October 20, 1941- September 15, 2021
Clement G. Riedner began training in May of 1962, studying Motobu-Ha Shito Ryu Karate while in the U.S. Air Force. While stationed in Japan he studied mostly under a Japanese Air Force (JSDAF) NCO named Kayo-San and with fellow American student Richard P. Bailargeon. He also had opportunity to study with Soke Kuniba. Though many American servicemen studied karate in Japan at this time, few were able to take advantage of this opportunity as much as Soke Riedner. Before returning to the U.S., he was able to learn most of the kata of the Motobu-Ha system as well as some Kobudo from Soke Kuniba.