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“Road to Hollywood” 7 Show News Series

Hollywood Actor, Stuntman, Author & World Renown Martial Artist known for his work in “The Octogan”, American Ninja” & “Rising Sun”



Theresa Zaino Official Casting Agent “The Karate Whisperer” Gary Lee & Don Castillo Karatoon Production



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Dear Martial Arts Entertainment Magazine Fans, We hope you enjoy this latest volume of Martial Arts Entertainment Magazine servicing the martial arts entertainment & business world. Created in 2009 and designed with an entertainment flair Martial Arts Entertainment Magazine has become one of the hottest online martial arts entertainment publications to date. Martial Arts Entertainment Magazine gives you the facts with featured stories and articles on todays Stars, Celebrities, Living Legends, including special reports on the latest news, events and stunt & movie film projects in the industry today. THANK YOU TO OUR CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Kim Kahana Sr., Mark Grove, Stephen Oliver, Andrew Linick , Ed Parker, Gary Lee, CJ Livermore and Robert Deahl. Martial Arts Entertainment Magazine is Produced by Living the Dream Productions, Inc. and Edited by “Hall of Famers” Danny & Theresa Zaino. If you would like to contribute relative content to this magazine feel free to contact us anytime at: dz@masbtvradiomag.com or call 561-575-KICK (5425). Martial Arts Entertainment Magazine reserves the right to edited all material that is given to us by mail, fax, phone, or email. The publishers and editors assume no responsibility for unsolicited materials. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

MASBTV, RADIO & MAGAZINE has been the recipient of the Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors Award for “Outstanding Contribution in Publishing & Media Coverage” for 3 consecutive years 20122014. Martial Arts Entertainment Magazine Produced by: Living the Dream Productions, Inc. © Copyright 2015 All Rights Reserved 18238 Jupiter Landings Drive Jupiter, FL 33458 561-575-KICK (5425) dz@masbtvradiomag.com www.masbtvnetwork.com Internet Celebrities Danny & Theresa Zaino of MASBTV, RADIO & MAGAZINE

VOLUME 6 - CONTENTS HOLLYWOOD NEWS - FEATURED STORIES: 7 - A Classic Success Story – The Kahana’s Meet The Zaino’s 13 - In Memory of Rick Kahana Hollywood Stuntman 14 – Star Raiders – The Adventures of Saber Raine 17 - Tadashi Yamashita - Hollywood Actor, Stuntman, Author & World Renown Martial Artist ARTICLES: 21 - Rick St. Clair of St. Clair’s Tae Kwon Do 26 - NAPMA President Stephen Oliver 31 - US Ambassador of Karate Andrew Linick 35 - Official Karate Magazine and The Linick Marketing Group of Companies Announces Alliance with Living the Dream Productions and Action Entertainment Talent Agency 41 - Ed Parker’s Paxtial Arts 44 - The Heart of the Sport Karate Museum 49 - Carl R. Stone’s Street Real? Part 1 52 – Top Gun – Kearny Arts Instructor has National Recognition ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: 55 - Gary Lee & Don Castillo’s The Karate Whisperer 61 - Featured Artist CJ Livermore – Singer Songwriter / Actor / Music Producer 64 - Alan Goldberg’s Action Martial Arts Mega Weekend 68 - The Gathering a film by Producer Johnnyray Gasca 82 - US OPEN ISKA World Martial Arts Championships ADVERTISEMENTS: 1 – INSIDE COVER - Born to Compete – The Zaino’s official movie poster – Artwork by Ed Parker 2 – Join the Karate Revolution – Subscribe for FREE to the Official Karate Magazine 3 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles official movie poster 4 – Victory Comics “Zaino Family Comic Book” - Winn a FREE Trip to Beautiful Costa Rica! 11 – Kent Moyer with The World Protection Group 12 – Martial Arts Show Biz TV 20 – Gorilla Pictures “White Tiger” official movie poster 22 –24 – 2nd Annual GoJu-Ryu Federation Seminar 25 – MASBTV DEPOT STORE 30 – Stephen Oliver – Extraordinary Marketing 39 – Martial Arts Entertainment Radio 40 – The Chemist official movie poster 43 – Kahana Stunt & Film School 48 – The Ladies of Martial Arts Show Biz TV 51 – Black Cobra official movie poster 54 – Budo Magazine / Black Salt / Martial Arts Australia 60 – KAPOW TV / Martial Arts Enterprises / Long Island NinJutsu Centers 67 – Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors 74 – The Gathering official movie poster 81 – Don Castillo’s Karatees & More Store / Masters Magazine / MASBTV NETWORK 84 – US OPEN ISKA World Martial Arts Championships

Article written by: Famous Martial Artist & Hollywood Stunt Legend Kim Kahana Sr. You may not recognize my name or my face, but if you’ve ever watched TV or a feature movie the chances are you’ve seen me, Kim Kahana Sr. I’m the guy going over the cliff, flying through the bar room window, crashing a car and falling off a horse. Subjecting my body to whatever the Hollywood screenwriters and Directors can dream up for their action shots. SO WHO IS KAHANA THE HOLLYWOOD STUNTMAN? To Understand, it is essential to understand Kahana the man. I was born in the Hawaiian Islands on October 16th, 1929. My father was in the U.S. Coast Guard and was an instructor in Judo and Aikido teaching to the general public as well as my family. At the age of 4 ½ I became very proficient in both these arts. In 1934 my father was transferred from Sand Island, Hawaii to Osaka, Japan taking me along with him where I studied under Sensei Hanna Fusa for about 3 ½ years earning my first black belt in Judo at the age of nine years old. Than in 1937 my father was transferred back to Hawaii. There I was able to see many different styles of martial arts such as Filipino-stick fighting, Kung-Fu, and Karate. I was very active and liked to fight in and out of the ring. I enjoyed contact. My first style in Karate was Shotokan, but after studying for a year it became a little too rigid for me so I made the decision to switch to Kempo and then to Shorin-Ryu. By this time I had developed a good mix of martial arts under my belt. I was also very interested in the art of the Samoan Knife and Fire Dancing which I learned from some of my Samoan friends. In later years I became a Samoan Warrior under the training of Freddie Letuli and traveled around the world performing. As a boy I became very restless. I wanted to go to the mainland and see the country. At the age of nine I stowed away on a ship bound for San Francisco, but out to sea I was discovered and brought back to Hawaii. After witnessing the bombing of Pearl Harbor I stowed away again and this time made it to San Francisco. From there I hitchhiked and hopped trains across the country to my Uncle in New York where he was working in a band with Xavier Cugat. He taught me how to play the drums which was the start of my career in show business, playing drums and dancing the Samoan Fire and Knife Dance. Years later during the Korean War I enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a member of the Airborne Ranger Unit. The Korean War was about survival. In fact I clawed my way out of a grave after an enemy firing squad had left me for dead becoming one of the country’s most decorated soldiers of the Korean War, having received the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. I later also recovered after a grenade explosion had left me blind for two years and permanently sightless in my left eye. After the Army I moved to Hollywood and began working as an extra. I also began picking up work as a stuntman after I realized that these guys were getting paid a lot more for what I had been doing in Korea for free. At least it seemed that way in my mind. I did not know how to ride a horse

so I went to such legendary Hollywood cowboys such as Yakima Canutt and the family of John Epper. My vast career has spanned over 300 movie and TV credits which can be viewed on Wikipedia and IMDb.

The idea for a stunt school came to me in the 70’s when I noticed that the profession was being overrun with young daredevils who were killing themselves and injuring others. These daredevils who encouraged daring feats by those with more guts than common sense. I didn’t want to stop the newcomers from coming, but I did want to make sure they knew how to do their jobs without killing themselves or someone else. So 1972 I began the Kahana Stunt School for those who were already in the stunt business. Two years later I opened it to the public and the school was the first to offer organized instruction. Up to that point stuntmen had learned on the job from industry veterans, many of whom didn’t care for the idea of me giving away what they considered trade secrets. So with that, I resigned from the Stuntman’s Association of Motion Pictures and continued teaching at the stunt school www.kahanastuntschool.com. In this line of work you meet many people. Some come and go and others become like family, like the Zaino’s. It was March of 2009, Danny and his wife Theresa Zaino called me for an interview with their Martial Arts Entertainment Radio network. After the interview I invited them and their family to come up and see the Kahana Stunt School. I was very intrigued and interested in meeting another martial arts family. When the Zaino’s came to tour the stunt school I was very impressed with their children Tony, Joey and their little sister Dominique who was only 14 years old at the time. Danny asked if I could give him some advice with a documentary he was doing about his family. We talked for several hours and before they left they invited my wife Sandy and I as special guests to their Martial Art Hall of Fame Awards Banquet in Clearwater, Florida. Their kids were performing a special demo with their “Team Americas” formerly known as “National Team Pepsi Show Team”. They were very impressive.

I was also surprised as I received a Recognition Plaque for “Best Stunt Coordinator”.

Over the past six years the Zaino’s have not only become an extended part of my family they have excelled their talents far beyond what I could have ever imagined. This is why I offered to assist them and become the Director of their online television show, Director of their family documentary film “Born to Compete – the Zaino’s”, which is now in the editing stages and recently made the decision to become their official manager. Besides the obvious, their similar family values and work ethic, it is still quite amazing to me to see their family and reflect on how my family was so much like theirs with so many similarities to include both myself and Danny having long careers in the martial arts, with me over 60 years and Danny over 40 years. Danny and I both served in the United States Army and both were stationed in Korea. I from 1950 to 1953 during the Korean War and Danny, a DMZ Military Police Veteran serving from 1979 to 1981. Both of our families are in the entertainment business. The Kahana’s are long standing in Hollywood for our famous stunt performers, actors and second unit directors. The Zaino’s are the new generation in Hollywood with their own online media network to include TV, Radio & Magazine in which Danny is the Executive Producer & Host of “Martial Arts Show Biz TV”, an online martial Arts & entertainment reality based news show starring the Zaino Family. Theresa Zaino is the CEO and Operator of “Action Entertainment Talent Agency” A fully licensed and bonded SAG-AFTRA franchised agency located in Jupiter, Florida. As for the Zaino children, Tony Zaino is a graduate of Palm Beach State College in film production; Joey Zaino is a graduate of the Kahana’s Stunt & Film School and a student at the Florida State University along with sister Dominique Zaino who is in the FSU prestigious media and communications Program. They are all actors and entertainers currently assisting the Kahana’s Stunt & Film School and helping with on going projects.

Today, the Kahana name is still active and working in the business. I’m still coordinating, rigging, and directing. I stay active in the field, motivated to continue by the stunt students and their families. I am doing more projects every year on my 100 acre ranch in Central Florida. The ranch is world renown for movie companies to use for their productions as well as teaching actors and stunt people to learn their craft. In fact now the Kahana Stunt & Film School has started a Junior class for stunt career oriented kids ages 10-17. Our Junior students predominantly have advanced martial arts or gymnastics background. I also continue to work with the Zaino’s on a daily basis where our companies “Stunt Action Coordinators Inc.” www.kahanstuntschool.com, “MASBTV, RADIO & MAGAZINE” www.masbtvnetwork.com, and “Action Entertainment Talent Agency” www.aetalent.net have on going film projects year round for people to come, learn and train from all over the world. At 85, I’m still kicking and I don’t plan on stopping or slowing down any time soon.

