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Crushing Step
9/08/2009 2:29pm,
For disclaimer's sake, yeah it sucks that someone has died. If you know this guy I don't mean any offense to his loss, just his shitty operation.

For those interested in a bio, I will link it here. Of course the guy is a member of the Master Head of Family Sokeship Council or some **** like that, and if you respect those guys well you're an idiot too. Here ya go:

http://www.aima-usa.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=105&Itemid=1

So why am I fired up, and what possible reason do I have to think this will be an intolerable nut ride? I was once in an AIMA school. These guys LOVED to name drop. "We went to a seminar and met Bill Superfoot." "Hey we went to another seminar and met Benny the Jet." "Ooh did we mention we're going to a seminar with DePasquale Jr next month?" I probably heard more name dropping in the one year I was in that school than ever in the rest of my 20 plus years in martial arts.

So I leave the organization, not having had any official ties. I never tested for rank, though they had one website which listed me as one of "their" black belts. I let this one slide, until one organization partnered with another. If you've never witnessed a tag-team nut ride, it's a beautiful thing. Shihan number one of System A hereby grants Shihan number two of System B a fifth degree black belt in System A, and vice versa. Both individuals have just doubled their number of certifications with a high five, fucking fabulous. And the best thing is right after this happens, every black belt in both systems get retro-graded as well! So while I started out as a balck belt in krotty without ever testing for it, I was now a black belt in jujitsu, also without ever testing! At this point I had to send a polite request to be removed from the website, and to their credit, they did so.

So I have checked in on the AIMA every now and then, and it never fails that while the various sensei and shihan within the organization do a great job at circle jerking each other, they all collectively idolize and worship this Bonacci character. In all fairness I've never personally met the guy, so I'm sure maybe he really is the untouchable legend they all make him out to be.

One thing is for certain, the idolatry is sure to increase with his passing. I can't wait.

$.02

patfromlogan
9/18/2009 8:28am,
October 17, 1947 - September 6, 2009

Hanshi Joseph Bonacci began his martial arts training in the year 1965, and what began as a way of learning to defend himself better, soon became the essence of his life; a life he shared unselfishly with all his students. Shortly after starting his martial arts training, Hanshi Bonacci was drafted into the US Army were he would serve his country in Vietnam. In 1968 Hanshi Bonacci began his tour with the ninth infantry recondo unit, spending a great deal of time in the Mekong Delta. It was during this time that Hanshi Bonacci found himself relying on his martial arts training quite frequently to stay alive. During his tour, Hanshi Bonacci received the Bronze Star, as well as the Cross of Gallantry for bravery under fire making; him a highly decorated veteran upon his discharge. During his overseas military training Mr. Bonacci studied Isshinryu karate, and received his Dan grade from the founder of Isshinryu karate, Tatsuo Shimabuku.

Grandmaster Shimabuku was contracted by the military to train their personnel. Small in stature, Shimabuku was probable best know for his incredible weapons abilities, and ability to drive a spiked nail into a wooden plank with a bare handed strike! (This brings to mind the mentality of many training sessions in the cool damp basement of the Officer’s Survival Training Institute, also founded by Mr. Bonacci) Shortly after receiving his Shodan from grandmaster Shimabuku, Mr. Bonacci was re-stationed and he sought out many instructors to try and fill the void of one so outstanding in the martial arts. His searching led him to Masatoshi Nakayama- Sensei, who at the time was a chief instructor under Gichin Funakoshi- Sensei, the founder of the Shotokan system. Sensei Nakayama accepted Mr. Bonacci with his current rank of shodan and began to train him the ways of the Shotokan style. Mr. Bonacci did receive his shodan from Sensei Nakayama in the Shotokan system and is one of only a few to receive rank directly under Nakayama Sensei.

Some of the highlights that Hanshi Bonacci achieved in the martial arts between combat tours was the prestigious title of 1969 “All Okinawan Karate Champion, and the 1970 “All Japanese Karate Champion.� Both were quite a feat for an American to accomplish! In late 1970 Mr. Bonacci was relocated to a base in Hawaii. During this time he had the pleasure of attending one of his favorite highlights in his martial art journeys by attending a demonstration seminar given by Gogen Yamagughi -Goju ryu. On his return to the mainland Hanshi Bonacci pursued a career as a Youngstown, Ohio Police officer.

