Friends, family and former students, dressed in karate uniforms, gathered to say a final goodbye to a 7th degree Black Belt Grand Master.
63 year-old Jeffrey Moore died Thursday. A native of Zanesville, Moore founded the Coszacks School of Self-Defense in 1970, and taught martial arts classes at Ohio University, Zanesville.
Funeral Director and close friend, Jeff Hardwick said it’s traditional for a karate gi to be worn to honor a Grand Master.
"When a martial arts instructor, or a black belt does pass away, it’s a tribute to them, it’s an honor to them," said Hardwick. "That wasn’t a new idea, but the fact that he’s the founder of our club, it’s was going to be a little bit more special."
Moore was responsible for the promotion of 37 black belts in his lifetime.
Moore’s service was held this morning at Hillis & Hardwick Funeral Home on Forest Avenue.
Hardwick officiated the ceremony, and recounted his first memory of Grand Master Moore.
"He stood there like a tank; fumanchu mustache, big… giant guy and he scared me to death, and I wanted to quit," added Hardwick. "I wanted to run home and cry, because I didn’t know if I was up to training with this kind of guy, but fortunately we became very good friends, and I was blessed to have 40 years with him."
Hardwick is now a 6th degree black belt.
Moore was laid to rest at Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery.