Under: karate
1 Jul 2008

14 Responses to “Dick Willett’s AKKA 40th Anniversary; Joe Lewis/Dean Lister Seminar Review”

  1. Bob White Says:

    It was a honor to be able to attend this tribute. My deepest respect to all that were a part of this fine organization.
    Bob White

  2. Vic AKA "the fly" Says:

    WOW! Great article!

  3. Kim Kimmel Says:

    I have used the phrase “I am honored” before, but never has it been more true than a few weeks ago. I was very fortunate to attend the celebration and presentation of Master Dick Willett’s 10th degree black belt. That in itself was extrordinary. How many people can say they witnessed a 10th degree presentation? Im sure not many. Then to top it off, I was surrounded by fighters I grew up admiring. Back in the day, it was common to pick up a copy of black belt magazene and find an article on at least one of the fighters from our studios. I learned from some of the very best! I’m still in awe from that day. Joe Lewis was great. He was like E.F. Hutton. When Joe spoke, people listened. To be in the company of amazing fighters like Dave, Terry, Chicken, Mick, Foots, John, Todd, Kimco and many more, was such an adrenaline rush. Better not leave out Joyce. One of the fiercest women fighters I have ever seen. These were some of the nicest people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. As the celebration went on, I couldn’t help but think that this would be the wrong backyard for party crashers to hit. Again, I was truly honored to be there. I’m totally motivated again thanks to everyone there. Thank you to all involved. Kim

  4. David Hays Says:

    Thanks to those who responded to this posting.

    To the great Bob White, the honor was ours, thank you sir.

    Vic, you’re the best! And to Kim, thank you for always being a great student. I enjoyed the years we trained together and appreciate all the help you gave me in putting on great self defense demos. For those that do not know, Kim is a professional stuntman. That was a big factor in making the demo’s we did look excellent. Kim was always willing to allow great hard contact for that realistic effect.


    David Hays

  5. Dave Simmons Says:

    I honor Dick Willet he is true pioneer in Kenpo Karate. I value his friendship and think of him daily. I do remember the old days he represents the best of our Kenpo Karate system!

    God Bless,

    Dave Simmons

  6. Tom Says:

    Martial arts training teaches you to move from your center and connects your energy source. To increase power in martial arts training, you must increase both speed and strength. Self defense is one of the first purpose in martial arts training. Best wishes for you.

  7. Brason Says:

    This was a very well-written article, smooth and articulate. If it were not for the topic and the people in it, I would say that I couldn’t tell the difference between this story and a story published in the New Yorker magazine.

  8. David Hays Says:


    Thank you for your kind words. This was my first attempt at posting on a bog. I must confess I read several reviews on similar seminars to see how they were written. I also asked my good friends and fellow Black Belts Mike Roberts, Dr. Mick Leone and John Zimmer look it over prior to posting to check for errors, typos, etc. ?


    David Hays

  9. Janet Walgren Says:

    I’m so glad that you found my blog with your google search and that I posted the photo of Joe and me right before you did your search. What fun it is to see that at least one old timer is still fit and doing his thing. I’m totally jealous.

    Seriously, I enjoyed my visit to your blog. Thanks!

  10. John W. Zimmer Says:

    I’m jealous too Janet… Joe is only 10 or 15 years older than me and he is in better shape – hands down! Anyone interested in some early articles of Joe and Janet and Janets Karate experences – please visit her blog post entitled, Judo, my favorite sport at: http://janetwalgren.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/judo-my-favorite-sport/

    Kind regards,

    John W. Zimmer

  11. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hello Dave Simmons, I meant to reply earlier. I added a link to your site here. I also have you pictured in the “Pics” section from the Hall of Fame. Let me know if you would like any events published – I’ll be glad to post them for you.

    Warm regards,

    John W. Zimmer

  12. Vic Hervias AKA "the fly" Says:

    Is it possible to put my website and chickens (I built it for him and he want’s it out there..) as a link in your blog?
    I hope all is well with you borther!
    My site is: http://www.freewebs.com/vicskenpo
    Chickens is: http://www.freewebs.com/chickengabriel
    My little school is doing great, I know have only 5 students but they are good and I am glad I get to spend so much quality time with them and really teach them the way I want to. I also have a new Kenpo black belt coming to train with us soon and he is from New Jersey that is moving here to Alabama, so he will be with us.
    Talk to you soon John!

  13. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Vic,
    I took care of this for you… contrats on getting your school going. I was glad to see you and Doug at Dick’s party!
    Take care,

  14. Jose Says:

    After reading this blog makes me want to start my own :)