Kent Moyer is the founder and owner of The World Protection Group a full service international security firm that specializes in Executive Protection. He is responsible for the overall direction and growth of the organization and overseeing daily operations. Kent actively works with clients and security personnel to incorporate a philosophy of proactive, preventative security and attention to customer service. The World Protection Group, Inc. (WPG) was founded in 2001. WPG is based in Beverly Hills, CA and has 8 full time corporate employees, 200 full and part time operational employees including officers, analysts, executive protection agents and investigators. WPG sources from a pool of 5000 agents including former secret service, former military dignitary protection and private sector alumni from Executive Security International and Executive Protection Institute. In addition to its corporate headquarters in Beverly Hills, WPG also has offices in New York City and Mexico City, Mexico. The World Protection Group, Inc. is licensed and currently conducts business in the following US states: New York, Washington, Arizona, Oklahoma and California. Finally, we have vetted over 30 resources throughout the world and can service our clients worldwide. Our core client base is Political Dignitaries, Corporate CEOs and their staffs, High Net- Worth Individuals and their Families, Entertainment Organizations and Celebrities and Corporate Security. Personal security by its very nature is a highly sensitive issue and The World Protection Group assures total discretion, loyalty and confidence in our procedures and discipline at all times.



Rick Kahana, a martial artist and longtime stunt performer, died July 24, 2012, in Canoga Park, California. Kahana, who served in the U.S. Army prior to his entertainment career, was from a family with deep roots in the stunts field — his father, two brothers and sister were all stunt performers. In addition to his work on such feature films as The Milagro Beanfield War, Predator 2 and Airheads, Kahana also worked in television. His TV credits included L.A. Heat and The New Swiss Family Robinson. Rick Kahana is known for his work on Predator 2 (1990), A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) and Airheads (1994). He died on July 24, 2012 in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.

SYNOPSIS Rocket ships, Ray guns, and Robots abound in this heart-pounding tale where the stellar adventurer Saber Raine is hired to guide three elite soldiers on a rescue mission to recover a prince and princess who have been abducted from their home world. The trail leads Saber and his allies to a planet deep within uncharted space that is inhabited by strange mutated creatures, leech-like desert marauders, renegade mercenaries, alien outcasts, and cybernetically enhanced soldiers that guard mysterious ruins of a long forgotten empire. Deep within the ruins, Sinjin, a sinister overlord freed from a cryogenic chamber that was his prison for many centuries, is now in league with the Quintari, a malevolent insectoid race known throughout the galaxy as the scourge. In possession of a powerful new energy source, Sinjin plots his revenge on the descendants of those who betrayed him in the past. Can our heroes complete their rescue mission and stop Sinjin from unleashing his fury on the universe? Find out in Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine!

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For More Information Writer/Director Mark Steven Grove 720-560-0981 / Email: FusionFactoryFilms@aol.com


Denver, CO 3 June 2015 Casper Van Dien ( Starship Troopers ) stars in the new film Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine. The film also stars Martial Arts Icon Cynthia Rothrock (Tiger Claws I-III), Comic Book Legend Mike Grell (Green Arrow), and Hollywood Action Guru James Lew (Rush Hour). From Writer/Director Mark Steven Grove, Star Raiders is a retro sci-fi homage to classic serial heroes such as Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. Shot entirely in Colorado, the film is in the final stages of postproduction and is set to be completed late 2015. With an ongoing relationship with "MASBTV, RADIO & MAGAZINE" (www.masbtvnetwork.com), who has been instrumental in promoting Mark Grove's prior films, Fusion Factory Films will be relying heavily on their expertise as a contributing entertainment publicity sponsor. A Kickstarter campaign has been created to assist the filmmakers with the Visual FX elements of the project. Supporters will receive great incentives that include autographs, photos, premiere tickets, props, and even the opportunity to appear in the film. Kickstarter link - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/437573909/star-raiders-the-adventures-ofsaber-raine / Facebook link - https://www.facebook.com/AdventuresofSaberRaine Website link - www.StarRaidersMovie.com

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Tadashi Yamashita was born in Japan in 1942 but he considers himself an Okinawan. His father died when he was three and his mother moved to Okinawa when Tadashi was eight years old. He began martial arts at 11. Yamashita was awarded his black belt in 1960. He captured the All-Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Free Sparring Grand Championship Title. He visited Japan in 1968 and tested before Shugoro Nakazato and Chosin Chibana. He lived in Okinawa until in 1972 he came to the USA where he became a citizen. Yamashita has dedicated over 40 years of his life to the practice of Okinawan Karatedo and Kobudo. He has ninth degree dan in both karatedo and kobudo. Yamashita is the President and Director of US Shorin-Ryu Karate Association, the USA President of the Zen Okinawan Kobudo Association and Head Instructor of Shorin Ryu in the United States. Yamashita has traveled to South America, Greece and Bulgaria. Yamashita comes to Hampton Roads, VA annually. Bateman and his students work out with him on these occasions. Yamashita keeps a close connection with his birthplace of Japan and Okinawa. He has studied under Chibana Chosin of Shorin Ryu, Shuguro Nakazato of Shorin Ryu Shorin Kan and Shinpo Matayoshi, founder of the Zen Okinawan Kobudo Renmei. Yamashita combines many progressive fighting tactics with traditional aspects of karatedo. Yamashita's system (known as Suikendo) translates to fist flowing like water. This system of fighting allows the karateka to simultaneously block and strike his opponent. In 1968, he visited Japan and tested before his Sensei, Shugoro Nakazato, 9th Degree Black Belt. Also on the panel was the famous Grand Master Chosin Chibana, 10th Degree Black Belt. Sensei Yamashita became the youngest 7th Degree in the history of Japan. Sensei Yamashita moved to California in 1972 where many top artists, such as Mike Stone and Ed Parker noticed his talent and skill. The ProAm Tournament in Los Angeles in 1973 was the first of many in which he would demonstrate that talent. He brought 7,000 spectators to their feet for a standing ovation and from that moment on the magic of his karate weapons genius spread throughout the martial arts world. Sensei Yamashita is also known for teaching the late Bruce Lee the use of the nunchucku. Sensei is the foremost Karate and Kobudo expert in the United States today and the Head Instructor of Shorin Ryu in the United States.

AMERICAN MOVIE CREDITS: The Octagon, American Ninja, American Ninja 5, Rising Sun, Gymkata, Capital Punishment, Bronson Lee Champion, The Shinobi Ninja, Enter the Dragon, Judge Dee, Golden Needles, the Seven, the Magnificent Three, and Lethal Weapon 4. TELEVISION APPEARANCES: Kung Fu, A Man Called Sloan, Knight Rider, Thrillseekers, ESPN Karate Demonstrations, and several Pay Per View Events.

FOREIGN MOVIE TITLES: The Karate, The Blind Karate Man, and Karate II.

Rick St. Clair, Owner/Operator and Head Instructor of St. Clair’s Tae Kwon Do started teaching in 1984 out of his 20' x 20' garage with only 10 students. Over the next 9 years he moved to several locations finally settling on a great store front location in 1993 in San Francisco, CA where he is still located today. Teaching the are of Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do under Richard Chun’s system, Rick has taught thousands of students over the past 22 years teaching kids as early as 3 years of age up to 72 years. Offering classes 6 days per week St. Clair’s Tae Kwon Do has classes in Self Defense, Forms, Weapons, Sparring and more. As a martial arts instructor Rick St. Clair commands respect but is still compassionate, energetic, fun, and most importantly... strong! Staring martial arts at the age of 12 Rick is still going strong at 52 and currently holds the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt. Always trying to improve the caliber of his students Rick will be bringing in for the second time Grandmaster Danny T. Zaino and his wife Master Theresa Zaino to teach a Seminar on Traditional Jo, Kama and Theatrical Martial Art Demo. There will also be a special guest appearance by actress / stunt woman Dominique Zaino who is a 9 Time Florida State Champion in Weapons, Traditional & Open Forms and Point Fighting. The Seminar will be held on June 27, 2015 at the St. Clair Tae Kwon Do Do Jang and is open to all styles. The Zaino’s will also be filming for their MASBTV’s 7 Show Season “The Road to Hollywood”. For more information on the Seminar contact Rick St. Clair at : 415-665-8644 or email: stclairtkd@aol.com. Visit: StClairstkd.com

At last years Seminar held on June 28, 2014 Grandmaster Zaino awarded Rick his 7th Dan in Tae Kwon Do / Karate Do. To learn more about St. Clair Tae Kwon Do visit:

* Theatrical Demo Theater for Film & Show Team Performances – Grandmaster Danny T. Zaino

* Traditional Two Man Jo / Bo Fighting Techniques – Grandmaster Danny T. Zaino * Traditional Kama Form “Kamikaze” – Master Theresa Zaino

* World Competition Bo Form – Sensei Dominique Zaino

Pre-register by June 15th - $50.00 $60.00 (both days) Pay at door - $60.00 / $70.00 (both days) Spectators - $10.00 REGISTER: ST. CLAIR’S TAE KWON DO 415-665-8684 EMAIL: stclairtkd@aol.com

The Stars of MASBTV will be on location filming in LA & San Francisco for their on going TV series “The Road to Hollywood” and for their documentary film “Born to Compete – The Zaino’s”

Seeking Talent for the Motion Picture Industry

2014 Seminar - St. Clair’s Tae Kwon Do

Actor , Radio / MASBTV Host, Former Army Karate Team member , Former Head Coach of the Award Winning “National Team Pepsi Show Team” and Hall of Famer Grandmaster Danny T. Zaino Awarded Rick St. Clair of St. Clair’s Tae Kwon Do his 7th Dan at last years Seminar. In the soon to be released movie “The Martial Arts Kid” Danny Zaino had a day player roll as the "Lead Workout Instructor" and also was a stand in for Chuck Zito's character "FRANK" . Rick St. Clair was also an extra in the film. He is seen (above right) receiving a 1st place trophy in a scene filmed at Dragonfest in Los Angeles, CA. TO BOOK A SEMINAR CONTACT: dz@dzkarate.com

Rick St. Clair on the set of “The Martial Arts Kid”

Who is Stephen Oliver and Why Should I Listen To Him??? Gee – in our industry it seems like everyone has popped up to offer advice how do you tell fact from fantasy? Value from Fraud?

Unfortunately in our industry most of the really successful people are spending their time growing their staff, students, schools, and especially their net profit not sharing their secrets with you. I am different from most of those sharing information in a variety of VERY important ways that are important to you and will help you dramatically grow your school – and, your income. Many of the “gurus” in our industry fall into one of the following categories:

1. Never been there – never done that. That’s right – there’s a BUNCH of people trying to sell you advice who have never sat where you sit – and, dealt with the problems and opportunities that you face every day. They often are excellent speakers – and, persuasive purveyors of their own products, programs, or subscriptions but really never did it themselves. Their ideas are unproven. Their perspective limited to that of an outsider.

How am I different? Well – I opened my first school in 1975. And, have been continuously operating my Mile High Karate schools in Denver since 1983. Mile High Karate currently has successful locations throughout North America. I’ve operated a large school operation – have taught 1000’s and run every aspect of a school. And, can teach you step by step, item by item how to replicate my success – without the “brain damage!”

2. Not even a martial artist! Believe it or not – there are “experts” in the martial arts business who aren’t even martial artists. They don’t understand the training, mindset, and love for the martial arts that we share – then dare to tell real martial artists how to run a school teaching real martial arts skills and curriculum.

How am I different? I began studying martial arts in 1969. Trained in Tae Kwon Do with the Jhoon Rhee Institute along side the likes of World Champions Jeff Smith, John Chung, Charlie Lee, and the most awesome stable of kickboxers ever assembled. More recently I was promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt by Jeff Smith. Mile

High Karate includes some of the top martial artists in the World from former World Champion Jeff Smith to the top people in the “Parker Kenpo” lineage, the top instructors in Kung Fu, Traditional Karate, Tae Kwon Do and, event Thai Kick-Boxing & BJJ.