Throughout his twenty two years of service he became a certified tactics instructor in three states, a national and international public speaker on crime prevention, produced numerous training manuals such as the acclaimed “How to Survive During High Risk Situations;� he co-developed the “Somebody Cares� program designed to teach basic awareness principles of strange awareness to children, and was the first to teach martial arts law enforcement tactics in Astonia, Russia with long time friend Soke- Joseph Hess. With a career, a family, and a dojo, Hanshi Bonacci was still able to capture numerous Karate championships, and a total of eight “Police Olympic� gold medals in karate.

In 1977 Hanshi Bonacci opened his first official dojo in Youngstown, Ohio. With the assistance of his good friend and student Shihan Max Ciscell, they formed the American Institute of Martial Arts logo, and developed the first student training manual. Over the years, much has evolved but the heart of the American Institute of Martial Arts is still the same. Shortly after, Hanshi Bonacci opened the(OSTI) “Officer’s Survival Training Institute,� and eventually was appointed as director for the (PSDI) “Police Self Defense Institute� under Hanshi George Anderson. Both organizations strived to provide advanced tactics training for police officers around the globe. Through his determination Hanshi Bonacci’s reputation as a fierce competitor and outstanding instructor grew throughout the eastern United States, and his student enrollment began to grow. Hanshi Bonacci developed some of the toughest martial art athletes in the United States and their reputation at tournaments was well respected. Some of these individuals now own and operate their own dojo, and are still strong members of the A.I.M.A. family.

When I began training with Hasnhi Bonacci in 1983, I remember how he was always off to some other place to teach seminars, organize martial arts events, or just spend time with some f his prominent martial arts friends. Personally I was thrilled to know that my instructor was so sought after, but I also wanted to know that when I was at the dojo he would be there teaching me. I remember how Mr. Bonacci would always bring in guest instructors and insist that we attend their lessons assuring us that it would help us become a better martial artist. At the time this was very hard for me to imagine because in my opinion I already had the best instructor around. I could have never been more correct about having the best around, because in Mr. Bonacci’s own wisdom he realized that other instructors had a great deal to offer and he had no problems with others teaching his students what they understood. Because of this attitude, one that was very hard to find at the time I might add, today I still enjoy the benefits of a well rounded martial arts education, and have made many good friends because of it. It is my humble opinion that this type of foresight is the mark of a truly great instructor. It was in 1986 that the martial arts world recognized the same about this giving person and inducted him into the World’s most elite martial arts hall of fame, “The Karate Hall of Fame.� In Mr. Bonacci’s own words, “I have been inducted into numerous martial arts hall of fame’s, but the Karate Hall of fame is dearest to me because it is a real facility were people can visit, and more importantly I am in there with my good friend and brother Joseph Hess.�

Since 1965 until present, Hanshi Joseph Bonacci has accomplished what would take most a lifetime. He is recognized nationally and internationally as a grandmaster instructor. He has served as contributing member to the infamous U.S.K.A. (United States Karate Association), as well as the U.S.A.K.F. (United States of America Karate Federation), the W.U.K.O. (World Union Karate Organization), the I.F.O.J.J. (International Federation of Ju-Jitsuans), the I.M.A.A. (International Martial Arts Association), the F.U.M.A. (Federation of United Martial Artists - crusade against crime), the P.S.D.I. (Police Self Defense Institute),the F.S.K.A. (Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association), the P.K.C. (Professional Karate Commission), and the A.A.U. (Amateur Athletic Union).

