Keith G. Kato has attended Worldcons since 1972, and is best known for 33 years of the "Keith Kato Chili Party." In the mundane world, he holds a Ph.D. in plasma physics (SF author Gregory Benford was his dissertation advisor), and performs research and development on high power microwaves at Raytheon Company. He is also a martial arts student of 42 years in Kodokan Judo and Shotokan Karate-do, and was Head Instructor of the Orange County Karate Club in California.
|Fri||1000||Robert Anson Heinlein: His Impact on Us||Robert A. Heinlein was the most influential writer in SF, but which Heinlein? The author of: short works that set a new standard for SF, Heinlein Juveniles, or the longer, lesser, later works. What is Heinlein's legacy? Where was he influential and who did he influence?||David M. SILVER, G. David NORDLEY, Kari MAUND, Keith G. KATO, Farah MENDLESOHN|
|Sun||1000||Shotokan Karate-do Workshop||Would you like a simple and safe first experience in the traditional Japanese martial art of Shotokan karate-do? For many years, this workshop has been offered at Worldcons to introduce the basic mechanics of Shotokan karate-do. The underlying physical and physiological principles of distance, breathing, movement, and timing will be taught in the areas of basic motion ("kihon"), pre-arranged sequence of defense and attack ("kata"), and no-contact simulation of sparring ("kumite"). Level of effort will be no greater than low-impact aerobics, with emphasis on safety. Come dressed in light, loose-fitting clothing. Instruction will be in English.||Keith G. KATO|