Under: karate
9 May 2012

4 Responses to “Grandmaster Richard “Dick” Willett Passed”

  1. David Hays Says:

    John, thanks for posting. As I exspresed to you on the phone, this is a great loss. All of us that were students of Dick, especially those of us that are his 1st generation Black Belts, have suffered a great loss.
    A few years ago, at the 40th anniversary of karate school Dick opened Al Tracy said that Dick had have continually produced some of the finest Kenpo Black Belts in the world and that he is honored that they have represented Dick and the Tracy organization with class.
    Master Tracy also said that he saw Dick not as just being part of the “Golden Age of Karate” he believes Dick helped create the “Golden Age of Karate”
    Joe Lewis said; Dick did not only produce some of the best Kenpo Black Belts in the world, Dick produced some of the best fighter’s period!”
    We were all humble with a comment like that coming from Joe Lewis, one of the greatest fighters of all time.

    I will miss my Instructor of 39 year, my coach and my friend; My God bless you Dick Willett.

    I will post more about Dick later. For now I just ask all to keep Dick and his family in their prayers.

  2. Matt Klein Says:

    I was shocked and saddened to hear the news. We in the American Kenpo tribe have much to thank for this great man. He influenced thousands in a positive way. We will all carry his spirit with us when we perform our forms, or spar with others.
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  3. Dr. J Says:

    Kenpo Karate has had a profound affect on my life and how I live it. Whether I personally knew them or not, I will always be in debt and feel gratitude to those masters that developed and spread the art and made it possible for me to be but a small link in that chain.
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  4. Lisa Says:

    Mourning my friend and mentor.