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On any given day, you can find Soke Haisan Kaleak, one of the many great African-American Martial Artists of the 21st century on the mat serving young and old martial arts students and enthuses. His title, “Soke” which means “Founder,” is also sometimes referred to as “Baba” a Kiswahili term that translates as “Father or Leader.” He has earned these titles because of his love to identify his martial arts through an Afro-centric meanings. Soke is recognized as one of the leading weapons instructors on the East Coast, is the recipient of 10 martial arts “Hall of Fame” awards and is the proud recipient of the distinguished “Martial Arts Living Legend Award.” In addition to these, he has been recognized for his continued contributions to the community by receiving the certificate of “Special Congressional Recognition” from Congresswoman, Yvette D. Clark and The Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of Service from Senator John Sampson, and New York Citation from the Office of President Borough of Brooklyn city of New York.
Soke Haisan, a member of “Eye to Eye International Jiu-jitsu Federation,” is also a Certified Fugitive Recovery Agent and bodyguard to politicians. He is currently the elected President of the “Family of Sanuces” and recipient of USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Philadelphia Hall of Fame, Black Ryu Hall of Fame, Martial Arts Press Conference Hall of fame/ NBLA and recognized by the Bonello foundation Inc. of Veteran affairs.
His most recently published book “I Am Kuroshi-Do spoke of his early days as a martial artist. His 2nd book “Wisdom of Self,” is soon to be released. Soke Haisan Kaleak is also the host of “Doc Radio,” Making the Connection Blog talk radio, an online martial arts radio show he hosts in dedication to his teacher Supreme Grandmaster Dr. Moses Powell. He was host of the Cable TV Show “On the Mat” a Martial Arts Cable TV show, and featured on Diedra Cole/Warrior Within podcast, and on Sensei Emmitt podcast, Agent for national missing Children’s center /Child Search Inc., and Martial Maze.
Soke began his teaching career with the New York Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) in Brownsville, Brooklyn New York at the Howard Houses known for boxing gyms serving the likes of Mike Tyson and other great boxers. He instructed through his dojo Warriors Domaine. His second school was recognized by the Mayor of New York City, David Dinkins as one of the best athletic programs of physical fitness in Brooklyn, New York. As the martial arts director of the Jackie Robinson Center for Physical Culture in Central Brooklyn serving over 4000 youngsters, Soke Haisan was responsible for managing and developing over 350 young martial artists ages 8-18 in this organization. The instructors, all trained by Soke, have managed to develop the best free martial arts after-school program in New York City. Through his hard work and perseverance, Soke Haisan is a great example of how a person can effectively give back to his community.
Throughout his martial arts career, Soke has sought to learn all that he could. Soke’s vast skills come from training with some of the best in the martial arts, such as Professor Tadashi Nakamura and Sensei Eric James who provided his training in Kyokushinkai-Kan. His knowledge of Shotokan karate-do come from Professor George Cofield, Shihan Thomas LaPuppet and Sensei Lusayne S. Alston. Soke Little John Davis trained Soke Haisan in Kumite-Ryu. Professor Charles Elmore instructed Soke Haisan in the art of Aki-Elmore-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu. His skills in weaponry were attained through training with Professor Ronald Duncan, Professor Robert “Sugar” Crosson, Soke Steve Alston and Hanshi Charles Sparrow. Those masters have passed on their many years of experience…..
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Q: Tell me a little about the Founder and Creator of Mcdojolife?
For sure. So my name’s Rob, I run Mcdojolife. I’ve been running McDojoLife now for a decade. I’ve been training in martial arts for about twenty-five years.
Q: Nice. Now, how were you introduced to martial arts?
So, when I was a kid, well, when I was born anyway, I was born with a cleft lip and palate. That left me with a lot of scars on my face. Going through school like that was pretty rough. I got picked on and beat up and teased a lot. One day I got jumped by a group of kids. Like five or six kids, right after a gym class. They beat me from the time the bell rang until the time the next bell rang, which was five minutes. So that’s fun. Oh yeah, two teachers stood there and watched the entire thing and did nothing about it. Even when I got my head stomped on and I got stabbed with a pencil. I actually still have a scar on my hand from that. And then, as I’m laying there bleeding, the second bell had rung. They all ran and scattered so that they could try to get to class. A friend of mine who was an acquaintance at the time actually became my best friend after that incident, he came over, picked me up and he walked me to the nurse’s office.
On the way to see the nurse, he handed me a card for martial arts classes. It was a free trial class card. He said, “you need this.” Later, I went home. I asked my mom if I could take martial arts classes. That next month was my birthday and my present was a year paid in full for martial arts classes. I’ve been doing it ever since.
