Let's face it: From Mr. Miyagi's soul-stirring lessons in The Karate Kid
to Rex Kwan Do founder Rex and his shiny, nylon American-flag pants in Napoleon Dynamite
, it's been a long, hard fall for martial arts in popular culture. Restore your faith when Alberto Friedmann offers a demonstration in martial arts
at the Saint Louis Science Center's Montgomery Bank Exploradome (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org
) from 2 to 3 p.m. Friedmann has overcome the degenerative joint disease Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome when diagnosed, he was told he would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair to become a black belt in three disciplines, as well as World Games gold medalist and head coach of the U.S. National Martial Arts team. Admission to the demo is free.
Mon., July 10