Goshin-Do E-Museum – Coming Soon

14 Jun

It gives me great pleasure to announce that work has begun on creating a vast digital archive containing all manner of Goshin-Do memorabilia, including, but not limited to archival documents, photographs and video of Shihan Frank Van Lenten and the earliest days of the Goshin-Do Karate-Do Association and the later Goshin-Do Karate-Do Kyokai.


In addition, the subsequent years of Goshin-Do Karate-Do under the leadership of Shihan Thomas DeFelice and the contemporaneous familial branches under various Goshin-Do / Ryu family trees will be included.

This vast digital project, an electronic museum (E-Museum) available on DVD, will take several months to complete. During this process, we will keep readers up to date and offer a look at tantalizing bits of karate-do family history. This E-museum should be of interest to any karate-ka that traces their lineage back to Shihan Fran Van Lenten, including practitioners of Goshin-Do Karate, Goshin-Ryu Karate, Goshin-Kai, Kanzen Goju-ryu and similar styles.

Video of Shihan Frank Van Lenten circa 1960:

To peak your interest, I thought I would provide you with a brief clip of footage digitalized from old 16 mm film of Shihan Frank Van Lenten from the mid to late 1960’s. To view a video with archival training footage of Shihan Van Lenten, circa 1960’s, featuring Sensei Wesley Evans, Sensei Jack Porta and Shihan Thomas DeFelice, please click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLD5fMSvDI8

I hope you enjoy.

Sensei John Szmitkowski
Karate-Do No Renshi
Goshin-Do Karate-Do


4 Responses to “Goshin-Do E-Museum – Coming Soon”

  1. Walt Wiegand July 25, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Thank you for giving Goshin Do (Way/Path of Human Defense) a presence on the internet. I look forward to reading more and incorporating the knowledge into my life.

    • defeliceryu July 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

      Thank-you for your comment.
      We will have more archival videos and photos (including a few of your Dad). Then we will add Kata videos in the near future. I am glad you enjoy the blog.
      — Sensei John Szmitkowski

  2. Gradmaster Frankie Mitchell November 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    I would like to say that I’m very proud to be a student directly under Great Grandmaster Frank Van Lenten when he taught at the CNY karate School in Syracuse New York in the 1970’s. After he retired from the US Marine Corp he was my original Sensei, he promoted me to Yudansha and he rewarded me when I was good and chastised me when I was too cocky. It was he that inspired me to create my own system Hatha Goju which was founded in 1979. I will never forget Shihan and what he’s done in my life, Thank you Shihan

    • defeliceryu November 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

      Dear Shihan Mitchell:
      Thank-you for perusing our blog and sharing your memories of Shihan Van Lenten. In the future, I hope to have more archival videos uploaded to the internet. In the meantime, my best to you and your Hatha Goju-ryu students and I welcome your future visits to the blog.
      Sensei John Szmitkowski

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