Shihan Gary Alexander's "Proven", "Documented" and "Undefeated" "Combat Isshinryu Karate", Judo, Aiki-jitsu will carry on as it has in "Leadership" for the past 50 years
After 58 plus years involvement with Shihan Gary Alexanders Combat U.S.A. Isshinryu Karate (a name depicting geography, not a business entity),
I have carried the Isshinryu label over the years not out of personal need but out of memory for the Marines that I trained with and are now gone (Nagle, Bohan, Neimira, Chapman, others, and I will also add Harold Long whom I had never trained with but became friends later in life, et.al.)...
“Shihan Gary Alexanders Hand 2 Hand Combat and Mixed Martial Arts Systems”. We will continue using the U.S. Marine Corps “Ethos” as our Modus Operande as we have done from the beginning! And let the stragglers follow - if they can(?)
Those in the Isshinryu System that have I have had close friendly liason with through the years and wish to maintain personal friendship, will be my pleasure to do so.
Sincerely Gary R. Alexander, Shihan, 10th Dan, Founder I.A.M.A.
FYI: MANY RESPONSES AND COMMENTARIES TO THE ISSHINRYU MATTER, A FEW ARE BELOW:
Robert Scott If your not Isshinryu then there is no Isshinryu, you were the best fighter by far and I doubt your equal will ever arise. I'm with and support you wherever you go! Proud to call you one of my teachers, see you in the woods soon.....
OSU!David Rivera Master Alexander, as you said quite ellocquantly the LEGENDS are mostly gone, I remember going to bayonne to just to see Sensei Don Nagle when I was a kid . 3 buses each way and well worth it.
Donald Vitale I met Master Alexander in 1965 and was honored. Coming from Alton Illinois I knew no one in New Jersey. I saw a tournament poster on the way to work one day and stopped to visit with Sensei Alexander. He was a no nonsence instructor and being a Marine I liked it. I have managed to attend most of his tournaments.Their were a few that I could not attend do to something conflicting. You just cannot be at everything.
If it was not for Master Alexander I would not have met the many good friends I have in Martial arts like Sensei Don Nagle, ,Ralph Passero, Ralph Chirico, Ed Alexander,Ernie Temple, The Smiths.Master Henry and the list goes on and on. I thank you for that. You are greatly appreciated for all the things that you've done for Isshinryu and many other systems. Domo Sensei, Semper Fi! Don Vitale 8th dan Isshinryu Karate
David Hansen Alexander Shihan is a Marine and at times Marines can become hot headed.Kenny Zuck Hanshi - I am sorry to hear this also. You are a pioneer of Isshinryu and would have hoped this worked itself out. You are my friend and I wish you well in whatever you do. Please stay in touch.
Ed Masse Mr. Alexander: I am proud of what you do and have done. In my 40 plus year as a practitioner, I have always looked up with deep respect for you and what you stand for! It takes real guts to take a stand for what one believes and knows is right. Our prayers and sincere martial arts brotherhood is with you sir!
Mark Dodgson problem is they dont want to hear the truthPatrick Bamburak I'm a proud student of Alexander's Way!Robert Scott your the best as far as I see it!
Osu General...Karen Schlachter I'm sorry to read this. Should not be this way. Dont know anything about the situation but losing an icon like you can't be right. Bless your decision and smack Megee around for me.
Richard Luntz Love that guy- a former student from the 60,s- Richie Brent J. Crisci I met Grandmaster Alexander over 25 years ago through Michael DePasquale and have enjoy his no-nonense seminars ever since. ALL ELSE SAID HE IS A STRAIGHT SHOOTER AND THE REAL DEAL! Don;t believe me? Step on the mat with him :-)
Erick Waldemar Henderiks I agree!!!,lots of smoke and mirrors
Carlo Vitale I stand by you sensei always
Nive Del Pino Sensei You are a Legend and if I could use only one word to describe you it would be HONOR you never sold out, but that quality is not alive with so many others, you are also a true American.
Kenny Zuck Hanshi - I am sorry to hear this also. You are a pioneer of Isshinryu and would have hoped this worked itself out. You are my friend and I wish you well in whatever you do. Please stay in touch.
