Grandmaster Calvin B Shin
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 29, 1933
  • Place of birth:
    Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 3, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Fairfield, California, United States
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Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Chris Felder on 20th October 2016

"Master Shin was an amazing teacher and an even more amazing person. I studied with him as a young man and to this day remember much of his teaching and philosophy when it came to teaching. My heart i s truly saddened to hear of his passing and hope his family knows how truly special and life changing he was to his students. You are missed deeply."

This tribute was added by Sarah Shin-Madsen on 29th September 2016

"Hi Dad. Today you'd be 83 and I'm still awaiting the day that I smile instead of cry. I miss you more than I could ever express. Everyone misses you so badly, but especially mom. Visit her please. Visit her and make her know you're alright and to move forward. I don't want her stuck. Sometimes it feels like Im actually talking to you, and can hear you say It's ok Baby. God. Just no love, no loss like this. I love you dad."

This tribute was added by Armand Martin on 29th September 2016

"I had the honor of meeting mister Shin.........a very kind man one whom I was always impressed with......he used to have this Dodge Coronet and it was fixed up very nice.....didn't see any of the way he had his always liked the car.... very unique as he rest in peace Master Shin."

This tribute was added by Sarah Shin-Madsen on 1st October 2015

"Today or tomorrow would be the day we get together for our birthday dinners together. This week has been extremely difficult and I've cried a whole hell of alot more than I ever wanted to.
You'd be very proud. I embody You. I AM your daughter and am living your examples.. Thank you for everything you ever taught me. In you leaving here, I have had to decide if I want to be a grown up. I still don't. But I know that I am, because of your principles..
Thank you for choosing mom, thank you for loving her so much. Thank you for foresaking familial opinions and devoting your life to her. You two have made us kids the most well rounded people we could be. And thats pretty great. I know you know how much I miss you. I know you hear me when I scream at the sky. I receive all your visits from random hapenings, when I stop and acknowledge, that must have come from my dad. I love you daddy. I'm always your girl."

This tribute was added by bobby seronio on 29th September 2015

"I miss everything about unko Cal. Since I've opened my school he's been at every belt promotion including my first 4 black belts in 2004 and my son's promotion in 2013. When uncle Cal closed his school in Suisun he told me to come by because he had something for was his original Kajukenbo sign which he told be to put on the front of my school which he Blessed it saying he hopes this sign brings as much joy to me as it brought to him. I know he's at every promotion we have and I know he's watching over all of us. Love and miss u unko...I miss calling u and talking story."

This tribute was added by David Shin on 29th September 2015

"I think of you every day, sometimes I still cry. More often often I smile from some memory or lesson you taught me. You were my greatest teacher and huge reason why I stand tall today. The three of us are who we are because of the example you set. Thank you Dad."

This tribute was added by Sarah Shin-Madsen on 21st June 2015

"Happy Fathers Day Daddy. I miss you everyday. My heart hurts so deeply and it isn't fading... i never imagined life without you. knowing we all leave, i still never imagined this. sometimes i actually feel like i am dying more each day that i miss you.. words cannot describe. i just miss you so much. i want to smell you. i want to touch you. i want to feel your hands. i want to be in the back of your scamp with my head forced back by your lead foot..i miss you so  much daddy."

This tribute was added by samuel jr. muñoz on 23rd December 2014

"A great honor to have been able to grow up and be taught by the best. I spent my my child hood and teenage years learning the martial arts under Grandmaster shin. All the tournaments I  had been thru under his guidance. I will cherish those moments forever.  Love you Grandmaster. You helped me become a better person in life."

This tribute was added by James Tiger on 22nd December 2014

"Grandmaster Cal, So many times our paths crossed in this lifetime. I remember the first words you spoke to me were, "Hey boy, where you get dat Hawaii shirt from?...that was 1972 at GM Meheula's house, where Ahgung Ramos would play music with Georgie and friends. Lots of poi and pia...1987 when I returned from living in the Islands, I delivered a bottle of 'dit da jow' from Professa Chow to you...we talked story in your office for a spell...and 1989, when you were driving for NAPA< you would be in the office where I worked probably three times a week....where Tigah? Finally, I became your and Len Ramirez on San Benito St. just three doors away...still never got to go Abalone hunting with you. Always a friendly word and good story...Mahalo, and much Aloha...A hui hou ...Tigah"

This tribute was added by Jennifer McCarthy on 21st December 2014

"My heart breaks for you and your family. Summer rafting trips, racquetball, and Gualala are all parts of my life that hold memories that I cherish and they all involve Cal. There are no words to bring comfort at a time like this. I am so sorry."

