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Grandmasters and other Bios.
These are the Bios of the Grandmasters who are affiliated with, Taught and promoted Shihan Tim Thompson.
To see Shihan Tim Thompson's Bio click on the below link.
Grandmaster Dale M. Stengele
President / Founder OMAA
10th DAN Master Teacher
USMC Vietnam War Veteran
Grandmaster Dale M. Stengele (Red Ghi Top) pictured with Shihan Tim Thompson at the
2006 OMAA Self-Defense Seminar.
Grandmaster Dale M. Stengele, 10th Dan
President & Founder OMAA
Tournament Promoter of the OMAA National Karate Championships
Tournament Promoter of the East Coast Open Karate Championships
Tournament Promoter of the Pennsylvania Open Karate Championships
Chief Instructor & Promoter of Self-Defense Seminars
WKU Hall of Famer
Vietnam War Veteran
Grandmaster Dale M. Stengele is a 10th Dan and he lives with his family in Emmaus, PA . He is the President
and Founder of the Open Martial Arts System (OMAA). The Original Organization that he founded was called the Okinawan Martial
Arts Association. He changed the name to Open to incorporate all the other styles of Martial Arts into his Organization.
He is a Tournament Promoter of Local, East Coast and National Martial Arts Championships. His tournaments
are professionally managed and fair.
He conducts Self-Defense and Breaking Seminars all over the USA.
He started his Karate Training in the 1960s while serving in the Marine Corps. He attained the rank of 5th
Dan during this period while stationed in Virginia. He was known throughout the USA as a Great Karate tournament Fighter.
His 6th through 10th Dan were confirmed by Grandmaster Conklin. His 10th Dan was certified by the Board of Directors of the
He was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame in 1997.
He is a decorated USMC Vietnam War Veteran. Both Grandmaster Stengele and his Wife play a big part in their
Church. His son is currently serving in the USMC.
Baptist Church Magazine Article
My Name is Dale Stengele, and this is My Story
I really believe this is another evidence of God's mercy keeping me alive. God miraculously spared my life while I was
serving in the Marine Corps in Vietnam in the late 1960's. In one case, our ship had fired upon a Vietcong vessel and I was
sent in a small boat to take five of the men as prisoners of war. I could have easily been overpowered as I was outnumbered,
but the capture was completed without incident. Another time we were involved in heavy artillery firing all night. A small
crew of us was manning one gun, loading and firing high explosive rounds that are designed to detonate on impact. We were
firing so fast that mistakes were almost inevitable. One round rammed, ricocheted off the breach block and landed on the deck
- but miraculously didn't explode. I was the lucky guy who had to pick it up and dispose of it. I carefully picked it up and
threw it overboard where it exploded violently as soon as it impacted the water. A little later that same night the gun was
loaded wrong and the powder keg and explosive round rolled out the back of the gun and slammed into a pile of hot empty powder
kegs that were just fired - but miraculously again did not explode. Once more I realized how close to death I had come, but
wondered why God had spared my life.
I finished two tours of duty in Vietnam without an injury, and returned to Virginia where I married my wife, Ginny. I
worked as a corrections officer for the state. One day I was on my way to pick up my wife from work on my motorcycle. As I
approached a sharp turn, I noticed that the oncoming car was not going to make the curve, but it was too late. The next thing
I knew my bike collided head-on with the car and I flew through the air. For a time I felt as though I was separate from my
body and could see my body hurtling through the air. Then my body slammed into me, it seemed, and the pain was excruciating.
At the hospital they told my wife that there was a 90% chance I would lose my leg even with the reconstructive surgery. Now
I look back and realize that God mercifully and miraculously brought me through the recovery.
I started my own band. We played everything from polkas and Bar Mitzvas to country and rock and roll. Our "Eastbound
Express" group became quite popular in the bar circuits and later the military circuit. When the group eventually disbanded,
I became a disc jockey.
When my step-father had a heart attack, we moved back to Pennsylvania to be closer to him.
When I got a side job as a bar bouncer, I found myself in many fights and sometimes encountered knives and weapons. A
friend introduced me to karate at a health club and I fell in love with the sport and saw its usefulness for self-defense.
