My interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine goes back to 1988 when I was a member of the President Eisenhower’s People to People Delegation to the Peoples Republic of China.
Throughout my career as a general and vascular surgeon in Staunton I was often thought of as a maverick due to my interest in Eastern Medical Practice.
But it wasn’t until cancer ended my surgical career and I became Chief Medical Officer that I had the time to introduce and stimulate interest in our need for a Complementary Medicine Service at Augusta Health.
I felt such a service should include Acupuncture, classes in many aspects of Qigong, Tai Chi and Yoga and a Martial Arts Program which had pressure points as the foundation of its form.
One of the applicants I interviewed was Tom Muncy, who ran a martial arts program in Waynesboro and who, along with Rick Moneymaker, had founded The Dragon Society International and the To-Ri Karate Institute.
At conclusion of the interview I only had one question to ask Tom … “Would you be willing to take on a 65 year old student into your martial arts program?” He said absolutely and I hired him on the spot.
At that time we were finishing construction of a new addition to our Fitness Center and I made certain that we incorporated into it, a state of the art Dojo for Tom to work out of.
I have been practicing Karate for the past 15 years and have enjoyed the unparalleled experience of having Grand Master Muncy as my instructor. It is like a dream come true, being able to attend a 2 hour Grand Master Muncy Seminar twice a week.
- Torite Jutsu
- Small Circle Ju Jitsu
- Okinawan Kenpo, Karate
- Taekwondo, Jeet Kune Do Concepts
- Filipino Martial Arts
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Combat Ground Fighting)
- Kali/Escrima Combat Arnis (Stick & Knife Fighting)
- Western Boxing
Ranks & Certifications:
- 4th Degree Black Belt – Owner – Lead Instructor
Awards & Recognition:
- Phase 1 Jeet Kune Do Instructor under Bob Jones – 2008
- Received title of Master in Torite Jutsu – 2003
- Dragon Society International Certified Full Instructor – 2003
- Inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame
- Apprentice JKD Instructor under Bob Jones under Paul Vunak – 2001
- Instructor Of The Year – 2000
- Black Belts – Okinawan Kenpo, Torite Jutsu, Ryukyu Kenpo, Aikitaekwondo
- Certified in Pressure Point Fighting
- Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Bob Jones under Renzo Gracie
- Professional Football Player – Detroit Lions, Philly Stars
- Graduate of Temple University – Class of 1981
- B.S. in Education and Special Education
- 4 Year Letter Winner
- Member of Temple’s Distinguished Triple T Club
Notable Training Partners:
Grandmaster Rick Moneymaker – Co-founder of Torite Jutsu
Grandmaster Tom Muncy – Co-founder of Torite Jutsu
Bob Jones – J.K.D. Art of the Blade, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Dean Lister – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Seminars
Grandmaster Remy Presas – Modern Arnis
Grandmaster George Dillman – Founder of Kyusho Jitsu
Grandmaster Wally Jay – Founder of Small Circle Jujitsu
Paul Vunak – P.F.S./J.K.D. – Progressive Fighting Systems and Jeet Kune Do
Rich Mooney – Tai Chi Kung Fu
David Brinkley – D.S.I.
Dr. Ed Hampton – Okinawan Kenpo
Sensei Earl Simkunas – Hamilton Martial Arts
Master Dusty Everson – Okinawan Kenpo
Ranks & Certifications:
Korean Martial Arts:
- Taekwondo- Fifth (5th) Degree Black Belt, Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan and Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Federation Headquarters. Awarded October 1999. (1st Dan awarded 1981)
- Hapkido-Second (2nd) Degree Black Belt, United States Korean Martial Arts Federation under Grandmaster J.R. West. Awarded August 1997.
- Additional experience in Hanmudo (a Hapkido/Kuk Sool Won hybrid under Doju He-Young Kimm) and Hapkido under Doju Ji Han Jae (seminar basis, no formal rank issued)
Japanese/Okinawan Martial Arts:
- Judo/Jujitsu- Sixth (6th) Degree Black Belt, United States Martial Arts Association under O-Sensei Phil Porter (deceased). Awarded June 2010.
- Torite-Jitsu- Fourth (4th) Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor, Dragon Society International under Grandmasters Tom Muncy and Rick Moneymaker. Awarded November 2007.
- Shuri-Te Jujitsu- First (1st) Degree Black Belt Shuri-Te Bujitsu Kai under Kyoshi Troy Price. Awarded April 2011.
- Additional experience in Small Circle Jujitsu under Professor Wally Jay and Kyusho-Jitsu/Tuite under Grandmaster George Dillman (seminar basis, no formal rank issued).
Filipino Martial Arts:
- Kali- Certified Instructor Level 3, Filipino Combat Systems (FCS) under Tuhon Ray Dionaldo. Current Atlanta area representative for FCS.
- Modern Arnis- Apprentice Instructor Certificate awarded by Professor Remy Presas August 1995
- Additional experience in Kali and JKD under Mr. Ron Balicki (seminar basis, no formal rank issued)
- Additional informal training in Knife Tactics with persons wishing to remain private (details available upon request and permission from my teacher).
Awards & Recognition:
- Former Martial Arts Instructor at Georgia State University
- Former Martial Arts Instructor (assistant) Georgia National Guard
- Bagua and Hsing-I under Allen Pittman (not currently active)
- Master Instructor of the Year-World Martial Arts Hall of Fame-2000
- Master Instructor of the Year-USMA Hall of Fame-2000
- Advanced studies in Modern Arnis
Ranks & Certifications:
- 7th Dan – Torite Jutsu
- 7th Dan – Okinawan Kempo
- 4th Dan – Tae Kwon Do
- DSI Master Instructor
Awards & Recognition:
- Advanced studies in Modern Arnis
- World Martial Arts Hall of Fame – Master Instructor of the Year 2000
- President – Tactical Solutions International
- Special Response Team – Counter Terrorism
Living by his motto “Always a student” Sensei Morales continues to learn and research the Martial Ways; and he is currently studying Renzo Gracie jiu-jitsu and Silat.
As a child, Grandmaster Luis Morales was fascinated with the Martial Arts, spending many hours reading the various Martial Arts publications such as Black Belt Magazine and Karate Illustrated.
His first real exposure to the Martial Arts came when he was only 8 years old. A family friend introduced him to a Ju-jutsu style called Miyama-Ryu. At the age of 12 years old he began his formal training in Martial Arts.
Grandmaster Morales has dedicated his life to the study of Old Ways of Karate and Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate in particular, and due to his relentless pursuit has a profound knowledge of its Kata and its Bunkai (Applications).
He is highly regarded for his Functional Karate and advanced abilities in the ways of Martial Science, Tuidi-jutsu (Grab Hand Art) and Kyusho-jutsu (Vital points Point Art) that are Sub Arts of Karate.
He has been fortunate to have trained with the world’s leading Goju-Ryu’s masters. To name a few, Hanshi Gogen Yamaguchi of Japan Goju-kai, he was a senior student of Master Teruo Chinen of Jundokan International, Hanshi Eiichi Miyazato, founder of the Jundokan Dojo.
Grandmaster Morales has been under the tutelage of Grandmaster Tetsuhiro Hokama 10th Dan of Kenshi-kai Okinawan Goju-Ryu and Kobu-jutsu since 1999.
Grandmaster Morales has done seminars along side with many Martial Arts great such as Soke Lil John Davis of Kumite-ryu jujutsu, Professor James Muro of Hawaiian Kenpo and Danzan-ryu jujutsu, Grandmaster Bill McCloud of Urban contemporary jujutsu, and Senior Master Rudy Tuiolosega of Limalama. His hands on approach make his seminar very popular and sought after.
- Goju-Ryu Karate-jutsu
- Bugaku (Martial Science)
Ranks & Certifications:
- North America Chief Instructor for Kenshi-kai Goju-Ryu.
- 9th Dan in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate and Kobu-jutsu.
- The highest Ranking Torite Jutsu Instructor in the Northeastern United States.
- Certified GrandMaster rank in Torite-jutsu 7th Dan, 7th Dan in Okinawa Kenpo under Grandmaster Tom Muncy 10th Dan and Grandmaster Rick Moneymaker 9th Dan founders of the Dragon Society International.
Awards & Recognition:
- Awarded 10th by The Hawaii Martial Arts International Society signed by many Kenpo Greats and recognized Grandmaster of The Bugaku Renmei.
- Founder of The Bugaku Renmei (Martial Science Federation).
- Author of The Sub-Arts Guidebook.
- Karate Advisor to usadojo.com.
