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2012 annual

8 I Karate Masters Hall of Fame® Inductees

Familiar Faces: MAGI® announces the latest 2011 “Official” KMHOF® Inductees.

12 I Grandmaster Andrew S. Linick

Meet the Chairman of MAGI® and the Karate Masters Hall of Fame®.

16 I Wisdom from A Grandmaster


31 I Order Your Shirt Today.

GM Keith D. Yates shares more of his accumulated Wisdom from almost five decades of training.

18 I Double Your Student Enrollment

Targeted Social Media Marketing for the martial arts entrepreneur.

22 I West Coast Wrap-up


Master Emil Farkas reveals the untold story of Shotokan Karate.

26 I Favorite Fighting Techniques from the Masters TM

Winning techniques from a legend of the

full-contact ring, GM Raymond McCallum.

28 I Kung Fu Korner Noted Sifu Karen Schlachter reflects on TM

lessons leanred from past masters.

30 I The Voice of Tradition “The Old Man at the Bridge,” musings from TM

Grandmaster Dan Tosh.

32 I Canadian Connection


Hanshi Cezar Borkowski on the Northern scene.

33 I A History of Shorinryu Karate in the USA



Kancho Terry Maccarrone honors the first Shorinryu pioneers.

CONTENTS 35 I An American Samurai An excerpt from Prof. Gary Lee’s latest book.

Grandmasters Jhoon Rhee & Pat Burleson


37 I One More Round


Grandmaster Joe Corley reflects on "Gentleman"

James Corbett.

38 I When Dying is Not an Option

From the tough streets to Iraq and back again.


40 I The Masters Self-Defense Series



Facing an assailant with a gun by GM Ric Black.

42 I MAGI® Benefits Expanding

Why you should be a member of MAGI®.


44 I Nutritional Self Defense


The Top 5 Herbal Performance Supplements.

45 I Southwest Scene


GM Duane Ethington reports on the retirement of four Texas legends.

46 I How to Beat Up Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime, Under Any Circumstances


Dr. Ted Gambordella has the definitive answer.

49 I Martial Arts Milestones


MAGI® is compiling a history of the many great contributions that pioneers of the arts in North America have made to the growth and popularity of fighting systems worldwide.

50 I Martial Arts Marketplace




Inductee Profile

Reviews of new products.

Spectacular Raymond McCallum.

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Official Karate Magazine™ is the “official” publication of Martial Arts Grandmasters International®.

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It is a 21st Century version of the original Official Karate that was published from June 1969 to Winter 1995 by founding editor Al Weiss and Charlton Publications. We are published quarterly in digital format with a printed “annual” issue.

As one who was on the cover of several issues of the original Official Karate I am excited to see that this new version carries on the tradition of a quality publication. I look forward to a magazine that can reach the next generation as effectively as that first one reached all of us. —Oso Tayari Casel, Kung Fu Pioneer and Champion

MAGI® is a dynamic association of traditional and modern martial arts practitioners. Since 1994, we have strived to fulfill our mission to recognize and register kyu/gup students, black belts, masters, and grandmasters of various martial arts styles organizations, Asian and Western selfdefense systems, and fighting arts. Editor and Publisher: Andrew S. Linick, Ph.D. Managing Editor and Creative Director: Keith D. Yates Editorial Consultant: David Weiss Contributors: Ric Black, Joe Corley, Duane Ethington, Emil Farkas, Ted Gambordella, Gary Lee, Terry Maccarrone, Raymond McCallum, Dan Tosh, Keith Vitaly MAGI® Member Benefits Membership in MAGI® will afford you the opportunity to have an affiliation with the first-generation pioneers who sit on our Board of Advisors. Of course you can share in their wisdom in the pages of Official Karate magazine (a subscription is included in your membership) but you can also take advantage of a direct dialogue with these Grandmasters through our websites and Facebook pages. You can proudly display the impressive MAGI® membership certificates, colorful uniform patches, and even attention-getting trademark protected four color window decals that proclaim you are an “affiliated” professional MAGI® school. (It’s considered the ‘BBB’ in the MA industry) You will receive big discounts on high-quality Asian weapons, books, videos & DVD’s, e-books, t-shirts, equipment bags, and even professional custom framing for MAGI® certificates and for your own school certificates. We are adding new features and benefits all the time so click on and “LIKE” us at can also go to www.joinmagi.



I am proud to be a small part of this new venture. The men involved in putting together this mammoth undertaking deserve the support of all of us “old timers.” —Dan Tosh, Hanshi I was in my early twenties when I began training. I had a book, “Karate,” by John Kuhl and was in a dojo in Suffolk County when I found an issue of Official Karate. I would go to a Manhattan newstand to get the latest issue. It was my connection to people, tournaments, and training. It was all new. I read it cover to cover. That magazine became my doorway into this new world. —Terry Maccarrone, 8th Dan Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu Reading this Premier issue of the new Official Karate magazine took me back to the golden years of the 1960s and ’70s. What a great job. This publication is going to be joyously received. —Bob Gaines, Master Direct Response Advertising Copywriter and martial artist Congratulations to Hanshi Andrew Linick and Grandmaster Keith Yates and friends for bringing back Official Karate magazine. My appearances on the cover and inside features gave a healthy boost to my career. Official Karate was the only East Coast publication to focus on the many talents and achievements of our region’s many ‘superstars.’ My enthusiastic support for these efforts —Dr. Alex Sternberg, Kyoshi, 7th dan,


Having been involved in martial arts practically my whole life there are certain things that shaped me. Like almost all of my generation Bruce Lee was my inspiration but by the time I really knew who he was, he was already dead. Another great influence was Official Karate magazine. I remember running to the local store to buy the latest issue. I got to see my idols describe their lives, arts and beliefs. I couldn’t wait to see the favorite techniques of masters like Tayari Casel, Ron van Clief, Andrew Linick or Alan Lamb. They inspired me to enter competitions in the hope that I could make it into Official Karate magazine too. I achieved that dream a few years later. It was amazing to read about a martial artist and see them at a tournament the next week. For me it always made me believe that if it was possible for them it was possible for me. I am so delighted at the resurrection of Official Karate magazine. Trust me when I say it has brought back a flood of wonderful memories and hopes for a tremendous revival for the next generation of readers. —Thomas Gettling, Hachi-Dan, San Lung Tao Excellent job. The new Official Karate magazine has brought back a lot of the spirit that’s missing in today’s karate community. Congratulations to the A-Team who put together such rich and interesting content again.” ­—Master Marty Katz With over 40 years of study, and I can remember my first issue of Official Karate magazine, I was a collector for many years. I joined the Navy in 1987 and when I came home from boot camp to my surprise my Grandmother had throw them all away. My heart was broken. I wanted so bad to be in an article or on the cover but then one day it was gone, out of print. I am excited about the revival. I’m looking forward to see new articles and those great cover shots. Who knows? Maybe one day me! —Master Bryant Harrell


y father’s fascination with the martial arts began with a single reverse punch delivered by his future sensei, John Kuhl—a punch that not only sent him sprawling, but ignited an insatiable curiosity. He became a sponge for knowledge on the subject and it wasn’t long before he realized that the public deserved, indeed needed, to know more about these ancient disciplines. He also recognized the need for a forum through which instructors and practitioners could share their knowledge and skills. OFFICIAL KARATE was born. Now, 43 years later, a talented and devoted team of practitioners led by grandmasters Andrew Linick and Keith Yates have chosen to resurrect this, the first martial arts magazine published on the east coast. Young practitioners of all styles will be kept abreast of news and events in the martial arts community as well as learn of their shared heritage—of those who made the martial arts the popular phenomenon that they remain today. The masters, the ones that have withstood the test of decades of devotion, will be able to look back fondly on the glory days of American martial arts. Everyone wins. My father would be humbled that his past efforts would be so honored, and it is with great enthusiasm that I offer my profound congratulations and wishes for success to this, the 21st century incarnation of an American martial arts classic. David Weiss Former Editor Official Karate Magazine

Conceived of in 1968 First Issue, June 1969 Volume 1, Number 1 (John Kuhl on the cover)

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What do the Father of Taekwondo in America, the Grandfather of American Sport Karate and the Father of Texas Blood and Guts Karate have in common?


KARATE MASTE Founded by GM Andrew S. Linick, Ph.D.

Pat Burleson

KMHOFTM Vice-Chairman Yates was honored to present the Induction Certificates to Grandmasters Jhoon G. Rhee and J. Pat Burleson at a special ceremony in April, 2011. Unlike most other Halls of Fame, there is no charge to be either nominated or inducted into this prestigious Hall. Since its founding in 1972, less than 85 martial arts pioneers have been recognized by this, perhaps the very first Hall to honor the original masters of the arts in the Western world.

Grandmaster J. Pat Burleson won the very first National Karate Championships in 1962 in Washington D.C. That’s why he earned the nickname, the “Grandfather of American Sport Karate.” But his accomplishments extend way beyond the ring as Burleson’s innovations in the area of commercial dojos revolutionized the business of teaching the martial arts. At the age of 75 he still travels the country inspiring thousands with his skills and charisma.