This tribute was added by laurie Eugenio on 20th December 2014

"Mr. Calvin Shin, Chris and I can't put into words what a wonderful person you have been to us and my family.  I've known you since I was a little girl and all my memories of you have always been good. You will be truly missed and our prayers go out to your family."

This tribute was added by John Davis' Burke on 20th December 2014

"David, Kim, and all of Mr. Shins Family and Friends,
We are so sorry for your loss,  we did not have the privilege of knowing your Father, but from what we have heard and read He was and is a Very Special Man. Our Hearts go out to all of you, and know we Love you and your never from our minds. I'm sorry we are unable to be there, but we are always with you in Spirit. May God fill all of you with His Peace,  Love, Light, and Warmth.
Your Brother's in Ohio,
Wayne and John Burke Davis"

This tribute was added by Gail Derin on 19th December 2014

"Big spirit, big heart, a dedicated legend who was always learning, helping, sharing great kimchee, stories, will be missed. Your spirit will live so many...."

This tribute was added by Michael Caines on 18th December 2014

"Have a lot of good memories training at mr.shins dojo growing up he was a great man had a big impact on my life I remember the old rivalries between mr.shins mr.ramos and mr.reyes at the tournaments it was a lot of fun he will be greatly missed by a lot of people rest in piece"

This tribute was added by Kayla Beshears on 18th December 2014

"I didnt have the pleasure of meeting Calvin my dad knew him well and thought the world of him. They worked together in the military and went on many camping trips together one of which involved Calvin saving my father's life as he almost drown. Of course, Calvin was also his karate instructor as well. Anyway, the stories I've been told about his character make me certain that his presence make heaven that much more wonderful. RIP Calvin Shin. May God bless and protect your family especially during this time of loss."

This tribute was added by Aaron DiCalogero on 18th December 2014

"Myself and my family are very sorry for your loss. I know from conversations with Dave that Calvin was a great man and will be missed greatly. My family will continue to pray for all of you."

This tribute was added by Kevin Caines on 18th December 2014

"The man the legend, forever will your teaching's live in all you have touched."

This tribute was added by Nathan Miller on 16th December 2014

"My condolences to all of the Shin family.  May peace and comfort be with you all.  My prayers are with you all"

This tribute was added by Kelli Cartledge Forrester on 16th December 2014

"My heart goes out to the Shin family. May he rest in peace knowing that his legacy will live on through his children, grandchildren, and the many students whose lives he touched."

This tribute was added by Armand Martin on 16th December 2014

"A very humble person  Mr Shin I remember his cornet 500 it was fixed up very nice even though I did not know him well Very much I liked what I did know of him forever a person of the spirit"

This tribute was added by Dean Aweau on 16th December 2014

"Uncle Cal.... We will miss you. I remember growing up as a kid living down the street on San Benito. You and Auntie  Pam would come over when we had parties, the singing, music the great times. Going to Shams Pizza on Saturday nights with everyone. I remember when my Dad, Uncle Len and others were installing the matt for the Dojo when I cut my toe on a nail and my Dad got mad because of the blood, you said "Danny no worry it's gonna have more than that little bit!" And I remember spilling more than a little those first years.
Some of the most memorable times in my life were when we would go camping at Gualala every summer.
Rest in peace Uncle, I know you, my Dad, Uncle Al, Uncle Tony, Uncle John, Uncle Tok, Warner and so many others are all in good hands.
Love you!"

This tribute was added by Donald Robnett on 16th December 2014

"Grandmaster Shin. You were an inspiration.  Your attention to detail, your ability to motivate us, set a foundation that let us grow and expand our knowledge base...You are missed, beloved and respected. .."