3. Only run a school in their memory. Some of those who consult or run organizations or even “fake franchises” only run a martial arts school in their memory – in some case distant memory. Some of those recollections seem more like a distant dream (or, in some cases vivid nightmare!) Many of these people operated in very different circumstances and times.

How am I different. I am still totally immersed in the daily operations of martial arts schools – up to doing 527 enrollment conferences in the past 3 years personally – nose to nose, belly to belly. Every Friday I meet (by phone & webinar) with our Regional Developers from around the world. Every Wednesday I meet with our school owners, school managers and instructors – and, solve the everyday problems that you face in the real world (albeit at possibly a higher volume.)

4. Never ran a successful school. Even those advise givers who really are Black Belts – and, run or have run schools – usually never ran a particularly successful operation. Many got into offering advice about running a school or, put together an organization (license, association or other fake – often illegal – franchise) since they really couldn’t figure out how to make much of a living running a school or schools of their own.

How am I different? Right now – several Mile High Karate schools will do over $500,000.00 in gross revenues (in some cases much more) we will add many more locations with owner-operators like you, and with regional developers who develop multiple schools in their protected region. I broke the $1,000,000.00 a year barrier – way back in 1985 – and continue to operate a hugely successful operation. I’ve made a six figure + personal income for over 26 years strictly from schools.

5. “Flash in the Pan” Often this comes in the guise of – gee I just started figuring this stuff out and had a great year last year. What if you pay me to tell you about my short-term successes. I did $ (pick a number $100,000 net, $400,000 gross, etc., etc.) will do more this year – and, would love to show you how I did it.

How I am different? Well – I’ve already covered this for you – but, let’s just say that there are many people who have a good year of two. Let’s see if they can weather the ups and downs of our industry – and, boom years and recession.

6. Personality driven – not duplicable. I think we’d both be able to draw upon a few examples of Magnetic Personalities – who’s personal success is exciting – but, really not something that could EVER be replicated in your operation.

How am I different? I’ve run a large school operation since 1983. In that time nearly 100% of our teaching, marketing, and sales were accomplished by employees (or, now franchise school owner/operators) who had to implement my systems. They are not dependent upon charisma or unstoppable energy. I have spent years studying operations and marketing – including formally achieving a Master’s in Business Administration – that included having a literal bevy of MBA’s and Ph.D.’s analyze the martial arts school business – to help me create powerful duplicable systems for school operations.

7. Have lost touch with what works in the 21st century. Unfortunately the industry is full of dinosaurs and leaders of the past – who’s time has long since passed, but who’s friends and associates are unwilling to say “the emperor has no clothes.” Systems that may have been revolutionary in 1970 or 1980 (even 1990 and beyond) may be out of date or just plain insufficient in the current environment.

How am I different? In a variety of ways I continue to explore the “leading edge” of new technologies, teaching techniques, marketing strategies, and technological enhancements. I explore the latest approaches not only through my own school implementation but through an unmatched “master-mind” team of industry leaders that I network with and share ideas with constantly. The latest strategies and tools are immediately available to all of our franchisees.

A Little Background: Maybe I was just born under a lucky star – but when it comes to running a professional martial arts school I was born with the proverbial “Silver Spoon.” My training started in 1969 in the Texas/Oklahoma “Blood & Guts” era. I was with the at Jhoon Rhee Institute Branch in Tulsa, OK in the Jhoon Rhee, Allen Steen, Pat Burleson linage being directly taught at when I started by Jhoon Rhee Black Belts Gran & Greg Moulder, Bob Olinghouse, and David Harrelson. I started my first school (under Jhoon Rhee) in 1974 and, concurrently trained with Jeff Smith along with Roger Green (Joe Lewis’ first Black Belt), and a variety of others in Oklahoma and Texas. In 1978 I received by Black Belt directly from Jhoon Rhee along with Jeff Smith and a wide collection of champion Kickboxers and forms competitors. I was offered a teaching position in Washington. I was a National Merit Scholar and A student and already was accepted for college at the University of Tulsa with a full scholarship for the first year and partial scholarship beyond the first year. I attended school there while applying for transfer to Princeton, Stanford, and Wharton along with Georgetown University. While attended college at Georgetown University I was a head instructor and branch manager for The Jhoon Rhee Institute, in Washington, D.C. At the time the Jhoon Rhee Institute was the #1

martial arts business organization in the world. I sat through hours and hours of training sessions and meetings with a few notable figures in the martial arts industry: Jhoon Rhee (father of American Tae Kwon Do,) Nick Cokinos (Then President of the Jhoon Rhee Institute, now chairman and owner of Educational Funding Company,) Jeff Smith (the DC Bomber – first World Light Heavy Weight Kickboxing Champion and one of the top school owner’s in the United States,) Ned Muffley (then General Manager for the Jhoon Rhee Institute and now General Manager for Educational Funding Company) and many other’s. When I graduated from Georgetown – I decided against moving on to big corporate America – and, put pursuing an MBA on hold. I put together a very extensive business plan with Jhoon Rhee, Nick Cokinos, Jeff Smith and Ned Muffley’s help. Spent 12 months studying direct response, business management, and sales marketing at the Library of Congress and the SBA. Read everything that I could get my hands on about advertising – specifically direct mail and copywriting. I also spend several months at the Federal Trade Commission where I had an opportunity to read the sales manuals and management training materials for every major health spa chain in the United States and the other larger martial arts school organizations. In a rather gutsy move I then moved across the country to Denver, Colorado and with $10,000 opened 5 schools in 18 months – and grew to over 1,500 active students and over a $1,000,000 in revenue by 1985. Over the year’s I’ve continued to develop my schools and experiment with a huge number approaches. In 1989 I decided to extend my management knowledge base and went back to school for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (ie. MBA) with a primary focus marketing. At the same time I began promoting the Mile High Karate Classic – which for 10 years was a very successful and highly rated NASKA world tour event. During these many year’s I’ve had the privilege of meeting and working with just about every successful business person, teacher, and school owner in the martial arts industry. I’m lucky to count as close friends a range of leaders including Nick Cokinos, Jhoon Rhee, Jeff Smith, Andrew Wood, Tim and Dave Kovar, Steve LaVallee, Keith Hafner and just about everyone who’s accomplished anything in our industry. These industry leader’s have taught me much – and, I believe often consider me a mentor and leader in the business of martial arts school operations. During these years I’ve had many huge successes – and, some spectacular failures. As in all endeavors – the failures have taught me much more than the successes. What I consider by greatest strength is a willingness to continue to take risks and try new approaches to all of the challenges of school operation. In the recent past – I decided to pursue what I think of as an informal Ph.D. in Internet and Direct Response Marketing. I’ve traveled around North America – and spent way over $250,000 on a variety of internet marketing, direct marketing, and sales training seminars and programs – and, have developed several internet companies – many totally unrelated to martial arts. I continue to run a chain of schools that’s spread out from Washington, D.C. where we have a national training center, to Denver to Fresno and Miami along with New Zealand and Australia. I’ve written a series of books on Marketing and Management for Martial Arts Schools and a series on Character Development and Leadership for kids and lecture around the world on School operations – and, continue to expand my knowledge of all details or running a successful martial arts business. I’ve been a part of NAPMA since prior to it’s founding, I developed it’s Maximum Impact Program, Inner Circle, and Peak Performers and took over as CEO and Publisher in 2007.

by Keith D. Yates

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. Al 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 ChineseOkinawan 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 directresponse marketing world. Starting in his spare time, literally

in his spare time, literally at his kitchen table, he built an international mail-order publishing empire. Since 1967, 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 mail-order 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 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 Fear- Free™ 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™.

Hanshi Linick with Ishin Ryu Karate pioneer, Grandmaster Don Nagle

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

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. He 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 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 www.karatemastershalloffame.org). 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 www.Facebook.com/joinmagi.

Official Karate Magazine and The Linick Marketing Group of Companies Announces Alliance with Danny Zaino of Living the Dream Productions, Inc. (MASBTV, RADIO & MAGAZINE) and Theresa Zaino of Action Entertainment Talent Agency, Inc. Middle Island, NY – Official Karate Magazine™, The Voice of Karate and the Martial Arts Since 1968™ is a 21st Century version of the original Official Karate that was the first martial arts magazine published on the east coast from June 1968 to Winter 1995 by founding editor Al Weiss. A perennial industry leader in providing the best how-to articles and action-packed content has announced the formation of a strategic alliance with these two companies. May 14, 2015 – Middle Island, N.Y. -- According to Grandmaster Andrew S. Linick, American Martial Arts Pioneer, The U.S. Ambassador of Karate™ and Publisher of Official Karate Magazine™, the arrangement formally brings together the capabilities of all three companies in a complementary fashion, enabling them to provide a stronger set of total creative, advertising and marketing services to the martial arts business community and entertainment industry. “This alliance builds on our long-standing relationship with Living the Dream Productions, Inc. and Action Entertainment Talent Agency, Inc, and on our new full-service direct response printing capabilities here at L.K. Litho div. of The Linick Marketing Group of companies in Middle Island, NY and four other printing plants in NJ, CA, TX and FL,” said Linick, “offering a clear path to one stop shopping for the clients of all three companies.” Theresa Lynn Zaino, president of Action Entertainment Talent Agency, Inc., emphasized the importance of that long-standing relationship. “Although all three companies were formed at different times, we’ve grown together, and we’ve known each other for over 30 years and decided to join together on several big projects,” said Zaino. “Being relatively close to one another in the martial arts and entertainment industries, we have been able to quickly access and share each other’s vast global resources.” Zaino went on to point out the benefits of the synergistic relationship that has now been formally established between these three companies. “Ours has always been a relationship of synergy,” says Zaino, “providing our clients with added value through the efficiencies of collaboration. By leveraging our collective experience and combined e-commerce, print, broadcast and film production capacity, all three companies can bring faster, more flexible full-service capabilities to our worldwide customers (readers and viewers), without the burdens of added bureaucracy and red-tape that often hamper our competitors.”

The management of these three companies sees this alliance as a perfect union of modern technologies and focus, with no competitive conflicts to hinder cooperation. “We all have our areas of strength, and our synergy of Print on-Demand, web portals, fulfillment and publishing solutions reduces both wasted inventory and production time. L.K. Litho (who prints OKMag) prints 4-color and monochrome at all four of our state-of-the-art production facilities in the U.S. allowing for quick and flexible distribution.,” said Linick. From east coast to west coast, from catalogs, manuals to book publishing with unlimited finishing options and creative marketing capabilities make our collaborations seamless, Linick added. “It is an alliance of opportunity, not of necessity. When two dynamic and experienced companies come together under these circumstances, everybody wins.”