Jhoon Rhee We couldn’t even begin to list the contributions of Great Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee to the world of martial arts. As the “Father” of Taekwondo in America he introduced this Korean system to the United States in 1956. He is also the inventor of the padded sparring gear and musical kata, both of which revolutionized competition the world over. He was named one of the 200 most influential immigrants to ever come to the USA by the National Immigration Forum. The only Korean-American on the list, Mr. Rhee joined names such as Albert Einstein and Knute Rockne and Yo Yo Ma. Now 80 years old he still teaches, writes and speaks around the globe.



Nominations The KMHOFT® operates under the auspices of the Martial Arts Grandmasters International®. To nominate someone for this recognition, go to


RS HALL OF FAME Since 1972 — Honoring Outstanding Pioneers and Masters of Traditional Karate-Do

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Keith Yates presents inductions to Allen Steen and James Toney.

Allen Steen Allen R. Steen is rightly called the “Father” of Texas Blood and Guts Karate. But his influence extends far beyond the Lone Star State. Steen won the 1966 Long Beach Internationals by beating Chuck Norris and Joe Lewis back to back. He went on to establish a commercial empire and to train more champions than perhaps any other first generation master teacher. His list of students include Skipper Mullins, Pat Burleson, Fred Wren and Demetrius (Golden Greek) Havanas.

Grandmaster James B. Toney was one of the original black belts of Allen Steen and taught in almost every one of Steen’s many schools. His mastery of technique as well as his demanding yet patient style of instruction influenced the entire first generation of Texas competitors. He recently retired as the Chairman of the High-Dan Board of the American Karate Black Belt Association / Chin Sook Hage Kwan (see article on page 45).

Ed Daniel “Big Ed” Daniel, as he is affectionately known, was a giant of a man and one of the fiercest competitors of the first generation. He is one of the earliest teachers of Shorin Ryu in America. A former military policeman and a longtime Dallas Police officer, he took his street smarts into the ring and helped establish “full- contact” karate as a popular attraction for the growing sport Karate crowd. continued >>

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Sid Campbell Hanshi Sid Campbell was the first American to open a Shorin-Ryu dojo in America. He was posthumously inducted into the KMHOF in June at the Sid Campbell Memorial Tournament. Recognizing his contributions were his friends and students, Mark Gerry, Harry Mok, Gary Lee, Eric Lee and Dan Tosh.

Jim Harrison All you need to know is Bruce Lee called Jim Harrison the “meanest man alive.” GM Harrison was one of the most feared fighters of the first generation. An expert in both Karate and Judo he could knock out his opponents with a kick, a punch or a throw. For years he served on a special squad of the Kansas City Police force.

Roy Kurban Roy Kurban has been a champion, a coach of champions, a promoter and a judge—a REAL judge. He trained in both America and in Korea with the U.S. Army. A winner of almost every major title in sport karate, he was named the Black Belt Magazine “Man of the Year” in 1989. He has been inducted into both sport karate and taekwondo halls of fame numerous times. He recently retired as both a judge and a school owner although he continues to teach seminars around the globe.

Raymond McCallum Raymond McCallum was one of the few American competitors to take the entire world by storm. He took the grand championships at virtually every major tournament in the United States and then competed, and won decisively, in Europe and in Asia. GM McCallum was one of the most versatile fighters that this country has ever produced. Raymond McCallum & Keith Yates.



James Cook Vietnam vet James Cook began his training in 1957 and has taught hand-to-hand to the U.S. military. He was a well-known fighting and weapons champion in the 1970s and established a career as an excellent teacher.

Joe Corley Joe Corley began Tang Soo Do at age 16 and began teaching by the age of 18. Although an accomplished karate and full-contact champion himself he is known as one of the founders of professional karate and he continues to promote the annual Battle of Atlanta, one of the largest and most prestigious tournaments in the world.

Ted Gambordella Ted Gambordella is an American jiu-jitsu pioneer. The author of 42 books and 38 DVDs, he is one of the top-10 best-selling jujitsu authors in the world. Always the innovator he produced some of the first digital books on the martial arts.

Dennis Bootle A career law enforcement officer (detective/sergeant at the New YorkCity Police Department, cold case homicide investigator at Lake County Sheriff in Florida), Dennis Bootle is a highly respected Ryu Te karate master and teacher. An 8th dan, he has studied with Taika Sensei for over 30 years.

Tsuruoka Masami Although born in Canada, Tsuruoka, Masami was placed in an “internment camp” with his family during World War II and was moved to Japan after the war. There he began his training in Chito-ryu karate. Moving back to Canada, Tsuruoka sensei began teaching in Toronto in 1957. In 1962 he organized the first karate tournament in Canada. He would develop his own system, Tsuruoka-ryu, and is recognized as the “Father of Canadian Karate.”

J.S. Park Jong Soo Park was born in Chung-Nam, Korea. He was a teacher of police officers and of the famed Tiger Division of the South Korean army. A former national Korean champion he taught in Germany, and Holland before coming to Canada in 1968.

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Profile of a Grandmaster™

The U.S.

AMBAS OF KAR Andrew S. Linick

Dr. Andrew Linick is not only the founder and Chairman of the Martial Arts Grandmasters International® but also the head of the Karate Masters Hall of Fame™. He was anointed “The U.S. Ambassador of Karate®” by none other than the late American martial arts publisher and editor Al Weiss, best known as the founder of Official Karate Magazine (The Voice of the Martial Arts Since 1968). Al Weiss received his first through 5th dan black belt rankings from New York sensei John Kuhl, another early pioneer of American Karate.


l Weiss said, “Grandmaster Andrew S. Linick is one of the world’s leading experts on Karate and Okinawan weapons of self-defense.” Linick was the recipient of Official Karate’s first “Karateka of the Month” award in the August 1969 issue. Beginning his martial studies in 1958, Linick has achieved the status of Hanshi—10th Dan in Chinese-Okinawan Shorinji-Ryu Karate-Do, Kobujutsu (weaponry), and holds distinguished ranks in the arts of Judo, JuJitsu, and Aikijutsu. Hanshi Linick is truly a recognized American karate pioneer and internationally recognized author, seminar leader, keynote speaker, and much sought-after performer and chief referee at worldwide martial arts events. But what a lot of martial artists don’t realize is that Dr. Linick is also a world-renown direct-marketing expert. In fact he is called The Copyologist® (his brand name protected by a registered federal trademark) in the advertising and direct-response marketing world. Starting in his spare time, literally at his kitchen table, he built an international mail-order publishing empire. Since 1967, 12



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Takayoshi Nagamine, Dr. Linick, Shoshin Nagamine, 1995.

he has sold over two billion dollars worth of products and services for his clients and himself through direct-marketing methods. He was inducted into the Copywriter’s Council Hall of Fame™ in 1987. By ’95 he was recognized as an “Internet marketing pioneer and master strategist™.” A full-page 1978 ad Linick wrote raised over $750,000 for the American Cancer Society. He was billed as the world’s sixth highest paid copywriter. Linick has consulted with major corporations such as IBM, AT&T, the Grumman Corporation, Citibank, American Express and Time, Inc. He advises and writes breakthrough selling web copy for small to medium size companies, entrepreneurs and martial arts publishers worldwide. Robert W. Bly, who wrote the blockbuster Secrets of a Freelance Writer: How to Make $85,000 a Year, called Linick “one of the most successful freelance mailorder writers of all time.” But back to his martial arts career: Hanshi Linick in the early ’60s co-produced and performed in martial arts shows around the world, touring the West Indies, the Caribbean, Israel, Mexico, Central America, Canada and Venezuela’s El Poliedro, and he appeared on ABC’s Wide World of Sports from New York’s Madison Square Garden in Aaron Banks’ Oriental World of Self-Defense shows. He performed at Gary Alexander’s U.S. and East Coast championships and tournaments in Manhattan Center, L. I. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and at Detroit’s Silver Dome. In 1984, Viacom Enterprises, one of the world’s leading television program and motion picture distributors, signed Professor Linick to develop and produce martial

Masters Ed Gross, John Chung, Toyotaro Miyazaki, Andrew Linick.

“Hanshi Linick is one of the most knowledgeable practitioners of Okinawan weapons this side of the Pacific Ocean.” –Art Beins

On the cover, February 1973

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“Grandmaster Linick is a true visionary who has popularized the martial arts not just in the Northeast but around the globe.” –Dan Tosh, Hanshi

Hanshi Linick with Ishin Ryu Karate pioneer, Grandmaster Don Nagle.

