It was the middle of October 2000. I had just returned from Little Rock, Arkansas having attended the funeral of my longtime friend and mentor, Grand Master H.U. Lee. I had met Grand Master Lee at his first school in Omaha back in 1968. Soon after meeting him, he had told me, “you’re going to […]
By: Herb Borkland Forget about the Octagon. Today’s biggest fight isn’t happening at UFC. Instead, raging around the world, this epic, no-holds-barred battle pits new-school mixed martial athletes against traditionalist one-life/one-style martial artist. Athletes versus artists – and the prize is the future of your black belt. Let’s put this in perspective. Mixed martial arts […]
My last interview had been with Chief Master Richard Reed amidst the glamorous bustle of the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas. Now, I find myself on a park bench, gazing at the water, surrounded by nature’s quiet beauty. The settings could not have been more different than the men themselves. Century old oaks lined the perimeter of the waterfront park on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, limerock railings separating land and sea, and the lazy, lapping waves of the brackish current creates an oasis from the bustling city of more than a million.