Mr. Campbell and Mr. Tosh have both emailed me. Mr. Cambell, who does not understand why anyone would demean someone they have never met, told me that his picture, in Samurai Armor, was for a display of art work that depicted the traditions of warriors in the past. He said...
However, I find that it is necessary to clarify statements and address concerns and erroneous misconceptions made about me after seeing my photo attired in the Samurai kabuto (helmet) and kimono (formal dress). Many may think that I have gone away from my traditional Okinawan roots. I want to you and the people that visit and read these threads that this imagery is my signature photo for my Sid Campbell’s Warrior Art and it is copyrighted as the official photo for my art. It is a logo that represents the type of art I paint and represents the spirit of Japan. Have the people that visit the forum visit my website at: www.sidcampbell.net
to see why I emphasize the spirit of the warrior in my paintings and carry on an ancient tradition.
He also wanted this passed along
For the forum readers that do not know the terms of Soke, etc…you may wish to share this.
Soke (祖家, sōke) is a Japanese title that means "Headmaster" (or sometimes translated as "Head of the Family" or even "Grand Master"; the latter usage is a common Western misconception). It can mean one who is the leader of any school or the master of a style, but it is most commonly used as a highest level Japanese martial arts title, referring to the singular leader of a school or style of martial art.
Soke is sometimes mistakenly believed to mean "Founder of a style" because many modern self-proclaimed "Soke" are the first generation headmasters of their art , and are thus both Soke and founder. However, the successors to the Shodai Soke are also Soke themselves. Soke are generally considered the ultimate authority within their art, and have final discretion and authority regarding promotions, curriculum, doctrine, and disciplinary actions. A Soke has the authority to issue a menkyo kaiden certificate indicating that someone has mastered all aspects of his style.
The widespread use of the term "soke" is controversial in the martial arts community. Traditionally it was used very rarely in Japan, typically only for very old martial arts, although it has become a somewhat common term for headmasters of schools created in the last few decades that attempt to reconstruct or emulate older styles of martial arts. Some modern western Soke have used the title Soke Dai as a title for their assistant as the leader of their school.
Martial Arts Titles
Martial Artists often use Sensei to distinguish instructors of a particular Ryu. Junior and Senior students are often organized via a sempai/kohai system. Other titles are conferred loosely and under no particular standardization. They often follow the commonly used black belt or Dan system of ranking. The usage of these titles is quite common outside of Japan and is subject to much interpretation.
The following explanations assume that judan (10th degree black belt) is the top rank within a style, and these are loosely defined.
Renshi often refers to an advanced instructor. Renshi means "teacher" or "one who has mastered himself." In many styles, it is awarded around the 5th godan or 6th degree rokudan black belt level.
Kyoshi refers to a master instructor. It is the second formal teaching rank. This title is usually awarded to one who has achieved a rank of 7th or 8th degree black belt (nanadan or hachidan). Kyoshi are typically regarded as those who have distinguished himself as an expert teachers or instructors.
Hanshi or sometimes Shihan refers to the senior instructor of instructors. This title is usually conferred at the 9th (kyudan) or 10th dan (jyudan) ranking, usually by the senior leader or leadership of the organization. This title is given to a senior instructor who has distinguished himself as a teacher of teachers.
My Professional (fulltime 45 years) Martial Arts Career Bio…For those interested in such things…?
Grandmaster Sid Campbell, founding president of the World Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do & Kobudo Association, was the first American to open a Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan dojo in the United States. This auspicious authorization was granted by grandmaster Shugoro Nakazato in the early part of 1966. Henceforth began a legacy that has earned Campbell an international reputation as being one of the true pioneers to introduce the "art" Shorin-ryu (kobayashi) karate to the western world.
In the past 40 years Hanshi Sid Campbell, 10th degree black belt, has taught over 15,000 students and has been either directly or indirectly responsible for black belt rank awards being bestowed on over 850 martial artists who have earned these prestigious honors in the art of Shorin-Ryu (Kobayashi-ryu) karate-do. Today, Hanshi Sid Campbell supervises over 50 schools in the United States and abroad.
The Dragon and the Tiger…the Birth of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do in Oakland co-author Sid Campbell has been a featured inclusion in virtually every martial arts magazine in the world. Publications like Black Belt Magazine, Inside Kung-fu, Karate Illustrated, Budo International have featured his articles and in several he has been a monthly columnist during their early years. He has been chronically documented in dozens of Okinawan related text and historical books written by authors that specialize in martial arts publications. For the past 20 years he has been the editor and publisher of the World Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate-do and Kobudo Association’s DOJO NEWS. A newsletter that focuses on the ancient martial arts of Okinawa that evolved into modern-day karate
Among some of his most notable achievements include being awarded the Presidential Sports Award (by President Jimmy Carter) for instructing the armed forces, listed in Bob Wall's Who's Who in the Martial Arts, contributed to and listed in Who's Who in Karate, inducted into the Professional Black Belt Hall of Fame, registered in the Who's Who in the Martial Arts Elite, featured in The Men of Merit (International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England), seated on the Board of Advisors for Horizon Publications, dedicated inclusion in the Knights of Heaven Brotherhood of Martial Artist (volume 12), on the Board of Directors of the International Tao of The Fist Martial Arts Fraternity, profiled in Marquis Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Entertainment, Master Instructor (1993) World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, awarded the CRYSTAL AWARD (comparable to the OSCAR for Martial Arts) in the category of LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT, featured inclusion in Contemporary Authors (volume 116), National Advisor to the United States Defense Tactics Association, retired vice-president of the United States Shorin-Ryu Karate Association, Director of the Pathways to the Orient Sports Academy, past Secretary of the Northern California Referee's Association, featured in Who's Who of American Martial Arts and Martial Arts: Traditions, History and People, Consultant to John Corcoran's "The Martial Arts Source Book", and bestowed with the prestigious Golden Fist Award for Outstanding Okinawan Instructor. He has been a featured guest on Kelly Worden’s Warrior Talk Radio Show and appeared as a special guest of numerous television shows across the United States.
