Olaf Emil Simon - The Law of the Fist
It is my sincere wish to contribute to the history and culture of our countries. For this reason, I am dedicating this book to each and every individual reading it. In a time when the values in our society are challenged and the glorious history of our past is taken for granted, let us not forget how valuable the gift of peace is- a gift which must be cared for if its value is to remain. Throughout the past century, the United States and Canada have grown up together like two brothers. The common border is ample evidence of a peace-loving people. This border has become the longest unarmed boundary in the entire world, where man may walk free and exchange the precious contributions of his cultures without domination. Let us therefore benefit from the knowledge of the Orient, yet not forget nor cheapen our heritage, which has miraculously created a bond of friendship stronger than those of any other nations, a century of understanding, of love and of peace.
- His Holiness The Dalai Seng Shi Grand Master O.E. Simon
Grand Master Simon is nothing short of a living legend in Canadian Martial Arts. Born in Steinort, Germany, in 1929, he escaped from a Russian Death Camp in 1945. After the war, he studied Medicine and then switched to Literature and eventually attained a Ph.D from the University of Jena - one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in the world.
In 1963, he opened the first martial arts school in western Canada, where Canadian newspapers labeled him as the “Fastest Foot in The West”. His amazing skill, mixed with speed and a flair for the dramatic, earned him international recognition by names like America’s Ed Parker, Okinawa’s Zenpo Shimabuku, and Tae Kwon Do’s Jhoon Rhee. His demonstrations and reputation as a fair referee had Simon in demand all over North America.
His book, “The Law of The Fist”, was first copyrighted in 1969, making it the first book ever written on the subject by a Canadian. He subsequently wrote two more books on the martial arts.
Perhaps the one thing he did that set the martial arts world up for success was his unique and original business ideas that set him apart from so many in the late 1960s and early 1970s. At the time, these ideas were frowned upon but now are considered the norm. Selling annual memberships and running a school as a business not just a club in a back alley were unique and different. He was most certainly a man ahead of his time and he set the standard for today’s schools all over the world, which, in turn, helped make martial arts a household name.