Master Gj Torres Jr. This guy obviously planned to try to discredit GM Alexander, remember Mike Tyson's Quote: "Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the mouth". :)
Raymond J Gabriel I met Grand Master back in 1978 when Sensei Nagle introduced me to him. Master Bohan would always speak highly of him when ever his name was mentioned. Master Alexander is one of the most honorable men I know.
Maurice Moore · Friends with Alan Goldberg and 24 others I have known Gary Alexander for a very long time and one thing I know as a fact is that it has never and will never be about the money. He is a true martial artist and loves the art. Any insult stating otherwise is ignorant and wrong. You are attacking his character and you clearly do not know him. And I think most of the martial arts community will back him up.
Kenny Zuck I know Hanshi Alexander a long time. He just sent me an e-mail as I wrote him. I never had an issue with him and he always treated me well and with respect. He has his view and some have stated things about what he does. It is a shame it ca...me to this. Going back to the early days when he was an influence in Isshinryu I was only getting started at the "old AOKA" on 19 Street in Bayonne with my Sensei - Hanshi Dennis Wright that was a fighters school. I remember going to an event in Atlantic City whereby Sensei Gary Alexander had to be held back from people giving him a hard time over something. I can still see it to this day if I visualize it. It was 1974. People know how tough he was then and still is now. A few years ago I traveled to see Hanshi A in Edison for a training session he had on his Combat Isshinryu. He welcomed me, showed me what he did, and again treated me with respect. In closing I am not aware of what has transpired over the years with him and other people to create what has obviously turned into a path that he feels is a final one. I can only attest to what I see and know of him and the fine way he always treated me. Hanshi Gary Alexander: thanks for being my friend over the years and best wishes in whatever you do.
San Chi Kai Yamabushi (AU) stupid idiot .. how long have you been around ????? Mr Gary Alexanders record stands alone , his devotion to Martial Arts stands alone , When you can walk the path and lead the warriors and create the warriors and enjoy the friendship and world recogniton as well as having more support than most ......then you can try and comment and you can try and hold a decent conversation without pathetic made up thoughts
Soke Gary Dill Grandmaster Alexander is an honorable person and a great martial artist. Semper Fi.
Alan Goldberg Well I am Jewish Also . ? and what the hell does that have to do with anything, I know Gary over 20 yrs and I can say Gary is 100 % Dedicated to the Arts as a whole, and $ has always been secondary to Gary ..... AG
Carlos Estrella · 6 mutual friends.. I stumbled upon this thread just now... I am not a friend of GM Alexander but besides the fact that he is a Brother Marine, he is a truly honorable man from what I've scene. One of the most experienced combat Marines I know has GREAT respect for him and I take him at his word when he says GM Alexander has HIS respect. I agree with those here that GM Alexander's been the consummate martial artist and gentleman
Ralph D. Passero to: GM Alexander, you can claim you left Isshinryu, but that is impossible, all this computer generated talk, is nonsense, and when I see you at your tournament, I can clear the air about some of this crap, Some Isshinryu may have changed, but most of who where at your 70's tournament, are still the same as then, you have not changed, and neither have I. Many posts lately and I am not talking bout you answers, make some bogus claims of their past.