On the cover, May 1985

arts programming for the “how to” home video and cable markets, television specials and series. In 1984, Linick entertained and educated guests and crewmembers during his popular FearFree™ Self-Defense seminars aboard the ultra-luxury ship “SilverCloud” cruising the Baltic and North seas. For many years, Linick was a contributing editor on the masthead for over two dozen major martial arts and fitness magazines including: Official Karate, Karate Voice, Karate International and Fitness, American Karate, Combat Karate, Fighting Champions, Defense Combat, Ninja, Martial Arts Illustrated, Warriors, Samurai, World Competitor, The World Martial Arts News, The Original Ninja, CrossTrainer, Muscular Development, and Total Fitness. Utilizing his writing skills, Linick has authored over 5oo published articles and book/video reviews on not only the martial arts and about marketing but in the field of “fine dining” as well. Since 1982, Andrew and co-publisher, Gaylen Andrews, R.N. M.S. (noted food editor and restaurant critic), founded and publishes The Practical

Gourmet™, a monthly magazine for the affluent gourmet traveler featuring product reviews, how-to articles and ratings of upscale restaurants, hotels and resorts worldwide with PG’s prestigious 2-5 star Gold Taste Dining Awards™. In spite of his love for travel and great food, Hanshi Linick is in great physical shape at the age of 66, due to his decades-old training regimen that he began as a weight-lifter/body builder and competitor back in 1963. In fact, he was a renown, fierce competitor in fighting, forms, weapons and fingertip breaking. He won over 250 national championships—notably the 1967–’70 East Coast Open, 1966–’68 U.S. Karate Championships, U.S.K.A. 5th Grand Nationals, and the 1971–’73 North American and 1976 World Martial Arts titles.


e has been inducted into almost too many halls of fame and received too many achievement awards to mention them all. Let it just be said that he has been honored by Gary Alexander, Don Nagel, Peter Urban and many other pioneers and legends of the martial arts. continued on page 36



GMs Issac Henry, Ed McGraph, Vincent Marchetti, Al Smith, Sr., Michael DePasquale, Sr., Michael DePasquale, Jr., Peter Urban and Andrew Linick who inducted these early American Karate Pioneers into the Karate Master’s Hall of Fame™ March 1994 at wGary Alexander's I.A.M.A. Championships, NJ Photo Copyright©1994 by Barbara Deal • All Worldwide Rights Reserved.

Sensei Linick in Neko-Ashi-Dachi executing a Shuto-uke. With Kenpo master and movie star, Jeff Speakman

On the cover, OK Annual 1981 Martial Arts Grandmasters International ®


Wisdom from a grand master


GM Keith D. Yates

A Balance M

y teachers’ teacher was Jhoon Rhee, the “Father of Tae Kwon Do in America.” Grandmaster Rhee’s student creed is “Knowledge in the mind, honesty in the heart and strength in the body.” I have my students recite this saying at the end of our classes. Many have used similar descriptions to describe the nature of man. One of Anthony Robbins early books is, Awaken the Giant Within: How to take control of your mental, emotional, physical and (he adds) financial destiny. In it he says our sense of self-esteem is dependent on the balance of these aspects. Consider the physical. That is what most of us think about when we are training in class—pushups, stretching, punching and kicking drills. The physical benefits of the martial arts are obvious. We train our bodies to be flexible, to be fast, to be strong. “Strength in the body.” But our minds are being trained as well aren’t they? To borrow again from something Mr. Rhee says, the attention and bowing commands we use at the very beginning of a student’s martial experience teaches them the principles of DISCIPLINE (the attention posture) and RESPECT (the bow). Mental discipline and a respectful attitude towards others would go a long way in improving the situation among today’s youth. We have all seen the results of a little discipline and respect instilled in kids that have previously shown little of that. But as Grandmaster Rhee says, you can be smart and you can be strong but that does not make you a good person. Embezzlers are smart. Gang enforcers are strong. But they are not good. Which brings us to honesty in the heart. In the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert Folgrum says a basic truth of life is honesty. If a little kid learns that he or she needs to be HONEST, that lesson can carry us into life and make us successful, he claims. If Bernie Madoff had been honest he wouldn’t be in prison right now. If you are an honest person others will be attracted to you. If you are a truly honest person they may even overlook some of your other, negative, traits. People with good hearts are nice people to be around. People like them. And if people like you and want to be around you, then YOU



of Mind, Heart, and Body are certainly happier. So, what is the secret of happiness? Is it power, is it money? A survey of lottery winners found that the majority of them (after the excitement of winning and spending lots of money wore off) were not appreciably happier than they were before. In the last 70 years our culture has greatly improved its standard of living. We have more conveniences, from big screen TVs to cell phones, than our grandparents had and yet we are no happier that they were, and in many cases we are MORE stressed out, more frustrated, and more discontent with life. If having material possessions doesn’t make one happy what does? Maybe it’s making a contribution to other peoples’ lives? Maybe it is knowing that you will be remembered for making an impact. The late, great champion Howard Jackson was a good friend of mine. Many of us have recently remembered the impact he made on a whole generation of martial artists. The US constitution says we are entitled to “the pursuit of Happiness.” It doesn’t mean we are entitled TO happiness but to the pursuit of it. Most people pursue it the wrong way. To live a balanced and happy life you must invest in all aspects of your life. You can’t work out non-stop, nourishing the physical but not the other aspects. You can’t study all the time and grow physically fat and unhealthy. I know you know this but do you really practice it as a lifestyle? The only way to develop positive and healthy habits is to repeat them—repeatedly.

If having material possessions doesn’t make one happy what does? Maybe it’s making a contribution.

All of these things, eating healthy and working out, being honest and respectful, are habits we must develop into a way of life. Believe it or not this is the “martial way” of life. Like all good instructors, I want my students to strive for perfection. I seem to be a stickler for detail and some students get frustrated because they think they cannot please me. But they misunderstand. I don’t actually want perfection—I want the MIND-SET of perfection. To quote Bruce Lee, “Perfection lies not in the destination, but in the journey.” It isn’t the results that make you strong it is the process. You are not a good martial artist because you are a black belt; you are a good martial artist because you did what it took to BECOME a black belt. So tomorrow try to approach life a little differently. Commit to being more balanced. Seek knowledge, seek to be a more honest and compassionate person, and, of course, train even harder. But don’t let any one of those goals crowd out the others. Then you can pursue your own happiness in a balanced way, in a positive way and make an impact on other lives along the way—the martial way.

GM Keith D. Yates is the Vice-Chairman of MAGITM. Here he is with Jhoon Rhee after a 6 AM workout, circa 1995. Check him out at

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Get ready to get thousands of dollars of free publicity and repeat sales for your dojo, product, service, association, or idea—via targeted social media marketing!

 The rules of marketing have changed. Savvy marketing professionals know that they must engage with individuals directly on the web. Smart businesses (and dojo owners) know that customers/students can become “friends” and order products/services. Now is the best time to get your business, ideas, products and services into the online social media marketing game F-A-S-T!

 We interviewed famed marketing expert, Dr Andrew Linick just for Official Karate Magazine readers. Here is the first of a several-part article.

What Is Social Media Marketing? Simply put, social media marketing is using social media channels
to promote your company/name/dojo and its products. This type of marketing
should be a subset of your online marketing activities, complementing
traditional web-based promotional strategies like email newsletters
and online advertising campaigns. Social media marketing qualifies
as a form of viral or word-of-mouth marketing. Viral marketing
relies on you telling your friends about media, products, or services
you love (or dislike). 
 But here’s a big difference: When you tell your sister about a great new sushi joint, only she hears about it. She may tell her boyfriend or a neighbor, but the news moves slowly. However, f you have a restaurant review podcast with 500 listeners, your review travels a lot farther and a lot faster and that little Japanese place could be packed by Friday night.

Why Should schools and dojos embrace Social Media Marketing? Let me answer this way. One reason people love travel is because it puts life into perspective. If
you don’t know how

the rest of the world lives and what opportunities
await you in new frontiers, how can you make wise choices? Work
is similar to travel. But you don’t have to go all the way to South
America to stretch your boundaries. If you’re already taking advantage
of tradeshows, media relations, direct mail, and google “adwords,” then
try a new marketing tactic. And, if all my philosophical rhetoric
doesn’t convince you, then maybe these numbers will!
 People, particularly young people, are spending less time
watching television and listening to the radio and more time
online, according to last year’s survey of consumer digital media and
entertainment habits by IBM.* The survey has
TV and personal Internet usage almost tied in a heated battle.
Seventy-six percent of respondents reported viewing one to four
hours of TV per day. Eighty percent reported the same for
internet usage! Offline advertising has traditionally been expensive and difficult
to measure. Thanks to the hard numbers that web analytics
programs like Google Analytics offer up, measuring the success
of social media marketing campaigns is a science, not an art.
Similarly, the plethora of free tools associated with social media
can significantly cut down on high-priced artwork and design
that goes into offline ad campaigns.
 Finally, the days of the “brochure sites” (you know, where you just post an online replica of your printed advertising) are long gone. Markets are
conversations, haven’t you heard? Conversation is happening,
whether you like it or not. The blogosphere, at best estimate,
has at least 150 million weblogs. Facebook currently has more
than 600 million active users (people who have accessed their
Facebook account within the last 30 days). Flickr, the popular
photo-sharing site, published its two billionth photograph earlier
this year. The marketing dollars are continued on next page Martial Arts Grandmasters International ®


going to social media.
A study by Pollara Strategic Insights indicated that one in two
Canadian business leaders say social media is becoming more
important than mass media.

How should Social Media fit with a school’s marketing goals? If you are a school owner or head instructor you’re a marketer, so you know that having clear goals and tracking
campaign outcomes are critical. What are your social media
marketing goals, or what should they be? Why would you want to
trek through the swampy and sometimes treacherous social media
marketing landscape when you’re comfortable on the paved, tree lined
streets of yellow page ads and a “canned” website? The
answer is—drum roll please—increased online visibility. A stronger
web presence should be the primary goal of every social media
marketing campaign. But what are the metrics of a “stronger web
presence?” What does “increased online visibility” really mean? Here
are some concrete outcomes that should persuade you to get off the
familiar paved road. More visitors to your website. More incoming links to your website. More subscribers to your RSS feeds. More views of your content on video and photo-sharing sites
like YouTube, Google Video, Revver, Vimeo, and Flickr. More references to your dojo, company, products, and services on
blogs, podcasts, Twitter, and social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace
LinkedIn, and Digg. More followers for your Twitter account. Better search engine optimization and an improved Google
ranking. More genuine interactions with your students, black belts, parents, customers. Finally, more sales for you! Converting site
visitors (potential students) and social media consumers (potential customers) into students/ customers is what we (he means the experts at MAGI—editor) do best.
We can write compelling sales copy and guide a visitor through a
successful action website in a way that helps to sign up new students. 

