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“Bohan’s Family March - Warrior of the Month“

 Sherman Harrill, 7th Dan, Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do


Two weeks before Sensei Bohan passed we made time for a long visit, where I asked and he answered every possible question that popped into my head.  I’ll be using my notes and the things that I recall from that visit in this and the upcoming “Warrior of the Month” articles.  The following list reflects some of Sensei Bohan’s thoughts about Isshin-Ryu Master Sherman Harrill :

When I asked him to name his top 5 Weapons Karate-Ka – Sherman Harrill was one of the five.

When I asked him to name his top 5 Karate-Ka that understood Bunkai and its principles- Sherman Harrill was one of the five.

When I asked him to name his top 5 Isshin-Ryu historians – Sherman Harrill was one of the five.  

When I asked him to name the five most honorable men he had ever meet – Sherman Harrill was one of the five.

When I asked him to name the 5 best teachers he had seen or been around - Sherman Harrill was one of the five. 

When I asked him to name the 5 best all-round Karate-Ka he had seen – Sherman Harrill was one of the five. 

Master Bohan said it all "Sherman Harrill is a leader, a man's man, a respected martial artist, and a true friend.   In fact, Sherman  is one of best all around Martial Artist I’ve ever had the pleasure to be around and train with.”  



The following was kindly donated by Sherman Harrill's close friend - Mike Best 



Life together is life shared. Shared love, shared work, shared opportunities, shared leadership, and even shared initiative. In all things you have shared O'Sensei, you have given us love, life, and the Armor to survive.   

Ephesians 6:10-20


To be a man - is to posses the strength to love another, not the need to dominate over others. 

To be a man - is to experience the courage to accept another, not the compulsion to be an aggressor.

To be a man - is to keep faith with human values in relationships, not to value oneself by position or possessions.

To be a man - is to be free to give love and to be free to accept love in return. 





Once in a little pond, in the muddy water under a lily pad, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances or interruptions. Once in a while sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened, their friend was dead- gone forever. Then one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top. When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept his body changed. When he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying. So fly he did! And as he soared, he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to any he had known existed.  Then he remembered his beetle friends and how by now they were thinking he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them-explain to them he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled, not ended! But his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come when they too would know what he now knew. So he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!   Author Unknown



May 11, 1941-November4, 2002

FUNERAL SERVICES Carson United Methodist Church Carson, Iowa Thursday, November 7, 2002 10:30 A.M. 

Rev. Richard Russell Carson United Methodist Church Rev. Michael Harvey, Carson Presbyterian Church


Jason Braunschweig, Cory Edic, Richard Livengood, Dean Harrill, John Peterson, Gregory Eggers


Jimmie Dean Harrill, John Kerker, Roy Loveday, Larry Plagman, Charles Nelson, Jon Harrill, Jim Watts, James Harrill

MUSIC Marilyn Hackett, Organist "Canon In D" "Ode Toloy"

REGISTRY BOOK ATTENDANTS  Megan Harrill, Beth Paradise


Julie Paradise, Jennifer Braunschweig, Marilyn Mass

USHERS Donald Hendricks, Galen Batten

MILITARY RITES Engineer Maintenance Company United States Marine Corp Omaha, Nebraska

BUGLER Paul Hart

lNTERMENT Carson Cemetery Carson, Iowa.

 PIPER Joe Todero