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A Tribute to Master Donald Bohan

 I met Master Bohan in 1958 when he was just beginning his Isshin-Ryu training with Master Don Nagle.  He had previous martial arts and boxing experience and was continually striving to improve his already significant athletic ability.  Sensei Bohan was tenacious and fearless in his quest to master the art of Isshin-Ryu and used his training throughout his 21 years of service in the United States Marine Corps.  During his three tours of duty in Vietnam, he had the opportunity to a earn a black belt in Bando and Shotokan Karate as well.  But Isshin-Ryu Karate found a place in his heart and he became a stalwart proponent of its expansion and proliferation. 

His karate career spanned decades and brought the art and spirit of Isshin-Ryu to literally thousands of students, many of them United Stales Marines. His countless trophies, awards and recognition from all walks of the martial arts community are testament to the respect he garnered from all styles of Karate. 

The Isshin-Ryu community has lost a great leader and we are all grieving at this tremendous loss.  He gave of himself from every fiber of his being, always striving to elevate and promote Isshin-Ryu.  Each and every karateka that he taught, brought his wisdom to, shared his knowledge with and gave of his great heart is the light that will illuminate the path of many more Isshin-Ryu practitioners in the future, a fitting legacy.

 

Semper Fi my friend and much love

Lewis A. Lizotte, Director AOKA

 


 

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