Goju According to URBAN
Urban's USA Goju Organization
Tributes to Peter Urban
Urban Goju Marketplace
to Sensei Urban
Memorium GoJu Leaders
Peter Urban Museum
Urban's Recognitions & Awards
Urban's Photo Albums
Urban's Classic Magazine Articles
Urban's Selected Writings
HER personal WEBSITE
Urban WHFSC Exclusive
The Urban Goju-Do Webmaster
Urban's Fight Schools Network.
The Dues paying "Good Guys" who do the right thing in the
traditional way. Urban Loyalists who lead by the consent of the
Master Peter Urban appointed Hanshi Sha as the
Ombudsman for his
USA Goju Karate "Fight Schools Network".
Ombudsman is one who resolves complaints and problems
Sekwii Sha was born to parents who emigrated from the Netherlands Antilles, Dutch West
With over 45 years of martial arts training, he is renown as an expert
in martial arts choreography for film and stage.
He is well respected as a
teacher if empty-hand and weapons fighting and is sought out as a self-defense
conflict avoidance consultant.
Doctor Sha is a personal disciple of
Grandmaster Peter Urban.
Sha also has 35 years of experience word wide in
massage, physical therapy, and personal fitness training.
One of seven children, he found a role model in his oldest brother Shim,
who was a bodybuilder. His brother's influence started him training at the
age of eight. He started with push-ups, sit-ups and chin-ups on anything
from pipes to trees and doorways. His first weights were made from cans
filled with rocks and cement attached to a pipe.
Sha enjoyed doing things involving endurance and stamina, and became known
for his athletic ability and strength. He was introduced to boxing at the
age of twelve, began diligent training, and developed into a promising
boxer. Everything in his life was geared toward physical fitness, proper
diet and no habits like smoking or drinking. Sensei Sha ate and slept
Even though Sensei Sha's amateur boxing record was outstanding, he was very
anxious to turn professional. He was so anxious that he turned down an
invitation to the 1956 Olympic games in Melbourne, Australia.
Training with such pros as Sandy Saddler, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Johnny
Wiley's Gym, and the Uptown Gym over the Apollo was a thrilling adventure.
Although his fighting was going well, it wasn't moving fast enough for
Sensei Sha. His aim was to start his own business and make money. He entered
the National Institute in Chicago for physical therapy, and in three years,
graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy and Swedish Massage.
Possessing a spiritual nature, Sensei Sha joined the Hebrew Order of the
Melchisedek: Black Hebrews from the tribe of Judah tracing true history to
the Axumite Empire in Ethiopia.
This is when Sensei Sha first became interested in the study of the martial
arts. In 1961 he began training with Sensei Peter Urban, Founder and
Grand-Master of American Goju Karate.
Urban became Sensei Sha's mentor, and through his dedication and intense
training, was able to progress quickly. He went from white belt to brown
belt, skipping the yellow, green and purple belts, and a year later, he was
promoted to black belt. Four years later he earned his fourth degree, and
after more years of diligent study, he earned his eighth degree. Sensei
Sha's current status is Tenth Dan, Grand-Master -
In the 1960's Sensei opened his first school in South Ozone Park, New
York, called "Sha's Karate Studio Dojo". Sensei Sha's zeal for perfection
and his dedication to karate carried over to his teaching. He became a
taskmaster, wanting and striving for only the best for his students.
Founder of the Institute of Self-Defense Arts and
Physical Culture, 1970
Founder of Shanando System of Martial Arts in America,
Received Masters in Action Hall of Fame, Yin Yee
Honorary Award, 1983
Inducted into the Martial Arts Afro-American Hall of
Received Salute to Black Warriors Award, 1996
Former New York State Champion in sparring, forms, and
Honored by Harlem Goju Association, The Original
Masters of the Martial Arts World, 2009
Martial arts tournament judge/referee in the U.S. and
internationally, 1982- present
Director of Physiotherapy, Wilkerson Center Beauty &
Health Spa, E. Orange, N.J., 1980's
Celebrity bodyguard for Peg Lee Bates and others, 1974 -
Physical Education Director, Westside Alliance
Youth Development Program, 1971-72
Chief Security Officer for the (Gheez) Ethiopian Embassy
in America, 1969
Physical Education Counselor, St. Martin Cadets, Bronx,
Education and Training
Ph.D. Martial Arts Science, American College of Dans,
Seven Arts Center Dance Academy, directed study under
Peter Urban, 1968
Graduate of the National Institute and The College of
Physical Therapy and Swedish Message, Chicago, Illinois, 1960
Certified message therapist
Primary language - English, with knowledge of Spanish,
Hebrew, and Japanese
Staff Officer, USA Goju Association
Senior staff member of the United Sons of Goju
International, Brotherhood of the Knights of the Crimson "G"
Inspector General, Board of Promotions, under Peter
Member, Presidents Council on Physical fitness, 1997
Other Points of Note
Appeared on "Like It Is", the Gil Noble Show, for ABC
Former High School wrestler
Golden Gloves competitor, circa 1956
Retired professional boxer
Author, The First Degree Black belt Book, Shanando
Publishing, Library of Congress Copyright, 1990
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Presently, Sensei's complete focus is taking
care of his physical machine, the Body, Mind, and Spirit.
This entails daily exercise, rest, and good nutrition.
He also spends his days doing personal training, physical
therapy and massage, and one-on-one Zen therapy counseling.