Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Marty Manuel passes away.
What can I say? He was a friend of mine. He was one of the original Professional Karate Association full contact champions. He was a fantastic practitioner, teacher, inspiration to many, and a really nice guy.
Because of his illness, he went from being one of the fastest, most graceful technicians on the full contact scene, to being paralyzed and wheelchair bound for all too many years. Yet he still taught, and participated in the arts, more and better than most.
Sensei Urban loved him, and endearingly called him "The Coach."
I was honored to be nominated by him to receive the GoJu Leadership Award, through the World Head Of Family Sokeship Council.
He was a fantastic teacher, as seen through so many of his students, including my dear friend Sensei Alexis Cardona of Florida. He was also once again. a really nice guy. What else can I say?