Sid Campbell is also on the Martial Arts Network Advisory Board for Chop TV, a distinguished member of the Board of Advisors to the International Congress of Oriental Medicine and Martial Arts, Creative Director for TRAC Productions and co-founder of the Kobudo Warrior Gear© equipment company. He is also co-founder of the Islands Holding Company as well as a recipient of the Golden Halo Award bestowed by the Southern California Motion Picture Council.
As a leading authority on traditional Okinawan and Japanese martial arts, Soke Sid Campbell has written over 50 books on various topics including: Ninja Shuriken Throwing, The Weapons of Okinawa, Shadows of Darkness; Secrets of the Night Fighter, Exotic Weapons of the Ninja, Kobudo Weapon Fighting; Techniques, Tactics and Styles, Balisong; Lethal Filipino Knife Fighting, The Mercenary's Tactical Handbook, Kata; The Essence and Inner Meaning, Martial Arts Philosophy Made Easy, The Samurai Chronicles (Trilogy), Ancient Fighting Secrets of the Yin-yang, Weapons of Okinawa; A Devastating Kobudo Arsenal, Kobudo Weapon Fighting: Tactics, Techniques & Styles, Weapons of the Samurai; The Bushido Arts of War, The Cultural Weapons and Warrior Arts of Ancient Hawai’i , The Adventures of Sir Sid of Dragunshire (Trilogy), Jigen-ryu Battlefield Samurai Sword Fighting Tactics, Knockout and Pressure Pointing Fighting authored by Mark Gerry and himself and numerous other titles. His short stories number over 200 and have been read by millions across the world.
Cinematically, Soke Sid Campbell has been involved with the martial arts motion picture industry for over 20 years. He has written motion picture scripts which include "China Bomb", "Falcon Claw", "Wingless" and Bushwhackers". He has appeared as an actor in Ninja Busters, Weapons of Death, Death Machines and as most recently, The Master Demon starring Eric Lee and Martial Medicine, Chasing the Dragon and Combat Mortal starring Dr. Zee Lo. He has choreographed over 600 action fight scenes that have been seen in various martial arts films. In 1997 he was nominated for inclusion in the prestigious World Head of Family Sokeship Council.
He has also been featured in numerous video instructional tape series including Super Nunchaku (beginner's course), Super Nunchaku (semi-advanced course), Super Nunchaku (advanced course), The Tonfa Police Baton, Boots, Buckles & Blades; Practical Street Fighting Secrets for the Urban Traveler, Fist Load Weaponry; Awesome Tools of Self-Defense and produced Eclectic Escrima for Self-Defense. Rising Sun Production distributes many of his instruction and educational programs. Many of his literary works and video productions are presently being converted to CD-ROM. He also wrote, produced and is the host of "Just for Kicks", a cable formatted television program that features martial arts talent and guests. Shortly thereafter he was inducted into the MARTIAL ARTS GALLERY OF FAME. In 2000 (Year of the Dragon) he was a featured inclusion in The WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL’S book “The WORLD’S MARTIAL ARTS ELITE.”
Grandmaster Sid Campbell is one of the original founders of the World Martial Arts Masters Association Hall of Fame along with Master (Sigung) Mark Gerry, Grandmaster Eric Lee and Master (Sigung) Jimmie Willis. It is an organization that honors the true Great and Great Grandmasters from around the World. This elite cadre if inductees include legendary martial arts Grandmasters Al Novak, Ralph Castro, Adriano Emperado, Bob Wall, Dan Tosh, Ming Lum. Emil Bautista, Steve Spry, Dr. T.R. Crimi, Max Pallen, Carlos Navarro, Gene LeBell, Bob Maschmeier, Rob Castro, Ron Lew, Clarence Lee, Ciriaco “Cacoy” Canete, Dr. Jay-El Hinojosa, Dr. Alex Feng among others.
He is also a Founding Member of WorldBlackBelt.com, a prestigious organization that represents a broad spectrum of career martial artists from around the world. Its distinguished members feature such renowned martial artists as Chuck Norris, Bob Wall, Eric Lee, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Al Dacascos, Gene LeBell, David Krapes, Joe Corley, Jim Harrison, Fumio Demura, Alan Goldberg, Solomon Kaihewalu, Kathy Long, Chuck Merriman, Cung Le, Cynthia Rothrock, Jeff Smith, Frank Trejo, Ted Tabura, Bill Ryusaki, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Karen Sheperd, Frank Sanchez, Bob White, Bart Vale, and Douglas Wong among others.
Recently, he was nominated and accepted on the Board of Directors of the International Moy-Ryu Karate-Do Federation - founded by renowned martial arts pioneers as Tomishuro/Tomigushku Sensei Robert Johnson Sensei and Hanshi Barry Moyer.
As an artist, Sid Campbell has painted over 200 works of fine art that are featured in several his latest books. His love for Hawai’i and its beauty is represented in his art that is featured in several of his latest works including The Warrior Arts of Weapons of Ancient Hawai'i http://www.pgw.com/catalog/catalog.month...7&Order=270
, In Search of the Golden Dragon in the Lost Temple of the Sun and his soon to be published coffee table book titled The Warriors of Ancient Hawai’i before the Arrival Captain James Cook.