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Calligraphy - Master Ueshiro "Invited by the United States."  From a Sept. 9, 1962 newspaper article, "Karate Crosses the Pacific Ocean."

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St. Bart's Community House

Calligraphy - "Soku" - Foundation and balance

St. Bart's Community House

Ueshiro Midtown Karate is a part of the sports complex in the historic St. Bart's Community House. The sports complex includes an indoor swimming pool, full-size basketball court, the Ueshiro Midtown Karate Dojo, and personal training facilities. 

Built in the late 1920’s as an addition to the St. Bart's Episcopal Church, the Community House received landmark status in 1967 for its architectural and historical distinction.  

St. Bart's Church and Community Center, Park Ave. and 50th St.

This status became the basis of a much-publicized controversy in 1981, when a real estate developer offered to build an office tower on the site of the community house.

The skyscraper would have provided financial endowment for the church’s mission and maintenance of its buildings. Conflict developed within the parish and between the church and NYC over dissolution of the building’s landmark status. The case worked its way up to the Supreme Court, which in 1991 declined to hear the church’s appeal. The New York State landmark laws were upheld, and the community house remains as a home to the Ueshiro Midtown Karate Dojo and other programs dedicated to improving the lives of New Yorkers.

Rent paid by the dojo to St. Bart's is used exclusively for the church’s many community-outreach programs. 

 

 

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