Hanshi, 8th dan
(December 1, 1946 -- August 3, 2005)
Nick Racanelli, Hanshi's contributions to the late Founder of Matsubayashi-Ryu and Soke T. Nagamine, it's board of Directors are immeasurable.
Nick Racanelli, Hanshi was born and resided in Long Island NY.
He ran a successful Construction Business, was a top class business man, very top of his class. He is survived by his wife Corinne, 4 sons: Nick, David, Damian, and Matthew, 5 brothers, and extended business and martial arts family.
Racanelli, Sensei, was one of the most honorable leaders of Matsubayashi Ryu Karate in the United States. Sensei Racanelli's unconditional help, and contributions to the WMKA were not simple or usual ones we see commonly amongst the membership. His Love, Care, Sympathy, all his compassion were warm and indescribable, even immeasurable to Matsubayashi-Ryu and to late Grand Master (Soke) Nagamine, Shoshin and to Soke Nagamine,T.
Nicholas Racanelli did not die, he eternally remains in our hearts and would never be forgotten in the History of Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate.
"Let it be known that I Soke Nagamine, Takayoshi and all the Matsubayashi Ryu directors would like it known that, Nicholas Racanelli, Kyoshi, 7th Dan is hereby promoted to the rank and title of 8th Degree Black Belt, Hanshi on the 12th of August. This is a small consideration and don't think it's enough thanks for the achievements of Nicholas Racanelli".
Authorized by, and Signed by T. Nagamine.
It's board of directors also approved.
President Yasaharu Makishi
Vice President Yoshitaka Taira
and residing board member. Kyoshi Shinjo
WMKA in Memoriam:
Kyoshi, 7th Dan,
Jan. 23, 1949 – Dec. 8, 2008
Kyoshi, 7th Dan,
Aug. 5, 1952 – Apr. 20, 2010
Kyoshi, 8th Dan,
Oct. 4, 1935-Oct. 2, 2012