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Crime & Violence in Park Forest!


So, as you all can tell from my beautiful slider on the homepage of my site 😉 i’m doing a Women’s Self Defense program with the Village of Park Forest that includes a monthly 2 hour seminar followed by a 4 week Self Defense course. I’m teaching women how to deal with many of these same crimes you will see shown on this Park Forest Police Blotter.

Men, I can train you as well, I know our egos can sometimes make us think we’ere invincible but we can all learn how to defend ourselves better as well.  What would you do if confronted by more than one assailant? What would you do if confronted with a knife? What would you do if confronted with a gun? I can show you what to do. You never know when you could be someones next victim.

Check out what’s happening in the community of Park Forest and why you need to be in my class!


Below information courtesy of” E-News Park Forest”


Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)–Editor’s Note: We continue our reporting on news from police reports. Besides covering the many stories from around Park Forest that otherwise might go unnoticed, we want to bring more complete coverage of police reports than is reported by other local media.

An arrest does not mean that a person is guilty. All those arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty. It is the policy of eNews Park Forest to not remove items in the public record from publication. If your name is listed in the police reports, we will only add information relevant to the final disposition of the case at hand, e.g. “Mr. Smith was subsequently acquitted,” “Mr. Smith entered a guilty plea,” or “All charges against Mr. Smith were subsequently dropped.” We will do so upon receiving and verifying proof of such disposition.

Persons wishing to leave anonymous information on any criminal matters including narcotics or gang activity are encouraged to call 708-748-1309 and leave a message on Detective Beilke’s voice mail.

Police executed a search warrant in the 100 block of Indianwood Boulevard on May 14. Police recovered drug paraphernalia and are investigating.

A juvenile was arrested on May 14 and charged with criminal trespassing to state-supported land and minor in possession of tobacco when police were dispatched to the 400 block of Lakewood Boulevard in reference to a report of a large group gathered and several fights breaking out.

Demetrius H. Nichols, 20, 227 Allegheny St., Park Forest; and Malcolm G. Price, 18, 15518 Center Ave., Harvey, were arrested on May 14 and charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct after police investigated an incident they were called to the 100 block of Algonquin Street.

Police say four lawn bag stickers valued at $11.60 were stolen from lawn waste bags placed at the curb of a residence in the 300 block of Oswego Street on May 14.

Tecoby G. Sanders, 27, 309 Windsor St., Park Forest, was arrested on May 17 and charged with battery and criminal damage to property following an investigation after police responded to a report of battery in the 100 block of Forest Boulevard on May 14.

An Apple iPhone valued at $199.99 was reported stolen from a classroom at Rich East High School on May 15.

A juvenile was arrested on May 16 and charged with retail theft when police were dispatched to the first block of Main Street to investigate a report of retail theft.

A tire iron, a carjack and a checkbook were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 21000 block of Central Park Avenue on May 16.

A juvenile was arrested on May 17 and issued a municipal citation charging battery when officers working at Rich East High School observed two students fighting in a hallway. A second student was issued a municipal citation charging disorderly conduct.

A gas water heater valued at $500 was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Arrowhead Street on May 17.

A black barrel-style grill valued at $75 was reported stolen from the first block of Ash Street on May 18.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Indiana Street on May 18 to investigate a report of burglaries to two motor vehicles. Police say the driver’s window of one of the vehicles was shattered.

The rear passenger-side vent window of a vehicle parked in the 500 block of Chase Street was reported shattered on May 18. Police say approximately $3.00 in change was stolen from the vehicle.

A stun gun and a military-style knife were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 200 block of Hickory Street on May 18.

The rear driver’s side vent window of a vehicle parked in the first block of Hickory Court was reported shattered on May 18.

The rear passenger side vent window of a vehicle parked in the first block of Hickory Court was reported shattered on May 18. A wallet was reported stolen from the vehicle.

