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JULY - OCT 2008
Membership News from around the world
We are sad to report the deaths of two of our esteemed members from California, Grandmaster Sid Campbell who was the first American to open a Shorinryu Shorinkan dojo in the United States passed away October 26th with friends, Grandmaster Dan Tosh (WHFSC Member), Grandmaster Bob Maschmeier & Sifu Mark Gerry at his bedside, and Professor John DeNora, the Founder of Daito Ryu U.S.A. who passed away August 28th at a hospice in La Mesa, California. We will remember both for their outstanding contributions; great love & dedication to the martial arts. They will be sorely missed by all on this Council as they join our past brethren in that great dojo in the sky.
Grandmaster Ron Van Clief held his 1st ANNUAL RON VAN CLIEF CUP MARTIAL ARTS CLASSIC on October 11th at the MCM Center Antilles School in St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands. By all accounts, the tournament was a huge success. For more info on getting involved with next years' tournament, you can contact Ron at RonVanClief@yahoo.com
Hanshi Bruce Juchnik of California put on another great seminar symposium with his 2008 "GATHERNG" sponsored by the MARTIAL ARTS COLLECTIVE SOCIETY. This years' event held in Sacramento, California honored the late Professor Imi Okazaki Mullins who died recently in California. She was the daughter of the late great Founder of Danzan Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, Grandmaster Henry Okazaki. To get involved with future events, you can contact Bruce at 1-916-308-2606.
Shannon Murphy, Managing Editor for the GUAMPEDIA, the Island of Guam's encyclopedia of historical data recently e-mailed to confirm that I would be mentioned in it for the creation of the art of San-Jitsu. I also received an e-mail from Kyoshi Raymond Correa, Publisher of REVISTA ARTES MARCIALES EN ACCION Magazine from Puerto Rico that he will be dedicating the 10th Anniversary of his magazine to me during his magazine's hall of fame being held May 15, 2009 at the new Angora Convention Center there. I am of course deeply honored by both of these inclusions. Grandmaster Gary "James Bond" Wasniewski recently met with Grandmaster Leo Fong & his production company in Washington to discuss the follow-up to his "Thunderkick" movie which was released this year. His new movie entitled, "The Kill Factor -Thunderkick 2" will be filming soon & is scheduled to be released next year.
Talked to both Grandmaster Vincent Marchetti & Grandmaster Neal Hummerstone of the Police Tactics Instructors of America recently. Vince recently played host to the U.S. Marshals Counter Terrorism Response Team that was training at his dojo in New Jersey while Neal traveled extensively through Europe in October teaching police tactics to security, police & the military.
Dr. Jerry Aiello who aside from being the Founder of his own style of Shintokan Karate also has the distinction of being the first ever to host a radio show for martial arts held his 1ST ANNUAL AIELLO GROUP LIFE STYLE FORUM
Grandmaster Mark Shuey
According to a press release from Grandmaster Mark Shuey of Nevada, Mark was recently featured in a front page article of the Wall Street Journal that came out July 12th -13th entitled "Everybody is Cane-Fu Fighting at Senior Centers, So Watch Out". The article was followed by appearances on Fox Network News on July 16th; the Early Show Wednesday morning; a local NBC TV appearance in Nevada on July 29th; a CNN appearance on August 18th & an appearance on the new NBC Bonnie Hunt Show in September Mark's next project? to teach his Cane Master System to the Shaolin Monks. We'll keep you posted!
Grandmaster Bram Frank was in Boracay & Iloilo, Philippines for the FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS FESTIVAL held last July. While in Iloilo, Bram was awarded the Kampilon Award, the highest honor given in the Philippines for Bram's innovations & Legacy of Filipino Blade & knife work; MASTER OF THE BLADE & a GUARDIAN OF THE LEGACY OF THE BLADE. From Malaysia, Dr. Sabree Salleh wrote to say that his MGTF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS held August 29th -30th there was a great success with over 300 Black Belts & 24 teams taking part. The King of Malaysia who is Sabree's student was also scheduled to make an appearance, but was unable to make it because of a prior commitment.
Grandmaster Jim Arvanitis, the Father of modern Pankration & mixed martial arts pioneer is being featured in the next issue of BLACK BELT Magazine. according to a press release from his representative. Also, Dr. Kent Haralson of the GOSPEL MARTIAL ARTS UNION wrote to say that the GMAU's INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE was held on October 10th-12th in Indianapolis, For more information you can visit the GMAU's official website at www.GMAU.ORG
In our new members department. We are proud to WELCOME Dr. Mak Yuree to our elite martial arts family! Dr. Yuree is from India & a 9th dan in Combat Self- Defense (CSD) & 10th degree Founder of Butthan. CONGRATULATIONS on your acceptance into our elite Council!
Well this concludes our extended newsletter for July -October, health concerns for my Father who has Alzheimer's delayed the newsletter this time around. We will have a 2 month issue next time & then be back to our regular tri-monthly edition after that. I thank you all for your patience & understanding! 'Till next time stay "aggressive & fair in all you do"