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George Cofield was born on October 13, 1934 [1] and died on March 22, 2001.[2] George was an early pioneer of karate in America.[3] He is also one of the first blacks to introduce Karate to America.[4] He is well known as mixer of Asian philosophy with African Empowerment in martial arts.[5]

Early life Edit

George was raised in NY and would move to Roosevelt, NY.[1] George would join the US Armed Forces, where he would first encounter martial arts.[1] During his time in the Army in the 1950s he would start his study of karate.[6]

Martial arts Edit

George had been teaching Karate as early as 1961.[7] George was the founder of Tong Dojo.[8] George would operate a 10 dojo network in New York.[9] His dojo's would host tournaments as far as Ohio.[10] George would also operate the George Cofield's Karate University in Brooklyn, NY.[11] George was known as a very strict and hard instructor.[12] George was known to withhold the rank of white belt for six to nine months until he felt a student was ready.[9] George was known as a man who didn't care if he gained or lost friends, just so long as they learned from him.[13] Some fighters have stated that if George were to judge their fight, they would simply walk off of the mat.[9] George was also an instructor of UFC Fighter, Ron Van Clief.[14] George was the instructor of many competitive karate fighters including Dwight Frazier and Thomas LaPuppet.[15] George would have them both fight at the 1970 All American Championships.[16] George was an advocate against poor sportsmanship.[17] George would give many martial arts demonstrations including those at the Oriental World of Self Defense at Madison Square Garden.[13] George is featured in Black Hero's of the Martial Arts.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "georgecofield". blackmartialartist.com.
  2. Karriem ABdAllah. "Karriem ABdAllah Productions LLC.". www.kapmma.com.
  3. "WTKO Instructor of the Month". wtko.org.
  4. https://books.google.com/books?id=LNQDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA53&lpg=PA53&dq=tong+dojo+cofield&source=bl&ots=yk1EnLcKTQ&sig=GX9YNzegPQjZqU6vQfgjREvtZUI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=feXzVMPkBoWfggSEjICQDg&ved=0CDEQ6AEwBjgK#v=onepage&q=tong%20dojo%20cofield&f=false
  5. Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation - Google Books
  6. "Martial Arts of the World". google.com.
  7. "Black Belt". google.com.
  8. "Important Events in Ju Jutsu / Karate". orgfree.com.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Black Belt". google.com.
  10. "Black Belt". google.com.
  11. "Black Belt". google.com.
  12. "Black Belt". google.com.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Black Belt". google.com.
  14. "Black Belt". google.com.
  15. "SOKE HAISAN KALEAK MARTIALFORCE.COM INTERVIEW". martialforce.com.
  16. "Black Belt". google.com.
  17. "Stepping Off the Mat". google.com.
  18. "Black Belt". google.com.

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