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Sunday, January 2, 2005; Page P02

KICKS ON THE STICKS. Be careful who you bump into on the Atlantic City boardwalk Jan. 14-16: Ultimate Fighting Championship winner Frank Shamrock, "Italian Bad Boy" Chuck Zito and actor Joe Piscopo will be in town for Mega Martial Arts Weekend, billed as the world's largest event of its kind. Watch masters in action and take seminars on stances and techniques led by Bill "Superfoot" Wallace (he of the 60-mph kick) and others at the Friday and Saturday expo. On Sunday, it's stick fighting, point sparring and other forms at the "War at the Shore," the national team trials tournament held by the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations.

Expo $25; tournament $15. Three hours from the Beltway at the Tropicana in Atlantic City. 718-856-8070,www.megamartialarts.com.

-- Anne McDonough

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