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  • “Tell it like it is”,,,,let your conscious be your guide!
    Nitwit Hall of Shame

    This is dedicated to all the pioneers, Icons ,real Black Belts and just solid martial artist teachers,tournament Black Belts that will never be a Black Belt Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee.
    “It is not the Award , but the Journey that got you there”

    I feel for you,heck, it may not be coming to a city near you and I’m sure if your a little short on the initiation fee ,just call them up and explain the check is a little short this week and maybe wait till next year.
    I heard there is over 400 four hundred categories to choose from, just save up your funds!
    Lets see here,
    $568.00 airfare
    $350.00 deposit to rent a car
    $50.00 Gas
    $475.00 Two night stay
    $40.00 Garage parking
    $1,000.00 Initiation Fee and preparation into Hall of Fame
    $300.00 Your Hall of Fame Award

    I have a suit friend and he is he guy that travels all around America and scopes out Ryan’s Buffets, he does surveys of how many and where to put the best Buffets and topographical Maps of prime areas.
    I asked him to do me a favor, if he would used his sources to find out how many Black Belt Hall of Fame”s there are ?
    Guess What!!!!,,,there is only ONE Black Belt Hall of Fame because ,back in the day, Black Belt Magazine thought it was important enough and prestigious to “COPYRIGHT” the term Black Belt Hall of Fame.
    That is why everything is “Martial Arts” and then Hall of Fame for it would be a infringement on a copyright,,,,,duh,,,getting back ,well my suit friend came back and told me that maybe there is only one Black Belt Hall or Fame , however there are over 500 Martial Arts Hall of Fame groups ,ceremonies and events around the country!
    Now that did not include WORLD DOMINATION with Hall of Fame inductions all over the earth and all the ones created just in the past ten years by these new 10th degree black belts , it is Hall of Fame frenzy, who can get most in inductions by the time their thirty -fifth birthday.

    The Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame was the hoot ,three or four categories!
    Man of the Year
    Weapons Man of the Year
    Instructor of the Year
    Competitor of the Year

    It was the real deal, You were voted in by one vote at a time and YOU WERE VOTED BY THE PUBLIC and PAST INDUCTEES!
    There was no money involved, GIVEN OR TAKEN , just the respect of being voted for and chosen into the most prestigious most recognized Black Belt Hall of Fame.
    I have a com-padre who was nominated in 1997 for “Competitor of the Year”
    Mike Chat and Jon Valera tied for that honor that year, well deserved and then he was nominated for “Man of the Year” in 1998 and James Lee earned that moment, rumor has it,, he had over 250 personal votes!
    Funny,,,, when I bring it up and ragging him at the moment of that past memory , he smiles and says Second place tries harder ,just wasn’t meant to be a Hall of Fame inductee!
    Just Rambling ,,,,
    Rambling Cousin Eddie​

    https://youtu.be/u0O7htEkmzM

  • Found out the secrets of being a sport karate animal in the 60’s, 70’s 80’s 90’s and breaking the 2000 mark with retirement and a whole new journey with the Sport Karate Museum Archives.
    Every story starts with a virtue of the Samurai which relates to the moment!

    Memoirs of An American Samurai has the “WOW FACTOR”!

    I am not a reader and have not read a entire book in the past 8 years…until now. Chapter 1 grabbed me and enthralled me untill the end. Each chapter thereafter engrossed my mind and fasinated me with each word I read. Professor Gary Lee shares his experience in great detail of how he gained wisdom and knowledge in the martial arts world. Taking you on each of one his journeys from the little grass hut, hitchiking with strangers to meeting life long friends in a park.
    Professor Lee has trained and competed with the “best of the best”, the true “Blood and Gut” legends of Martial Arts. This book gives you a insight from a competitors edge with a champion’s mind.
    Memoirs Of An American Samurai is a book that every martial artist’s and non martial artist’s alike will not be able to put down!

    Master Jamie Cashion
    6th Degree Black Belt American Karate
    6th Dan American Tae Kwon Do
    Rokyn 6th Degree Black Belt/cross trained Hawaii Kosho Ryu Kenpo Jiu Jitsu
    2011 Inductee to The Masters Hall of Fame

    Click on to purchase !
    http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-American-Samurai-Warriors-Journey/dp/1463698062/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1311059329&sr=8-2

  • I enjoyed this very easy to read book. The book chronicled Professor Gary Lee’s life from a boy in Hawaii, to travelling through the United States and competing all around the world.
    Professor Gary Lee is a very accomplished Martial Artist and a great story teller.
    I really enjoyed the comparison to the Samurai quotes of attitude to the stories he has lived, it is a “one of kind reading!”
    From a boy who lost his parents at a very young age,to becoming the curator of the Sport Karate Museum Archives
    Professor Lee is an inspiration to many.!
    I encourage you to get the book.

    Lt. Colonel William L.Roberts ,Retired .
    Anchorage ,Alaska USA

    Click to purchase
    http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-American-Samurai-Warriors-Journey/dp/1463698062/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1311059329&sr=8-2

  • Gary Lee

    Living Legends Celebrity Roast and KATA WARS
    October 7th and 8th
    Hilton Southwest
    Houston , Texas
    Always remember to have a good time , Osu
    Cherish life and hug someone today , tomorrow and smile
    Thank you for the Support
    Sport Karate Museum Archives

    TICKETS ON SALE
    713-483-0476
    281-221-2145

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  • Happy Fathers Day Toshiro Sensei
    Teaching me Karate and how to surf ,these are things I will never forget.
    I miss you everyday and this little short story is dedicated to you , sir
    Love and miss you deeply
    Gary San

    The first and last time I got arrested.
    In the 70’s I hitch hike everywhere , it was what I liked to do ,seeing the country .
    I ended up in Florida and my friend, Royce Livingston were adv id surfers,
    We stayed on the coast just chasing waves!
    We ended up at Daytona Beach Florida and it was great !

    He was surfing a air craft carrier , 7 foot ,single Fin Mako brand and I ,a Gordon and Smith ,five foot -seven ,twin fin cream la cor finish with my Karate Symbol on front ,
    I carried that board everywhere.
    It was my connection with home , Hawaii

    The waves were four to five foot on a good break, we started to move down the beach toward the end where there is a large canal directly at the beach that separates Daytona Beach from New Symrna Beach where the Coast guard station was.
    With out us knowing ,years ago they dug out the beach forty to fifty feet out for the Canal for the Coast Guard Ships to come though easliy and there was a shelf underneath the breaking waves that made the waves at that end of the beach two to three more feet.
    Now we are talking about seven foot waves on a normal day ,just because of that underwater deep shelf.
    We had found a Honey Spot !
    The weather was changing , however we were in Hog Heaven and did not notice ,except the wind was kicking up pretty strong.
    .
    First Warning!
    Royce had forgotten the “Frog Wax” for the boards and mine was needing a fresh batch of wax , it was getting slippery ,so he left to get some at a convenient store a Seven Eleven,
    I was alone.
    We did not know a Hurricane watch had been issued and everyone was to get out of the water.along the beach , both beaches !
    Now the waves are almost ten feet ,breaking , a storm is coming but I didn’t care,,,then I heard the siren and LOUD SPEAKER!,, You there GET OUT OF THE WATER ,NOW!!!!!!