The driver’s side rear vent window of a vehicle parked in the 500 block of Homan Avenue was reported shattered on May 18.

The driver’s side rear vent window of a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Hickory Street was reported shattered on May 18.

Police responded to a call of shots fired in the 300 block of Winnebago Street on May 19. Police say there was one male victim complaining of pain to his abdomen. Police observed a small contusion on the left side of the man’s stomach but found no entry wound. Police say it did not appear that whatever caused the injury penetrated the skin. Police located three .40 caliber shell casings on the sidewalk and parkway near the residence. Police interviewed numerous witnesses and are investigating.

A wallet was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 500 block of Chase Street on May 20.

Michael S. Simmons, 26, 1064 Euclid Lane, Richton Park, was arrested on May 20 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to the 400 block of Sauk Trail to investigate a report of a disturbance.

An officer responded to the Park Forest Police Department on May 20 to investigate a report of domestic battery. Police have suspect information and are investigating.

A laptop computer, a bottle of perfume valued at $65, and a PlayStation 3 game system valued at $199.99 were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Seneca Street on May 20.

The rear aluminum screen door of a residence in the first block of Sauk Trail was reported stolen on May 20.

A 32-inch Emerson LCD HDTV and a Nintendo Wii controller were reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Algonquin Street on May 21.

A 14-foot aluminum ladder was reported stolen from a residence in the first block of Sauk Trail on May 22.

A roll of quarters was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the first block of McCarthy Road on May 22.

The driver’s side rear vent window of a vehicle parked in the first block of Apple Court was reported shattered on May 22.

The driver’s side rear vent window of a vehicle parked in the first block of McCarthy Road was reported shattered on May 22. Police report $0.26, one quarter and a penny, was stolen from the vehicle.

Anthony L. Anderson, 52, 533 N. Central Ave., Chicago, was arrested on May 23 and charged with retail theft when police responded to a business in the first block of South Orchard Drive to investigate a report of retail theft.

Police say the pavilion at Somonauk Park, 250 Somonauk Drive, was vandalized with gang and other types of graffiti on May 23.

Black Belt (Karu Obi)


Do the knowledge to this ill karate movie! This is one of the few movies I have seen with some REAL karate technique. Taikan is ruff!



Peace to all righteous people of the universe!

I don’t how much ya’ll are up on Dead Prez, but I love these brothers. I am especially feeling this RBG Fit Club thing Stic got going on! I train and teach VSK Jiujitsu, and I heard Grandmaster Bill McCloud say that what makes different from other martial arts systems is the workout.

I was also told by my first teacher Shihan Ameer Muhammad that the work out is what builds up the “fire” inside. When I was with Shihan Ameer I was taking private classes for 2 hrs. sometimes 3 and the whole first hour was just workout! We get it in, we workout hard and it makes us hard. If you don’t have Stic-Man new ablum “The Workout” go grab it and tell em God said it 😉

Here are some vids from the album, and a very inspirational vid the God did as well.


Guro Edgar Sulite-Kali Legend!


For those that don’t know I also study the Filipino Martial Art of Kali as well! Check out this video of Guro Edgar Sulite!


The 4 Pillars Of Judo


Excellent article on Judo. For those who don’t know, Judo is just Jiujitsu without the striking and breaking. Judo has all of the same throws, chokes, and sensitivity that Jiujitsu has. Enjoy this post!

The Four Pillars Of Judo

By Victor Anderson
Sandan, Sacramento Judo Club

Several years ago when I was in Korea, my sensei had a simple question on one of his promotion examinations. That question was, “What do you think about judo?” I dashed off some platitudes about maximum efficiency, improving the character and so forth. Good enough to pass. Lately, that question has come to haunt me more and more. There are some who say Judo is a way of life, others talk about sport, and still others argue about martial arts.

