Category Archive: Memorial Site

Feb 08 2015

George Krob passes. . .

George Krob, an Air Force Sergeant was assigned to the Air Base at Kadena, Okinawa in 1960 and became a student of Uehara Saburo. It was Uehara who taught the Taiyoku Shodan (Taiyokoshodn) kata as a bridging kata in the Uechi system. Taiyoku Shodan was developed from the Goju Ryu system. Gojo Ryu is the closest …

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Jan 11 2015

Bill Bauknecht Passes

The Uechi world lost one its most honorable and respected martial artist last night. 1/9/2015. Bill fought a gallant fight against Cancer for over nineteen years with the the same determination, strength and patience he put into everything he ever did. He was a close friend and will be greatly missed UPDATE:   Just in from …

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Nov 04 2014

Masami Tsuruoka Passes. . .

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Masami Tsuruoka, O’Sensei, on October 10, 2014 at the age of 85. He leaves behind his loving wife Kay of 65 years, sons David (Cathy) and Kazumi, grandchildren Lucas, Christopher and Stephanie. Predeceased by his sister Hideko and brother Masaaki. Survived by his sister …

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Oct 20 2014

Shigeru Takamiyagi Passes. . .

Dear Brothers and Sisters On behalf of myself and the International Uechi-Ryu Karate Federation (IUKF), I offer our most heartfelt sorrow on hearing about the death of Shigeru Takamiyagi Sensei.  He was a brilliant man of many talents and spent a lifetime developing his craft.  Much of what he taught has in some way influenced …

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Sep 28 2014

Passing of Uechi-ryu warrior, Howard Kravets. . .

Sorry to learn of the passing of my very dear friend and Uechi-ryu black belt student Howard B. Kravets. Howard was one of my early private students, who taught me a lot about life while I taught him karate. He is responsible for creating the Uechi-ryu “friendship award” and presented the first gold friendship medallion …

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Jun 19 2014

RIP – Jack Summers

SUMMERS, John V. Jack Of Quincy, formerly of Canton, died June 18, 2014. Jack was a member of the Greatest Generation, and served in the Marines during WWII. He was wounded in Iwo Jima and received the Purple Heart. His family was the focal point of his life and he certainly enjoyed the time they …

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May 27 2014

Sensei Harry Brawley passes. . .

Good friend and early Uechi-ryu pioneer, Harry Brawley loses his life to cancer. Although Harry was one of the Mattson Academy’s first instructor and dojo owner, he will probably be best known for his famous post workout gourmet breakfasts and weekend parties where everyone would congregate in Harry’s kitchen and where he would act as …

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Sep 19 2013

Hiroshi Inada Passes. . .

I just received this email from Al Bennett: I heard that Sensei Hiroshi Inada had passed. I am truly sorry to hear that. I am going to Okinawa in 6 weeks and was planning to see if I could visit him. Sincerely, Al.

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May 25 2013

Bret Earle Passes. . .

Bret Howard Earle, 1970 –2013, Shodan Uechi Ryu karate   It is with a great deal of sadness that I announce the untimely passing of Bret Earle. He and his brother Ted Earle, (currently Yondan) were two of the earliest students at the San Jose dojo. Bret and Ted Earle, and my son Mike Allen …

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Mar 04 2013

Uechi warrior Richard Perkins passes. . .

FAYETTEVILLE – Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Richard Allen Perkins, 83, of 1520 Palmer Drive, died on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Autumn Care of Raeford. Mr. Perkins was one of the original Special Forces Decaders. He was a Vietnam veteran and he received the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He is survived …

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