    I did , got scolded and warned and I left the beach until he was out of site , mind you I was young and stupid , so I go back out in the water, first wave , second cut , cool ,,,then again the LOUD SPEAKER ,this time he was upset , he treated me as if I was a vicious criminal ,threw my board in back of his trunk ,handcuffed me and put me back of the seat,.
    I was scared to death , he asked my age and I said “Sixteen”
    Then he explained to me the reason I was treated in the matter he used to understand authority of a policeman ,we are here to help , however I warned you and you went back , What I am I going to do with you ?,
    I told him about Royce and the Frog Wax and he had no idea what I was talking about , however we found Royce walking back to the beach .
    When Royce saw me in the Sheriff’s car he freaked out and asked , “Hey Gary what did you do ?
    I answered “I got arrested for surfing, did you get my Frog Wax ?

    Big Waves of Hawaii and Sharks
    https://youtu.be/INbs0gj6Y3A

  • Gary Lee

    Samurai spirit lives in a larger than life Warrior, Gary Lee!

    The first time I encountered him he was practicing his Bo Kata along with all the other people in my division!.
    I had a mishap with my Bo and snapped it in two. I thought that this very strong character wouldn’t have a problem with me borrowing his. Without hesitation he replied in a very loud and guttural OUS!!
    Well as it turned out I beat him with his own Bo and our friendship was begun!
    We where both in the stage that good martial Arts excited us. We met at every tournament and had lengthy talks well over 20 years ago of his dream to keep the history and those that made it alive!
    I’m proud to be a History General to the Museum of Sport Karate!

    I was the National arbitrator to the NBL back in the day and I got to see Gary from all sides, the best word to describe him is passionate!
    I remember being badly abused at one competition that offered Cash.
    Gary and I had worked out a skit that put me to the ground with a leg sweep, then he ripped open my shirt, placed a banana on my hairy belly while wielding a samurai sword!
    Next thing you now he sheathed the blade and bit the Banana! “sorry about the hair in the teeth Gary”
    ! Needless to say he won!
    Since then we’ve become Brothers by Choice!
    We have seen the passing of great people within the Martial Arts realm, wonderful friends and fantastic artists!
    We talked so long ago about the many sad and many joyous moments that we need to remember!
    Gary and his unlimited energy have made his dreams and our discussions a reality!
    Bless him and his Endeavour
    ! He has my support and the support of everyone I’ve talked to.

    Scott Hogarth Kyoshi
    Fighting Griffin Martial Arts
    Canada

  • You know after all the fussing,lying,two face backstabbing bull crap ,all the negative criticism and constructive criticism, the suggestions, the manipulation of one’s words and the deliberate decisions to hurt or have bad intent toward someone or some group that exist.
    You have forgiveness and after all when you think about it ,…….
    We are all just passing though,,,,,,,.this life of moments!
    Learn to forgive…….
    .
    Professor Gary Lee
    9th Dan
    Sport Karate Museum Archives
    http://www.sportkaratemuseum.org

  • A Texas Sport Karate Christmas Story
    We are so blessed to have our everyday lives and to be in the surroundings we have built our lives around and yet we are surrounded by the sadness that a child is hungry or without shelter and they are hundreds ,maybe thousands in America.
    I will never forget all those years on the road of life ,homeless
    I believe in one person and they may make a difference and people are generally good with good intentions ,
    We can make a difference!
    I was near the George R.Brown convention center visiting one of my favorite restaurants today and I notice a little boy selling American Flags on a stick, he had about ten of them and I asked him “How Much”
    He looked at me and said “Just a donation, sir, my Dad needs a new stick for his Karate and I want to buy him one for Christmas”
    I asked him “Where is your Dad ?
    Then a gruff voice spoke and said ,” Abel, I told you not to talk to strangers unless I was present”
    Obviously it was the boys father and because I was curious I mention Karate and then I see the patch , a early 1980’s Karate Olympiks Competitor patch that was given to fighters at the Houston event almost forty years ago .
    I am freaking now!!! and asked him who what ,when and where and we sit down and talk. .
    Thirty years ago, he was very successful in his consulting business , married ,two kids and he took karate on the north side of town.
    He remember me distinctively, he said I was loud , wore a Black Uniform and broke a lot of boards .
    In the nineties he lost everything , family ,home , job and he has been living on the street ever since , all those years ,,,I was blown away that he was not bitter and with what he remember of his karate days.
    He asked me to meet his new family and it wasn’t to far ,down by the bayou in the small neck of woods ,tents were set up and three or four families were there together ,his home was two tents ,one for his young boy Abel ,his two sisters and the other was for him and his lady, he offered me a cup of coffee and we talked for another hour and then I asked Abel ,,,
    Hey little brah,,,,can I still make a donation for the flags?,,,except I want to get all Ten of them and the big stick you meant earlier was a staff? ,,,right
    Yeah I was right his Dad would practice with a Bo after all these years and he had broken his Bo defending against a bunch of hoods one night . .
    I told them to stay put and I would be back in a couple of hours.

    I went to the Karate Studio and got a six foot bo /staff , wrapped in a ribbon and two Gi’s ,one for him and one for Abel.
    Then I went to Toys R Us and took care of Santa Clause for Abel and the girls,got a tree and decorations , five stockings and filled them up with simple necessities ,lots of Hard Candy and gift cards of some local dinners and cafeterias and of course McDonald’s gift cards for Breakfast ,,,
    Thank goodness for the dollar stores and Five and Under , Toys R Us Manager and the Walgreen’s Manager that helped.

    My last stopped was LaQuinta Inns by the Convention Center , the Manager was a dear friend of mine and I had a few events there and he owed me a favor or two ,,so I asked him to give this Old Karate Warrior a two night stay for Christmas , Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
    When I pulled up ,Abel was the first to come up to me and said “You came back , you came back !!, you still want the flags ?