Official Karate which was launched in 1968, was the country’s first all karate publication. Today it’s an exciting quarterly digital and Printed Annual magazine featuring inspirational articles about favorite martial arts stars, actors, masters, grandmasters and notable teachers of all styles and systems. Each action packed issue also contains Favorite fighting Techniques from the Masters™ and up and coming Rising Stars of the Martial Arts™. To join the new karate revolution, FREE subscriptions (Retail $14.00) are available at www.officialkaratemag.com and on www.facebook.com/officialkaratemag. For interviews and action videos visit the Asian edition at www.officialkaratemagasia.com

Living the Dream Productions, Inc. DBA: MASBTV, RADIO & MAGAZINE which was formed in 2006 have become the leaders in martial arts entertainment publicity and promotions helping its customers to expand their business and reach their target market with their entertainment promotional tools of TV, Radio, Magazine, Promotional Email Blasts and more www.masbtvnetwork.com/services. Action Entertainment Talent Agency, Inc.. based in Jupiter, FL, is a SAG-AFTRA franchised full service talent and booking agency specializing in the representation of Actors/Actresses, Stuntmen, Stunt women, Action Stars, Musicians, Singers, Dancers, Models and Kid Talent. With over 25 years of experience Action Entertainment Talent Agency services all types of films specializing in stunt action related films, television and video productions www.aetalent.net. Based on the statements of all three management teams, joint projects will be managed through a single point of contact in order to facilitate speed of execution, ensure the seamless sharing of resources, and to make communication between advertisers, agents, artists, studios, producers, authors, publishers, agencies and project coordinators as effortless as possible. Linick emphasized the fact that, simply by combining resources, including the 25K professional members of the Copywriter’s Council of America™ (CCA) which he formed in 1968. CCA matches up the best creative free-lance direct response copywriters/marketing experts with clients who need their expertise and talents so each company now has a broader range of services to offer its clients. “This is an exciting partnership that enables us to offer an extended ‘one-stop-shop’ solution to publishers,” said Linick. “We are confident that this collaboration will help customers find new

audiences, make their products come to life and build customer brand loyalty with quality content.” “In addition, this alliance between these three companies provides strong assurances to our clients that we will be able to meet their needs, even in periods of peak demand.” said Zaino. “We look forward to drawing on each other’s strengths, tapping into each other’s global resources, and building a base of confidence that the entire martial arts business community and entertainment industry can depend on for many years to come.” Zaino continued. About The Linick Marketing Group of Companies: The Linick Marketing Group of Companies is a multi-divisional organization that provides a virtual one-stop shop for the Direct Response Marketing, Copywriting, Advertising, Public Relations, Printing, Media Buying and Publishing Trades’ promotional and creative needs. Founded by Andrew S. Linick more than 47 years ago, it has an extensive roster of successful, satisfied clients that range from fortune 100 to 500 companies to individual publishers, authors, Internet marketers and small to medium size businesses that have all grown and prospered with help from The Linick Marketing Group. www.AskLinick.com • www.linikedin.com/in/drandrewlinick • 631.924.3888 For more information contact Roger Dextor, VP Blitz Media Communications, at blitz4pr@gmail.com or call 631.775.6075

About Living the Dream Productions, Inc. DBA: MASBTV, RADIO & MAGAZINE Founded by 7 time Hall of Fame Promoters Danny & Theresa Zaino who have over 26 years of experience in the Martial Arts promotion industry, MASBTV, RADIO & MAGAZINE is your # 1 media resource for the Martial Arts and entertainment communities. With the Zaino family team and branding MASBTV, RADIO & MAGAZINE’s goal is to help their customers reach their target market with their publicity and promotional services which has now expanded to their new MASBTV NETWORK. For more information contact: dz@masbtvradiomag.com / 561-575-5425 / www.masbtvnetwork.com

About Action Entertainment Talent Agency, Inc. (AETA) Action Entertainment Talent Agency, Inc based in Jupiter, FL, connects high-level entertainment industry professionals with the most exciting emerging talent from around the world (writers, filmmakers, actors) through a series of well publicized and heavily social networked competitions geared specifically towards the real-world entertainment industry marketplace. It attracts the best (martial) artists from around the world by offering access to the very top decision-makers in the industry (Presidents of Major Studios, Producers of current TV, Casting directors for major movie and television producers and agents from the very top agencies. AETA is a fully licensed and bonded SAG-AFTRA Franchised Talent Agency located in Jupiter, Florida, Palm Beach County. AE Talent represents union and non-union clients in a professional manner providing continuous work in the entertainment industry. As a commission based licensed agency, AETA earns fees only from revenue generated from actor and model bookings and as is customary, charges standard industry commissions. Partial A—Z services include providing: Actors & Actresses. Stuntmen & Women. Producers. Directors. Second Unit Directors. Editors. Cameramen. Film & Video Equipment, Lighting, Trucks & Gear. Script. Breakdowns. Pre/Post Production. Animal Training/Equine/Dogs/Zoos. For more information contact: info@aetalent.net / 561-401-2946 / www.aetalent.net



Paxtial Arts The first three letters in the word Martial refers to Mars, the Roman God of War. Mars loved blood, war, and brutality. We are taking Pax, the Roman Goddess of Peace as our model for the Paxtial Arts. Pax, the Goddess of Peace, reflects the exact counter balance of Mars if examined under the Yin Yang symbol. The two halves operate separate from each other, yet together they are the symbol of a completely balanced whole.

Paxtial Philosophies We feel the message of peace has been spoken for as many years as man has been around. Rather than reinventing the wheel we thought it best to use the Paxtial Arts movement to house peaceful ideas and philosophies that prior to this had no home. "What kind of victory is it when someone is left defeated? Nonviolence is not merely a personal virtue. It is also a social virtue to be cultivated like other virtues. You must be the change, You want to see in the world. I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. Peace will not come out of a clash of arms but out of justice lived and done by unarmed nations in the face of odds.”― Ghandi "My father, Ed Parker Sr., was considered an icon in Martial Arts history. He taught me how to think, he wanted me to know how to problem solve in the mind, and then how to physically try out what you theorize about on the mat. He taught me to always explore, and to always keep my mind open to new ideas and concepts. I asked him why did he feel a need to change from the Martial Art he learned Chinese Kenpo to his development of American Kenpo. He said "it was to adapt the self defense material for today's environment". So what has changed in the past 50 plus years since he said that statement? The laws of the land have changed; what you could do in the 1950’s and 1960’s…..you could never get away with in today’s environment!”― Ed Parker Jr. “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”― Bruce Lee

Founders Notes My father, Ed Parker Sr., was considered an icon in Martial Arts history. I was privileged to gain a

unique viewpoint and perspective of the world of Martial Arts over the last 55 years. I discovered at a young age that I have the mind, heart, and soul of an artist; the artist who happened to be proficient in most aspects of the Martial Arts world. I had been working intimately in the documentation of my father’s life and vision for a decade when he passed away suddenly 24 years ago. My father referred to me as his right-hand man because I was at his side producing, publishing, directing, editing, developing and presenting his vision. So naturally, his vision was indelibly planted in my mind; so was his repeated statement that if his art of Kenpo was still the same 10 years after he was gone, then we haven’t done his art justice! My father raised me to explore and challenge the limits; to always keep my mind open to new ideas and concepts. These are the very teachings that led me to a universal truth that there is an opposite in all things. An artist knows the importance of contrast between shadow and light. Given that I am an artist first and foremost, I asked myself the question, "what is the opposite of Martial Arts?" This is the very question which led me to a new horizon of possibilities. In the beginning Martial Arts material was taught to soldiers, then the material was adjusted for the masses. We dominantly taught it first, to male adults and then women followed. Hollywood discovered the Martial Arts and started a global phenomenon that eventually enveloped our youth. Martial Arts was promptly adjusted to accommodate for the youth in order to “soften” the fight in the art. The children flooded into the industry in the early 1970’s, and it dominates more than 70 percent of the Martial Arts industry today. I asked my father years ago why he changed from the art he learned, Chinese Kenpo, to the art that he developed, American Kenpo. He said, "it was to adapt the self-defense material for today's environment.” So what has changed in the years since he made that statement? The laws of the land have changed. What you could do in the 1950’s and 1960’s, you could never get away with in today’s legal environment! After two decades of observation and experimenting with fact and theory; I am pleased to reveal that my greatest discovery is a whole new branch of study, which I have named the Paxtial Arts. I am convinced that the Paxtial Arts self-defense formula is the only physical answer to the bully epidemic sweeping the planet. Paxtial Arts is the contrast to Mixed Martial Arts in the same way that Yin is a contrast to Yang. The two parts complete a rounded whole-image of life, emphasizing that the universal law of opposites does exist, as is illustrated in the Yin Yang symbol. Pax is the Yin side, the peaceful half of the equation. Paxtial Arts offers a peaceful alternative to the more aggressive Yang side which is more commonly known in the world of Martial Arts. It is a great time for change and evolution. What better place to start than to immerse yourself with the Paxtial Arts formula. Visit: www.paxtialarts.com

The Sport Karate Museum Organization under the guidance of founder Gary Lee is a major step forward in preserving the past, unifying the present and strengthening the future of the sporting aspects of our art. It is also the official home of the history, traditions and accomplishments of great martial artists that pioneered the way in bringing these exciting sport-oriented martial traditions to the United States and spreading it throughout the western world. What we see today in the vast expanse where the martial arts have entrenched itself in American’s culture and social fabric is a plethora of positive human qualities that was spawned by the martial arts sport movement. Through venues like karate tournaments, major actionadventure motion picture productions, professionally sanctioned televised events, martial arts schools, law enforcement agency defense tactics curriculum, Internet connectivity, seminars, magazine publishers, equipment supply companies, instructional books, educational DVDs, video arcade games, etc. — can all, in one way or another, trace its roots back to the sport martial arts competitors of the early 1960s when the Asian martial traditions were being introduced to the world. More specifically, it was the martial arts competitors, tournament producers and the fans of that bygone era that we today call the “golden age” of karate in America is of where this expansive and phenomenal growth evolved from in the first place. Being fortunate enough to be one of the first Americans to teach Okinawan karate in the United States and western world during karate’s “golden age” of the 60s, I was blessed to be a part this cultural evolution. To be a small part of this dedicated cadre of this movement which now touts tens of millions of practitioners on a global scale still humbles me beyond the scope of words alone. In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined that the martial disciplines like karate, kung-fu (gung-fu), judo, jujitsu, ninjitsu, tae kwon do, kempo, escrima, kendo, aikido, iaido, kali, capoeira, savate, sambo, kobudo, pankration, bugei, wushu, mixed martial arts and eclectic martial arts would have reached that level of popularity in the past forty some odd years. And, to see the art I love so much endure these sometimes tumultuous times and undergo so many innovative changes along the way while still retaining the quintessential essence of its original purpose and traditional values is truly astounding. Perhaps what is just incredible about this form of physical expression that emphasizes moral and ethical values is that it has helped develop some of the finest human beings that these past four decades of growth can produce. I must attribute this, at least in part, to the exceptional martial arts educators that have dedicated their life and energy to elevating the spirit of the warrior and teaching the arts that has been a way of life for a select few for the past fifteen hundred years.

