I consider Jim Harrison not only one of my trainers, the other was Roger Carpenter but a personal friend. If you would ever get to know Jim, you would know that he is neither a "loon" nor is he "arrogant" and he especially is NOT a "crazy person". I have traveled with him on many occasions and you would never have a clue who he is. He has stayed with me in my home on occasions and my wife was very impressed with how nice a man he is and she knew almost nothing about him or my past involvement with him. Jim has a low tolerance of bullies, bragerts or dis-honerable people. Those people need to keep a distance and even then, they would have to push to cause a problem... but, if they insist, they do so at their own peril. If you want some real self-defence, and have the guts to train under him, you will learn that he is NONE of the items you mention. Oh, and just to mention, there are none of those in his school. They are weeded out in a couple of lessons or change their attitudes. I have done many demonstrations with him and the man certainly is all and more that is said of him. Schoolboy, arrogant loon and the other items you mention is certainly not any of them.
Proud to sign my name... Bob Moseley
He sounds like a crazy person. Oh, I have no doubt that he's a great fighter. But he sounds like an arrogant loon. He's everything that a martial artist is not supposed to be, character wise. "If you don't amend an insult, you're considered a coward." ??? So martial artists should risk seriously hurting or even killing someone (you never know what might happen in a fight) over verbal insults? How juvenile! How contrary to the humility and compassion a martial artist should have.
I teach my students the exact opposite: never use your skills except to defend yourself or others. Never fight over words. That's what schoolboys and drunks do. A truly honorable person cannot be harmed by someone's words. Honor is not something that someone else can take away. It is a matter of character. So never fight when you can walk away. Why? Because we are not put into this world to hurt other people needlessly. With power comes responsibility. A true martial artist doesn't have to prove anything to anyone.
Now I suppose he'll want to fight me.
I began training with Jim Harrison in Kansas City in 1964 shortly after he opened his first Bushidokan dojo. I remember when he earned his black belt from his instructor, Jim Wax. His reputation as an outstanding competitor and excellent instructor is well deserved. I saw him fight many matches in many tournaments all over the United States and he was always a fierce competitor.
Jim also developed many great competitors while in Kansas City: Jay Garrett, Mark Payne and Steve Mackey...just to name a few. The Bushidokan training system he developed is still in place today more than forty-five years later and continues to turn out fine martial artists. Jim has left his mark in the world of martial arts as an excellent competitor and an excellent instructor.
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I was a student of Jim Harrison in 1970-1974 in Mission Kansas.
This article tells some of Jim's story but it dose not tell how good of a teacher he is. Jim spends time with those who work hard and listen to him and if you don't well to bad.
I once road with Jim and Janet to St. Louis to a tournament Fred Wren was holding, in the car I showed Jim a card I had from a organization for Karate which I thought at the time was sound Jim said it was a paper tiger club and through it out the window, at the tournament his students from white belt up were no paper tigers. Shawn, Jim’s son was giving me private lessons because of my work hours. At the time I was studying Judo. In all the time I studied I receive an Orange Belt. In those days the belts were White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Purple, Brown and Black. And all the belts had three levels one tip color second tip color and then stripe and each level required a test to prove you deserved it and earned it. In those days I was in with the television station and one of my friends had a talk show. I was able to get Jim an interview with the show and after Jim showed a few things to the producer he became a regular on the show, the audience loved him. I could go on about Jim but I will finish by saying talk is cheap. Jim is the real deal
I have not seen Jim in thirty years. Jim is a great for Karate and a friend.
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