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Kyoshi - Sensei of Nisei Goju-Ryu
Thursday, August 21, 2008 11:57 AM
His last trip east was a year ago, when Zurriane Bennett
of San Yama Bushi and Combination Goju hosted a large seminar in Virginia and
sent for Monroe, Sensei. Several of Sensei's students converged on this event
and saw their instructor of the last time. We all had a grand time. Less than a
year later, he was gone. Sensei Monroe's legacy travels through four
generations of Dan's throughout the east coast and U.S. Virgin Islands. He is
survived by his sister, Sandra of Phoenix, Az., several generations of black
belt students and friends.
Friday, August 22, 2008 7:34 AM
What a sad day this is for the Nisei Goju nation. Another one of our great leader and Sensei, in Goju departs.
May the Lord bless his soul and accept him with the rest of the faithful ones. I can just see all of them together looking down on us and seeing just what we will do and are doing to give our students the tools to be successful and what we will give to this great martial arts of our and what was theirs. We must continue with those goals, as they set them for us.
Kyoshi Earl "The Pearl" Monroe was truly one of our finest pearls.
On a personal note, Earl attended many of the Ying Yee tournaments that I and my Sensei Tony Lau hosted in Brooklyn, NY for many years. He was always there to support us.
He would say "What do you want me to do Archie". I came here to help you. I am full of energy give me a ring to run. Amen
It was karate masters like him that made New York City the Mecca of Karate. His family tree of Sensei's show why he was great. His many achievements stand out to put a stamp on his outstanding character.
"I will always be thankful to the Lord for letting me share a little of this life with you Earl".
I will always be thankful for his support and most of all his friendship and love to me in those days.