Hiroko Mori is a karate force.
The high-impact martial art of karate attracts far more men than women. As a result, few female black belts are in our midst. But one of them, bad-ass Hiroko Mori, blows through town this weekend to teach a three-part karate practice for women at the Kansas City Shotokan Karate Dojo (2026 Broadway). Of the more than 1,000 black belts within Shotokan Karate of America, Mori is one of only three female Yodans -- black belts who have reached the fourth of five degrees. Practices highlight simple self-defense strategies tailored to a woman fighting a larger opponent. Even though only Shotokan members are allowed to participate in Mori's classes, the dojo invites the community to observe. Classes are held at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and at 8 a.m. Sunday. Call 816-421-1110. -- Sarah Smarsh
Find puppy love.
In a July 2003 cover story ("L-U-V Hangover," by Jen Chen), the Pitch explored the horrors of bachelor-doom in Kansas City. From our town's rating in a Forbes.com study to anecdotal evidence provided by lovelorn locals, the unanimous conclusion was bleak: KC is not built for singles. But what if those singles are dog owners? A 1991 ethnographic study that observed social dynamics at dog parks revealed that man's best friend is also one hell of a wingman. Researchers found that dogs help to facilitate interaction and establish trust between previously unacquainted dog owners. For $5, test your mutt's matchmaking skills from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Shawnee Mission Park (7900 Renner Road in Lenexa), where AIDS Walk Kansas City sets up an array of activities -- including the absurd doggy massage table -- for A Dog Day Afternoon. Call 816-931-0959. -- Michael Vennard