Shihan Alexander to Passaro: Ralph, Thank you for your note. You have always been an Honorable man, Loyal, Respectful, Martial Artist, holding my complete respect. For the record, I know what/who (all) you are talking about re: claims of this/that, its a profound Comedy act and you and "I" know who is who, and who does, and does not deserve ranking/respect. Some of these "Jokers" referred to someone to me as blowing smoke at your truly to placate..... You know, I don't "blow smoke" at anyone. And I do reinforce with action as it is needed. (Yep, “Full of Myself, butt never let myself or others I front for to help down! …Documented) …And my remarks about you and your fighting, and contributions are straight, level, and the rest can chew bait!!! Proud to have you as a friend. And, I am Good to Go!!! SF to Airborne J
Albert Mady Hello Don, I consider you a good friend, anyone who knows me, knows I respect all the seniors that came before me and created a path to follow. I don't know Master Alexander very well, I have met him several times over the years, one day I would like to attend his event, but it just hasn't work out yet. I can understand that he may be upset because of a lack of support from some groups. It happened to me when I through my event in 2006,..........Traditional full contact systems, How do you know full contact, I say, "Do you know who won the first US Kyokushin championship in NY,they say no, but they know, I say with pride, an Isshinryu man, Gary Alexander. As you know me and my group have carried on the hard core Isshinryu tradition in many areas and countries, There are many other Isshinryu people in the US, Canada and across the world who have done the same. I took the statement to heart, and when I get kicked in the nuts, I kick back. Blanket statements like that are wrong
Karen Schlachter I'm sorry to read this. Should not be this way. Dont know anything about the situation but losing an icon like you can't be right. Bless your decision and smack Megee around for me.Patrick Bamburak, Hi Sensei - I saw all of the comments on FB about and from the various isshin-ryu people and just wanted to send you my note of support! I know that for all of these years in the woods, you have trained me in your living, dynamic, and effective art. Clinging to the past, to something frozen in time, might be what some people prefer in the martial arts, but that's almost like wanting to cross the Atlantic in the Wright brother's plane. I'd rather take a jet.- Patrick Bamburak, IAMA Ni-Dan Black Belt
Deborah Payne I imagine you are getting swamped with messages... I hope to always be counted as part of your 20%... if there is anything I can do for you other than simply send to you a giant hug - with an 'at a boy!!!!! DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL ME - I will be there and stand with you through anything! You have my heart and I will always have your back! They will miss you. (I've never cared for their politics..and will always miss my ol' dance partner Harold!) Be happy, that's what's important! Semper Fi my friend xxoo
Kenny Zuck Joe - Good to hear from you. I really liked your comments. Especially the last one !!! LMFAO. I like Gary A because he has always treated me great. A gentleman. I do not agree with everything he says. But that includes other people also as ...everyone has an opinion. A lot of people think they know people because of what they hear from others. If you do then you belong. The "old days" are just that and memories are nice to hang onto for everyone. They also tell some great history about people and events.
Kathi Tasetano Regarding comments, have known Shihan Alexander for nearly 17 years. Have never known him to compromise his integrity for monetary gains. To allude to discontent that monies may be lost to another tournament being held the same day is nonsense. There are more profitable venues than a tournament if that is only goal. As to combat and other training, Shihan Alexander conducted a seminar for one of our affairs in 1997. A fond memory , as he called for a volunteer UKE. I witnessed grown men trying to hide behind each other, excuse why they could not be the UKE, etc. The best one was, I won't be his UKE, he is going to fight wearing his combat boots. Indeed!
John Crudup I can't stand cyber attacks ... certainly Mr. Alexander isn't hard to find ... if anyone has beef with him, have the courage to say it to his face and not in a public forum ... very poor taste!!
Antonio Gonzalez lol I've known sensei alexander since I was 5 yrs old I'm now 39. I know hands down that his interest is not money and never was. U couldn't buy a belt by him and our school wasn't a daycare either. It was hard core isshinryu. I'm sorry sensei to get involved in this but I will not watch someone say this about u and I will b damed that someone will say this about u. I love u like a father and for all u have done for me so to that note mr rubenstain step up or shut up the park is always open. Would love to see what kind of isshinroon u r Antonio gonzalez
David Rivera I have never met Sensei Gary Alexander in person but have met many of his students and know of the Legend of Isshinryu Karate and men like Don Nagle. Isshinryu was built on the principle of FULL CONTACT, Sensei Don Nagles students like Ralph Passero, george Wanko, Sensei Wright learned on those same principles. I don't know when it got watered down to a NO contact sport and I can recount many early mornings in which we had to re sheet rock the dojo before Sensei got in so he wouldnt know we went FULL in his abscence. Blackbelts were earned, revered as you knewthat he who wore one EARNED IT , it wasnt given ( bought) just due to time in the dojo or as a favor. Gary Alexander hasearned my respect as he always goes HARD , no punches pulled and doesnt pull punches verbally either.
