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Historical Events

1 / 20 / 1953 Rich Baptista (Birthday)

1 / 6 / 1963 Alice Chung Chang's Birthday

1 / 25 / 1967 Michael Deubner (Birthday)

1 / 20 / 1921 Seitoku Higa (Birthday)

1 / 23 / 1955 Debra Holloway (Birthday)

1 / 2 / 1937 Seijin Inamine's Birthday

1 / 3 / 1949 Danny Lane's Birthday

1 / 20 / 1964 Charlie Lee (Birthday)

1 / 13 / 1947 Jeong Sook Lee (Birthday)

1 / 2 / 1934 Taketo Nakamura's Birthday

1 / 30 / 1938 Knag Rhee (Birthday)

1 / 24 / 1941 Shigetoshi Senaha (Birthday)

1 / 27 / 1957 Cliff Thomas (Birthday)

1 / 25 / 1943 Ron Van Clief (Birthday)

1 / 22 / 1944 John Worley (Birthday)

1 / 20 / 1978 Harry Ishikawa (passed away)

1 / 27 / 1965 Kyuzo Mifune (passed away)Mifune died on January 27, 1965, in the Nichidai University Hospital in Tokyo

1 / 28 / 1890 Henry Okazaki (Birthday)

1 / 1 / 1866 At 22 Kanryo Higaonna travels to Foochoow, China, where he studies Chinese martial arts under Ryu Ryuko.

1 / 1 / 1912 Meitoku Yagi, founder of Meibukan Goju Ryu and Chojun Miyagi's later successor, is born on March 6th.

1 / 1 / 1933 Goju-Ryu is officially registered with the Dai Nippon Butokukai as a ryu and Karate is recogized as an offficial martial art. Anthony Mirakian is born on November 12th.

1 / 1 / 1945 Shinzato Jinan dies in April during the battle of Okinawa. Shinzato, along with Miyagi, was very instrumental in the coining the name

1 / 1 / 1951 Gogen Yamaguchi receives Hanshi, tenth dan, from Miyagi.

1 / 1 / 1953 Chojun Miyagi dies on October 9th at the age of 65.

1 / 1 / 1955 Shikan Akimine (student of Kanki Izumikawa) opens the first Goju Ryu dojo in Brazil. Seikichi Toguchi forms the Shoreikan.

1 / 1 / 1957 Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Modern Karate, dies at the age of 88. Miyazato Eiichi established Jundokan Goju.

1 / 1 / 1959 Peter Urban introduces Japanese Goju Ryu to the United States.

1 / 1 / 1960 Anthony Mirakian brings Okinawan Meibukan Goju Ryu to the United States.

1 / 1 / 1961

1 / 1 / 1963 Meitoku Yagi receives Chojun Miyagi's karate gi and belt, becoming his official successor.

1 / 1 / 1964 Gosei Yamaguchi joins his brother Goshi in San Francisco. Gogen Yamaguchi helps form the All Japan Karate-Do Federation.

1 / 1 / 1965

1 / 1 / 1966 Peter Urban leaves Japanese Goju-Ryu and introduces USA Goju to the world. Seiko Higa dies.

1 / 1 / 1971 Ron Van Clief (a student of Peter Urban) forms his own system called Chinese Goju.

1 / 1 / 1974 Harry Rosenstein forms Kanzen Goju Ryu.

1 / 1 / 1979 Morio Higaonna leaves Miyazato Eiichi Sensei and forms the International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Federation (IOGKF).

1 / 1 / 1987 Lou Angel forms Tenshi-Goju Kai, in Joplin, Mo.

1 / 1 / 1989 On May 20th. Grandmaster Gogen Yamaguchi dies at the age of 80.

1 / 1 / 1991 Masafumi Suzuki dies on October 11th.

1 / 1 / 1993 Masanobu Shinjo dies on October 15th.

1 / 1 / 1994 Shidoshi Ron Van Clief, age 51, competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championships.

1 / 1 / 1995 Frank Ruiz, founder of Nisei Goju Ry, dies on June 20 after a long illness.

1 / 1 / 1996 Ron Taganashi, co-founder of Nisei Goju Ryu dies.

1 / 1 / 1998 Seikichi Toguchi dies on Aug. 31st at the age of 81.

1 / 1 / 1999 Miyazato Eiichi Hanshi dies.

1 / 1 / 2001 Chinese Goju Headquarters is placed under the direction of Glen Perry, Soke, 8th dan.

1 / 1 / 2002 Ron Van Clief competes in S. Henry Cho's Open Invitational tournament and takes 1st place in kata and kumite.

1 / 15 / 1981 The WTF was affiliated to the International Council of Sports Science & Physical Education [ICSSPE].

1 / 6 / 1990 The Central American Sports Organization adopted Taekwondo as an official sport of the Central American Games.

