Dr. Moses Powell
Dr. Moses Powell was a martial arts "living legend" with more than 50 years of consummate study in the fighting arts. His experience and achievements are countless and his name is world-renowned.In 1965, Dr. Powell was the featured martial arts demonstrator 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 to the. There, he introduced Sanuces Ryu Jiu Jitsu to the in the early 1970's. Dr. Powell was inducted into the International African Arts Festival's "Living Legend" Award, and was the first African-American to teach the fighting arts to law enforcement agencies around the world.
In January of 2003, Dr. Powell said, "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 think 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. Moses Powell was born on January 13, 1941 to Athenia and Moses Powell, and passed away on January 22nd, 2005 due to respiratory failure. To list all of his accomplishments, honors and awards would be impossible. To say he made a difference would be an understatement. He was a man chosen to be great. What he made of that greatness is what truly separated him from other men. He gave over 50 years of his life to Martial Arts. It was his love and his life and most of all it was what he believed in and trusted. He was a natural teacher. A "let me show you" kind of man. And when he showed you, you knew you had experienced something powerful enough to change lives. He is famous also for the "one finger rollout". His intense focus, application of knowledge and intense warrior spirit helped him to achieve monumental tasks including the art of balancing his entire body on one finger for a short time while completely inverted in an attack style roll out. The truth remains that still no one blocks a roll out, you can only hope to get out of the way. "Eye to eye and heart to heart". Dr. Powell is honored before every class and we are greatful to have the privledge of studying under his direct lineage. His grace, speed, integrity and precision are distant milestones of acheivement for each and every one of us studying the arts. We will continue this profound leagacy and keep it as pure as possible, there is,"no reason for us to change the recipe, the soup tastes just fine as it is". His profound impact has let us see the man for the warrior within him.