Monday, December 10, 2012

This Rocks!


For some reason, this video's contents escaped me all of this time. Madam Julia Urban Kimmerly and her husband Robert produced this really well made piece, with a sound track that actually set me to a pause. I received an e mail today from Robert and Julia giving the official oky doky as for me to publish it here. In answer to my comment about this being the perfect song for The Sensei, she agreed that it was apropos. That's a word that was not in my vocabulary until Madam Julia's father introduced to me. You had to broaden your vocabulary just to keep up with his conversation, and I easily did, just from learning new words from The Maestro. That learning has effected many facets of my life. Anyway, back to the sound track, I'm not a member of the Kansas Fan Club or anything, but this is a PERFECT song for this Urban presentation. How apropos...

Incidentally, in the picture that you see before you click on the video, In the forefront of Sekwii Sha, Madam Julia, Albert Gotay, and Dayton Guinee, is an urn with The Maestro's ashes, covered by one of the hats that I had made for him. Yes, this video set me to a pause... Osu! Sensei.

Thursday, December 06, 2012


While doing some research on a totally different subject, I stumbled upon some vintage footage of the Yamaguchi tournament that was run by Sensei Aaron Banks in NYC back in November of 1967. Many of us posess or have seen the footage of this event narrated by GMstr. Gary Alexander. Maestro Urban sent some of us that video many years ago. However, this seems to be the missing footage. Here you will see Yamaguchi Gogen and Gosei Senseis performing, and a 16 year old Kayo Ong receiving his trophy from The Cat. If your not familiar with Dai Sensei Ong, please use the search engine on this site to view the article about him. Later in the video you will see some IsShin Ryu footage that came from the folks that have been harboring this vintage footage . Enjoy!