By Burt Constable
The Daily Herald
When a 54-year-old has one foot on the ground and the other about a foot above her head, people generally call the paramedics.
For Linda Donner of Barrington, that’s just one of the moves she has mastered as a sixth-degree black belt in karate.
Last month, Donner, owner of the Traditional Karate Organization, a martial arts and fitness studio in Lake Zurich, brought home a bronze medal for the United States in the World Union of Karate-Do Federations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She finished third behind Malene Kirkeby of Denmark and fellow American Yukiko Hakozak in the 51-60 age bracket for kata, an event in which the participants perform individual routines before judges, who score their proficiency in a combination of movements in a manner similar to gymnastics competitions.
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