The Crow Community Center and Okawa Baize Karate have partnered to host karate classes for children and adults. Classes are underway at the Crow Community Center, located at 211 Richview Road.
Karate takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. for ages 7 to 12 years and 7 to 8 p.m. for ages 13 and older. Saturday classes are held from 1 to 2 p.m. for ages 7 to 12 years and from 2 to 3 p.m. for ages 13 and older. Classes are $75 per month with a Community Center ID card but may be prorated for those registering mid-month. Center IDs are $5 and are good for one year at all three Community Centers.
This class, taught by David Baize, can help in developing focus, balance, strength, flexibility, reaction speed, and scientific self-defense dynamics. Karate also teaches the importance of leadership, strong character, and good values.
For more details on programs at our Community Centers, please contact the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Office at 645-7476 or visit recpro.cityofclarksville.com.
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By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer
MIAMI – Bad against the pass, worse versus the run, giving up points at a record rate and unsettled at quarterback, the Tennessee Titans still do one thing well: They hand the ball to Chris Johnson.
And the Miami Dolphins know it.
The Dolphins are counting on their stout run defense to stymie the Titans’ biggest threat when the teams meet Sunday. Miami has held opposing running backs under 100 yards for 22 consecutive games, the longest such active streak in the NFL.
“We have to make sure we do what we do – stop the run,” defensive end Cameron Wake said. “That’s something that’s big around here, and something we’ve been pretty good at.”
The Dolphins (4-4) rank third-best in the NFL in yards rushing allowed per game (83.9) and per carry (3.55). This season they’ve held Darren McFadden to 22 yards, Shonn Greene to 40 and 77, and Arian Foster to 79.
“We take pride in the 100-yard rusher thing,” defensive end Jared Odrick said.
But during the streak the Dolphins haven’t faced a back like Johnson, one of the few bright spots this season for the Titans (3-6). After a slow start, he has rushed for 691 yards over the past six games, second in the NFL during that stretch to only 727 yards by Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson.
Johnson’s total includes touchdown runs of 83 yards against Buffalo and 80 last week against Chicago. He became the first rusher in 19 games against the Bears to reach 100 yards.
He has three 100-yard games this year, increasing his career total to 31. While the Titans appear to be going nowhere, Johnson could be headed to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time.
“He’s one of the few players in the league who can score from anywhere on the field,” Miami linebacker Kevin Burnett said. “I’m trying not to get put on the TV highlights this week.”
Johnson hopes to create a few highlights – and end the Dolphins’ streak of preventing 100-yard games.
They’re doing good right now stopping the run,” he said. “It’s a situation where you take it as a challenge.”
For the first time since Week 4, Johnson is expected to take handoffs from Jake Locker, who has missed the past five games because of a dislocated left (non-throwing) shoulder.
The Titans will likely need a big showing on offense, given their defensive deficiencies. They’ve given up 308 points, including last week’s 51-20 loss to Chicago, which puts them on pace to allow 548 this year. The NFL record is 533 allowed by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.
“I’m sure that they had hoped they would be playing better,” Miami coach Joe Philbin said.
The Titans rank 27th in passing yardage allowed and 30th against the run. Combine the defensive woes with five turnovers against the Bears – two by Johnson – and the result was a rout that prompted owner Bud Adams to angrily put the entire organization on notice.
“We’re running out of opportunities to make this season what we thought we could,” coach Mike Munchak said. “We’re going to have to do something special to get that done.”
The Dolphins are coming off a loss at Indianapolis but remain encouraged about their direction with a rookie coach and quarterback. Ryan Tannehill ranks 32nd in the league with five touchdown passes, but he has thrown 98 consecutive passes without an interception.
“I’m very pleased with his decision-making at this stage,” Philbin said, “but we have high expectations from the quarterback position. If we are going to be a championship football team, which we intend to be at some point in time, sooner rather than later, you’re going to have to have excellent quarterback play.”
For now, the Dolphins want to win by running the ball and stopping the run. They’ve done the latter with a front seven anchored by Wake and the 650-pound combination of Randy Starks and Paul Soliai at tackle.
On Sunday, the entire unit will be chasing Johnson.
“If nine guys are doing it and two guys aren’t, he’s going to find the hole and expose it,” Wake said. “So don’t be the weakest link.”
Despite his poor start this season, Johnson ranks fifth in the NFL in yards from scrimmage. He has rushed for 104 and 117 yards in his two previous games against Miami, most recently in November 2010.