1 / 15 / 1994 The Promotion Committee for Taekwondo's Olympic Status was set up at a meeting held in Seoul, Korea with 49 sports and social leaders from Korea and other countries participating as members.

1 / 0 / 2001 Chinese Olympic Committee announced that Taekwondo is participating in the Chinese National Sports Meeting to be held in November 2001 for the first time. This national sport event of China with 1.2 billion people is held every four years.

1 / 1 / 1982 Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin creates the World Tang Soo Do Association.

1 / 2 / 1922 Ken Sakio was born.

1 / 18 / 1968 Grandmaster Kim Soo arrives from Seoul

1 / 1 / 2009 Begins writing Turning Point column for John Corcorans Martial Arts Success magazine

1 / 9 / 1973 HWA RANG DO on Korea's TBC- TV Show

1 / 1 / 1977 Rainbow Publication's BLACK BELT MAGAZINE features Dojoo Nim Dr. Joo-Bang Lee on it's cover

1 / 3 / 2006 Ken Eubanks (Passed Away)

1 / 10 / 1952 Rorion Gracie Birthday

1 / 30 / 1986 Won boxing match against Gordie Hannahin Edmonton, Canada

1 / 1 / 1980 Won kickboxing match against Reg Johnsonin Calgary, Canada

1 / 20 / 1980 Started boxing lessons with Ted James and Rocky (his son)at the South Side Legion boxing gym on South Side Edmonton

1 / 27 / 1998 Pete's son Chaz Cunningham is born

1 / 27 / 1993 Appeared on Kung Fu: The Legend Continues

1 / 3 / 1992 Appeared on Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight

1 / 1 / 1981 Meeting The JetI meet "The Legend", Benny "The Jet" Urquidez at his kickboxing seminar held in Vancouver BC, Canada. A month before his big title defense against a Japanese opponent. Sensei Benny tells me: "you are going to be a great champion ...". A month later I fight Gordy Gong, the Canadian Champion. It's my first Pro-Fight and I win BIG by TKO, a roundkick to the head.
After the fight Sensei Rueben and Sensei Blinky approach my mother and I. They congratulate me and extend an invitation to come to their world class facility in Van Nuys, CA. I am ecstatic!

1 / 8 / 1960 Karate is seen for the first time in an American TV seriesKarate is seen for the first time in an American TV series on The Detectives, starring Robert Taylor. In an episode entitled Karate, Taylor must track down a killer whos slaying his victims with deadly blows to the neck. Black belt Bruce Tegner plays a karate expert who explains the arts potential power and demonstrates how a karate chop can be used to break a brick.

1 / 8 / 1992 Kung-fu champion Mark Dacascos makes his film debut inKung-fu champion Mark Dacascos makes his film debut in American Samurai, scripted by martial arts writer John Corcoran. This straight-to-video release launches Dacascos thriving acting career spanning over 20 years, in which he has had starring roles in over 30 movies and television shows. Since circa April 2004, Dacascos has played "The Chairman" on TVs Iron Chef America: The Series on the Food Network, the fictional nephew of Takeshi Kaga, "Chairman Kaga," of the original Japanese series of Iron Chef programs.

1 / 15 / 1956 Isshinryu karate is founded by Tatsuo Shimabuku in Okinawa

1 / 25 / 2002 Kung Pow! Enter the FistKung Pow! Enter the Fist, a martial arts satire, debuts in theaters and ultimately grosses $16.9 million worldwide. It cost $10 million to make.

1 / 26 / 1918 Gunji Koizumi establishes a society in London called the BudokwaiAt his own expense, Gunji Koizumi establishes a society in London called the Budokwai (Way of Knighthood Society). The Budokwai offers tuition in jujutsu, kendo and other Japanese arts to the British people. For this purpose, Koizumi secures a location in Lower Grosvenor Place, along the back wall of Buckingham Palace.

1 / 28 / 1986 Astronaut Dr. Ron McNair died.Astronaut Dr. Ron McNair, called the First Black Belt in Space, perishes along with six others aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger when it explodes off the coast of Florida shortly after takeoff. His first mission was in 1978 and the crater McNair on the Moon is named in his honor. McNair, an African-American, was a 5th dan in shorei-ryu karate who studied under Robert Trias, the Father of Karate in America.

