is one man who has touched many.The minister, martial arts instructor and father of four from Crown Point has influenced many in the region of all ages.Nemtuda
has been involved in martial arts for the past 31 years.From 1981 until 1986, he
ran the martial arts school started 45 years ago by his
mentor, who is now a 70-year-old ninth-degree black belt who still is practicing.
In 1986, Nemtuda
purchased the school, now known as Olympic Karate School.He
operated a location in Gary for 19 years until its closing last year and has operated a school in Hobart for nine years.Just over a year ago, he
also opened a location in Wheatfield.He also was the karate instructor at Indiana University's Gary campus from 1986 until 1995.Nemtuda
was introduced to martial arts by a friend.
"It's one of those things you don't know if you like until you try it," he
"Some of these children come from gang-infested communities, broken homes, homes with drug abuse or child abuse," Nemtuda
said."Some of the parents chip in and buy equipment for them.It means the world to these kids."
The school also holds regional competitions, such as the recent Northwest Indiana Karate Championships, in which all three of his
sons earned trophies.Besides instructing Shotokan Karate and Tai Chi, Nemtuda is a team leader at Sports Authority and a minister with the Church of Christ.Nemtuda
wife have three sons, who all are involved in martial arts, and an adult daughter.Nemtuda
enjoys practicing martial arts and weight lifting.He
has hosted two long-running public access shows, "Weightlifting with John" and "Karate with John and Rich," as well as a church broadcast called "Thirty Minutes of Truth."He
also enjoys fishing and spending time with his