Hanshi Bonacci is currently regional manager for St. Moritz Securities, instructor for the Karate International Action Film Workshops, a founding member of the International Brotherhood of Martial Artists with Shihan Albenze, and active founder/advisor to the American Institute of Martial Arts International. Mr. Bonacci has also starred in18 feature films as an actor, stuntman, and weapons controller. He has worked with John Cusack, Danny Aeillo, Patrick Swayze, and many others. With so many outstanding accomplishments and victories his greatest battle to date was in 1994 when Mr. Bonacci underwent two liver transplant surgeries and literally had to fight for his very life against an enemy that went all the way back to his tour in Vietnam. While operating reconnaissance patrol Mr. Bonacci was subjected to multiple exposures in the jungles to a chemical agent used to clear the vegetation called Agent Orange, now a known carcinogen. It was this chemical that secretly attacked his liver, and almost took his life. I remember vividly traveling up to Ohio in1993 to meet with Mr. Bonacci prior to his departure for Oklahoma where he would have to lay in a hospital bed and await a donor transplant to survive.

When I met Hanshi Bonacci that night it was around 37 degrees below zero, a very cold night for Ohio, even by native standards. I believe that we were the only people crazy enough to go out that night. At the time, Mr. Bonacci was very sick, but it was he, who wanted to meet at the dojo for an evening of training with a few of his closest students...his martial arts family. It was this evening that Mr. Bonacci also promoted me to Nidan. I will never forget the edification of that evening as I spoke with Hanshi after the training session ended. In his time of tribulation, he spoke to me of spiritual strength in my life, friendships, and family. In essence he displayed what I believe to be an indomitable spirit, and shared a lesson most valuable that I will cherish the rest of my life. It was a true miracle how the outcome of his surgeries came about, but I will leave that testimony to him, as for me I thank God for his healing. Today Hanshi Bonacci still does what he loves best, raising his family, playing with the grandchildren, and sharing his passion in the martial arts with others. He is truly a grandmaster, he is my Sensei, but most importantly we are family!

patfromlogan
9/18/2009 9:51am,
While the org you mention sounds sucky, Joe was the real deal.

from http://www.worldblackbelt.com/Living_Legends/bonacci_joe.asp

October 17, 1947 - September 6, 2009) Hanshi Joseph Bonacci began his martial arts training in the year 1965, and what began as a way of learning to defend himself better, soon became the essence of his life; a life he shared unselfishly with all his students. Shortly after starting his martial arts training, Hanshi Bonacci was drafted into the US Army were he would serve his country in Vietnam. In 1968 Hanshi Bonacci began his tour with the ninth infantry recondo unit, spending a great deal of time in the Mekong Delta. It was during this time that Hanshi Bonacci found himself relying on his martial arts training quite frequently to stay alive. During his tour, Hanshi Bonacci received the Bronze Star, as well as the Cross of Gallantry for bravery under fire making; him a highly decorated veteran upon his discharge. During his overseas military training Mr. Bonacci studied Isshinryu karate, and received his Dan grade from the founder of Isshinryu karate, Tatsuo Shimabuku.

Grandmaster Shimabuku was contracted by the military to train their personnel. Small in stature, Shimabuku was probable best know for his incredible weapons abilities, and ability to drive a spiked nail into a wooden plank with a bare handed strike! (This brings to mind the mentality of many training sessions in the cool damp basement of the Officer’s Survival Training Institute, also founded by Mr. Bonacci) Shortly after receiving his Shodan from grandmaster Shimabuku, Mr. Bonacci was re-stationed and he sought out many instructors to try and fill the void of one so outstanding in the martial arts. His searching led him to Masatoshi Nakayama- Sensei, who at the time was a chief instructor under Gichin Funakoshi- Sensei, the founder of the Shotokan system. Sensei Nakayama accepted Mr. Bonacci with his current rank of shodan and began to train him the ways of the Shotokan style. Mr. Bonacci did receive his shodan from Sensei Nakayama in the Shotokan system and is one of only a few to receive rank directly under Nakayama Sensei.

Some of the highlights that Hanshi Bonacci achieved in the martial arts between combat tours was the prestigious title of 1969 “All Okinawan Karate Champion, and the 1970 “All Japanese Karate Champion.� Both were quite a feat for an American to accomplish! In late 1970 Mr. Bonacci was relocated to a base in Hawaii. During this time he had the pleasure of attending one of his favorite highlights in his martial art journeys by attending a demonstration seminar given by Gogen Yamagughi -Goju ryu. On his return to the mainland Hanshi Bonacci pursued a career as a Youngstown, Ohio Police officer.

