Friday, November 28, 2008
Dr. Moses Powell (Supreme Grandmaster)
Honor to Supreme Grandmaster Dr. Moses Powell
Dr. Moses Powell was born on January 13, 1941 to Athenia and Moses Powell, and passed away on January 22nd, 2005 due to respiratory complications. He was a man destined to be amazing. He fathered three daughters and mentored thousands of students. He has made greatness a part of the very essence of his teachings. For more than 50 years martial arts became the core of his life . His teaching method was "let me show you". And when he showed you, you knew you had experienced something powerful enough to change lives. Hence at Force & Power Academy the student constantly hear, "What is more valuable a warning or an example... The answer an Example..."
In 1965, Dr. Powell was the featured martial artist at the New York World's Fair. The following year in 1966, he was the first martial artist to receive The African Benign Arts Award. Between 1967 and 1968, Dr. Powell pioneered his craft by traveling overseas. There, he introduced Sanuces Ryu Ji Jitsu to the orient in the early 1970's. But in 1959 Sanuces Ryu was in the cradle of the dojos he governed.
In January of 2003, Dr. Powell spoke these words, "I have been called the Pioneer, the Missionary, and the Lumberjack of Martial Arts. When I think about it, I'd like to be remembered as the man I am...Moses Powell. It's not about making yourself anything; but it is about earning your rewards as you go along. Remember, there is no such thing as a book master, you have to fight in the trenches or on the mat..."
"I want young people to realize that there is a history to look up to, and a path of greatness to follow and further pave."
Dr. Powell was inducted into the International African Arts Festival's "Living Legend" Award, and was the first African-American to teach the FBI, Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies around the world.
He is known for the "one finger rollout". His intense focus, application of knowledge and forceful soldier spirit helped him to attain immense tasks including the art of balancing his entire body on one finger for a short time while completely inverted in an attack roll out. The truth remains that no one blocks a roll out, you can only hope to get out of the way.
Here you will find it best described by another genius of martial arts our Brother Grandmaster Anthony Muhammad of NY.
We the students of Force & Power Academy as taught by our Sensei Grandmaster Anthony Sampson reconize and honor the late Supreme Grandmaster Dr. Moses Powell. We hail his name and the tremendous accomplishments we all have prospered from. Therefore we dedicate this translation of his life in the behalf our beloved O' Sensei. Below you will find the badge of our dojo. Placed here as a symbol of reverence. May you find benifit in this reading.