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Just a human being, just a man
Biography by Harry G. Smith
I have read so many biographies describing my Master that I would
not have recognized him had he actually been as the biographies
describe him to be. I have yet to read anything actually written by
Senseiís family or even close friends.
Tatsuo Shimabuku, my memories
Biography by Art Smiley
introduction to him was through Don Nagle. I saw Don Nagle working
out in a crossit at Ten Gen. Ten Gen was Camp Courtney on Okinawa.
This is in 1956. Don Nagle was my first introduction to karate. At
first it was comical watching him go through his katas, but then it
was also fascinating so I asked he explained, I watched, I asked he
explained. Went to the dojo as his guest. The dojo was in Kyan. Kyan
was a little village...
Tatsuo Sensei's birthdate, deathdate and name as can be found at
official documents. Excerpt from his Koseki (=family register), his
obituary, his Honka (=seal) & written name in Kanji.
unique recordings taken at the Agena Dojo, Okinawa in 1958. Although
poor quality, worth to look at because these films shows Tatsuo in
his prime. Available at this site with thanks to Sensei Michael
Calandra of the IWKA.
look at these movies...
clips in WMV format to view online. Taken at
Steve Armstrong's dojo in 1966. Clear digitized recordings of the
orginal film and about 30 minutes of take-downs and bunkai will be
offered at the GKA-store in near future.
watch the movies...