J. Dometrich, Hanshi, 8th Dan, began his training
in Japan in 1953 under the direct guidance of Tsuyoshi
Chitose, Founder of Chito Ryu Karate-do. He was the co-Founder
of the United
States Chito Ryu Karate Federation.
began writing The Endless Quest some 20 years ago.
At first he simply started collecting small notes which
he jotted down as he remembered stories and events which
occurred during his training in Japan under the direct
guidance of Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose, founder of Chito
Ryu Karate-do. Over the years, the book emerged
into what it is today a personal history of Karate-do
Thanks to The Endless Quest, Dometrich Hanshi's story continues to be widely told.
Students of all karate styles can now get a glimpse of
what it was like to train directly under one of the "old
masters" of karate-do. Chitose O-Sensei was
one of the most important architects of modern karate-do
during a key time in its development and without knowing
why, William J. Dometrich was accepted as his first non-Japanese
Endless Quest is a valuable and insightful
addition to the growing body of martial arts
literature whose focus is to reveal the true
spirit of the Japanese budo that of
perseverance, dedication, and service. Students
of all martial arts will enjoy its stories
and be motivated by its lessons.
Endless Quest also provides a unique insight into
the early years of karate-do in North America. Throughout
his recounting of the introduction and popularization
of karate-do on this continent, Dometrich Hanshi introduces
us to many of the key figures who helped establish karate-do
as a viable martial art in North America. Readers
will learn first hand of the camaraderies, the struggles,
the victories, and the defeats.
a doubt, The Endless Quest is a book that all students
of karate-do should have in their martial arts library.
It is the culmination of 50 years of experience in the
martial arts, clearly depicting the experiences of one
of today's top teachers. Readers will find Dometrich
Hanshi's writing style captivating and personable, and
will thoroughly enjoy the many photographs and anecdotal
This groundbreaking work also includes Forewords by some
of the most important names in karate-do today - Masami
Tsuruoka, Tesshin Hamada, Fumio Demura
and George VanHorne. As teachers, students,
and peers of Dometrich Hanshi, these men have all traveled
parallel paths and share much of his history.
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