The Sport Karate Museum was created and founded on the premise that the efforts, dedication, perseverance and enthusiasm of these early practitioners would be preserved and passed forth for posterity sake. A noble cause in deed when we stop to think that many future generations will know who was responsible for this phenomenal growth and worldwide popularity from a sport perspective. Again, I must reiterate that this worthy endeavor to document, archive and house the sporting aspects of these myriad of martial disciplines that were, in part, responsible for this global popularity of the martial arts is the righteous and just action to take so that future generations will be able to share in the excitement, enthusiasm and camaraderie that was unwittingly nurtured in karate’s “golden age” of karate in America. And, as with any endeavor that attracts the interest of millions of avid devotees, preserving the past, unifying the present and strengthening the future needs a strong foundation to insure existence. I believe Gary Lee has set the cornerstone in place through his unceasing efforts and true love for the martial disciplines to guide this endeavor into the future. His insightful perception will undoubtedly insure that the sports aspects of the martial arts will be preserved and passed forward for many, many generations to come. For that, we will all be deeply indebted. As you visit the Five House you will step back in time to when America and the western world was embracing the cultural traditions of Asia and forming an international bond that is stronger today because of his many years of hard work. Essentially Gary Lee has captured time in a bottle so that others can share these moments and drink from that same fountain of knowledge that America’s karate pioneers enjoyed from its introduction in 1945 in Phoenix, Arizona. With great respect and Aloha, Malama pono, Sid Ka’imi Campbell 10th dan, hanshi, kaicho Founder, the World Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karatedo and Kobudo Association (WOSKKA) Founding Member, WorldBlackBelt.com Karate grandmaster, artist, author, actor, tournament producer

Museum Home Office 713-483-0476 professorgarylee@gmail.com www.sportkaratemuseum.org ALL DONATIONS http://www.gofundme.com/20lm88 Thank you Professor Gary Lee 9th Dan, Founder of The Sport Karate Museum, has Graciously excepted the award of ‘The Life Time Membership Award’, for his tireless work he has undertaken on forming this Sport Karate Museum in Preserving the History of Martial Arts in America. The acodales of your fellow American Martial Artists say’s it all. The Award is presented for long and dedicated service to preserving the history of Martial Arts, from The Traditional Okinawan Kobujutsu Association & Martial Arts Federation. Recognized by the International Ryukyu Karatejutsu Research Society Honor Roll Hall of Fame Historian of the Year 2010 United States Black Belt Hall of Fame Founder Award 2010

This article is about my experience in the martial arts spanning over 54 years. Some, or maybe many, will disagree with my opinions. That's OK as everyone has had different training. Many have been in a street situation, many more have not. This article is also a precursor to following articles. I just want anybody who wants to read and practice some or all of the theories to understand how I have arrived at my conclusions, which are growing and changing all the time . My best instructors always told me to quit if I stopped learning. So I try to keep my cup from overflowing. I do not advocate violence, but whether we like it or not it is there! I started my street training in my youth in "The Region" located in the old steel mill area of East Chicago, South Chicago, Indiana Harbor & Gary Indiana. Everything was divided into small neighborhoods and each one had their own small gang. We fought to prove ourselves but not with the intention of killing as many do now which makes the streets even more dangerous today and training should emphasize this. I am not proud of my violent past but it showed me realism. This followed me into the U.S. Army paratroopers where they further increased my violent nature by teaching me how to fight to kill and ambush and make instruments to kill. I boxed for a short time on base in the U.S.A. and then got shipped to Okinawa where I discovered Judo and Karate. The rigorous training, sometimes brutal, of the paratrooper 173rd Airborne Brigade Strike Unit of the Fareast and my training in Judo, Uechi Ryu & Isshinryu as well as the discipline they were beginning to instill in me began to calm my violent nature down. I was discovering a different side of myself that I had not met too often. When I was discharged and returned home the training encouraged violence again. Americans wanted to fight! So our instructors at The Chicago Judo & Karate Center taught us how to fight in the streets. Everything was geared toward this end, even tournament sparring with groin kicks, sweeps, throws and neck chops with no gear. Brown belts were encouraged to be bouncers at night clubs and many a battle was fought there. A large percentage of the instructors then were also military men and had that practical sense about them, a nice way to say "Violence Insulation or Self-Preservation". They taught us eye gouges, small joint locks, hair pulls, biting & throat pokes or grabs, and of course elbows & knees. Except for some techniques it sounds a lot like MMA doesn't it?

There were real "Dojo Wars" in Chicago and other big cities across the country. One of my good friends and main instructors in the center Sensei Jim Koncevic was killed in one of these wars. He went to answer a challenge from a new Chinese Martial Arts school. When he entered with three other black belts they were ambushed by ten guys with weapons including swords and spears. They fought their way out to the street but not before Sensei Koncevic was ran through with a spear. He continued to fight until he collapsed and died. I don't say this is right, it just was! I was privileged to work out under visiting black belts such as Ken Knudson, Phil Koeppel, John Costaldo, Jimmy Jones and many more, who were all great fighters. In 1965 I began training with CJKC instructors Pat Wyatt and Al Gene Cauralia , the first world champion. I had never understood kata in Okinawa because they didn't explain it, they only corrected your movements, so it was lost to me. Sensei Al Gene & Sensei Pat re showed me and I gained an appreciation for the beauty and the great work-out in basics it afforded those who practiced kata. When competing in tournaments I still fought in as though I was in a street fight and couldn't win. In 1967 I passed my first black belt test after seven years of training. At the end of 1967 I moved to Clearwater, Florida to be near my immediate family. I trained at several local schools but didn't find what I was looking for. In 1969 I moved to Orlando to take a job as assistant manager at Kinney Shoes where my brother-in-law was manager. Soon after I met Sensei William Liquori and found a home. His influence on me was immense. He taught me how to compete and win and in 1970 tested me for my black belt in U.S.A. Goju. During this time I was privileged to work-out with G.M. Peter Urban. I was Sensei Liquori's first black belt and I am very proud of that. His training was intense and I loved it! From his teaching I learned how to be a True Martial Artist!

There is Rhyme and Reason to my story. To Be ContinuedTo learn more about Grandmaster Carl R. Stone visit: www.senseicarlstone.com

Life is all about how to win," said Vincent Marchetti, inside Kearny Martial Arts on a quiet afternoon. For nearly 40 years Marchetti has owned and run the martial arts training school at 67 Kearny Ave. and has become a nationally known instructor. "I've never advertised, yet we are known all over the world. We've done all of it. Everything there is to win, we've won," said Marchetti. Marchetti has also developed a reputation as one of the United States' top military trainers. Through the years he has trained members of the FBI, ATF, Navy Seals, U.S. Marines, Green Berets, Counter Terrorism Units and SWAT teams the skills of fighting, karate, judo and jujitsu. Grand Master Vincent Marchetti (left) watches students at his dojo, Kearny Martial Arts Academy. Four years ago, he trained an entire counter-terrorism unit from Fort Knox, Kentucky, at his school. The street had to be blocked off so the unit could leave its weapons and anti-terror vehicles outside in case it was called away. Marchetti was drafted by the Army in 1962 and served in Europe and that, as well as the tragedy of September 11, 2001, motivated him to lend a hand to local, state and federal law enforcement. "I always want to give back to my country," Marchetti said. "There is nothing I wouldn't do for them. Martial arts teaches you that I can't fail if I want to." He has received numerous awards from the military for excellence in teaching. "He's the best at what he does," said longtime friend and colleague Joe Pung. "He's impressed me with the quality of people that come to the school. Vinny's very selective, he takes people in who have good character and want to work hard.“ Aside from his service to his country, Marchetti's work in the community means as much if not more than any award he receives. "What can replace someone telling you that you gave them something they never had before," Marchetti said. "I have people tell me that I've changed their life."

Marchetti teaches classes to adults and children. Marchetti averages 14 students a class, and charges $90 a month per student for classes that are one hour for two nights a week. Training to earn the black belt, which he doesn't charge for, can take up to five years. Three years ago, Teddy Ferraiori, 48, started training with Marchetti after taking his daughter to her first session. Ferraiori was a heavy smoker for 30 years and his daughter lived an inactive lifestyle. Together they both conquered their weaknesses. "My biggest gains are my physical health," said Ferraiori. "He has forced me to quit smoking.“ .“ Ferraiori is now an assistant in Marchetti's gym, helping other students learn all the techniques to martial arts. Marchetti's accomplishments have become so well known that film director Al DiLeone is planning on making a full-length feature based on Marchetti's life. Marchetti met DiLeone through a mutual friend, Lawrence Rolla, who brought the director to Kearny to meet Marchetti. The more I spoke to him the more I liked him," DiLeone said. "He's a fascinating man with a fascinating history.“


Knock, Knock. Who's There? The Karate. The Karate Who? Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,,,

"The Karate Whisperer“ The Karate Whisperer is a Sleepy Samurai Production created by two martial artists who love to laugh. You will enjoy this cartoon series about the Hawaiianflash and his dog named Boo as they get into adventures around the world. Soon to be an animated movie, The Karate Whisperer will include voice overs of original Sport Karate Champions and is set to start filming in 2016. If you would like to get involved in subsidizing / entertainment promotion of this project contact Action Entertainment Talent Agency at: 561-401- 2WIN (2946) or email info@aetalent.net Well here we go again. With a career that involved traveling all over the world competing, the Six Flags years (30), the Kids Expo and the on going Living Legends Celebrity Roast, I have decided to step up one more time and give “The Karate Whisperer” a chance.

It was a simple vision. Take my story to the Cartoon level and create something different and new. Martial Art wisdom with a comical view, but most important surround my self with my friends and heroes to tell a story that would appeal to everyone even outside our community. I have found a incredible cartoonist and partner in Don Castillo and our vision is to introduce you to the Mis -Haps , Blunders, Adventures and Shenanigans of a Happy Go - Lucky Samurai traveling across America "The Karate Whisperer“ an American Karatoon


Mike Stone as himself , KW’s Mentor Alfred Urquidez, with Sensei Alfred teaching KW how to point fight. Rick St Clair “The Barber” who Cuts KW’s hair, master of weapons and his dog Maggie “Ninja Pooch”.

Cynthia Rothrock “Lady Dragon”, teaches KW the mystic art of Kung –Fu. Mikie Rowe “Shihan Fire Cracker”, Teaches KW the ladies point of view. Scott Hogarth “The Fortune Cookie Master”, teaches KW the wisdom of the fortune cookie and controled mayhem though the fortune Cookie .

Danny Zanio “The Media Master”, introduces KW to the stars of Karate. Kim Kahana Sr. “The Stunt Master”, Kicks KW’s butt in the stunts and gets him ready. John Simeone “The Grand Poohpah”, teaches KW how to fish and hunt. Rick Roufus “Mr. K1”, Teaches KW how to Kick Box. Jim-Carol Harrison Ronin as himself, teaches KW to do and try crazy things. Danny McCall “The Bass Master”, the wizard of Bass fishing and fire walking. Soke Frank Sanchez “Master San”, teaches the art of Jui Jitsu, Mangling, joint locks and mayhem. Mako “The Sword Master” , teaches KW the art of the Draw and Kantana. “Boo”, KW’s very best friend and talking dog. With very SPECIAL APPEARANCES by Jeff W. Smith, TJ Storm , Trace Megellas, Bruce Brutschy , the rest of the Zaino Family and many ,many others . Thank you Sport Karate America for your Support! Gary Lee

ENJOY, "The Karate Whisperer" Comic Book Slide Show made by Don Castillo Music and Sound Effects mix produced CJ Livermore Click Here to view and listen.

I started singing at a young age in my local social clubs, lots of people would come up to me and comment that I had got such a unique voice and that I should show it elsewhere, so I did just that. I went to a few recording studios in my area, they listened to my voice and were amazed with the unique style that I had. I then progressed to writing songs and making music, it was a great experience for me. I phoned up a recording studio in Wolverhampton England called Sam Sharpe’s studios and spoke to a man named Lester Samuels, who has been one of Beverly Knights music Producers, he then invited me to the studio to record one of my own written tracks. Since then I had recorded there several times and got to know some of the producers such as Clyde Taylor & Keith also known by the Name of Spok . A lot of people recording at the studio listened to my potential and said that I should push my songs to radio stations, I had my first radio interview in Wales on a station called Radio Ceredigion with DJ Mark Simon and after that I started performing at a variety of festivals for charity, I found it a great experience and the crowd loved it. That gave me the confidence and inspiration to Write and Produce more & more tracks. I had also got through to the regional finals of rock idol at C.R.C in Redditch in 2007 and have also been a member of a Hip hop music group called : ICONIC which started back in 2010 - 2011, alongside members Jason Kennedy & Jason Jennings we have made several good tracks together. I am now making new dance tunes and film scores and have been getting to know influential people in the Music industry and Movie industry such as Pato Banton , LaVelle M. Smith Jnr , Tommy Beringer , AL Walser , Neil Garton , Jack Tingate aka OLSN , Daniel Mayrhofer ( DanStyle) , Smoknx, Patrick Bigler , Jaspal B.Line Singh , Jim Ashley (South Dakota) , Gregory Chabarot (Basslouder) , Thomas Schlichtinger (VinylBreaker) , Joseph Defilippi , John D Green, Brad Watts, Don Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, James Wilson, Hamid Lahrizi , Nassim Lahrizi, Silvio Simac, Guy Bleyaert, Zara Phythian, Mark Sears, Basil Masters, Ewart Chin, Benn Perry, Joey Harlow, Les Ann Burns ,Pam German, Rose Ann Neppa, Denise Cheseldine, Blaise Christian, Danny Zaino , Theresa Zaino, JohnnyRay Gasca, Michael Baumgarten and many more .... Things are starting to look even more promising for me now.

