R.I.P. BARUCH HASHEM
Great Grandmaster Aaron Banks has passed on. Without getting morose, I only say that he was a great friend of mine and that without his contributions to American Martial Arts, the vast majority of people would still not know of this great man.
Yes, I am saddened by this loss to all of us, but we should make it our business to celebrate the great ones that come before us WHILE THEY ARE ALIVE.
Born in 1928 in Bronx, New York, he made it his personal mission to distribute the different forms of martial arts to the western world. He has brought Chinese Kung Fu, Korean Moo Duk Kwan, Japanese and Okinawan Goju-Ryu karate, judo and boxing under the same roof in his New York Karate Academy. During his life, he has promoted 352 karate tournaments, conducted more than 1,000 demonstrations, and organized 250+ martial arts shows. His karate influence can be seen through his karate school which he operated for 30 years and the 200,000+ students he has taught. Great Grandmaster Aaron Banks also brought Martial Arts to the public with his “Oriental World of Self-Defense” shows that played in Madison Square Garden for over 20 years via ABC-, NBC Sports world, CBS sports, and HBO sports, where millions of viewers watched.
I will go to synagogue and I will say kaddish for my friend.