Grand Master Donald Bohan’s Memorial Website


   

 

"Bohan's and Family Guest Book"

 

To add to the Guest Book please sent an e - mail with your comments, Dojo and Website information, etc. to : 

chinto@cox.net

 


 

March 3, 2014

 

Name: Master Pete Haddad,

Reference: Bohan's and Family website

Wayne,

 

 Thanks for giving Steve Herrin and Ben Puzon their own album.  these two guys are responsible for keeping Isshinryu growing in south Florida.  Both Steve Herrin and Bob Bremer started with Ben Puzon when Ben was the only guy teaching Isshinryu in Florida.

 

I'll say it again!  The Bohan Family Website is a major contribution to the success of Isshinryu!  I'm thankiing you for the Website and I've already thanked Chester for the Newsletter!!!!

 

Thanks,

Pete

 


 

February 9, 2014

 

Name: Master Jon Collins (Bando/Snowtiger),

Reference: Bohan's and Family website

 

Dear Wayne;

 

Thank You so much for keeping the memory of the Life & Spirit of this Great American, Veteran, Teacher, Family Man/Friend alive... I had the privilage of meeting Sensei Bohan when I was in my 20's, in the 70's, over 40 years ago... My Bando Teacher, Bob Maxwell introduced our club members to him, and his 'Hard Core' group at Quantico...  I was aware immediately of the Reverence & Respect that his students felt towards him! A Man of Great presence, he commanded the attention & trust of all who knew & trained with him. He earned this Respect & Trust the old fashioned way...  by his deeds & actions!!!

 

Great Thanks & Respects for sharing; Respectfully & in Brotherhood, 

 

Jon Collins

 


 

 

February 8, 2014

 

Name: Master Michael Schaefer,

Reference: Bohan's and Family website

 

Sensei Wayland

Thank you so much for maintaining this wonderful web site. It is truly a treasure.

 

Mike

 

 

 


 

February 7, 2014

 

Name: Master Michael Schaefer,

Reference: Bohan's and Family website

 

Sensei Wayland

Thank you so much for maintaining this wonderful web site. It is truly a treasure.

 

Mike

 

 


 

February 3, 2014

 

Name: Master Jon Collins (Bando/Snowtiger),

Reference: Bohan's and Family website

 

Sensei Wayland

Congratulation on such a Great website! Having such Great/Dedicated People makes it so worthwhile...Thanks for sharing it w/ the World.

Respectfully,

 

Jon Collins

 


 

February 3, 2014

 

Name: Master Jon Collins (Bando/Snowtiger),

Reference: Bohan's and Family website

 

Sensei Wayland

Congratulation on such a Great website! Having such Great/Dedicated People makes it so worthwhile...Thanks for sharing it w/ the World.

Respectfully,

 

Jon Collins

 


 

December 12, 2013

 

Name: Sensei Clarence Ewing

Reference: Commandant's Challenge Coin Presentation

 

I don't know how to thank you for the Challenge Coin Presentation and the letter of recognition.  You completely caught me off guard with this one.  I was almost to the point of getting emotionally chocked up, but I had to remind myself that Old Marines don’t cry.  It brought back many fond memories.  I still think about the time that I spent in Okinawa, and the many workouts at the Agena Dojo. 

              

When we returned to the States, we had no idea that what we did would escalate into what Isshinryu Karate is today. I am glad that we were able to make a difference.  Thank you very much, and may God continue to bless you and yours especially during this holiday season.  I don’t have Big Mike’s email address, so please see that all concerned get a copy of this letter. 

   

God Bless,

Clarence Ewing

 


 

December 12, 2013

 

Name: Ronald Sanganetti

Reference: Sensei Bohan

 

Good morning from the east coast. I was a student of Sensei Bohan between 90-92 in Jacksonville, NC. He was my first karate instructor and was the best. I value my time spent in his dojo and the many people I met there. He was a true master of karate. Being a Navy Corpsman with the Marines, I felt that I needed the extra training in the martial arts. I was encouraged by then Command Master Chief, HMCM Gary Thorhhill to start my journey in Isshinryu. The journey is still on going, as is life. I thank God for my time spent with Master Bohan.

 

Respectfully,

Ronald Sanganetti

 


 

May 31, 2013

 

Name: David Evseeff

Reference: Sensei Bohan

Hi Wayne,

 

Thank you so much for your email.  Wow, words can't adequately expressed how humbled I am that my name or my little book project would even cross Master Bohan's mind during his final days.

