Dec 11 2008

Lewis C. (Rad) Smith III

Lewis C. (Rad) Smith III, Nidan,

Rad Smith


Rad Smith is a nidan (second degree black belt) in Uechi Ryu, a traditional Chinese-Okinawan martial art. He achieved his rank while studying under George Mattson (presently 9th degree) in the latter 1960s/early 1970s when true, traditional karate was still a rare phenomenon. Rad moved to Charlottesville in 1973 to study in the graduate English department at the University of Virginia. In January of 1974 he started a karate club there. He left the University of Virginia in 1975 to pursue his
studies in graduate business at Harvard. The karate club seed that Rad planted in 1974 grew and prospered. Since it’s inception, several thousand students have received instruction from the Uechi Ryu Karate Club at UVa. Already there are “spin off” schools from Atlanta Georgia to Regensburg Germany. One of the students from his original class of spring 1974 has achieved the rank of master (renshi rokudan). All of the students from this original seed Rad planted understand the significance of his contribution.

To many of you, these are just words on a screen. To me, the grim reaper has cheated many people of the pleasure of a rare man and a dear friend. The cancer he died from was a senseless, random occurence. It affirms my belief that there doesn’t need to be a good reason for all events around us. Life is, and we all carry on. And I, a grown man, proudly shed tears in his memory.


My dear Students, Collegues and Friends:

Rad Smith, the original Uechi-ryu Karate-do instructor of my instructor, Bill Glasheen, passed away on 7 December 1998. Less than 50 years old, he was diagnosed with lung cancer in June, and had been fighting the disease ever since. Though he did not directly teach me or you, much of your Uechi-ryu development has, nevertheless, been directly influenced by his decision to open up the original University of Virginia (UVa.) Uechi-ryu Karate-do club in 1974 and by the informal, non-authoritarian style of teaching he established at UVa. during the first two years.

It’s hard for me to underestimate the effect Rad’s decision to open up the school at UVa has had on my life. My 20-year practice of Uechi-ryu Karate-do has had a key influence in determining how I approach life today. I met my wife Erica through Uechi-Ryu, with whom I have built a family complete with four wonderful “monsters”. Quite simply, had Rad not chosen to start a club at UVa in 1974, I would have been a different person leading a different life.

Bruce Hirabayashi


It is with profound regret that I learn of the passing of Rad Smith . His pioneering spirit and devotion to an ideal , won the admiration of all with whom he came in contact with .

May I personally , extend to Rena my deepest and sincerest sympathy !

” The air is full of farewells to the dying and mournings for the dead ” -Longfellow–

Van Canna


The Uechi world suffered a heartwrenching loss with the passing of Sensei Rad Smith. Rad and his two children were active in our Newton Dojo until a couple of years ago. Rad decided to retire early from the business world, his reasons were primarily so he could devote more time to his family and personal interests. Even though he was in excellent health and superb condition, he contracted cancer and after a short battle, lost his life to this insidious disease.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Rena and the children in their time of grief.

George E. Mattson


I had the great fortune to study Uechi Ryu with Rad Smith during his time at the University of Virginia. Rad was one of a small handful of people who truly and profoundly impacted me and changed the course of my life. He was a man of great skill, honor, and dignity. Rad taught me that I could achieve great things through hard work and dedication, that I could be better than I was, and that the things of greatest value in my life would be those things which I worked hardest to achieve. He broadened my vision of life and of myself. Thank you, Rad.

John Vidumsky

 

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Dec 11 2008

Carol Schiff

Carol Schiff:
Carol worked for me in Boston in the office. She also was a dedicated Uechi practitioner who attained the rank of nidan.

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Dec 11 2008

Dr. Mark Steven Chagnon

Dr. Mark Steven Chagnon, Nidan
DOB-DOD 7-15-53 – 8-13-97
Home Atkinson N.H

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Dec 11 2008

Steve Hughes

Steve Hughes of Canton, MA.
Steve was an inspiration to us all. Injured as a young man, he walked with great difficulty and with the aid of a cane. His handicap did not prevent him from working out with his two sons on a regular basis for many years. The photograph shows Steve receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at a ’70s Tournament in Boston.

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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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