To begin with, we should look to what Dr. Kano, the founder of judo said. Kudo sensei in his book, Dynamic Judo, quotes Dr. Kano as saying:

“Judo is the way to the most effective use of both physical and spiritual strength. By training you in attacks and defenses it refines your body and your soul and helps you make the spiritual essence of judo a part of your very being. In this way you are able to perfect yourself and contribute something of value to the world. This is final goal of judo discipline.”

No words about sport here. In the second edition of the Kodokan Judo, Dr. Kano devotes a brief chapter to the philosophy of Judo. Here, Dr. Kano does talk about sport and its role in character development. He also talks about the use of physical education in training the body and the mind. Dr. Kano speaks of the use of kata as a training tool.

The two great ideas of Kodokan Judo are maximum efficiency and mutual welfare and respect. If one studies the main source book of Judo, Kodokan Judo, one comes to realize that this is an art that involves physical education, sport, and unarmed combat (self defense). I believe that the Judo fields of study are best shown by the following diagram.

All of the areas of study overlap. Physical education, that is the training of the mind and body, will have a bearing on both sport and combative studies. The human body moves because of muscular action which is the result of mental effort. You think about walking across the room and then walk across the room. The mind leads, the body follows, and all of the wonderful mechanics of walking occur. Without training in the skills needed, the body and mind cannot perform the necessary tactical and strategic movements needed for both sport and unarmed combat.

The relationship between sport and unarmed combat is not easily seen at first. Combat sports evolved out of the need for warriors to train in a competitive manner. One could simply engage in full fledged fights. The problem of course is the attendant injury rate and loss of life. So, drills and games were invented to provide a way for warriors to practice needed skills with reasonable safety. What defines reasonable safety varies with cultures and historical periods. A good example of a combat sport is the joust. The joust was invented by European knights as a game to train in the use of lance. The game evolved to the point to where special armor, saddles, lances, and of course complex rules came into existence. However, many of the core values of using a lance on horseback in combat are trained by the joust. Combat sports all train certain core values that are important to the type of combat from which the sport evolved. Target shooting with a pistol from a fixed stance is often seen as very distant from the use of a pistol in combat. However, the ability to hit the target is an important core value for combat shooting.

In sport judo the techniques are confined to throwing (nage waza), locking the elbow joint (kansetsu waza), chokes (shime waza), and hold downs (osaekomi waza). Contest techniques are further restricted to those that will not result in severe injury, provided the competitor is trained in falling techniques (ukemi). What then is the relationship of sport judo to judo as unarmed combat? In my opinion, the most important relationship is that judo matches are conflicts between two human beings. You must attempt to use your techniques against an adversary. In judo tournament, techniques are judged on effectiveness. To win by throwing, you must actually throw. It is extremely easy to throw a willing subject. It is an entirely different thing when the opponent is fighting back. Another issue is the simple fact that judo as a sport is rough. It is a full contact sport. You will be bruised, have your joints twisted, endure minor sprains, heat, exhaustion, and just general discomfort. In the small, tight world of the judo competitor your opponent is very close, at arms length or less. In this tiny universe you must learn to deal with fear, failure, pain, hardship and the joy of success. This type of training prepares you for what the U.S. military calls the “shock of combat.” In other words what happens when someone hits you on your nose and the pain and bleeding start. Next, the ability to fall well is extremely valuable. In any fight one is subject to falls due to any number circumstances. For example, your opponent may throw or knock you down, or you may slip and fall due to conditions such as mud or ice. Being able to maintain your mental equilibrium even while falling and after is important. So sport judo provides some very core values in addition to building skill in grappling techniques.

Unarmed combat (what many label as self defense) is different from sport. In a sense this is the actual battlefield application of techniques. It is important to remember that unarmed combat has a wide range of applications. The goals and needs of the civilian are different from the policeman which are in turn different from the soldier. Unarmed combat techniques within Kodokan Judo are found in the various kata. The kime no kata and Goshin jitsu kata are the two main examples. Training for self defense, police work, or any other application of unarmed combat is generally done in the form of katas. Katas are of two types. Generally when kata is spoken about, the reference is to formal exercises that are prescribed by those in authority. In the case of Judo, this is generally considered to be the Kodokan. One may also have informal drills which are used to train specific skills. Because the techniques used in unarmed combat may result in serve injury, kata is used as the training vehicle.

What is interesting about judo kata, is that they are intended to teach principles as opposed to just technique. These principles are often applicable to sport as well as unarmed combat. The student of judo who desires to know more about unarmed combat needs to study the kata. The student also needs to realize that ideas and techniques are useful in both areas.

An important difference is to recognize that sport judo rules have a rationale. First, the rules exist to provide a relatively safe means of competition. Second, the rules provide a means of defining the winner of the contest. Finally, the rules describe boundary conditions such as the contest area, and actions that are or are not allowed. The customs surrounding judo contests are designed to make it clear that it is sporting event and not a common street fight. For self defense, the judoka (judo student) should train to use all of the techniques available which includes atemi waza (striking the weak points of body).

If all judo did was to train in the three areas above, it would not be much different from many other schools of martial art. What defines judo and makes it different is its philosophical base. First and foremost judo is an educational system. It is my opinion that Dr. Kano invented the belt ranking system ( kyu – dan ranks) as a means of grading judoka in terms of judo education. Like grade levels in college or other schools, this gave students a set of goals to strive for. It also provided a means of gauging progress. Judo is about the perfection of character. This is a process.

The two great ideas of judo are maximum efficiency, and mutual welfare and respect. The first speaks to the concept of utilizing the body and mind in the most efficient manner. Within judo culture, the idea of ju is assumed to be the underpinning of maximum efficiency. But what is “ju?” It is a hard word to pin down. It has been interpreted as meaning gentleness and also flexible or pliable. I believe the idea is much more than a single word. The concept has to do with being able to blend with your opponent’s force, take control of it, and then use that force to achieve your goal. The classic example is using the opponent’s push and turning into a throw in the direction of the push. The other part of maximum efficiency is the idea of the correct use of strength. I like to tell beginning students that judo is not about strength, it is about the correct use of strength. Inherent in this is the concept of concentration of force against a weak point. Tilt someone’s head back until he is off balance to the rear. Now push sharply down and slightly behind the person’s feet. If done correctly, he will fall to the ground.

The concept of mutual welfare and respect turns judo from a mere sport or even combat school into something quite different. It begins with the concept of reigi or courtesy and bowing. The bow (rei) in judo has many functions. First and foremost is the idea of mutual respect. By bowing the student says to the teacher, “I respect you and will follow your instructions to the best of my ability.” The teacher’s bow means that the teacher respects the student and will teach to the best of teacher’s ability. Between students, the bow signifies mutual respect and a desire to train each other. In judo tournaments today one still sees and hears judoka giving each other help. Many times I have seen the winner of a contest go to his opponent after the match and congratulate him or her on a well fought contest, and then offer some advice on how to improve. Within the school students strive and work together to improve. This idea of progressing as a group is important in judo. Judoka are taught that if one student improves, then all improve.

So just what is judo? Judo can be practiced with an emphasis on any one of the three physical areas: sport, physical education, and unarmed combat. While the judoka may choose one area in preference to the others, he or she should learn about all three. The philosophy of judo and in particular the goal of self perfection makes judo the unique art that it is. Without these ideals, judo is at best an interesting sport and possibly a means of unarmed combat. I think of judo as a martial art. Because of the philosophical ideals judo is something more.

Viewing judo as an educational system founded on the ideas of self perfection, maximum efficiency, mutual welfare and benefit changes it. What we have is a martial philosophy or way of life (do). It is marital because the base techniques have to do with fighting. The major training method (“the giving and receiving of attacks”) is martial in nature. It is on the anvil of rondori (free exercise), shiai (contests), kata (forms), and the general training that the judoka forges his or her character. These are martial exercises and result in a “warrior” point of view. The philosophy (do) takes the martial values and focuses them so that as Dr. Kano said, “In this way you are able to perfect yourself and contribute something of value to the world. This is final goal of judo discipline.”


