Yeah it was post poned until 1/30.
Hanshi Abel died just about a week before I was to test.
I had the distinct honor of being instructed by Ridgely Abele several times over the past several years. He awarded me my National Karate-do Federation referee license, he awarded me my first gold medal in Kumite, he also did the same for my son two years ago..
On of his sayings was "What's the first rule of Karate??? To look cool!!" That didn't mean it looked cool to be standing over a defeated opponet in a match.. or to win in a fight...it meant to be calm.. it ment to have good form.. it meant so many things...
Another was.... "I am not going to get in a punch/kick fight with someone in the street.. I am just going to punch them in the throat." It was always said in jest.. but the intent was quite clear.. He would always stress restraint when it comes to self defense. To remember a warrior understands compassion and control...
Hanshi Abele was able to make some of the most difficult concepts easy for me to understand..
His attention to detail was impeccable.
He called me out for not having silver buttons on my suit jacket for my first tournament that I was referring. He backed my 100% when "Little Johnny's Mom" didn't like the call I made at his tournament.
He was one of my shihans' closest friends.. and instructors.. he kicked him in the rear when he needed it. encouraged when things seemed to be falling apart...he knew me by name and expected much of me. I always did my best to deliver...
He was ill for a good while.. and it seems that when the end was coming, he called for his family... the day his daughter got to his bedside, he decided that he had what he wanted and let go..
Hanshi Abele will be missed greatly and the world of Martial Arts has lost a true statesman.. and the world is a little less as pleasant as it was.
My black belt test was to be on December 19th. Hanshi Abele's memorial service is the day before.
My shihan asked if it would be ok to reschedule my test for Jan 30th in order for us to attend... I told him, do you even have to ask?
Cherish the ones you love... you never know when you may not get another chance to tell them you appreciate them and that you love them.
Ridgely Abele, Hanshi On Left.
· Director Kokusai Shurite Yudansha-Kai
· 9th Dan Shuri-Ryu Karatedo
· 7th Dan Shuri-Te Ju-Jutsu
· 7th Dan World Karatedo Federation
· 7th Dan US Ju-Jitsu Federation
· Chief Instructor - Shuri-Ryu Karatedo
Hanshi Ridgely Abele began his martial arts training in 1964 under the direction of Hanshi John Pachivas. In 1971 He was certified to teach Karatedo and Kobudo. In 1982 Grandmaster Robert A. Trias appointed him as Chief Instructor of Shuri-ryu Karatedo. There are only eight of these chief instructors worldwide. Hanshi Abele is a member of the Inner Council for the International Shuri-Ryu Association. He is the founder and director of the International Shurite Yudansha-Kai, a worldwide organization of black belts dedicated to the research and development of Karatedo, Ju-Jutsu and Kobudo. He is a graduate of Florida State University and has a Ph.D. in Asian Combative Studies from a Hong Kong University.
Hanshi Abele travels, trains and teaches extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia (Japan, Hong Kong & China), training with the best martial arts instructors in the world. He has produced over 300 black belts throughout the world and maintains schools in the United States and Europe. He was elected to the Trias International Society as one of the most spirited fighters in the country. Hanshi Abele is a former Head Coach for the USA Karate Federation and is a National Licensed Referee who has served as the chief referee for two world championships
Hanshi Abele has achieved national and international acclaim in the Martial Arts as the winner of regional, national, and international tournaments, including the (USKA) United States Karate Association Nationals, the First Florida Professional Championships, the United States Karate Association Internationals, and the 1983 USKA World Championships. He placed second in both fighting and forms in the 1984 USKA World Championships, and was the 1985 USKA World Kata Champion Recently; Hanshi Abele has been inducted into the "Living Legends" as a pioneer of sport karate. He is currently the owner/operator of the Columbia School of Karatedo in Columbia, South Carolina.
It is because you chose to get on the mat that makes you the winner. Think about how many people are not on that mat right now. - Luis Sucuri Togno