Testimonials for Grandmaster Luis Morales:
“An honor and a very real pleasure to meet you in Las Vegas. Your seminar on “Pressure Points” was simply the greatest. Wishing you success and health in the years to come.”
It has been my distinct pleasure meeting you and having the opportunity of attending your seminars. As we have spoken about recently, Tuidi is exactly what the Karate-Ka needs to know. It obviously forms the basis of the reality of our KATA.
Sensei Jack Kramer and I will be arranging a seminar in the near future along with Sensei Ron Gaeta, our mutual friend of many years.”
Sensei Thomas Van Tassel,
Captain, N.J. State Police
P.S. Your web site is super!!!!
Your seminar in Hackensack NJ was great, very interesting and painful, but a lot of fun. Thank you for your willingness to share your knowledge and experience in the “old ways” of karate”
Sensei Doug Fleming
“Dear members of Bugaku Renmei:
I just would like to tell you as you already know that you are fortunate to have such a honorable leader. It was an honor for me to meet him and be able to spend time sharing each other’s knowledge. He is truly a person of high integrity and strong moral fiber and it was God’s blessing that I met him. His knowledge and skill is genuine and I know he has earned everything he has done. It is not always that you meet a man who truly is genuine in his knowledge of the martial arts and you, as members and students are very fortunate to have him in your life. I am bless to have him in mine now.”
God Bless you always,
Senior Master LimaLama
Phil Peplinski proudly served 8 years with the US Air Force. His duties there included Law Enforcement and Criminal Investigation, Autopsy, Accident Investigation, and In-Flight Photography. His more than 25 years of martial arts, tactical weapons, and defensive tactics training is extensive. He worked Emergency Room Security with Tampa General Hospital where he took control of prisoners for medical clearance, controlled psychiatric patients, and maintained a secure environment in the Level 1 Trauma Center. He has since provided training in tactical weapons and defensive tactics, instructed a SWAT unit, and nightclub security (including the largest night club in Tampa). Phil Peplinski is a Certified Abduction Prevention Instructor and was a presenter at the Central Florida Tactical Conference 2010, 2011, 2012. He is the owner and Head Instructor of US Taekwondo Hapkido in Seffner, FL and is the Chief Combatives Instructional Officer with Marshall Protection & Investigation/Marshall Services. Phil Peplinski holds black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Torite-jutsu, In fact, his school boasts the largest concentration of Torite-jutsu black belts in the country. Phil Peplinski is on the Board of Directors of the American Hapkido Federation, is the recipient of the 2006 World Head of Family Sokeship Council Black Belt Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year Award, the 2010 WHOFSC Black Belt Hall of Fame Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts Award, and is a Featured Dragon Society International Certified Instructor. Master Phil is the Korean Arts, Tactical Combatives, and Advanced Pressure-Point Theory and Application Advisor for The Willow-Oak Martialist Academy. In 2014 became a certified NRA pistol instructor. Phil Peplinski is also the founder and creator of Practical Hapkido and is recognized by the WHOFSC as such.
- Tactical weapons and defensive tactics training.
- Private security Specialist for Tampa General Hospital
- Black Belts in: Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Torite Jutsu
- Board of Directors American Hapkido Federation
- World Head Of Family Sokeship Council “Instructor of the Year”
- World Head Of Family Sokeship Council “2010 Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts Award.”
- Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Instructor
- Weapons and Hand to Hand Tactics Instructor
- Private Security Hand to Hand Instructor
- Kid Safe Network “Certified Abduction Prevention Instructor.
- 15 years extensive study of street level confrontations
- Founder and creator of Practical Hapkido
Ranks & Certifications:
- 9th Dan Practical Hapkido
- 6th Dan Taekwondo
- 4th Dan Torite Jutsu
- Certified School Attacker Response Course instructor
- Certified Abduction Prevention instructor
- Certified NRA pistol instructor
Sensei Ciraco has developed a specialized program for children 4 to 6 years of age. He teaches “Bully Busters and Stranger Danger” along with basic skills to help the children mainstream into the traditional program. Sequential memory, balance, focus, courtesy and respect are the main goals of this program.
Sensei Ciraco’s varied program and range of knowledge teaches material from a few different styles of Okinawan karate. Goju-ryu Shorei-kan, Matsurmura Shorin-Ryu, and Hakutsuru White Crane. Through this structured program students are taught to channel aggression and to focus their energy along with learning important life skills. Children with learning disabilities concentrate better and drills that enhance their performance help to replace shyness with assertiveness. All of this helps to make positive attitudes that show up at school and at home.
Sensei Ciraco has dedicated himself to help preserve the ancient arts of Okinawa. He teaches and trains full time.
Ranks & Certifications:
- 8th Dan Okinawan Kempo Dragon Society International
- 7th Dan Okinawan Konanryu Kohokan Kyokai Organization
- 4th Dan in Torite Jutsu Dragon Society International
- Certified Instructor in Torite Jutsu Dragon Society International
- 3rd Dan in Yamanni Ryu Kubodo
- 2nd Dan in Shorei Kan Goju-ryu
Awards & Recognition:
- Michael Ciraco was awarded an 8th Dan in Okinawan Kempo and a fully certified international instructor by the Dragon Society International 2014
- He was awarded the rank of 7th Dan and title of Kyoshi by the Okinwan Konankyu Kohokan on January 1st 2009.
- Michael Ciraco is a Master Teacher (4th Dan) for the Dragon Society International.(December 2011)
- He was awarded a Shihan grade teachers license by the Universal Martial Arts Association in April 2011.
- Shihan Ciraco is also a 3rd Dan in Yamane Ryu Kobudo.
- Shihan Ciraco trained with Kyoshi Chuck Chandler for 12 years learning many White Crane karate katas and Matsumura Seito Shorin-Ryu Karate.
- He also holds the rank of 2nd Dan Shorei-Kan Goju-Ryu 1996
- 2009 Inductee Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
- Regional Instructor of the Year. His dojo has been the winner Best Martial Arts on the Grand Strand WMBF News many times.
- 2009 Superior Leadership International Shurite Yudansha-Kai
- 2008 Sensei of Merit International Shurite Yundansha-Kai
- 2007 Professional Martial Artist Shurite Yundansha-Kai
- 2005 Renshi grade teachers license Okinawan Konanryu Kohokan.
- USANKF Official Referee and Judge, AAU Successful Coaching Principals 1999.
- CPR and First Aid American Heart Association.
- 1974 Ex Captain and Engineer Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department.
- Shihan Ciraco is a retired engineer of the Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Department.
- Shihan Ciraco has been teaching on the Grand Strand since
- 1992 and began his martial arts career in 1986. He and his black belts continue to teach stranger danger and bully buster programs for the Horry County School System Shihan Ciraco has produced many high caliber Black Belt instructors who help to teach classes under his direct supervision.
- Shihan Ciraco and his students have won more than 25 National and World Championships in numerous traditional karate tournaments.
Ciraco’s Dojo is a member of the USA/NKF. His students have also competed in the AAU and the World Okinawan Championships. The competitors have been extremely successful winning over 20 National and World Titles.
Mike Patrick has a diverse background in both practical reality-based personal defense and Martial Arts.
He began his Martial Arts training in a small dojo (karate school) in East Tennessee. It was so small it was even named “Hole-In-The-Wall Dojo.” The training was traditional Isshin-ryu Karate with a heavy focus on basics and kata (forms).
Upon becoming only the second student to earn a Black Belt in the dojo, he began to add to his training with a variety of Martial Arts. Though, never leaving his original focus of Isshin-ryu, he was able to incorporate elements of Modern Arnis knife and stick fighting, kobudo (traditional Okinawan weapons), Tai Chi Chuan, and more, to the Isshin-ryu Karate that he was working so hard to master.
In time, his instructor, Max Jones, recommended that he continue his training with Allen Wheeler who was very involved with adding Pressure Point knowledge to the Isshin-ryu system. As fate would have it, Grand Master Wheeler invited Grand Master Rick Moneymaker to begin teaching a series of Master Series Seminars at his Knoxville dojo. Mr. Patrick attended one of those and was immediately ‘hooked’ on Torite Jutsu.
After the seminar, Mr. Patrick approached Grand Master Moneymaker and inquired about books and materials to help him learn the art. At the time, the only sources available were Acupuncture books and charts. From these, Mr. Patrick acquired quite a library and invested a lot of his own money to travel and learn from the Dragon Society International. Grand Master Moneymaker agreed to take him on as a long-distance student and through many seminars, phone conversations, letters, and such, Mr. Patrick eventually became proficient in the art of Torite Jutsu.
