Hanshi  D.R. McCall                       McCall early "Thunder Bolts"years!

                                                                    "I WALK ALONE"

                                      

 

Mr. McCall assisted Hanshi Piddington with the operation and managing of 5 Karate schools he ran during the late 70’s thru 1986 in Charlotte, N.C.  Mr. McCall was the Chief instructor for Hanshi Piddington Studios as well as his mentor for all School programs.

                              

In return for Mr. McCall’s loyalty to the Art and to Hanshi Jerry Piddington, Hanshi trained Mr. McCall in all areas of fighting that  included Full Contact Karate, Sport Karate and Forms. The relationship resulted in Mr. McCall becoming a World rated Full-Contact fighter and one of sport Karate's top  fighters in the U.S.( over 300 wins) They pioneered the art of full contact fighting when the gloves were no more than ½ the weight of today’s non-contact sport karate gloves -  mere ounces, when a mouth piece, hand wraps and cup were optional, when spinning techniques and deadly blows were allowed. Hitting after the break was acceptable as well as kicking while you were down and was even overlooked. Blood and guts don’t even begin to describe the early wars in the full Contact Karate World. Mr. McCall said “At the Battle of Atlanta during the World Title fight, I watched Ross Scott hold onto the ropes and kick Jerry Rhome repeatedly in the head and it was overlooked as acceptable fighting technique” (resulting in an injury that retired Rhome for years .) 

                          

 Mr. McCall was Ross Scott’s sparring partner in training for the Rhome World Title fight with Jerry Rhome. Ross won this fight after getting up from a first round knockdown and won the title.  Hanshi then sent Mr. McCall to Glen Keeney and Parker Shelton and many other world rated fighters and he trained with the best heavy weigh in the world ‘Ross Scott’.  Kyoshi McCall said ”. I returned a better fighter and with total  respect  for Ross and Glen Keeney and Parker Shelton (rip) who are true Karate legends and pioneers in the karate world.

                    

Kyoshi  McCall martial arts instructor, administrator and former World Rated Full Contact Fighter holds an 9th degree Black belt in  American Shorei/Shorin Karatedo, an 9th dan in American Freestyle Karate (Kyoshi Founded AFSK in 1975), a fourth degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and a first degree black sash in li Ki Kung Fu and Hish do Kwan. He holds certifications as a Coach/Instructor, Referee, Rank Examiner and Kata JudgeMr. McCall has studied with Hanshi Piddington for the last 37 years. Hanshi insured that Mr. McCall trained with the best to be the best, which included, Joe Martin, Buddy Springs, Paul Storm, Ross Scott, Parker Shelton(RIP), Glenn Keeney, Bill Wallace, Joe Lewis(RIP), Marty Knight Mike Genova, Bobby Tucker, Gary Lee, Ernie “Radar” Smith(RIP), Keith Vitali, Keith Haflich (RIP), Larry Hartsell (RIP) (one of Bruce lee's original student) and so many other great Karate Pioneers.

 

                             Mr. McCall began studying the martial arts in 1970 and competing in 1973. One of the top  fighters on the East Coast from 1973 till 1993, he has placed or won in every tournament he has entered on the east coast. Some of his wins include, first place wins at the Appalachian Open(1982); South Piedmont Pro/Am Open; US Karate Olympics(1980,1981); South Carolina Team point Competition(1982);Kyo-Kushinkia , Kyoshi won the Full contact Bare-Knuckle Fight Competition(1981)(like his mentor Hanshi, McCall also loved Bare-knuckle fighting); Won Top ten Karate Fall Nationals(1981);Won The Greenville pro-Am (1980);Won USKA Grand Nationals(1977) 2nd place Battle of Atlanta(1977-83); Won executive fighting Battle of Atlanta(1987); Mr. McCall (Thunderbolt) was a member of the awesome undefeated Charlotte Warhawks; And many, many more Tournaments. (over 300 wins)  Mr. McCall has been  rated in the top ten  which was a big honor in the late 70’s and early 80’s as there was only one top ten Sanctioning body in the US.

 

                       Kyoshi McCall has received numerous  fighting awards from, AKA, NKA, and SEKA, was named “Fighter of the Year” by the Dojo Organization 1978; Official Karate’s Fighter of the year 1980.  Danny McCall was the co-captain of the undefeated Charlotte Warhawks Kick Boxing Team.1974-1976. He was also the North Carolina Light Heavy weight  and Heavy weight Champion and U.S. Full-Contact Champion (light-heavy & Heavy Weight).  Rated No# 1 for 5 years with NKA.

Living Legends Pioneer Award (2003)Hanshi & Bob Wall of World Black Belt. Com  ( co-star of "ENTER the Dragon" with Bruce Lee) awarded  Kyoshi McCall the "Living Legend Pioneer Award "(2003)

Kyoshi McCall was inducted as "Kyoshi of the Year" in the 2007 Universal  Black Belt Hall of Fame in Texas . 

Hanshi McCall was Awarded the "Golden Life Time Achievement " in the 2008 World Union Karate Hall of  Fame (June 28th 2008) in Tannersville, Pa.