Throughout his twenty two years of service he became a certified tactics instructor in three states, a national and international public speaker on crime prevention, produced numerous training manuals such as the acclaimed “How to Survive During High Risk Situations;� he co-developed the “Somebody Cares� program designed to teach basic awareness principles of strange awareness to children, and was the first to teach martial arts law enforcement tactics in Astonia, Russia with long time friend Soke- Joseph Hess. With a career, a family, and a dojo, Hanshi Bonacci was still able to capture numerous Karate championships, and a total of eight “Police Olympic� gold medals in karate.

In 1977 Hanshi Bonacci opened his first official dojo in Youngstown, Ohio. With the assistance of his good friend and student Shihan Max Ciscell, they formed the American Institute of Martial Arts logo, and developed the first student training manual. Over the years, much has evolved but the heart of the American Institute of Martial Arts is still the same. Shortly after, Hanshi Bonacci opened the(OSTI) “Officer’s Survival Training Institute,� and eventually was appointed as director for the (PSDI) “Police Self Defense Institute� under Hanshi George Anderson. Both organizations strived to provide advanced tactics training for police officers around the globe. Through his determination Hanshi Bonacci’s reputation as a fierce competitor and outstanding instructor grew throughout the eastern United States, and his student enrollment began to grow. Hanshi Bonacci developed some of the toughest martial art athletes in the United States and their reputation at tournaments was well respected. Some of these individuals now own and operate their own dojo, and are still strong members of the A.I.M.A. family.

When I began training with Hasnhi Bonacci in 1983, I remember how he was always off to some other place to teach seminars, organize martial arts events, or just spend time with some f his prominent martial arts friends. Personally I was thrilled to know that my instructor was so sought after, but I also wanted to know that when I was at the dojo he would be there teaching me. I remember how Mr. Bonacci would always bring in guest instructors and insist that we attend their lessons assuring us that it would help us become a better martial artist. At the time this was very hard for me to imagine because in my opinion I already had the best instructor around. I could have never been more correct about having the best around, because in Mr. Bonacci’s own wisdom he realized that other instructors had a great deal to offer and he had no problems with others teaching his students what they understood. Because of this attitude, one that was very hard to find at the time I might add, today I still enjoy the benefits of a well rounded martial arts education, and have made many good friends because of it. It is my humble opinion that this type of foresight is the mark of a truly great instructor. It was in 1986 that the martial arts world recognized the same about this giving person and inducted him into the World’s most elite martial arts hall of fame, “The Karate Hall of Fame.� In Mr. Bonacci’s own words, “I have been inducted into numerous martial arts hall of fame’s, but the Karate Hall of fame is dearest to me because it is a real facility were people can visit, and more importantly I am in there with my good friend and brother Joseph Hess.�

Since 1965 until present, Hanshi Joseph Bonacci has accomplished what would take most a lifetime. He is recognized nationally and internationally as a grandmaster instructor. He has served as contributing member to the infamous U.S.K.A. (United States Karate Association), as well as the U.S.A.K.F. (United States of America Karate Federation), the W.U.K.O. (World Union Karate Organization), the I.F.O.J.J. (International Federation of Ju-Jitsuans), the I.M.A.A. (International Martial Arts Association), the F.U.M.A. (Federation of United Martial Artists - crusade against crime), the P.S.D.I. (Police Self Defense Institute),the F.S.K.A. (Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association), the P.K.C. (Professional Karate Commission), and the A.A.U. (Amateur Athletic Union).

Hanshi Bonacci is currently regional manager for St. Moritz Securities, instructor for the Karate International Action Film Workshops, a founding member of the International Brotherhood of Martial Artists with Shihan Albenze, and active founder/advisor to the American Institute of Martial Arts International. Mr. Bonacci has also starred in18 feature films as an actor, stuntman, and weapons controller. He has worked with John Cusack, Danny Aeillo, Patrick Swayze, and many others. With so many outstanding accomplishments and victories his greatest battle to date was in 1994 when Mr. Bonacci underwent two liver transplant surgeries and literally had to fight for his very life against an enemy that went all the way back to his tour in Vietnam. While operating reconnaissance patrol Mr. Bonacci was subjected to multiple exposures in the jungles to a chemical agent used to clear the vegetation called Agent Orange, now a known carcinogen. It was this chemical that secretly attacked his liver, and almost took his life. I remember vividly traveling up to Ohio in1993 to meet with Mr. Bonacci prior to his departure for Oklahoma where he would have to lay in a hospital bed and await a donor transplant to survive.