    Of Course I do , however a donation is just not enough and My day was blessed again because of my faith to believe when your passionate about somethings ,you must always give back .
    We spent the afternoon making their little camp a little Christmas spirited flavor and I told them I will pick them up Saturday morning Christmas Eve take them to the hotel and take them back to their camp Monday morning
    Thank you Lord for making Karate my way of life ….Osu

    Hard Candy Christmas
    https://youtu.be/bvK1F6bUrzU

  • I went tonight to the American Legion $2.00 Spaghetti dinner and met some incredible people , however a group of special guys were there ,
    Real American heroes!
    They were part of a special combat group from Nam ,who after all these years, get together and share .
    Reserved ,but serious folk ,
    When a loudmouth across the room just started talking crap , not a soldier ,just a loudmouth !
    I walked over and asked him to show a little respect and remember where he is and the heroes that were in that room ,
    He was arrogant and rude and had no clue what he was blabbering about .
    Finally ,one of the Vets ,Old timer, maybe 70 plus years old who had his computer with him said to the loudmouth pecker head,Sir ,,
    May I show you something ?
    He then brought this picture up on his computer and then kinda started to cry and said” You know young man , I hear you talking about War and Combat ,but do you know why we did what we did ,it was for the man next to you and the self protection of loyalty to one another !
    That is a fact that no one understood except the man beside you.
    That is why I,,we went out sometimes twice ,three times what ever it took to get the job done and the most important fact ,,,,,,
    Never leave no one behind , not one person, not ever.
    We always thought this war was going to end soon and it never did.
    I hope you never have to experience true Hell , young man .
    Then he went to the little bar in the hall and sat and cried
    ,
    I put my arm around him and cried a little myself and thought what a honor being here and hearing that witness of this American Hero!
    He looked up at me and said “Thank you for confronting that guy” ,
    You know I should be on that wall but a few of those guys save my life ,so I am here instead ,they didn’t leave me behind.
    When the RPG hit ,I was hit pretty bad , couldn’t walk or crawl and I will never forget the grunts who came back and got me to the copter
    I said Sir , you are the one who put him his place and I thank you
    Thank you for your service ,Osu
    What a night!

  • “Rambling Cousin Eddie”
    I remember our first Dojo, it was less than a thousand square feet!
    No wait ,lets go back farther in memory.
    It was a small two bedroom apartment and we converted one 10 x12 room into a working Dojo ,holes in the wall ,neighbors calling the police for the loud noises every Tuesday and Thursday night.
    Whats funny three of the policemen that came to the complaints became students,,anyway ,,we moved to a little strip center and I remember we had a big huge square stilt in the middle of the small studio and we had to wrap it with blankets so we wouldn’t get hurt hitting against it.
    Sensei would knock us into it on purpose because he said ‘that was the guy you didn’t expect and probably would hurt you the most”
    The built wooden brace to hang a old canvas heavy bag ,I remember the rolls of duck tape we went though to keep that Bag alive , one table and one chair for sign ups ,one bathroom for changing your clothes and do your business , the Bamboo curtain , two mirrors side by side ,cracked in places from fight nights and a wooden silhouette of a man with holes in it ,that was for the Star throwing that we use to do with Rice Chex Cereal targets,,
    Sensei would take Elmers glue and glue these Rice Chex Cereals all over the Man silhouette and for every one we would hit,we didn’t have to the push ups and all the calisthenics and go straight to fighting,
    Sensei was kinda weird ,but it worked we had focus ,he called it Kime.
    Fights nights would consist of anyone!
    I mean anyone ,Sensei would put a add in the local community newspaper and it would say “Fight Night ” at the Pashou school of Self Defense, that’s all and they would flock in like seagulls eating popcorn!
    I mean all kinds , some with attitudes ,some wanting to workout ,some just wanting to watch for it was that crazy, Karate people Bikers,Cowboys ,Ninja’s high ranking wanna be fighters and my favorite Boxer’s , anytime a real Boxer would come in we would all get the crapp beat out of us!
    Sensei would put everybody’s name in a bowl and two names would be drawn and they would fight , period ,,
    The only problem is those guys above had no idea who they were fighting ,sparring or getting it on with Sport Karate fighters that Sensei was friends with and would be there on a regular basis was Louis Vazquez, , Al Garza, Steve Fotenote, Linda Denley, Kevin W. Scott,Ernie “Radar” Smith, Jeff McRae, Cocky Fotenote, George “Lighting “Sorrell, Chris Klecka,Kevin Roy, James Vernon,James Sparkman, John Sparkman, Hippiie.
    I also remember three kids that was Sensei’s kids and they were tough.
    They came from that little apartment Dojo , Stacy Love, Kevin Roy, Troy Smith.
    I could never figure out why Sensei would put those Kids in with all those fighters, now years later I understand, fighting adults made them mentally tough so if they could do this ,when they grow up they could do anything!
    So many others walked though that little Dojo !
    All I remember the next day ,maybe for two days afterward,
    I couldn’t walk and and it was extremely hard moving around in my RV.
    “Rambling Cousin Eddie”
    A martial arts Fan

  • “Rambling Cousin Eddie”
    Opinion of a Martial Arts Fan

    I remember our first Dojo, it was less than a thousand square feet!
    No wait ,lets go back farther in memory.
    It was a small two bedroom apartment and we converted one 10 x12 room into a working Dojo ,holes in the wall ,neighbors calling the police for the loud noises every Tuesday and Thursday night.
    Whats funny three of the policemen that came to the complaints became students,,anyway ,,we moved to a little strip center and I remember we had a big huge square stilt in the middle of the small studio and we had to wrap it with blankets so we wouldn’t get hurt hitting against it.
    Sensei would knock us into it on purpose because he said ‘that was the guy you didn’t expect and probably would hurt you the most”
    The built wooden brace to hang a old canvas heavy bag ,I remember the rolls of duck tape we went though to keep that Bag alive , one table and one chair for sign ups ,one bathroom for changing your clothes and do your business , the Bamboo curtain , two mirrors side by side ,cracked in places from fight nights and a wooden silhouette of a man with holes in it ,that was for the Star throwing that we use to do with Rice Chex Cereal targets,,
    Sensei would take Elmers glue and glue these Rice Chex Cereals all over the Man silhouette and for every one we would hit,we didn’t have to the push ups and all the calisthenics and go straight to fighting,
    Sensei was kinda weird ,but it worked we had focus ,he called it Kime.

    Fights nights would consist of anyone!

