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Grandmaster Sanchez (middle) w/ Grandmasters Gary Alexander (left) & Alex Smith
at I.        A.        M.        A.         Hall of Fame in Woodbridge, New Jersey


A big "THANK YOU" to GRANDMASTER GARY ALEXANDER for inviting me to be his guest at the 2005 I. A.M.  A. HALL OF FAME held November 19th at the Forge Convention Center in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The event which always carries a super American patriotic theme saw the very best of the East Coast martial artists in attendance, along with International invitees. WHFSC Members who came out to support the function, included GRANDMASTERS ISAAC HENRY, BUDDY AMATO, VINCENT MARCHETTI, CARL PLUCHINO, LEON WRIGHT and STEPHEN KAUFMAN.  This is one of those   functions that is not publicized allot but  definitely a top notch event because of the quality of the attendees & the great job GARY does in making everyone feel a part of the festivities.  For more information on next years I. A. M.A.  event you can e-mail GRANDMASTER ALEXANDER at GaryAlex@verizon. net   

 After 54 years of service to the martial arts as a teacher & Head of MARTIAL ARTS USA, PROFESSOR JOHN CHAMBERS has decided to call it quits.  Citing a recent  injury to both of his shoulders & arm where he had to undergo shoulder reconstruction & physical therapy, as well as having to take care of his physically handicapped older Brother as the primary reasons for his retirement. PROFESSOR CHAMBERS has chosen Dr.  Larry Beard from Jacksonville, Alabama to be his replacement as the new Head of  MAUSA.   For all future communication regarding MAUSA, PROFESSOR CHAMBERS advises that you should write to Dr. Beard c/o of the MARTIAL ARTS USA Website at:  www.MartialArtsUSA. COM  "Best wishes" on your retirement, PROFESSOR CHAMBERS We will still send you copies of the newsletter to keep you abreast of what's happening with your martial arts Brothers & Sisters of the COUNCIL

 A student of  "COACH" SCOTT SONNON of RMAX, MASTER JOE WILSON reports that  on December 3rd, both he & SCOTT competed in & won their divisions in the U. S.   INTERNATIONAL SAN SHOU CHAMPIONSHIPS!.      What makes this particularly noteworthy is that SCOTT's art is primarily a grappling style.  As a winner of several International grappling championships, SCOTT now adds winning by "striking" to his resume, as he won his division in San Shou with a knockout  in the 3rd round CONGRATULATIONS SCOTT (& CONGRATULATIONS to your student, Master Wilson) !

 HANSHI STEPHEN KAUFMAN of New York is offering personalized autographed copies of his best selling books: "THE MARTIAL ARTS BOOK OF FIVE RINGS", "SUN TZU'S ART OF WAR"; & "ZEN AND THE ART OF STICK FIGHTING" at a special Holiday sale price of $45.00 for the set of 3! For more information on STEPHEN's books, you can visit his website at , or to order, you can send your check or money order to HANSHI KAUFMAN at P.O.  BOX 135, LENOX HILL, NEW YORK, N.Y.   USA 10021.       

 GRANDMASTER RALPH VIGGIANO, Inheritor of JOHNNY KUHL'S COMBAT KARATE System  e-mailed to say that a tree is being planted in KUHL's honor by his friends, along with a plaque placed on a huge rock where JOHNNY used to ride horses.  The plaque states, "This tree was planted in loving memory of Johnny Kuhl  December 30, 1935-January 10, 2003   May you roam these hills on horseback in peace-Thank you for your friendship, generosity and laughter" A beautiful sentiment for a gentleman who contributed so much to his friends & family & to the martial arts

 GRANDMASTER JIM ARVANITIS, the "Father of Modern Pankration" reports that he is slated to appear in the January 2006 issue of �BLITZ" Magazine from Australia & on the cover of the May 2006 issue of ACTION MARTIAL ARTS Magazine out of New York.       

 SOKE DAVE SHELTON of Mississippi reports that his 4th ANNUAL TRAINING CAMP took place the first week in December & was well attended.       

 PROFESSOR EDWIN MALEY, one of the Pioneers of Judo in the U. S. was  featured in the September 29th issue of TAMPA, FLORIDA's "TAMPA TRIBUNE".         

 CONGRATULATIONS to PROFESSOR GARY DILL of Oklahoma on his 42nd year anniversary in the martial arts!.    GARY is also being featured in a new book coming out this month by Paul Bax entitled, "DESCIPLES OF THE DRAGON-REFLECTIONS FROM THE STUDENTS OF BRUCE LEE".  To order a copy of the book, go to & make your payment for $25. 00 plus $5. 00 shipping & handling  for USA destinations/ $10. 00 foreign destinations to MR. PAUL BAX at

 From California, GRANDMASTER SAM KUOHA of KARA HO KEMPO reports that he has been hired to be the stunt coordinator/ actor in two motion pictures from AUSTRALIA.  His daughter & Heir Apparent of KARA HO KEMPO, SENSEI KA'IMI KUOHA landed the starring role in one of them (she was recently featured in INSIDE KUNG-FU as one of the top women in martial arts!). SAM is also slated to do a 3rd film in WARSAW, POLAND & was also notified by INSIDE KUNG-FU that he will be on the cover of their February 2006 issue.        

 "PROUD AS PUNCH". 4 of my students recently took up active "warrior" duty for the good old U. S. A.        Michael Brown, a former SWAT Team instructor for the local police in Jacksovnille, Florida & student of mine  is now currently doing security work in Iraq. another student, Evan Taylor graduated as an Officer in the Marines; another student, Ron  Moody is now a NAVY  SE A L. & still another, Jerremy Huggins was just recently accepted by West Point. My God, I  feel like I'm a recruiter for the U. S.  Military�&  again, I couldn't be PROUDER of them for putting their training to good use by serving America & defending the cause of  freedom in the world!

 The Editor of BUDO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA , Grandmaster Maurice Elmalem advises that BUDO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA's 2ND ANNUAL HALL OF FAME will take place June 17, 2006  in New York.  I was invited to & inducted into their Hall of Fame this year & it was a grand event. For more information, you can contact Grandmaster Elmalem at     

 Our own International Gathering for the WHFSC has changed dates so that it no longer takes place during September-October, which is the Hurricane season here in Florida. The new date for next year is Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th-27th .  So, mark your calendars for those dates & plan to attend!

 FROM FRANCE. HANSHI DANIEL BLANCHET e-mailed to say that he is sponsoring a large seminar  for the Special Tactics Police  in FRANCE.       

 And lastly, DR.  SONG SWEE HEE from MALAYSIA now  has a martial arts degree program in place there.  We will let you know more about the program as soon as we get further information.       

 In the media this time around. The January issue of BLACK BELT features an article on PROFESSOR WALLY JAY (good you see you back in the spotlight, Professor!) entitled, "Road to Mastery" with a mention of MASTER DON WILSON being recognized at the 2005 Action on Film International Film Festival; & monthly column by GRANDMASTER BILL WALLACE. The December issue of INSIDE KUNG-FU features an article on WING CHUN's little known training exercise of "Table Fighting" by GRANDMASTER STEVE LEE SWIFT with a mention of martial arts superstar, MASTER JACKIE CHAN in Ric Meyers' "Martial Arts in Movies" Column . INSIDE KUNG-FU's January issue  has a great article on Dit Da Jow  formulas with GRANDMASTER SAM KUOHA revealing his family's formula for this famousChinese liniment.  BUDO INTERNATIONAL's Novermber/ December issue contains a technique demonstration of COMBAT HAPKIDO by its Founder, GRANDMASTER JOHN PELLEGRINI plus coverage of BUDO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA's 2005 Hall of Fame which saw the inductions of MYSELF & WHFSC Members, GRANDMASTERS GARY ALEXANDER, KALAII GRIFFIN, JOHN PELLEGRINI, GEORGE ALEXANDER, SANTIAGO SANCHIS, VINCENT LYN, RON VAN CLIEF, BILL WALLACE, MARK SHUEY & GARY WASNIESWSKI.  TAEKWONDO & KOREAN MARTIAL ARTS Magazine's November issue features a mention of MASTER JACKIE CHAN in an article on "Heroes". and lastly, TAEKWONDO TIMES January issue  mentions GRANDMASTER RUDY TIMMERMAN's recent seminar in Portland, Oregon along with GRANDMASTER JOHN CASAREZ, MYSELF & the WHFSC's 11th annual gathering in Orlando, Florida this year.         

 Well, this concludes our last issue for 2005, may this upcoming New Year be a productive one for all of us!. Please remember to send in your news for the first issue of 2006 & until next time "stay aggressive & fair in all you do"!


Grandmaster Frank E. Sanchez
10th dan (Judan)
Founder/ Executive Director International

NOTE: The WHFSC has been in existence since May of 1993 and is a private enterprise of Soke Frank E.Sanchez in service to its membership. Any additions or deletions to its membership must be in writing.  RECEIVING THIS NEWSLETTER DOES NOT CONSTITUTE YOUR BEING AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THIS COUNCIL. All membership certificates with an expiration date are NOT automatically renewed and MUST be renewed by written request to our Headquarters.