Where are peeps? I would ask, are your new students/customers online? One of the reasons social media
marketing has taken off so quickly in 20


the high-tech space is
because many technology products can be purchased online and
immediately downloaded. The internet is an ideal marketing medium for dojo’s and companies selling products and services on the web. If you’ve got a website with a shopping cart or reservation system, then social media marketing should definitely be on your to-do list.
 Similarly, if your audience uses the web for research, social
media will be very helpful indeed. The good news is that you
don’t have to have killer search engine rankings to get in on the action. For example, a free listing on Google’s Local Business Center ensures that your dojo business address, phone number, and website pops up when customers search Google Maps for your dojo/business or businesses in your area. Potential new students/customers can even review your business inside Google Maps. 
 Making sure new students/ customers can find your brick-andmortar dojo/store with ease, alongside a handful of positive online reviews, is a persuasive way to get them in the door. Remember, social media marketing is ultimately about building your reputation online and bringing more people to your website to buy your selfdefense products, sign up for lessons, and so forth. If your website doesn’t a play key role in your sales and marketing efforts, then think twice before starting down this path.

Should I copy my competitors? Yes, pay attention to what your competitors (dojos within a 30 mile radius) are doing. If they’re all attending the same MA tradeshows/events you should be there too. If
they’re blogging on their dojo blogs and commenting/posting in the
comment threads of the right MA websites, then you should
be doing the same. Gauging your competitors’ online activities
is a litmus test for the value of social media marketing in the martial arts
industry. If other dojos (especially your competitors) are already reaping the benefits, don’t wait another quarter to get in the game.

What if you don’t have the resources? Granted, getting a social media marketing program off the ground takes
significant time and effort. You need to dedicate time every day
to monitoring the web, participating in ongoing discussions,
posting to your blog, and developing new campaign ideas.

you’re a one-person marketing department and already feel
overworked and resent the time you spend online answering
email and doing web research, then social media marketing may
just be too stressful. If that sounds like you, perhaps you should reevaluate your marketing activities to determine where you get the best return on your efforts. In my experience, social media marketing can often replace lower-value marketing activities that don’t produce consistently good results in getting students to come in for a trial lesson or longer period of time.

What if a dojo owner simply doesn’t have the time to spend? Find someone who does. There are Social Media Marketing experts out there. Of course everyone doesn’t have the expertise in the martial arts field. The good news is setting up and running social media marketing can be significantly
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Sensei Emil Farkas

The Untold Story of Shotokan in America


n the early 1970s, when I first began researching the various martial arts for what was later to become my book, “The Martial Arts Encyclopedia,” I had the honor of befriending Mel Bruno, one of the premier experts in the world of hand-to-hand combat and one of America’s pioneers in judo. Mel, who grew up in Southern California, became the highest ranked Caucasian judo instructor in the United States. In the early 1950s, he became the head of the Strategic Air Command’s (SAC) hand-to-hand combat training program and was later instrumental in getting judo accepted as an Olympic sport. One afternoon we were sitting in my dojo, and Mel handed me a folder full of photographs. He told me to look through them and choose any of them for my upcoming book. I expected to see dozens of Judo photos, but to my amazement, I was looking at photographs of Gichin Funakoshi, and Masatoshi Nakayama and dozens of other top karate senseis. I had recognized Nakayama sensei instant, since I had trained with him while studying Shotokan at the Japan Karate Association (JKA), but here he was just a young man. And there were photos of Mel training in karate with Funakoshi sensei. When I asked him about it, he told me a saga that I must share with you – the untold story of Shotokan karate in America. In the early 1950s, Mel was asked by SAC to formulate a hand-to-hand combat course based on his vast martial arts skills. Mel suggested that a course encompassing numerous martial arts such as judo, karate, aikido and ju-jitsu would serve this purpose. He then

convinced the Air Force to allow him to take a group of hand-picked airmen to Japan, where they would take a course from some of Japan’s leading martial arts masters, then return to the U.S. and teach what they had learned. Mel, being familiar with the grappling arts, needed a contact with Japanese karate masters. He contacted one of his friends, Walter Todd in San Francisco, who had studied judo, karate and aikido in Japan after the War. Todd, who was the first foreigner to study Wadoryu karate under the system’s founder Hironori Ohtsuka, gave Mel Ohtsuka sensei’s address and told him to contact the master, who was an excellent instructor and one of Japan’s leading karate masters. Upon Mel’s arrival in Japan, he realized that he had mislaid the karate master’s name and address. Since the group’s training sessions were to take place at Japan’s judo mecca, the Kodokan, Mel asked them about karate training. The Japanese Kodokan informed him they could put him in touch with Gichin Funakoshi, father of modern karate and head of the Japan Karate Association. An introduction followed and Mel and his airmen were soon training in karate under Funakoshi and his chief instructor Nakayama sensei. Mel was extremely impressed with karate and told Nakayama sensei that he should spread the art by initiating an instructors’ program, whose graduates could be sent overseas to propagate karate. In 1953, Mel decided to organize a four month tour of top Japanese martial arts masters, who would travel to the U.S. under SAC sponsorship. He asked Nakayama sensei to send some of his top Shotokan instructors along. The three karate masters that were chosen to

Thousands of American airmen and invited civilians witnessed these karate demos and Shotokan karate got its first exposure in America.



Funakoshi sensei and Mel Bruno training in the early 1950s.

go on the tour included Hidetaka Nishiyama, Toshiro Kamata and Isao Obata. Thousands of American airmen and invited civilians witnessed these karate demos and Shotokan karate got its first exposure in America. According to Mel, had he not misplaced the address Todd had given him, he would have gotten involved with Ohtsuka and his Wado-ryu group, and of course, it would have been Wado-ryu karate that would have had the great exposure. Soon after the tour, Nakayama sensei, on Mel’s advice, began the JKA instructors’ course, and by the early 1960s, top Shotokan instructors were sent to Hawaii (Hirokazu Kanazawa), Los Angeles (Hidetaka Nishiyama), Philadelphia (Teruyuki Okazaki), New Orleans

(Takayuki Mikami), Chicago (Shojiro Sugiyama), New York (Masataka Mori), Arizona (Shojiro Koyama), Denver (Yutaka Yaguchi) and Florida (Shigeru Takashina). If it weren’t for judo master Mel Bruno’s misplacement of Ohtsuka sensei’s name and address, Shotokan karate would probably never have reached the popularity in the U.S. that it has today. Master Emil Farkas is a prolific author and has established himself as top historian on the martial arts. He founded the Beverly Hills Karate Academy where he teaches many celebrities as well as training and coaching several champions. He was one of the original columnists for Official Karate magazine.

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KMHOF® Inductee Profile™

By Grandmaster Keith Vitali

Spectacular Raymond I

n the late ’70s and early ’80s, Raymond McCallum and I were the top two nationally-rated point-fighters in the US. Everyone knew on any given day, Raymond could defeat anyone with his incredible, versatile style of fighting. Raymond was the most spectacular fighter on our circuit—much more exciting to watch than any of the rest of us. All of the top fighters would stand by his ring every chance we got just to watch him execute some incredible move that would have all of us, his own peers, literally going wild over. It was only moments later that the reality would set in—that one of us would have to fight him that day. I personally saw Raymond execute three different moves while fighting in one major tournament that I truly believe have never been attempted by another in tournament fighting. He was incredibly electric in the ring and I was one of his greatest fans. Raymond actually made me a better fighter by forcing me to adapt and train much harder just to stay on top. It was Raymond who visited my studio in Atlanta to teach me advanced sweeps and take downs that soon I was incorporating into my own fighting regime. The first time I fought Raymond, I defeated him at the PKA Nationals for the Grand Champion title. I won but he swept me eight times in three rounds. Fighting Raymond for three rounds is no fun because at the end of all of his sweeps, they’re usually followed by a series of punches as well. Because of our rivalry we engaged in a little “smack talk” via the martial arts magazines. Later that year at the fight for the grand-championship of the Diamond Nationals we met again and went into over-time at the end of the third round. The score was tied. I threw a backfist… he threw a reverse punch. The judges saw his and not my technique and he won. But what I remember the most about Raymond was how graciously he treated me at my very last tournament. It was after my grand-champion match at a tournament in Oakland. Raymond was the first one to pick me up on his shoulder and walked me around the arena while the crowd clapped over the speaker announcing my retirement. That I will never forget. Raymond, congratulations on being inducted into the KMHOF®. —Your friend, Keith Vitali Grandmaster Keith Vitali was named one of the ten best fighters of all time and went on to a successful writing and acting career. You can see his books and videos at



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Favorite fighting techniques from the



GM Raymond McCallum’s favorite fighting techniques.




