by Nicholas W. Banks Jr.
Master Holee: My memories of the year when I first met Nicholas “Nick” Banks: it was June in the summer of 1960. A tall, young, black man came into my class. He was very quiet. He was very dark in complexion and kind of olive-dark brown. He later told me that it was due to the fact that he was doing a lot of painting outside in the sun. He was a very well-mannered individual—quiet and very respectable. As time would go on, he proved to be one of my best students. He was well-built, very strong, and had tremendous fighting skills. I would later learn that he was once a street fighter. As time would go on, the top students in my class were not as good as he was in sparring and fighting. His speed and strength was unreal. He was simply the best fighter in the whole class. As big as he was—about two thirty, about six two to six three in height—he was just as strong as the larger students that were six five and six six, but he has a great advantage over them due to the fact that he was so much faster. They nicknamed him “Man-of-War.” No one wanted to spar with him.
Whenever we would go to a tournament and he was with us, we always won. And for some reason, when he wouldn’t be available to be with the team, we would lose. I remember one weekend we had a big tournament coming up with a group out of Detroit, Michigan, and I had the good fortune to speak to his mother one evening because Nick was nowhere to be found. It must have been the year of 1964. She was a very intelligent woman to talk to on the phone.
Nick would go on to become a Zim Master—8th degree, Chinese boxing master of Chinese Martial Arts, President of Kar d Kar Martial Arts Association, Founder of Man-of-War Karate Schools, and President of Man-of-War Martial Arts Association and Rental Property.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
He was born a weakling and had a severe, complex case. Touched by God, he became a great leader who would go on to become the leader of a large martial arts organization in the state of Virginia. He has fed a lot of people and given them a place to sleep. Also, he kept a lot of men and women from going to jail. He traveled up and down the East Coast of the United States and dominated the martial arts tournaments from 1970 through 1985. Nick himself would go on to become a Zim Master and an American hero. He has worked in special government capacities for the United States Government, including the Pentagon, as well as working on the first space shuttle and in special assignments dealing with Admiral Rickover. He gives all his credit to the grace of God.
This book is dedicated to the Mrs. Etta Banks Scholarship Fund Program and the Lollipop Help Program. Also dedicated to Doc Hampton—business agent.
(2007, paperback, 78 pages)
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