Antonio Gonzalez U hit it on the nose david. Like I said in our school there was not one and I say one little kid walking around with a black belt. If my sensei was in it for the money u would of seen all the kids running around with black belts. It took me till I was 19 yrs old to get mine and I started when I was 5 yrs old
June 15, 2012 - To all fellow martial artists, I've just read through GM Alexander's report and the bottom line is, he's right on the mark with many comments. That's what makes our country great, anyone can say anything, it's called freedom of speech. Gary's beliefs come from his core, not yours and not mine. He doesn't need anyone to back him up nor does anyone when they actually stand behind their words. Maybe more should stand up for what they actually believe in. Damn shame that it's the same group of people who supported him through the years when he was kick ass, but maybe they feel that the years have passed and he has lost his edge....give him a call and find out. Personally, I will miss his Isshinryu impact and we have had our share of not agreeing here and there over the years, but I have always respected his views. Had I been able to do it all over again, I would have been proud to have his brother Ed, called my sensei, alas, not to be. So for those of us left in the Isshinryu world, take what you can from our mentors before they all disappear and see if you still have what it takes...they all did. As a side note, as the father of a Lt. Colonel in the USMC, I loved the picture of Lonnie! Ernie Temple American Isshinryu
SHIHANS/I.A.M.A. GM CANTORE PATAGONIA ARGENTINE CONNECTION: REMARKS TO SHIHANS REQUESTED LETTER OF EXPLANATION.
3/30/12Soke Gerardo Cantore good morning, teacher, I hear, that you make fun of Isshin ryu, this is true?
Reply from Shihan Alexander to GM Cantore: 3/30/12Mr. Cantore, FYI (Briefly) There is no making fun in this scenario, if anything there is a degree of sadness/hopelessness in the scenario as it exists with yours truly and the levels of Isshinryu in my sphere of the world.Because I respect you, I will take the time to advise you on the status at this time
U.S. Isshinryu whom I have put on the map from the early days with my fighting, and events run under the Isshinryu/Don Nagle banners, has "tried" to make fun of "yours truly" in a myriad of ways ie. knives in my back, deception, degradation of Isshinryu from my mil.spec, standards. They are always confronted when they attempt any of the above and don't have the stomach to back themselves up when challenged.
From my pespective, as a Mil Spec Martial Arts Fighter, Teacher, Leader, the way it works - You try to Educate and bring up to standards, when your leadership falls on deaf ears, and those that cannot reach the standards of combative talents, and they have no idea or will to train up to standards, you (I) give them a my evaluation one and all, and whether they like it or not, ...even expose them in public, to "try" to wake them up and to measure up.
After 50 years of trying to get the Civilian Isshinryu's to crank up (Not referring to the Militaries of past and now, they know what the levels of combat proficiencies are and should be) and now after my last wake up call analysis (not pleasant, "and" was not meant to be) of the Isshinryus in my geographic area - I have had responses of “Ignorant” (there own), “Arrogant” (to those/that thing) YES! definitely that is me!- Chew on it!... Used as a leadership tool, by yours truly, one “Clown” insinuated the ramblings of an “old man” in denial, and don’t know the “facts” (Don’t let the white hair fool you guys!!! And, trust me, I have more facts from day one on these people than they really want to hear, or that I really want to publicize further “unless provoked” - I know all of these people from their baby shoes in the martial arts - ie. Who’s who, Who’s not, Legends in their own minds, there are many glass houses out there, that don’t want these stones thrown at them. And all too far away from the mat and Martial Arts Honor, Integrity.
With all the above "as stated".. to bring you up to date -since you asked, I am no longer in any way a part of U.S. Isshinryu Karate and with that being said, I have just issued the following statement (Below) that stands as is.
GM Cantore, keep up the good work you are doing in Patagonia. You have my respect. If you still wish to stay in touch you are welcome. However, I will not discuss this matter further.
