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Ansei Ueshiro Part three

Ansei Ueshiro In Okinawa C-1961 with Sam Palmer, who was stationed there.

Ansei Ueshiro In Okinawa C-1961 with Sam Palmer, who was stationed there.

Ansei Ueshiro with Zenko Hashiki of 72nd Street Dojo, NYC c-1970 (aprox.)

Ansei Ueshiro with Zenko Hashiki of 72nd Street Dojo, NYC c-1970 (aprox.)

I just took these photos with my digital camera. They hang on the wall of our Karate Museum. The first photo is of Ansei Ueshiro in his twenties and the second photo, in his late thirties or early forties. Since my sensei, Robert Scaglione, was a close friend of Master Ueshiro, I had the privilege of meeting Ansei Ueshiro on many occasions. I think my favorite memory of Ansei Ueshiro is when he brought his nephew, the great, great grandson of Anko Itosu, (the originator of the Pinan Kata) to our home on Long Island for a visit. That story, however, is for another day. It will be complete with photographs. We knew Ansei Ueshiro when he was in his late 40′s until he died. In fact, he called me a few weeks before his death in response to a letter I sent him regarding a leave of absence.  He died May 7th, 2002 at the age of 69, of a massive heart attack. He went fast. To those that knew him, he appeared to be healthy, happy and then dead. It was a huge shock to our karate community. I still, to some degree, mourn his loss, the same as I do my own father.
Respectfully submitted, Sensei Judy
Judy Barnhart
SenseiJudy@aol.com
www.Senseiforhire.com
321-459-3000
Okinawan Karate Dojo, Inc.
1755 S. Tropical Trail
Merritt Island, Fl. 32952
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