Point: I guess you misunderstood what I was saying. Not a label, but rather jumping on the bandwagon of knowing an art that they are not trained in.
"Hapkido" taught, meanwhile the instructor has no knowledge at all.
Point : When "Kung Fu" was popular, everyone wanted to cash in, eventually...
Funny some years ago (Kung Fu TV series era) every dojo that I saw in my travels advertised that they were teaching Kung Fu, yeah right.
Now every Korean Do Jang is teaching "Hapkido". Why is there not some governing group to oversee such atrocities.
The average person has no clues, but are...
One thing everyone forgets is that he was a Bigot. I rember him making a statement that he did not allow "Ni**e*s in his school and the only reason they wanted to learn martial arts was to kick "Whitey's" a**
In the '60's this was a very important aspect with excellent reporting and articles.
I had not read it in a long while until given a copy the other day.
My God! There is more advertisement for teach yourself videos than you can shake a stick at. Is nothing sacred ?
Yes, yes that is him. I remember when a couple of "Black Belt" from Howard Lee's Tae Kwon Do were going to whip his and Richards butt. Well you can imagine the beating those two got, and the respect they learned for Frank and Richard.
Small world isn't it.
I was wondering if anyone remembers Frank (can't remember last name) aka "Animal", used 100 lb. dumbells and built like a brick ***** house. He was a good friend of DeMarco Sensei from USA Goju. Sorry I'm getting a little old. :uhyeah:
Just my two cents.:) I have been involved in "Martial Arts" for over forty years and have trained with some of the greats. I feel that I am still learning everyday of my life, so I feel I am not an "Expert" just well seasoned.
Watching GM Pelligrini's videos, Seeing Richard Barathy in magazines, never meeting O'Sensei Urban, but YM has a lot to say about these and other Martial Arts greats.
I have has the pleasure of meeting all of the above except YM.
And for information I have been around Martial Arts since my...
Not just Americans promoting themselves from low to high dan.
I have met two Koreans who did just that. One even made himself a "Tenth Degree", and when I mentioned that there were only "Ninth Degree" in Tae Kwon Do, he replied "This is my style".
The other worked for a well known Korean Master...
Your recollection is wrong. Master Urban received his "Tenth Degree" from the Budokukai (an examining board of well respected high ranking members) under "Grandmaster" Richard Kim with the blessings of O'Sensi Yamaguchi (founder of Go Ju).
I am not talking about some "Young Black Belt", rather seasoned veterans.
Yes Richard Barathay comes to mind, but there are others. Grand Master Peter Urban is another and I have trained with them as well as other greats both American and Oriental. While Urban stayed with the ideals of Go Ju...
An "Oriental Master" leaves his style and starts a new one, everybody praises him as the next best thing since sliced bread ?
He is idolized for what he has done, and kudos placed upon him, yet when an "American" does the same thing he is chastised and labeled as a glory seeker.
All of the...
And do not sell yourself short. Many humble thanks to you and all the others who helped a problem child overcome his difficulties (born with an inner ear problem which caused me to fall over for no apparent reason).
There are many "Greats" who have thought outside the box and created a new and improved system. It is however those who claim all sorts of High ranks from God knows where, or they claimed that they were the originator, that gives the Martial Arts a bad name.
But just like with everything else...
I have met many so called Oriental Master's who are in it just for the money, broke from the traditional yet insist that they are teaching true "Bushido".
Case in point a Korean Sambunam in the '70's claimed to be a 10th degree in Tae Kwon Do. When I mentioned that General Hi limited black belts...
Maybe it's just me, but notice all the people who bash American Pioneers.
Peter Urban who founded USA GoJu, Richard Barathay who took American Combat Karate one step further.
Bruce Lee founded Jeet Kune Do, no bashing. Edmund Parker American Kenpo. Wally Jay- Small Circle Jiu Jitsu.
Works for me
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Yes knew them well Long Beach Road, Oceanside NY.
Marvin "Mickey" Stein died after a head-on crash with a Tractor Trailer.
Sonny I believed died from Cancer. They along with Master Perceval owned the Do-Chang. I vaguely remember Ken also Warren M. who originated ACK. I also studied Judo and GoJu...
One of my main reasons was not to flaunt who I know, rather I've seen them questioned here and felt that rather then show faults and bad opinions let everyone know that they exceled in what they did. JMO
I am a teacher,master, and adviser in my trade of many years. Learning,sparring and listening to these "Greats" gave me the inner strength to pursue my goals when others told me I would not survive. Survival is this not what the true spirit of Bushido means ?