Gary Alexander, Shihan 10th Dan, Founder I.A.M.A.PS: Additonally, be aware, there are snakes out here, that will set you up and take advantage any way they can! The Combative Mat is the only Venue of Truth when all else fails. GAReply
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Back from Soke Gerardo Cantore 3/3012 Master, I am less and nothing I can say, I love the Isshin Ryu, if I may say so, is practical, direct, simple, functional, and discovered for some time, sadly, that of a heart, is only one word for many, as you say, maybe 20%, something understood. Being smaller, I'm guarding my mouth now to say nothing does not correct, also, I am using the google translator for this letter. Please pardon. If something is not right will be for a translator. But please, let me open my heart to you now, you are Gary Alexander, since every sense of the word, his karate, your experience, you, I always trusted you, above all. Who can question to you is crazy, sorry but you if you are a true living legend, ...you are martial arts, ...you are global counselor, someone might say something wrong? . I am a man of peace, you know, but if someone talks to you ma, I will be a flooring that will put your body in front of you to protect it at all, ...I have memory, I am not ungrateful, What to do ? , Just tell me, I ready, the Waterfront is what I saw, and for defending agredesco always, I'm really in debt. If you talk to Gary Alexander system I'm sure it would follow that many, many, including me. I feel how you feel, and I regret not being here lejor to be near you helping at all. I beg to give you a virtual hug, permitam this, in the distance, appreciates it here, ...you're a straight man, ...an ombre of action, a man of honor, a man, what else could you ask? You have a soldier here at your service, follow the path to follow, I with you from my heart and my mind,
Mr. Cantore, Your note is very touching and comes from the heart and I appreciate every word. thank you. There is nothing here that I can't and haven't handled in any environment (has been done), and it bothers them that they cannot beat me in any way! I consider these "foolish incursions" Instructional Episodes for "them", but they never learn and will not in the future. But, If I need a soldier to watch my back you will be the first called. Thank you my friend. The best to you and your family and hopefully one day you will be able to migrate to the U.S.A. Gary Alexander 3/30/12
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Louis A Wolff Being Jewish I find this "black belt" Mr Rubenstein insulting. It his comment that we jews love money more then lets say doing a whats right the kind of talk that makes antisemitism what it is today. Sensei Alexander has done more for Isshinryu in one week then you probably have done in your lifetime. To comment on something you know nothing about shows you what your belt is worth. You are not a reflextion of Jewish black belts but a reflextion of dumb ones. Sensei Alexander is just as much of the history of Isshinryu as Mr Nagel and to speak out of turn is a disrespect to both.
Gary Alexander To All - Rubenstein, Passaro, Antonio, and any other interested parties. My positions stand as posted. I only have used this venue because it is the same venue that I have had continuous remarks on good, bad, over the past few years... with no-guts people using this media as opposed to face to face! I don't even want to issue this letter in public but, here it is ...My "true" position on my up to now afiliiation with Isshinryu and looking at the future of Isshinryu is documented on my website and items copied to some of you. Long story short, as Senica stated so eloquently, I am feeling (pardon the expression to the uninitiated) like I am licking my cajones and looking for what does not exist to my own personal liking. This, as stated before, is my own problem! I am off everyones back, the fireworks stop from my end. Meade Rubenstein, not about the money either,
Johnny O 'leary I am on the outside looking in , I've known about GM Alexander since I'm very young and I'm now 50 yrs old . When I hear of his name I see and think of IsshinRyu instantly and without him in IsshinRyu it would be like Steinbrenners not bring part of the Yankees . I have the deepest respect for GM Alexander and Kyoshi Ralph Passaro . I wish all of you the best . Elexander, Shihan Alexander, please Sir do not get involved with the few asses on here. I'm not an Isshinryu Karate-ka but I am your brother in martial arts. For years, I have admired you, honor you and will continue to do so. For years, whenever you would see me at a tournament, you would always show me something or someone else, of course, using me as the uke. Shihan, you have high-standards. I've learned in my own study of Karate-do to maintain and strive to meet high standards. You do not have to argue with idiots. We all know who you are, A Man of the Highest Character, A Man of Respect & Honor, A Compassionate Human Being and Teacher, A Superb Martial Artist, A 'REAL' Martial Artist, A Marine. I Salute You Shihan Alexander. We all hold you in high esteem. OSU!!!
"My" Combat Record? Ask around, not for me to say. I am just a wimp obviously. Sued beating up kids? You got the wrong Alexander, don't teach kids except I have two little 5 & 6 Marine wanna bees, family wants them P.I. ready in two years! Goodby, Pax Vobiscum! E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Fuentes ?@Antonio Gonzalez...Eearned & then some...I studied with Sensei in the mid to late '70s in his Dojo in Edison..while I never completed my training to earn my black belt those lessons are still in my head.
