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SHADES OF ISSHINRYU

A pyramid group picture

Agena, Okinawa
1957

Taken just after the move from Kyan, home of the first dojo, these students were the last of the first generation. At this particular time the students were required to assist in the building of the dojo walls. The gate had not been completed yet and the photo clearly shows the most important training tool, lost somewhere on the path to modern day training, the double posted makiwara.

 

Sitting is Steve Jewouse (?), on his left, holding Sensei, is Harry G. Smith. To Smith's left is student Hall, possibly a sergeant at the time. The other two remain unknown until verifiable identification.

 

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