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    Thumbs up Remembering an old Friend of SGM Parker, Steve Armstrong

    Many of you oldtimers probably recall Steve Armstrong, who helped run the Internationals for years. Steve Armstrong was one of the guys who made sure everything happened and that juggernaught known as the Internationals kept running. Steve suffered 2 major strokes in the last 2 weeks. He's hanging on, but just barely and I fear his time on this earth is limited. Steve Armstrong, was never a kenpo practitioner, he was a very traditional Isshinryu stylist, but as another of the Pioneers who helped introduce the Martial Arts to the United States, it was inevitible that he and Mr Parker would become friends. I remember years ago, when Mr Armstrong underwent some surgury, just prior to the Seattle Open, Mr Parker flew up to run it for him, since he had helped out with the Internationals for so many years. Mr Armstrong has spent the last few years in the Washington State Veteran's Home in Retsil, WA. A former marine, who studied directly under Shimabuku in Okinawa, and among the highest ranking Isshinryu practitioners in the US. He opened a school in Tacoma, WA in 1960 and was active until just a few years ago.
    So perhaps just a moment to recall an old friend to Kenpo and perhaps to send your thoughts & prayers his way. The days of another of the true Pioneers of the Western Martial arts world are drawing to a close. Salute to you, Mr Armstrong and thank you for all of your support over the years.
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    With my hands together and head down For your Brother in the Martial Arts. Hoping all is well
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    When I was a kid, I had the privelige of testing for my yellow and purple belt under him. I remember the drive down to Tacoma, and practicing the Creed (which I later learned was writtn by Mr. Parker) and Code, and I remember him critiquing my seisan and seiuchin kata. I knew he was a bigwig in Isshinryu, I just had no idea how big a wig.

    Much respects to a pioneer in American karate.

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    Thank you for your contributions to the Martial Sciences, Sir!

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    My prayers and thoughts to him and his

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    My prayers and thoughts go out to him and his Family
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    OUr prayers and meditations are included, as well. God Bless Mr. Armstrong.

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    All the best wishes to a Pioneer in the Arts.
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    Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time.
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    I just received the news, that Mr Armstrong passed.

    You never had to guess where you stood with him, he'd tell you.

    You could never question his love of the martial arts, it was obvious.

    He touched many lives and was a very outspoken and dynamic person and definately a good friend and supporter of Kenpo.

    Rest in Peace, Mr Armstrong I'm sure there is something going on, that needs you to make sure it gets done.
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    May the Great Halls welcome you with open arms. Truths we can only guess at are now yours to know.

    Keep an eye out for us, Sir, until we meet again in that place where we are all one.

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    May he rest in Peace.


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    May he now run the Interheavenly tournament in the big dojo in the sky. RIP, Amen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SifuDangeRuss View Post
    I just received the news, that Mr Armstrong passed.

    You never had to guess where you stood with him, he'd tell you.

    You could never question his love of the martial arts, it was obvious.

    He touched many lives and was a very outspoken and dynamic person and definately a good friend and supporter of Kenpo.

    Rest in Peace, Mr Armstrong I'm sure there is something going on, that needs you to make sure it gets done.

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