I began my training on my birthday in 1965 at the Ohio Judo
and Karate Association in Lakewood, Ohio. I remember it being a
birthday present to myself, as I had to sign a contract for one
year of lessons for $25.00 a month. I know now that if it wasn't
for the contract, I probably wouldn't be involved in martial arts
today. The Sensei's name was Harry Acklin, and the training was
brutal. A typical class could have 40 students one week and the
following week there might only be five or ten survivors. From
the very beginning we fought full contact wearing kendo armor.
We pulled no punches or kicks. Serious injuries were common
and you were required to attend class even if injured. The motto
was "If your can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen". Sensei
Acklin was very patient and detailed oriented. He walked up and
down between the line of students, constantly correcting small
hand movements and foot positions, while encouraging us to
workout as hard as we could. If a student passed out, we just
stepped over him and kept going.
We had a contingent of very tough sempais, who pretty much
ruled the dojo, making sure we all adhered to proper etiquette
and were respectful. Jim La Rocco, Pat Cummerford, Kenny
Unger, Mike Slimen and a Korean college student named Jhoon
Kim were particularly impressive. After a short period of time
Angi Uezu, Tatsuo Shimabuku's son-in-law, came from Okinawa
for a one year stay, to solidify Isshinryu kata technique and give
I remember our teachers leaving Ohio Judo & Karate over a
dispute about giving rank to students whether they deserve it or
not, and our teachers refusal to promote people who did not put
in enough effort.
We all got together and opened another dojo in a different area
of Cleveland, to continue our training as before. During this time
we competed in many open karate competitions. Our dojo
developed a number of top level kumite and kata champions. At
times the referees would check to see if we had on shin pads
and arm guards, and make us take them off. Mouth guards and
cups were all that was allowed. It was not uncommon in those
days for our school to sweep 1st place in all the divisions. It
made us proud to be Isshinryu practitioners. I still have
memories of going to tournaments, and upon entering the gym,
hearing someone from another school say "Oh no! not these
guys again", we'd just smile.
While attending open competition I became good friends with
many of the Tae Kwan Do practitioners and their instructors.
After receiving my black belt, I elected to broaden my knowledge
and practice with teachers of other systems. I had friends
practicing with a Sensei name Robert Moore, who was taught in
Korea and had a brilliant analytical mind. He was very good at
breaking down the techniques that were never really explained
to us by our oriental instructors. He taught us how to teach
ourselves and to delve deeply into the roots of karate. It was
during this time that I came to know Robert Dalglish, a Gojuryu
practitioner from Sudbury, Canada. Watching Sensei Dalglish, at
6'6" and 210 pounds, perform kata, was truly an awesome sight.
It instilled in me a love for Gojuryu forms, that I carry to the
After the departure of these teachers, I continued my training at a nearby
Chang Mu Kwan Tae Kwan Do school in my neighborhood. My teacher's
name was Chul Yon Kim a 5th degree black belt. He and his brother
owned a grocery store, which was the reason he sold his school to another
Korean, after one year. I tested for 2nd degree black belt in Chang Mu
Kwan and was promoted about the same time he sold his school.
At the urging of my instructor, I elected to stay with this new Korean teacher to continue gaining knowledge. It was a rocky road from the very beginning. This instructor's name was Moon Ku Baek, a personage well known to the GI's who returned from Korea. I don't think I've seen a better practitioner of the Korean arts, even to the present day. He made me start over as a white belt, which I agreed to do. But the other students paid a heavy price for this. He already had students that were black belts, red belts, green belts etc., from our area who outranked me. After six weeks of making my seniors pay a heavy price for me having to wear a white belt, Sabum Nim Baek came out of his office and said "Mr. Lunn, put on your black belt and quit being so rough on your seniors". After one year at this dojo, I departed and never looked over my shoulder. I made many friends in the Korean community and was particularly fond of an individual who's dojo was 50 miles away in Akron, Ohio. I began a three year odyssey, training with IL Joo Kim, a true gentleman, great instructor and a fine human being. My association with IL Joo Kim taught me many lessons, not only about martial arts but about life. It was well worth the drive, but caused the demise of two automobiles. On the days I didn't drive to Akron, I trained in the White Eyebrow Kung Fu and American Bando systems, under my friend and brother Bob Schultz and Tarzan Young (a renowned Sifu in the Cleveland area who came from Hong Kong when he was a teenager). I made Bob Schultz's friendship as a white belt and we hit it off right away. He was a excellent kata man and could retain all the movements exactly as they were taught to him. We shared knowledge back and forth. But I must say I received much more than I was able to give.After separating myself from the IL Joo Kim organization, I aligned