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hunter_02
White Belt
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Joined: 24 Feb 2021
Posts: 3
Location: S.W. Florida
Styles: Kodokan, Okinawa-te

PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:43 pm    Post subject: Howdy y'all (2weeks late) Reply with quote

Greetings y'all, from S.W. Florida.
Like a lot of young guys, I started taking Judo at the 'Y', you know, when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. When I saw how fast I was progressing, I started going to the Philadelphia Judo Club on Saturdays, and teaching the junior classes at the 'Y' on Tues & Thurs. The Sensei at the Philadelphia Judo Club was a gentleman named Professor Takihika Ishikawa. The Professor awarded me my Ikkyu in the summer of '68.
When this man went back to Japan to live out his 'Golden Years', he was awarded [b]KUDAN at the KODOKAN[b]. There is actually a prefecture in Japan named after his family.
When I came back from an extended trip, I decided I'd like to learn Karate. I wanted the olskool stuff and found a man in Brooklyn/Staten Island named Thomas laPuppet. Mr laPuppet was Nidan or Sandan in Isshin-ryu and Shodan in Goju-ryu/Okinawa-te. I studied with him until being awarded my Sandan. And then....life got in the way.
While I'm thinking about it, both of these Gentlemen were BlackBeltMagazine Men-of-the-Year.
At 69 years old, there's more to tell. But I despise typing.
More to come.


Okinawa-te ~~ Shodan
Kodokan ~~ Ikkyu
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ashworth
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Joined: 13 Nov 2006
Posts: 558
Location: UK
Styles: Kankoko No Ryu, shotokan, IJR Karate, Iaido

PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting Story! welcome to the Forum!!
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Wastelander
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Joined: 18 Oct 2010
Posts: 2514
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Styles: Shorin-Ryu, Shuri-Ryu, Judo, KishimotoDi

PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum!
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Bulltahr
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Joined: 08 Mar 2015
Posts: 719
Location: NEW ZEALAND
Styles: Shotokan, Seido Juku

PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to Part 2!!!
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bushido_man96
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Joined: 31 Mar 2006
Posts: 28800
Location: Hays, KS
Styles: Taekwondo, Combat Hapkido, Aikido, GRACIE

PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to KF, hunter!
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Fat Cobra
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Joined: 14 Jul 2018
Posts: 304
Location: Fort Drum, NY
Styles: Ryukyu Kempo

PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hunter, awesome background!

Welcome to the forum.

Karate no michi!
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sensei8
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Joined: 23 Feb 2008
Posts: 15329
Location: Houston, TX
Styles: Shindokan Saitou-ryu [Shuri-te/Okinawa-te based]

PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to KF, hunter_02; glad that you're here!!


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aurik
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Joined: 08 Nov 2016
Posts: 170
Location: Denver, CO
Styles: Shuri-Ryu, Uechi-Ryu

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum, hunter!
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Patrick
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Joined: 01 May 2001
Posts: 27860
Location: Los Angeles, California

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Hunter. Glad to have you.

Patrick
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SLK59
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Joined: 05 Nov 2020
Posts: 91
Location: USA
Styles: Shotokan Karate

PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum, hunter_02, and to the next phase in your martial arts journey!

Cheers,
Scoot
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