 

During that time, I interviewed many, many karate people, including many of the first-generation students of Shimabuku Sensei. Sensei Bohan stood out far above the rest in his humility and kindness, and was completely selfless in giving his time and advice. I'm not sure if he mentioned to you, but I was only 17-18 years old back then. In the course of my research, I came across some "not very nice" folks. More than just helping with the research and information, Sensei Bohan provided a kind ear and wonderful advice that a sometimes greatly disenchanted teenage boy needed. For that, I am truly grateful. He was more than a research subject; I would like to think that he even became a friend/mentor.

 

As far as Isshinryu training itself goes, I am seriously thinking of getting back to training. I'm not particularly interested in joining (or starting) a dojo, but just working out on my own again (I have a decent set-up in my garage) to incorporate into my current workout regimen and get in better shape. My time in Isshinryu was one of the most rewarding in my life, and it would be nice to be involved in even that small way again. We'll see how that goes, though!

 

I will go back through my old files, notes and other materials I collected in my research and see if I can come up with anything I'd be able to send your way. Most of it is all boxed up at my parents' house, but I need to get over there to go through it at some point soon.

 

Hopefully we can keep in touch, and if the timing is right, we can share some research and thoughts and see what happens.

 

All the best,

David

 


February 13, 2013

 

Name: Jerry Sullivan

Reference: Master Bohan passed 15 years ago today

 

Wayne,

 

Time flies bye so fast.......but those great memories will stick with us.... He would be proud of you.. (not only what you have done in the dojo and the web site, but the man you have become as a leader in Isshinryu....

 

Thanks for the Website Updates

 

Jerry Sullivan

 


February 9, 2013

 

Name: Scott Shamblin

Reference: Master Bohan passed 15 years ago today

 

Wayne,

 

Time passes so quickly, and that void is never really filled. I know that I never go a day without thinking of Master Wheeler. We just recently lost Mrs. Wheeler as well. The good thing is that they are together once again.

 

I am so fortunate to be able to have my original Sensei, Mr. Burris, back in my life, and I honestly think that our bond is better than it has ever been. But I still miss Mr. Wheeler very much. Like Master Bohan, he was one of a kind and can never be replaced.

 

The web site looks great. I hope you and your family and students are doing well. Ruth Ann and I send our best wishes.

 

Scott Shamblin


February 9, 2013

 

Name: William Sheffield

Reference: Master Bohan passed 15 years ago today

 

Wayne,

 

We all owe you many thanks for all your work.

 

William Sheffield
 


February 9, 2013

 

Name: Keith Hyde

Reference: Master Bohan passed 15 years ago today

 

Wayne,

 

Thank you very much. Brings back lots of memories.  You have done an excellent job with the site he would be very happy and proud. Please keep in touch.

 

Keith Hyde
 


February 9, 2013

 

Name: Mike/Okuma Best

Reference: Master Bohan passed 15 years ago today

 

Wayne,
May Sensei Bohan rest in peace. He is in Heaven with Soke, Sensei Harrill and many other IR greats. He looks down, sees you and smiles..... You are a trusted, loyal and loving student! Kumpai Sensei!
 
Mike/Okuma
 

February 9, 2013

 

Name: Marilyn Fierro

Reference: Master Bohan passed 15 years ago today

 

Hi Wayne,

 

I knew it was in February and near Valentine's day but forgot the exact date. Thanks for the reminder - I think of him more often than you can imagine. He had become such a good friend and was very supportive of me. He was so appreciated even though it took a longtime before we did become friends. He lives on forever through his manual and the web site you created for him. You have honored him immensely. Thank you.

 

Love and Care,

Marilyn

 


February 9, 2013

 

Name: John Kerker

Reference: Master Bohan passed 15 years ago today

 

Wayne,

 

I use to think that way on Mr. Harrill's Birthday and death anniversary.....Don't be sad, celebrate with joy that we are able to pass on to future generations what these two men brought back from Okinawa with them that was so dear to the hearts. The Website looks great, I'm sure they are both very proud.

 

John Kerker

 

 


February 9, 2013

 

Name: Master Dale Minor

Reference: Master Bohan passed 15 years ago today

 

Hello Wayne,

 

We send our deepest respect and gratitude to the Isshin-Ryu Family, and to the memory of the works of Master Bohan. May we as Martial Artist continue to celebrate his contributions and the continued contributions of those who follow in his footsteps.

 

Sayaji,

 

Dr. Dale Minor & Bando Family

 

 


 

February 9, 2013

 

Name: Master Bill Hayes

Reference: Master Bohan passed 15 years ago today

 

Wayne-san:

It’s a delight to see my Jarhead buddy’s memory kept shining so brightly through your many successful efforts – even 15 years after his passing. The mark of a great teacher is a great student (or multiples of great students in Bohan, Sensei’s, case). I, and many others, cannot thank you and that crazy Navy Corpsman enough for all of you do in not only honoring a rare individual but holding to the highest standards yourselves.

 

Regards,

“Old Student”

 


 

 

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