After a few years, Grand Master Moneymaker invited Mr. Patrick to Texas to a DSI International Convention as a guest instructor. It was at this Convention that Grand Masters Moneymaker and Muncy awarded Mr. Patrick the coveted title of Master and Certified Instructor in the art of Torite Jutsu.
From that time on, Master Patrick has worked tirelessly to enrich as many students as he can reach with the art of Torite Jutsu. He has taught internationally at seminars and conventions, published books, produced videos, and more to get word out to enrich as many people as possible.
Because of his early training within the DSI and the lack of published materials, Master Patrick fully understands the challenges of learning an art such as this and the great cost of collecting the necessary books, travel, and not to mention difficulty of digesting the information. It is this awareness that led him to become one of the first DSI Instructors to publish a range of books and videos on the art. In his videos and seminars, Master Patrick is fond of taking a technique and spending hours explaining and demonstrating the intricacies of the technique in what the DSI calls “Players to the Game.”
Participants at his seminars often remark at not only his depth of knowledge, but also his ability to translate complex techniques and principles in a warm, friendly, and often humorous manner which sets all at ease and provides a great environment for learning.
Since that time, Master Patrick went on eventually earn a 6th Degree Black Belt from his instructor Allen Wheeler in the art of Isshin-ryu Karate, earning the title of “Master” in that art.
He has been recognized by both the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as well as the United Karate Systems of America Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in the Martial Arts and was inducted as “Instructor of the Year.”
To continue his passion for protection of others and his desire to give them the ability to defend themselves and their families, he founded a system called Personal Defense Tactics which he has taught to individuals of all ages and abilities. This system eventually evolved into a more robust system through his partnership with Rick Moneymaker. Together, they developed a new system, known as CombatiX™ which is the practical application of their many years of experience in testing what works in real world environments. These techniques have been taught to and studied by individuals from a number of law enforcement agencies and military groups.
What makes his research different is his earnestness in testing what he teaches. In CombatiX™, the motto is “If we don’t test it, we don’t teach it!” So many Martial Arts instructors take what they are taught for granted without questioning its origins. By testing these techniques, he was able to determine what worked and what didn’t. Only those techniques that really work are kept and form the core of CombatiX™.
Moreover, he added Firearms training to his skills. After studying the methods of various instructors, he came to realize that many were not compatible with the affects of Body Alarm Reaction. This lead to the development of the CombatiX™ shooting platform which is integrated with the universal platform, leading to a consistent and cohesive system. Today CombatiX™ is continuing to spread and being met with enthusiastic reception in both the Martial Arts and tactical communities.
His videos and books have gone throughout the world and thousands of students have been enriched by his efforts.
Mike Patrick is available for seminar instruction and is willing to travel anywhere in the world to share his expertise. He would love to speak with you and help you and/or your students or officers to continue your training and take it to a new level.
- The application of the laws of Acupuncture / Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as they relate to the Martial Arts sciences.
- “Players to the Game” as they are applied to techniques including, waveforms, harmonics, TCM, Body Alarm Reaction (BAR), etc.
- Bunkai (Application) of the Kata, Forms, Poomse, Hyung, etc., regardless of style or system.
Ranks & Certifications:
- Grandmaster of Torite Jutsu Karate.
- Certified Professor in Torite Jutsu by Dragon Society International.
- 8th Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor in Isshin-ryu Karate.
- 7th Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Kempo presented by Grandmaster Rick Moneymaker (9th Dan) and Tom Muncy (10th Dan).
- 7th Degree Black Belt in Torite Jutsu presented by Grandmaster Rick Moneymaker (9th Dan) and Tom Muncy (10th Dan).
- 7th Degree Black Belt by AKBBA.
- Recognized as a Master in Isshinryu Karate.
Awards & Recognition:
- Over 30 years of experience in the Martial Arts.
- Inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the Instructor of the Year in 1999.
- Inducted into the United Karate Systems of America Hall of Fame.
- International author of a series of instructional DVD’s for Dragon Society International such as Players to the Game Volumes 1 & 2, Waveforms, Enhancement & Retardation, and Torite Joint Locks.
- International author of a series of instructional books for Dragon Society International including Advanced Martial Science Volumes 1 & 2, Foundations of Martial Science, and the Pressure Point Atlas.
- Internationally published author of a number of articles in various Martial Arts magazines across the globe.
- Contributing author of Torite Jutsu Reference Manual published by Dragon Society International.
- Direct student of Grand Master Allen Wheeler, 10th DAN, Grand Master Rick Moneymaker, 9th DAN, and Grand Master Tom Muncy, 10th DAN.
- Featured In dozens of internationally distributed Pressure Point videos produced by Dragon Society International.
- Featured in advertisements for Dragon Society International with Grand Master Moneymaker in Black Belt Magazine.
- Has provided instruction for local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies including elite members of Police departments, military, and S.W.A.T. Teams.
- Internationally acclaimed seminar instructor for thousands of students of all ranks and from all styles.
- Provides Kyusho Jutsu (Pressure Point) and Torite (Joint Locking) Seminars across the United States and throughout the world.
- Guest instructor for Masters Series Seminars sponsored by Dragon Society International.
- Guest instructor for the Dragon Society International Convention in the United Kingdom.
- Guest instructor for the Educational Funding Company’s (EFC) East Coast Training Convention.
- Former Vice President of the Tennessee Karate Circuit.
- Former nationally ranked fighter and Grand Champion in numerous tournaments across the United States.
- Formerly ranked #1 in Tennessee Karate Circuit in Black Belt Fighting, #2 in Kata/Forms, and #4 in the Nation in Kata in Martial Arts tournaments.
Testimonials for Grandmaster Michael Patrick:
“This is the next generation of Dragon Society International…the next level coming…Master Patrick has done an excellent job incorporating the Torite (Pressure Point) sciences into his understanding of all Martial Arts systems and provides excellent instruction to students of all styles and ranks. From my extensive travels I have found that less than 2% of the Black Belts in the world can instruct at his level…Master Michael Patrick lays to rest any questions as to why pressure points work. His extensive research and analysis will certainly convince even the most adamant naysayers in the martial arts world. His work shows beyond a shadow of doubt that the techniques of old were based upon a proven science and that they were duplicatable if one takes the time to research and expends the effort to practice this ancient art.”
Grandmaster Rick Moneymaker
“I believe that any martial artist can study [his] information and gain useful insights to make their art more effective.”
Grandmaster Tom Muncy
“[Master Patrick possesses] super secret fighting knowledge…that would only be imparted to a select few…The techniques and methods described…are things that will make any martial arts practitioner a lethal fighting machine.”
Sigung Rich Mooney
“The extent of the research that Mike has put into [his] work is evident to any who have been involved in these areas of study for any length of time.”
“Master Michael Patrick has once again shown that he has an incredible in-depth knowledge of the points, but not only that, he is able to teach this information in such a way that all levels of skill will benefit. A true mark of excellence.”
Master Steve Burton
“Master Michael Patrick…has raised the bar and set the American martial arts frontier ablaze … [he] does an exceptional job of conveying the complexities of combative science to enhance your martial skills by introducing to the public an ingenious method of technique analysis and application developed by the Dragon Society International called ‘Players to the Game.’ ”
Master Alex Ormaza
“Your ‘Players to the Game DVD Volume One’ is one of the most comprehensive recorded documents of ‘The Players’ to date.”
“[Master Patrick] is the guy when it comes down to being able to teach concisely and accurately…The trouble with other teachers (nice blokes and great martial artists I should add) is that teaching the arts is a skill in its own right and some of these people just don’t have the skills well enough developed to teach and maybe in some cases don’t want to reveal ‘secrets’ fully…Mike is a great instructor – in person I bet he’d be awesome – he understands the necessity for both large picture and small detail and can convey it excellently. All of the questions I’ve asked others were answered by Mike…”
Ray Fisher (1961-Present) began his training in the martial arts in February 1977 in the internal styles of Taoist and Tibetan Chi Kung. He began his external martial arts training in February 1982 in Chinese Kenpo at TRACO International Schools of Self-Defense under the tutelage of Peter Hill and the direction of Grandmaster Tomas Connor. In addition to Kenpo, Professor Fisher’s training also included boxing and kickboxing under Tomas Connor II.
Due to the unfortunate and untimely passing of Grandmaster Connor in 1989, Professor Fisher continued his training under the direction of Master Connor’s son –Tomas Connor, Jr. On June 28, 1990, Professor Fisher was promoted to Shodan (1st degree black belt) in Chinese Kenpo by a panel of Grandmaster Connor’s senior students including Tom Connor Jr., Mr. Bill Packer (American Kenpo Karate Academies), Peter Hill and Steve Hansen.
