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Like most things these days, I found out about Michelle Brown’s recent amazing accomplishment on Facebook.

“My sister, Michelle, is the number one Bok-Fu-Do champion of the WORLD,’’ posted Aimee Brown of Pleasant Hill. Being champion of the WORLD in anything - brick stacking, bubble gum blowing, hot dog eating - always gets my attention. But what exactly is Bok-Fu-Do?

Bok Fu Do is a Chinese system founded by Grandmaster Richard Lee  in 1967, and includes all the elements of martial arts styles in which he has trained ---  Kenpo, Shotokan, Taekwondo and Jujitsu, Brown told me (www.bokfudo.com/AboutGrandmaster.aspx).

“Chinese systems are circular, using the attackers force against them; this way, even if someone is bigger and stronger, a smaller person can still prevail in an attack situation,’’ Brown says. If you’ve never heard of Bok-Fo-Do, you are not alone. There are so many types of martial arts, I had no idea. Check it out: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_martial_arts.



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Interior designer Steve Wallace has worked for high-profile music composers, producers, writers and television executives.

Actress Diane Keaton once made an offer on a Los Angeles home he renovated. During the 1990s, the 54-year-old Danville transplant worked as a consultant on set decorating for the movies “For the Boys” with Bette Midler and “Jack the Bear” with Danny DeVito. His interior design work at a classic mid-century home in Palm Springs was featured in Palm Springs Life magazine and soon he will be co-authoring a design book.

He’s seen the limelight and worked with Hollywood stars from many backgrounds, but now he is focused on making your home a comfortable and dazzling showpiece that will get the neighbors talking.

Wallace spent more than 25 years working in Southern California. But a few years ago, Wallace, who grew up in a Michigan town of 8,000, decided he wanted a slower, quieter pace. He relocated to Danville and  is now working as a designer at Design & Interiors in Lafayette.  In addition, he brought Steve Wallace Design (www.stevewallacedesign.com), his 25-year-old full service interior design company to the East Bay. Wallace has worked on more than 100 projects over the two decades but his passion for design goes back much farther.

"Growing up in the Midwest, I was always fascinated with architecture and how things were built,’’ he says.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 22 March 2011 02:32)

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