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Former student

Oriskany Falls, NY

#22 Jun 21, 2012
I am also a former student of Larry and I agree with the statements made about Larry being a fine teacher with no hint of inappropriate advances. Larry taught his students using old and traditional methods. He was tough but he was fair. I learned quite a bit about respect during the years I attended classes.

One night at the Ramada Inn (currently college housing across from Utica College), I (and several other students of Larry) saw some drunk dude actually pick a fight with Larry. Larry tried hard to be polite and simply walk away but the drunk guy was committed to starting something. It was then Larry informed the guy he holds a black belt and is an instructor. The drunk didn't care. The distance between the two men was almost non-existent. Larry informed him drunk that if he started anything, Larry would respond by striking him with his right foot across the right side of the face. The drunk didn't back down and Larry delivered. Larry actually picked up his foot and with almost no room at all, swung it into the drunk's face, knocking him down..and hard. Larry was actually embarrassed by the event. Security picked the drunk up and tossed him out.

I had tons of respect for Larry prior to being witness to that event. After, I gained even more. I sincerely hope Larry has found happiness in every aspect of his life.
Respect to Larry

Watertown, NY

#23 Jun 22, 2012
Larry was a great teacher and for the ten years I was at his studio on Bleecker Street I never once saw him make any type of sexual comment or any advances at his students. This site just likes to trash people for no good reason. Believe me, if he was a pedophile he would have had many opportunities to molest a student and someone would have seen it happen. The dojo had a changing room in the back and a big kitchen with a large counter/bar area that we would sit around on. Larry never even wandered back there except on a few occasions. Great guy. He taught us well, but was very rigid and expected the best from his students. I sometimes hated him as a teacher because of his agressive form of teaching but realized later in life how much he did for my self esteem. We played crab soccer with a medicine ball and when I first joined I was reluctant to get involved. Mr. Hyatt made me sit on the medicine ball the next round in the middle of the dogo and when play began both teams had to get control of the ball kicking it while I sat on it. I never made that mistake again. There was a fridge in the back which had bottles of soda for 25 cents each on an honor system. And at Christmas parties, Mr. Hyatt would bring in buckets of KFC chicken all at his own cost for us. Good luck to you Mr. Hyatt wherever you are....
Former student wrote:
I am also a former student of Larry and I agree with the statements made about Larry being a fine teacher with no hint of inappropriate advances. Larry taught his students using old and traditional methods. He was tough but he was fair. I learned quite a bit about respect during the years I attended classes.
One night at the Ramada Inn (currently college housing across from Utica College), I (and several other students of Larry) saw some drunk dude actually pick a fight with Larry. Larry tried hard to be polite and simply walk away but the drunk guy was committed to starting something. It was then Larry informed the guy he holds a black belt and is an instructor. The drunk didn't care. The distance between the two men was almost non-existent. Larry informed him drunk that if he started anything, Larry would respond by striking him with his right foot across the right side of the face. The drunk didn't back down and Larry delivered. Larry actually picked up his foot and with almost no room at all, swung it into the drunk's face, knocking him down..and hard. Larry was actually embarrassed by the event. Security picked the drunk up and tossed him out.
I had tons of respect for Larry prior to being witness to that event. After, I gained even more. I sincerely hope Larry has found happiness in every aspect of his life.
Anonymous

Morris, NY

#24 Mar 9, 2013
Mr. Hyatt was my sensai for over four years. He taught me respect, honor, and dignity. All of his lessons are well remembered. Since training with Sensai Hyatt I have the greatest respect for shotokan karate and all other disciplines of the martial arts, and I have studied three more. I would love to hear from Mr. Hyatt at anytime. Time passes so quickly.
Bobby the loyal student
great teacher

Rome, NY

#25 May 22, 2013
I was also a student of Larry's for 4 years until he left for Fl. I can tell you he is not a molester. I was in elementary school at the time and being a younger student and a white belt I was usually in my own class by myself. My parents would drop me off and I was alone with him often he never once did anything inappropriate. He was a great teacher, made you work hard and earn advancements. You miss a block you got hit with the bamboo stick, he didn't hear a whip when you punched or kicked it didn't count. I wish their were more people like him around the world wouldn't be as F up as it is. He drilled respect into you. You disrespect your parents you spent the class doing knuckle push ups and crab walks.
Tom Loughlin Jr

Syracuse, NY

#26 Jun 9, 2013
True wrote:
Larry was not gay but his teaching style was a little questionable. I took Karate from him at his Bleeker Street Studio for 9 years up until the age of 16. I had more than a few injuries from punishments for a mistake in my stance or kata. Although I have to say that on the two occasions we did compete with other studios outside of our own, we were far superior. After nine years of hard work I left a brown belt, while I watched other clubs hand out black belts to students after 3 or 4 years. I sparred with one of those so called black belts at a tournament and beat him easily. I never ever saw Larry make a sexual advance towards any of my fellow students or myself and he genuinely believed his training style was the best. If you knew Larry, you also knew that you would want him on your side in a fight, and if he was on the other side, get out of town. Hope he is doing well. <quoted text>
I photographed the Utica Karate Club tournament at Hamilton College for the OD..still have the negs.
I studied under Grand Master Harold Long at KNoxville during my stay at the University of Tennessee...and was visited by World Master Shimobuku...Ishnyru (Okinawan Style). I did not find Hyatt peculiar, and find the accusations...puzzling. I know what I know, and he was a first rate, tough instructor. Long was an ex marine..and tough too..but I do not remember any corporal punishment in our school...Could be a good thing. Brown beating black is a good note of proof. Black belts are for dazzling talents and HARD HARD HARD work...nothing less.
Tom Loughlin Jr.
Devin E Linn

Tallahassee, FL

#27 Sep 10, 2013
I never learned Martial arts from Larry, but I assisted in teaching dancing with him here in FL from when I was 10 until I was 18. He was One of the greatest people I have ever known, and I would not be who I am if not for him. I know for a fact that any allegations about his sexuality, or inappropriate are completely false. Everyone should know also that he just recently passed away.
Devin E Linn

Tallahassee, FL

#28 Sep 10, 2013
Hydro wrote:
he hangs out at confusion corner in stuart florida trying to pick up men
I have known larry for over half my life, he was not gay. Being gay myself I would know.

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#29 Sep 10, 2013
Hydro wrote:
he hangs out at confusion corner in stuart florida trying to pick up men
He can't get out of the circle
Devin E Linn

Toronto, Canada

#30 Sep 10, 2013
BuenaVista wrote:
<quoted text>He can't get out of the circle
He passed away.
Master Dolan

Boonville, NY

#31 Jul 22, 2014
I received my 2nd cue brown belt from a school founded by larry in upstste new york... and found decipline and respect for all people... and the people that needed their ass kicked got it... so what!!!!! Dennis Mooney is the tuffest man i have ever known and larry still could take him.... god bless!
Master Dolan

Boonville, NY

#32 Jul 22, 2014
if the world was full of people like dennis and larry we wouldn't be in the situation that we are...
DiDi

Germany

#33 Dec 11, 2014
Devin E Linn wrote:
<quoted text>
He passed away.
Devin, I've been trying for awhile to reconnect with Larry. I didn't know he passed, though I did know he was in the hospital for his hip. We were very good friends and kept in contact and then I didn't hear from him for a while. What did he pass from? Do you know where he is buried? This makes me very sad but at least now I know. He was a great guy, a ton of fun, a great friend, and a great dancer. The people making the negative untrue remarks about him should be ashamed of themselves.....may he rest in peace

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