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“Bohan’s Family July and August - Warrior of the Month“
(January 20,1939 - March 25,1988)
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/Bando Master Rick Niemira:
When I asked him to name the 5 practitioners who did the most to support and carry on the Martial Arts standards, principles, and traditions, while receiving the least credit and accolades for his or her efforts, he did name five. He had the following to say about our Warrior of the Month, Rick Niemira, "I would say Rick will led this list. He traveled all over supporting others and carrying on the principles as few others before him have. Rick never wanted any credit or to be in the lime-light he just went about his business."
When I asked him to name the 5 best teachers he had seen or been around - Rick Niemira was one of the five. "You could not be around Rick for a few minutes without him showing something new."
When I asked him to name the 5 best all-round Karate-Ka he had seen – Rick Niemira was one of the five. " You know Rick is the only man I can think of that was a true First Generation Pioneer in two Martial Art Systems - Isshin-Ryu and Bando. He excelled in and was well respected in both."
When I asked him to name the five
most honorable men he had ever meet – "Rick Niemira, Rick Niemira set
the example by which you and I judge others. Rick was definitely the man.
If there was one man that you have told your son to mold his life
after Rick was it."
If there was one man that you have told your son to mold his life after Rick was it."
The time I trained with Rick was some of the best. I must say that the gun and knife defenses he taught, if they did not save my life, they saved me from great bodily harm on at least two occasions and for that all I can say is "Rick was definitely the man.". If you were fortunate enough to be his friend, there was no one more loyal or devoted. “That was Rick.”