Jacques Sandulescu. February 21, 1928 – November 19, 2010

November 23, 2010 at 9:19 pm (By Amba)


  1. Stephanie said,

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Amba.

  2. William O. B'Livion said,

    Please accept my condolences on your loss.

  3. Dave Schuler said,

    You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

  4. amba12 said,

    Thanks, friends.

  5. PatHMV said,

    There’s an unquantifiable emotion captured by old Polaroids, isn’t there? I love my digital photography, but it’s just not the same… even when you use some nice filter to give a digital photograph the Polaroid “look,” it lacks a certain depth, an individuality inherent in the Polaroid being the result of a physical process.

    Such a timeless photo, Annie. You can tell he loves you just by the way he’s looking at the camera.

  6. amba12 said,

    It’s how you want to remember someone — robust, and in his prime, and permanent as Orion.

  7. E. said,

    God bless you and yours Annie. May he comfort you in your sorrows and give you peace. I am sorry for your loss. You have shared what a great man your husband is and your love for him is so palpable. If every man could be so blessed. Be well. D.

  8. amba12 said,

    Thank you kindly.

  9. Art Kaney said,

    Thank you Jacques…You gave me shelter ..and never once did you make me feel uneasy…you always spoke your mind! —“You ..You rest! …when you wake..Read My book! …then Get a F&^%ing Hair cut!” Thank you…thank you soo much, although I got rest..read your book…I never did get my hair cut…at least you spoke your mind. thanks again.

  10. amba12 said,

    Art . . . you come to the celebration for Jacques September 19 in NYC. Details to come. Draw something — “Doombas” —

  11. Steve Hess said,

    Dear Anne. Forgive the method of contacting you; but I did not know your present address. I am so sad to hear of Vanya’s passing. He and the book you co-wrote were so important to me and my students for so many years. It was a mainstay in my classroom and as I told you when you visited….I had read to my students a least 100 times. Donbas was a favorite book for them. I still have the original signed book and the piece of coal from the Donets Basin. When you flew out from NY to Eugene I was overwhelmed by all the press coverage. Then when Oprah Magazine picked up your article….Wow! What a thrill! My student Josh I believe did not do too well. I heard things that makes me think that life has not been too good for him. But that’s another subject. Again please accept my deep sympathy for your loss. He was a great man. Steve Hess, Phoenix , Arizona.

  12. Damian said,

    I Met Jacques when I was Uchi Deshi, spent two nights at his home in NYC. 2001. His hand shake could crush bricks, while at the same time give me that Hungarian Kiss, then stuff you with food until you feel like your stomach would explode. We walked, everyone knew him. We guarded him like he was the president. He enjoyed watching me do a handstand on my knuckles on the concrete. His life is most admirable. Donbas , is still to this day my favorite book. Even though I stopped karate, I wish I could get the pictures we took together. The world misses him. He did leave us all something…. His spirit. Any bad day I have, I think to what he went through at Donbas. Annie, if you read this. Best to you. – Schwartz

  13. amba12 said,

    Thank you, my friend.

  14. Damian said,

    Annie is that you? Do you remember we trained together. Sensi Ligo warned us that you could beat us up. I listened, even though I was 23 and was at Olympic level of daily training. I hope you are still in NC and life is treating you well. I left as an Uchi Deshi out of anger, more just that mentally at that point, I was just not ready to be the right hand at Budo Karate House. But, the 2 years was not wasted I learned a lot about life and how to carry myself. I carry few regrets, but one main one is not having had more time with you and Shihan. He/you inspired me in many ways.-Schwartz

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