Clarence S. Ewing was born in Nashville, Tennessee on August 7, 1936 and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He spent four years in the Marine Corps, from 1957 to 1961. During that time, he completed an eighteen month tour in Okinawa where he earned his black belt in Isshinryu Karate. He returned to Indianapolis and was instrumental in introducing Isshinryu to the Midwestern states. He presently resides in Florida with his lovely wife Regina.
He began training under Tatsuo Shimabuku in 1958, and worked out every night during liberty. He trained very hard to achieve the level of skill he enjoyed and still enjoys and was one of the favorites of Master Shimabuku due to his dedication, work ethic, manners and technical skill, of course. Steve Armstrong and Harold Mitchum were there at that time.
He was promoted to Black Belt before he left for the States and he really hated to leave Okinawa, the dojo and Master Shimabuku but had no choice.