When I met Hanshi Bonacci that night it was around 37 degrees below zero, a very cold night for Ohio, even by native standards. I believe that we were the only people crazy enough to go out that night. At the time, Mr. Bonacci was very sick, but it was he, who wanted to meet at the dojo for an evening of training with a few of his closest students...his martial arts family. It was this evening that Mr. Bonacci also promoted me to Nidan. I will never forget the edification of that evening as I spoke with Hanshi after the training session ended. In his time of tribulation, he spoke to me of spiritual strength in my life, friendships, and family. In essence he displayed what I believe to be an indomitable spirit, and shared a lesson most valuable that I will cherish the rest of my life. It was a true miracle how the outcome of his surgeries came about, but I will leave that testimony to him, as for me I thank God for his healing. Today Hanshi Bonacci still does what he loves best, raising his family, playing with the grandchildren, and sharing his passion in the martial arts with others. He is truly a grandmaster, he is my Sensei, but most importantly we are family!

Crushing Step
9/18/2009 5:28pm,
I never met the guy personally, but was in the org and have met four of the shihan level instructors. If he was the real deal, he didn't know how to pass that knowledge onto others. All I ever heard was Hanshi Bonacci worship from sucky martial artists.

I take it back, one of the four shihans I met was a knowledgable, respectful badass. The other three were pretty much useless turds.

maofas
9/18/2009 10:11pm,
I'm perfectly willing to believe he's a legitimate Isshin Ryu and Shotokan black belt. The whole 10th dan soke thing is just blatantly silly however.

MrGalt
9/20/2009 10:23am,
Was his Isshinryu dan grading one of those deals where he spends 9 months in Okinawa and Shimabuku gives him a 3rd dan before he steps on the plane back to America, but tells him not to wear it for five or ten years? There was a lot of that going on back in the 50s with Isshinryu, according to some of the reading and listening I've done. Whole martial arts careers took place during that plane ride.

Crushing Step
9/21/2009 2:52pm,
This org had a few cops in it, I believe Joe was as well or at least he trained them. I really don't care enough to look up which. Anyway that was always immediate prrof that their krotty was teh real for teh street. Then we would learn move for move "bunkai" out of the kata. Utterly silly stuff, I really hope the police force was taught better...

Eddie Hardon
9/22/2009 7:51am,
I never met the guy personally, but was in the org and have met four of the shihan level instructors. If he was the real deal, he didn't know how to pass that knowledge onto others. All I ever heard was Hanshi Bonacci worship from sucky martial artists.

I take it back, one of the four shihans I met was a knowledgable, respectful badass. The other three were pretty much useless turds.

Pardon my idle curiosity. HAve you an opinion on his Bronze Star and his Cross of Gallantry during his Service in the Mekong Delta during 1968?

I ask as you have a Military tag and may have an opinion on the necessary Qualities likely to be required by a Gallantry award winner; additionally a Recondo; moreover, one in the 9th.

I seem to remember that the 9th had a, er, "formidable" reputation.

I'm in London, UK, just in case you're wondering.

Thank you.

thebigdog
9/26/2009 11:23pm,
I'm perfectly willing to believe he's a legitimate Isshin Ryu and Shotokan black belt. The whole 10th dan soke thing is just blatantly silly however.

I agree. I just don't beleave in magic.

Crushing Step
10/02/2009 11:45am,
For disclaimer's sake, yeah it sucks that someone has died. If you know this guy I don't mean any offense to his loss, just his shitty operation.

I decided I should quote myself, as someone decided that a great way to contact me to discuss my post was not by posting an opposing opinion here, and not by sending me a provate message, but commenting my profile. OK sure, why not.

