GReat Grand Master Charles H. Gaylord
In his own words: Charles Gaylord was born in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. At the age of 17, I decided that I wanted to take martial arts. An old friend told me about a school in Kaimuki, YMCA, and that's when I became very interested in learning the martial arts and getting back in shape. I started learning the martial arts in 1954 under Paul Seronio. I worked very hard to become the best that I could be. I received my belts through the years from Paul Seronio and at that time, also from Chief Instructor Emperado. The training was very vigorous and when I walked into the school, there were 200 students. As time went on, there were only 100 students still training, and to my surprise, after two months, only 30 people were still training to the martial artist's way of life. I really couldn’t express the way we trained. We trained two days a week, and as far as I was concerned, I needed more work. We wore white uniforms and at the time, and we were told to change them to black. The black uniforms were worn until they eventually turned gray. Try to imagine all of us street fighting with no protective gear at all. We all sparred with no gear or any control fighting until the instructor said to stop. There was also a controlled sparring with a stick. It was very hard fighting. If you made a good hit, it was worth a point and back then, three points was the winner. The people at the school, I considered them family.