1 / 8 / 2007 Korean-American hapkido master Bong Soo Han dies at his home in Santa Monica, CA. Born on Aug. 25, 1931, he was 75.Han died at his home in Santa Monica, California, on January 8, 2007. He was buried in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

1 / 4 / 1999 Kisshomaru Ueshiba passed away

1 / 20 / 1920 Koichi Tohei was born

1 / 5 / 2012 Fariborz Azhakh Celebrates his 50th Birthday by Sparring 50 Rounds

1 / 1 / 2011 Police/Military Certified Instructor Krav Maga Alliance Force Instructor Director Jeremy Stafford

1 / 7 / 1986 opened my own school - KMA Newtown

 

Birthdays

Susan Gill

J. Warsanis

Anthony Cataldo

Gabe  Suarez

Stefano Dalla Vecchia

Joe Forfa

FAROUK  KHOKHER

Art Mason

Christian Whiting

Gareth Edwards

Kenneth  Edwards

Michelle Golino

Roberto Marques

Bill Armfield

Dan Jones

Tim Bridges

Robin Ford

Robin Ford

Siamak Rezaie

Craig  Gemeiner

Martin Gale

Jason Mix

Michael Billings

Matt  Brett

Brian Henderson

Mike  Carr

Kera Sakti

Mirco Berwing

David Martin

Pat Caputo

Mr. Bayram Korkmaz

Rana Muzammal

James (Jim) Adkins

William Richardson

DOMINICK RUGGIERI

Michael Dean

Dean Manelli

STEVE TERSIGNI

ROBERT WALTZER

David Bentley

John Reid

Martin Seck

Karsten  Dam

Stewart Wong

Jim (Iron Fist) Moorhouse

Terry Lacey

Joe Barrau

s. serenelli

james dasfleet

Heath Macaluso

Avi Nardia

Kamanawanui Kaihewalu

Fernando Mirones

Brian Chewning

Mario Guerrero

Nihat  YIGIT

Dwayne L. Flees

Frankie  Mitchell

Peter Ziboce

eddie  gombya

Sam Boyer

Carl Foti

Carl Foti

SHAHZAD  AZIZ

 Wasim Raza


Jason Gould

Drew Arthur

Simon English

Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

MUZAMMAL  AHMED

Carol Mannarino

Dan  McEaddy


Aaron Banks


Joe Carroll


Russell Stutely

Frank DeGourville

Tiger Nasim Khan

Bikash Subedi

Ken Sakio

Piotr Ochniowski

Sensei Luis Campos

kevin Jerman

Noy Hornik


Matt Dorsey

STEPHEN NASH

Jean Lee


Troy  Trudeau

Tony Mr Hardiman

Scott Shamblin

Jinhua Guo

Illona McKinzie

William Esposito

Chang Phillips

Daniel Docto aka "Doc"

Michael Youngblood

Master Furoz

Rohina Tashqin

Dwane Cook

Leonardo Xavier

proshat ehsani

Mark Stas

Darrin Walton


Hayward Nishioka

David Brock

Ronnie  Jackson


Nicole  Bilgere

Craig Wallace

Club Secretary

JENNIFER  MAWHINNEY

MERVYN NELIS

John Pecoraro

Tomasz Smolinski

Danny Hendrick

Mike Rozumek

Neil Hourston


Fariborz Azhakh

Kris Flint

Pedro Rodriguez

James Williams

David West

Steve Snyder

Leonard Holifield

ihab eyada

Tracy Hammons

Alan Watts

Harris Warren

Paul  Coleman


Richard Norton

John Doub, Jr.

Mark Hurshman

Robert Morrison

Jeffrey Ford

steve  wright

Don Frack

William Consiglio

Rick Smith

Sammo Hung

K Myung

Vincent-Marco Duchetta


Jhoon Rhee

John Trevino

Justin Meeder

Michel Laubscher


Chuck Merriman


Ken Eubanks


Lura Roberts

Jeffrey M. Miller

David Mason

TONY  ANNESI

George Petrotta

Jon Perry

DAVID STREET

Pierre  Brown

Sensei Wilson

Ronan Halpenny

Martin  Ace

Annunzi Gianluca

Ron  Small

vicente albuerne


Taiji Kasa


Willem  De Thouars

Yong Hyeok Lee

 Lee

Carlos A. Morales

Vito Falco

Kewan Dixon

WARREN DENNIS

Paul Griffin

Juan Rodríguez

Joshua Nethery


Rorion Gracie

Jerry Fontanez

Joshua Meredith

Brent May

Alberto POLA

Jigme Chobang

DoHyun CHANG


Steve Sexton

A. Paul Dawdy

Carol Middleton

Ron Huor

gary small

Bruce Heppner-Elgin

Khadi Madama

arun kumar

Peter Carrube


Scott Sonnon


Kris Kademian


Masami Tsuruoka

Steve Joseph

James Eddings

venesh dookhie

George Albergo

Zhonghua Chen

Damian Lauria

Jim Logue

Sean Paul  Mills

Deepak Uppal

Frank Sitpholek


Kimber Hill

Brandon Persa

Jim Moorhouse

Joffrey Hion Ken Van Gilbergen

Richard "Bear" Sobek

Jorge Falcon

Jorge Luis Falcon Lopez

rafael  zambrano

DEXTER HAMMOND

Lucky Luckingham

iLKAY iTKU

MOSES POWELL

hunter bi

Carl Stoldt

AVTANDIL MIKADZE

Shelly Toland

Micah Ross Martin

David Brown

Denny Strecker


Don Warrener


Burton Richardson


Ernie Reyes Jr.

