Bruce Dillin was introduced to Karate/ Martial Arts in the early 1960’s, through the inspiration of his father named Kevin Dillin. Kevin Dillin, studied karate through many developing styles and achieved his black belt in 1976. This was an achievement that Bruce also hoped to achieve one day as well.
Shortly after this time, Kevin Dillin Bruce’s dad, was introduced to Grand Master Don Nagle, who had trained in Isshin-Ryu Karate with the Founder Tatsuo Shimabuku. Don Nagle was known as The “Laughing Red Devil”, he had won the All Okinawan Karate Championships. Don Nagle returned to his hometown Jersey City, NJ after his orders in the Marine Corps were over in 1959 and then opened his own Dojo. This Dojo was located at 524 Mercer St. in Jersey City, NJ.
This was when young Bruce met Don Nagle and started to train. Grand Master Nagle took interest in young Bruce and asked that he help him perform demonstrations. Soke (Founder) Tatsuo Shimabuku was flown into the United States where Bruce met, took photos and was actually 1 of the few kids privileged to perform in public exhibitions with the Okinawan master in his prime. During this time, Bruce remembers Bruce Lee’s Green Hornet was very popular. Demonstrations were a way of showing children and adults a different Forms and Styles. Despite being a full time businessman, Bruce continued to focus and pursue his Black belt goal.
Later, while training under Austin Wright Sr. in 1989- 1990 Bruce made his brown belt. Bruce had rented a studio space to Shihan Wright after returning from the U.S.A.F. in North Carolina. The two built a great friendship and Austin performed and promoted Dillin tires in commercials. With the help of Bruce Dillin, Sensei Austin Wright was able to open his 2nd Dojo location above Dillin Tires. Also, Bruce continued to Box for the Bayonne P.A.L. Over the years Bruce recalls one continuous Kick-Boxing Sparring session when Austin Kicks were so fast and hard to block, the day of his Brown Belt test That night, Bruce hit Austin with a good body shot, Austin immediately retaliated by kicking him with a spinning back kick knocking Bruce into the sheet rock wall breaking the wall and caving it in. Bruce was remotivated and truly convinced he need those karate techniques in his strategically arsenals. Bruce continued returning to train on and off throughout the years. “Bruce is a Warrior who never quit!” says, Wright.
Recently, 20 years later, Bruce Dillin earned his Isshin-Ryu Black Belt during a Traditional and formal Ceremonial testing at Grandmaster Austin Wright Sr. Central Dojo HQs Wright holds a 7th Dan in Isshin-Ryu Karate, a 9th Dan in American Judo-Jujitsu Combative Arts and a 10 Dan in Universal Warrior Martial Arts. Bruce is a member of the Don Nagel’s A.O.K.A., Inc. and the UWA Martial Arts Federation of America.