The Bio-Vlog

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Empty Hand: BioVlog 45 of 384

April 13, 2021

I join Murphy’s school at a fee of six dollars per month, which is the Mexican rate he kindly offers me; the U.S. rate is nine dollars a month.   After I join, I have no idea what is in store for me. How could I?…

Comic book Hero: BioVlog 44 of 384

April 12, 2021

I come face-to-face with Sensei John Murphy, a man who sounds like some kind of super hero from a comic book. Douglas makes the introductions, “Sensei, I’d like you to meet Mr. Rick Turner. I spoke to you about him training here; his brother is…

Belt Qualifications: BioVlog 43 of 384

April 9, 2021

After returning to the States, Sensei married a beautiful Hispanic woman, Rosemary. “As you train, you will notice that, during nightly fights,” Douglas says with a sly snicker, “Rosemary has the thankless job of mopping up the blood from the wooden floor so that nobody…

Wado Kai: BioVlog 42 of 384

April 8, 2021

“Mr. Douglas,” I ask curiously, “When and where did Sensei Murphy get his black belt?” Douglas explains, in “1957, after basic training in the Army, Sensei Murphy was sent to Japan. He joined a karate school and diligently studied under Sato and Yamaguchi, two chief…

Scared & Intimidated: BioVlog 41 of 384

April 7, 2021

We step from Douglas’ car, I case my cards and place them in my bag. There is the hint of a past rain. The smell of mold is pervasive, “That could mean trouble for an asthmatic like me.” The Tijuana karate school is a dirty,…

No Nose: BioVlog 40 of 384

April 6, 2021

Douglas continues, “Sensei Murphy is in combat with the bear-size man. “Sensei, with a grand heave of his body, swung the bear around and clamped his teeth onto the bear’s nose. This was an incredulous, action-movie moment that, in retelling seems exaggerated. Yet it happened,…

Table Talk 5

April 5, 2021

“Again at my table are Glen and Bernelle Hansen, both of whom started performing with Richard in 1972.Bernelle, as the Lamb’s Player’s stage manager did you have concerns with a visually impaired actor that would go to Tijuana and fight?” Bernelle says mildly, with a…

Sucker Punch: BioVlog 39 of 384

April 2, 2021

“The bear was undeterred. He shrugged, violently shoved his way past Murphy, quickly turned around, and threw a sucker punch towards Sensei’s face. Sensei blocked the blow, and then countered by slamming his conditioned, rock hard knuckles against the side of the bear’s skull, and…

Powerful, Ferocious, Fearless: BioVlog 38 of 384

April 1, 2021

John Douglas explains, “The grocery store where Sensei Murphy works as a meat cutter is in a rough part of town. Whenever trouble erupts, the manager always summons his black-belt fighter. On one occasion, a customer was spotted trying to steal a bottle of whiskey.…

Fighting and Fighters: BioVlog 37 of 384

March 31, 2021

It’s 1971, three months from my seventeenth birthday, and I’m scared and extremely apprehensive as I’m nervously over-hand stacking cards while traveling with a karate fighter name John Douglas. We are headed to his teacher, Sensei John Murphy’s karate dojo in Tijuana, Mexico. I realize…