Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Another one leaves us.

As much as I hate to be the announcer of doom, I must saddly say that Grand Master Bong Soo Han has passed. He was an early pioneer of HapKiDo in the U.S. as well as the actual person who performed 99.9% of ALL the martial arts in the various Billy Jack movies of the 70's. HapKiDo, as some of you know, is the Korean version of AiKiJitsu with a good bit of Fisticuffs and Kicking techniques added. Those of you old enough will also remember him in the spoof of Enter The Dragon done in a film called Kentucky Fried Movie. But most important, his film carreer aside, he was an extremely talented teacher and practitioner of his chosen art. A true master.
If you have an interest in his work, I suggest that you look at his book that can be easily obtained on ebay. Anyway, thats all for now. I must admit, even though my life has pretty much sucked recently, this is proof that it can always be worse. No?????

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Another congratulations.

Osu! Once again, to all of you friends, foes, compatriots, pillars of society, and or naredowells.........

I would like to say congratulations for, and also to announce, the recognition = by me, of the long time GoJu practitioner and instructor, Kevin McGrath of The Little DoJo in N.Y. as 9th Dan Hanshi in Urban / USA GoJu. He has been with us for eons!!!! A student of my teacher = Urban at the Shanghai dojo, as well as with Shidoshi Ron VanClief, and Shihan Albert Gotay. I am happy to say that he is in my possi now. Good work Hanshi McGrath!!!