myself with George Anderson, founder of the USA Karate Federation and Kwan Mu Kan. Mr. Anderson and I became close friends after a chance encounter at Ohio Judo and Karate, when I was a white belt. With this alliance, the CTA was formed with two other individuals, and acted as a springboard for George Anderson's immense success in the martial arts community. We remain close personal friends to this day and I doubt that there is anything that can harm that friendship. It was through Mr. Anderson's encouragement and help that I learned to take good technique and knowledge and add it to my existing skills, so I could continue to develop and progress. I remain a loyal part of the USAKF and Kwan Mu Kan.In the ensuing years I moved to Florida, had a small dojo and operated a tool and die shop, which failed after a few years, but led to my relocation to Houston, Texas. I taught for a short time in an aerobics school, a gymnastics gym and a weight lifting gym with a boxing ring. We started out doing kick boxing and after everyone was sufficiently bruised and battered, I led my tough guys into traditional training. This group of students has been particularly satisfying to teach and they derived substantial benefits to their lives from their martial arts training. They have all become good friends, good citizens and we maintain close communication and have lasting friendships. I have continued to be active with my own schools and my association with USAKF and Kwan Mu Kan in Akron, Ohio.I have practiced Kendo, Iaido and Jujitsu with various instructors though out the years, incorporating much of what I've learned into the style I founded after 37 years of training, the Mushinbudokan and the Mushinkai.Sensei Larry Lunn now lives and trains in Arkansas. He is a member of the USAKF Hall of Fame in three categories. He also coached the United States Olympic junior team. In addition to his karate he is an accomplished knifemaker. He is a member of The Knifemaker's Guild and The Florida Knifemaker's Association. His specialty is one of a kind art knives and custom martial arts knives and bladed weapons.StylesJido KwanBob Dalglish Gojuryu (Japanese)Chul Yon Kim Chang Mu Kwan IL Joo Kim Song Mu KwanBob Schultz BandoTarzan Young Bak Mei (White Eyebrow)George Anderson Kwanmukan, JujitsuOther Arts studiedIaido, Kobudo, Kendo, Brazilian Jujitsu & Judo
Sensei John "Randy" LambdinChief Instructor, MushinBudo I began my Martial Arts training in 1967 in the Wing Sing style of Kung Fu with Sifu Jim Wonders [ Kwan Ying Dao system]. I thoroughly enjoyed my training and learned quickly to appreciate the patience of a good instructor. I have been fortunate to have trained with some of the best karate instructors in the area, such as Larry Lunn, Algene Caraulia, George Anderson, Il Jul Kim, Tarzan Young and Lynn Jackson, all of whom I maintain the greatest respect and admiration for. I have also attended many seminars and clinics over the years under such masters as Osamu Ozawa, Robert Trias, Phillip Porter, In Sun Sol and Maung Gyi Recognized through the following premier Martial Art's organizations in the country:· 8th Degree Black Belt in the MushinBudoKai .· 7th Dan in Jujitsu USMA Association· 4th Degree Black Belt in Judo USMA Association· 5th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do with the Central Tae Kwon Do Association.· I hold rank in Kendo and Iaido with the Bujinkan Fellowship International, Higuchi Sensei· Life memberships in the United States Judo Association and the United States Martial Arts Association.· Certified Black Belt's through the World Union Karate Do Organization of Japan, and the USA Karate Federation.· Certified judge and referee with the USAKF, judging forms, fighting and weapons.· Selected to be included in the 1987 edition of Who's Who in the Martial Arts. I began teaching the martial arts in 1972 in Lorain, Ohio in the Song Moo Kwan (Korean Shotokan) style of Karate. I have had several schools over the years and have taught classes in police self-defense, women's anti-assault and children's programs. I first met my lifelong teacher, Mr. Larry Lunn in 1968, and the teacher/student relationship and friendship continues to this day. After 42 years of service I retired as a Network Operations Manager from Windstream Communications in Hudson, Ohio. I try to be active in the community having served in the following:Past President of the Communications Workers of America Union for over 20 years.· Recognition from St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 1997· Past Lieutenant , Lorain County Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff, 1971 to 1976· Past Member of Underwater Rescue Support Team, Lorain County Sheriff· Achievement Award from Leukemia Society of America, July 1992 I am an active member of the Masonic Order and have held the past leadership positions of:· Master of Oberlin Lodge #380 · High Priest of Oberlin Chapter #219· Illustrious Master of Elyria Council #86· Commander of Elyria Commandery #60· President of District 9, RAM· 9th District Education Officer· District Deputy Grand High Priest of the 9th Capitular District, Royal Arch Masons of Ohio· Past Worthy Chief of the Universal Craftsmen Council of Engineers , Ohio Council #15. Also a Member Of:· Ohio Priory No. 18, Knight York Cross of Honour· Cleveland York Rite College #13· Knight Masons, Shannon Council· Royal Order of Scotland
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