Apart from the styles taught at TRACO International Schools of Self-Defense, Professor Fisher also trained in Aikido under Sensei John Takeji while a student at ASU. In addition to these arts, he has also studied Tai Chi Chuan, Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, Hsing-I Ch’uan, Kajukenbo and Kyusho Jitsu Okinawan Kempo.
He currently holds the rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt) in Kenpo Jujitsu (American Jujitsu Institute), Rokudan (6th degree black belt) in Chinese Kenpo (Five Fingered Fist Society), Godan (5th degree black belt) in Kyusho Jitsu Okinawan Kempo (Dragon Society International) under Grandmasters Rick Moneymaker and Tom Muncy, Shichidan (7th degree black belt) in the Goju-Shorei Weapons Systems under Grandmaster Dave McNeill, and Shodan (1st degree black belt) in United States Kajukenbo Association under Richard Hurtado.
Professor Ray Fisher was the first person to be awarded a black belt in the Goju Shorei Weapons Systems (as a long distance student) outside of Grandmaster Dave McNeill’s home dojo in Nevada. He was then granted the honor of being the first instructor (outside of Grandmaster McNeill’s dojo) who could test and promote students in the Goju-Shorei Weapons System.
In April 1992, he was recommended by two of his instructors (Richard Hurtado and Ben Lomeli) to attend a closed black belt seminar in Hsing-I Ch’uan and Kajukenbo hosted by Dr. Vincent Black. At that time, Professor Fisher was tested and awarded the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt) by the United States Kajukenbo Association. His testing panel included Adriano Emperado and Joseph Holke, two of the founding members of Kajukenbo.
Professor Fisher was introduced to the principles of Kyusho Jitsu in July 1990 at a seminar that featured Master Charlie Dean of Silsbee, Texas. He immediately recognized the value of this knowledge and saw that it was a missing answer to many of the questions he had in the martial arts. Kyusho Jitsu was THE link that would connect his various studies and gave him a deeper understanding of the martial arts.
Under the tutelage of Grand Masters Rick Moneymaker and Tom Muncy, Professor Fisher was able to blend together the various aspects of his training with an emphasis towards the hidden art of Tuite. He was awarded Shodan (1st degree black belt) from the To-Ri Karate Institute on February 22, 1992. On February 5, 1994, he was promoted to Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in Kyusho Jitsu from “The Masters” (Grand Masters George Dillman, Wally Jay, Remy Presas, Rick Moneymaker and Tom Muncy) in Houston, Texas at a national seminar.
Today, Professor Fisher is the head of Arizona Ch’uan Fa Society, which is located in Chandler, Arizona. For the past 34 years, Professor Fisher has been an extremely active member within the martial arts community. He has taught martial arts at grade schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges in the greater Phoenix area. Seven of his students have won National Champion titles in Kumite (sparring), Kata (forms) and Kubudo (weaponry). His students have also captured over 75 state championships. Professor Fisher was an avid tournament competitor for many years and has won numerous grand championships. He also is a two-time Arizona State Champion in Kata and Kubudo.
- Taoist and Tibetan Style Chi Kung
- Chinese Kenpo
- American Kenpo
- Okinawan Kempo
- Kenpo Jujitsu
- Iron Body Qi Gong
- Torite Jutsu
- Kyusho Jitsu
- Tai Qi Ch’uan
- Hsing – I Chuan
- White Crane Kung Fu
- Kick-Boxing (World Kickboxing Association)
- Western Boxing
Ranks & Certifications:
- 7th Degree Black Belt (Goju- Shorei Weapons System)
- 6th Degree Black Belt (Five Finger Fist Society)
- 6th Degree Black Belt (American Jujitsu Institute)
- 5th Degree Black Belt (Dragon Society International)
- 5th Degree Black Belt (United States Karate Alliance)
- 3rd Degree Black Belt (Dillman Karate International)
- 1st Degree Black Belt (United States Kajukenbo Association)
Awards & Recognition:
- Certified – Touch For Health energy balancing – Level III
- Certified – Seifukujutsu – Level II
- Certified – Reiki Practitioner – Level II
- Certified – Instructor / Seifukujutsu (Hihon Kaifuku Amma) – Level I
- Professor Fisher was the first person ever granted a Seifukujutsu teaching license by the American Jujitsu Institute (prior to receiving their Level III practitioner’s license). His teacher, Professor Ken Eddy, requested and was granted special permission by the A.J.I. Board of Directors to award this honor in June of 2001.
- Elected to Who’s Who in America – 1996
- Co-Authored the Torite Jutsu Reference Manual – 1997
- Elected to World Martial Arts Hall of Fame – 1999
- Elected to United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame – 2003
- Co-Authored “The Edge – Teaching of a Karate Master” – 2013
- Youngest graduate in the world (at that time) of the Evelyn Woods Speed Reading Course -1974
- B.S. in Geography at Arizona State University – 1985
- Adjunct Professor at Southwest College of Naturopathic Healing Arts 1996-1998
- Adjunct Professor at Mesa Community College (2005 to present)
Testimonials for Grandmaster Ray Fisher:
“I have had the great privilege of training with Master Ray Fisher for approximately the past twelve years. Master Fisher’s students are all exceptionally fortunate to have the good fortune of training and receiving his wealth of knowledge to facilitate one’s ability to be the best martial artist they can be.
Master Fisher possesses a level of passion for the arts that is unparalleled! His manner of imparting knowledge makes learning, practicing and further imparting that learned knowledge to others a joy as his love for the arts is infectious!
As an atypical student in the arts, I began my journey, perhaps, much later in life than many students and I attribute my ability to have come so far a tribute to my teacher, Master Fisher. For without his guidance, patience, and absolute love for the arts, most likely I would never have been able to achieve as much as I have at this point in life.
In summation, all of Master Fisher’s students are truly blessed to be so fortunate to be in the company of such a extraordinary man.”
Mr. Jim Tulin – 12/31/2010
“Ray Fisher’s 33 year professional martial arts career is a shining example of what the arts are about. Ray’s cross training has rewarded him with Black Belts, awards, and knowledge from several disciplines. He has been able to pass on this deep understanding to his students resulting in many state and national champions, which epitomizes what a martial arts teacher aspires to accomplish. We are proud to have him as one of our Certified Instructors and look forward to spending many more years with him on our studies.”
Grandmaster of Dragon Society International
“I have known Ray Fisher for over twenty years and have received instruction in Kenpo karate, Goju-Shorei weapons, tai chi and Seifukijitsu from him. I have found that his dedication and enthusiasm for the martial arts is as unwavering as his genuine desire to help others in becoming better practitioners. His knowledge of meridians and acupressure points is integrated into all styles that he teaches — hands on, and with teaching aids. I am both grateful and honored to be able to call Professor Fisher, both my instructor and my friend.”
“Ray Fisher’s thirty plus years of experience in the martial arts as a full time teacher and school owner/operator really speaks for itself. Ray has always considered himself a student as well as a teacher. He is open minded about martial arts and has elevated himself in several empty hand arts as well as weapon arts. He has received numerous honors and awards for his dedication to the practice and teaching of his art and has been an asset to the Dragon Society International organization since its inception. It has been a pleasure to work with such a dedicated student of martial arts.”
Prof. Tom Muncy, Grandmaster
Dragon Society International
“I have had the pleasure and honor of knowing Ray Fisher for over 2 decades. During that time, I have found him to be a martial artist driven for knowledge and an instructor that strives to serve his students. I have watched Ray overcome personal tragedies and challenges that would have defeated lesser martial artists.
Mr. Fisher’s knowledge of the art and service to others is why I give my endorsement to him. His addition to your organization will add further credit to you and your work. If you have any questions or, if I may be of further service, please do not hesitate to contact me.”
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“Master Ray Fisher has been a long time student of Goju-Shorei Weapons and a long time friend. He is also the highest ranked active member of Goju-Shorei Weapons System.
Master Fisher’s commitment to Goju-Shorei Weapons System, and to his students, have set a high mark for the many schools in the System. Master Fisher is the person I turn to for editing of the written curriculum of our system and his eye for details is much appreciated.
Any student advancement under Master Fisher you can be assured was earned. His tests are hard, comprehensive and fair, and he asks no less of himself.
Dedication and High Standards are the hallmarks of Master Ray Fisher.”
Soke, Goju-Shorei Systems
“I recommend Ray Fisher as the Kenpo master that he is. He has high quality expectations of his students; which is reasonable as he maintains high quality in his own performance. He can expect accuracy in kata and techniques because he maintains the accuracy in his own demonstration. When he pushes his students athletically, it is reasonable because he maintains the athleticism himself.
