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Thomas Matthews practices punches

May 22, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Master J.D. Rifkin guides Thomas Matthews, 10, during Matthews' private karate lesson at Rifkin Martial Arts on May 14. Matthews has autism and his mother stresses the importance of athletic involvement in his life.

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