    I mean anyone ,Sensei would put a add in the local community newspaper and it would say “Fight Night ” at the Pashou school of Self Defense, that’s all and they would flock in like seagulls eating popcorn!
    I mean all kinds , some with attitudes ,some wanting to workout ,some just wanting to watch for it was that crazy, Karate people Bikers,Cowboys ,Ninja’s high ranking wanna be fighters and my favorite Boxer’s , anytime a real Boxer would come in we would all get the crapp beat out of us!
    Sensei would put everybody’s name in a bowl and two names would be drawn and they would fight , period ,,
    The only problem is those guys above had no idea who they were fighting ,sparring or getting it on with Sport Karate fighters that Sensei was friends with and would be there on a regular basis was Louis Vazquez, , Al Garza, Steve Fotenote, Linda Denley, Kevin W. Scott,Ernie “Radar” Smith, Jeff McRae, Cocky Fotenote, George “Lighting “Sorrell, Chris Klecka,Kevin Roy, James Vernon,James Sparkman, John Sparkman, Hippiie.

    I also remember three kids that was Sensei’s kids and they were tough.
    They came from that little apartment Dojo , Stacy Love, Kevin Roy, Troy Smith.
    I could never figure out why Sensei would put those Kids in with all those fighters, now years later I understand, fighting adults made them mentally tough so if they could do this ,when they grow up they could do anything!
    So many others walked though that little Dojo !
    All I remember the next day ,maybe for two days afterward,
    I couldn’t walk and and it was extremely hard moving around in my RV.
    “Rambling Cousin Eddie”
    A martial arts Fan

  • I had a letter the other day come in and I try to read all the fan mail I can, we get hundreds ,I do not throw away one piece of mail that is handwritten ,for that is a rare moment now in the old age of e-mail and internet communication and I feel if some one takes the time to sit down and write a letter
    I will take the time to read it and I am glad I did

    It was a letter from a retired Doctor , a surgeon who had his practice in St. Louis, Missouri and in his early years of the 60’s ,he was a Practitioner of martial arts under Hanshi Sid Campbell in Oakland, California, a Shorin Ryu master teacher who was one of the first of his kind to introduce traditional martial arts in America.
    The letter read ” I have been keeping up with all the positive and negative response to whether or not people care about the History of Sport Karate and the archives that people are having questions about things that hapen 50 ,40 ,30 years ago when the sport was created and I feel people do give a #%*^# about the history.

    I want to know and most of all I would like to see more people care , I know people forget and they get invovled with other things in life ,however as a retired professional I will never forget what sport karate did for my focus and concentration to be a Doctor, now I feel I want to know every thing, how, when, where and when things happen , so I follow men and hard core karate historians like Professor and I know even though we will probaly never meet I appreciate the history gathering , Osu
    Thank you
    Dr. Stanley Provost ,retired
    Fan of the Sport Karate history archives.

    A Statement from Sid Campbell, an American Sport Karate Pioneer

    Aloha and welcome,
    The Sport Karate Museum Organization under the guidance of founder Gary Lee is a major step forward in preserving the past, unifying the present and strengthening the future of the sporting aspects of our art. It is also the official home of the history, traditions and accomplishments of great martial artists that pioneered the way in bringing these exciting sport-oriented martial traditions to the United States and spreading it throughout the western world.
    What we see today in the vast expanse where the martial arts have entrenched itself in American’s culture and social fabric is a plethora of positive human qualities that was spawned by the martial arts sport movement. Through venues like karate tournaments, major action-adventure motion picture productions, professionally sanctioned televised events, martial arts schools, law enforcement agency defense tactics curriculums, Internet connectivity, seminars, magazine publishers, equipment supply companies, instructional books, educational DVDs, video arcade games, etc. — can all, in one way or another, trace its roots back to the sport martial arts competitors of the early 1960s when the Asian martial traditions were being introduced to the world. More specifically, it was the martial arts competitors, tournament producers and the fans of that bygone era that we today call the “golden age” of karate in America is of where this expansive and phenomenal growth evolved from in the first place.
    Being fortunate enough to be one of the first Americans to teach Okinawan karate in the United States and western world during karate’s “golden age” of the 60s, I was blessed to be a part this cultural evolution. To be a small part of this dedicated cadre of this movement which now touts tens of millions of practitioners on a global scale still humbles me beyond the scope of words alone.
    In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined that the martial disciplines like karate, kung-fu (gung-fu), judo, jujitsu, ninjitsu, tae kwon do, kempo, escrima, kendo, aikido, iaido, kali, capoeira, savate, sambo, kobudo, pankration, bugei, wushu, mixed martial arts and eclectic martial arts would have reached that level of popularity in the past forty some odd years. And, to see the art I love so much endure these sometimes tumultuous times and undergo so many innovative changes along the way while still retaining the quintessential essence of its original purpose and traditional values is truly astounding. Perhaps what is just incredible about this form of physical expression that emphasizes moral and ethical values is that it has helped develop some of the finest human beings that these past four decades of growth can produce. I must attribute this, at least in part, to the exceptional martial arts educators that have dedicated their life and energy to elevating the spirit of the warrior and teaching the arts that has been a way of life for a select few for the past fifteen hundred years.
    The Sport Karate Museum was created and founded on the premise that the efforts, dedication, perseverance and enthusiasm of these early practitioners would be preserved and passed forth for posterity sake. A noble cause in deed when we stop to think that many future generations will know who was responsible for this phenomenal growth and worldwide popularity from a sport perspective. Again, I must reiterate that this worthy endeavor to document, archive and house the sporting aspects of these myriad of martial disciplines that were, in part, responsible for this global popularity of the martial arts is the righteous and just action to take so that future generations will be able to share in the excitement, enthusiasm and camaraderie that was unwittingly nurtured in karate’s “golden age” of karate in America. And, as with any endeavor that attracts the interest of millions of avid devotees, preserving the past, unifying the present and strengthening the future needs a strong foundation to insure existence.
    I believe Gary Lee has set the cornerstone in place through his unceasing efforts and true love for the martial disciplines to guide this endeavor into the future. His insightful perception will undoubtedly insure that the sports aspects of the martial arts will be preserved and passed forward for many, many generations to come. For that, we will all be deeply indebted.
    As you visit the Five House you will step back in time to when America and the western world was embracing the cultural traditions of Asia and forming an international bond that is stronger today because of his many years of hard work.
    Essentially Gary Lee has captured time in a bottle so that others can share these moments and drink from that same fountain of knowledge that America’s karate pioneers enjoyed from its introduction in 1945 in Phoenix, Arizona.
    With great respect and Aloha,
    Malama pono,
    Sid Ka’imi Campbell R.I.P
    10th dan, hanshi, kaicho
    Founder, the World Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate-do and Kobudo Association (WOSKKA)

  • Once in a while, when I’m alone, I think about my age. I think, How many more years do I have on this earth?
    But I can’t really conceive of dying. Somehow, in my head, I don’t think I’ll die. I know that everybody dies, of course.
    I just think that it’ll never come to me.
    It’s crazy, but there it is.”
    Don Rickles