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The definition of the (Japanese) word, Karate, in its simplest form means “empty” (Kara), and “hand” (Te): empty hand. However, watching any of the thousands of movies available we know that weapons are also a large part of the use of karate. When it comes to its exact origins the world will debate endlessly that it was created in many different countries and centuries. As much as I’m up for the great debate about this, the truth is that I, like most of you, would be guessing because none of us were born yet and weren’t standing there at its inception. I feel that even scholars, on this, or any subject would argue their views to exhaustion. So, let’s get away from its point of origin(s), and talk about what we think karate is to us; keeping in mind that our thoughts on the matter extend to all of the arts by any name that can be practiced.
The discussions that I’ve had, read about or overheard with my teachers, contemporaries, or others were all far-ranging. In the decades of my life being integrated into the arts, and from every aspect in my younger years while I was a student, instructor, mentor, or warrior, differs some from the wisdom I gained when I got older and began walking a path of enlightenment. That’s just to say that I strive to be a better person each day than I was the day before. When I look in the mirror, I just want to know that I’m a good example for my students.
Some of the first things that come to mind concerning karate are words like discipline, confidence, fitness, and self-defense; all of which I believe to be true. However, as a Karateka what else comes to mind? In my opinion, thinking as altruistically as possible, being an honorable, caring, honest, person with high moral standards that our students can look up to are paramount when obtaining the title of teacher, and doing so without arrogance, or ego…. (Continued in the 5th Edition Magazine.) Use discount code DEADLYART10 to get 10 percent off when you checkout.
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The 3 section staff has been a weapon of mystery and misunderstaning with centuries of battle tested techniques that was used in various situations throughout history. The sanjiegun, or three-section staff (三節棍 , sān jié gùn, shawm jeet gwam), is a Chinese flail weapon that consists of three wooden or metal staffs connected by metal rings or rope. The weapon is also known as a sansetsukon (三節棍) in Japanese.
A more complicated version of the Two Section Staff, the staves can be spun to gather momentum resulting in a powerful strike, or their articulation can be used to strike over or around a shield or other defensive blocks. Historically made of white oak or Chinese red maple, modern staves are constructed from rattan, bamboo, various hardwoods or aluminum. For optimum fit, each of the three sticks should be about the length of the combatant’s arm and have a combined diameter that easily fits in the hand.
A sanjiegun is typically constructed from three wooden staves with a diameter of convert|1.25|in|mm. These are connected by chains of rings, usually of five inches (127 mm) ; modern versions use ball-and-socket joints. The total length of the weapon is about the same as the Chinese staff, the gùn and greater than that of the single staff known in Japanese as a bō; Its larger size allows for a increased reach compared to the Japanese weapon.
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It was in the early 1960s when America received its first introduction to Kung fu on the big screen. By this time, many became aware of the late Bruce Lee through movies and from a hit TV show called The Green Hornet. However, many were not fully aware that traditional classical systems of Kung fu existed. Unbeknownst to most in America, there were a handful of martial artists that were secretly practicing the ancient arts of Kung fu before the whole Kung fu craze hit the theaters. These were not copycats, video students or fake wannabes. They were the real deal who were well trained, humble, and disciplined.
These individuals took their perspective arts extremely serious and stayed away from the commercial fanfare. These warriors were secretly fighting in underground bare-knuckle events in Chinatown, with little or no recognition.
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Shidoshi: I’ve done some research and through this research I believe that along with being labeled “The Mother of SWAM,” you should also be referred to as “One of the Deadliest Women on this Planet.” How do you feel about that?
Russell: Wow, one of the deadliest women, damn, I would prefer to be known as a healer, mentor, leader, and if you’re within my inner circle, a hell of a good friend. Basically not someone that ignites violence and viciousness but peace and harmony. I do believe that it is my job as a martial arts instructor for over 35 years and a student for over 40 years that I should build others’ confidence so that they develop the sheepdog mentality. A sheepdog is just like a sheep when relating to a category of people who are a positive contribution to society, the difference is a sheepdog addresses violence with violence.
Now addressing violence with violence is due to the inability to avoid being attacked. Nonetheless, if the self-defense is legitimate, than maybe you need to take one or two souvenirs (eyeballs or testicles), only kidding. My primary focus and responsibility is to assist in building my students’ mindsets for preparation to prevent panic against extreme situations that will require legitimate defense. My students will learn the basics of kicking, punching, locks, pressure points, elbows and knee strikes, however, their primary defensive skills will be from open hand fighting: ripping, tearing, and puncturing.
Psychological tools are also enhanced to control fear while awakening their warrior spirit. This also conditions them to reduce intimidation so they don’t become overwhelmed by someone’s size, body odor or bad breath (preparation for close quarter attacks). Elevating self-confidence pulls my students off the predators’ radars as their victimized demeanors are diminished. Most attackers are not interested in attacking someone that will give them a good fight where the attacker can get hurt.
As a result, my teaching heavily focuses on attack defense, developing muscle memory to instantly execute shocks and debilitating strikes. From my teaching methods, I understand how others can categorize me as deadly, however, this method of teaching is to prevent violence. I actually see myself as a peaceful warrior…
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