2 1. Opponent prepares to kick with his front leg. 2. Raymond slides in diagonally to avoid the kick. 3. He pops a glove into the attacker’s groin. 4. He swiftly hooks up to the head. 5. Grandmaster McCallum finishes by slamming a front leg round kick into the opponent’s head. Go to to see more of World Champion McCallum’s favorite techniques.








1. Oftentimes an opponent might try a turning back kick after you execute a front leg kick. 2. McCallum slides in before the opponent can complete his turn. 3. He places a glove on the attacker’s shoulder and one under his kick. 4. He lifts with both his right arm and his left knee. 5. Opponent is down and out.


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Breaking Up the Teahouse


ome of my fondest memories are of the hours spent watching “Kung Fu Theater” and later videos and DVDs of various martial artists. Jackie Chan, Bolo, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Sonny Chiba and later on, Jet Li and many others gave me many hours of joy and understanding throughout my life. Who can ever forget the pure enjoyment of The Last Dragon or Once Upon a Time in China? My dear friend, Bryant and I would make bowls of hot ramen noodles and go downstairs in the family room after everyone went to bed and put the videos in the VCR and sit for hours watching the old classics. We would try not to hoot and hollar at the amazing techniques and fight scenes that always seem to break out in the village tea house. We would roll our eyes as beautiful pottery was smashed and classic furniture was broken to pieces by the angry guys who were fighting over money, food, women or territory. It still makes me wince to see the beautiful furnishings destroyed in the fight scenes. Those movies always had so many secret teachings and life lessons in them. Our motto was “don’t look for plot, look for techniques and wisdom.” My students still enjoy our evenings together with a new movie and good food and the inevitable war stories that seem to start soon after the group gathers. I find these times as important as the hours spent in class and in practice outside of the school. When I first started my training in 1959 I learned that some of the best lessons were learned during the smoke breaks in the back of the

Sifu Karen Schlachter dojo. The teachers always enjoyed talking and sharing as we stood out by the back door or sat on makeshift benches by the cars. These are some of the happiest memories I have of my training. Over the years I have encouraged my students to read everything they can find about all of the martial arts, watch the movies, and listen to every teacher that crosses their path. You never know when a spark of inspiration will hit you right between the eyes. It may be in the form of realization, wisdom for spiritual growth or a gentle rebuke that sets you back on the path with a smile of gratitude and determination. Just recently I found myself in the hospital and facing a long painful recovery. It was not what I had anticipated and I felt the waves of depression starting to hit my back. I knew I had to return to the basics and ask for help from the many Masters that have gone before me. I settled into the wheelchair and said the mantra that I learned and taught so many times. “Breathe...relax...calm the mind...connect to Spirit... Breathe” And so there I sat amidst the hubbub of the city hospital counting the breaths and asking for acceptence and healing. The phone rang and I answered it. It was one of my top students, Dave, calling to encourage me. He is not the type of guy to sympathize and let me whine. He said “this is great! Its like the old vintage Chinese Kung Fu movies where the Master gets injured and goes off to the wilderness for awhile. He trains and heals himself and then comes back to

I knew I had to return to the basics and ask for help from the many Masters that have gone before me.



Sifu Karen Schlachter has studied many arts including Kodokan Judo, Okinawan Shorin Ryu, Aikido, Sun Moon Fist Chinese Boxing and Yang Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong. She teaches Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong for Tranquil Seas Retreats, and is the Master Instructor at The Sun Moon Tao Institute. She is a Master Instructor in Karuna and Usui Reiki and An De Divine Healing. You can contact her at


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kick the enemy’s ass and save the village!” The guy was speaking my language!!!! I started to laugh and cry at the same time as I envisioned the tea house going down one more time in my mind. Nothing anyone had said effected me like Dave’s words of inspiration. It was amazing. The lessons of the training and the martial arts lifestyle were there to heal me yet again. If we just stick to the basics and learn to go into the silence the Masters will send the message through the ethers to provide the needed answers. It was time to go off and heal up and recreate my hips and health one more time. I listened. Basics. Breathe, Connect to spirit. Accept and listen. Later on that night I was unable to sleep because of the painful incision and I was practicing my breathing and directing my energy to the source of my discomfort. The door to my room opened and the night nurse came in. He said something about reading my chart and noticing that I taught Tai Chi. I said I wished I could get up and do the form there. He looked at me sternly and said, “well, I don’t see what the problem is Miss Sifu, you have your Spirituality, your imagination and your chi. Get busy” and he left the room. Wow! Another one speaking my language! Spoken like a true martial artist: no sympathy and no nonsense - get busy and use what you have to get the job done! Wow! This man wasn’t a martial artist but his son had trained for awhile. Again it was what I needed to hear. I was overcome with the knowledge that the Universe is ready to send inspiration and wisdom in many different forms if we just stick to the basics and breathe, relax and listen on a daily basis. Next time you are faced with an urge to break up the teahouse, try connecting with your inner self and going back to the basics that formed every martial art foundation through the ages. Connect to the wisdom and inspiration that is there waiting to restore your center and your balance. Breathe and Listen.

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voice of tradition


Hanshi Dan Tosh

The Old Man at the Bridge


y column will consist of traditional aspects of martial arts. For those arts that I am not familiar with, I will rely on research provided by others from those styles. I will be interviewing traditional martial artists as well as studying historical documents to make sure that the information that goes into my column is as accurate as possible. In this issue, I will tell a story that my teacher told me about “The old man at the bridge.” I hope you enjoy! Many years ago in Okinawa there was a bully who was so mean and fierce that everybody feared him. He laid claim to a bridge that crossed the Naha River and made all who crossed it pay a toll. If they refused, he would beat them very badly. The only way to get to the other side was to travel many miles to the next crossing and it took a long time by foot. Everyone either paid or avoided the bridge altogether. One day the bully heard about a great karate master on the small island of Okinawa and decided that he should hone his skills even more to keep control over his bridge in case he was challenged by a bigger, tougher opponent. He was already very experienced at fighting and was undefeated but thought this would give him the edge he needed to keep the position of the toughest guy in Okinawa. He traveled to the dojo and saw some of the students doing kata. He asked to speak to the teacher and was granted an audience. He told the teacher

he heard that he is a great karateka and wanted to learn his ways. The teacher who was advanced in age beyond 70 years, agreed to allow him to train. The bully came to the first class and started training with the others and found that they were still doing the same kata, he’d seen them doing before. He asked the other students during a break, when do they learn to fight and the reply was soon. He continued to come to the dojo and train and yet all they did was the same kata. He asked the sensei, when will we learn to fight and the answer was the same as before, soon. He continued to attend the classes and finally after about six months of doing the same kata, he asked one of the students when they are really going to learn how to fight. The reply was that this kata has been the only thing that they have ever done and that sensei has been teaching this same kata for at least 20 years so far with nothing more. The bully was outraged and immediately quit, realizing that he’d been duped into believing that he’d actually learn how to fight. He went back to his bridge and it was business as usual. One late night under a full moon, he noticed from across the way someone walking towards his bridge. The man was bundled up and he couldn’t see who dared try to cross his bridge without his permission and most importantly not paying his toll. He quickly ran towards the man and attacked him. He was thrown to the ground, again he attacked

After about six months of doing the same kata, he asked one of the students when they are really going to learn how to fight!



and was blocked and countered and was being pummeled by this guy. As he was falling to the ground and just before he passed out he saw in the moonlight that this was the Old Man who had only done one kata his whole life and this old man had just beaten him easily.


he moral to this story is to be aware of the old man at the bridge. It is important to understand that just because it appears kata is some sort of crazy foreign folk dance or not really producing any positive martial skill, doesn’t make it so. For those who don’t believe in kata, you probably don’t know the true essence of kata and the meaning behind it. The way many people practice kata today; it is just for show and is nothing more than a dance for trophies and recognition. Kata should be as personal as taking a shower, it is private and teaches from within. It has personal growth and meaning far beyond the visual impression. In my next article I will articulate my personal theory about “Kata for Combat” as was written by Terry Wilson from an interview with me in the 1990s for another magazine. Until next time “domo arigato.” Dan Tosh is on the Board of Advisors of Martial Arts Grandmasters InternationalTM as well as the Karate Masters Hall of FameTM. Hanshi Tosh has been training in Shorin-ryu karate-do since 1958. You can contact him at

