My father’s fascination with the martial arts began with a single reverse punch delivered by his future sensei, John Kuhl (who appeared on the first cover at left) — a punch that not only sent him sprawling, but ignited an insatiable curiosity. He became a sponge for knowledge on the subject and it wasn’t long before he realized that the public deserved, indeed needed, to know more about these ancient disciplines. He also recognized the need for a forum through which instructors and practitioners could share their knowledge and skills. OFFICIAL KARATE was born.
Now, 43 years later, a talented and devoted team of Grandmaster practitioners led by Andrew Linick and Keith Yates have chosen to resurrect this, the first martial arts magazine published on the east coast. Young practitioners of all styles will be kept abreast of news and events in the martial arts community as well as learn of their shared heritage—of those who made the martial arts the popular phenomenon that they remain today. The masters, the ones that have withstood the test of decades of devotion, will be able to look back fondly on the glory days of American martial arts.
My father would be humbled that his past efforts would be so honored, and it is with great enthusiasm that I offer my profound congratulations and wishes for success to this, the 21st century incarnation of an American martial arts classic.
—David Weiss, Former Editor, Official Karate Magazine
As one who was on the cover of several issues of the original Official Karate I am excited to see that this new version carries on the tradition of a quality publication. I look forward to a magazine that can reach the next generation as effectively as that first one reached all of us.
—Oso Tayari Casel, Kung Fu Pioneer and Champion
I was in my early twenties when I began training. I had a book, “Karate,” by John Kuhl and was in a dojo in Suffolk County when I found an issue of Official Karate. I would go to a Manhattan newstand to get the latest issue. It was my connection to people, tournaments, and training. It was all new. I read it cover to cover. That magazine became my doorway into this new world.
—Terry Maccarrone, 8th Dan Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu