Dec 11 2008

Toshiyuki Itokazu

Toshiyuki Itokazu
Born: 7-23-47
Died: 4-15-85

To All;

I understand some of you were not directly affected by my Sensei Toshiyuki Itokazu.

However, you had heard about him, and some of your guys may be indirectly affected by my teaching which I learn from him. 

This year (15 April 2010, don’t forget your Income Tax today ,by the way J) , it will be a quarter century anniversary after his passing.  Please join me for one minute of silence for him this date.  He is the main reason some of are still practicing  and learning this art today! 

Thank you very much for your attention!  

Have a wonderful day today! J

Tsukasa (Scott) Higa, on 15 April 2010

PS No.1:  I was always asked by everyone about his character in a short sentence, asking  hey ,Scott you are the same county man, so tell me about him in short words. Therefore, I always say to everyone who would like to know him in a short anecdote.  “yeah, Tosh’s body condition of Uechi-Ryu practice was enormous.  When he runs into the door frame, the door frame said———“OUCH!”. Well that is the oneof the story about him.

This my prayer for his quarter century anniversary: “ Hey Tosh, how are you doing up there! As you know some of your deshis are still pursuing and learning  our way of life with an art of Uechi-Ryu,  we never forget what you taught us!  I am so sorry that you have to leave this world so young age (he was 38 years old!), yet rest of us need you for more of knowledge we could like to obtain from you.  We still talking about you after all these years.  I am reaching 35 years with Uechi-Ryu ;however, I never had  experienced even once for a one and half hour hard training as yours in the U.S and Okinawa.  You are the BEST!–J I promise I will be a better martial artist when I see you again! See ya! (Mata-Ya~) J

Your deshi always! Tsukasa Higa

PS No.2:  Those of you whom are not affiliated with my sensei Tosh, it is my privilege to address I am a proud deshi of my non-perfect beauty sensei Tosh!

PS No.3: Nice thing Okinawa is (I am)  12 hours ahead of you.  Sensei Toshiyuki Itokazu (amicably called Toshi) was passed away 25 years age in the early in the morning.  I remembered vividly and engraved in my mind his brother 9Norio) called and told me unbelievable (or unthinkable) words saying,” Your sensei (Toshi) could not make it”.  Rest in peace Sensei, and I will see you one day so we can talk!   Tsukasa (Scott) Higa  15 April 2010.

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Dec 11 2008

Jim Elliott

Jim Elliott. Trained in Boston for many years. Karate did not come easy for Jim. He begun his training late in life, but what he lacked in natural ability he made up with dedication and perseverance. Jim is famous for defending himself against a gang of youths in Boston, then holding them until the police arrived.

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Dec 11 2008

George Bosworth

George Bosworth

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Dec 11 2008

Bill Lee

Bill Lee

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Dec 11 2008

Howard Flynn

Howard Flynn

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Dec 09 2008

Forrest Sanborn

Forrest Sanborn

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Dec 09 2008

Mike Deluty

Mike Deluty

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Dec 09 2008

Al Ford

Al Ford: 6th degree black belt “Renshi”.

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Dec 09 2008

Thomas Graziano

Thomas D. Graziano, August 4, 1958 – March 6, 2001

Tom began his Uechi study in 1970, at the dojo of the late Forrest Sanborn and Carmine DiRamio, in Quincy, MA, where he taught the children’s class from 1977 until Forrest’s passing in 1984. Tom then formally became a student of Walter Mattson in Framingham, MA, where he achieved Yondan in 1987. His considerable size and strength coupled with his humility and gentleness, brought out the best in Tom’s training partners. Tom left us all too soon as a result of kidney disease since age 18. He is sorely missed and fondly remembered by his Uechi family.

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Dec 09 2008

Dr. Merton Cochran

Born: October 11,1937 Died: November 9, 2000

Dr. Merton Cochran, discharged honorably from the Marine Corps, serving from 1955-1959. Continuing his education, he graduated in 1973 from the University of Oregon receiving his Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Merton did extensive work with patients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. He also was a coordinator for the employees assistance program at the Sheridan Wyoming Veterans Administration Hospital. During this time he was the Chief of Psychology Services. 

In retirement, at age 59, he began his study of Uechi Ryu Karate Do under Renshi Rokodan, Peggy Hess in Jensen Beach Florida.

His training and study became an important aspect of his life. Mert’s interest in the martial arts developed later in life, therefore some things didn’t come easily. This lack in natural ability was overcome by his strong will, perseverance, dedication and hard work.

A devoted Uechi Ryu practitioner, he was proud to achieve the rank of Shodan on December 4, 1999 under the watchful eye of Kyoshi Hachidan Jack Summers. 

His passing was sudden and unexpected. He is survived by his wife Diane and three children. 

He will sadly missed by his family, friends and dojo mates, but his spirit will surely live on.

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