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Even though "I was there", after reading this book I still learned MUCH more that I DIDN'T know! This book is as exciting as any motion picture thriller. It is biographical, historical, exciting, thrilling, tragic and elating all at the same time.
I am proud to have known Mr. Graden, and he has done the world a favor by writing this insightful book on one of the world's greatest karate champions. The fact that Mr. John Graden is one of the greatest karate and martial arts instructors and a world-class champion himself, make "Who Killed Walt Bone" a legitimate "must read" for ALL who love a great book that reads like a fictional thriller, but is the history of a true legend... Walt Bone.
I know and knew the main characters in this book for many years before its author began training, and afterwards to this day.
Walt Bone was Fred Wren's student and mine, my friend, and my business partner, as was Debbie Bone.
This is a marvelously written history of Walt and Debbie, from the early days of the Florida Karate Academy, until Walt's death, in 1982.
There is no doubting its accuracy from first to final page, except Its author will have to vouch for its validity in his personal family life.
What I can vouch for is how brilliant John Graden's literary prowess is, and how much of it he applied in writing this amazing account of karate and those individuals involved in the story, the circumstances, and lifestyles.
KUDOS to Mr. Graden on a job well done, which proves he's not just another pretty face.
READ THIS BOOK and add it to your library … it's a story you'll never forget, and one you will not be able to put down until it's finished!
Richard W. Jenkins
One of the first few times I saw Walt, he was fighting in a tournament where groin was a target. He blitzed, tapped his opponent’s cup and was denied a point. He looked at all the judges with a face that said, “Really?” They lined up again and Walt grabbed the guy’s jock, pulled it out about half a foot and let it and the cup go with an audible pop. The guy doubled over, all the corner flags went up and Walt beamed with that look he’d give after revealing yet another great truth. Unfortunately, all the truths he revealed were not great but the good ultimately outweighed the bad.
The last time I saw Walt, it was a year or so before he died. We had parted ways not on the best of terms. I was fighting as a lightweight black belt against a super-lightweight to qualify for grand champion finals. I was trailing late and blitzed the guy with a fake head shot that became a groin grab. I guess you couldn’t call it a grab as I was so adrenalized that I lifted all 120 something pounds of him off the ground. By the time I got him to max elevation, I realized that he wasn’t wearing a cup! I let him go with this look on my face of having grabbed a handful of rotten squid. Suddenly, I heard this bellowing laughter and, looking to the side of the ring, I saw Walt. After apologizing to my opponent for the impromptu castration, I went to Walt. I thanked him for that technique and everything he taught me during my years at his school. In short, we made peace with each other.
I have always been grateful for that last chance to see him and express appreciation. It was as if I conjured him up and all it took was a groin grab with excessive force. Like clicking your heels together three times and saying, “There’s no place like home.”
I don’t want to go on forever but Graden’s book has awakened a ghost that has haunted me for a few days as I, like so many others, have wondered, “What the hell happened?” Something not emphasized in my view was the influence of the Code of Bushido. That concept, that Way, underlined everything about Walt’s school and so many others of the Blood and Guts era. Make no mistake, Walt was very influenced by Japanese stylists from nunchaku to form to attitude. He actually had little, if any, lost love for pure Korean style karate. If you think otherwise, you weren’t paying attention when he spoke.
In pondering the spin I took around the whirlwind that was Walt, I remembered the movie “Bridge on the River Kwai.” It came out when I was 5 or 6 and it had a profound effect on me. If you haven’t seen this movie, do so, now dummy – as Walt would say. The lead characters included an OCD British POW Colonel, a Japanese camp commander who lived his life by the Code of Bushido and a rebellious American POW who thought all of the goings on were total bullsh*t.
Walt was all of these characters in one package and we were effectively, prison camp inmates. As a POW, you were very influenced by the Code of Bushido and torn by the multiple personalities of a person who, at one moment, would show you how to do a technique by-the-book perfect and, at the next moment, wanted to knock your ass out. The movie even starts with the rebellious American burying a dead POW named Herbie Thompson!
There are numerous angles from which you can shine the light on his story but if you believe in human duality, the concept of man as simultaneously an animal and a spiritual being, it may help in grasping the complex nature of Walt Bone, and the rest of us for that matter. It can’t all be simply explained but much of it can, up until the point that Walt, sadly and like a dutiful Samurai, committed his version of Seppuku.
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