I have also now had my Club dance song titled: “Running Away” played by several Radio Stations by DJs such as DJ Max Richter (C0py) from Radio Technoforce.fm based in Germany , DJ Krys Robyns, Radio station in France , DJ Mark Hinton from Radio Hafren fm based in Newtown Wales , DJ Scott Travers ( Big Scott) Radio Cardiff fm based in Cardiff Wales, & Clive G Edwards Ridge Radio based in London Croydon. Have also done some acting too, thanks to a good friend of mine by the Name of Sandra Rychlicka , who now works for RT news channel on TV. She could see this potential in me when I had done a little voice over project with her titled the Apple. I have been in 3 short Drama Movies since that happened, the 1st one was by Sandra Rychlicka titled : ( Her ) , the 2nd by Gracie Croxall : titled ( Within an inch ) and 3rd by Leanne Byrne titled : On Air, and have now got involved with the Movie Media over in the united states, I have recently been helping get a great Movie project mentioned on Radio in the UK, a movie titled Past Due that will be in the process of shooting real soon over in the United States. I got this project mentioned with the help of my good friend Clive G Edwards the DJ from Ridge Radio London, Because of me doing this I have earned a place in the Production team for Past Due the Movie as: Media Relation's Director UK . Screen Writer & Producer Benn Perry was so delighted with my help in getting the movie project talked about over the radio in the UK, he gave me the honor of becoming Media Relations Director UK for the movie Past Due and made me part of the Past Due Family Production team. I was so excited with having this great opportunity I agreed to the role that I had been offered by him and felt really chuffed with it all and now I can’t wait to meet up with all the Past Due Family. Great things have been happening for me now, I had even became good friends with some these people that I have mentioned. I’m always supporting ,creating pictures & sharing these people’s work projects links and chatting with these people online over Facebook and on Skype, I cannot wait to go overseas to meet them all soon. It’s a great honor to be friends with all these great talented people that I have mentioned and I really do hold a special slot in my heart for everyone of these people. It is now the beginning of 2015 where I have progressed even further with my Acting & music career, I have now had a small part in the Movie titled "Seeking Asylum" by Blaise Christian. and will be playing Role of : GUY in the movie :Past due. I am also having one of my written songs put on a Sony Supported Compilation Album that is getting released with Negart Records Label and I have now started writing songs & producing music etc. For Negart records: Neil Garton. Also I had the pleasure of appearing in a music video. Negart Records EDM artist : Jack Tingate aka OLSN - Hit the lights music video. Visit: www.circlepad.com/cjlivermore

The Action Martial Arts Magazine’s “Hall of Honors” Mega Weekend was held this past January 23-25, 2015 at the Famous Tropicana Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It is truly the Ultimate Destination for the world’s largest gathering of martial arts superstars, film and combat celebrities and renowned Masters from around the globe. Known as the “Academy Awards” for Martial Arts Hall of Fames it is the only destination where you can congregate, meet, greet and share with thousands of fellow martial artists who gather together from around the world and is listed as one of the largest assembly of celebrities, champions, suppliers and, of course movers and shakers in the Martial Arts and Mixed Martial Arts industry. Each year 5,000 plus people attend this exciting event and trade show and this year top it all with 3 days of amazing seminars (50+ FREE) taught by THE BEST OF THE BEST, MASBTV & Pay-Per-View Friday Night Red Carpet Interviews of the Stars & Celebrities with a Wine & Cheese Party, 4 Tournaments, Trade Show with over 100 Vendors, Elite Martial Arts Business Seminars, Saturday Night Hall of Honors Banquet and a stage for 12 amazing shows throughout the weekend open to the public and to all dinner guests. For More information on next years event in 2016 contact Promoter Alan Goldberg at 718-856-8070 or email actionma4@gmx.com.

Written by: Robert Deahl Co-Host of the Dynamic Dojo Talk Radio Show I recently spoke with director Johnnyray Gasca about the production of movie The Gathering. He grew up in the 1970s, during the golden age of martial arts films. By the age of ten he would skip school and spend his days in the cinemas of New York’s 42nd Street watching triple features of martial arts films, horror films and Blaxploitation films. He’s 44 today but looks in his mid 30s. His life has been quite an adventure thus far, from being the largest distributor of martial arts films in New York to a shooting for which he served time for when he was twenty-one. At thirty-three years old he became involved in a Federal case that would change the history of law regarding camcording in cinemas. His story was the highest rated episode of the acclaimed investigations program I (Almost) Got Away With It. Throughout it all, he has continually held onto his love for cinema and has remastered over 300 films, many of which were the Shaw Brothers movies before Celestial Pictures began officially releasing their own remastered prints. He has now embarked on his first feature film The Gathering, and he is doing things as he as always done – in a style all his own. Bob: The Gathering is a unique project in several regards. Let’s start with the creative process. Tell us what it’s about and how did you come up with the concept for The Gathering? Johnnyray: The story is about two teams of bank robbers that do heists simultaneously as to divert the attention of the police. When one of the members of the crew is shot, the crew is forced to change its plan of escape and take refuge on an Indian reservation. However, when they get there, the place is already occupied by a group of martial artists there to film a documentary honoring various grandmasters, each of a different martial arts system. The bank robbers attempt to take over the location and clash with the martial artist. That clash results in the death of a Native American elder, which then results in the unleashing of a spiritual demon hell-bent on revenge. The bank robbers then have to battle the martial arts grandmasters and the demon, amidst a number of other things that go wrong for them at the reservation. The idea was born out of necessity, really. A year ago I had several high-concept scripts I had written with the intention to shop them at studios. During my stint in prison, I didn’t use my time lifting weights or playing card games. I wrote seventeen screenplays. I have always intended to start a production company and am aware that the most important aspect of that is to have great content. Since these scripts were written for studio projects, their budgets were sizeable and not the types of

projects I could realistically do independently. A year ago I began reading about a few upcoming 4K cameras that would be within a realistic budget for me to buy as opposed to the expensive ones available at the time. With that technology on the horizon at an affordable price, I had to pause and seriously consider the option of making a movie independently. After all, my only intention for going to a studio was to garner the money to start my own production company. Now technology was telling me I didn’t need them to start a company of my own. I couldn’t use any of the scripts I had written, though I could use them in the future. So I had to create a project according to what I could realistically achieve at high quality. And that is how The Gathering was born. Before the story was formed, I had to take inventory. Martial Arts Films are not heavily favored by many distributors. And the ones that do handle them usually do a terrible job every step of the way. So I had to protect myself against that. I would make it a unique blend of Horror and martial arts action. Horror is not only easier to distribute but less room for a distributor to mess up its marketing path. Bob: Can you tell us examples of “creating backwards” as you say. You mentioned lighting and fight scenes. Johnnyray: Well, in regards to lighting, I knew digital cameras film the best when shooting in daylight. If you know what you’re doing, these cameras can rival any film camera – with proper lighting. There is no better light source than the sun. However, it can be your ally or your enemy, depending on how you dance or do battle with it. Even a major film production has to often pause, wait for the sun to go over, and then switch the actors just to match the shadow patterns. I couldn’t afford any waiting time, as I knew the fight scenes would require every minute I had. My best control, then, over the sun would be to film in the forest where the sun can do its dance through the trees and I could bounce the light around as I needed to, essentially using the forest as a giant umbrella so I could film non-stop till the sun goes down and get the highest quality images as well as interesting cinematography. With all that in mind, I created the story to take place mostly in the forest during the day. In regards to fight scenes, the backwards process is knowing exactly what I will need in the final editing process and choreographing for that. Typically, the way fight scenes are handled is that there is a rehearsal process, then often a previz, which is the previsualization of designing how you are going to shoot the fights (often done with a video camera), and then the actual filming of it onset, with the typical coverage being to first film the fight in a wide shot, then medium shot, and then close-ups. I wouldn’t need all that. I knew every frame of the fight scenes I had in my head, and I even choreographed the fights with specific sound effects in mind. That being the case, what I needed was that particular frame I had in mind, like a brick being laid a certain way as I constructed the whole house. Since I am the final editor, that affords me the economy of shooting only what I need and spending the time on getting that shot as perfect as I can get it.

Johnnyray: [laughs] At the moment I also handle the graphics department, creating the posters as well. No, I didn’t have a location scout. In the case of the forest, much of which I filmed in Griffith Park, I hiked for three days to find exactly what I needed as my main location shoot. I needed a few things such as nearby restroom facilities and parking for the cast. By the grace of God, I found the perfect location with sections of the forest that look like they were designed specifically for a horror movie and three whole filming “stages” if you will, right next to one another. I have also been filming in the Angeles Forest, where I primarily gone to film the reservations scenes. I am blessed to have a real reservation there that is letting me film. Bob: You are in the film as well. How challenging is that with all the other duties you are performing? Johnnyray: It was never my intention to be in the movie. Of course, I would have loved to from the start, but that never seemed like a viable option, as I would then have no one to film me to the style I needed, as well as the process becoming highly time consuming with my having to check the footage each time we filmed something to see if it came out right. But as the project progressed, I cast a few people that would actually propel me to join the cast myself. The first was a Wing Chun master whom I had to travel far to film. I was assured there would be martial artists to set up the scenes I needed with the master. I would only have a few days to film with him before he had to leave the country, so I took the opportunity. However, when I got there, there wasn’t anyone who could kick well. Granted that the two students escorting the master were Wing Chun students and that system doesn’t require them to kick high; but the person who arranged this is supposed to be a Taekwondo instructor, and neither he nor his students could kick well. I mean, they couldn’t even execute a roundhouse kick. So now I was in trouble. How am I supposed to film a great fight scene if no one there could kick? And with the recent Ip Man films, these Wing Chun fight scenes have to be magnificent. So I was forced to be the one to fight the master and have one of his students work the camera under my direction. The only thing was, I was wearing my expendable clothing to get dirty as the camera operator, and that was all I had to wear. Had I known I would be in the movie, I’d have chosen a cooler outfit. It turned out to be a great happenstance because later I would have several great opportunities to film certain things, and since I was in the film, it was easier for me to jump to any location at a quick notice and film something great. For example, a friend of mine called me to film a quinceañera [Sweet 15 for some Latin cultures] and asked me how much I would charge. I told him that I would happily do it for free if I could ask the guest to participate in a scene when the celebration was over. So when the festive event was over, I asked the guests if they wanted to appear in a movie, and they naturally agreed. Then I filmed a scene near the beginning of the film where my character is running from the cops and jumps a fence with the new scene of him crashing through a quinceañera and taking a little girl hostage. The little girl’s uncle stands in my way, despite the fact that I have a gun to the child’s