Again, I never met the now late great grand master soke hanshi Joe Pesci, I mean Bonacci. I have witnessed plenty of self-promotion among his org's members, and everyone who did train with this guy idolized him. That's my personal observation, and I suppose anyone has plenty of right to disagree.

For what it's worth, I didn't read the wall of text posted on my profile before deleting it. The quick once over I did make proved it was surely proof of my OP, nut riding.

jkdbuck76
10/03/2009 8:43am,
RIP, Mr. Bonacci.

patfromlogan
10/03/2009 9:39am,
He sounds like a hell of a guy - and might have had a much longer life except for serving in the Army and United States Pentagon's policy of using Agent Orange. More than 21,000,000 US gallons of Agent Orange were sprayed across South Vietnam.
http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/images/stories/gal/15/b/3-agent-orange-696.jpg

Crushing Step
10/03/2009 7:10pm,
I'd like to point out the phenomenon another poster noted on the "Japan Discovers Ninjers" thread, linked here FYI:
Japan discovers ninjers- hijinks ensue - No BS MMA and Martial Arts (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=90464)

A user points out how absurdly people idolize eastern martial arts and their masters. I think it is very fitting.

I suppose in fairness to Mr Bonacci's passing, I should take my collected notes about the organization and post in a separate thread. The topic will be a lot funnier without the gloomy air of a recent passing.

mike albenze
10/03/2009 7:15pm,
I decided I should quote myself, as someone decided that a great way to contact me to discuss my post was not by posting an opposing opinion here, and not by sending me a provate message, but commenting my profile. OK sure, why not..

Crushing step,

“From the one you called moron , I will repost my message for you.”

We have never met and unfortunately we must now talk under unfavorable terms. I have joined this site because of your recent post, and am writing you in regards to your post concerning Joseph Bonacci. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and obviously you have yours.

I will not debate your reckless banter of someone you never met, however I will address something that I hope you will understand. I have read some of your posts on the net and have learned much about you even though you do not reveal who you are. You seem to wish for your readers to assume you are a family man, and you say you have served this country in the military.

Well here is the biggest NUT RUB... Mrs. Bonacci was researching information on her husband Joseph shortly after his death and she found your article using “google” and she cried. Your disclaimer did not help much.

I was at his funeral and watched as children and a community mourned, I watched the police department honor guard honor him and I watched him receive a veterans burial as they discussed a highly decorated vet who proudly served his country, community, and yes his students (to include the bronze star with 5 oak leaf clusters and the cross of gallantry again with five oak leaf clusters, to include the purple heart).

I don't care what you think about your experience with someone in martial arts you claim was terrible, what I do care about is a mourning wife of a combat veteran who has to read your banter and bashing of something that he created and shared with his wife and children, his students and for them they hold it dear to their heart.
Your article on "where were you on 911" was interesting, and yes I know where I was. I was at work at the fire department watching and mourning for the families who were losing loved ones.

I mention this because it has a hint of eluding to some what intelligent person so I hope you get what I am saying about your post here.

Your uneducated attempt to bash a bad experience in your life has affected the Bonacci family personally directly after his death, and you should be feeling pretty crappy about that.

For the record you can read Joseph Bonacci's bio listed at world black belt (www.worldblackbelt.com (http://www.worldblackbelt.com)) as he is not a “self proclaimed” grand master. He is recognized by many reputable people as a legitimately ranked instructor in his given style of martial arts. It may not be what you like but regardless of your perfection, it is legit and he is ranked by the WUKO/WKF to the 8th degree which is the official governing body (NGB) for the International Olympic Committee along with many other hard earned awards I will not bore you with.

Once again, it may not be in your "favorite" style but it is as legit as it gets and for you to disgrace him to his family publicly with your article... well as a husband and veteran yourself, you have stooped pretty low and acted incredibly dishonorable as a man, a veteran, and a martial artist.

I hope you take this message for what it is; it is my opinion of one man who seems to have a some what honorable background acting very dishonorable just for the sake of posting a blog for others to discuss and fuss over.

