Grand Master Brown’s lifetime work culminates with U.S. Capitol Classics

John Lennon once said that the ‘60s gave us a glimpse of the possibilities that we all had. For Grand Master Dennis Brown, one of the possibilities that he did not foresee was the tremendous growth that martial arts had in America.

In the basement of a little gym at Benjamin Banneker Middle School, Brown and a small group of guys began practicing martial arts in 1965. Brown recollected at the time when martial arts were virtually non-existent in the country.

After earning his black belt, Brown began competing in the national circuit where he became a top-three ranked fighter in the country. When China began opening up and sending athletes to compete in America in the 70s, he became one of first five Americans (also the first African-American) in 1982 to be sent over to Mainland China to train and study the sport at the Shaolin Temple.

As the official consultant of Wu-Shu for the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, (named by the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C.) it was after eight years of competing when he began to realize that some of the toughest competition we had was in the Maryland area.

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Youth Cricket Championship marks milestone in sport’s growth

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The championship match held at South Germantown Recreational Park

Over three years ago, cricket programs for youths in Maryland were virtually nonexistent. On a bright and clear Sunday where the oval-shaped cricket ground met the horizon of Sugarloaf Mountain, the first state youth cricket championship in the country was held at South Germantown Recreational Park

For the president of the United States Youth Cricket Association, Jamie Harrison, the championship match marked another milestone for the sport. Since early 2010 when he began the USYCA and the Maryland Youth Cricket Association, the Glen Burnie resident has spearheaded the movement to cultivate and foster the non-traditional sport for children in Maryland and across the country.

“Maryland has a very large population with a passion for cricket. What’s lacking is infrastructure to allow the children of that demographic to properly learn the game, and also to introduce the game to other children outside that demographic,” said Harrison, USYCA president.

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