Long time Grand Master of International martial arts has passed away

By Rosalind Russell – A well-known Whitefish Falls man and Grand Master of Martial Arts has passed away.

Yogi Israel Segarra was well known in the local area and around the world for his skills in martial arts.

He and his wife, Alice, met, married, and taught Yoga, Goju, and other related skills to many people of all ages over the last 40 plus years in the U.S and Canada.

He and his wife have been inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame twice and received countless other accolades over the decades.

Besides the training, the two hosted international martial arts tournaments for over 20 years.

Israel was born in Puerto Rico, and Alice in Manhattan, eventually immigrating and making Whitefish Falls there home.

He was 76.

Photo: Yogi Israel Segarra passed away late last week. A grand master of various martial arts, he was an inductee in the world hall of fame, not once, but twice. He taught and shared his skills for over 40 plus years. He was 76. Here is seen with his wife, Alice, a grand master herself, who shared his journey throughout most of his life. Photo provided.

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