Feb 28 2010

Chodoin’s desire to heal and save the world struck a chord with Michael Jackson…”

Category: Friends,Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 12:28 pm

Daikaku Chodoin

SOURCE: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20090709jk.html

Daikaku Chodoin, 68, is the founder and president of the United World Karate Association, which combines all five iemoto (the traditional branches of the martial art) with an estimated 50 million practitioners around the world. A kyuudan (9th degree black belt) of Goju-ryu, one of Okinawa’s “hard-soft” karate styles, Chodoin is a fearless fighter who thrives on going to battle both on and off the dojo floor. His winning streak began in his 20s: He first struck gold with shipbuilding and later made a killing with real estate and stocks. He has used his vast fortune to fight racial discrimination and supported revolutionary movements in Africa, South America and the Middle East. In 1985 Chodoin established the World Black Congress in order to unite Africans and that same year he created the Society of International Outer Space Law to draw up a legal framework that would give all nations equal right to space. Chodoin’s desire to heal and save the world struck a chord with Michael Jackson: Since their first meeting in 1997, The King of Pop and the King of karate got along royally. In 1998, Chodoin presented Michael with the Honorary Chairmanship of the United World Karate Association and a godan (fifth degree) black belt.

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Once you learn how to keep secrets, you will hear many. I arranged everything for Michael’s visit. When his plane landed, we had a car drive up to it on the tarmac and rode straight into Tokyo. He stayed in a hotel but was usually at my office. We talked and did karate for three days. Nobody knew he was here, and he loved this fact.

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A phone call should not be longer than 10 seconds. That is enough time to say hi, thinking of you, me too, great, bye, bye. Michael has been calling me for 13 years, a couple of times a year. I’m sorry he’s gone. We won’t be talking anymore, but we’re still connected.

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It is rich people’s duty to support artists. Michael was a genius in art and business. When he said he was in a jam, I felt like when you stand by a Shinto shrine, happy to throw money into the altar. For me, he was a messenger of the universe. I gave him about 20 million dollars in seven installments, and it never occurred to me that I would ever see that money again. My contribution was a fraction of what others gave him.

As stated earlier, Michael was not a Black Belt, (other than honorarily), but Will Smith did say he was “like” one while working with MJ in ‘Men In Black“.

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{ THANKS to my friend Sugandi for the link to this story! -Seven }

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3 Responses to “Chodoin’s desire to heal and save the world struck a chord with Michael Jackson…””

  1. Paula504 says:

    The King of Pop and the King of Chop! Haha, love it!! Thanks for posting this, Seven.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I am pleased that Michael had such a loyal friendship with the King of Martial Artists. I think in Japan there are lots of Michael’s fans, and they were faithful supporters in Michael’s severely tough time. That’s the reason why I admire Japanese people even though I am a Korean. Many Korean people don’t like Japanese people because of historic background. Michael indeed could unite all the people beyond any barriers. He is really one and only.

  3. Dialdancer says:

    This morning I read this article on another site and immediately thought of MJ-777. I said to myself this is the kind of article Seven would enjoy presenting to us. I asked the poster if I could send you her post with the information she just replied back. “Sure, but the I think I got the article link from her”….and sure enough. Here or there, full article or posted link the story is Michael and it only adds to what we did not know, shows another life and path crossed.

    Beautiful….Beautiful Man inside and out.

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