Gone Not Forgotten

Sensei Don Bohan
Sensei Don Nagle
Sensei Sherman Harrill

Sensei Don Bohan 1936 -1998
Marine Gunnery Sgt.
1st generation student of Tatsuo Shimabuku

According to Sensei A.J. Advincula, Don Bohan was a green belt when he came to Tatsuo Shimabuku's Agena Dojo, Okinawa. Bohan made black belt before he left Okinawa in 1960. He remained both student and teacher of IR and the martial arts.

I met Sensei Bohan, I believe twice. I clearly remember the first meeting. It was early in 1969. It was on a quiet afternoon at Sensei Steve Armstrong's Tacoma Dojo. The three of us were the only ones there. The two former Marine Corp Sergeants briefly shared the old times only career Marines know. Talk turned to self defense and come-along techniques. Sensei Bohan needed someone to demonstrate on. Since I was a white belt or orange belt, I was chosen. It was an excellent learning time. There was one technique that still sticks in my mind. Suddenly Bohan reached inside my lower lip with his huge thumb, the pain was such I never forgot it. And I never forgot Sergeant Bohan or the self-defense information he so kindly took time to share with me.

We will miss Sensei Bohan ___ Michael E. Odell

"This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live."
___General Omar Bradley

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Sensei Don Nagle 1938 -1999
1st generation student of Tatsuo Shimabuku

"He was a fabulous teacher.
He not only taught us how he taught us why."
________ Sensei Don Bohan

I met the legendary Don Nagle at least once maybe twice, and that was almost thirty years ago. The one time I remember for sure was at Sensei Steve Armstrong's Seattle Open in Washington State. I believe the year was either 1971 or 1972. Don Nagle was a thin almost delicate looking man that Sensei Armstrong towered over. A man, I noticed, Armstrong gave open respect.

In1970 there were a number of first generation students of Tatsuo Shimabuku spreading the eclectic combat concepts of Isshin ryu. And some were also seeking to build there own organizations and be number one, the best known: Harold Mitchum, Don Nagle, Harold Long, and my first Sensei and friend, Steve Armstrong. These are the men who made Isshin ryu a power from east coast to west coast and from north to south. And in the North East, one name towers above all, Isshin ryu's Don Nagle.

Out of all the top Isshin ryu that passed through our Pacific Northwest area or were mentioned in conversations or classes, there was only one Steve Armstrong referred to or seemed to consider his senior, Don Nagle, probably the fastest and most powerful fighter in Isshin ryu - in the dojo or in the street.

The Marines sent Don Nagle to Okinawa. And here, late in 1955 in Kyan (Chun) village, Sensei Nagle began his study of Isshin ryu karate. And here Tatsuo Shimabuku taught Nagle to focus his devastating natural speed and power.

When his tour of duty ended, he returned to the U.S. and opened a Karate/Judo Academy in Jacksonville, NC. In 1958 Sensei Nagle formed the IKA (Isshando Karate Association). Discharged from the Marines in 1959, Sensei Nagle returned home to New Jersey and opened his first commercial Karate Dojo in Jersey City. A few years later he began to work for Jersey City's Police Department

Born April 5th, 1938, Isshin-ryu's Don Nagle10th Dan passed away on August 23rd, 1999 at the age of 61.

We will miss Sensei Nagle ___ Michael E. Odell

"Karate is a way of life. It builds character unlike that which is built through sport. One does not practice karate for fun or for prize." ____ Yabu Kentsu, The Weaponless Warriors

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Sensei Sherman Harrill 1941 - 2002
1st generation student of Tatsuo Shimabuku

A. J. Advincula Says Goodby—For Now

Sherman Harrill was born in May 11th 1941, Lebanon Missouri. He enlisted into the United States Marine Corps, and in 1959 and was assigned duty to Okinawa. He was stationed at Camp Courtney near the village of Tengan. He started in Isshin-ryu from Master Tatsuo Shimabuku who was teaching in Agena located in Gushikawa. Shimabuku called Harrill "Harru".

Sherman Harrill often told others he was not the best American training in the Agena dojo at the time—but Sherm was not always right.

He stated that when he left Okinawa he was entrusted with the rank of Rokudan, to wear at a appropriate time. Tatsuo gave a rank certificate to all Americans at the end of their tour of duty. All were given a silk certificate with the rank of Rokudan (Sixth Dan) but were told to wear it many years down the line. All were entrusted to wear Shodan, then wear the next ranks after the appropriate set of years. The majority came back claiming Rokudan as soon as they returned. Sherman waited the appropriate time designated by Tatsuo. This tells the caliber of the man, and while he said he was never the best in the dojo on Okinawa, for sure he had integrity.

This tells the story of the man. A story of a man who gave his all when he taught Isshin-ryu. His students and friends will miss him, but as we all know, you can not kill a spirit, for spirits never die. In November 4, at 10 AM Central time, the year 2002, Marine Sherman Harrill—the Sherminator—was called to duty, to guard the Heavenly Gates. He will report to Tatsuo, and begin training in his beloved Isshin-ryu. He will meet his daughters and other members of his family and friends. No you can not kill a spirit, for spirits never die. Kanpai my friend, until I relieve you at your post, the Pearly Gates of Heaven. Semper Fi, AJA ________________________________________

Sherman Harrill CD

More than 15 different photos. Also more than 200 posts from more than 10 different Internet sites—posts collected from September 2002 - February 2003. Posts related to Sherman Harrill remembrances and thoughtful recollections from people who cared about this man.

Due to the time and effort put into the CD, we are requesting a contribution of $30, checks made payable to LINDA HARRILL. As soon as check is received, your CD will be shipped.

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Carole Scala
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Jamesville, NY 13078
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