GLENN R. PREMRU
( 1942- ) Considered by most to be one of the all time great Karate Pioneers , American karate competitor , performer and instructor.Premru
formal karate training at the YMCA in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania in 1956 under the direction of Mr. Larry Williams , A Goju-Ryu stylist.During his
high school years , he
also studied Isshin-Ryu and Shotokan Karate.He
was promoted by Williams
to Black Belt in 1959.
While in the United States Marine Corps he
trained in the Shorin-Ryu style under Sgt.
competed for eleven years , from 1964 to 1975 , one of only a handful of Americans to participate in his
art for more than a decade.A consistent karate and weapons kata winner , Premru
won first place in 1971 weapons titles of both the USKA Grand Nationals and Ed Parker's Internationals.Premru
specialized in empty-hands forms , however , and on seven occasions received perfect scores – straight tens – from the five judges.He
was named one of America's top 10 form competitors in the 1973 Official Karate Yearbook , the first set of national kata ratings for the sport.Premru
was and still is considered one of the first great karate showmen , putting together touring demonstration teams and memorable dramatic and comedy routines.Even after his
retirement from competition , he
presented an unusual solo comedy routine at the 1976 Battle of Atlanta , which brought the house down and resulted in a ten minute standing ovation.
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As a performer , Premru
is perhaps best known for his
Meeting of the Samurai , a masterful skit depicting humor , drama , and conflict between two opposing samurai groups.The routine has fostered countless imitations , but his
performance has never been duplicated by anyone……….
In 1972 , Premru
organized and hosted an historic U.S. visit by Grandmaster Hohan Soken of the Matsumura Orthodox style and his
then senior ranking student , Fusei Kise.In one promotional event , Soken exchanged a pair of his
kama ( sickles ) for a baseball with the late Roberto Clemente , before a capacity crowd at Three Rivers Stadium , Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania.On June 11 , 1972 Hohan Soken O'Sensei appointed Premru Sensei , not only to be the President of the newly re-organized Okinawan Karate Federation ( Okinawa Karate-Do Renmei ) , but also bestowed the authority to act on his behalf as international ambassador for the unification of Okinawa's martial arts legacy
.This was the first time ever , in Okinawa martial arts history , that such an honor has been bestowed to a non Okinawan Karate/Kobudo instructor.
As an instructor , Premru
owned and operated various karate schools in and around Pittsburgh from 1966 – 1973.His
most noted student is Master John Hamilton of Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania.
In 1994 the Okinawan Karate Federation
underwent yet another re-organization at the direction of Soke Premru.New Promotional and Membership Certificates were issued and old non-supportive members were dropped from the active rosters.A very large number of Black Belts worldwide were asked to resign from the OKF
, due to their conflicting political postures concerning the promotion of their own styles/systems with very little concern for the classical and traditional virtues of the Okinawan Martial Arts.
The Okinawan Karate-Do Renmei ( Okinawan Karate Federation
) has branch offices in Okinawa , Mainland Japan , with World Headquarters ( Sekai Hombu ) located in Scottsdale , Arizona , USA.
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In recent years , the Okinawan Karate Federation
has received requests from other traditional styles and systems to be associated with the organization.Therefore , the OKF
has expanded the membership to include Associate Memberships , such as : Japanese Kenjutsu and Laido ; Japanese Karate-Do , Japanese Jujutsu , Japanese Kobujutsu ( weaponry ) and Japanese Aiki arts.Most recently , the OKF
has created an entire Chinese Martial Arts Division to accommodate those Associate Members who have a desire to adhere to the traditional martial arts training within the OKF
has kept intact , the fundamentals under which it was originally formed and that is , The Preservation of Classical & Traditional forms of Martial Arts..This fact has made the Okinawan Karate Federation
one of the most respected martial arts organizations in the world.