About Artist /Author/Karate Grandmaster
Warrior Artist of Dragunshire
Artist and author Sid Campbell’s passion for Hawai’iana and traditional ancient weapons lore is reflected in the original artwork found in his 400 page coffee table hardback book titled Warrior Arts and Weapons of Ancient Hawai’i (To be in worldwide fine bookstores and national chains in September 28, 2006). His inspiration comes from legendary artist and Hawaiian living treasure Herb Kawainui Kane, who artfully captures the essence of Hawai’i’s past, realistically imagining the days long before the arrival of Europeans in 1778. In his own art, Sid Campbell also tries to convey the cultural lore and mystique surrounding the ancient koa fighters. He has spent a decade painting a gallery-sized collection of highly detailed Hawai’ian and contemporary Japanese and Okinawa Warrior Art. Campbell was inducted into the Hawaii Martial Arts International Society’s Hall of Fame in 2005, an honor that symbolizes his love for the culture, traditions, and lore of the warrior arts of ancient Hawai’i. His Japanese Samurai and Ukiyo-E (floating world Art). This soon-to-be-published coffee table book titled The Warrior Arts and Weapons of Ancient Japan and the Ryukyu Kingdom. His inspiration for Japanese art came from the famed artist Hisashi Otsuka presently living in Hawai’i.
Other of his highly detailed fine art will be featured in his book titled The Adventures of Sir Sid of Dragushire: In search of the Golden Dragon in the Lost Temple of the Sun. All of which can be viewed at www.putfile.com/Dragun3/images on the Internet.
Karate grandmaster Sid Campbell’s bold and vivid paintings capture his fascination for minutiae in the background of many pieces. They typically reflect a historical time prior to the intervention of the western world’s interest into Asia and the Polynesian cultures. His beautifully bold and vivid oil paintings capture what the artist must think about what was plausible during that distant era. Other paintings take a more modern artistic approach to ancient Hawaii and Japan. Often present is the contrast between Hawai’i as a paradise and Hawai’i as a brutal Stone Age warrior culture and a time in Japan when the famed Samurai warrior was the elite caste in Japanese history.
Many consider Sid Campbell a modern-day “Renaissance man” due to his varied skills and interests: artist, writer, film producer, promoter, actor, graphic artist, designer, inventor, jewelry maker, educator, historian, lecturer, martial arts grandmaster, scriptwriter, and photographer. What many also find facinating is that he also sleeps!
As a leading authority on traditional Okinawan and Japanese martial arts, Grandmaster Sid Campbell has written fifty books on various topics including: Ninja Shuriken Throwing, The Weapons of Okinawa, Shadows of Darkness: Secrets of the Night Fighter, Exotic Weapons of the Ninja, Kobudo Weapon Fighting: Techniques, Tactics and Styles, Balisong, Lethal Filipino Knife Fighting, The Mercenary's Tactical Handbook, Kata: The Essence and Inner Meaning, Martial Arts Philosophy Made Easy, The Samurai Chronicles (Trilogy), Ancient Fighting Secrets of the Yin-Yang, Weapons of Okinawa: A Devastating Kobudo Arsenal, Kobudo Weapon Fighting: Tactics, Techniques and Styles, Weapons of the Samurai: The Bushido Arts of War, The Dragon and the Tiger: Bruce Lee and James Yimm Lee’s Creation of Jeet Kune Do (A 5 book set that is featured on www.OaklandJKD.com) and numerous other titles. His more than two hundred short stories are enjoyed by thousands of readers worldwide.
In the past forty-plus years Hanshi (Grandmaster) Sid Campbell, 10th dan (tenth-degree black belt), has taught more than 15,000 students and has been either directly or indirectly responsible for black belts being bestowed on at least 850 martial artists in the school of Shorin-Ryu (Kobayashi-ryu) karate-do. Today, Grandmaster Sid Campbell supervises forty-eight schools in the United States and abroad. Visit his personal website at www.SidCampbell.net and learn more about artist Sid Campbell’s life and times.