About The Author:

Victor Anderson is a martial arts researcher who has praticed judo since 1960. He has studied in California, Korea, Texas, Panama, Virginia and is currently a third degree black belt and member of the Sacramento Judo Club. He is a nationally rated judo referee and coach and as competitor has placed 2nd and 3rd in USJI Masters National Tournaments. His study of judo is to approach it as a martial art, that can be practiced as a sport. He also studies striking of vital areas (atemi waza) as part of judo self-defense. Other arts he has studied include Hopkido (shodan), aikido, shudokan karate, boxing, wrestling, tai chi chaun and pa kua chaun

VSK Jiujitsu Institute of Self Defense 6th Annual Martial Arts Seminar!


The weekend of February 4th and 5th we had our annual martial arts seminar, and it was off the hook! My teacher really had some heavy hitters there this year. We had Kwan Jang Nym Michael Hill from Kook Sool Wan, Hanshi Larry Tankston, Shihan Dominick Brioche, and of course Grandmaster Anthony Muhammad! I think this may have been the best one we’ve had. Kwan Jahng Nym Hill gave us some science on meditation, and harnessing ones chi (ki, energy), Hanshi Tankston gave us some tournament sparring techniques. Hanshi Tankston’s session was appreciated because those familiar with VSK know we really train for the street and that doesn’t always translate well to tournament fighting (shrugs). Shihan Dominick Brioche is the ONLY female Shihan under Soke Lil John Davis, so that in itself is phenomenal considering the fact that Soke doesn’t treat her like a girl LOL! She is a real warrior, she gave some great techniques and personally gave me some of the workouts that one of her teachers Professor Malik Shabazz gives to the class. Grandmaster Anthony….he always does his thing…..nuff said.

By far the most important happening of the weekend for me personally was……i finally received my Black Belt! Yes, I am now a 1st Dan (degree) Black Belt in VSK Jiujitsu! Grandmaster Anthony took off my brown/black belt and replaced it with a Black Belt on my waist, I also received a signed certificate from my teacher Shihan Lemuel Muhammad and Grandmaster Anthony Muhammad, I almost cried, word is bond, my earth will say I did LOL. When I look back it was a fairly long journey, but it doesn’t seem that way, come May of this year I will have been training for God (7) years and I finally grafted back to original from white belt to black.



Black Belt Test Day 2


Ok, day 2 of my black belt test was pretty intense, but I did better than I did on day 1. At the conclusion of day 1 one of the black belts who was also my original teacher Shihan Ameer Muhammad gave a me a tip for day 2, he told me to get some ginseng to take before I test to help keep my energy level high. I took his advice and it was one of the best decisions I EVER made. On the day of the test I took a ride to Whole Foods, and bought ginseng in a liquid form with the dropper so it got in the blood stream quick! I was set! I also got 3 bottles of electrolyte enhanced water because my body does not respond well to Gatorade, I always get headaches. Once I arrived at the dojo, it was another brother being tested for his white belt, so I just sat off to the side warming up a little. Then another black belt came in and he began to work me out for my test and he started out with “ok sir let me get 500 jumping jacks”! In my mind I was like “is he serious? wtf? 500?” So i began my jumping jacks, then he made me do them faster, and in horse stance, great way to start the day :-). Then he continued with some sit-ups, with the medicine ball, push-ups with a Jo in my hands (a little difficult to explain), more jumping jacks, squat thrusts, it was…..rough to say the least.

