Big Island Kobudo
Jack Musick was born in Brooklyn, New York. At that time, his mother was a ballet dancer and his father was an actor and director off-off-Broadway. When Jack was three, his family moved back to Kansas.
Jack grew up in Wichita, Kansas with his parents and his brother and sister. They moved to a small town in Oklahoma for one year, and then relocated to Garden City, Kansas, where all of the Musick siblings attended high school, and where Jack began training in kobudo and karate under Kyoshi Dennis Elam & Taika Seiyu Oyata. Jack lived in Lawrence, Kansas for a few years, and then finally, Topeka, KS. While living in Topeka, he traveled twice a week to Liberty, Missouri to train with Hanshi Bill Gossett, the leading practitioner of Taika Oyata's martial arts. Since 2008 Jack has regularly assisted Hanshi Gossett in public demonstrations and seminars. Jack credits his success since 2008 to the direction and mentoring of Hanshi Gossett. In 2009 Jack first tested for and received Shodan rank (first degree black belt) from Hanshi Gossett, and then later tested for Shodan again from Taika Oyata.
Under the direction of Hanshi Gossett, Jack moved to Hawaii in July of 2010, where he founded his karate dojo, Big Island Kobudo, & began publicly teaching. One month after moving to Hawaii, Jack joined Hui Okinawa and participated in the biennial Haarii Boat Festival. Jack began to study sanshin under Shinshi Amy Moyer, and in January of 2011 he became a drummer with Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko. From 2010 to the present,Jack has frequently performed sanshin with Amy Moyer & her group, Nidaime Tenshin Kai Hilo Shibu, & he has frequently performed taiko drumming and kobudo as a member of Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko. Since the fall of 2011 Jack attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and graduated in December of 2014, summa cum laude, with a bachelor of arts degree in Japanese Studies. Jack has frequently volunteered for Hui Okinawa, at nearly every one of their events since he joined. At their annual Cultural Day Camp for children, Jack served as karate instructor in 2011 & 2012, and he was the camp's Uchinaaguchi instructor in 2014 and 2016.
Jack became an exchange student to the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, living there from March of 2013 to February of 2014. He received the Gillman Scholarship, the Freeman-ASIA scholarship, and an American Association of Japanese Teachers Bridging Scholarship. Jack was awarded a Military Intelligence Service Veterans of Hawai'i / Makiki Japanese Language Scholarship. He also received the Kay Ikeda Kaneshima Endowed Excellence in Japanese Studies scholarship. Jack studied Japanese & Uchinaaguchi (Okinawan language), Sanshin, Ryukyu Buyō (Okinawan dance), and Ryukyuan/Okinawan culture & history while he lived in Okinawa. In February of 2014, just before returning to Hawaii, Jack participated in Okinawa Prefecture's annual Japanese Speech Contest for Foreigners. He placed third. (You can see his speech here.)
Jack returned to Okinawa from October 2014 to February 2015, and is now based in Hilo again.
Mahalo nui for reading!