This a response by Sensei James Coffman to the information
on the Okinawa Karate Federation Web Page by Glen Premru.
May 27, 1997 Glen Premru endorses G.A. Garcia as the true
and only heir to Soken's seal and systems.
October 23, 1997, Glen Premru, board of directors terminates "Guillermo
A. Garcia" as the heir to Soken's system ????
Throws him out!???
October 23, 1997, Premru claims he is the only one "ever"
promoted to 10th Dan by Sensei Soken, the only one that knows the system
of Grand Master Soken ???
In 1972 Glen Premru contacted Sensei Soken / Kise in Okinawa about the
forming of a USA Karate Association, stating the he (Premru) has hundreds
of students, and talks Sensei Kise (Soken Sensei spokesman) into coming
to the USA. June 1972 Sensei Soken and his top student, Fusei Kise,
come to the States. This was the first and only trip to the USA for
Sensei Soken. Premru pays for all expenses etc. Grand Master Soken became
sick and he and Kise leave after less than two weeks stay.
Soken / Kise made Premru USA president of the OKF, USA
which Sensei Soken / Kise requested that, James H. Coffman (first American
student of both Sensei's, studied for over three years under both Soken
and Kise on Okinawa, 1960-1964) known and trusted student, to be co-president
of the OKF USA.
1972 was the first time Premru met Sensei Soken or Sensei Kise.
1972 was the first time Premru ever studied under the Masters- studying
for less than two weeks.
Premru was a 4th Dan (1972), Premru was given an honorary
rank of 8th Dan??? Sensei gave Premru 100 to 200 + signed certificates
with Sensei Soken's Seal, these were to be given to the joining Dojo's
and for promotions given out by Premru.
LET'S LOOK AT THE FACTS !!
Soken / Kise meet Glen Premru for the first time June
1972 for less than two weeks- and promote him to an 8th Dan with out
any training? I don't think so.
Soken promotes Premru to a rank above his highest ranking student, Sensei
Kise? Premru not even being Okinawan. I don't think so!
Premru goes to an 8th Dan from a 4th Dan with out any training or added
skill, time, etc. I don't think so.
Soken / Kise were to stay a month, but Sensei gets sick and has to return
to Okinawa. Not much time to learn a system that takes a lifetime to
Premru never studied on Okinawa under either of these masters.
Soken / Kise set as head of Karate tournament hosted by Premru June
1972, attended by James H. Coffman, direct student of both masters.
Coffman moves into Soken / Kise hotel room as per request of Sensei
Soken. Soken / Kise ask Coffman to co-share head of "OKF"
1975 Sensei Soken / Kise form Shorin-Ryu Matsumura Orthodox Karate Association
(S.M.O.K.A) here in the USA to be headed by James H. Coffman, no more
OKF, Sensei tells Coffman that Okinawa was not getting the proper moneys
from OKF / Premru (can be verified by Sensei Kise, Sensei Soken died
Glen Premru is a very good karate man. He has been a karate competitor
for many years and is a very good technician.
I, James H. Coffman, President of S.M.O.K.A., 7th Dan, do not feel that
he is or ever will be the Grand Master to the "Matsumura Seito"
(Soken) Karate System. This I know to be true in my heart, having studied
this system for over 37 years under one Grand Master, "Grand Master
Hohan Soken", and under one Master Instructor, "Master Fusei
Kise". This is the only style of karate I have ever studied and
will be the only system, for I believe it truly takes a lifetime to
The above information, statements are the opinion of J.H. Coffman, 7th