    Don Rickles said “It takes many years to perfect your craft being a Comedian,,,,,,
    Dean Martin responds and says , Yeah your time hasn’t came yet !
    and Don Rickles responds ,,”Thank you Jerry” (inside joke)

    And you will Mr. Rickles , when I was growing up I had three comedians that I copied things about them to make me a better actor and just funny for the Six Flag Shows.
    They were Red Skeleton because of his wisdom ,improvisational skills , love of country he would say regulary before and after his shows and always saying “God Bless”
    Then there was Robin Williams who I opened for at the Houston Actors Conservatory of Texas for the MENSA FOUNDATION, he was so funny I would cry so hard laughing on and off camera and his smartness overwhelmed me and now we have loss Mr. Don Rickles Comedy royalty.
    I loved him the first time I saw him live in Las Vegas and then in 1997 the Sport Karate Museum created the Celebrity Roast after Dean Martins Celebrity Roast and I studied every clip of all those Roast and 25 Roast later

    it has been a great ride!
    .
    Mr. Rickles from you I learned to be funny without ever cussing being vulgar and if I dId become tenacious, still going for the throat to take someone down verbally,
    It was always a fact I was entertainer, not racial , not predious , just funny you were smart ,extremely humble and a role model for anybody that wanted to be your kind of funny ,,yes you will live forever and in my mind and I thank you and cherish the moments you gave us .
    Don Rickles R.I.P
    A loyal fan
    Professor Gary Lee
    Founder
    Sport Karate Museum Archives

    https://youtu.be/ZblPwNLH6hg?list=RDv-oItsU_l4c

  • professor Gary Lee

    Tonight at a gathering some of my Black Belts asked me how many?
    I came back and asked How many what ,,,lol
    They said,,,, Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductions and nominations?
    and I said
    “ALWAYS REMEMBER ,,,,IT IS NOT THE AWARD ,NOR THE NOMINATION ,IT IS THE THOUGHT OF SOMEONE OR GROUP APPRECIATING YOUR WORK IN THE INDUSTRY and SPORT .
    Work hard and you will be bless,,Osu

    I have never paid for any of these great honors and moments and stood my ground on the pay for fame thing going on in American martial arts even my expenses have been taken care at most of the events and each producer one by one is special in their own way,too,,,Osu
    Very Honored , lucky Hawaii Boi

    Professor Gary Lee ***Hawaiian Martial Arts
    Who’s Who in the Martial Arts 1st edition 1982
    Who’s Who in the Martial Arts 2nd edition
    Okinawan Kobujutsu Association & Martial Arts Federation.
    Historian Award

    Nominated 1997 “Competitor of the Year
    Black Belt Magazine
    NBL Texas Hall of Fame
    AOK “Golden Greek” MVP Hall of Fame
    World Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame
    Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

    Nominated 1998 “Man of the Year
    Black Belt Magazine
    Hawaiian Martial Arts Hall of Fame
    AFKA Martial Arts Hall of Fame
    Masters Hall of Fame
    Karate Masters Hall of Fame

    International Black Belt Hall of Fame
    Black Dragon Fighting Society “The Gate Keeper Award”
    Kumite Hall of Fame Scholarship fund
    United States Black Belt Hall of Fame Historian Award
    International Ryukyu Karatejutsu Research Society
    Honor Roll
    Martial Arts USA Alliance Hall of Fame

    All Pro Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame
    Who’s Who in the Martial Arts 2016 edition
    AMAA Who’s Who Living Legends Award
    Four Seasons Samurai Hall of Fame
    Kenpo International Black Belt Hall of Fame
    Who’s Who in the Martial Arts 2017 edition

  • Revisited —Building the Sport Karate Museum ,one mile at a time,,,,
    A two week “Old School Road Trip ” visiting 10 cities and over 25 martial art studios teaching Tae Kwon Do to Shotokan and stuff I never heard of , that’s OK ,
    I have learned that this is a new era and many people teach many things ,however it is still a muddy glass of water in some of the studios I visited, some schools did not Kia!!! , said it was a waste of time and energy, I left that studio fast, lol
    Then another studio I visited was just point karate INSTRUCTION ,no foundation ,just trained for tournaments ,a trophy mongul,,lol, Then all those MMA schools charging $160.00 to $200.00 a month ,it’s crazy!
    I did get rejuvenated visiting Grand Master James Toney R.I.P and his wife Connie ,what was a suppose to be a short pick up of something special for the Sport Karate Museum ,turn out to be a six hour visit down memory lane and the Special gift ” the first protege Safety Gear Jhoon Rhee gave to the karate schools to test market BACK IN THE 70’S ,it looks like a coffee cup with holes in it”,, he signed it and I was off to Sherman Texas to hang out with Rick Arnold , World Champion Troy Dorsey ,Mike Ashwood and Youth Minister Brian Ulch to share “Champion’s Day “, after cutting many cucumbers, zucchini ,bananas and breaking two -ply toilet paper with my new buddy Grayson .
    I fished the Arnold’s stock pond with the girls and Colton and caught 12 Bass ,,,cool ,
    Then a COOL PHONE CALL !!
    Century Fitness my longtime Sponsor from the beginning in 1999 called and they would like the Sport Karate Museum to have a booth this year at the SUPER SHOW!
    Jim Harrison representing the 60’s, Jim Butin representing the 70’s, Keith Vitali representing the 70’s and 80’s and myself representing the 70’s 80’s and 90’s and World Champion Eric Loveless will represent the Sport Karate Museum Non Profit at the SUPER SHOW in Las Vegas ,July 1-3
    Then I was off to Fort Worth, Texas to drop off Living Legends Roast Tickets with Jamie Cashion and the Wiltfong brothers , had a special Okinawa Karate Class with my sister school ,taught a Sword class to my private students David Collins and Jason Wigley , then off to Lake Fork , Lake Ray Roberts and Big Sam Rayburn to pre – fish for upcoming tournaments , after wards hooked up with Huntsville School of Karate Animal Jerry Nuiez to sell a Living Legend Roast Table too, also stopped by our sponsor for Scott Messina’s Super Roast “Tokyo Grill” Great Sushi and Sake !!
    Got refreshed again seeing my “old school” buddy and fight partner Curtis Bodiford from Toshido Karate , he was a Animal but today he was working the Micro Super Peewees, they were three and under ,maybe pushing four , it was great to see him being abused by those micro animals, osu ,, we had some great wars back in the 80’s ,in closing I miss the communication on the computer ,however I enjoyed not banging on that plastic addictive keyboard for two weeks “Old School Road Trip”,,Osu