Antonio Gonzalez I hear ya robert. He would never ever give away a belt to nobody he would rather loose a student
John Patrick This all sounds like a set-up. Ignore this person.
John Balazinski Gary, you are better than to even respond to anyone that questions your experience.im proud to be your friend in this life..johnny g
John Balazinski by the way my son,U.S.ArmyCaptain sends his regards and respect to you as do IRichard Luntz and-SgtMaj Richie Luntz is behind U 100%-48 years as your friend Gary-
Gary Alexander Thank you all. "IL Fini" at least from my end. I am now mustered "out" Your all great people.
Jeff Cuevas I never pratice Isshin Ryu, did buy the books from Master Long. But its sad to hear things are going south in Isshin RYu as this system is one of the back bone of the MA history. I dont know whats going on but you have my respect Master Alexander.
And response from Gary Alexander, 10th Dan, Grand Master Hand 2 Hand Combat Karate Martial Arts Systems
Concerning the “vile” Message Received from a "Eugenia McGrath (wife of Black Belt Ed McGrath)", on “my” Public Face Book posting dated Friday, September 2, 2011. .....
From Shihan: Since the attack took place on “Public” FB, this is where I will respond. McGrath stated how - it was disgusting to her that “I” (Gary Alexander) would show a picture of what McGrath called an “Over-aged Woman” (My former wife) draped in a Marine Corps Flag on my site! ......
Eugenia, you now have the distinct notoriety of being the “only” disgruntled “American(?)” out of thousands of viewers that had the audacity to issue such a “self damming” letter to the FB Public! .......
You portray yourself as if an Elite Patriotic Supporter (Pray, Sing Songs, Light Candles, and Knit things). ........But yet you attack with your shrew-d “jealous venom” a former friend (Gary Alexander), who put your husband in the lime light in the old days as the Voice of Karate (Et tu Brute!), and in the same breath you dishonored and insulted Yours Truly, my Former Wife, and the Flag of the United States Marine Corps being displayed on my site by a Beautiful woman (Perfect together)!.......A very wrong move! ........
All the above is oxymoronic to say the least! Sometimes It is better to mind your own business, keep your mouth shut, than to open it and to let the world judge negatively........As far as Patriotism(?) since you are such an expert(?) you may want to look at our “Actionable“, Patriotic Website. You may want to join in and upgrade your efforts(?)
closing, I would suggest that you or yours don’t do this “Clown Act” again towards me and mine.
People in glass houses, should not throw stones. If you attack me here again, I will retaliate again in public …….. and I know your history, and history -not!.......We are all a bit “Senior” now, with some issues, and I am sorry this has happened and I had to be drawn out. It was your choice!!!........
Best in the future for you and Ed........Alas- You have been “Exterminated” from my Face Book
Gary R. Alexander, 10th Dan, Founder I.A.M.A., and Combat Isshinryu Karate, Former U.S. Marine, Member, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, Fighting 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
ATTACK FROM HARRY SMITH ISSHINRYU ..................
Isshinryu Karates 80% -ers (Losers) sink to a “New Low” !!!
Here we go again! The attack against me (Gary Alexander) was made “again” on Face Book, and my reply will be made here in the same venue.
I am sorry to burden the general public to have to see such rhetoric being responded to here.
To: Harry Smith, Isshinryu Karate/Rank Unsubstantiated?…………
Notam: ….Shihan Gary Alexander in May, 2012 after issuing an Indictment” to the Isshin (80% roos/20% ryus) of America, and 50 years of Fighting for (Undefeated Bare Fists), Representing, and Leading by example onto deaf ears, and wearing the Isshinryu colors “only” out of respect for the Marines he trained with in the early years, “most now passed“, …has now removed himself from, …. and will no longer be shamed by wearing the “colors“ of, or have any relation with the Current Isshinryu Karate Style 80%-Losers, for personal reasons in disgust …similar to the diabolical scenario that follows below, and much, more.
To: Harry Smith, Isshinryu Karate/Rank Unsubstantiated?…………
Since you are a creature of irrelevance to the Martial Arts Community….I find it hard to take any of your actions or comments seriously.
