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Visited the Rodney Kiaha tribute,  Sad as it is, there are many, and too many to count,  as a member of the 1st Cav, 1st Brigade Airborne I served there in 1965 as a 17 year old, turned into an adult upon arrival and will never forget the tragedy of every day in country.  Thank you for recognizing this veteran, who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Ralph D. Passero

1957 The Legend of Don Nagle Lives On! 2008

22 Oct 2008

6 October, 2008

Grand Master Russell Best, Sr.

I support the IOTKA because I am a Life Member and I believe in the traditional teaching of Master Uechi, as being those of my instructor Grand Master (Soke) Tatsuo Shimabuku. I have trained with Master Uechi here in the United States (Virginia) and on Okinawa, Japan. 

I believe that Isshin-Ryu Karate was born, originated, developed or whatever term is used is like anything else that has a beginning, if it is a good thing, (of which Isshin-Ryu Karate in Okinawa, was its beginning), its connection to its birth place of Okinawa should always be maintained.

Master Uechi, on Okinawa, is continuing the teachings of Grand Master Shimabuku and is still studying weapons from weapons masters, which I have met and observed while there.  

Your brother in Isshin-Ryu,

RusP Best   

29 Sept 2008

Grand Master Tom Lewis   


There are a couple of reasons why I support the IOTKA, first and foremost, I think it's important to have a connection with Okinawa, after all, this is where it all began for us.  I have never had the pleasure of meeting Sensei Uechi but I have heard nothing but good about him and hope to meet him in March of next year.  I have several friends that have joined this association and these are people I want to be associated with.  I have been a long time friend of Master Harold Mitchum and consider him my sensei, therefore, when I saw he was going to be the U.S. advisor, that was good enough for me.  This will be good for the Isshinryu people because we will be able to know what is going on with other Okinawan systems and we can always learn from them.  I will do what ever I can to ensure the success of the IOTKA.

Tom Lewis