Moses Powell

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Moses Powell
BornNorfolk, Virginia [1]
Jan 13, 1941[2]
DiedJanuary 22, 2005 [3]
Ft. Lauderdale Florida[2]
Other namesMaster Musa Muhammad
StyleVee-Jitsu Te, Modern Ju Jitsu, Sanuces Ryu Jujutsu
Teacher(s)Florendo Visitacion and Ron Duncan[4]
Rank10th degree black belt[1]
Years active1954– early 2000s
Notable studentsRon van Clief Soke "lil John" Davis, Hassan Abdur-Rahman
last updated on: October 2013

Moses Powell (1941–2005), also known as Master Musa Muhammad,[5] was an American pioneer of martial arts in the United States.[6][7] He was born in Norfolk Virginia.[8] He held the rank of 10th degree black belt, and was famous for his one finger forward roll.[3] Moses Powell was the first martial artist invited to perform a demonstration in front of the United Nations.[8] One of the first African Americans to instruct the DEA, FBI, and the Secret Service in martial arts.[3] He was also a featured demonstrator New York's World Fair in 1965.[8] Notable for being a black martial artist (of minority ethnicity in the United States), he served as an instructor to movie star Wesley Snipes.[3] He appeared in the documentary, the Warrior Within.,[9] along with Chuck Norris.[3] He was also the founder of the Sanuces Ryu Jujutsu system. Additionally, he never co-signed any other systems.[10]

Media appearances[edit]

Moses Powell appeared on the cover of Official Karate Magazine in September 1973, Spring 1982, and February 1976.[11] He was covered in Legends of American Martial Arts (DVD) [12]

Moses was also noted in the book Unlocking The Healing Powers in Your Hands: The 18 Mudra System of Qigong as a master of Jujitsu.[13]


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  2. ^ a b "Moses Powell - The Official Site". 1941-01-13. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  3. ^ a b c d e "The Karate Voice". The Karate Voice. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  4. ^ Wayne Wayland and HP Henry. "Isshinryu Karate: Donald Bohan's Memorial Website: Ronald Duncan". Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ Sampson, Anthony (28 November 2008). "Grandmaster Anthony Sampson: Dr. Moses Powell (Supreme Grandmaster)".
  8. ^ a b c [4]
  9. ^ "Master Moses Powell". Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  10. ^ "Continuing The Legacy of Master Teachers: United Schools of Survival holds 16th Annual Martial Arts Seminar". 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  11. ^ "Magazines". Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  12. ^ [5]
  13. ^ MA, A. S. Umar Sharif. "Unlocking The Healing Powers in Your Hands: The 18 Mudra System of Qigong". A. S. Umar Sharif, MA. Retrieved 2016-08-18.