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Exclusive Interview with Grandmaster Jerry Bell & Furqan Shabazz
At 10 years old, Jerry Bell studied Judo under the guidance of his father James Edward Bell Jr., and Boxing under another family member, Muhammad Ali. At 13 Jerry was studying Karate at the East Coast Karate Association. By 17, he had traveled to Okinawa to study Okinawan Goju under Grand Master Hidegami Matsamura. Later in Japan, he studied Shotokan under Grand Master Nakayama Masatoshi, Master Ozumi Ozawa, and in the United States under Grand Master Hidetaka Nishiyama.
Jerry also studied Kyokoshinkai under Grand Master Masutatsu Oyama, Shito Karate under Master Yojiro Ishikawa, and Iaido under Master Muramasa Kudo. He then studied Aikido under Master Shoji Nishoi, Silat under Master Abdul Muhammad Ben, Tae Kwon Do under Masters Simon and Phillip Rhee, and Sanuces Ryu Jujitsu under Supreme Grandmaster Doctor Moses Powell. Jerry lived more than fifteen years in the far east doing six month stays between the United States studying the martial arts and as a result speaks Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Malay.
The 1988 movie, "Bloodsport", starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as Frank Dux, was actually based on Jerry Bell, who fought, and won the Kumite twice.
Grandmaster Jerry Bell is now in the Black Belt Hall of Fame, The Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the World Karate Hall of Fame. He’s earned six World Gold Medals and three Silver Medals. He has a 7th degree Black Belt in Shotokan, a 4th degree Black Belt in Kyokoshinkai, a sixth degree Black Belt in Iaido, a second degree Black Belt in Judo, a fourth degree Black Belt in Aikido, a 10th degree Black Belt in Sanuces Ryu Jujitsu and a 10th degree Black Belt in the Black Ryu System that was founded by him./Jerry Bell also founded The Japan Shotoshinkai Karate-do Association in Osaka Japan with his Karate Master Yojiro Ishikawa in 1970 and he founded The Black Ryu Federation in 2003.
Shihan Lehner was awarded his roku-dan (6th degree black belt) by Soshu Shigeru Oyama in 1998. Born in Manhattan (Hell's Kitchen), Shihan had relocated to the Binghamton area by 1968, where he began his study of Kyokushin karate under Sensei Robert Downey and became his top instructor. Being close to U.S. headquarters, he took every opportunity to study directly under Soshu Oyama at his clinics, and to compete in his tournaments, where he faced many world class competitors. His most memorable bout, against Willie Williams, brought the crowd to its feet.
Shihan Eric Mercado has been practicing kyokushin karate since 1986 which began at the Kanamura dojo in downtown brooklyn. In 1991 I left to train at the World Oyama Karate headquarters in manhattan. That is where he began training to become a fighter. Over the next decade his travels took him to Europe, South America, Central America,the Caribbean, Japan and all over the United States and Canada.
Now he is the director of three locations in the state of Pennsylvania with over 100 students under my guidence.
Dr Peter Goldman is a chiropractor to many of the world's top professional athletes. He has a blackbelt in World Oyama Karate from Soshu Shigeru Oyama and a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from John Machado. Dr Pete will discuss how he help save the careers of some of the top athletes in sports.
Mama Lola Hanif, founder of Sacred Space Spiritual Support Group, third Thursdays monthly, at 2147 Broadway, Oakland, 4-6 p.m. For the past five years this Sacred Space has hosted over 130 African American women in a spiritually-based, emotionally safe and supportive environment for African American women to gather, network, experience a sense of community. Sacred Space serves as a means of advocating healthy, peaceful African American families. Excerpt from an interview with Mama Naomi Diouf, Artistic Director of Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, celebrating the 17th Anniversary of Collage de Africaines, beginning today, March 8-11, 2012, at the Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, Oakland, CA. Sullivan is head writer for the political satire-minded San Francisco Mime Troupe; he recently penned a re-interpretation of A Christmas Carol for the masses, which was performed at Occupy Oakland and SF, and LA's famed Actor's Gang is currently remounting his adaptation of Orwell's novel 1984 this February, directed by Tim Robbins, as a highlight of its 30th anniversary season.
Michael Gene Sullivan, director of Othello opening at the African American Shakespeare Company this weekend, has performed in, written, and/or directed over 20 San Francisco Mime Troupe productions, a company he joined in 1988. Filmmaker Yuriko Gamo Romer’s film Mrs. Judo: BE STRONG, BE GENTLE, BE BEAUTIFUL opens at the SFIAFFMarch 11 in SF. She holds a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University, a BFA from UCLA, a brown belt from World Oyama Karate and lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.
Author, "The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama". Kyokushin Karate l
Kaicho David Farzinzad is the founder of IKU (International Kyokushinkai Union), which was established in 2000.Kaicho Farzinzad is the first and last person to be awarded the 5th degree from Sosai Oyama under age 30, making him the youngest 5th Dan in Kyokushin history.
He Boxed and Kickboxed professionally. He has a U.S. title in kickboxing, a World Title in Muay Thai, 3 national titles, a North American, and 2 world titles in Shidokan Triathlon (Bare Knuckle Karate, Kickboxing, and Grappling). He has won three 12 man tournaments, two 8 man tournaments, and a 4 man tournament. Richard has been a champion fighter, trainer, coach, and fight promoter.
Another major format of full-contact sport karate is known as knockdown karate or sometimes Japanese full contact karate. This style of sport fighting was developed and pioneered in the late 1960s by the Kyokushinkai karate organization in Japan, founded by Masutatsu Oyama. In fighting the competitors traditionally wear no gloves, padding or body protection other than groin guards (although local regulations sometimes enforce exceptions to this tradition), but it is bare knuckle fighting. What's in the future of Knockdown karate here in the U.S. ?
Greetings everyone, I am pleased to present to you Shihan Guzman another student of the late Masustatsu Oyama, (Mas Oyama). Shihan Guzman will speak about his up coming tournament (June 28, 2009)as well as indepth explanations of some of the exploits of Mas Oyama, like his fights with Bulls, Lions, and Tigers. For my fellow martial artists out there how about facing an opponent who has killed a lion or tiger bare handed.
I am pleased to welcome my mentor, a one of a kind pioneer in the martial arts. He is a 10th degree black belt student of the founder of Kyokoshinkai Karate the late Masutatsu oyama (Mas Oyama). He is also the founder of the Bas I Kyokoshin System, and a World Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee. He is none other than Grandmaster Shihan Newton James. In my book "Harness The Power Within and Without and in several shows I have spoken about "Self Mastery" under God (I even mention Shihan in the acknowledgments). Tune in as Shihan shares with us his journey of "Self Mastery" and the thousands of lives he has impacted in the Martial Arts including my own.
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