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While Canada and the US share a common martial arts hisCBBHoF INDUCTEES tory that is attributable to both 2006: Paul Chan, Frank Hatashita, countries’ rich multicultural Jong Soo Park, Wally Slocki and mosaic, there are a few notable Masami Tsuroka. differences north of the border. 2007: Benny Allen, Dave Chong, The arrival of Japanese and Tony Chong, Quai Wong, Shane Chinese immigrants to Canada in Higashi, Doug Rogers and Masaru the early 20th century saw martial Shintani. arts classes available to members 2008: Andre Langelier, Fern Clerof local ethnic communities, with oux, George Sylvain, Ted Marton, few outsiders welcomed. With Mitch Kawasaki and Hal Henschel. the end of World War II, waves 2009: General Choi Hong Hi of skillful practitioners returning Top: 2011 inductees pose for Canadian press. (posthumously), Ron Forrester, from interment camps established Left: Masami Tsuroka, the father of Canadian Karate. Lawrence Nakamura, Jean Yves the first formal centres of Judo, Theriault, Takeshi Kimeda, Monty Right: GM Park Jong Soo sores high above the crowd in 1974. Kendo, Karate. Open to the Guest and Robert Dalgleish (postgeneral public, schools like Tsuroka Karate Dojo and humously). Hong Luck Kung Fu Academy served as the training 2010: Ari Anastasiadis, Jean Frenette, Genesport (marground for legions of dedicated students and teachers, tial corporation), Chong Lee, Daniel Richer, Dr. Olaf many of whom would later create their own martial Simon and John Therien. dynasties. In the 1960s, Tae Kwon Do was added to 2011: Don Warrener, Cezar Borkowski, Twin Dragons this cross-cultural mix thanks to the efforts of visionarKickboxing, Don James, Harry Villeneuve, Raynald ies like Chung Lee, Park Jong Soo and Kyong Lee. Campbell, Gord Martineau and Dr. Alastair Murray Nearly half a century later, the achievements of (M.D.). these and other pioneers, along with those entrusted to safeguard the beacon of martial arts excellence in Sponsored by Bruce Winstanley, Kicks Martial Arts Supthe Great White North, would be recognised through ply, the 2012 CBBHoF celebration will be held on May the creation of the Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame, 26th at the Canadian Olympic Park, Calgary, Alberta. the brain-child of famed budoka Wally Slocki, Jean For ticket and nominee details, please call 403.717.4344. Frenette and Don Warrener. Hanshi Borkowski is the Director for Karate of the World Kobudo Federation and Renown for its strict nomination and confirmation the International Director of the Ryu Kyu No Kaze Society. He was a co-founder process, the CBBHoF celebrates new and previous inof NASKA and was one of the contributors to the original Official Karate. 32


It began almost without a plan of action,

The influx of Okinawan sensei began. New dojo American servicemen stationed in were established, Asia: Japan and on the “island of each in competition karate,” Okinawa. with the other for Okinawa has a long relationthe highest honors. ship with empty hand combat. by Terry Maccarrone The public noticed Influenced by China and then and karate became subjugated by Japan, it is the culture of Okinawa, this a business. By the “karate.” early ’70s Americans The main city, Naha, was home to a small dojo of had become “sensei” Shoshin Nagamine and Matsubayashi Shorinryu when and the science of James Wax entered to request instruction. Soon Wax fighting overtook was committed to earn the “black belt,” never given to the art. Sport karate a non-asian. He earned it and in 1960, returned home dominated and “perto Dayton Ohio where he began to teach—it was new, fection of character” unseen and extremely dynamic. Wax eventually came to Ansei Ueshiro often took a backNew York where there were other Americans teaching seat. judo, and this new “karate,” in health clubs. But as Okinawan karate imported its styles and It was on fire, karate one-punch-kill. The attracnuances, it tion drew many young men familiar with fighting in the contributed to America’s understanding of kata and street. This karate was a magnet. The dojo, the trainkumite. Kobudo, the art of weapons, actually farm ing hall, was designed for those chosen few who could implements, was introduced and became wildly popular. withstand the rigor, extreme fitness, knuckle push-ups, Thus, Shorinryu was an early innovator and hours of stretching and striking the wooden “makiwara”. opened the door to modern martial arts in this country. Hands became like steel, the feet so fast unseen, the American pioneers would take karate to power and the confidence, invincithe next level. Jim Wax and Ansei Ueshiro bility . left their “karate” to those who followed. In 1962, Jim Wax brought That generation is almost all gone the first Okinawan teacher to the today. Only a few survive to tell their tales. USA, Ansei Ueshiro, from the Fifty years have gone by, yet some still seek Nagamine dojo. Ueshiro was no the magic. ordinary man, he was a “sensei” Martial arts magazines have come and and he looked mean, nasty, and Ansei Ueshiro & Zenko Heshiki gone. Thousands of books have been writun-nerving—he could see throught ten. Films, television, and now the internet spread the you! Ueshiro had something else, charisma. And he “karate” word. But the few will smile and nod—it is not could jump kick your head without effort. By 1969 the like it was back then. Shorinryu system was known nationwide for fighting. It dominated tournaments with people like Robert Yarnall, Kancho Terry Maccarrone is on the Board of Advisors of MAGITM. He has taught karate for Parker Shelton, Bill Marsh, and many others. more than 45 years in New York.

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eo Fong was one of my first martial arts heroes when I came to the mainland. In those days one of my favorite books was Fong’s “Sil-Lum Kung Fu.” It was a soft style, translated as “young forest,” meaning to be flexible and bending with the wind like a young tree. I was fascinated—it was the opposite of what I had been taught as a kid training in Hawaii—knock them down and go straight forward! I found an uki (partner) and starting practicing. I had read the 1970 “Black Belt Magazine” article on Leo Fong’s life and was impressed with his attitude toward fighting and his background as a kid, being subjected to racism and how he overcame it. I wasn’t close to any kung-fu circles, so his book became my source of learning. I would practice all the techniques mentally and physically. It was my secret because back then you didn’t cross train. I remember one of my Shito-ryu buddies saw my worn-out copy of the Sil-Lum book and started asking me questions like, “Is that why you are fighting differently lately?”. I had just been in the mainland a few years and never competed out of California. I heard Chuck Norris was having a tournament in Ohio and bringing in some important judges and one of them was Leo Fong! I thought that if I could win an important event, in front of important judges, I would have the confidence I needed to work even harder to win. I had no car and no money for a plane or bus so I decided to hitchhike (it was safer in the 1970s). I left North Hollywood on a Thursday morning.

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My concern was time. I really can’t remember all the rides and people I met but I do remember it took six rides to get to Ohio and that by Saturday morning it was snowing and I wasn’t even there at the event yet. I had never seen snow, I hadn’t even brought socks, just my karate stuff and tennis shoes. God bless that stranger because he took me to the doorsteps of the arena. I ran to the registration table and asked if the kata competition had started. Mr. Norris was lining up all the competitors. I remember begging the woman to send a note down to Mr. Norris to ask him to hold the division because I had hitchhiked from California to compete. He said yes. I changed in the hallway and ran to the ring. Then they said, because they had held up the division for me, I had to go first! But I was ready—I thought. One look at the judges and I got scared to death. I mean, I was really nervous. There was Ted Volrarth, a Vietnam vet who did spectacular self-defense demos, my childhood hero Al Dacascos, Aaron Norris, Chuck’s brother and a well-known fighter (and later Holly-wood director), and the hero of my kung-fu memories, Sifu Leo Fong! I wish I could say I won but I did Unsu kata, tying for third place out of twenty competitors. I came back and did a Japanese Kata, Ni Gi Shi Ho and took third. That was great after all I had been through! In Kumite (sparring) I won three fights and walked out with third place. I still have those old trophies today. They are black and have a hologram design down the middle. They sit in my office and visitors often ask about those beaten, broken-down trophies. I just say it was the day that I met my heroes and I just cannot let them go. I guess I will keep them forever.

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Flying side kick against Steve Kubieshevski.

In fact the plethora of honors he has gained, and has seen many others imitate, is why he is so proud of the original Karate Masters Hall of Fame® that he founded in 1972. “There are literally dozens of Halls of Fame these days proclaiming to be the ‘one true’ honor for martial artists,” says Linick. “So many of them are full of people you’ve never heard and with dubious martial arts credentials.” “I want the KMHOF® to be unique in that we rigorously investigate the backgrounds of all nominees and make sure that our selected inductees are major contributors to the martial arts. Of course we have known famous names such as Peter Urban, Gary Alexander, Jhoon Rhee and Allen Steen but we also desire to honor those ‘unsung’ heroes of the early days of sport karate and all the arts in America and around the world.” “But even more impressive,” he continues, “is that we never charge a fee for induction into this prestigious Hall. We’ll send



a gorgeous, custom-designed and personalized KMHOF® certificate in digital format which the honoree can print out—that’s absolutely free.” If Linick sounds proud of this process he has every right to be. So many of the current halls of fame literally “induct” hundreds of individuals every year, sometimes for nothing more than winning a backyard tournament. The testimonies of the KMHOF® inductees are a witness to what the first generation pioneers think of this traditional organization (read them at Linick-Hanshi’s mission is to unify the international and national martial arts community in an atmosphere of friendship, mutual respect and cooperation, witness: MAGI—Martial Arts Grandmasters International® (a non-political organization “Preserving Traditional Martial Arts and Rank Certification Worldwide®”) and continue to honor and recognize various martial arts organizations, associations, federations, self-defense systems and styles and oriental fighting arts around the world. This includes modern American styles and traditional arts from China, Okinawa, Japan and Korea. For more information or to become an under-belt or Black Belt member go to www.joinmagi. org. You can also “Like” and join their Facebook page at joinmagi GM's Ralph Chirico, Al Smith, Andrew Linick, Isaac Henry, Johnny Kuhl Referees April 1989 at Gary Alexander’s/I.A.M.A National Championships, NJ. Photo Copyright©1989 by Barbara Deal • All Worldwide Rights Reserved.

