The Do-Jung-Ishu club

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When Fred Karimian started The Ohio State University Jeet Kune Do club in 1982-83 (which later became the Do-Jung-Ishu Club) he said the basic goal of the club is to show what he knew about martial arts and fighting. A part of that goal as he often said, speaking with an Iranian accent, “…is not to become so famous.” Fred did become well known as a fierce fighter and he could have easily become famous, but he chose another path and continues to this day to be very successful in his finance career and as a husband and father. We have never wavered from that basic goal of sharing what we know in order to learn from each other. What we have shared and experienced together over the years is certainly more than just the blood, sweat, and tears that come with martial arts training; we have become great friends as well. I personally have always been very thankful for the Do-Jung-Ishu family. It’s been long enough now (over twenty five years), that not only have we seen each other progress as martial artists, but we’ve gone to each other’s weddings, watched each other’s kids grow up, and I imagine we’ll watch each other grow old as well. Within our ranks are not only successful fighters, but those who have gone on to the military, to start businesses, and even to break world records like instructor Stan Apseloff did when he broke the world pull-up record. This is only a small example of the quality of people who have worked out with us over the years. Ricardo Wilson, Mehran Habbi, Robert Pyles, and others have kept Do-Jung-Ishu going one way or another for the fifteen or so years since Fred left. I’ve certainly done my part as well. Our past club presidents have always done their best to serve the club as have many more peop... ... middle of paper ... ... (outside OSU), how to market ourselves, and how we have overcome many other challenges throughout the years. There’s a wide variety of information in this manual, from journal notes, to interviews, articles, etc. It all shows the thought and care that has gone into a lifetime commitment by Fred Karimian (the founder of Do-Jung-Ishu), Ricardo Wilson (Fred’s first assistant), myself (Fred’s second assistant), and many others, including our current instructors and students. I hope you will continue to help in this preservation by documenting your experiences as well. So, let this book help guide you – as it also preserves the club’s past and hopefully inspires you to continue to train hard, and to see yourself appear in future updates of this book, especially now as the club has moves forward into a whole new and exciting direction as “The Ohio Fight Club.”

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