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JOE GRANT GRIERSON - Gung Fu Classes

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THE HISTORY OF GRAND MASTER JOE GRANT GRIERSON AT THE KODOKWAN IN ZAMBIA from 1954 to 1961

Written by © Jonathan Kruger 2010

 

Gung fu is used to sink your fingers right through some one’s flesh . The fingers were trained to meet each other right through the flesh  any parts of the arms ,legs, stomach ,chest or neck ,especially in the Kyusho areas of the body.

John KrugerOutside a bar in 1957, Southern Rhodesia four local thugs attacked John Kruger, two held his arms and the third tried to punch him in the face. The fourth guy was watching and telling them what to do and using terrible bad language. John Kruger knew if he just stood there they would hit him almost to death.

 

The first two that were holding his arms went crashing to the ground when John suddenly lifted his legs to his chest. He heard the two guys heads hit together above him when he went down.  Now the third guy got the  worst.  John got into the Gung fu  fighting stance and  used the mind mill action and hit the guy with a open hand palm strike on the side of the face which split his face from mouth to ear. This guy fell down with blood everywhere. The fourth guy said to John before you hit me please allow me to take off my glasses. He was the one leading them on.

 

Anyway John Kruger did not hit him as he was no threat. After the thugs went to hospital they called the police and said they were attacked by a man carry a wheel spanner. And the police wanted to lock John in jail. Until he told them the true story and that four men attacked one man and got the worst of the fight . But John soon had to return back to Northern Rhodesia due to the problems that fight coursed , everybody wanted to fight him after that. Even some of the big strong  police officers wanted to see if John could take them on and do the same to them.

One thing Joe always taught us was to GET DOWN into his especial fighting stance when you felt the situation was going to lead into a fight.

 

In 1954 Joe was offered a job to work as a electrician in Northern Rhodesia on the Nkana copper mine in Nkana now called Kitwe. Joe said good bye to Mc Crea who continued the kodokwan in Cape Town until 1960.

n 1954 Joe Grierson was offered a job to work as a electrician in Northern RhodesiaJoe‘s move to Kitwe was a very pleasant one .He once told me how he remembered Kitwe in the1950s. As you drove into Kitwe you felt that you were driving down a  beautiful  garden city. And every ones garden went right up to the sidewalks. The best garden mine house on the mines got an award and the worst mine house garden owner got fired from the mines every year.

On his last return to Kitwe in 2005 he was very sad to see that city had grown and no longer had the beautiful flowers growing ever where on the sidewalks. Even today Joe’s first old mine house can be seen  on right side as you come to the first traffic lights as you enter Kitwe from the main road from Ndola. It is the first house as you enter Kitwe.

John Kruger later built Joe his own beautiful house in riverside. Joe soon got bored after work every day, that he decided to open up a Northern Rhodesian Kodokwan club to all his friends working on the mines and to anybody that wanted to join from outside. He rented a small room in a  backstreet in second class trading area. As the class membership grew Joe started looking for a new premises . He found a new building hall just outside the out skirts of Kitwe called the OB Bennett Hall two minutes drive from his house , which was a perfect size room. And was able to get some real tatami  mats from somewhere. 

This was to be the Northern Rhodesia  Kodokwan HQ right up until 1961. Joe even managed to get real Kodokan  judogi  specially ordered through the mines for the club from Japan. This was at the time the club was considered to be the best martial arts school in Central Africa. The  kodokwan offered courses  in judo, jujitsu, atemi –waza, Karate-waza  and hanbo-jitsu and a special class for Gung Fu.

According to shihan John Kruger the Gung Fu classes was only for the most dedicated students and was taught by Joe when all the other students weren’t around and the doors were locked and  Joe made an oath to be sworn by the students never to show anyone this secret art to outsiders of the kodokwan.

 

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