This tribute was added by Jeff Smith on 16th December 2014

"GrandMaster Shin, where do I start? There is no beginning and will be no end. You are the Perfect Example of a man, that every man wants to be. I've had the privilege of knowing you for 20 years plus. Every time I met up with you, at your dojo, another dojo, tournaments or in the store, you  were always happy to see me, as I was with you. Sir, you will be missed in the hearts of your loved ones and all Martial Artists to come and learn 'your' style of self defense. Thank You Sir, much Love and Respect, Professor Art Butler sends his Love and Respect."

This tribute was added by Denise Edmonson-Shin on 16th December 2014

"I had the good fortune of meeting this great man when I was a teenager -I was good friends with his son and then Pam opened their home to me while I was going through some of the toughest years of my life. I was completely amazed by this family and the love and loyalty that lived there. I got to see just what an amazing Dad looks like- no matter what troubles his children faced, he never turned his back on any of them and believed in them all until they all grew into the successful,unique and interesting people we all know and love today. I was a little less than lovable at times and he still was kind to me and gave me respect that I really didn't deserve. This is kind of silly, but he showed me the best way to fold a mans t-shirt and to do so in a way that saved space in the drawer and kept the shirt unwrinkled! I was washing my clothes there and I would always fold his clothes in the dryer for him before I put mine in out of respect for allowing me to do my laundry and he hated the way I did it and so one day he just pulled me aside and said if I was gonna fold his clothes, I was gonna do it right!
As fate would have it, I had the honor of marrying his oldest son, George Shin, and it has been an honor to be able to share his last name and have his grandchildren to carry on the Shin name.
Cal, you will be forever in my heart and I promise to be the best wife to your son and mother to your grandchildren that I can be- Thank you for giving us such a great example of how to live and how to love"

This tribute was added by Henry Antipuesto on 15th December 2014

"Master Shin a great and graceful instructor in his domain. memories with him in public and tournaments he is well respected.   He is a quiet and respectful person.  I love his presents for more then 40 years. ..He will be miss in the Martial Art community...RIP and many blessing to his family. ..I'm very thankful of his contributions of discipline to many individual who knew of him. God bless!"

This tribute was added by calvin g shin on 15th December 2014

"Dad. I have so many thoughts, memories and emotions swirling around in my head since you passed that my meager words can not express. You were so much to so many. A husband, father, grandfather and uncle to us as well as a friend, mentor and roll model to everyone you came into contact with. You taught me how to be a man, a father, a teacher, a coach, and a dad and although it took a while to get through my hard head, I think I inderstand now. And one day my kids will too. A lot of people don't get to meet their heroes, I got to call mine dad."

This tribute was added by Alex Sung on 15th December 2014

"GM Shin:  Your Kajukenbo legacy lives on in all of us, and we are honored to have known you in this lifetime.  Thank you for keeping your Kajukenbo teachings as raw as when you studied at the Palama Settlement under GM Adriano Emperado and his brother, Joe.  It shows in the lineage of those you taught.

Now, we hold you up in reverence--our expansive Kajukenbo Ohana--and salute you.  May you rest in peace and know in your heart that the next generation is knowledgeable of our history, and especially how you helped shape it for us here in Northern California.

We bow to you, sir!  

Sifu Alex Sung
(Kajukenbo S.F. under GM John Ramos)"

This tribute was added by Victor Vierra on 15th December 2014

"Grandmaster Calvin Shin you truly will be missed.You did a lot for me as a young kid and helped me again after my mother was tragically take from us,I came back to the dojo many years later and finished what I always wanted to do and my mother wanted me to do as well. You accepted me back with open arms. There are some things I wished I would of said to you before your passing, but I say them to you now in my thoughts. We had some great years and I will always be grateful. I just hope you know that.Thank you,Victor Vierra"

This tribute was added by Bobby Seronio on 15th December 2014

"Rest in paradise unko!!! We miss and love you!! Da Seronio Ohana"

This tribute was added by Sarah Shin-Madsen on 15th December 2014

"i love you daddy.."

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