He cares more about the maintenance of quality in student training than in just making money, which is evidenced in his absence of testing fees. He cares about both the art (as well as the martial aspects) in the system in addition to caring about the students. In all matters, he is an excellent example of a martial arts master.”
“To the Directors and Members of the illustrious Dragon Society,
This letter is to endorse my friend, student and fellow martial artist, Sensei Ray Fisher. I have known Sensei Fisher for over 16 years and have related to him through the martial arts as well as on a personal level.
Sensei Fisher is a man of true integrity and has demonstrated many times his respect for all people. He has compassion for all and a commitment to high moral standards; he maintains the ideals that strengthen and support the martial arts and the community. He has done all of this as he raised a family by himself (a difficult task for any single parent).
Ray trains very hard and strives for perfection in all of his endeavors.
Sensei Fisher is an excellent student and is a friend that can always be counted on in times of distress.
I consider Sensei Fisher to be an excellent representative for the martial arts community and an asset to any group or community in which he participates.”
Prof. Kenneth Eddy, AJI
“Master Ray Fisher has been an extraordinary influence on my life. I first met Master Fisher in 1992 when I walked into ACS Karate. At the time, I knew very little of what to expect but he sat me down and went over my goals and how he would be able to help me attain them. About 6 months later, Master Fisher sat me down for a talk that I will never forget. To paraphrase, it went something like this: “Mr. Gale you have talent but are not taking your training seriously. If you decide to continue with ACS, I will train you personally but you need to re-commit yourself. If you do not want to continue, I will rip up your contract right here on the spot.”
I guess that’s exactly what I needed to hear. 18 years later I am grateful that he took the time to even give me the opportunity. Master Fisher has changed my life. One of the most important lessons I learned from Master Fisher is to take what the Martial Arts has taught me and apply it to everyday life. There is not a day that goes by that I do not apply some principle or strategy that was taught to me.
I am extremely thankful that he is in my life and I have seen hundreds of students changed for the better by Master Fisher. Now that I have been training for this length of time and have been introduced to the world of Martial Arts, I now realize what a true Martial Artist Master Fisher is. He continues to amaze me with his knowledge and his drive to continue to learn and better himself, both externally and internally. Master Fisher is an amazing man and I want to Thank you Sir… from the bottom of my heart for putting me on the right path and making sure I stuck to it.”
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TITLES & APPOINTMENTS
• Deputy Secretary Gerneral of Marketing, US Taekwondo Committee 2018
• Technical Advisory Board, Kukkiwon, Korea 2017-2018
• Master of the Year 2012
• School of the Year 2011
• Decree Kukkiwon
• Advisory Board Kukkiwon
• Taekwondo U.S. Ambassador to Korea – Olympic 2000 Sydney Games Rules and Regulations Committee World Leaders Seminar, Kukkiwon
• Graduate – Kukkiwon Taekwondo Instructor’s Academy
• Black Belt of the Year ‘92 by U.S. Taekwondo Ji Do Kwan Association
• Taekwondo, Hapkido Instructor Dong Yang Doejahng, Korea
• 40 Under 40 Business Leaders Hall of Fame 2004
• Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO)
• Martial Arts Professional MAgazine Cover 2006
• Co-Director Taekwondo events at 2008 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic
• Taekwondo Times cover March 2008
• sHERO award, Skirt Magazine Sept 2009
• Taekwondo Times cover March 2010
• MA Success Magazine cover October 2005
• MA Success Magazine cover April 2012
• Inducted into Martial Arts Hall of Honors 2011
• Goodwill Ambassador to Martial Arts 2012-2016
• Inducted into Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2012
• Inducted into Karate Hall of Fame 2013
• Cover Martial Science 2016
• Cover MA Encyclopedia
• Cover/Feature Story MA Success January 2018
• Distinguished Renowned Martial Artist Award, Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors 2018
• Hall of Honors, Samuel Kwok Wing Chun Martial Arts Association, Spain 2018
• Founder of White Tiger Community Cares Foundation benefiting At-Risk Youth, working with the local Police Department toward youth gang avoidance and The Anti-Bully Campaign
• Recipient “Community Service Award” Cary Chamber of Commerce
• Organizing Committee for the White Tiger 5K fun run for charity, Bond Park
PROFESSIONAL MARTIAL ARTS WORK EXPERIENCE
• Columnist, Taekwondo Times Magazine “East Meets West”
• Columnist, Taekwondo Times Magazine “Business Section”
• Developer White Tiger MD -Management Development, mentorship service for Martial Arts schools
• Bodyguard, Senator Dodd, Governor Hunt
• Actor in two episodes of Zen beauty: Syndicated TV Series
• Product Model, Tiger Claw
• Korean Tigers Professional Demonstration Team (only Non-Asian member of team) Lived in Korea from ‘94-’96
• Former co-owner/ Manager /Senior Instructor Tiger Chung’s Total Fitness Center
Steven began his martial arts training at an early age, around 8 yrs old. Some 35 yrs later, he is one of the leading martial artists in his fields.
Steven instructs in the art of Five Thunder Fist which has it’s foundation in the Shaolin arts also combining Chinese Military Combat skills and various other Chinese arts. He also specialises in Traditional Chinese weapons and Qi Gong (internal energy cultivation) and Iron Palm/Iron Shirt techniques as taught in the Shaolin temple for the last 1500 years.
Steven is a Disciple Student of Lau Family Hung Kuen under Master Mark Houghton who is the keeper of the Lau Family lineage direct from Grandmaster Lau Kar Leung.
In Chinese Kickboxing (San Da) Sifu Burton holds the rank of 5th degree Black belt and in August 2005 was awarded 4th Duan Wei Grade by the Chinese Wu Shu Association, Beijing, China.
In Chen style Tai Chi, Sifu Burton is an indoor student of Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei (19th Generation of the Chen family). Sifu Burton has also been taught by Master Liming Yue and Grandmaster Kong Jie Gou. In 2004 he won the Gold medal for his tai chi skills in the Chen Village elite invitational championships as well has Silver medal for his weapons skills. Sifu Burton has over 120 Tai Chi students throughout the North West of England whom benefit from the training, ages range from 6yrs to 106 yrs old. This can show that anyone can take part in Tai Chi and enjoy the benefits.
In Torite Jutsu, Sifu Steven Burton is currently the United Kingdom representative for the DSI. He holds a 2nd Dan Black Belt Torite and is one of only 18 people in the world qualified to teach the system and its related arts.
Sifu Steven has trained extensively on the subject of Qi Gong both in China and the UK having been trained by esteemed master such as Master Liming Yue,the Late Master Sheng of Xiangtan, Hunan province and is now a closed door student of Grandmaster Li Zhiyi of Zhangjiajie studying Taoist Qi gong and Shen gong, having learnt all asepcts covering martial, medical and spiritual applications from these great masters.
Sifu Steven has trained with the great Shaolin Monk Shi DeJun (31st genereation desciple) and was privaleged to demonstrate his skills for students of Shaolin.
Sifu Steven was also very privaleged to meet the Great Shaolin monk of the 30th generation and spiritual guide of the Temple, Grandmaster Shi Suxi prior to him passing away peacefully in March 2006.
Sifu Burton is much sought after for his teaching skills and from time to time lectures at the University of Central Lancashire, on BSc Hon. Degree Course for Complimentary Medicine, teaching aspect of oriental healing methods. Also Sifu Burton has been asked by Lancashire Constabulary to contribute toward training the police officers and Riot police in their unarmed Control and Restraint, and close quarters skills.
Sifu Steven Burton has featured on Central Chinese Television demonstrating his kung fu and tai chi skills and has co-authored a book with Master Liming Yue and Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei on the 18 step tai chi short form and its related benefits.
Sifu Burton is in constant demand teaching seminars around the world and has in excess of 300 students around the world and has produced over 50 instructional DVDs to assist in spreading the invaluable and rare knowledge and skills. Youtube Channel to preview https://www.youtube.com/user/IronFist108/videos
Sifu Steven Burton is the 1st non Chinese Inheritor of the Taoist Shen Wu Lin Chuan system under Grandmaster Li Zhi Yi.
Sifu Burton is available to conduct seminars worldwide on any of the subjects he teaches.