As for me, you can be reach me directly anytime at my office here in Florida. If you have checked our AIMA site “on occasion” then maybe you will recognize my name. I do not know who you are, as it seems to be much more convenient for you to not provide that information, anywhere. Again, as for me my door is always open and I can assure you I have never hid behind a title, style, or belt and I welcome all "guests" such as yourself who seem to have some misguided preconceptions.

In closing, I could care less what you think of AIMA or anybody in the organization including me. I am persuaded to believe your true colors are above for all to see. What I do care about, what everyone else here on this site should care about, is a very loving wife who was crushed by your arrogant letter... I hope you can see that as your "cover name" has eluded to, this is just one more “crushing step” you can add to your credits... I hope you, your wife and family are proud.

Cordially,

Mike Albenze
President of AIMA

Crushing Step
10/03/2009 7:23pm,
Thanks so much for the post Mike.

It is Fake
10/03/2009 7:33pm,
Crushing step

“From the one you called moron , I will repost my message for you.”

We have never met and unfortunately we must now talk under unfavorable terms. I have joined this site because of your recent post, and am writing you in regards to your post concerning Joseph Bonacci. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and obviously you have yours.

I will not debate your reckless banter of someone you never met, however I will address something that I hope you will understand. I have read some of your posts on the net and have learned much about you even though you do not reveal who you are. You seem to wish for your readers to assume you are a family man, and you say you have served this country in the military.

Well here is the biggest NUT RUB... Mrs. Bonacci was researching information on her husband Joseph shortly after his death and she found your article using “google” and she cried. Your disclaimer did not help much.

I was at his funeral and watched as children and a community mourned, I watched the police department honor guard honor him and I watched him receive a veterans burial as they discussed a highly decorated vet who proudly served his country, community, and yes his students (to include the bronze star with 5 oak leaf clusters and the cross of gallantry again with five oak leaf clusters, to include the purple heart).


I don't care what you think about your experience with someone in martial arts you claim was terrible, what I do care about is a mourning wife of a combat veteran who has to read your banter and bashing of something that he created and shared with his wife and children, his students and for them they hold it dear to their heart.

Your article on "where were you on 911" was interesting, and yes I know where I was. I was at work at the fire department watching and mourning for the families who were losing loved ones.

I mention this because it has a hint of eluding to some what intelligent person so I hope you get what I am saying about your post here.

Your uneducated attempt to bash a bad experience in your life has affected the Bonacci family personally directly after his death, and you should be feeling pretty crappy about that.

For the record you can read Joseph Bonacci's bio listed at world black belt (www.worldblackbelt.com (http://www.worldblackbelt.com)) as he is not a “self proclaimed” grand master. He is recognized by many reputable people as a legitimately ranked instructor in his given style of martial arts. It may not be what you like but regardless of your perfection, it is legit and he is ranked by the WUKO/WKF to the 8th degree which is the official governing body (NGB) for the International Olympic Committee along with many other hard earned awards I will not bore you with.

Once again, it may not be in your "favorite" style but it is as legit as it gets and for you to disgrace him to his family publicly with your article... well as a husband and veteran yourself, you have stooped pretty low and acted incredibly dishonorable as a man, a veteran, and a martial artist.

I hope you take this message for what it is; it is my opinion of one man who seems to have a some what honorable background acting very dishonorable just for the sake of posting a blog for others to discuss and fuss over.

As for me, you can be reach me directly anytime at my office here in Florida. If you have checked our AIMA site “on occasion” then maybe you will recognize my name. I do not know who you are, as it seems to be much more convenient for you to not provide that information, anywhere. Again, as for me my door is always open and I can assure you I have never hid behind a title, style, or belt and I welcome all "guests" such as yourself who seem to have some misguided preconceptions.

In closing, I could care less what you think of AIMA or anybody in the organization including me. I am persuaded to believe your true colors are above for all to see. What I do care about, what everyone else here on this site should care about, is a very loving wife who was crushed by your arrogant letter... I hope you can see that as your "cover name" has eluded to, this is just one more “crushing step” you can add to your credits... I hope you, your wife and family are proud.


]Mike Albenze
President of AIMA



Welcome to the website. This is not an article nor, was his other post. It is the opinion of one individual.