Hanshi McCall was awarded "Golden Life Achievement Award" at the 2008 Masters Hall of Fame in Orange County , Anaheim , Ca. (August 16 2008)

Hanshi McCall was honored at the "2011 Dojo Organization Hall of Fame" as the "Greatest Heavy Wt. Fighters of  his  era"

       AS A MARTIAL ARTISTS  ONE KNOW  WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HONORED BY YOUR PEERS. THEN TO HAVE AN AWESOME MEAL WITH MY BAND OF BLACK BELT WARRIORS WHO ARE A CREDIT TO THE ART & SPORT. YOUR BELIEFS WILL ALWAYS CONTROL YOUR LIFE...I ALWAYS BELIEVED I COULD BE ONE OF THE BEST, BUT TO BE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE GREATEST HEAVY WEIGHTS OF MY ERA IS TRULY AN HONOR.  I AM VERY BLESSED AND THANKS TO ALL WHO VOTED FOR  ME .  Much Respect & Thanks McCall

“BECOME WHAT YOU BELIEVE”  MATTHEW 9:29

Awarded 2014 "Man of the Year"  at the Dixie National Karate Tournament...by Dewey Earwood and members of the SC Karate Hall of Fame.

 a History General and Pioneer of American Sport Karate, Mr.  McCall traveled all over the east coast placing an or winning every major tournament from 1974 till 1999, ( over 300 wins) not only in fighting but in katas as well. He was a pioneer and supporter of the now “DOJO Organization” in the early 70’s. This was the first independent karate organization to be set up in North Carolina.  Founder of the American Freestyle Karate (AFKC)in 1975.  Mr. McCall is one of the Co-Founders of the American Karate Academies National Association. (AKANA) 

Presently, Mr. McCall still teaches 3 days a week as he has done for 39 years. Mr. Lingerfelt operates the studio in Fort Mill S.C.  Mr. McCall and Mr. McClellan operate the studio in Denver N.C. . . . Mr. Carroll operates the School in Kings Mountain, N.C.  ...Mr. Sharpe operates the Mt Holly school.

Hanshi McCall went to Sonora, Ca. April 5 thru 9 2007 to learn Firewalking from the Master Firewalking Instructor Tolly Burkan who is the most knowledgeable person  in the world today on the art of Firewalking. Kyoshi McCall felt it was time for something new and choose to study and he has decided to explore Firewalking.

Click here for more info chest detailChanged By Fire, Challenged By Life".

 

Kyoshi McCall was promoted to 9th Dan in American Open Shorei/shorin

                                                                                                                                      by Hanshi Piddington 11/24/07 in VA

              

Mr. McCall with his son Matt (4th degree black belt), raced in the weekly NASCAR racing series. Matt McCall like his dad has become a champion at his sport of racing. Matt McCall makes some time to assist Hanshi McCall in the karate school as well as work for Chip Ganassi Racing as a Crew Chief for Jamie  McMurray.  Special  Sara McCall is Owns and operates  for Stunning & Brillant in Surfside Beach after completing College at Coastal Carolina, with a Degree in Graphics Design .  Sara was a very active cross-country runner while at North Lincoln. However basketball is her true love along with  pursuing a modeling career or design of clothing and is the love of Hanshi's life.                                            

                                                                             Mr. McCall wants all Martial Artists to share and give back as he and Hanshi have done all their life.

"I am first a martial artist, striving to teach and reach the highest level of living, through the Martial Arts world ." "I am committed to learning, to free my spirit, so I will become the best I can possible be. It will be them that I can stimulate, inspire, share powerful ideas and lead others to become the best they can possible be. Giving this unconditional love to my students gives me an overwhelming sense of self-fulfillment. It makes me happy and touches my spirituality!"  "I know the martial arts is one of life's greatest gifts to create positive change in a students life.

" To be better today than I was yesterday is a great lesson for all. God is Good ! Keep him in your life!

Hanshi McCall said "Black Belt's remember, "PAY ATTENTION" the student you teach next may save his or her life and start their journey of a dream to be the best at what ever they do. All Martial Artists should keep a journal and keep your schedule and goals near, as life is short. If you don’t have a target - what will you hit? If you don’t set goals for yourself, somebody else will. So make your life fun and plan to succeed. Please get yourself a mental management system that works for you. Imitate the Champions, train hard. Have big dreams! Dreams will drive you to accomplish great things. You are in control of you, what you focus on expands.

                                                                         

                                                In whatever you do.  Have Fun!!!  In a Warriors Heart !! There is No Surrender !!

                                                                                               Much Respect ...........OSU! " Hanshi  McCall"                                                                                                 hanshimccall@gmail.com              HOME  

Mr. McCall knows what combat is -- he spent 3 years in the US Army and a year in the jungles of Vietnam.  Mr. McCall was a Sergeant in the Army and received numerous awards for combat. Some of his Battle Awards include a Bronze Star, Silver Star, Air Medal and the Purple Heart for gun shot wounds received while in combat in Vietnam. It was that day June 7th 1970 in Vietnam, Mr. McCall made a promise to always live each day as his last and look for the good in all people and let God lead him and guide him. "Forgive and Forget Daily "

                                

    

 May the good Lord be with you
Down every road you roam
And may sunshine and happiness
Surround you when you're far from home
And may you grow to be proud
Dignified and true
And do unto others
As you'd have done to you
Be courageous and be brave
And in my heart you'll always stay
Forever Young, Forever Young
Forever Young, Forever Young

May good fortune be with you
May your guiding light be strong
Build a stairway to Heaven
With a prince or a vagabond

And may you never love in vain
And in my heart you will remain
Forever Young, Forever Young
Forever Young, Forever Young
Forever Young
Forever Young

Yeah

And when you finally fly away
I'll be hoping that I served you well
For all the wisdom of a lifetime
No one can ever tell

But whatever road you choose
I'm right behind you, win or lose
Forever Young, Forever Young
Forever Young, Forever Young
Forever Young, Forever Young
For...
Forever Young, Forever Young


     

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                                                                                           God Bless you.......OSU!!   Kyoshi McCall