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Sensei Robert E. Herron
Feb. 18, 1934 - Aug. 31, 2004
Dai Sensei Robert
Robert E. Herron
(Bob) Master Sergeant was born Feb. 18, 1934. Herron joined
the U.S. Army on February 13, 1953 and served until February
28, 1994. Bob began his martial arts training in Shoto-Kan karate
with Sensei Joe Butrim in April 1968 while stationed in Baltimore,
MD. He studied with him for 16 months achieving the rank of
6th Kyu Green Belt prior to being transferred to Buffalo, NY.
Unable to locate another Shoto-Kan dojo, Bob began his search
for another school.
In October of 1969 Bob began training at the World Fighting
Arts Isshin Ryu Karate Dojo where he achieved the rank of Shodan
by March of 1974. Bob's main Sensei's were John Overton and
Quitman Hawkins, however he had numerous Sensei's while training
at WFA and was always thankful for all he was taught. His other
Sensei's were Bob Zilliox, Jim Gordon, Joe Poligo and Everett
Francis. Bob successfully competed in tournaments for 14 years
in both the United States and Canada. In 1976 Master Kichiro
Shimabuku presented Bob and Instructor's Certificate from Isshin
Ryu World Karate Association, Okinawa, Japan.
Throughout Bob's martial arts training he has been an avid weight
lifter/bodybuilder, training athletes in Power-lifting for the
Special Olympics, was the Head Coach of power-lifting for Allegheny
County, Pennsylvania and trained men and women in Bodybuilding
in YMCAs and Health Fitness Clubs. Bob also assisted the Army
by training soldiers, who had failed, to pass the Army Physical
Fitness Test, and trained injured soldiers in rehabilitative
weight training programs.
In October of 1985, Sensei Herron was transferred to Fort McPherson,
Georgia where he continued training and teaching under Senseis
John Overton and Quitman Hawkins. In 1990 Grand Master Angi
Uezu presented Bob an Instructor's Certificate from the Okinawa
Isshin Ryu Karate and Kobudo Association, Okinawa, Japan.
While stationed in Georgia, Bob and Dai Sensei John Overton
maintained contact with each other by visiting each other at
least once a year until Dai Sensei Overton death in November
1991. Dai Sensei Bob Herron became the Head Instructor and a
direct student of Grand Master Angi Uezu, Okinawa, Japan. Bob
has maintained contact with Grand Master Uezu and has traveled
to Okinawa both in November of 1996 and October of 2000 to visit
and train with Grand Master Angi Uezu. Grand Master Uezu visited
Sensei Herron at his home and dojo in 1996.