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About Shidoshi Pierre T. Rene

It began in the year 1955, when an air plane arriving at International Airport landed. On this plane, his parents, brother and he had just arrived from a small island in the West Indies called Haiti. He had departed from the capital of Haiti, Port-Au-Prince, where he was born.

The United States had many surprises for newly arriving foreigners. They of course (or should I say his father) picked Brooklyn, New York to live in. The land of opportunity they called it. As the years sped by, they were made aware of the ever lurking danger the streets offered for little or nothing. The merciless streets were ever prepared to take advantage of any and all persons not in tune with this particular environment.

Unable to speak English, his family and he had to learn things the hard way. As he recalls, they were always being harassed in one form or another. He found himself fighting to protect not only his dignity and his family's, but very often his life. It was hard enough growing up in New York as a New York, but as a foreigner unable to communicate, his problems were greatly exacerbated. He soon began attending Catholic Elementary School, which was relatively easier than the Public School system he had been introduced to. Attending High School (Wingate, Erasmus and Andrew Jackson) soon showed him that he would need to know something other than book learning. It was during this time that he was introduced to the Martial Arts. His first contact with it was made when he was invited to go along with some friends to watch a Judo demonstration. He'll never forget the feeling that was introduced to him that day. He was greatly impressed with the discipline, respect and control the probationers used, but yet something appeared to be missing.

He was never one for letting someone grab him or even get that close. The kids in school had taught him only too well what happens to a person who allows someone to walk upon him. It was at this time that a friend of his who knew Karate asked him if he wanted to learn. That meant that he had to give up hanging out, jitterbugging and starting trouble. By this time he was totally unable to cope with the school system, so he left school in the 11th grade. That was in 1964. One year later(1965) he was drafted into the U.S. Army. The Army played a crucial part in his Karate life. Here he was able to further the Art without much interruption. The Green Hornet was being aired on T. V. at this time.

He was sent to Vietnam, and after returning state-side, he made up his mind to continue his studies in the Art. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1967. To his surprise, when he returned, his brothers were also involved. They were, in his opinion, attending one of the greatest schools, and without a doubt, were being taught by the greatest practitioner then. He was referring here to Grandmaster George Cofield. Due to reasons of their own, his brothers(Hodelin, Serge and Bobby Rene) had opened their own school under the guidance of his brother Hodelin.

He soon learned the art of Sho-To-Kan which he had not previously been familiar with. He had been a Chinese practitioner all this time. Learning the terminology of this art came after years of practicing. Because of relocation, his brother was forced to close his school. This left him with one thought in mind. That was to open his own school and pick up where his brother had left off. Shortly thereafter, he was teaching all over New York and participating in tournaments along with his students.

Since that time, he has practiced and taught the Art in many institutions: The New York Police Academy, The Y.M.CA, Banks, Schools and Colleges (one of which he received his B. S. in Sociology from). He initiated and taught the Medgar Evers Karate Club.

He deeply feels that without the perseverance and determination of such practitioners as: George Cofield, Ron Van Clief (who, incidentally, he feels is a very special person), Moses Powell, Louis Neglia, Thomas Louis, Thomas LaPuppet, Leon wallace, Ted Mills (of Blue Magic), Fed Hamilton, his brother and many, many more, the Art would not be where it is today. He , on the other hand, has benefited in terms of social, physical and economic growth.

He believes wholeheartedly that without the Martial Arts there will be no future. As the slogan says, "We are the masters of our destiny." He says, "We must learn to master ourselves first, before mastering our destinies

In the 1970's he pulled together a team of fighters who were the only team good enough to go toe to toe with the fiercest fighters of that decade, the notorious "Bando" fighters of the mid-Atlantic east coast. In the 1980's he put together a team of fighters who consistently stole the show as they represented New York State and battled their way to championships in what was once the showcase for the best martial arts talent in the world Aaron Banks' "Oriental World of Self Defense." In the 90's he has added on to his legacy , starting anew here in Orlando. Another city, another legend built upon the same values and principles as the others-commitment, hard work, and practice, practice, practice!!!

Professor Pierre continues a long and distinguished career in teaching youth (and also adults) the rigors of self-dicipline. He received his 10th Degree Red Belt in 1981 at the Oriental World of Self Defense in Madison Square Garden , A Full Contact Lightweight Karate Champion Ranked 3rd in the world in 1978, and a recipient of the"Key to the City" from New York City Brooklyn borough president Howard Golden(1983) for his work with the youth of New York City. Now in Orlando, Men women and children can learn the art of Karate from one of the greatest teachers in America, Professor Pierre Rene is a member of Masters in Action and the East Coast Hall of Fame. Prof. has served as the ambassador for the W.P.KO(World Professional Karate Organization). He is the founder and president of the U.S.P.K.H(United States Professional Karate Headquarters), he is also one of the founding fathers of the ASA(American Sho-To-Kan Association). Kyoshi Pierre has hosted his very own Karate Hall of Fame inducting martial masters such as Ron Austin, Ron Jeter, Larry (Thunderfoot) Cureton, Warrior Prince, Little K.A and many more. During his career, he organized seminars, festival, promoted youth development with inner city organizations and law enforcement, and put on hundreds of exhibitons--not to mention the thousands of children Professor Pierre has mentored over fourty-nine years of teaching.
Professor Pierre Rene's method of teaching Karate has helped Adults as well as children, including those struggling with Attention Deficit Disorder, hyperactivity and behavioral problems, to put self-disipline, self control, self-confidence, concentration, perseverance and an understanding of commitment into their lives. Values that strengthen the spirit and the mind and develops the confidence to face whatever challenges life presents.