SENSEI CLARENCE ALLEN
Clarence Allen replaced one of the original Karate 5 Senseis. In this photo he was
receiving a promotion from the legendary Master Harold Long. He always trained
hard and was one of our dear friends. We miss you, dear friend!
Remembering Clarence, by Jon Whitehead
I first met Clarence Allen a short time after I joined the Karate 5 Dojo. My friend Jim Dykes
and I were getting our in first lesson in Veejitsu from Master Lee. Clarence arrived shortly
after we started and joined in the class, and we spent the evening working
on the " V " step and humanized makiwaras.
After class, Clarence opened his gym bag and began pulling out an amazing variety of
martial arts weapons. Sticks, knives, nunchaka......Clarence used to demonstrate the Philippine balisong knives in exhibitions. I remember Master Lee shaking his head and commenting " if he gets pulled over, he's going to jail "
I was a brown belt returning to training after an extended absence. Clarence was a second degree black belt. He also had been on a hiatus from martial arts training; he had been working a second job. We both were ready to get back in shape and hungry to learn more.
Clarence told me that we were going to rely on each other for motivation because of the strenuous training we had to endure. Since both of us had not trained this way for a while , we could help each other. This would help me in my new studies of Vee-jitsu and Sanuces Ryu.
Clarence always watched each student closely. His specialty was in not having a specialty, he concentrated on filling in any gaps he saw in a student's training. If we had been sparring a lot, Clarence would look at our katas. He worked to make sure no important areas were overlooked in our training. We practiced the humanized makiwara and stick drills from Veejitsu regularly. We also ate a lot of hot dogs together at Hardee's after class.
It is sad that Clarence didn't live to see the recognition the Karate Five Dojo
began to receive in the late 1990s, but his spirit is with us today.
Rest in peace brother, we all miss you.
a great martial artist and
friend. Brother Stone came
to Master Mason after a stint in
the Marine Corps. He was in the
system as we evolved from
strict Shorin-Ryu to
KajuKempo and the other
arts. He met then Professor
Moses Powell on a vacation
trip to New York in the late
'70's and was the link to getting
us involved with Sanuces and
later on Vee-Jitsu. As a result
of that affiliation we all became
better martial artists.
Too bad the
Good die young!!
INSTRUCTOR JOHN SIMS
John Sims a
great martial artist and
unique individual was the
first student of Master
WilliamMason starting in
1966. They trained together
in harmony for over 30 years. Instructor Sims had
a great understanding of the mental
aspect of the martial arts as
he could lull an opponent to
sleep by making him
become over confident.
Despite his "girth", he
moved like lightning and
his touch was as heavy as
lead when he wanted it to be.
We still miss him!!