I began to train and work out for eight hours a day and before long had become a fifth degree black belt master with a reputation
for travelling anywhere in the state for a good fight or tournament.
(Dale Stengele through his continued practiced of Karate was eventually promoted to Tenth Degree Black Belt. He is a
Grandmaster, Hall of Famer and President of the Open Martial Arts Association.)
Off and on during this time I was attending churches. I noticed that they were preaching one thing, but the Bible was
saying something else. I became very disillusioned with church and just wanted to find "truth" which I believed would be in
One day I had to have my son's car towed home and I struck up a conversation with the mechanic about spiritual things.
He invited me to his church - Lehigh Valley Baptist Church. I had seen the church before but was afraid to visit. Now that
I had an invitation and knew someone there, my wife and I attended the next Sunday. We were impressed by the sincerity of
the members and the fact that everyone was following along with the pastor in their own Bibles, looking up verses, and even
agreeing with the pastor out loud. It seemed like the preaching was directed right at me.The assistant pastor of the church
came over for a visit one day and I literally dragged him into our house. I was so excited to start a Bible study and find
the answers to life's questions.
After a year of visiting the church and studying the Bible, God finally broke through my hard heart. On a Sunday morning
in February, 1998, I saw myself the way that God saw me, as a wretched sinner. I surrendered right then and there to be sold
out to Christ. I went down the aisle at the invitation with happiness and joy and a smile on my face, knowing that Christ
had loved, accepted and saved me in spite of myself. I was humbled that He would save a sinner such as I.
Within a short time dramatic changes were taking place in my life. The Holy Spirit was making me into a new creature.
I gave up my smoking habit of 4-6 packs a day. My wife accepted Christ as her Savior a few weeks later. To see me now you
may find it hard to believe where I came from. But when God saves us, we become "trophies of His grace" - "that in the ages
to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye
saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians
I haven't shared all these things to brag on them in any way, but to help you see the gutter from which God saved me.
The complete difference seen in my life is a great illustration of the love, mercy, and grace of God and His power to change
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever." (I Timothy
Hanshi James S. Herndon
Hachidan 8th Degree Black Belt
Kaicho Daiko Kuniba-kai
Tsura-Ha Martial Arts Founder
Grand Master Japanese Karate Teacher
Hanshi Jim Herndon (Hachidan 8thDan) is a gifted Grand Master of
the Martial Arts. He has practiced Japanese martial arts for more than 40 years. His Teacher was Soke Shogo Kuniba, who founded
the Seishin Kai Martial Arts Organization. Mr. Kuniba died in 1992.
He is the Founder of the Kensei-Kai / Tsuru-Ha Karate & Kobudo
Style. A Shito-Ryu Martial Arts System influenced by Soke Kuniba.. He has authored numerous article on the Martial Ars.
Herndon’s professional training is in human resources management (M.A., Pepperdine University), industrial/organizational
psychology (Ph.D., Old Dominion University), and counseling psychology (Ed.D., University of Sarasota). He has earned five
Diplomates in areas of Board Certification, to include Police Psychology, Forensic Examination, Psychological Assessment,
Evaluation and Testing. He has presented/published more than 200 papers and articles.
He is a USAF Vietnam-era veteran; and, he has practiced Japanese martial
arts for more than 40 years.
In his spare time, he is a serious genealogist and family history
researcher. A Virginia native, he currently resides in Longwood, FL.
Shihan Thompson studied directly with Hanshi Herndon at "The
Dojo" located in Chesapeake, Virginia from 1985 to 1991 and was promoted by him to 4th Dan in Kensei-Kai Karate-Do (1990)
and 2nd Dan in Tsura-Ha Kobudo (1987). Since that time he has attended Hanshi Herndon's Seminars including an Outstanding
Karate Do Philosophy / Psychology and Tomari Bassai Kata / Bunkai Seminar conducted in Virginia Beach, Virginia 11 July 2009.
Through Hanshi Herndon, Shihan Thompson was
introduce to and participated in seminars conducted by Soke Kuniba and Kyoshi Yamashita.