  • The 14.10 Big Bass Black and Blue Stanley Jig No.11 Pork Frog Experience at Brazos River State Park

    The park opened in late 1986 in the outskirts of Damon ,Texas about fifty miles south of Houston ,Texas .I t was originally four Duck Ponds feeding from the Brazos River that turn out to be some good size little Texas lakes .
    Mr Hale who owned them sold the lakes and surrounding land to the state and the state sat on the property for twenty years developing the property to be the park it is today.
    Horse Shoe Lake ,Little Horse Shoe ,Elm Lake and Forty Acre Lake, this story takes place in 1987 and at Forty Acre Lake.
    First of all as a Bassaholic , totally addicted to chasing and finding big Bass Brazos Bend State Was a honey hole , twenty years the fish have been growing and growing and there was man made shelves and levees and cars sunk , ditches dug out though channels , drop offs , deep holes in the middle of parts of the lakes,,,,how did I learn all this ?
    The Game Warden son was taking Karate and we started talking and then he introduced me to the Park Manager , took him to dinner and the questions I asked told me that this was heavens Hole and no body had fished it hard yet .

    It was full of brush,logs,sticks and Hydrilla that covered a lot of the area ,however the the most dangerous bass fishing was done in those lakes because they were full of Alligators , Big Alligators and they were naturally Natures Beast , very scary and the first time I had to deal with a predator while fishing , everything was bank fishing because the Gators were so big ,the park had not learn to control them yet , they were everywhere .
    One evening at dusk I was pitching my last jig of the day and I went to the pier at Forty Acre Lake where I had caught five and six pounders all day, dazed off and fell asleep ,I was out for a while ,it was dark and was suddenly woke up with a grunting and snarling sound coming from the front of pier .
    I got my halogen super flashlight and looked down and there was a fifteen foot Alligator trying to eat my Yellow Bait Can Bucket , I then shined the Flashlight in front of me in front of the pier across the lake of Forty Acre and there were hundreds of red eyes in the water ,it was a nigtmare for I am sure they were eyeing dinner on the pier I was lucky I woke up !
    Well now you know the atmosphere a Honey Hole ,untouched by the weekend fisherman or beginner ,however lots of visitors ,lots of noise, campers ,bicycles, dogs , lots of noise, not good for the type of stealth bass fishing that I wanted to do and the the pitching and flipping in heavy brush techniques that I know would find the Big Bass that no one realized were there.
    I would fish early morning before all the campers would get up and visitors would invade the the park, it was hog heaven pretty consistently and then a few weeks before the BIG ONE hit I found a interesting spot on the topographical maps of the lake I had got from the Park Manager , it was on the other side of Forty Acre called and named “Bass Alley” after witnesses saw me catch and release over fifty bass in a early morning visit , so I went to other of the lake . it was quite a hike though the woods , however you do what you do to search , find and catch those huge ones that know body ever sees but just talks about how it got away , not this lunker destroyer, not this break your arm setting the hook animal, not this Bassaholic!

    When I finally arrived ,it was a stretch of water that had three separate land levees with a three foot wide ditch leading to the main lake and brush was everywhere and I counted twelve gators within striking range when I would land a fish on the bank I would be chasing the fish ,running from the gator..lol

    I was mainly fishing three Kistler rods with Shimano Bait casting reels with fourteen and seventeen pound test line for flipping the purple glitter culprit worm and Louisianan white buzz bait made for me by a old coon ass friend of mine from the swamps in Morgon City ,Louisiana and then of course twenty pound for flipping the Stanley half ounce Black and Blue Jig with a No.11 Black /Blue Pork Frog as a trailer dipped in Sparkle Scales Fish Formula.
    I realized looking at the secret weapon I had , the map, that the land levees were the dirt years ago they had dug out to make this part of the lake deep , over forty feet in some places I found on the map , this is where they sunk some cars and laid structure , the state had a plan I guess all I knew and felt these Bass have been growing and brewing spawning each year in this cove and the right time of year I may have the opportunity to land Muay Grande I’m thinking and dreaming.
    It was incredible,, big Fish after big fish ranging from five to eight pounds and no body was around ,it was a .bass fishing dream come true.
    These fish had never seen artificial baits and it was magic , I could not wait to just go after that one ,,,BIG ONE
    Then something that happen that changed everything
    They would closed the park for a month for the Deer Hunters to hunt on the parks State property with permits , that was cool , however all I could think about for one solid month was ,no activity , no campers , no noise , back to being back in the woods of Texas.
    I wanted to be the first at the park when they open and I know where I am hiking to , exact spot , exact bait ,I could not wait.
    The Deer hunt is over and I book a camp site the first day back ,as I was going down the the man made bike trail ,I knew I had the edge of being the first person chasing Bass after a month of pure quietness, boy Was I wrong ,in the distance I saw him coming ,he was riding a bike and he had a stringer of Bass ,big bass over his shoulder as he went by he smiled and screamed “If I stopped now I will not make it up the hill ,,,good luck!!!”
    I counted Five Fish and they were five or six pounds each ,easily.
    I had someone outsmart me ,however I did not see that BIG ONE on his shoulder

    Now first of all a Bike could not go where I was going and I knew the that big was there, I could feel it ,hard core walk in the woods Texas bass fishing .
    When I arrived finally , the corner of my eye caught the swirl of her tail under neath the hanging tree branch , dragon flys were falling from the trees ,fish were feeding and then I saw her , a huge female Texas Bass
    She was BIG , real BIG , I picked up the flipping rig /Jig with the twenty pound test and flipped over the water on the other side of bank where I saw the Swirl , First, very slow naturally pull it slowly in the water off the bank and the she it engulf the Jig , the first action of the day it was just barley daylight , thank goodness no gators , none I could see anyway .
    She was the biggest bite I have ever felt Big and strong and I did not want to lose this fish, everything was against me the wood , logs , the gators , the brush , how ever if I set the hook solid she is not going anywhere .
    It took about twenty minutes to land and I called the office ,talked with the park Ranger and told him where I was at and he came , measured and weigh the fish 14.10 pound Lunker ,a record that lasted about two weeks.