- Yang Style Tai chi
- Chen Style Tai Chi
- Qi Gong
- Five Thunder Dim Mak under Grandmaster Li ZhiYi
- Taoist Shen Wu Lin Chuan under Grandmaster Li ZhiYi
- Shaolin Kung Fu with Shaolin Monk Shi DeJun (31st genereation disciple)
- Lau Family Hung Kuen under Master Mark Houghton
- Five Thunder Fist (Wu Lei Chuan)
- Chinese Lion Dance
- 2004 Gold medalist for his tai chi fist skills in the Chen Village Elite Invitational championships, Zhen Zhou, China
- 2004 Silver medallist for his tai chi weapons skills in the Chen Village Elite Invitational championships, Zhen Zhou, China
Ranks & Certifications:
- 2nd Dan Black Belt – Torite Jutsu under Grandmaster Tom Muncy
- 5th Degree Black Belt – San Da Kickboxing
- 4th Duan Wei – Chen Style Tai Chi issued by the Chinese Wu Shu Association
- Co Founder of Five Thunder Lau Kuen
- 7th Duan Wei in Five Thunder Dim Mak issued by the Five Thunder Chinese Martial Arts Association
- 12th Generation Senior Indoor student of Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei – Chen Style Tai Chi
- Senior Indoor student of Master Liming Yue – Chen Style Tai Chi
- Senior Indoor student Taoist Qi Gong, Shen Gong and Master of Five Thunder Dim Mak under tutelage of Grandmaster Li ZhiYi in Zhang Jia Jie, China
- Disciple student of Lau Family Hung Kuen under Master Mark Houghton – Hong Kong
Wayne began his training and recieved black belts in the arts of Black cat Kempo and Taekwondo moo duk kwan. He continued his training in small circle jujitsu, modern arnis stick fighting and Torite-Jutsu.
After meeting Tom and Rick at a number of seminars he changed his styles over to Okinawan Kempo and Torite-Jutsu.
Wayne also competed and won the Virginia state championships three years in a row. After opening his school in South Boston Virginia in 1993 he has branched out and opened Adams Total fitness and has added certification in fitness and nutrition as well. Waynes goals for the future art to better people in the Martial arts as well as their physical lives.
Major Hayes was born on May 15th, 1945, in New York City and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August of 1964. While on active duty he served at a number of major posts including two tours of duty in Iwakuni, Japan, and three tours on the island of Okinawa, where he capitalized on the availability of martial arts instruction in an effort to continue his karate training, which began in 1960. He also served two voluntary tours of duty in Vietnam (66-67 & 69-70). During his second tour as a Staff Sergeant he was part of a martial arts demonstration and instructional team that helped teach over 450 Vietnamese Nationals. His efforts resulted in a number of awards and commendations.
In 1973, after nine years of enlisted service, Hayes was recommended and selected for both the ranks of Gunnery Sergeant and Warrant Officer. He chose to become a Marine Officer and graduated as his platoon’s Honor Man from the Warrant Officer Candidate Course at Quantico, Virginia, in February of 1974 and, after further schooling, served in a number of key billets as a Warrant Officer, Chief Warrant Officer, Company Grade Officer, and Field Grade Officer. He retired in the grade of Major in October of 1990, the highest grade attainable in his military occupational specialty at the time.
The Major is the Past President of the U. S. branches of the Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate-do International Association and is also the past Historian of that Okinawa-based organization. He has served as the editor for the Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate-do International Association’s journal and now writes and publishes a quarterly international martial arts newsletter. Additionally, he is the author of, My Journey With The Grandmaster, a book centering on his experiences on Okinawa which has been read in nine countries and which was awarded The Writer’s Digest Certificate of Merit.
Major Hayes’ teaching credentials as well as his black belt certificates and his red and white belt were personally awarded to him by his instructor, Grandmaster Eizo Shimabukuro, 10th Dan, of Okinawa, world-wide head of the Shobayashi-ryu Karate system. Bill Hayes is one of the most senior and wellknown of the Grandmaster’s students and has dedicated much of his life to the study, preservation, and propagation of Okinawan martial culture. Major Hayes has appeared several times on the cover of OFFICIAL KARATE magazine and is listed in the Encyclopedia of Martial Arts (Martial Arts: Traditions, History, People). He has also appeared in England FIGHTING ARTS INTERNATIONAL, Norway SVARTE BELTE (BLACK BELT), Ireland’s IRISH FIGHTING, and Japan’s BUDO MAGAZINE. He has demonstrated Okinawan Karate and weaponry on a number of television programs and in a number of Countries and is featured in the 1994 video GREAT KARATE INSPIRATIONS.
Bill Hayes has been inducted into both the Karate Masters’ Hall of Fame and the American-Okinawan Karate Association Hall of Fame. He is a charter member of the Marine Martial Arts Federation and was awarded the “Living Legend” award by the Nippon Kenpo Karate-do Jitsu-Ha organization. The Major is the recipient of both the NAACP Roy Wilkins Meritorious Service Award and the Marine Corps League Distinguished Service Award, which were bestowed upon him as a result of his martial arts expertise.
Major Hayes is currently the Director of both the Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate-do Research Society and the Shobayashi-Kan training group. He is one of a small group of individuals officially designated “Black Belt Emeritus” and “Subject Matter Expert” in and for the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program for having been instrumental in the creation and development of the highly effective Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. He is a member of the Omega Chi Delta Academic Honor Society, an honor attained while a student at Upper Iowa University. He is also an Executive Distributor with the Pharmanex nutrition product company and strives to share the longstanding connection between good health and good martial skills. He lives, trains, and teaches in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Mr. Heilman holds his Hanshi (Masters) License, 10th Dan in Karate, 10th Dan in Kobudo and 3rd Dan in Ju-Jitsu. He was awarded his Hanshi (Grand Master Teacher) License in Karate & Kobudo from Okinawan Grand Master Seikichi Odo in 1997. He also has his Renshi (Teachers) License in Ju-Jitsu. He is Founder and President of the International Karate Kobudo Federation, President and Director of the Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kobudo Union, Founding Member and Vice President of the Unorl Union of Martial Arts Federations, and a past Board Member of Master Odo’s Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kobudo Federation, and serves as a Board Member of four other traditional martial arts organizations. In 1995, he was inducted into the United States Karate Alliance HALL OF FAME, and in 1996 he was named Pennsylvania Instructor of the Year. In 1999 he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Karate Hall Of Fame. He has also had an excellent competitive record becoming a multiple World and National Champion in kata and weapons. Hanshi Heilman is recognized as one of the leading traditional stylists in the world today.
Doug Perry is a retired US Marine Corps Major with 60 years of karate experience. He is a decorated veteran including awards such as the Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service medal. His karate accomplishments include several state, regional, and national titles. He opened a dojo in Hendersonville in 1983 and after 30+ years he passed on the management of the school to his student Patrick Lang.
Hanshi Larry Isaac is the proud owner as well as Master Instructor of LIMAC. He is a retired US Marine Seargeant, that served honorably for over 23 years. He has gained reknown throughout the world as one of the foremost Martial Arts instructors and historians.
Hanshi Isaac first put on his gi over 50 years ago and advanced to his black belt in 1968. He trained and studied with FOUR of Okinawa’s Great Grandmasters: Sensei Shimabukuro Eizo, Grandmaster Kise Fusei, Grandmaster Odo Seikichi and Grandmaster Nitta Seifuku.
They say there’s no such thing as an ex-Marine, so it’s not surprising that while the service record of a certain gunnery sergeant named Leon Wright says he retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2003, “private citizen” Wright has yet to complete the transition and ease himself into a relaxing life of golf and gardening. On the contrary, for the past nine years, he’s worked as a civilian-defense-industry contractor, clocking as much time with the Marines in the combat zones of the Middle East as he did on active duty.
In the spirit of the Corps’ semper fidelis motto, Wright has dedicated his post-military life to serving his country and its men and women in uniform. So while his retirement job as a civilian “area site manager” has him overseeing the daily operations of numerous coalition forward operating bases in the no man’s land of Afghanistan, Wright is engaged in a more hands-on activity to support his fellow Marines. It’s an activity that combines his enduring sense of duty to the Corps with his lifelong passion for the martial arts: He volunteers his free time to teach a growing cadre of students his personal martial art, souseiki ryu sekkinsen shigaisen.
Martial Arts Credibility
Truth be told, Wright is not merely a guy who’s generous with his time and happens to love the ways of mano a mano. To understand why so many students accept his pro bono offer, a quick scan of his résumé is required.
With 41 years of experience in a range of Asian fighting styles, Wright is a 10th-degree black belt and the founder of souseiki ryu, an art that’s formally recognized in Okinawa and Japan, as well as the United States.
The recognition of Wright’s art in the Far East endorses more than just the man. “The masters there are not as interested in the individual who founded the art as they are in seeing the students of that art,” Wright says. “To them, the quality and character of the students determine the legitimacy of the system.”