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GM Joe Corley

When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black, and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more roundRemembering that the man who fights one more round is never whipped.” One More Round, by “Gentleman” James Corbett, about a 100 years ago…

Fast forward…2012… A professional request came in from Grand Master Andrew Linick to contribute once again to the new Official Karate Magazine. Official Karate, he said, had touched so many lives, and he wanted it to touch that many more. In this new generation that would not hold the magazine in their hands, the digital words could still reach their hearts. Hallelujah! I immediately went back to re-read and reflect on Al Weiss’ Official Karate coverage of our efforts and our contributions to Official Karate of two and three decades earlier. While we have been quietly working on the continuation of our life’s work, the details of that work are not public. “What to write now?”, I asked myself. We had previously written “In This Corner” as we produced 1,000 hours of televised fights for ESN, NBC and CBS. Where to begin? As I travel the world, the question I am asked most often by sport martial arts fans is “What happened to PKA and professional kickboxing?” The answer to that question, led by one of my favorite quotes lays the groundwork for this, our first return column: One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, Another for 30 days, But it is the man Who keeps it for 30 years who actually makes a difference In his chosen field of endeavor. —Anonymous

Who would have ever known it would have taken this long or have morphed into this? The answer begs more questions! The questions we encourage our students to ask are “Who am I?”, “Where am I” and “What am I doing here?” Here goes, in One More Round: Who Am I? I am a true believer, a believer for more than 36 years since the day Superfoot and I squared off at Battle of Atlanta VI that the world could make martial arts bigger than boxing. Where am I? I am in a world where “Mixed Martial Arts” now represents the successes we predicted and projected but is, needless to say, not what I had in mind. What am I doing here? I am on a mission. The mission: to bring to our sport of 37+ years and its athletes the credit they collectively deserve. We’re ready to fight! One more round. Stay Tuned! “Gentleman” Joe Corley is a former World Middleweight PKA Kickboxing Contender and an inductee into the Karate Masters Hall of Fame.

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When Dying is Not an Option by Ric Black


rowing up in East Los Angeles in the 1980s meant the nights were filled with the sounds of gun fire, police sirens, loud music, and oftentimes, neighbors engaged in heated arguments leading to violence.

At the age of six Tomas was brought from a small Mexican town with his three sisters by his parents seeking a better life in America. This better life meant his father working in the hot California sun as a gardener and his mother as a seamstress in a factory. The place they chose to live was a neighborhood where others of his countrymen lived and where their culture and language was shared.   Life as a child in East LA was different from his village. Walking to school or playing in the park near his home was hazardous because of constant gang activity. But Tomas adapted to his new environment and the daily dangers he encountered became commonplace and accepted.   As Tomas grew older he found not belonging to a gang meant he was open for beatings or having his money



and clothing taken. At age fourteen Tomas was forced into the largest gang in his area. For Tomas life changed in dramatic ways. He was introduced to the camaraderie and brotherhood and the safety in numbers as individual gang members made their reputations through fear and intimidation. The other younger members emulated these older boys in their swagger and attitude and Tomas was no exception.   One night, as he walked with three other gang-bangers near his home, a car rolled past and the rat-a-tat-tat of automatic weapons shattered the night stillness and the pinging ricochets of bullets were all around him. Tomas’ legs were suddenly jerked out from under him as the boy closest to him collapsed from a bullet to his chest and neck, the spattered blood pooling

Tomas moved forward by instinct and swept the man’s feet from under him sending him crashing down the remaining stairs before he could again discharge his weapon. in a widening pool beneath his fallen body. Tomas struggled to free himself as the car roared away into the darkness. Amazingly, since he was walking furthest away from the roadway, Tomas hadn’t been hit but two of his companions had been killed instantly and the third was wounded badly in the stomach and back.   In moments sirens wailed and police cars screeched to a halt just feet way. With weapons drawn they ordered him to the ground near his fallen friends. He was handcuffed and placed in a “black and white,” while officers surveyed the gruesome scene. Later, questioned by police, Tomas told his story, relating the quiet shattered by the loud cracking of gunfire and seeing his friends fall and the quiet again as the killers roared off into the night.   The funerals followed. All three of the boys who died had yet to see their seventeenth birthdays. This tragedy changed Tomas’ life for the better. His parents moved from the neighborhood further into the valley north of Los Angeles. Tomas returned to high school, now away from the dangers, and graduated at age eighteen. He decided he wanted to go into law enforcement and spent five years as a patrolman in Pacific Palisades. During his time as a police officer Tomas dealt with the same hardcore thugs as in his youth. Gang members as young as twelve tried to stab him. At twenty-five Tomas had to shoot and kill a gangbanger who had pulled a concealed weapon firing as he fled.   Tomas began to think of his life and decided he wanted a change and the next week enlisted in the Army. The hand-to-hand training resembled what he had been taught in his after-school martial arts classes in high school. But these had the immediate

effect of swiftly stopping an assailant in his tracks. Tomas excelled at defense tactics, both empty handed and against weapons, and was tapped to become an assistant instructor. The following year the World Trade Center was hit by terrorists flying commercial airliners and America was at war. Tomas, now a staff sergeant, arrived in Iraq with his company. In the months that followed he again saw fellow companions shot down, this time by insurgents. One night, walking patrol in an urban area, his patrol was strafed by gunfire from a nearby house. As he and his men returned fire Tomas and two team members ran a flanking position to the home where the gun fire began. Kicking in the door the first member of the team was hit and downed by an insurgent hiding on the stairs. Tomas moved forward by instinct and swept the man’s feet from under him sending him crashing down the remaining stairs before he could again discharge his weapon. Tomas shot the man and the team secured the house killing the remaining gunmen.   After two tours of duty in Iraq, Tomas returned to the civilian world and once again became a police officer. Hardened by the rigors of war he set out to teach others what the military and combat had instilled in him— how to survive. He became a defense tactics trainer in his local department where he is still active today.  

Dr. Ric Black is a Defense Tactics Master Instructor with the United States Police Defense Tactics Association (USPDTA) and a 50 plus year martial arts veteran holding a 10th dan black belt and the Sansei Soke (3rd Generation Inheritor) title in Bunbu Ichi Zendo Budo/Bugei Kai (Art & Science in the Way of the Pen and Sword in Harmony), founded in 1918 in Shanghai China.

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Defenses Against a Handgun Attack

by Grandmaster Ric Black



An assailant has pointed a handgun at his intended victim. 1–2. The defender steps left 45° while rapidly grasping the weapon with the opposing hand by the barrel and moving the weapon away to avoid the blast zone 3. Reversing the grasp to control the handgun the defender pushes it up in an arc steadily backwards and down 4–5. This locks the attacker’s hands in the weapon pushing him to his knees negating the attack 6. The defender retains the weapon and can use it as a bludgeon striking the attacker to the side of the head Author: Dr. Ric Black is a Defense Tactics Master Instructor with the United States Police Defense Tactics Association (USPDTA) and a 50+ year martial arts veteran. He is assisted by Gary Winters, USPDTA Defense Tactics Instructor. Photographs: Robert DeMott a USPDTA Defense Tactics Instructor and a 45 year martial arts veteran.







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ince 1994 Martial Arts Grandmasters International® (MAGI®) has strived to fulfill their mission to recognize and register students, instructors, and grandmasters of various martial arts styles and associations. They are recognized as a legitimate governing authority by several other international organizations. MAGI® is also the sanctioning body for the prestigious Karate Masters Hall of Fame®.


But what does this mean to you? Membership in MAGI™ will afford you the opportunity to have an affiliation with many of the first-generation pioneers. Members can take advantage of a direct dialogue with the grandmasters through the MAGI® website and facebook page. But it isn’t all long distance. You can join seminars and clinics with some of the best instructors in the world. You can proudly display the impressive MAGI® membership certificates, colorful uniform patches, and even window decals that proclaim you are an “accredited” MAGI® school. You’ll receive discounts on high-quality Asian weapons, books and videos, ebooks, t-shirts, equipment bags, and even professional custom framing for MAGI® certificates and for your own school certificates. We have arrangements with industry printers meaning you will receive wholesale prices on your brochures and flyers as well as embroidered patches. And, of course, a subscription to the new Official Karate magazine is included OFFICIAL KARATE 2012 ANNUAL

(we’ll mail the printed, “Annual” issue directly to you—the other three of the quarterly issues are available online). We are adding new features and benefits all the time. Our Board of Advisors are not only martial arts experts but also leaders in the business world. They can help you promote and grow your school through professional marketing techniques and even the latest in social media. And, of course, because we sanction the Karate Masters Hall of Fame®, MAGI® members are eligible for induction into what is perhaps the first and most prestigious Hall for traditional Karate Masters in the world. And did we mention that with our unique “rebate” program you will receive back a portion of the membership fees from all of your student and instructor members? In fact, with as few as two instructors and 20 students you’ll totally cover the cost of your school or organizational affiliation with MAGI®. With additional students or instructors you will actually MAKE money from your affiliation with us. This is on top of all the other benefits and discounts you receive.

