Earle Marvin, Kyoshi began his training is Shotokan karate in 1967. He continued training at Montreat Anderson Jr. College until 1969 with a Taiwanese karate stylists. Kyoshi at this time also met his wife Sherry and were married by the time Kyoshi was 20. Over the next few years Kyoshi Marvin continued his education at Clemson University and then settled back in Walterboro where he began his work in the nursery. Earle Marcin, Kyoshi received no formal rank during this period of his life, but did build a strong foundation. This was realized and rewarded in 1978 when he began to study the Soke Albert Church.
Under the Nippon Kobudo Kanda Ha Kamishin Ryu system, Earle Marvin, Kyoshi, on May 1 1985 was awarded his shodan in Kempo-Karate by Catherine Church and Ronnie Jessup, Sensei. By the next year Kyoshi had left Kamishin Ryu to start training with Soke Church’s top student Ron Cherry, Soke of American Kempo Karate Association, International.
Kyoshi Marvin on September 1, 1986 obtained the rank of Sandan in Kibudo and Jujitsu and a Yondan in Kempo through AKKI. Twenty one days later, on the 22 of September, Kyoshi was formalized by Soke Cherry an an instructor in UPC-Kempo. But the real circle of Kyoshis martial arts and the start of Sogo Goshin-Do had started several months prior to Kyoshi earning his Yondan in Kempo.
On April 15, 1986 Earle Marvin,Kyoshi under Seishin-Kia earned the rank of Yondan. For this rank Kyoshi was both tested and awarded by Soke Shogo Kuniba. A person that becomes very important in a few years time to the founding of the style of martial arts that Kyoshi inherets from Soke Kuniba. In August of 1986 under Master Miller, Kyoshi is awared Sempai Senior Most Dan in Koga Ryu Ninjistu.
Even though Kyoshi was studying under Soke Kuniba, he continued his training with Ron Cherry, Soke and was awarded his Godan in American Kempo Karate, Sogoken Kempo on July 4 1987. Kyoshi Marvin continued to seek knowledge and has trained with the likes of Danny Inosanto in Filipino stick fighting and Master Kilinda in African Arts.
A little over two years had passed since Kyoshi had left American Kempo Karate that he was awarded his
This was on September 30, 1989, and was presented by Juniba, Soke, who introduced Kuniba Ryu Goshin-Do to Kyoshi Earle Marvin.
Kyoshi Marvin through the Shiho-Karano Kai International on August 14, 1992 was promoted to Shodai of Sogo Goshin-Do and Nanadan by Clement Reidner, Soke. This was a little over one month after the passing of Shogo Kuniba, Soke. Ten months later on May 1st of 1993 Kyoshi was promoted to Soke of Sogo Goshin-Do. This was a title that Kyoshi Marvin never took though.
In January 31st, Kyoshi was promoted to 1st Dan with title of Sifu in Kaju Bujutsu Kwai branch of Aka Ryu Shakai Kempo. This title was once again presented by Soke Clement Reidner.
In June of 1995, during a tragic farming accident, Kyoshi Earle Marvin was taken from Sogo Goshin-Do and the many scores of people that he had touched over the years of his life. Early in Kyoshi’s life a poem was read at Kyoshi’s baptism by his Grandfater Carrington that stated Earle would someday touch the lives of men. This came true when hundreds of friend and relatives watched as is spirit returned to the land and water he loved.
Earle, visited Walter when he moved to Walterboro. And thru the years Walter and Earle became good friends.
One day Earle went to Walters shop. Earle had watched the movie Blind Fury. Earle asked Walter if he could build a cane sword, on the same order of the one in the Blind Fury movie. Walter’s reply was give me some time and I will work on it.
It took Walter several months to build the first cane sword for Earle. Earle told Walter he and several others at the Karate school practiced with the sword. In fact a sheet of paper was thrown in the air, and tried to cut the paper. The paper landed and you could not see a cut. However when you picked the paper up, it was cut into.
Walter built several more cane swords for Earle, and other knives. Walter and Earle talked a lot about hunting and guns. Walter’s son attended Earles karate school.
Walter is amazed at the different people who have bought his knives thru the years. They have come from ever walk of life. He is grateful he has been given the creative ability to build knives for great men. Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.