Saturday, October 27, 2007



Finally! That's My Satori has video!

For your enjoyment, or chagrin, here is a short taste of one of my seminars in New York City.

Part 2

This one is a bit longer........

Friday, October 26, 2007


Here are some still pics of an interesting waza from GoJu Jitsu Bunkai.

My Uke in this segment, as well as in the video segment, is my student Zino Salnave, NiDan.
Photos and video courtesy of Munday Salnave.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Two Dapper YuDansha.


I recently found this old pic of GMstr. Chaka Zulu and yours truly, years ago, at the WHOFSC Hall of fame in Orlando Fla.

Those of you who have been around for awhile will remember him from the movie The Warrior Within back in his Nisei GoJu days.

He is now the founder and head of Zu Jitsu Ryu.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Lee and me.

Here is an old one of Grand Master Rex Lee and yours truly, at one of my Warrior's Challenge events.
Rex Lee had many high rankings in various styles. Having trained with G Yamamoto, Frank Ruiz, Florendo Visitation, and Moses Powell just to name a few, his knowledge and ability was startling.

After the death of my father, he became my JuJitsu mentor.

His crazy sense of humor, and up front honesty whether you liked it or not, made him a genuine person. Like him or not.
Many did not.
And he did not care............................

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Here is an historic pic of yours truly competing in Puerto Rico at The Montalvo Bros. Sansei tournament many years ago. If you want to hear an interesting story about this pic, go to

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Lets get back to business


Ok! Lets get back to the original premise of this blog = TEACHING!

Please remember that if you click on the majority of the pics that you find here, they will enlarge.

Here you see yours truly giving a seminar at Nisei Hombu in NYC.

Family portrait

Many of you have seen this pic before, but are you hip to who is in it pertaining to us, and where it was taken???

2nd row 4th from your left, you will see a young mustachioed Gogen Yamaguchi = Maestro Urban's main teacher.

Last row, leaning against the wall, in Japanese college uniform of the period, is Nei Chu So. This young Japanese Korean was a junior to Yamaguchi at Ritzumeikan University where they both trained for a time with Chojun Miyagi during Miyagi's visits to the mainland of Japan. Nei Chu So later taught Masutatsu Oyama, founder of KyokuShinKai, another of Maestro Urban's teachers.

This pic was taken at a BuTokuKai meeting of KaraTe instructors during a time when KaraTe was new to the BuTokuKai.

You may or may not remember a time when through another teacher of Sensei's = Urban's, Richard Kim, USA / Urban GoJu wore a patch on the back of the gi with the BuTokuKai name.

Monday, October 08, 2007

New blog ichi

It is my pleasure to announce that my two best friends have finally started their own blogs!

Hanshi, Wilfredo Roldan, Nisei GoJu Ryu Martial Arts.

New blog ni

Hanshi, Manny Saavedra, Kokusai Koryu GoJu Kai / Sansei GoJu

The Master Breaker.


I never had the chance before, to put a pic of my dear friend and coach during my tournament carreer as a teen ager in the 70's, The Master Breaker, GMstr. Ron Jeter.

He was quite a character. Charismatic, bigger than life, and a real showman. His tameshiwari = testing of the tools = breaking all kinds of bricks and blocks was truly somthing to behold.

He was also the best man to have in your corner when you were the only white boy, fighhting at the "inner city tournaments...."

I have fond memories of him taking my dojo mates and myself to 42nd street in NYC after work outs. He would actually pay all of our ways from one Kung Fu movie to another. We would work our way down 42 St often visiting 4 or 5 theaters in order to not miss any of the more than numerous Chop Socky flicks that would come out every week back then.

Unfortunately, like my other teachers, he is no longer with us.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Getting back to the classics, here is a one of a kind oldie. It was taken in the 60's at GMstr. S. Henry Cho's school in NYC.

That's Mas Oyama squatting center in front row. In the back row, is GMstr's Ruiz, Cho and of course The Maestro = Urban, behind Oyama.

Click on pic for enlarged version.

Thanks to Hanshi Roldan for allowing me to steal this off of the Nisei Hombu wall................