Grandmaster Anthony still hadn’t arrived so, I stretched a little. When GM came in the dojo I was worked out AGAIN so I could actually begin the testing smh. I still had some kicks to go over so one of the black belts took me through those, GM took me through the rest of my katas, and I worked strong. Then the real gut check of the test came, the fighting! I was scheduled for 10 consecutive 3 minute rounds of fighting with the black belts, this is it! The fights were rough, hard, and they were really striving to hit me! In the second or third round I got caught in the eye and had a flash knockdown. I didn’t even know what happened LOL, I didn’t feel it, all I know was GM asked me if I was Ok, and I said “yes sir”! I’m good! I was back in a fighting stance and ready to do work! The first 5 rounds I fought 1 on 1, rounds 6 & 7 was 2 on 1, rounds 8 & 9 were 3 on 1 and round 10 was 4 on 1! I was so crazy after it was over I didn’t even realize I fought 4 people on the last round LOL, another student from my school that was there to  uke for me had to tell me cause I didn’t even realize it I was just fighting for my life! I was so set on not punking out that after each round I never sat down, after each round I just found a spot on the wall and leaned up against it for my 1 minute break in between rounds.

After the fighting was done, it was time for to do 125 self defense techniques. I was insane at this point LOL, i had to take a little break because my body had started to go really cold and i was shaking. Shihan Ameer said my body was going into shock it was normal just take a moment to breathe. After I recovered from that I went to work on the 25 required techniques. It’s actually 45 required techniques but once I got to about 28 the black belts stopped me and started calling out the attacks and I just had to deal with whatever attack came and work from there all the way up to 125. I did techniques off of straight punches, hook punches, kicks, chokes, bear hugs, knives, guns, from the ground, from the chair, from the wall, blind folded and whatever else you could think of. I did well on my techniques, towards the end the black belts said they wanted to see some more locks and throws, i’m usually good for doing a lot of strikes in my techniques because my hand speed is really good. So I had to reach into my bag of tricks and I did some techniques with some transition locks, throws, picked him up threw him again, if your familiar with VSK you know how we do. I actually did 1 technique and GM said “ok! There we go, hey give him 2 for that one” LOL. I also did a technique from the chair and GM said “ok! you looked like DOC with that one”. Hearing that let me know that GM was pleased and that’s all I needed.

I actually think my best performance was the fighting, and not because I was just whopping all the black belts (didn’t happen) but because I DIDN’T QUIT! See that’s the whole point of the test, the workout, the information, the fighting 2 on 1, 3 on 1, 4 on 1, it’s all just to see if you can be broken, are you going to give up! It doesn’t matter if a guy is bigger than you, faster than you, or more skilled than you, if you have a greater will to survive, and be victorious than he does, YOU CAN BEAT HIM! In between one of my fighting rounds, I was leaning on the wall and one of the black belts said to me “look man, it’s not designed for you to actually win, you’re not going to beat 3-4 black belts at one time, just don’t give up, don’t quit!” I didn’t give up or quit, and that is what i’m most proud of.


Yasir Allah


Black Belt Test Day 1


So I’m sure you have all been waiting to find out how the black belt test went. It was ruff. The first day I had to go through a full class courtesy of one of the Black Belts in Grandmaster Anthony’s school. He made the class extra special for me by making it all work out :-). Just a lot of pushups, and ab work. Then we went through some stances, strikes, kicks and some of the real basic things I needed on my requirements for testing. The class was about an hour and a half long.

