Born in Staten Island, New York he began his Martial Arts training at the age of 13 via a home-correspondence course. He joined the United States Army and trained further at the Samurai Jiu Jitsu Academy in Colorado under Lt. Col. John Killegrew before going to Germany where he served with the 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red 1).
His military honors included: Good Conduct Medal, W.W.II Victory Medal, W.W.II Occupation Medal, Europe-Africa-Mediterranean Campaign Medal, Expert Infantry Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, French Fourragere (4 Citations).
He achieved the rank of Nidan in 1946 and served as a
hand-to-hand combat instructor.
Upon returning home, he continued his training with Senseis: Saito, Shiina, Yanesuka, Eizo, Watanabe and Hara, opening The Staten Island Jiu Jitsu & Karate Dojo (the first and oldest Dojo on Staten Island) in 1956.
In 1966, after becoming the prime student of Prof. Hara,
he was presented with the Menkyo Kaiden, making his Dojo the World Hombu
(Headquarters) and he its Soke (Head Of Family).
He continued teaching and training in both Goshindo Kempo Karate & Samurai Jiu Jitsu the rest of his life, attaining the rank of Judan (10th Dan) and the title of Soke (Head Of Family). He also hosted many tournaments and pioneered the "Black Belt Clinic" as it is known today.
In 1988, he suffered congestive heart failure followed by
a temporary stroke. A tournament was held in his honor by his son, Pete Jr. and was
attended by the Martial Art world's top Sensei and competitors.
In 1991 he underwent triple by-pass surgery. He continued teaching until 1994, when he turned the System over to his son and promoted him to the rank of 9th Dan.
On November 6th, 1994 he passed away at the age of 66.
Known internationally as a no-nonsense, tough,
traditional Sensei; he was well respected by the Martial Arts community.
It is estimated that he personally trained over 5000 students during his life.
He was featured in the films: The Superweapon (1975) The Karate Dojo (1977), The Way Of The Samurai (1983), and Samurai Jiu Jitsu: The Video Series (1993). He was also featured in numerous books and magazines including: The Original Martial Arts Encyclopedia, Official Karate Magazine, Masters Of Self Defense, Defense Combat, Karate Illustrated, Karate International and many more.
He was a member of the World Head Of Family Sokeship Council (Posthumous Award of Legend Of Martial Arts 1995), World Martial Arts Hall Of Fame, North American Black Belt Association, Who's Who In The Martial Arts Elite, Karate International Pioneer Award, Official Karate Hall Of Fame, Co-founder of the Federation Of Practicing Jiu Jitsuans and the East Coast Karate Alliance. Other posthumous awards include Prof. Wally Jay's Jiu Jitsu America Life Achievement Award and the Hanshi Don Nagle Perpetual Remembrance Award.
He is remembered by all who knew him as the TRUE SENSEI.
A role model to be emulated for generations to come.
Those who knew and trained under him are indeed fortunate and richer for it.
The City Of New York honored him by naming the
intersection outside the former site of the
Grandmaster Peter Siringano Sr. Square. This is the first time any Martial Artist has been bestowed with such an honor.
Though sorely missed, his spirit is alive and well through the continued efforts and teaching of his son, Hanshi Pete Siringano.
Hanshi Siringano Sr. Speaks!
have passed through these doors,
who keep true to the teachings,
what we who've
remained have forgotten,
Loving Son -
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