Munchak said the Dolphins’ aggressive defensive scheme will create opportunities for Johnson.
“They blitz a lot,” he said. “You’re going to get a lot of safety blitzes. You have an opportunity for big plays if you hit it right.”
And so the Titans will let Johnson carry the ball, and them.
AP Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker in Nashville, Tenn., contributed to this report.
It’s not every day you can drive an 89-year-old man to hyperbolic extremes.
But that’s just what the Tennessee Titans managed last week with owner Bud Adams.
Atop the franchise’s front office since its creation, Adams emerged from the Titans’ 51-20 loss to the visiting Chicago Bears with as much football-related disgust as he’s managed in half a century.
“In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself and fans of the Titans,” he said. “We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish.”
They get a chance to turn their leader’s frown upside down this Sunday, when they visit the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. And don’t think for a second that Adams won’t be watching for — and demanding — a marked improvement.
He said everyone from the front office to the practice squad would be evaluated over the final seven games, an admonition coach Mike Munchak clearly understood.
“I would probably have said the same thing if I were him,” Munchak said. “This is his team. He expects us to play well, especially at home. That’s our . That’s my job to make sure we’re out there playing our best and winning games at home hopefully every time we line up.”
Tennessee committed five turnovers, allowed its most points since 2009 and played in front of a “home” crowd in Nashville reportedly more than half- filled with Bears fans. To make matters worse, consecutive illegal formation penalties ultimately led to a blocked punt recovered for a Chicago touchdown and running back Chris Johnson lost a pair of fumbles.
The Titans are last in the league in scoring defense — 34.2 points per game — and, at 308, are just nine points shy of matching the 317 points they allowed all last season.
That said, significant coaching staff changes are not on the immediate agenda.
“We have to win football games right now,” Munchak said. “I’m not spending my time deciding on making coaching changes. I’m not thinking of doing that.”
Expected back under center this week is second-year quarterback Jake Locker, who’s missed five games after a left shoulder injury during a 38-14 loss at Houston on Sept. 30. He’ll share practice reps with veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who’s 2-3 with an 81.3 passer rating as a fill-in, before Munchak makes the final call later this week.
“The good news is medically they are very happy with his progress,” Munchak said. “He has been cleared as far as they are concerned to move forward to the next level, which for now is to start taking reps, practicing and getting ready for a game week.”
On the other side, the host Dolphins seem quite content with their own young quarterback.
No. 8 overall pick Ryan Tannehill, who hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 4, completed 22-of-38 passes for 290 yards and a touchdown last week in a losing effort against fellow rookie Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Still, it was a successful bounce-back for Tannehill, who’d left the previous week’s game against the New York Jets with a left leg injury.
“We’ve had some good games, some not-so-good games and some bad games,” he said. “You have to realize where you are at and push forward. We are at a critical point in the season, halfway through, and it can go either way from here.”
The loss ended a three-game win streak for the Dolphins, who trail first-place New England by just a game in a congested AFC East. Miami visits Tennessee Sunday, then heads Thursday to slumping Buffalo, which has lost four of five — including a 35-34 verdict to the Titans in Week 7.
“I couldn’t ask for a better job out of (Tannehill),” running back Reggie Bush said. “He’s really poised back there.”
Tennessee’s Johnson ran for 117 yards and a touchdown against Miami in November 2010, but the Dolphins won, 29-17, after Anthony Fasano caught five passes for 107 yards and a TD. Miami leads the all-time series, 18-14, and has won eight of the last 11 games.
Neither Munchak nor Miami coach Joe Philbin have faced this week’s opponent.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
The Dolphins’ 11 rushing touchdowns are one behind the league lead shared by Houston, New England and Washington, and their 111.9 yards per game places them in the top half of the NFL as well.
Conversely, stopping the run is where the Titans have faced their biggest challenges thus far, as a 141.6-yard weekly average for foes — good for 30th in a 32-team league — duly attests.
Assuming Bush is fully healthy after some first-half nicks, he seems likely to maintain the 4-plus yard clip per carry that he’s posted in two games since a Week 7 bye. Second-year man Daniel Thomas has been an intermittent threat as well, with double-digit carries in three games — two of which ended in Miami wins.
The Titans appeared to be turning a corner until running into Andrew Luck and Brian Urlacher in the last two weeks. Likewise, the Dolphins were hearing heady playoff talk before a three-game win streak was cut short last Sunday. Given the potentially beneficial run matchup with Bush and Thomas, and a defense that’s been reliably respectable, if not consistently dominant, Miami should protect its house.