    The funny ending to the story is a couple of weeks after I had the BIG fish adventure and the tens and 14.10 Fish were caught a article in the Houston Post was published and said ‘Brazos Bend had been Shocked to see the size and quality of fish in the different lakes and they were a variety of fish , bream , sunfish , catfish , Gar , Grenlin Florida Strain Black Bass and Texas Bass , however nothing was shocked up over six pounds,,,,,,WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I went out and talked with some workers and showed them the Houston Post article and they said” It was the best decision Gary, this place is packed anyway , every day ,every week ,every weekend and if it got out those big bass were here and those huge catfish in Elm Lake and what about the 240 pound Gar that was landed in Horseshoe Lake , the Alligators , people don’t respect nature , nature will kick your Butt , heck we have reports of three missing dogs last month.
    We have to go out in the pontoon boat at Forty Acre Lake and scare the gators with beating the water and loud noises so they will keep away from the tourists who just don’t understand if a Gator is Mating ,have babies or protecting her nest she is VERY AGGRESSIVE!
    We don’t want people to find out the hard way ,,,Our secret ”

    It was easy letting her go back to the nature of life and thanks to Blair the on site Ranger who came out to measure and record the fish when word got out this park was flooded with pros and amateurs all chasing the dream , my honey hole was gone and every now and then I drive out there , I go out and watch people fish and wonder if they see any Alligators or catching fish

    Professor Gary Lee
    1987 Texas B.A.S.S Federation Champion
    ‘”The Dock Buster”
    Sponsored by
    Denver Marine
    Ranger Boats
    Rage Tail
    Worden Lures
    Kistler Rods
    Vortex
    Fish Formula
    Yamagata Hooks from Japan

  • The Legend of “The Dock Buster ”
    1987 TEXAS B.A.S.S Federation Champion

    In 1982 I was picked up by All Star Rods with eleven Rods and two Flippin Rods ,Hats Jacket , patches and decals for my Ranger and I thought I was at top of the world and now with Ranger, Fish Formula, Worden Lures , Vortex , Stanley Baits and some hard bait companies to my credit I am ready to FISH tournaments for some checks , pass polygraphs and get to the next tournament however it;s all about patterns and how smart you and how you calculate finding ,catching and landing fish and self discipline on the water.
    It has always been 60% luck and 40% knowing everything to get you on the water safe and accurate, sharpen your hooks and ready for ‘Murphy’s Law” to be ready for that next event

    The early years I would record everything ,write everything down , every seminar , Get guides in a corner like Billy Mills , Larry Nixon , Tommy Martin ,Wayne Whitehead, Butch Terpe and John Karsnack to name a few hard core BASS guides on Lake Conroe., Texas
    I was the first to sign up at the Bass College at the University of Houston and I would practice every Thursday night at the 105 Marina Three -Hour 6;00 PM TO 6;00 pm Thursday Night Tournaments and every tournament on Lake Conroe ,Texas and from 1979 though 1996 ,winning and earning checks from all the BIG Bass Tournaments including The Miller Light $125,000 event , The Fox Channel BIG Bass Event , Anglers Choice, The Budweiser Cadillac Classic Bass Championships , The B.A.S.S 1st TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS ,The Loch Ness SUNDAY Tournaments , The Del Lago Week end Bass Tournaments every month and any event I could enter.
    I had a great boat sponsor in Houston, Texas ,Mr. Jerry Patterson who owned Pier 45 Marine ,he was the local Ranger Dealer.
    In 1987 I was fishing the Budweiser Classic $10,000 Cash prize plus a brand new Champion Bass Boat out of Del Lago Marina and that is where “The Dock Buster” legacy was born .
    BIG BASS Tournament, You can weigh in one fish per hour ,the biggest $500 down to $100 fifth place ,then the biggest fish is put in the over all weigh in for the BIG MONEY $10,000 PLUS a BIG BASS OVERALL BONUS of $1,000 .plus the Bass Boat
    First place could win over $20,500 plus Bass Boat in cash and prizes for a eight hour day of work on the water.
    No partner , you , water , Boat and Fish , no pressure ,right,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    I had pre fished for a month ahead and found a row of docks on the north side of 1097 where owners would plant and tie Christmas trees around their docks for their grand kids could catch Panfish , Bream and Catfish for their annual gathering.
    I chatted with the owners and they had a worm farm in every yard just for the kids to fish with on these docks they doctored up!

    What they didn’t realized was all those trees together draw SHAD and SHAD will lure BIG BASS into that area for cover and food ,,Hog Heaven !!!!
    There were nine houses on the lake together with docks ,some were bigger ,some were small and long , however the owners had tied every stud with a Christmas Tree and planted brush all out in front of each dock .
    I was lucky to have stumbled on this ,took pictures and recorded everything and told no one.
    The week before the Classic it rained all week and everything was flooded , nothing looked the same
    The Creek and bridge was higher than normal and I could not pass under the bridge leading me to my docks , so Ifilled my boat with water to make it a bit lower ,laid down and pulled my way under the bridge , the webs , spiders and snakes was not impressed with my logic ,however Ipulled my way though the high water

    I knew where each brush pile was and which dock had the most trees for I had pictures of the two weeks before the rain ,so matter what I knew where to Pitch and Flip
    It was a thirty minute run across the lake and this is what I had to calculate to make weigh in on time.
    I had in my live well when I docked my boat I had a decent early morning
    All on Shimano Bait Cast reel , Berkeley 20 pound test braided line ,a Black Blue Stanley Jig , No. 11 Pork Frog ,dipped in Fish Formula Sparkle Scales , pitched next to the trees and under the docks way back , skipping the jig
    9: 00 AM
    Weight 4 pounds , 3rd $300
    10:00 AM
    Weight 5 pounds 5th,$100
    11:00 AM
    Weight 11.10 pounds 1st , $10,000 plus
    It was a random Polo graph and I had drew the chip ,so I go in the trailer and the Game Warden ,Producers and Budweiser executives are there .
    I get strapped up and the questions start
    Do you have Fishing License ?
    Was your Kill -Switch on ?
    Did you catch the Fish during the tournament times ?
    Did you have the Life Vest on when the motor is running ?
    Did you used live bait?
    Is your name Gary Lee ?
    And the $10.000 question , Were you on the water pass or before the time schedule for the rules ?
    and I answered “Yes sir ” the last day of practice my Big Motor died and I had to troll in the marina and did not get off the water till 6:15 pm,fifteen minutes past the time time limit .

