KYOSHI VINCENT FLORES, 6TH DAN
INTERVIEW WITH KYOSHI FLORES
Webmaster: Who was your first karate teacher, where was this,
and how old were you when you began training?
first teacher was Aaron Banks, at a studio on 52nd. St.
NYC. This was his first dojo, I was about 21 years old.
I trained with
Sensei Banks for about 3 years. I was promoted to Shodan (1st
How did you meet Sensei Urban?
Sensei Banks and I had a falling out, I trained with Sensei
Frank Ruiz for a short while. Sensei Ruiz’s Dojo is where I
learned about Sensei Urban. I left Sensei Ruiz dojo to go and
study with Sensei Urban around 1968.
old were you when you first started training with Urban?
In 1968 I was 24 years young
was his dojo when did you first start training with him?
trained with Sensei Urban in the "China Town Dojo" at 232 Canal Street
you have to travel far to train, or was the dojo in your
I used to live in Spanish Harlem on 105th St. In Manhattan, I
would drive in traffic for about 1-1/2 hours one way, and if it
was on a Friday,
forget it, it with take me more than 2-1/2 hours one way.
long (years), did you train with Sensei Urban?
and On, about five or six years. The reason I say Off and ON
is because he did not always have classes. Sometimes we will
for hours about everything and anything. Sensei Urban was a real
good talker. I was already teaching at a neighborhood community
center, and I used to bring my students to meet Maestro Urban.
was the location of your own dojo, when Sensei allowed you to
My first “true” dojo, was on West 105th Street and Broadway, on
the second floor loft. I went to China Town Dojo and picked up
Sensei Urban for him to SANCTION my dojo. That day I was
promoted to 3rd Dan (Sandan). He was very pleased with the
entire set up. He really didn't say very much, but his face said
name is now Bruce Moore, Jr. - When and why was it changed from
Webmaster: Do you
have more photos of you and Sensei that can be posted on the
Around 1975 I found myself having a real hard time
getting a job. I found, or though, that there was a lot of
discrimination on Hispanics, and of course, Blacks. For more
than two years I washed dishes, cleaned bathrooms and did
anything to support my wife and child. Then one day someone said
to me: “It’s your name! that's why you’re getting these nothing
So this is what I did: I loved Bruce Lee, and my first name
Then I saw a sign for “Benjamin Moore Paints” and that's where
Moore came from. I just added the “Jr.” to make it
sound real. Bruce Moore, Jr. was born and Vincent
Flores disappeared. Shortly thereafter. I got a job as a social
worker making more money than I have ever made in my entire
Was it true about "Discrimination"? I don't know, but it changed
my life, that's for sure! I became a new person looking at
things a little differently.
My family accepted my name change, and life went on. I got
married as Bruce Moore, had three great daughters, and adopted
three boys who became the new family of Bruce Moore, Jr., and
that's it!...That's my story, and is true.
all these years, why are you now getting involved again with
Maestro Urban’s U.S.A. Goju karate organization?
In my days through all my Karate Tournaments and the hundreds of
students that I have made into great fighters. Martial Arts is
in my blood, no matter what name I use!
I feel that something is missing in my life. I never knew that a
USA GOJU Organization even existed. I know that I still have
something to offer. and I will continue training. I know that I
have missed a lot of years but “TODAY IS NOW!”
I am so please that I was accepted in the organization and I
will do my very best to help bring it to the next level. Great
respect, and a big “Thank You” to my sponsor, webmaster Hanshi
am sorry that I don't personally have any more, but I am sure
that there are a lot more out there somewhere. Maybe all we have
to do is ask?
Sensei Wm. Louie used to come to all of my
tournaments, and probably has tons of photos, with a lot of
other Sensei too.
End of Interview
On November 21,
2009, Hanshi Price promoted Sensei Vincent Flores
to Kyoshi, 6th Dan, and he received his official paperwork on
December 19, 2009.
Click here to view his diploma and other certificates.
In 1990 at the age of 46 years young, Kyoshi decided to join the
"Tremont School of Judo and Ju-jitsu", as a (White Belt).
He enjoyed training there because the Founder and Owner was
"Professor Antonio Pereira".
Professor Pereira & "Green Belt" Moore
The entire Tremont School of Judo and Ju-jitsu, Brown Belt class
Flores working out in class as a Ju-Jitsu "Yellow Belt " and
in 1960 with brother, Soke Peter Flores,
Founder of Duro y Suave, Manos Valias system, which
means: Hard and Soft, Empty Hands.
Hanshi Price with Soke Flores at 2002 Urban Cup
Hanshi Price, Renshi Morris (student of Hanshi Teller),
and Kyoshi Flores working out in the community
fitness center, where Price lives.
In the 1970's Sensei Vincent Flores makes difficult concrete
breaks look easy!
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