Glen Webb first earned his Black Belt from Master Harold Long in early 1962. Since that time, he has traveled all over the United States and Okinawa practicing with and learning from as many Sensei’s as possible, including John Bartusevics in California, a Marine who was Master Shimabuku’s personal secretary while stationed in Okinawa. In 1978, he spent 6 weeks as a guest of Mr. Bartusevics in Okinawa and worked out with such notables as Master Kichero Shimabuku and Master Angi Uezu; it was there that he was able to meet several of the Masters of other Okinawan Karate systems. He also has studied under Dr. Maung Gyi and is a ‘seeker’ who was never afraid to learn new techniques from others outside the Isshinryu system of Karate.
Mr. Webb was a fierce and often feared tournament competitor when Karate tournaments were first beginning and had a lot of input in formulating tournament competition as we know it today. During his competitive years, he won too many trophies and awards to name.
He has taught and promoted hundreds of students over the years, many becoming champions themselves. Master Harold Long was once heard to say that Mr. Webb had ‘the fastest and deadliest hands of any big man he had ever taught’ and was one of his top instructors. He is a serious tactician with a workable understanding of the intricacies of Isshinryu Karate and is currently a 7th degree Black Belt.
He was inducted into the Isshinryu Hall of Fame in 1999. He has always considered himself not only a teacher, but also a student … always wanting to learn more and he continues to work out and share his extensive knowledge on a regular basis.
Today, Mr. Webb continues to live in his hometown, Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife, Carolyn.