Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Have you ever heard of Joe White?

For years, I have wondered why a man that was responsible for so many US Marines being introduced to the GoJu system has basically fallen into obscurity when it comes to GoJu history. Up until recently, the only time I ever saw his name was in a caption under the picture that you see here, circa 1957. He is the black gentleman sitting in the front row, along with Seiko Higa Sensei and Seikichi Toguchi Sensei, which was published in one of Grand Master Seikichi Toguchi's books.

I would like to take this time to introduce you all to him.

Unfortunately, this picture was taken at his going away party. Where did he go, you may ask? He went to Viet Nam and never came back.........

Can you spell HERO???????????????

Here is another pic of Joe White receiving his ShoDan from Toguchi Sensei.

Thank you Sensei White. For what you unknowingly contributed to the GoJu style, and for the ultimate sacrifice that you made in the name of freedom.

Special thanks to Shihan John Roseberry for giving me permission to use this picture, which came from his website http://www.shoreishobukan.org/srsk-homepage.htm