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The Top Five Herbal Performance Supplements


hether you are competing in tournaments and want the edge on the competition or training for self defense and want to be at your best, having the top five herbal performance supplements under your belt will take you to the next level. The following herbs are either on the cutting edge of sports nutritional research or time tested for thousands of years. Whether it is energy, stamina, increasing your aerobic potential, improving muscle function or coordination and reducing recovery time these herbs are proven to do it! Ready? Let’s hit the herbs called adaptogens. Adaptogens have been used for centuries to increase energy, and endurance, while reducing fatigue. They increase your capacity to do physical work and your mental performance with the added benefits of strengthening your immune system, heart, and hormonal system functions. At the same time, they help you adapt to stress and increase your ability to release adrenaline. 1. Rhodiola: Used by the Vikings to enhance their strength and stamina and by other northern, Asian and Greek cultures for fatigue and immune strengthening. Rhodiola has scientifically been shown to promote energy metabolism. In one university study, Rhodiola rosea increased participants physical work capacity and improved their recovery time while participating in highly intensive exercise. In another study, Rhodiola was proven to promote endurance as well as coordination in athletes. 2. Cordyceps: Treasured in the Emperor’s palace in ancient China, it was used to strengthen the body after exhaustion, to strengthen the immune system and treat impotence. In a recent scientific study it was shown that after six weeks of using Cordyceps the athletes in the study doubled their oxygen intake which enhanced their body’s efficiency. 3. Ashwagandha: Also called Indian Ginseng or Withania somnifera has been used for over 4,000 years in traditional Indian or Ayurvedic medicine and in African tribal medicine. Ashwagandha was used to treat inflammations like 44


arthritis, stimulate the immune system and to combat stress. Ashwagandha has been studied for athletic performance and has been found to reverse generalized weakness, significantly improve speed and lower limb muscular strength as well as neuro-muscular co-ordination. 4. Eleutherococcus senticosus: Also called Siberian Ginseng, it’s use dates back 2,000 years, according to Chinese medicine records. It is referred to as ci wu jia in Chinese medicine and in Russia, eleuthero was originally used by people in the Siberian Taiga region to increase performance and quality of life and to decrease infections. In more modern times, eleuthero has been extensively used to increase stamina and endurance in Soviet Olympic athletes and to recognize the power of this herb, after the massive radiation accident in Chernobyl, many Russian and Ukrainian citizens were given eleuthero to neutralize the effects of the radiation. Eleuthero has shown improvements in physical performance according to preliminary Russian research. The herb also has been shown to strengthen the immune system and may reduce the risk of post-exercise infection. 5. Schisandra: A classical treatise on Chinese herbal medicine, describes schisandra as a high-grade herbal drug especially as a tonic for the kidney which is considered in Chinese medicine as the organ where all your energy is stored. In addition, other textbooks on Traditional Chinese Medicine note that schisandra is very valuable for physical exhaustion. Studies suggest that Schisandra not only has a positive effect on athletic performance, but it also improves recovery. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Craig Rubenstein was a team Chiropractor to the US Freestyle Ski Team in 1990. He is also a certified clinical nutritionist and a Fellow and Diplomate of the International Academy of Clinical Acupuncture. He operates his Park Avenue practice in NY and a satellite office in Suffolk County, Long Island.

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Four Legends Retire

GM Duane Ethington

Grandmasters James Toney, Royce Young, Richard Jenkins and Tim Vought Retire from the Board of the AKBBA


exas has long been acknowledged as one of the corner stones of early karate in America. Many famous names have hailed from the Lone Star State. Steen, Burleson, Mullins, Havanas, Wren, Daniel, Kurban—the list could go on. But beyond the national and international champions, there are the names of great sensei who set the stage for excellence. These include Toney, Young, Vought and Jenkins. When one in the know hears those four names, a myriad of memories come flooding into their thinking process. Among them, these four men have nearly two centuries of teaching and service among them. To have all four retire at the same time leaves a hole in the Texas martial arts boat. That hole won’t sink the boat because their legacy has assured that very capable martial artists will be on hand to fill it. However, make no mistake about it, the absence of these four old dragons will make some ripples in the waters of Texas karate. I can conjure up many fond memories pertaining to any one of these gentlemen. James Toney was a brown belt when I begin my MA journey in the 1960s. He had yet to become one of Texas’s greatest martial arts teachers and coaches; Royce Young was yet to put in his decades of dedicated teaching at the Texas Instruments Karate Club (probably the longest continually running karate club in the country); Tim Vought still had his stellar carrier as a competitor and police officer ahead of him; and Richard Jenkins was yet to make so many opponents feel the pain from his punches and kicks and he was yet to found karate schools across the South and Southwest. In addition to these contributions, they have all served with distinction as High-Dan Board Members of the American Karate Black Belt Association/Chin Sook Hage

Kwon (founded by Allen Steen and one of the very first national karate organizations). Now these legends are coming to the end of their respective trails in this great art and sport and they will be missed. I am deeply honored to have known all of them and to have counted them among my friends. I can recall instances where each has not only taught me a lesson in the martial arts, but a lesson in life as well. We could do a lot worse than to take a portion of any one of their lives and make it a model to emulate. We may not see them physically on a day to day basis but their spirits and lessons will continue to guide and prompt us for as long as there are martial arts in Texas and beyond. Each man could fill a large scrapbook with their contributions to the Texas martial arts scene and each leaves behind a legacy of respect and honor and, perhaps, even envy to those who know them or, at least, know of them. Each of these four have blazed a trail in the Lone Star State that is hard to follow for Texas karate, not unlike other karate practice around our great nation, has a reputation for being inter-related so that each cog in the great wheel somehow feeds off all the other cogs. That is one of the aspects of Texas karate that has made it memorable through the years. From the beginning days of Grandmasters Allen R. Steen and J. Pat Burleson to the newest black belt of today, the legacy continues to grow and the wheels continue to mesh and push the great Texas martial arts machine onward. These four have been and are a part of that. Grandmaster Duane Ethington is the founder of Iss Hogai Ju-Jutsu and was one of the writers for the original Official Karate.

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How to beat up anywhere, anytime any circumstances.


am always amazed when I do seminars or teach classes how many people ask me questions like “How do you beat up a guy that is 100 pounds bigger than you?” “How do you beat up someone who is a great wrestler?” “How do you beat up a great street fighter?” “How do you beat someone who knows how to fight on the ground?”



It never fails that you will get a few questions that all are really asking the same thing. “How do you beat up anyone, anywhere, anytime under any circumstances?” Well after tens of thousands of hours of teaching and training in the martial arts for the last 46 years I think I have the definitive answer to all these questions. You Don’t. In my series of articles on 10 things I learned from Royce Gracie, number 5 is “the best way to escape a dangerous situation is to not get in it,” and basically the same thing applies to this question. How do you beat up anyone, anytime, anywhere under any circumstance? You don’t fight them. There is simply no way you will be able to beat up anyone, anywhere, anytime under any circumstances. No one can do it—no one ever will do it. There are some great boxing fighters out there, but if you put them in a room with a college wrestling champion, they probably won’t come out too well. There are some great karate fighters out there, but if I put those up against great jiu jitsu champion, they might

not win every time. There are some great jiu jitsu players out there, but if you put them in a swimming pool, against a great striker, they probably can’t use their ground techniques too well. There are some great cage fighters out there, but if you put them in a bar room fight they might not win every time. There simply is no way anyone can win every fight under any circumstance. Especially if the fight includes weapons, like knives, clubs, bats, and even guns. Especially if the fight is started by someone in the dark, from behind with a crow bar while you are walking. It is not realistic to think that for the rest of your life you will be able to beat up anyone who is alive. When Mike Tyson was still sane and the Heavyweight Champion of the World, a reporter asked him if he could beat up a certain other fighter. Tyson replied that if he was alive he could beat him up, because he could beat up anyone alive on the planet. Ask him that now that he is not quite as sane (please don’t take this wrong Mike, but anyone who spends/loses $400 million dollars and puts a tattoo on his entire face is not totally sane). I don’t think he will say the same thing about beating up anyone alive. Everyone gets older, slower, and weaker then and not as effective a fighter as when they were young and in their prime. Just look at the records of the current great MMA fighters and ex-champions. I say exchampions because no one in MMA has ever held the championship belt for more than 2 years, if that long. I think Matt Hughes held it the longest. Ex-champs like Randy Colture, Chuck Lydell, Matt Hughes, Royce Gracie, Tito Ortiz, Ken Shamrock and the list goes on an on, have lost 30 to 50% of their fights. That’s right; most MMA champions records are less than 65%. Everyone loses, and most lose a lot. So if these guys, who definitely can beat up 99% of the

by Dr. Ted Gambordella people walking around today, lose fights, how can you think that you can win every fight against anyone at any time? The best way to win a hard fight is not to get in it. There is a famous story of a great Samurai Master who was constantly pushed to fight another Samurai who was noted to be particularly mean and nasty. After years of being pursued, the great master said he would agree to the fight but it must be on an island offshore so that no one around would get hurt. The other man agreed and they both got into the boat to row to the other island. When they got near the shore, the first guy jumped into the water and started swimming to the shore to get ready for the great fight. The old master stopped rowing forward, and turned the boat around and began heading the other way, leaving the young fool alone on the beach screaming. The point is that he won the fight by not fighting. McArthur did the same thing in WWII when he used the tactic of “island hopping” to avoid some potentially long and bloody fight with the Japanese. He simply went around their powerfully protected island fortress and saved 1,000s of lives. There is a great lesson to be learned here. You should practice your martial arts diligently and earnestly for the rest of your life, but you can and should avoid fighting anyone, anywhere at anytime under any circumstances. You can’t win them all. Dr. Ted Gambordella is a prolific author on the martial arts having written hundreds of articles, 42 books and regularly blogs and posts video commentary on not only fighting arts but life and philosophy. See his website at

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