button is pushed. If the privacy settings are turned off, DPS could see a user’s GPS coordinates at all times.iPhocus is also working with UCLA, UC Berkley and George Mason University. Lawrence said George Mason is probably furthest along in mapping and integrating the software, but that iLink Wireless is still a new product and USC is one of the forerunners.last_img read more

Around the nation: 4 top 25 matchups highlight weekend slate in college football

first_imgNo. 23 Northwestern (2-0) at Duke (2-0) – 12:30 p.m.Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald has the Wildcats back in the Top 25 two weeks into the 2015 season after a disappointing 2014 campaign. This week, NU matches up with Duke in a battle of strengths. The Wildcats rank ninth in the nation in pass defense, but will face a difficult test facing the Blue Devils, who have the No. 14 pass offense in the country behind quarterback Thomas Sirk. Northern Illinois (2-0) at No. 1 Ohio State (2-0) – 3:30 p.m.Cardale Jones will start for the top team in the country, but backup quarterback J.T. Barrett will play for the Buckeyes, coach Urban Meyer told reporters. Ohio State has averaged 40 points per game in victories over Virginia Tech and Hawaii to start the season. No. 19 Brigham Young (2-0) at No. 10 UCLA (2-0) – 10:30 p.m.BYU has had a charmed season so far, beating Nebraska week one on a last-second Hail Mary and then knocking off then-No. 20 Boise State after trailing for most of the game. UCLA, led by 18-year-old freshman Josh Rosen, has guided the Bruins to a pair of impressive wins over Virginia and UNLV to start the season. Comments No. 15 Ole Miss (2-0) at No. 2 Alabama (2-0) – 9:15 p.m.Ole Miss has scored 73 and 76 points in its first two games, respectively. Its first real test of the season comes at Bryant-Denny Stadium against Alabama. The Crimson Tide opened up the season by disposing of Wisconsin and then beating up on Middle Tennessee State. This is one of four Southeastern Conference games happening Saturday. No. 14 Georgia Tech (2-0) at. No. 8 Notre Dame (2-0) – 3:30 p.m.Georgia Tech, picked by many as the most likely team to dethrone Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference, will take its triple-option attack to South Bend to face Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are coming off of a heart-stopping, last-second victory over Virginia, but will be without quarterback Malik Zaire, who fractured his ankle in last week’s game. No. 18 Auburn (2-0) at No. 13 Louisiana State (1-0) – 3:30 p.m.Auburn escaped against Jacksonville State with an overtime win last week, avoiding being on the wrong end of one of the biggest upsets of all time. They’ll face a stiff test when they travel to Baton Rouge to face star running back Leonard Fournette and the Tigers. LSU will visit the Carrier Dome next week to play Syracuse on Sept. 26. Published on September 18, 2015 at 12:30 am Contact Brett: | @Brett_Samuels27 Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 9 Florida State (2-0) at Boston College (2-0) – 8 p.m.It’s a tale of two teams coming off of complete opposite performances in week two. Florida State travels to Boston College after struggling in the first half against South Florida before pulling away behind 266 yards from running back Dalvin Cook. The Seminoles will face a Boston College team that led Fordham 62-0 at halftime before the third and fourth quarters were shortened.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Hyun-derrated: Martial arts don’t get the attention they deserve

first_imgAs for the traditional martial arts, the number of participants around the nation has been dwindling. According to, 6.87 million people participated in martial arts in 2006 compared to just 3.42 million in 2017. The fact that the number of participants in martial arts has decreased by half is a clear sign that the sport is losing popularity. Considering my grandfather was an eighth-degree black belt, it made sense that he knew all this. As a matter of fact, he moved to the United States when my mother was 9 years old to establish a Taekwondo business in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the business did not do as well as he had hoped. But despite his hardships, martial arts remained an integral part of my family’s identity. Martial arts are a great activity for children to get involved in at a young age. They help a person become more physically fit while instilling important values that last beyond one’s time in the sport. Though the programs’ costs may be daunting, martial arts should be embraced and utilized in every way. Nonetheless, there are doubts as to the actual self-defense value of martial arts. According to, “Many [martial arts programs] were not made for self defense in the first place, most provide no education in or understanding of real violence or how to prevent it and a very large number of them utilize training methods that do not and cannot lead to real skills.” I personally don’t even consider the WWE a real martial art. Most of the time, the WWE consists of well-trained actors who fight each other for pure entertainment. There is no skill involved, yet WWE fighters are among the wealthiest athletes in the nation. Even though most WWE events are pay-per-view, the sport still brings in millions of viewers. In The Rock’s return to the ring last Friday, just under 4 million people tuned into the event on Fox Premiere.  Most martial arts are not so much about the actual “fighting” component but instead focus on bolstering confidence and diligence. It could be said that parents invest the $40 each month partially to teach them self-defense, but mainly to teach them valuable life lessons.  Growing up, my grandfather taught me simple Taekwondo techniques. From closed-hand strikes to open-hand techniques, I remember how he instructed my cousins and me how to block and punch correctly. I occasionally experienced different types of martial arts as well — mostly on televised world competitions such as the Summer Olympics, which include boxing, judo, Taekwondo and wrestling. Nonetheless, these were the only times I ever got exposure to these sports. Compared to the 3.42 million people who participated in martial arts, 5.22 million played tackle football in 2017. This is shocking because martial arts seem like they should be much easier to join than football; martial arts programs are widely available, and fewer parents are willing to allow their children to play tackle football. Growing up, I barely participated in martial arts myself, but I remember attending my younger brother’s Taekwondo competitions and practices, wondering exactly how his developing skills would actually help him if he were to get into a physical fight. The one highly viewed sport that consists of two people physically fighting each other is World Wrestling Entertainment. The WWE has been gaining popularity since Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced his return to WWE: Smackdown in September.  Furthermore, there are no martial arts varsity teams at USC or in the Pac-12. As a result, there is not a martial arts team on the same level as, say, football and basketball. There are club teams that participate in martial arts, but even then not many people know of their existence. I can’t recall a single time that I’ve watched a karate competition on ESPN, and I never bothered to attend my high school’s wrestling matches. Maybe it was because I never understood the enjoyment of watching people perform the same routine over and over again, but it was also the fact that I was just not interested. This makes me wonder just how prominent martial arts — karate, Taekwondo, judo, etc. — are in the United States. Nathan Hyun is a sophomore writing about underrepresented sports. His column, “Hyun-derrated,” runs every other Wednesday. There are many benefits to martial arts. They allow a person to gain confidence, a sense of responsibility and values including respect, honor and integrity.  The question for many families is, “Are martial arts even worth it?” The average price of karate is $40 per hour and may go as high as $100 for 30-minute private lessons. Martial arts training is not the cheapest, but many parents send their children to martial arts dojos with the hope that martial arts will prepare their children if they need to defend themselves.last_img read more