head, and tells me that I am not getting out of there with the girl. I blast him out of my path and turn to the crowd to ask who is the next family genius. Then, two other men step out of the house with shotguns and stand in my path. I toss the little girl at them and take off. I filmed this whole scene, with everyone in their best dress and a large yard fully decorated; and it didn’t cost me a dollar. And the people were great. I scoured the footage carefully looking for that one “extra” that may mess up a crowd scene, but everyone was perfect, looking terrified and real. Things like this are how the film continued to involve into a bigger movie. And I was able to capitalize on the opportunity by being a cast member and easily available to my director… me. Bob: I saw the new trailer you are about to release and it does look like a very expensive movie. Johnnyray: The first trailer I released was a quick one put together in a day so that I could go to the AFM [American Film Market] and meet distributors and get a feel for how they would respond to the film. Since that time I have filmed so much and the film continues to expand, but that expansion has been a matter of ingenuity and creativity, not budget. If I had to put a price tag on it, then yes, it would be a movie well over a million-dollar budget, and that is still cheap. I mean I have helicopters in it. An uncle of one our cast members is a sheriff of a local town, and gave me access to film some of his police station’s tactical vehicles. So the opening of the movie has this elaborate bank heist and police tactical units arriving and a chopper pursuit when I never even planned any of that. The original script called for the robbers to be running from the bank heist when we open the film. Now we have the actual bank heist, and a police chase with the robbers escaping on Spyder vehicles, which if you have never seen one, looks like a three-wheel motorcycle. All without costing me a dollar. Bob: Amazing. All through connections and favors. Johnnyray: Exactly. Bob: The Gathering is based on a Martial Arts concept: Obviously you have Martial Arts experience. What is your background in Martial Arts? Johnny: Fighting for film is quite different from fighting for real. In my personal growth through martial arts, I benefitted greatly from growing up in the Bronx, New York. I practiced various martial arts growing up, and only assimilated what worked in actual fights. All the impractical stuff where a person throws out a punch and holds his arm there while the instructor simulates five moves on him… I never took to that crap. Amazingly you still see a lot of that around today. If it wasn’t real and practical, I ignored it. One of my earliest formal teachers was SupremeGrandmaster Tiger “Sang Soo” Kim 9th Dan Black Belt. He had a school in the Bronx when I was growing up, and I couldn’t afford his classes, but he would allow you to watch and follow along from the sides. So I would. All the time. I was ten years old then and eventually started showing up in my own gi. One day he told me that if I bought his school gi, I

could join the class, which of course I did; and was taking lessons for free. He was very kind to me. I’ll never forget that I once showed up with nunchucks around my neck, and he asked me if I could use them. I said yes and he told me to show him. So I began doing all my twirling of the nunchucks and ended with a back flip. He just laughed and shook his head, then walked away. He didn’t offer any correction, but I somehow knew that twirling them didn’t mean I knew how to use them. I attended his class only six months, but I gained a nice foundation at an early age and an understanding of how to properly chamber a kick and execute it for power. That nunchaku experience with Tiger Kim led me to the book Advanced nunchaku by Fumio Demura, which in turn lead me to Demura’s other weapons books as an early age. At the time, there weren’t many books on weapons or martial arts, in general. One of the first martial arts books I ever had was Grandmaster Douglas Wong’s Shaolin Fighting: Theories & Concepts. You know, when you are a kid, and you have something you like, you look at it over and over again. So I felt a strong affinity for masters of that era I only knew through books, such as Grandmaster Wong. When I met him years later, he turned out to be one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. So it is the highest honor and joy to have him in The Gathering. Such a force of kindness he is that his entire lineage of disciples is exactly like him, some of whom I am also lucky to have in The Gathering. Bob: You have quite an eclectic cast. Can you describe your casting process? Johnnyray: I go purely by the quality of the person I am casting. I haven’t needed to have a single audition, and in most of the cases never even saw a reel if the person had one. I have 72 cast members and more than half don’t even know any martial arts. When some raised that concern when I approached them, I told them all the same thing… The martial arts action I can handle. What I see in them is a uniqueness and quality that compels me because of who they are; and that the camera will capture that too. Most of those choices have turned out amazing. Each person of this cast has shown up with a special quality, and that quality radiates in front of the camera. In fact, the only real problems I’ve had were when I have cast someone I didn’t use this process on – someone recommended to me or someone I hired because he or she was close with a cast member. I generously tried to include them, and in those instances I have had problems. So I stick to my original instinctual process. Never mind talent or whatever popularity the person may have or whatever films they have done; I only care about the quality of who they are as people. I am building my company with these people and plan to do all my future products with the same cast; so their character is everything to me. Bob: You have a lot of women in The Gathering, exceptionally beautiful, I might add. Was there any particular method you used for finding and casting them?

Johnnyray: I encountered them in a variety of ways – from Facebook, to walking down the street, to various events or parties I’ve attended. I do have a specific type of woman I cast. This being Los Angeles, there is no shortage of beautiful women. Some women are gorgeous; some women are sexy; some are classy, and some are highly intelligent. However, very few women have that perfect combination of all these qualities, and that is what I looked for when casting the women of The Gathering. There are all amazing women. Carrie Ogawa-Wong is the eldest of the women. She is a mother of three grown children and the wife of Grandmaster Douglas Wong. The first time she walked by me, every cell in my body radiated. I actually got nervous. So when she agreed to be in the film along with Grandmaster Douglas Wong, who was the first person I cast, I knew I was starting out with gold. Now, nearly a year later, with a cast of 72 and a few more still unofficially joining us, I am overwhelmed by the gold bricks I have been blessed to assemble. It is impossible to single out anyone in my cast because they really are very special. I can go on and on about each of them. I mean that with all my soul. I have gold. I am fiercely protective of them. That is also the reason why the second I see anyone engaging in any sucker shit, I just get rid of that person immediately. I don’t want any phonies, gossipers or manipulators to be any part of any of my projects or feeding off the prestige of my other great cast members. I don’t associate with garbage in my personal life, nor will I have any in my production company. In this town of mostly phonies, people don’t handle productions that way. People are such two faces in this industry that they rarely fire anyone outright like that. One director I know, who is of garbage character himself, said to me, “Don’t fire anyone until you’ve gotten all you need from them. Then you can cut them loose.” I told him, “I know that is your style, but it’s not mine. If a person is garbage, I want nothing to do with that person.” And that is exactly the way feel, especially in my film. I am making a film I hope to enjoy with many repeated viewings. Why would I want anyone in it whom I don’t like? Bob: The entertainment industry is a very difficult industry to navigate through. What has been your experience in the movie industry? Distribution is about supply and demand. Create a good product and then you won’t have much trouble getting it through to distributors, providing it is a great film and of a viable genre. So that general process is simple in itself. Not easy because not everyone can create a viable product, but simple in its process for those who can. The problems arise when you have a bunch of nobodies hanging on the fringes of the process, not really creating anything and not really having any desire to truly progress. They are only interested in the “appearance” of success. In fact, so fake are they, that all forms of phoniness attract them. You have to know how to see past them and learn who the real players are in the industry.

This town is a place of talk, where people yap and yap and never do anything. As the few that do put one foot in front of the other, they typically take forever to do even the smallest of endeavors. That is the reason I do everything myself. I’d like to have help, but anytime I have attempted to link up with anyone, that person just wants to talk about it. This is a place where people have meetings to set dates for the next meeting. Once you understand that, you can navigate through the wannabes and phonies simply be seeing who is actually doing anything. Taking your cues from anyone else will lead you right to where they are: Wannabeville – A place where people talk as experts but have been here years without any real progress. This is a town where a person is an extra in a Jet Li movie and then suddenly he proclaims himself an expert on fight choreography and even dares to write a book on it. So you have to be very aware of the hype. I know so-called stunt coordinators who can barely get themselves work yet go around telling people to forward their resumes so he can consider hiring them. I knew a director who hadn’t directed a movie in years yet was going around telling people the same thing – to send him their resumes so he can cast them for his next film. People fall for these phonies and feed their facades because people do not take the simple positon of examining the person to see what that person is actually doing now. Don’t believe the hype, and this town is full of hype. I am writing a book as well on the making of The Gathering, which will be released with the movie. And in it, I cover the process extensively for anyone who really wants to progress in this industry through sheer ingenuity and creativity. This is an industry where a director will put his arms around an old lady and say he loves her so she can give him money for his movie. Then he’ll turn to you and wink and smile. That leaves a lot of good people uncertain if they can make it in this town if they are not willing to be phony and manipulative. The martial arts community is no exception to these phonies either. In the world of martial arts, there are grandmasters of quality to the core of their soul. People like Grandmaster Douglas Wong, his awesome wife Carrie Ogawa-Wong, Cynthia Rothrock, Benny Urquidez, Don Wilson, James Lew, Steven Lambert, Eric Lee, and the incomparable Al Leong are all true legends in the martial arts community; and they are so welcoming that anyone can gain access to these great souls, take a picture with them and now go around proclaiming to be a grandmaster among the other true grandmasters. I have been around the martial arts community for decades and never heard of some of these phonies I am now meeting out here on the West Coast. People who have the audacity to call themselves grandmasters, not even masters – which would be bad enough – but Grandmasters. These phonies live for the next event where they can give each other certificates and awards and pat each other on the back as they nominate one another to be a part of this World Council or that Organization. Such an ocean of phoniness I just stare at from the outskirts and shake

my head. One minute a person is talking shit about someone, then the next instance hugging that same person with a glowing smile. This is magnified in the martial arts community because once a phony calls himself a grandmaster, he has a title. His lies will then consist of all the training he has had and amazing skill his master could do. In the entertainment world, the title of actor or actress is not that big a thing in L.A., so the lies manifest themselves into what connections they have and the offers they are in talks about; but it’s all bullshit. A guy like me is hated by such people because they can detect that I see right through them. So navigating the industry is a breeze for me. There are some modern forms of bitchness that I have yet to fully comprehend, but it’s more comical than anything else. A grown man will wrote on his Facebook wall about me, talking shit. I’m thinking, Doesn’t he realize how that makes him look like a little girl, and so obviously demonstrates his jealousy of me? Some of the people I fired banded together and actually attempted to sabotage my film. And again I’m thinking, Don’t these fools realize that controversy is the best thing they can do for my film?

There are people who would not even know of me or my movie were it not for the few going around taking shit about me. The astonishing part to me is that when I do get to have contact with such individuals, I will tell that I will eventually run into them and will see how tough they are. Their response is tell me such things as that they will file a restraining order against me. Then they run to their Facebook wall to say that “Johnnyray threatened me.” [Laughs] I don’t even know how to respond to that level of bitchness. And some of these people have schools and are teaching children and dare to call themselves grandmasters. I kid you not. Now, since these people are so insignificant, I simply pay them no mind. However, those who associate with them closely now raise a dilemma for me. If I always see you with a two-faced individual and with your arms closely hugging a gossiper or a person of such bitchness, I must now decide whether you, too, are of the same ilk; and I will have to cut you off as well. The clearer my canvas is of who’s who, the easier things are to navigate. This, too, I am thankful to my haters for. When they raise ruckus around me, I get to find out who is who and can cleanse myself of any garbage or weak-minded people. Bob: Where are you exactly in the production? Johnnyray: Just past the 50 percent mark. Typically, the way films are constructed is that there will be a pre-production process, in which you plan your production. Then you will do the actual filming which can average anywhere from 30 days to 90 days or longer depending on number of set ups, size of crew, location, complexity of shots, etc. You then have the post production process in which the movie is finalized and that typically takes a year or more. I am doing all these processes simultaneously as I construct the movie and it simultaneously takes on a life of its own. Whenever I