Steve  Lynch

Wendy  Casban

Danny Zanelotti

Arianna Reichardt

Jimmy Betts


Matin Luther King


Jean-yves Theriault

Nathan Wesner


Jason Griffiths-Arneson

Michael Sullivan

Geordie Lavers-McBain


Stirling Siliphant


Shinpo Matayoshi

Jorge Cerda


Chris Luafalealo

Joseph M. Victory, Jr.


Jae Hotaling

Eric Putkonen

Jeff Ader


Dennis Brown

KERRY ROY

Guy  Ca'son

Paul Swift

Barry Peake

Guro Michael J. Coconis


He-Young Kimm


Byong Yu


Chris Casamassa


Muhammad Ali

Gerald Jenkins

Blaine Marky

Arvind Khaire

Ted Jones

Kevin Burke

Charlie Foxman

Steve Place

Bobby D. Schmelter

Ric Pinkerton

Brian Mackie

Simon Yus

Sheikh Ahmad

Sachiko Yamauchi - Prough

Daiwon David Moon


Flavio Almeida

Pauciullo Gilberto


John Borter

Oguz Goknur


Gogen Yamaguchi


Koichi Tohei

Cameron Gill

David  Kirk

Ray Cosgrove

AriEl 

John  Hawk

James Clague

Jimmy George

Clint Heyliger

Jordan Schreiber

Brandi Maher

Adan Muñoz

JAKE BAUMANN

Rachael Munro

Dan Colon

Steven Jackson

Thomas Williams


Bill Guillermo Aranda

Kevin Jordan

Steve Alphin

Philip Rosa

Steven Hamp

ROD REAPE

Sensei Larry Hill


Frank Silverman

Andrew  Tombling

Gary Berger

Mario Hetu

Vladimir Djordjevic

Sean  Gately

Silva Kiosanim Filipe

David  Carr

Joachim-Dieter Eisheuer

Robert Shook

Jared  Heldt

Mike Wood

paul watt

Gerry Seymour

David Jensen

Scott Huggins

Derek M. Rozanski

Joann  Stasi

Ing. Rodrigo Fernández

Shigetoshi Senaha

Michael Deubner


Fred  Hamilton


Tim Rosanelli


AJ Advincula

Sean Willis

Darrell Sarjeant

Hadj-Moussa Arezki

Darrell Sarjeant

Don Clift


Ron Van Clief

mike mcnair

Keyvan DEHNAD

keyvan mirzai

Buzz  Conroy

Ali Ol


Brannon Beliso

Jose D. Hernandez

Donna Landini

FRANCO SANGUINETTI

Stan Witz


Cliff  Thomas


David Pennish

Pedro Mores

MICHAEL KOSSIVAKIS

Richard Lymer


Greg Tearney

Anne Lundbom

Brandon Himpfen

john saunders

Kyle Kees


Arjarn Nick Hewitson

Chalot Singh Goa

Richie Carrion

Richard Joudrey

Troy  Dunwood


Richard Bustillo

Henry Seishiro Okazaki

Troy White


Kim Murray

Richard  Phinazee

Hector Pantoja

Santiago Robledo

Glen Pepin

Jan Porthun

Kevin D. James

FRANKIE MCCOY

Heather Sheridan

Luis Mayoral


Matt  Pasquinilli

Geert J. Lemmens


Kang Rhee

Emanuel Hart


Tom Raineys

Sarah Brown

Simon Walker

Bill Bostock

Mark Smith

Jeffrey Kahn

steve setters

Dale Miller

William Reed

AL Martin

Hector Santiago

 

RIP

"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see."
Helen Keller

1/1/1920
Kamanawanui Kaihewalu

1/1/2005

Tom Blaswick

1/3/2006

Ken Eubanks

1/4/1999

Kisshomaru Ueshiba

1/5/2013

Roger  Tung

1/7/1968

Gholam Reza Takhti

1/8/2007

Bong Soo Han

1/8/2006

Stuart Quan

1/8/1991

Pundador Manuel Aguillon

1/9/1998

Imi Lichtenfeld

1/11/1987

Ark Y. Wong

1/12/2002

Jane Hallander

1/13/2007

Lilly Urquidez Rodriguez

1/14/2015

Darren Shahlavi

1/15/2003
Clarence Chang

1/15/2012

Jerry Poteet

1/27/1965

Kyuzo Mifune

1/29/1982

Hironori Ohtsuka

1/29/2009

Helio Gracie

1/30/2006
Ken Knudson

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