Sid Campbell is the founding president of the World Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do & Kobudo Association (WOSKKA), and he was the first American to open a Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan dojo in the United States. This auspicious authorization was granted by Grandmaster Shugoro Nakazato in 1966. His legacy and hard work have earned Campbell an international reputation as one of the pioneers who introduced the art of karate to the Western world.
Sid Campbell has been involved with the martial arts motion picture industry for more than three decades. His motion picture scripts include China Bomb, Falcon Claw, Wingless, Bushwhackers, and Rush Hour 4. He has appeared as an actor in Ninja Busters, Weapons of Death, Death Machines, The Master Demon (starring Eric Lee) and most recently the Martial Medicine Trilogy starring Dr. Zee Lo. He has also choreographed over 600 action fight scenes. In 1997 he was nominated for inclusion in the prestigious World Head of Family Sokeship Council, and in 2000 was featured in their book The World’s Martial Art Elite. Campbell is also a recipient of the Golden Halo Award, bestowed by the Southern California Motion Picture Council. He is presently involved with a new martial-arts oriented Cable TV show called JUST FOR KICKS© -- Campbell conceived the idea, wrote the scripting, and is now co-producing the show. He has also been featured in numerous video instructional tape series.
As a pioneer of American martial arts, Campbell is a Founding Member of www.WorldBlackBelt.com along with Bob Wall, Chuck Norris, Eric Lee, and an elite group of about fifty martial masters and grandmasters worldwide. He is on the Martial Arts Network Advisory Board for Chop TV; is a distinguished member of the Board of Advisors to the International Congress of Oriental Medicine and Martial Arts; serves as Creative Director for TRAC Productions; and is Co-founder of the Kobudo Warrior Gear© Equipment Company. He is also Co-Founder of the Islands Holding Company. He is also an inductee into the prestigious World Martial Arts Masters Association Hall of Fame. Visit www.WorldGrandmasters.com and learn more.
Sid Campbell has been featured in virtually every martial arts magazine in the world. He has been referenced in dozens of Okinawan-related books. His notable achievements include being awarded the Presidential Sports Award (by President Jimmy Carter) for instructing the armed forces; listed in Bob Wall's Who's Who in the Martial Arts; he contributed to and is listed in Who's Who in Karate; was inducted into the Professional Black Belt Hall of Fame; registered in the Who's Who in the Martial Arts Elite; featured in The Men of Merit (International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England); seated on the Board of Advisors for Horizon Publications; dedicated inclusion in the Knights of Heaven Brotherhood of Martial Artists (volume 12); sits on the Board of Directors of the International Tao of The Fist Martial Arts Fraternity; was profiled in Marquis Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Entertainment; Master Instructor (1993) World Martial Arts Hall of Fame; awarded the CRYSTAL AWARD in the category of “Lifetime Achievement”; was featured in Contemporary Authors (volume 116); served as National Advisor to the United States Defense Tactics Association; is a retired vice-president of the United States Shorin-Ryu Karate Association; Director of the Pathways to the Orient Sports Academy; past Secretary of the Northern California Referee's Association; featured in Who's Who of American Martial Arts and Martial Arts: Traditions, History and People; Consultant to John Corcoran's "The Martial Arts Source Book"; and bestowed with the prestigious Golden Fist Award for Outstanding Okinawan Instructor.
The Warrior Artist of Dragunshire has amassed over 200 oil paintings in his artistic career. Each is created in exquisite and incredibly detailed Giclée canvas (24” x 20”) Limited Edition (L/E), signed and numbered (S/N) with the artist’s personal signature and seal. Each piece comes with an Official Letter of Authenticity and Limitation guaranteeing that only 1500 canvas prints are ever made. Once these beautiful works of fine art are acquired by connoisseurs, museums, and lovers of Warrior Art worldwide the value of such beautiful works are destined to become investments of enormous valuable.
About Artist /Author/Karate Grandmaster
Warrior Artist of Dragunshire
Artist and author Sid Campbell’s passion for Hawai’iana and traditional ancient weapons lore is reflected in the original artwork found in his 400 page... (more)
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