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Bruce Kanegai is a third generation Japanese American who grew up in Los Angeles. During the 1960's, he received the Boy Scout rank of Eagle Scout and the rank of Black Belt from the Shotokan Karate School. Kanegai received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge. He also received his teaching credentials for the State of California.

For the past 34 years, Kanegai has been teaching art at Simi Valley High School, where he has taught over 10,000 students. He had been awarded "Teacher of the Year" from The International Rotary Club, The Bravo Award from the Los Angeles Music Center, The Amgen Corporation, The Pasadena Art Center College of Design and the Otis/Parsons Art School.

Kanegai is a fifth-degree black belt in karate and has taught more than 7,000 students over about 40 years. In 1967, he was a member of the first US karate team to visit Japan. In 2000, Kanegai was promoted to the highest ranking black belt in the Shotokan Karate of America. In 2004, he was a judge at Shotokan's 40th Anniversary celebration in France. Kanegai is currently in the process of finishing a book on the 50-year history of the Shotokan Karate of America.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Kanegai was a top backpacking instructor for Moorpark Community College, the Yosemite Institute and many private organizations. Some of his backpacking highlights include hiking the entire state of Oregon and, in 1980, setting a new record of running the 220-mile John Muir Trail from Mount Whitney to Yosemite National Park.

From 1978-1992, Kanegai was a POST (Police Officer Survival Training) Instructor in California. Under the Downey-Roth System, Kanegai assisted in teaching police instructors arrest and control techniques, weapon retention and the side-handle baton.

Kanegai is a member of the California Art Educators Association and Shotokan Karate of America. His hobbies include photography, drawing, hiking, golfing and skiing. He has had several close brushes with death, including being bitten by a large rattlesnake while golfing three years ago.

Kanegai currently lives in Simi Valley, California, with his wife of 27 years, Nancy. They have two children, Alexander and Danielle, and one dog, Chako. His birth date is December 17, 1947.

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This is my guy. I don't know why, but I like him. Maybe it's because he's a teacher, maybe because he reminds me of my dad, but I like him.

...sadly, me liking someone usually means the Elbow of Death... :(

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A train wreak for some agreed, but Bruce is strong and helpful... They got rid of Melinda who was one of the three that thought it a good idea to vote off the strongest player from her team... Maybe they won't do so again...

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I like Bruce, I bet he could kick the crap out any guy there too...

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Bruce is my pick, all the way! He seems cool, and he reminds me of Mr. Myagi :lol:

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I like Bruce. I think it's funny he was the last one standing, and he's probably one of the strongest players out there! Or, when they were picking, were they being so stupid as to try and pick weaker people, for less competition on their tribe? They wouldn't be that stupid, would they?

But, as it went, they seemed to pick younger first.

Bruce might be the person who will be able to get these guys to come to their senses about Shane. I'm not saying Melinda was so great, and should have stayed, but to me, it was a no brainer to get rid of Shane. Who needs that kind of crap? I guess the people who voted off Melinda! Good luck to Bruce!

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Did anyone else scream at their tv when they sent Bruce BACK to Exile Island? Poor Bruce, I'm cheering for this tribe now, even though I can't stand the majority of them lol

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LOL, Me too!! Im cheering for his tribe for Citie and Bobby. And beciase i dont like Terry and Dan

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Go Bruce!! He seems like a pretty smart guy. That would be great if he found the immunity idol.

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Does anyone know what's up with is rock garden? Did they ever fully explain what he is using it for or what his plans are and I missed it? Seems right now like all the producers are doing is using it for "what's up with Bruce" cracks from the other tribe members.

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Does anyone know what's up with is rock garden? Did they ever fully explain what he is using it for or what his plans are and I missed it? Seems right now like all the producers are doing is using it for "what's up with Bruce" cracks from the other tribe members.

It's a ZEN garden. Used for meditation. It is very rude of Courtney to do her yoga

in his zen garden. Why doesn't she just go further down the beach? <_<

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It's a ZEN garden. Used for meditation. It is very rude of Courtney to do her yoga

in his zen garden. Why doesn't she just go further down the beach? <_<

??

Wouldnt a Zen Garden be where you should do yoga? Kinda seems like they go together quite well

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Wouldnt a Zen Garden be where you should do yoga? Kinda seems like they go together quite well

Yea I agree that a zen garden would be a great place to do her yoga. BUT....she sat there and watched him build it and didn't offer even a little bit of help. Then just plopped herself into it without even asking.

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OK Bruce made the garden she didn't help..... I don't think he would mind sharing if she would just ask.. I mean I know he made it to meditate in but I don't think he would mind sharing if she would be polite ..... I wonder why Aras doesn't do Yoga isn't he a instructor of it? I mean has anyone seen him in the rock garden doing Yoga?

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eh, its the editing.

LOL!! Possibly!

I don't think Courtney is a bad person just because she didn't help or ask.

Or rather what they showed on TV! :D

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They show nothing but the rest of the tribe ridiculing what Bruce is doing. Especially Aras who of all people should have some respect for what it is since he tries to come off as Mr. Mystic himself.

Kudos to Bruce for hanging in there after taking a blade to the mouth. I couldn't have held up like he did.

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Yeah Bruce didn't make the smartest move staying with the old group... Wish he had of... Shane would be gone by now...

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What is with all of the Bruce hatred coming from A-hole...er Arus? "He's got a bond with Terry from the old tribe..."

Well, dumbass, so does Shane. And Courtney & Danielle have a previous relationship with Sally...and YOU with Austin and Nick...

That leaves Cirie alone...and taking home the $$...

All of the editing with Bruce saying things are going to change and "I feel like I'm in a power position" made me think he was going to go home. I'm glad the editors through in that little "twist"...not featuring the onewho gets the boot. :D

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Bruces Students MSN Group

From a Student of Bruces

Sent: 1/9/2006 12:50 PM

OMG!!!! Bruce Kanagai was my art teacher in HS! This is soooooo cool! He was such a great teacher and very very cute. Now I have someone to cheer for going into this thing!!!

Sent: 1/9/2006 2:54 PM-Check this out: (I changed some of the font in his reply to white - not really a spoiler, but may be more than you want to know - you know what to do if you do want to know.)

Hi Mr. Kanegai (or can I call you Bruce now?),

I was in one of your art classes in 1974-1975. I saw the new cast for Survivor and even though I know the season has ended for the Survivors, I just wanted to say I can

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Interesting stuff indeed- thanks for sharing! :)

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Get well soon Bruce

(yeah yeah yeah I know it was months ago but for us its new)

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He got well and is teaching again and is on spring break right now or just about done with that . but he is well again.

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