George E. Anderson, age 77, died Thursday, August 6, 2009.
Hanshi Anderson is generally considered as the founder of the USA Karate Olympic Karate movement in the United States. He, along with Patrick Hickey and Thomas LaPuppet Carroll marshaled the AAU Karate program into a full-fledged National Governing body. Hanshi Anderson, in addition to being president of this movement, was also president of the Pan American Union of Karate-do Organizations (now PAKU) and the chairman of the World Union of Karate-do Federation?s (now WKF) referee council later on becoming vice-president of that organization and being involved in the WUKO?s transition to the World Karate Federation. His involvement in the USA Karate movement included being on the United States Olympic Committee (representing karate as well as other sports) and he is generally considered responsible for getting the sport of Karate on the program of the Pan American Games as a medal sport. During his tenure with the WUKO, he also held the first World Technical Congress on sport karate which assembled and redrafted the rules of karate competition.
Hanshi Anderson was born in Akron on November 25, 1931 to William Edward and Winifred (nee Pape) Anderson. He graduated from Garfield High School and attended Witchita State and Akron University.
George was predeceased by siblings, Lesley, Thomas and Elizabeth. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joan Anderson; by his children, David (Joyce) Anderson, John Anderson, Lesley Anderson, Lynn (Mark) Pethtel, and Joany Aquila; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces, Corinne and Laura. He believed in family and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Mr. Anderson was a man of many talents and interests. He was a teacher, author, karate and jujitsu grand master, artist, concert violinist, builder, historian, and philosopher.
Mr. Anderson was one of the most influential figures of modern martial arts. He spearheaded the creation of the Central TaeKwonDo Association and was its first Chairman. He served as Secretary General of the Pan American Union, President of AAU Karate, President of the World Referees Council and on the U.S. Olympic Committee. Mr. Anderson was named "Man of the Year" by Black Belt Magazine and was featured in cover stories by Karate Illustrated and Karate Profiles. He received numerous high-ranking black belt awards and certifications from the most prestigious martial arts organizations in the world. Mr. Anderson wrote more than 50 technical manuals, guides, constitutions, and books. His own KwanMuKan style of karate boasts more than 2,500 black belts with multi-art schools throughout North America, the Middle East, Europe and South America. Mr. Anderson appeared on television and radio productions throughout the world, and received many accolades including inductions into karate, jujitsu, taekwondo and police instructor halls of fame.