Hanshi Tadashi Yamashita
9th Dan Kobayashi Shorin Ryu Karatedo / Kobudo
Hall of Famer
Founder / Director Yamashita Budo International
Hollywood Martial Arts Star
Sensei Tadashi Yamashita is one of the best Karate Masters in the World. He is a Martial Arts Legend. He has
starred in numerous Hollywood Movies including The Octagon, American Ninja, American Ninja 5, Rising Sun, Gymkata, Capital
Punishment, Bronson Lee Champion, The Shinobi Ninja, Enter the Dragon, Judge Dee, Golden Needles, The Seven, The Magnificent
Three, Lethal Weapon 4.Kung Fu, A Man Called Sloan, Knight Rider, Thrill Seekers, ESPN Karate Demonstrations, several Pay
Per View Events, The Karate, The Blind Karate Man, and Karate II.
Sensei Yamashita has dedicated over 40 years of his life to the practice of Okinawan Karatedo and Kobudo.
He teaches karatedo and kobudo seminars all over the world. He is a student of Sensei Nakazato and was promoted to the rank
of ninth degree black belt in both karatedo and kobudo. Master Yamashita is also the President and Director of U.S. Shorin-Ryu
Karate Association, and U.S.A. President of the Zen Okinawan Kobudo Association.
Master Yamashita’s experience of more than 4 decades in the martial arts began at age 11. He was the
roughest kid in school, and picked fights with other students, as well as the teachers. This was brought to the attention
of the P.T.A., which realized they could not handle him. The P.T.A. president, who was also a karate instructor, stopped by
to pick up Tadashi after school one day. Always the warrior, Tadashi tried to fight him. The instructor grabbed the rebellious
youngster and dragged him off to the dojo where he was taught the elements of kicking, punching, and most important of all,
Tadashi found his probation period very interesting. His destructive energy was channeled into a hidden talent.
The young man had found an art form, a religion, and a way of life. Master Yamashita was awarded his black belt at the age
of 16. In 1960, he captured the All-Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Free Sparring Grand Championship title.
In 1968, he visited Japan and tested before his Sensei, Sugura Nakazato, 9th Degree Black Belt. Also on the
panel was the famous Grand Master Chosin Chibana, 10th Degree Black Belt. Master Yamashita became the youngest 7th Degree
in the history of Japan.
In 1972, Master Yamashita moved to California where his talent and skill were noticed by many top artists,
such as Mike Stone and Ed Parker. He is also known for teaching the late Bruce Lee the use of the nunchucku.
Master Yamashita is the foremost Karate and Kobudo expert in the U.S. today, and is the Head Instructor of
Sui-Ken-Do in the U.S. He is also a world-renowned weapons master. During the 1973 Pro-Am Karate Tournament, he brought over
7,000 spectators to their feet in a standing ovation after demonstrating his mastery and skill of ancient kobudo weaponry.
Master Yamashita has traveled worldwide giving seminar in locations that include North and South America;
Central and Eastern Europe, The Middle East, The Mediterranean Region and Asia. He keeps a close connection with his birthplace
of Japan and Okinawa. Not only is Master Yamashita recognized as a leading authority in the martial arts, but his accomplishments
also include his study with several notable high ranking masters. These masters include the late Chibana Chosin of Shorin
Ryu, and Shuguro Nakazato founder of the Shorin Ryu Kan. He has also trained directly under the late Shinpo Matayoshi, founder
of the Zen Okinawan Kobudo Renmei.
Well known for his explosive open hand techniques, Master Yamashita combines many progressive fighting tactics
with traditional aspects of karatedo, thus resulting in a devastating fighting system. His dynamic fighting system known as
“Suikendo,” translates to, “fist flowing like water.” This non-stopping flowing system of fighting
allows the karateka to simultaneously block and strike his opponent with blinding speed and accuracy.
Shihan Thompson participated and studied Directly under Sensei Yamashita at Seminars, Classes, Trips to Japan
/ Okinawa, Hollywood Onset Action since 1983. Sensei Yamashita promoted Sensei Tim Thompson to 6th Dan in 1996.