Thursday, October 25, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
First Row kneeling (left to right):
unknown, Tony Catapano, Louis Jackson, Micheal Di Ramundo, James "Baby Doll" Berry, Rory Calhound, Chester Nathan Cattouse, Raymond Nunez, Marty Manuel.
Second Row (on one knee): Sidney Abraham (behind Jackson), Jose Orjeda, Moses Boone, Kenny Feeman ( behind Manuel)
Third Row (standing): Charles Furillo, Rupert O' Brian,Wilfredo Roldan (present head of NISEI), Frank Fair, Ronald M. Taganashi (then, future Founder: American-Te), Herbie Thompson, Crystal, Earl Monroe, Chaka Zulu (then, future Founder: ZuJitsu Ryu), Joseph Artesi, Irwin Margo (Magician).
Fourth Row (standing head shots): Rudy Winkflied, Tommy Graham, Dan Sullivan, Joe Richardson, Harry Rosenstein, Frank Ruiz (sorry he was looking away), Jerry Gardner.
In the early seventies, every Sunday, I used to go to train with the Founder of the Goshindo Kempo Karate & Samurai Jiu Jitsu Association, Grand Master Pete Siringano (1928-1994). A long way to travel to learn some really good stuff. Continuing in his father's traditions is Grand Master Pete Siringano II.
I give thanks for the experiences I have had in the Hombu dojo of the Samurai Jiu Jitsu System. I don't remember the ones in the photo, but that's me in the forefront and dead center. The work outs were ferocious and real to life. I learned a lot from one of the founding fathers of east coast martial arts. GM Frank Ruiz and GM Pete Siringano were known as the Damon and Pythias of the martial arts world. GM. Pete Siringano I turned over his systems to his son, my brother in arms and my good friend Pete Siringano II. Keep kicking it Pete!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Malanoski know his weapons and taught me some new stuff. You all know how I like to get new martial information for the data bank. We had a wonderful time at the tournament.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Bruce Rubin was an teacher for the New York City Department of Education, a photographer, master diver (search and rescue), and a SanDan (3rd degree black belt) in the NISEI GOJU SYSTEM.
Bruce was a man of stature. One of the fearless men that traveled all over the world for real knowledge of the places one only dreams about. I could only name few of the place he has visited. Places like Africa, the Middle East, China, and I think Tibet, all sounded fascinating. The momentos his came back home with were totally awesome. One of my favorites was a monkey or human skull with silver and jewels that were inlayed. Some fine work of Art.
He was a great teacher of children, who also taught me some stuff about education. We lost Bruce in 2003. He is survived by his Wife Sondra and daugthers Jennifer and Lily. Here he is with some of his students (Lily is in his right arm) in the old Brewster Dojo of Nick Spennicchia.
We will all miss this gentle giant .
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Lots of Nisei people and well as other martial artists were in attendance. Rex Lee (Lee Jitsu Ryu) hosted the event and it was a success. In the picture with me are F. Ruiz and S.L. Malanoski (Shobudo "The origenal" GoJu Jitsu). It was a pleasure to be with the grand master that weekend. We spoke alot about the future of NISEI GOJU and the direction he wanted it to go. In the Florida area F. Ruiz trained a lot of masters in their own right. Some of these masters have started their own Styles. GM. Ruiz taught martial artist from all styles. He turned non fighters into fighters and non martial artist in martial artist of the highest order. He was a great motivator. My best wishes to those that are no longer part of the NISEI FAMILY.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
This is an image of Bodhidharma, who was credited for bringing Chan (Zen) Buddhism and the martial Arts from India to the Shaolin Temple in China. It is said, that he taught the "Eighteen Hands of the Lohan", Origrnal Chi Kung Exercise. Chi (KI in Japanese) means Energy and Kung means Development. Ergo chi kung means Energy development.
Sanchin Kata is one of the Chi kung exercises taught in the Nisei Goju System.
Sanchin means Three Battles or spirits and it is done with the dynamic tensioning of the muscular anatomy. Having its own internal mantra this kata unifies mind, body, and spirit with the proper breathing technique. Shime are the skills used to test the person practicing the dynamic tension exercise.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
in the Nisei Family. He lives in the city of Hyderabad, India with his wife Swapna and daugther Laximiamshitha. After communcating with konda, he traveled to the World Head Quarters of the of NISEI GOJU SYSTEM to train.
We are all looking forward to seeing Konda at our family gathering of warriors. I will finally get to meet his family
of which, I only saw pictures.
We all wish Konda and his Family the very best as he grows strong in the NISEI GOJU FAMILY.
It's great to have him with us. Coming from the land of BodhiDarma(Tamo in Chinese, Daruma in Japanese), the holy man who is said to have brought Chan Budhism and martial arts to china from India, where it all began. We have come full circle
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sensei Lemus has been with the Nisei Family for a long time. He has established Nisei Dojos for over twenty five years. Some are still in the same locations. You all know how rare that is. We are very happy to have back in the fold of the NISEI FAMILY.
Keep up the good work Sensei Lemus. I look forward to doing another seminar at his dojo.
It was a pleasure to have these men in my dojo.
Grand Master Peter Urban would always say "Give us this day, our daily work". If I may be bold to add to that statement, without daily work there is no daily bread.
In every martail artist's life, there is always room for more knowledge and growth. When a martial artist stop learning, that the end of their martial evolution.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
My first teacher was Sensei Owen Watson, who introduced me to Grand Master Frank Ruiz(Nisei Goju founder), when I was a green belt. Grand Master Ruiz would send me later to train with Grand Master Peter Urban (USA Goju founder) and then to Grand Master Peter Siringano (founder: Samurai Ju jitsu/Goshin Do Kempo Karate). Later on, I was granted permission to trained with Florendo Ma Calruz Visiacion (Founder of the Vee Arnis Jitsu Systems).
This is the chest patch of the Nisei GoJu Ryu practitioner. It was design by Carlos Serrano and approved by Grand Master Ruiz, Nisei GoJu Ryu's founder. What the Nisei emblem (chest patch) represents. White represents the purity of the cause. Red represent the blood that is shed in combat. Black represents the fraternal order of Black Belts. The five rays of the Sun represents the five steps of life in the martial arts. White Belt- Life of Humility, Green Belt - Life of Labor, Purple Belt -Life of Service, Brown Belt - Life of Prayer and Gratitude, Black Belt - Life of Meditation
Saturday, October 6, 2007
This photo was taken by Joe Griffin for Official Karate Magazine cover. Don't remember the exact year it was published. I do remember that it took a whole roll of film (32 Pics) and the photographer urging Grand Master Frank Ruiz to make a mean face. I quess you can say I was all choked up.