am not filming, I am doing post production on footage I have already filmed. My overall process will still be the length of an average production, only I am moving the parts around according to what best serves the needs of the movie, the actors, and my budget. Some low budget productions shoot a movie in less than three weeks, which is impossible to do with any quality for an action/martial arts film. Some of the classic fight scenes we have come to love in the genre took three weeks to film one fight. So going into The Gathering, I knew my focus had to be on having the time to construct the fight scenes. I didn’t do hardly any pre-production because I already had every frame of the film in my head. My preproduction consisted of assembling my essential cast and designing how I was going to build the film around them. Along the way I have prepared for things as I have needed to. The ability to think quickly and be adaptive has been my greatest strength for this production. Having many friends in the entertainment industry, I was very familiar with how actors are treated. They are expected to be bend to the productions that hire them. They are often required to arrive onset at seven in the morning, and then wait around for a couple of hours while things fall into place. So I wanted to do away with any waste like that. I’d rather they get a better sleep and arrive later so they have more energy for the fight scenes. Another thing I have often seen is that an actress may struggle to make a living and then often have to choose between projects that arrive simultaneously or take off from work to film a project. So I didn’t want any of my cast to go through that, either. I actually work out the scheduling according the convenience of my actors. Since I have such a large cast, there is never a time when I have nothing to film. So even if I have scheduled someone, and another project or important audition presents itself or something comes up, I encourage all my actors to simply let me know, and I can easily call on someone else available to film for that day. The reason I am able to do this was that from the very beginning I designed the project to be very fluid. My prime focus would be so that I could have the time necessary to film the fight scenes. The key to that would be designing a story wherein the characters separate in the movie. In The Gathering that happens very early in the film. Once the bank robbers attempt to slaughter the martial artists, the heroes take off into the forest in mostly separate directions. That now allows me to film my battles one cast member at a time without having to coordinate multiple schedules with the other cast members. Another reason I designed the film this way was that I had certain prominent people in mind for the cast who are very busy with projects. So my plan was always to bring them in at a later point after I had already filmed some of the movie and could show them the quality of the movie being made. The structure of the film has allowed me tremendous freedom to hire – and fire – people without affecting the essential film. In fact, one amazing thing that has happened is that by being fluid with the

production, I am able to adapt to opportunities that lend themselves to better ideas than when I first started. A great example is that I met a wonderful child named Tiffany Pacol. I knew her from the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank. At an event a few months ago, I saw how she glowed among the crowd. Her father is a humble and low-key man, so that is her nature as well; but you could just see her naturally shining among the crowd. So I cast her. What I didn’t know was that she was also exceptionally talented. When I called action, she just transformed. I immediately expanded not only her part, but built a whole other storyline that causes the bad guys to clash over rescuing the little girl when she is kidnapped. Now just as in the case of all my cast members, she not only brought her own special quality, but along with her came other blessings. The father showed up with his other two children, and they were also special. So I cast them as well, including the father whom I actually didn’t know is a great martial artist and looks great fighting on camera. All this benefit just from casting little Tiffany. Now her storyline also has other children joining her in the cast. The production continues to grow and I just adapt to it. Instead of having a pre-production process, a filming process, and then a post-production process, I am doing all of mine simultaneously. Other productions have started their films after me and have already finished their filming. They are now in post. I am still filming, but I have my entire film already more than fifty percent done. And I still have a lot to film. Should an opportunity present itself where I encounter someone special and worth the trouble, I will cast that person as well, and still be filming even toward the final stages of my whole production. Well into the production, I met a beautiful woman named Michele Manu. Not only had she been a martial artist for quite some time, but she had that rare combination of the other women in The Gathering. When I approached her about the project, she was so appreciative, and an hour later she was taking pictures for the poster so I could include her with others on it. Some people get it, and they are worth any trouble to have them in your film. I am beyond blessed with this whole entire process. I can be a filmmaker who gets to continually tweak and create my project right up the end. That is a blessing not many filmmakers will ever get to know. The Gathering will never be a film I look back on and wish I could’ve had the time to do more. I am giving it the time to make it as great as I can, and it only keeps getting better. Bob: When do you expect to see the release of the film? Johnnyray: It will be out this year in 2015. The exact month will be dictated by the film itself. I would like to sound like a person in complete control of it, but I have to be honest in saying that it really took on a life of its own, and I am just along for the ride. My job is to keep the train from falling apart as we speed along and to toss anyone off the train not grateful for the ride.

Bob: What is the pitching process like when presenting it to a studio? Johnnyray: Depends on the project and depends on the studio. Pitching is something that goes on more when you are trying to get a project made or trying to get yourself hired onto a project. In the case of The Gathering, when I take it to distributors, there is not much pitching that goes on. Most distributors know their markets very well, and they know exactly what a film is worth to them. If you don’t have a great project, then you are at their mercy, but if your film is great, then you can make a good deal. When it comes to mediocre projects, then you really need any name you can get in your film. But I never set out to do anything mediocre, and so I never sought any known names unless they were of the great criteria of character as I mentioned earlier. Otherwise, I have no need for them. I have distributed martial arts films for decades and sold to sub-distributors when none of the Asians in those films were even known to them. However, the films were great and they performed well, so eventually the distributors trusted my video label and went on that alone. The Raid was an Indonesian movie with subtitles and Sony still picked it up, when none of the cast were known to anyone. If your movie is great, you don’t need a known cast. A big factor why my film is coming out great is because of the great people in the cast. I wouldn’t trade any of them for any well-known actor or actress. When it is done and I take it to the markets and different territories, it will be successful because it is a great movie constructed with greatness from start to finish. Bob: Keeping that last question in mind. What is your vision for the film? Meaning are you going to the studios or keeping it independent?

Johnnyray: The studios won’t take anything that is not of the highest standards of quality, so that is why when it comes to quality, I have been a perfectionist from the start. At times, I have spent hours on one sound effect. The payoff is that when I sit in any studio office, I can be confident quality won’t be an issue. I do fully intend to take it to studios. When I took an early trailer to the AFM last year, many of the distributors were all over it and have kept in contact with me since, looking to do business with me. So I know I have the independent market to take it to; but I will shop it to the studios first. They love to buy projects that have already been made. All the work has already been done for them. And if they believe in it, it is nothing for them to set aside a small budget to release it in selective theaters and see if it has any legs. But again, to go that route, you have to have something great. It has little to do with pitching at that point. The product will speak for itself. Bob: Tell us what the future holds for Johnnyray in and out of the industry. Johnnyray: My life at the moment is consumed by The Gathering. The ironic thing is that I sell martial arts movies to make money to finance the filming of The Gathering. I have some titles that I have sold for years in varying formats – the same title. On VHS, on DVD, and now Blu-ray. With the advancement

of technology, I am still able to make a living of some of the same titles I have sold now for over 25 years! Amazing. Whatever I make goes to the film. I have never been cheap about the production in any way. At times, I have taken twenty cast members to eat and dropped $300 on a check. Other times it’s been pizza. When I have it, it all goes on my cast. Whenever anyone comes from more than twenty minutes away, I try to put gas money in their pickets for the trip. One cast member was sick for a few days, and I gave her money because I know she had to take off from work. It’s not my job as producer, it is my honor as her friend. So my devotion now is to my cast and the project. Any profit the film makes also belongs to them. If it does very well, as I am confident it will, I will then take a share and immediately begin the sequel. The best part of the film is that, despite its high production value, I have kept the cost low, so the film is certain to turn a profit. And how I capitalize on the movie will be the real success. It is only the beginning. I know the market well. Things will only get easier as I go forth. I want to get to a point where I can have two productions going at once.

No matter how successful you become, you are always unraveling knots. That is why the key is to go on your journey with the right people. The second you detect any garbage among you, get rid of such people. Most likely they won’t go quietly and they’ll go around talking shit about you, but that only serves to show you that you made the right decision. Put people first and select the ones worthy, and you will be successful in any endeavor you choose. Bob: Johnnyray, this was a great interview. Thank you for sharing with us about the film and your personal experience. I wish you a lot of luck on this project. Johnnyray: Thank you with all my heart. You are my first official interview and I am happy it is coming out in Danny and Theresa’s magazine. They are exactly the type of people you want to be connected to in any endeavor. I want to give a special thanks to Michael Matsuda of the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank. He has been especially supportive of me, and it is through the museum that I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of my cast, who have really added so much joy to my life. Support the museum and be sure to stop by and visit. Come meet Michael. He is one of the nicest people you will ever meet, so it is only natural that he is surrounded with many great people. Come visit the museum. Thanks to all the fans who have been supporting the film. People from all over the world have been messaging me continually supporting the project. I promise you all that I won’t let you down. To the martial arts community… OSU!!! Robert Deahl has been involved in the martial arts community and a practitioner of various martial arts for 40 years. He is has been the co-host of the Dynamic Dojo Talk Radio Show from November 11, 2012 to the present.

The US OPEN ISKA World Martial Arts Championships is known for being one of the biggest and most prestigious martial arts tournaments in the world today. This event which is known as the "Super Bowl" for martial arts is seen Worldwide on ESPN 2 and ESPN 3 Live Broadcast. With over 1000 divisions and growing the US OPEN is like the Olympics for martial arts competitors. Long time close friends Co Promoters Mike Sawyer & Mike McCoy and Co Director Cory Schafer have been working together for over 3 decades to produce one of the best tournament productions in the World. For many competitors and their families, the US Open starts with a ride from the Orlando airport on Disney's Magical Express to the tournament hotel and each of the thousands who participate in the event have a different experience. For many, the US OPEN is a trip of a lifetime and a family vacation with special ticket pricing to Disney theme parks allowed for event participants to spend some of their days exploring the Magic Kingdom or traveling to the many other theme parks and other Orlando attractions. For competitors who make it to the Grand Champion level the US OPEN has created a whole new entertainment and sports platform for kids and adults to have the opportunity to show case their talents at their Night of Champions show giving them a chance to be on ESPN 2 and ESPN 3 Live Broadcast Worldwide including other Regional Sports and CSI networks. For a Martial Arts Champion and their families there is Nothing like the Excitement of competing at the US OPEN who's venue is set in one of the Worlds hottest destinations "WALT DISNEY WORLD"! Be sure to watch MASBTV’s 5 show mini series “Behind the Scenes of the US OPEN”. CLICK HERE to view on the New MASBTV NETWORK.

This past years event held on July 11th & 12th, 2014 was an experience that made history packing in the talent with the top competitors in the world traveling to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida to go head-to-head for the World Championship titles and the results were as follows: 2014 ISKA World Champions:

Men’s Forms World Champion: Michael Guthrie Men’s Creative/Musical/Extreme Weapons World Champion: Tyler Weaver, Jr. Men’s Traditional Weapons World Champion: Sen Gao Women’s Forms World Champion: Caitlin Dechelle Women’s Creative/Musical/Extreme Weapons World Champion: Caitlin Dechelle Women’s Traditional Weapons World Champion: Caitlin Dechelle 14-17 Boys Weapons World Champion: Jacob Pinto 14-17 Girls Weapons World Champion: Mackensi Emory 14-17 Youth Form World Champion: Jacob Pinto 13 & Under Boys Weapons World Champion: Jake Presley 13 & Under Girls Weapons World Champion: Haley Glas 13 & Under Overall Forms World Champion: Kieran Tamondong Fighting Challenge World Champions: Team All Stars (Raymond Daniels and Jack Felton)

Men’s Point Sparring World Champion: Jamal Albini Women’s Point Sparring World Champion: Chelsey Nash Self-Defense World Champion: Katherine Booker Synchronized Forms World Champions: Team Paul Mitchell (Tyler Weaver Jr and Mackensi Emory) Synchronized Weapons World Champions: Team AKA (Cole and Reid Presley) Demonstration Team World Champions: Team Infinity Ultimate Breakers: John Zurisk & Drew Serano


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Martial Arts Entertainment Magzine vol 6 has Hollywood News & Featured Stories on Hollywood Actor, Stuntman, Author and World Renown Martial...

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Martial Arts Entertainment Magzine vol 6 has Hollywood News & Featured Stories on Hollywood Actor, Stuntman, Author and World Renown Martial...