    There was a hesitance ,then the question he asked me that showed my character as a honest person in the Bass fishing circuit
    “Mr. Lee was your Sonar Graph on during this time ?
    I answered “Yes”
    They all left the Trailer and walked outside ,it was the longest fifteen minutes of my life .
    When they walked in ,they all looked depressed except for me , I was just plain scared !!
    The producer said “Mr. Lee ,we have a choice ,or I mean you have a choice because you said you were on the water fifteen minutes past time level and your Sonar Graph was on ,who says if someone saw you that you were not looking for fish.
    We deeply appreciate your honesty , however ,,,,,,,,,,,,

    We either have to disqualify you for this event and you lose all weight and chances of winning or disqualify you for the circuit and the Classic at the end of year!
    We checked and your in the TOP TEN for the Championship , ,,,,,,,,,
    What do you want to do ?
    It was hard ,,,,I ate the dirt on the Budweiser event because I had spent a lot of time ,funding and sponsorship to get to the Classic Championship,,that was my decision!
    The Final Weigh in was at 4:00 pm and the largest Bass was nine Pounds ,I would have won it all , however telling the truth is always the best thing to do and knowing you did the right decision besides I can go any where on the lake today ,almost any marina and Bass Guides will buy me a drink or lunch and say real LOUD and laugh “Gary Lee is the Dock Buster and the only guy to lose $10,000 telling a fish story, not a lie but the truth .

    Whispers of the Bass Whisperer
    The Dock Buster”
    1987 Texas B.A.S.S Federation Champion
    Staff Writer
    ODU Magazine

  • Press Release just out ,
    Thank you ‘Spidey”Stephan Morris
    Professor Gary Lee ,,,,,,,,
    Founder of the Sport Karate Museum Archives is a Main force in the martial arts community and a no nonsense attitude toward Sport Karate history reputation add with (35) thirty five years of Six Flags Amusement Parks under his belt as a lead actor ,Stuntman and Director of Martial Art shows and adventures ,The Texas Karate All Star Show,The Hollywood Stunt Show ,The Batman Show ,The Wild West Show ,The Police Academy Show and he was a Muppet ,his charactor ‘Sleezy in the Land of Gork on the first seasons of SNL for Jim Henson R.I.P
    https://youtu.be/uW_7omoDzPc
    He set the standard for live performances using martial arts
    A member and Alumni of sixteen Black Belt Hall of Fame organizations he has competed all around the world .
    Karate Masters, Masters , USA Alliance, NBL, AOK Golden Greek ,All Pro Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame just to name a few.
    His weekly Live AMAA Masters Radio Show “Parts Unknown” “Interviews the Best of Best and digs in to ask the “Hard”questions for the listeners.
    A frequent writer for many publications Professor Gary Lee continues to work toward the Sport Karate Museum main goal
    ,,Protecting the History ,One Warrior at a Time ,,www.sportkaratemuseum.org

  • THE TOURNAMENTS OF OLD
    MIKE STONE

    In the old days it was great – wild, free, and fun
    When guts and heart were part, and no one thought to run
    Matches were fast and furious especially against a friend
    Neither fighter dared back down, until beyond the end

    I went out there and did the best that I could do
    It may have come across arrogant and conceited too
    But that was never my intention, so focused was I to win
    The thought of losing to anyone was for me a cardinal sin.

    Friendships waited outside the ring, but respect always remained.
    Once the match was over, only bloody gis were stained.
    For so few took it personally when they lost a match.
    They knew another chance would come for that golden ring to catch

    The fighter shared a feeling, a belief no one spoke in words,
    It had to do with testing oneself, definitely not for nerds.
    We fought the very best we could it was a matter of pride
    Losing was never the issue, what mattered was that you tried.

    The after tournament parties were something to behold,
    There were even tougher than some matches I was told
    It was like the old west, with women, booze, and fights.
    Tearing up hotel rooms, breaking furniture, and lights.

    Although I never took part in shenanigans like that .
    I preferred to do my fighting in the ring and on the mat
    In thinking back to those days and the great times I’ve had.
    I recall only fond memories and for this I am glad
    I feel so fortunate to have been a part of that golden age,
    But never once regretted bowing out of center stage.

    The thought which brings a smile to me whenever I think back
    Are the lasting friendships, not the trophies on the rack
    For when I see an old timer, I feel warm inside
    Knowing we both shared a magic carpet ride.

    This poem was written by the great Mike Stone. Who better to put into words that wonderful feeling we get seeing old friends that shared in this powerful time. Mike Stone not only set the bar in our sport but created opportunities for us to compete with the best in the world. Mike Stone made our sport better and while many of us can never duplicate his fighting record we can all assume the responsibility to help make our sport better that we found it.

  • The Halloween Show
    Controversial , Horribly wrong or True ,,,Believe it or Not
    Conservation’s and Stories of
    Jim Harrison/ Victor Moore Challenge Match
    Joe Lewis /Ed Daniel Texas Match
    Ernie “Radar “Smith confronts Bo Kong
    Mikie Rowe Moore “Toughest lady in Sport Karate ”
    ‘”The $50.00 KATA Check

    Side Kicks “The Movie”
    The Korean Uniform
    100’s of Martial Arts Hall of Fame”s

    Houston’s First Fight Club
    The Legacy of Linda Denley
    “Little Japanese Guy”
    “Breaking Makiwara Boards ”

    More Fun than a Black Belt Should have !

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theamaa-martialartsshow/2017/11/01/amaa-martial-arts-masters-radio-show–special-guest-aj-perry

    Protecting the History , One Warrior at a Time
    http://www.sportkaratemuseum.org

  • Professor Gary Lee

    When I (Kevin Conan Bankens was young boy about 14 years old me, my dad (Rodney Bankens)
    and a fellow student of mine John Fontenot (R.I.P) traveled to Houston Texas for a very large international tournament of Karate.
    We walk in and omg it was One of the most intimidating things I had ever seen or done as a young boy. I was actually terrified.
    But neither one of us we’re going to back out of the fighting.
    We went into the changing room and I remember this very strong looking gentleman in there and we struck up a conversation asking questions him about what we needed to do.
    He took a lot of time walking us through and talking to us and giving us tips about what we needed to do that day. He also had us hold boards for him during his amazing Kata that day. This gentleman went on to win the entire tournament in his division that day. Fighting, Kata and Weapons. I and John were in awww watch him.
    Unknowing to me and my friend this man was a great champion of that time. I remember when I left the tournament that day how he had left such an amazing impression on me.
    Down through the years I never forgot him. But I had no way of knowing or remembering his name or who he was. Back in those days we had no Internet and no real way to search for people.
    One day I was speaking to one of my long time sensei’s Brent Fabacher and he said the man you are speaking of sounds like Professor Gary Lee.
    (This was just a few years ago). I went on the Internet and sure enough it was Professor Gary Lee.
    That was almost 30 yrs ago.
    I have had a chance to go down personally and thank him for all of his wisdom, knowledge and his great inspiration on my life all these years. So I would like to say publicly thank You Professor Lee for being such an inspiration to so many men, women and children. We love you very much, Sir.
    Please watch the video below.
    Wisdom, Honor and Respect that is Professor Lee.
    Look forward to seeing you soon Professor.
    Oss

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