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Grandmaster Vince Black


John Bishop:

Vince Black began his journey in the martial arts in the early 60's with Kajukenbo instructor Jay LaBistre in Yuma, AZ.
During a visit to the Los Angeles area in 1973, he met his first Hsing-I instructor, Master Hsu Hong Chi.
This first introduction would lead to a ten-year relationship with Master Hsu.  Dr. Black studied with Master Hsu when he came to California, hosted Master Hsu at his school in Yuma, and went to Taiwan on numerous occasions, including a trip in 1980 when he won the super heavyweight division of the Cheng Chung Cup invitational tournament.
In addition to teaching Hsing-I, Master Hsu also taught Dr. Black Chinese medical theory according to the classics, tuina, bone-setting, and herbal applications for acute injuries.
In 1985 Dr. Black received his Diplomat in Acupuncture with the National Certification of Acupuncturists. And in 1986, received his Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree from California Acupuncture College in San Diego.
After Master Hsu's death in 1984, and following his advice, Vince Black continued to seek out other instructors in the Chinese Internal Arts, traveling throughout mainland China.
The details of each relationship Dr. Black has had with medical and martial practitioners are too extensive to be examined in detail here.
Some notable instructors with whom he has worked extensively, however, include Sijo Adriano Emperado (who lived with Dr. Black during much of the 1980's), Grandmaster Li Ziming, founder and president of the Bagua Zhang research association for 20 years (Liang Zhenpu Orthodox Bagua), Li Guichang (Shanxi Hsing-I), Liao Wuchang (monkey boxing and traditional Chinese medicine), York Y. Lu (acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and Liuhebafa), Fu Shu Yun (Bagua and Hsing-I), Liu Wanfu (Bagua and Hsing-I), Zhang Huasen (Orthodox Bagua), Wang Shu Sheng, Liu Shuhang, Li Xueyi, and Ge Guoliang (Gao Bagua), "Brother" Abe Kamehoahoa (Kajukenbo), Felimon "Momoy" Canete (Doces Pares Escrima), Liang Kequan (Hsing-I and Bagua), Ma Gong Wong (traditional Chinese medicine), and John Upledger (craniosacral therapy).
Dr. Black also studied at the China Shanghai International Training Centre, and interned at various hospitals in Shanghai.
Dr. Black continues to seek out true masters in the traditional healing and martial arts who can contribute to his wealth of knowledge.

C Drake:
Does anyone have contact information on GM Black?

Sifu Sin Bin:
I Have his phone number and address but will not post it publicly without his permission, If you want to give me your info and number I can give it to him or just p.m. me and I hook you up with him.

C Drake:
I sent you a PM, thank you very much.

Matt Stern:
Dear Kajukenbo Ohana,

It is with great sadness that we must announce to you all the passing of Grandmaster Vince Black.

Grandmaster Vince impacted countless people during his long career, and he has transformed the lives of so many through his martial and medical instruction and treatments.  Many of us have benefited from his compassion, his immense and encyclopedic knowledge, and his unwavering dedication to his Teachers and the traditions of martial culture. 

For information about attending his upcoming memorial, please direct message me or email me at fourpaths@gmail.com.

Cards and letters of condolence may be sent to:
P.O. Box 36235
Tucson, AZ 85740

Those wishing to support Vince's vision to research, preserve, and promote traditional martial and medical arts, The North American Tang Shou Tao may make a tax-deductible donation to the association here: http://www.natsta.org/?page_id=2601

On behalf of Kim Black and Vince’s family, thank you for your thoughts and prayers.


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