MEMORIAM

This page is dedicated to those karate instructors that I had the privilege to train with in my lifetime. They were great friends and mentors. There are not enough words to describe everything that they were able to pass on to me. Please put these martial artists and their families in your prayers. I want to dedicate a moment of silence to all these great teachers who have been part of my life, may they find peace now that they are no longer physically with us. No matter what, they will always remain in my heart. Rest in peace, my friends.

Joe Lewis
Joe Lewis

Joseph Henry Lewis, 68, of Wayne, a karate grand master and kickboxing champion who developed a martial-arts training system, died Friday, Aug. 31, of a brain tumor at Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Mr. Lewis, a 10th-degree black belt, was U.S. karate champion from 1966 to 1969. In 1971, he retired as undefeated U.S. heavyweight kickboxing champion. He was featured in both the Ring, a boxing magazine, and Sports Illustrated. In 1975, Mr. Lewis was inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame. He studied with martial artist Bruce Lee and assisted Lee with fight choreography for his movies. Mr. Lewis also starred in several action-adventure movies: Jaguar Lives, Force Five, Death Cage, and Mr. X. He was featured in other films and appeared in television series and as a guest on talk shows. Since 1984, he had traveled the country giving seminars on his Joe Lewis Fighting Systems.Dennis Nackord, who operates Nackord Karate in Wayne, first trained with Mr. Lewis in San Mateo, Calif., in 1968. "He was my mentor," Nackord said. "Joe was a pioneer, forging what martial arts are today. He was known as the Muhammad Ali of the sport." David Shaw attended seminars with Mr. Lewis at Nackord Karate. "He was incredible to watch," Shaw said. "His fists were like cinder blocks - literally flattened out from all of the punching - and his speed just amazing. He was notorious for his side kick and told us he perfected it early in his career by throwing hundreds every day." After being diagnosed with cancer last year, Nackord said, Mr. Lewis was visited by many of his friends from the martial-arts world, including Chuck Norris, who arrived by private jet. Mr. Lewis grew up on a farm in Wilmington, N.C. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1962 and was stationed in North Carolina and in Okinawa, Japan, where he discovered karate, earning his first black belt in just three months. In 1965, he was deployed to Vietnam as a member of the Eighth Marine Brigade and taught hand-to-hand combat to a reconnaissance unit. He began competing professionally after his discharge.

Ed McLachlan
Professor Ed McLachlan

McLACHLAN, Edward L.W. "Ed" - Of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully, on Thursday, February 25th, 2016, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, at the age of 74. Dearly loved husband of Carolyn L. (Baxter) McLachlan and loved father of James "Jim" McLachlan (Lee) of Scotland, Edward McLachlan (Lacey) of Columbus, Ohio. Dear brother of Agnes Nicoll, Joan Hosie (Bill), William McLachlan (Margaret), Margaret (Tom Waldron), Jessie McKenzie (Ian) and James Garvock. Loved grandfather of Jaime and Justine and great grandfather of Dexter and Jay. Dear brother-in-law of David and Joanne Baxter. Sadly missed by several aunts, uncle and nephews and nieces. Ed was born in Dundee, Scotland on March 18, `1941, the son of the late James McLachlan and Agnes (McLachlan) Garvock . He was the owner of EandT Martial Arts, Founder of Global Martial Arts, Vice President Banto Warriors Canada , A.S.L. Signs Self Defense for the Deaf, He was a member of the IOOF Foresters) Oddfellows Lodge #310. Past J. Grand and Noble Grand and also District Deputy Grand Master of the District of Erie.

Scott Miller
Scott Miller

Scott E. Miller, 52, of Marysville, died unexpectedly, Friday November 25, 2016, at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. ​He was an associate of Honda of America for 33 years. He truly loved to ride his motorcycle, rain, shine or cold and was a member of both the Road Snakes and Moose Riders motorcycle clubs. He was known as “Scotty Karate” in the martial arts world, and competed with the USA Karate team and was world champion in Jujitsu in 1999. He was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2001 as the most Outstanding Martial Arts Athlete. Scott was born June 6, 1964 in Marysville.

George Annarino
George Annarino

George, a lifelong parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, died at Licking Memorial Hospital following a brief illness on Monday, March 19, 2018. He was born in Newark on July 19, 1935, to the late George and Nellie (Scaffide) Annarino. At the young age of 12, George followed in his father's footsteps in the sport of boxing, competing on Sun TV. He eventually switched to martial arts and began teaching classes at the Rockwell UAW Hall, and opened his own place, Annarino's Karate School, in 1983. He trained a countless number of students, many of whom became blackbelts and pursued their own career in martial arts. He also worked in the maintenance department of Rockwell, retiring in 1985. George earned his first black belt in 1971 and his tenth in 2015, in addition to thousands of medals and awards from the many years of competing nationally and internationally. George was a multiple Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Famer and was most recently inducted into Bruce Lee's Legend and received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Over his 60 years career, George became famous for his karate demonstrations that included walking on glass, breaking arrows in his throat, and laying on a bed of nails. He was inducted into Ripley's Believe it or Not for his cucumber demonstration, which entailed cutting cucumbers off of 4 people while he was blindfolded.

Ed Cox
Ed Cox

Willard Edward "Ed" Cox, 72, of Urbana passed away Sunday, July 28, 2019 in Springfield Regional Medical Center. He was born October 25, 1946 in Springfield, Ohio to the late Edward Coleman and Mildred Eileen (Emmons) Cox. He attended high school at Northeastern High School in Springfield. He served his country in the United States Army. Ed retired from International Harvester after 30 years of service. He was the owner and operator of Cox Shotokan Karate Tora Dojo where he followed his passion of teaching Karate for 45 years. He was an 8th Degree Black Belt. Ed Cox had a positive effect on many children and adults over the years while teaching Shotokan Karate. He never forgot those in nursing homes and would hold Karate demonstrations, as well as Indian Talks, at numerous locations. He was passionate about his interests and was always trying to find ways to contribute to the community and community improvement. He had a big heart and loved to be around people and make new friends. He cherished his long-time friends and loved his family deeply. He enjoyed very much cleaning, polishing, and improving his Challenger. He enjoyed very much going to car shows and cruise-ins. He was the love of Diane's life. She will miss him so very much as will many. He was a member of Urbana Friends Church. He was also a member of Miami Valley Mopar Club, Champaign Cruisers Car Club, Ohio, Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary, VFW, and UAW Local 402.

Robert Earlywine
Robert Earlywine

August 11, 1939 - April 1, 2020 (80 years old), youngest child of Carl Lee and Margaret Rittenhouse Earlywine, was born in Kokomo, Indiana. Robert graduated from Kokomo High School. He served in the Army for 3 years as a supply specialist. He was employed at Chrysler Transmission in Kokomo for 31 years as a machine operator. He previously owned Five Star Martial Arts in Kokomo. Robert was a director of the Grand Masters of the Round Table. He was promoted to 10th DAN Grand Master status on October 22, 2017. Robert exercised 4-5 times a week at Get Fit. He met his friends at Seros almost daily.