However: Having been referred to your FB page by a third party, as I read,
“I thought” I was reading a copy of the …“Nazi’s - Third Reich Gazette” … especially when you referred to … “Adolph Hitler” and “Myself” (Gary Alexander) …in the same paragraph. You (Smith) probably got this slant from your Nazi Co-hort - George Iberl who has traveled the circuit for years proudly expounding upon the “virtues of himself” as being a member of the “Hitler Youth League” (Baby Killers). You (Harry Smith) even “by virtue” of your “Profile Picture” even shows “YOU” to look like “Der Fuehrer” mit der mustache - Ya? Ya? Congratulations, your both in good company!!!
Further, … you sir, with your disgusting analogy, in your own words (see below) “Hitler/Alexander“, have just annointed yourself lower than “Scum”!!!
“Quote: Harry Smith…..“Hitler did not do as much damage as his cohorts, mores the pity. I just found out Gary Alexander ranked this Cantorie 10th Dan in Isshinryu. I take this as a direct insult and I have respected Gary since he was a kid fighting for Don, no more, I really liked him. Why. For what reason? Why would he do such a thing? This rank thing is so far out of line that I think each and every so-called 10th Dan should be certified by an unbiased board even if we have to bring in someone like Zenpo for I fear our Isshinryu counterparts on Okinawa care no more and we probably embarrassed them “Unquote”
Quote to End: Gary Alexander….To: Harry Smith, … Since you are a creature of irrelevance to the Martial Arts Community….I find it hard to take any of your comments seriously.
Wherever you and yours come from is unknown to me since in my 50 years on the mats of the “World” I have never seen you - in Gi, or otherwise capacity(?) You trained in Okinawa for a few months? A year? Then you come back a Tenth Dan? Ludicrous to say the least! When I was stationed in Okinawa, I had “no time” to study anything outside of Military Assaults, Weaponry, and Sailing Troop Ships around South East Asia looking for fights.
Looking at “your” made up history of Karate in America. Your no different than the thousands of other Revisionists of History, Legends in their own eyes, out there.
You, and others forget there are still guys “like me” that are still out here and know and have made the Real History in the beginning and to date…. And we remember who was there and who was not there, and what they did, and what they did not do!!!
As far as you being “Insulted”(?)…there is no worse “Self Insult” than what you have portrayed for yourself here.
History???….Try these: I know the revisionists drill. More..“WILKPEDIA” LISTING..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Alexander_(martial_art_pioneer)….I.A.M.A. 50th YEAR CHAMPIONSHIPS:
I would suggest, whatever you are smoking is an un-conditional handicap!
Smith: You are now “Exterminated” (like a bug) from my FB and all other communiqués.
Signed: Gary R. Alexander, Shihan, 10th Dan Black Belt, Founder I.A.M.A.
50 Years of Capability, Leadership, Integrity in World Martial Arts for 50 Years…..
PS: There will be No Replys to this Notam on FB. only!
Photo taken of Shihans Gary Alexander and Aaron Banks at GA/IAMA 50th Annual Championships
"Wow, look at these two guys Harvey. We have aged much better than they have my friend."
To: Bob Maxwell, To begin, we are not your "Two Guys", we are Senior Members of the Martial Arts Community and have names that "will be" used with respect!!! Gary Alexander, and Aaron Banks that were here before you were born!!!
If you think "I" have aged, you can't tell a book by it's cover. I suggest you travel to N.J. and go through "my book" page by page! It might read to "you" like your worst horror story!!! Obviously Mr. Gyi, never taught you respect. I think I can fix that!!!
It's a $20 trip from you to me on AMTRAK!!! MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. PS: Bring EMT people with you to get you back home. Don’t call - come!!!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 3/19/13 Gary, I wanted to send you a private message. It distresses me that you took my private message to Harvey as a disrespectful act. I want you to know that I have always had great respect for you as a Martial Arts Icon and as a fellow Marine Brother. I have had the pleasure of knowing you for over 45 years and would not want to show any disrespect to you in any way. I hope you will accept my profound apology and still consider me an old and trusted friend. Best wishes, Bob Bob Maxwell (BANDO)