After the class I had another workout which consisted of more ab work, pushups, and whatever other insane exercises the Black Belts could come up with. Then, Grandmaster Anthony Muhammad showed up and the test really began. First thing GM wanted me to do was 20 free side falls each side (left and right) off of a chair onto the mat. Mind you i’ve already been working out for close to 3 hours by this time, I began my free sides and let’s just say I need to refine my basics on my free side falls. Now don’t get me wrong it’s not that I couldn’t do them, I did them just fine, they just hurt too much! I was planting my body into the mat instead of just landing nice and clean thankfully GM had mercy on me and lowered the reps from 20 each side to 10 each side. Next GM wanted to see me do some flying roll outs, cool no big deal it’s just a basic roll but you get a little air up under you. Well, GM wanted me to do it over a chair, no problem i’ve done that a few times before, so he laid out 1 chair and I went over it smooth no problem both sides, then he added another chair now I got  2 chairs, ok haven’t done 2 chairs before but still no biggie just need a little more air, cleared it. Now GM wants to take it up, so he adds ANOTHER chair now I got 3 chairs to fly over…….getting a little uneasy now because I’ve never did a flying roll over 3 chairs before and also you can’t really practice it because if you don’t make it…..well you just don’t make it and your going to be hurt because you crashed into 3 chairs. So I had to get my mind right to clear  3 chairs and not kill myself, took a deep breath focused and just did it! Wow I cleared 3 chairs…..but GM wasn’t done, he added another chair now I got 4 chairs to get over without killing myself! GM said this time “you don’t have to do both sides you can just use your best side” great…thanks GM…Yeah so….4 chairs….It is a picture of Soke Lil John Davis on the wall in the dojo, it was directly across from me so I didn’t even focus on the chairs, I just stared at Soke’s head, focused, ran and jumped directly at Soke Lil John and I cleared the chairs, all 4, clean. I was charged (pumped), first time I had EVER done that. Then I still had some more falls to do. After I did 10 free ukemi (front flip into fall) off of the chair, GM was satisfied and we went into kata.

Kata was a little rough because GM wants to see you in a fight when you do kata, he wants to see the seriousness in your movement, the intent. So I had to do most of my kata multiple times until I had the energy GM was looking for and anyone who has really done kata knows that it is a workout all by it’s self. After I did a little more than half of my kata’s (I had to know 25) GM was getting dressed to leave for the evening and I continued my test with a couple of the black belts. The Black Belts took me through my locks, and throws once I completed those we ended day 1, it was 7 hours.

Stay tuned for day 2 OUS.

Happy Born Day Dr. Moses Powell

Ous! today I would like to with a happy born day to Dr. Moses Powell the Founder of Sanuces Ryu Jiujitsu.


This is a short essay I wrote for my brown belt 2nd class examination on what Dr. Moses Powell means to me.


Doc means so much to me and he should to EVERY black martial artist. He is the Godfather of Black Martial arts! Dr. Moses Powell brought a wisdom to martial arts that has never been seen before and in my estimation never will be seen again. He was truly and Original Man. History records him as the first martial artist invited to demonstrate the art at the United Nations, a featured martial artist at the New York World’s Fair, and one of the first Black martial artists to teach U.S. law enforcement agencies, including the C.I.A. I actually just purchased a book on Jiujitsu that talks about the history of Jiujitsu, the history of the samurai, techniques, as well as philosophy.

I can clearly see that what Dr Moses Powell with Sanuces Ryu is clearly Jiujitsu, but it has his own unique wisdom and understanding added to it and that is what makes it unique. Every thing from the way we do our rollouts to the different types of Gis we wear had Doc’s imprint on it. Dr. Moses Powell’s teacher was Grandprofessor Florendo Visitacion, and he had a very open mind to martial arts training. Prof. Vee had studied may different arts himself and he took what he deemed to be the best parts and made his own system. Prof. Vee’s system went through many different variations over the years of his life but the system he was teaching when Dr. Moses Powell was his student was Vee Jitsu Te which had a heavy emphasis on Jiujitsu techniques along with some karate, kung fu, kenpo, and of course Arnis, Kali, or Escrima which is Prof. Vee’s native martial art.

Dr. Moses Powell was first studying boxing before he met Prof. Vee and said he was confident in his ability to fight then or as he put it “I knew I could thump!” He said when he met Prof. Vee he was actually afraid because of Prof. Vee’s skill and Doc said he just submitted.

Watch your back!