As I have moved forward from trying to deal with the difficult I have new discoveries appearing once again. I have been contacted by Master Joesph Dodaro at Internal Defense Systems in St. Charles, IL. He has introduced me to Woodrow Edgel, a good friend of John Keehan's and Jim Konsevics. Edgell was one of Dodora's teachers as was Mike Felkoff.
Edgell has a message he wants to give us about John Keehan and I will share it in the film. Edgell was a roku-dan(6th degree) in the World Karate Federation as can be seen on his certificate here signed by John Keehan.
Master Dodara is one of those quiet movers in the martial arts world. He has an interesting pedigree having studied with Grandmaster Zhang Hong-Chao, Grandmaster Hsu Fun Yuen, and Grandmaster James Lee, a Grandmaster of Shaolin Chuan-fu. Dodaro was introduced to Lee while studying with Woodrow Edgell. He has also studied Aikido with Shihan Fumio Toyoda.
It seems I may have been mistaken in thinking that James Yimm Lee may have taught Keehan Poison Hand. It was closer to home, in Chicago's Chinatown with James Lee who was admitted to the Shaolin Temple when he was 6 years old. Lee also became estranged from John when he took on his Count Dante personality.
More good news has come about and I am saving that until after it happens. Things are moving along nicely. I got lots to say but I am holding back. But I will say this, with people like this coming forward with real martial arts pedigree and lineage I got to up my game and make a film that is a tribute to them and their cooperation.