The Martial Arts world mourns the passing of Sensei Robert Leong, Hanshi
This page is dedicated to Sensei Robert Leong, in celebration of Sensei’s life and devotion. Sensei Leong passed away on January 1, 2013, following injuries he sustained in a car accident the prior day. He was in the 90th year of his life.
Sensei Robert Leong was born on December 23, 1923. He was O-Sensei Richard Kim’s constant companion and right-hand man. With no wife or kids, Sensei Leong adopted karate and martial arts as his family. Although he met O-Sensei Richard Kim in 1947 in the merchant marines, it wasn’t until 1962 that Sensei Leong commenced his training in the martial arts at the Zen Bei Butoku Kai. He was a living testament to the benefits of martial arts training at any age.
At age 50, Sensei Leong retired from work and dedicated himself to studying the martial arts. In addition to empty-hand karate and aikijitsu, he was very skilled in Kobudo — the art of traditional Okinawan and Japanese weapons. Sensei Leong was a frequent guests at dojos around the US and Europe. Even in his late days, he continued to focus on proper posture and alignment as keys to success in the martial arts.
He is missed.