Wright is also a fifth-degree black belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which puts his rank one step higher than the maximum fourth degree normally available to his gunnery sergeant paygrade. Wright is also a certified MCMAP subject-matter expert, which authorizes him to teach the program as a civilian. He’s the former head instructor of the MCMAP Far East School, which he helped launch in 2001 while stationed in Okinawa. More recently, he was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as 2010 Self-Defense Instructor of the Year.
All In the Family
Wright’s dojo, the Urban Warrior Training Academy, is located on an FOB in Afghanistan, where he lives and works alongside a wide range of military and civilian personnel. He uses an appropriately martial metaphor to describe their outpost, which is in the middle of one of the world’s most notorious hot spots: “The FOB is our castle, the perimeter wire is our moat, and everything else is the battlefield.”
The constant pressure of living in a hostile environment forges a strong bond among those inside the wire. As a non-combatant in a combat zone, Wright sees this shared bond as a requirement for earning the respect and trust of his students. “When you train [people] who have live combat experience, you need to be up to par because they will test you,” Wright says. “For them, it’s not a matter of ego or to prove who is a better fighter; they test you because the techniques you teach them could mean the difference between life and death outside the wire. Marines are very educated students.”
As Wright sees it, living on a base under the same conditions as his students goes a long way toward earning their respect and trust, even though he can’t accompany them on their daily forays into harm’s way.
“I live on the FOB with them, so aside from going on patrol or firing an M16 at the enemy, I share the same experiences, challenges and hardships,” he says. “They accept me and understand that I know what they go through day to day. The Marines are the biggest fraternity in the world. We are a family.”
Wright’s instinct to protect his “family” was the motivation behind his desire to establish his dojo in Afghanistan, where he could play a leading role in helping his students survive the many dangers they face. Despite his civilian status, the military made an exception to their policy and granted Wright permission to set up shop and instruct active-duty soldiers in his art.
While the name of Wright’s art may be a mouthful, the meaning behind the moniker is based on simplicity, efficiency and realism. Souseiki refers to “time of creation,” ryu to “school” or “way,” sekkinsen to “close combat” or “infighting,” and shigaisen to “street fighting.”
“We focus on self-defense with realistic situational training,” Wright says. “Our techniques include fast hand strikes, low kicks and grappling that utilizes throws, joint locks, chokes and pressure points. My students also learn proper breathing technique and how to cultivate and channel their internal energy so they can further develop endurance and power.”
The fundamentals also address weapons. “We train with both practical and improvised street weapons such as articles of clothing, knives and sticks, and [we practice] disarming techniques for knives and guns,” Wright says. “These are things you’re likely to encounter in a close-combat situation. [For example,] the wooden-staff techniques can be applied to anything from a broomstick to an empty rifle. The only limitation you face is if you lack creativity; there are no rules in live combat.”
Wright reinforces the need to execute all techniques with speed and economy of motion. “Flashy movements detract from the reality of the street,” he says.
By design, the level of realism in souseiki ryu is the feature that separates it from the safety-first approach used in most other styles. Wright achieves this through what he calls a “paradigm shift” in training procedures. His students don’t use gloves, mouthpieces, headgear or any kind of protective equipment. The logic is undeniable: If you don’t wear it in the field, you don’t wear it in training.
“We train live and with full force, without pads or striking at the air,” he says. “You need to train it for real and not just go through the motions.”
Also absent are the step-by-step self-defense drills Wright refers to as robotic movements performed on compliant partners, sequences that result in techniques that seldom work in a confrontation. Instead, all techniques are practiced with aggressive noncompliance. It’s the only way, he insists, to really know whether something will work under pressure.
“In live combat, you need to make the chaos your calm,” Wright says. “Fighting is hard, painful and unpredictable. If you’re not conditioned to face those realities in training, you won’t be prepared to face them on the battlefield.”
Mark of Distinction
Body conditioning, or the strengthening of parts of the body through repetitive striking — which serves to increase pain tolerance — is another aspect of souseiki ryu that separates it from the pack. It stands to reason that the demands of full-contact fighting require that one can endure the demands of, well, full contact.
“If you can’t hit someone without doing damage to yourself or, conversely, if you can’t take a hit, you’re putting yourself in peril,” Wright says.
The physicality of souseiki ryu leaves a strong impression on observers whenever Wright conducts self-defense seminars in the States. “Not too many martial artists train for reality,” he says. “You need to feel and know where the pain is if you’re going to inflict that pain on someone else in a combat situation.”
And when there is pain, it’s often accompanied by fear — a fact that Wright considers an inevitable and natural response that’s to be managed rather than eliminated.
“Fear comes from a feeling of not having control,” Wright explains. “But in a life-or-death situation, you need to face that fear without hesitation. Once you make it through, you have to be mentally prepared to go back out into danger again and again. Our training places an emphasis on getting our students used to personal violence and not always having control.”
Beyond the nuts and bolts of assembling an arsenal of effective techniques through hard-core training, Wright has ensured that his system stands on a solid philosophical foundation, one that shares many core values with the traditional arts.
“One of the goals of my art is for students to realize their full potential as human beings through physical, mental and spiritual growth,” he says.
“Dignity and respect are the other side of the warrior spirit,” he continues. “For my American students, I like to compare the way of bushido to the laws of a Scout, which most of them are familiar with. The primal virtues expressed in these codes are rules for better living, plain and simple. Having these virtues will make you a better student, better teacher, better master, better grandmaster — there’s no end.”
Since his students often struggle with the post-traumatic effects of combat, souseiki ryu also addresses methods for overcoming challenges in what Wright calls “our walk of life” in addition to overcoming the threat of personal violence.
“I want my students in Afghanistan, or anywhere they may be, to have the skills to physically survive violence and make it home,” Wright says. “But for all of us, soldier and civilian, the mind is a powerful weapon that can cut both ways. We need to focus on developing mental survival skills, as well.”
In the aftermath of a combat incident, Wright facilitates discussion among his students, encouraging them to work through the stress of their experiences together so they’re able to re-engage their minds and go back out on patrol. He uses this process as a way to provide them with the support they need through collective strength.
“When you live, train and work as a team, it actually helps you to learn more about yourself and how you respond to adversity,” Wright says. “It also creates a sense of being connected to like-minded individuals, which is very important. You end up with a family-like bond you can depend on when you have to.”
Quality of Life
Because of his art’s emphasis on practicality, Wright refers to it as an open-minded system. He readily accepts that each of his students has his own abilities, opinions and, quite often, a black belt in another system.
“Everyone brings their own dog to a fight, and while the techniques I teach function on common concepts, they need to have personal interpretations based on the individual student,” he says. “There’s no one-size-fits-all mentality in my approach.”
Wright’s simple wish is that each day when a student leaves the dojo, he’s a little better than when he came in — not just as a fighter but as a person.
“In the end, teaching soldiers a martial art like souseiki ryu — as opposed to just pure combatives — is a way to make them what I call ‘protectors’ and hopefully increase their quality of life away from the battlefield,” Wright says. “The protector doesn’t always have to be the predator or the aggressor. You can be the sheepdog instead of the wolf and get the job done. That’s the difference I want to make in the lives of my students.”
Ranks & Certifications:
- 1st Dan Torite Jutsu
- DSI Assistant Instructor
- 1st Dan Okinawan Kempo
- 5th Dan; Karate Jutsu
- BCA Instructor
- Brian is also Assistant Chief Instructor of the Karate Jutsu Association
Ranks & Certifications:
- 1st Dan Torite Jutsu
- DSI Assistant Instructor
- 1st Dan Okinawan Kempo
- 4th Dan; Karate Jutsu
- BCA Instructor
I have been training in martial arts for the past 30 years, I started with judo then Shaolin Kung Fu, followed by my main art of Tang Soo Do, it was then that I discovered the Dragon Society International. In 2001 I achieved the rank of Shodan in Torite and since then I have taught numerous military, private military groups, Martial Artists, Police Forces, Members of the Special Forces, Members of the Elite Police Force in the principles of Torite.
Awards & Recognition:
Legend award from Martial arts Illustated
Gold award from Martial arts Illustrated
Handles seminar sales and customer service. Integral with product design and coordinating seminar events.
Born on January 5th, 1978 in Pereira, Colombia-South America. Moved to and has lived in the USA since 1979. Now a resident of Dallas, North Carolina-USA.
