Friday, November 26, 2010


I would like send respect to those who travel east and do the work of the Grand Architect of the Universe. On October 29, 2010, I left to the Dallas- Fortworth area of Texas. I was greeted by Shihan Ivan Lewis and taken to the city of Kennedale, home of the Busho Kai Organization. There, I did 4 mini seminars on Nisei Arnis Jitsu. Each session lasted about one and a half hours. I also attented a dojo demonstration and promotion ceremony. The workshops were divided by age and rank. I work with the children of the dojo as well as the adults. A great time was had by all who attended the work shops.
It was nice to see Shihan Lewis and his family of martial artists. It has been over fifteen years since my last visit. The family and Bushokai's growth in Texas was evident on my trip. A great group of black belt, students, and a wonderful dojo. Shihan Lewis's entire family is involved in the dojo in one way or another.
The demonstration and promotion ceremony was a great event with visiting grand masters, parents, students and the like. The students demonstrated syncronized katas, kihon and bunkai(applications). Then the promotion and awarding of the belts. Congratulations to all who were promoted. It was beautiful to see the growth of Shihan Lewis's family and his Bushokai System. Keep it going on, Shihan Lewis!!!!
Photos Above:
#1-Me and Shihan Lewis share a moment.
#2 Left to right: Master Dan McDonald(Super Kick Martial Arts), Sensei Sean McCann, Grand Master W. Roldan, Shodai John Hawk (Wado Shin ZenKai), Sensei Cynthia Lewis, Shihan Ivan Lewis, new Senior Renshi Susan Lewis-McCann, Hanshi Tom Sergent(Wado Shin Zen Kai), Sensei Rannie Ladner(Gulf Coast Shotokan).
Click on photo to enlarge.


Friday, November 5, 2010, Hanshi W. Roldan did a radio broadcast on WPAT 930 AM Radio!! He was interview by Sensei Teddy Smith on his radio show. The TEDDY SMITH SHOW ON WPAT 930 AM and It was broadcasted live and used a call in format. Teddy Smith is a radio personality who is a 5th degree black belt in Judo(gentle way) and karate black belt. On the program were film director Bryan Felber, GM Wilfredo Roldan, and Dr. Arlen Fleisher M.D. open heart surgeon and vein specialist. Bryan Felber and Roldan have been working on some film projects together and both answer questions about the martial arts filming process and Roldan answered the martial arts questions that were posed by the listening public. DR. Fleisher answered question about the heart and the vascular system(arteries and veins). One lady called inquiring about breaking a cinder slab with her head and another caller asked how he could kill a man. Well, lots of wierd questions were answered. More calls came in after we left the studio and we were asked to make another appearance on the program. I am looking forward to the next broadcast. Photos 1: Roldan and Teddy Smith. Photo 2 Bryan Felber and Roldan with headphone, Click on photo to enlarge.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Grand Master Isaac Henry Passes

I would like to send my blessing to those who travel east and do the work of the Grand Architect of the Universe.

We of the Nisei Goju Family send our condolences to the family of Grand Master Isaac Henry Jr. I remember watching his group at karate tournaments back in the day. A championship crew, GM Henry troops were all respected by the martial arts community. He produced many champions of the arts. Grand Master Isaac Henry Jr. served his country in the military, was a police chief and founded the BKG martial arts system.

Grand Master Henry was one of the pioneer of the American Martial Arts Movement. Rest in Peace O'Sensei(great teacher) Henry, for you have taught many, the lessons of martial arts and life. You will be remembered by those lives you have touched. OSU!!!

Picture Above: Grand Master Isaac Henry and son Hanshi Fred S. Henry

Sunday, July 18, 2010


This past May 25, 2010, Sensei Konda of Hyderabad AP, India hosted the 4th Nisei Goju Championship in Hyderabad, India. The tournament was held at the D. P, S. School of the city. We are proud of the work Sensei Konda, in spreading Nisei Goju in his country.
The tournament was well attended with members of the martial arts community. In the top photo we have two little girls after receiving their award. Little girl on the right is Sri Laxmiamshita, who only training for 6 month took 1st place in her kata division. The photo below shows Mahesh receiving his Kata Grand Championship Trophy. Click on photo to enlarge. Congratulations to all the winners.
We are all proud of you.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


I would like to sent my respect to those who travel east and do the work of the Grand Architect of the Universe.
On this Father's Day I send a special greeting to all fathers who do the right thing by their families.
On this day in 1995 the martial arts world lost Hanshi Frank Ruiz 1934-1995, Founder of the Nisei Goju Ryu System. Here, we celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of his passing. We remember his life and contributions to the martial arts. He raised many children in the Martial Arts and I was one of them. I am very proud of that fact. I ask the martial arts world to have a moment of silence today and remember O'Sensei Frank Ruiz. He was a father to many of us.
I remember taking the above photo for the cover of Official Karate Magazine. It took a whole roll of film(32 photos) to take this photograph of Grand Master Frank Ruiz choking me. I remember the photographer, Joe Griffins telling Hanshi Ruiz , "Frank, your not making a mean enough face". That's when I said "All due respects, would you make a mean face, already". Remember the name, the man, the martial artist and the legend Frank Ruiz. Rest In Peace, O' Sensei Ruiz, you are missed by those of us you touched.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


First, I would like to send my respects to those who travel east and do the work of the Grand Architect of the Universe.

CONGRATULATION!!!!!! Sensei Edwin J. Rodriguez on ascention to the rank and title Yo Dan Renshi (4th degree black belt).

Sensei Rodriguez born April 21, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York and raised on the East Villiage aka Lower East Side(Loisada). Affectionately known as Eddie to his friends, at the age of eight, started his martail arts training with Ho Hun Pon Academy of Self Defense in Chinatown,NYC. I recruited him into NISEI GOJU RYU, when I was teaching at the Madison - Hamilton House (circa 1970). I took him to the NISEI GOJU HEADQUARTERS to train with me and Grand Master Ruiz. Sensei Rodriguez also did some training with GM Ronald Morgan Taganashi (Founder: America Te) and GM Rex Lee (Founder: Lee Jitsu Ryu).

Sensei Rodriguez, a retired correction officer for the City of New York, is also a motorcycle enthusiast who is a member of the ENFORCER MOTORCYCLE CLUB. He will soon begin classes the Margate, Florida area.

Renshi Rodriguez, wear the new rank in good health. God keep you the palm of his hand and keep you working for your system, NISEI GOJU RYU and thank you for your support.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Congratulations to ANJURANI on receiving her black belt from her instructor, Sensei Konda from Hyderabad in Central India. Anjurani was born in Wanaparty near Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh, India. She is the 1st female Nisei Goju Black Belt in India. RIGHT ON!!! She will inspire many of the young students to do well. We are proud of the Nisei Goju group in India.
In Picture, Sensei Konda ties black belt on Anjurani,with her senior looking on.
Keep up the good work Anjurani. Empowering the women in the martial arts is an important thing. After all, without mothers(first teachers), there would never be grand masters.

Next Nisei Goju Ryu Advance Class will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Nisei Goju Hombu Dojo in NYC. 1-4PM, Topics. Green belt katas, Ukemi(falling skills), and Knife defenses.
Please (212) 674 - 6477 to reserve your spot . Looking forward to seeing you here at the Headquarters of Nisei Goju Martial Arts.