HANSHI DON BUCK
Don & Fred Buck
When war broke out in 1941 Don
tried to join, but he was too young. When Don turned 16 he went
into the Navy. In boot camp he was 1st in all the physical tests.
His favorite was the Obstacle course. He always finished high
on the i.q. Tests, so he was slated to join the commandos. He went to the Admiralty
Islands where they trained hand to hand. He remembers it being really rough
there. Many nights he remembers the Japanese calling his and his buddy's names
when they were on guard.
In the islands he boxed for the
fleet at 137 LB's. He had over 70 bouts which he only lost one.
Later he came back and beat him. This gentleman was an out of shape
pro and he told Don to get out of boxing while he still had
his wits, there is no money in it. Don took his advice and started looking
to learn more martial arts.
In 1946, Don was honorably discharged
and returned to San Francisco. That is when he found Duke Moore's
judo and jujitsu school. He told Duke he knew judo and self-defense.
Duke showed him a different side of judo and jujitsu.
Don met with Mas Oyama in the mid
fifties, he received his 4th Dan on Sept. 8, 1960. One of the
1st requirements for Don was to do the 100 man kumite. Not to
just fight 100 men but he had to win 100 matches. Which he did.
Mas Oyama would take Don to different dojos and do challenge
Some of the workouts were 4 to
6 hr's. long and very physical that was exactly what Don liked.
Mas Oyama and Don would be sparring and, as Oyama would say you
do not hit hard enough and Don would blast him and say how was
that with a laugh and Mas Oyama would say osu! This was their
Donald Irving Lindsey was born
on September 2, 1926 in San Jose, CA. He passed away September
11, 1998 in his home in Benicia with his son Fred & Alice
at his side.