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Bohans Family August 2003 - Warrior of the Month
Born: May 23, 1936
At Rest: February 9,1998
Don Bohan was born in NYC, Greenwich Village, on May 23, 1936. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1952, and spent 21 years in the service of his country. He saw action in the both the Republic of Korea and Viet Nam.
He began Isshin-Ryu training in 1958 with Sensei Don Nagle at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina while both were stationed with the United States Marine Corps. In 1959 Sensei Bohan was sent to Okinawa where he began training in Isshin-Ryu under Master Tatsuo Shimabuku. Sensei Bohan visited Master Shimabuku's dojo as often as possible while in the Far East with the Marines until Master Shimabuku's death in 1975. He opened dojos across the country, including North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Florida.
Sensei Bohan was recognized for his lifetime of dedication to the Martial Arts by the following organizations:
· Awarded the Official Karate "Karate-Ka of the Month".
· Awarded the "AOKA Spirit of Isshin-Ryu" award.
· Elected an honorary member of the Isshin-Ryu Brotherhood (IB).
· Featured five times in "Official Karate" magazine, and wrote several articles for that publication.
Sensei Bohan was promoted through the rank of 7th Dan by Master Tatsuo Shimabuku and was awarded his 8th and 9th Dan by the American-Okinawan Karate Association (AOKA), of which he was a member from 1970 until his death. He was also a member of the United Isshin-Ryu Karate Association (UIKA) and the United States Karate Association (USKA). He held black belts in Isshin-Ryu and Bando, and trained with world-renowned martial arts masters including Eizo Shimabukuro and Dr. Maung Gyi.
USMC Certificate of Completion for USMC Communication School, 1954.
USMC Certificate of Completion for USMC Electronics Technician, 1954.
USMC National Defense Service Medal Good Conduct Medal, 1955.
Pistol (.45 Cal) Sharpshooter
USMC (Corporal) National Defense Service Medal Good Conduct Medal, 1957.
USMC Certificate of Completion for USMC Embassy School, 1959.
USMC (Sergeant) National Defense Service Medal Good Conduct Medal, 1961. (Third Award)
USMC Certificate of Completion for USMC Embarkation School, 1962.
USMC Certificate of Completion for USMC Drill Instructor School, 1963.
USMC Certificate of Completion for USMC N.C.O. Leadership School, 1963.
USMC (Gunnery Sergeant/E7) Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal - W/2 Stars
USMC National Defense Service Medal - W/1 Star
USMC Republic of Vietnam Cross-of Gallantry - W/Palm & Frame, 1967
USMC National Defense Service Medal -W/1 Star
USMC Good Conduct Medal -W/Silver Star
USMC Pistol (.45 Cal) Sharpshooter, 1969
1958 - 1975 Sensei Bohan studied under Tatsuo Shimabuku, Grand Master of Isshin-Ryu Karate, until the death of Master Shimabuku in 1975.
1958 Sho-Dan (First Degree Black Belt)
1960 Ni-Dan (Second Degree Black Belt)
1961 San-Dan (Third Degree Black Belt)
1963 Yo-Dan (Fourth Degree Black Belt)
1965 Go-Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt)
1969 Roku-Dan (Sixth Degree Black Belt)
1975 Nana-Dan (Seventh Degree Black Belt)
USMC 1960 - 1973 Camp Lejeune, NC, Vietnam, Japan, U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, Camp Pendleton, Calf., Cherry Point, NC, Quantico, VA, and Okinawa. Sensei Bohan taught Isshin-Ryu karate with the main objective of preparing Marines for combat. They were taught hand-to-hand techniques, knife fighting, bayonet fighting, bo (stick) fighting, Kumite (free fighting with hands and feet), and close quarter night fighting tactics, with the sole purpose of disabling the enemy.
1960 - 1965 Helped to establish the Isshando Karate Association in New Jersey City, New Jersey. The main objective was to establish and open other Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do schools.
1960 - Gave more then 250 Karate demonstrations of Isshin-Ryu Karate for various organizations.
1960 - Chief referee for over 300 Karate Tournaments.
1963 & 1964 Grand Champion of the Marine Karate Championship (Kumite).
1964 Grand Champion of the NC State Karate Championship (Kata, Weapons, and Kumite).
1965 Grand Champion in Kata, Weapons, and Kumite at the All Service Championships.
1964 & 1965 Gave Karate demonstrations at the World Fair, New York City, NY.
1970 - Member of the American-Okinawa Karate Association (AOKA).
1984 Promoted to Hachi-Dan (Eighth Degree Black Belt) by the AOKA
1990 Was placed on the Board of Directors of the AOKA.
1992 Promoted to Ku-Dan (Ninth Degree Black Belt) by the AOKA.
1992 Was award with the AOKA Spirit of Isshin-Ryu award.
*NOTE: Two weeks before his death Wayne Wayland had a long conversation with Sensei Bohan at his bedside and when ask which promotion, award, or trophy meant the most to him, he answered, Without a doubt the Sprit of Isshin-Ryu award; Its the sprit of the thing.
Donald Bohan - May 23, 1936 - February 9,1998
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