At age 32, Alex Ormaza is President of Ormaza’s Family Karate Inc. Founder of KidQuest After School Adventures and Summer Camp. Married with 2 children, Ormaza shihan continues to travel to South America, Okinawa Japan and all throughout the US to study and teach his current understanding of martial arts. Ormaza shihan is a direct student under five Grandmasters including:
Tashi Jim Logue (RyuTe Renmai, Kyusho Jutsu, Tuite Jutsu, Kobu Jutsu)
Hanshi Tom Muncy (Torite Jutsu/ Okinawa Kempo, Chi Gong)
Hanshi Rick Moneymaker (Torite Jutsu, Okinawa Kempo, Military Combatives)
Late-Hanshi Ridgley Abele (Elite Karate Athlete Development, Leadership Skills)
Grandmaster Bobby Taboada (Balintawak Cuentada Arnis Escrima)
and these great masters as well:
Tashi Troy Price (ShuriTe Bujitsu, Combative Flow, Chinese ChiGong, JiuJitsu)
Sensei Luis Victoria (Elite Sport Karate Development for World Competition)
Professor Luis “Sucuri” Togno (Alliance JiuJitsu of Charlotte, Brazilian Jiu Jutsu)
Ormaza shihan’s diverse martial background, coupled with being fluent in Spanish, has enabled him to travel through out the US and South America sharing his in-depth understanding of Martial Science to a wide variety of martial artist. Ormaza shihan’s renowned ability to simplify such complex topics is a direct by-product of a 15 year relationship with the Dragon Society International. This valuable experience has led him to teach seminars, workshops and clinics for civilians, law enforcement, military, security professionals, MMA athletes, jiu jitsu-ka, karate-ka and everyone else in between. In addition, Ormaza shihan’s renowned method of teaching children and adults Life and Safety Skills has earned him a reputation for being one of the best professional instructors in the USA, earning him the 2007 National Instructor of the Year Award by the Universal Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame. Ormaza shihan has also written numerous articles on the many facets of Kyusho Jutsu that have earned him a reputation for being one of the most skillful and sought after instructors on the subject.
As one of less than 30 Qualified Instructors in the world under the legendary Grandmaster Bobby Taboada, in Balintwak Arnis Escrima, Ormaza shihan has also established the first Balintawak clubs in Colombia with plans to further spread the art through out South America.
Ormaza shihan’s passion lies deep within Okinawan kata and kobudo as he feels that all of the necessary principles of combat are concealed within its movements. In addition, Ormaza shihan also intensely studies human nature as it responds to combative stress. All of these valuable lessons are at the forefront of his RyuTe training with Tashi Jim Logue, successor and most senior student to Taika Seiyu Oyata.
As an avid grappler, Ormaza shihan understands the importance of having a well balanced “tool box” from which to draw upon within combative situations. Ormaza shihan has successfully augmented his grappling techniques with the use of Martial Science and teaches these fundamentals to other grappling enthusiasts from around the US and South America.
Ormaza shihan’s Internal Arts training revolve around the study of the principles associated with Bagua Zhang, Hsing Yi Chuan, Bai He (White Crane) Chi Gong, 5 Element Chi Gong and Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. Ormaza shihan understands the importance of mind-body connection to manifest the most power and vibrant health. Therefore, Ormaza shihan has spent the last 15 years enhancing his external training with the complete study of Chinese ChiGong and its use for health and martial power, and its connection to Classical Okinawan Bujitsu.
Having competed at the highest level, Ormaza shihan is now a certified Technical Coach with the AAU and a certified Judge, Referee and Coach for the USA National Karate Do Federation. This experience has allowed Ormaza shihan to train his students to the highest degree of athleticism. Ormaza shihan’s team has produced state, regional, National, International and Jr. Olympic champions 8 years in a row.
Ormaza shihan believes that through martial arts, he can build stronger individuals, bring families closer together, produce leaders in the community and teach everyone how to maximize their own potential.
Dragon Society International (DSI)
Ryukyu Budo Shihan Dai (RBSD)
Ryu Te Renmai
World Escrima Balintawak Arnis Federation (WEBAF)
Martial Arts Teachers Association (MATA)
Yang Martial Arts Association (YMAA)
Combat Kyusho Association (CKA)
North Carolina Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu Federation (NCBJJF)
USA National Karate-do Federation (USANKF)
Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)
American Heart Association (AHA)
Ormaza’s Family Karate Inc.
F.I.T. Defense – Female Intensive Training Defense Tactics
KidQuest After School Adventures/ Summer Camp
EnergyQuest – Chi Gong for Health and Martial Power
Shuri Te Bujutsu Kai: Kyusho Jutsu Division
Martial Arts Discovery Seminar Series (co-founder w/ Troy Price)
US Kyusho Jitsu Summit (co-founder w/ Troy Price)
World Elite Sport Karate Training Camp
2009 AAU State Champion – Triple Gold in Kata/Kobudo/Kumite
2006 Gold US Open-Kobudo
2006-State and Regional Champion AAU and USANKF-Kata, Kobudo
2005 Athlete of the Year-International Shurite Yudansha-kai
2005 Silver-USANKF Nationals-Kata
2005 USANKF- South Carolina National Qualifier- Gold-Kobudo, Bronze-Kata
2004 Queen City Nationals Kata and Breaking Champion-2nd Kobudo
2004 AAU Kata State Champion- 2004
2002 AAU State Champion kata/kumite
2002 AAU Regional Champion, Kata-Silver, Kumite-Bronze
2001 Okinawan Rengokai World Championship top 10 competitor
1994 Garden State Nationals, Kumite-Bronze – 1994
1993 Garden State Games , Kumite-Gold, Kata-Bronze
- Classical Okinawan Bujitsu- History, Technique and Martial Science
- Study of Classical Okinawan Kata with Combative applications
- Sport and Classical Combative Jiu Jutsu
- Women’s Defense Tactics
- Vital Point Striking/ Skeletal Locking/ Muscle-Tendon-Ligament Tearing
- Classical and Modern Weapons Training
- Filipino Stick and Knife Tactics
- Olympic Style Karate Do
- Okinawan Bogu Fighting
- Athletic Development for World Class Competition
- Chinese Chi Gong for Health and Martial Applications
- Life Protection Arts as applied to Civilians, Law Enforcement and Military
- Life and Safety Skills as Applied to Children and Adults
- Character Development through Martial Arts.
- Martial Arts Graphic Art Design
Ranks & Certifications:
- 5th Degree Torite Jutsu
- 4th Degree Okinawa Kempo
- 3rd Degree Ryu Te
- 1st Degree Shuri Te Jiu-Jutsu
- Blue Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu
- Guro- Balintawak Cuentada Escrima
- Dragon Society International Senior Instructor
- International ShuriTe Bujitsu Kai Instructor: JiuJustu Division
- International ShuriTe Bujitsu Kai Head Instructor: Kyusho Justu Division
- International Instructor- Balintawak Cuentada Escrima
- USA National Karate-do Federation Official Kumite Judge / Referee
- USA National Karate-do Federation Official Coach
- Amateur Athletic Union Technical Coach
- Heartsaver First Aid/CPR -American Heart Association
Awards & Recognition:
- 2010 Balintawak Man of the Year- World Head of Family Sokeship Council
- 2010 Seminar Man of the Year- Black Warrior Hall of Honors
- 2009 AAU Top School Award
- 2008 Featured on Colombian Sports Television Show- TelePacifico
- 2008 Featured on Costa Rican Sports/ Christian Show IOFI
- 2007 Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame- National Instructor of the Year
- 2006 Professional Martial Artist Award- International Shrurite Yudanshakai
- 2005 Athlete of the Year- International Shurite Yudanshakai
- 2004 Superior Leadership- International Shurite Yudanshakai
- 2003 Sensei of Merit Award- International Shurite Yudanshakai
- 2002 Award of Excellence-World Balintawak Association
I started my Martial Arts Training in Greeneville, Tennessee approximately 33 years ago in the Isshin-Ryu style, which is an Okinawan style, at the early age of 38 years old and still training at the age of 72.
I was promoted to 1st. degree black belt in 1989 by Erwin Mathes.
In 1992 I started my own school called Greeneville Isshin-ryu Academy and became a member of the IIKA International Isshin- ryu Karate Association. The school eventually closed like so many do for different reasons.
Around 1995 I had the good fortune to meet and continue my training with Master Mike Patrick who had a school in the same town.
In 1998 while training with Master Patrick I heard about Grand Master Rick Moneymaker, who was going to have a seminar on pressure points. Now that sounded very interesting. The seminar was being held in Powell Tennessee outside of Knoxville at Master Allen Wheeler’s Isshin-Ryu Dojo. That’s where I met Master Wheeler and became a lifetime member in the OKU.
When I saw Master Moneymaker use the pressure points and drop people to the floor with very little effort blew me away.
Master Moneymaker revealed to us the secrets of martial arts that had not been taught to the average practitioner. I became a white belt again.
My Sensei, Master Patrick, became very knowledgeable in the science of pressure points and how good that was for me to be able to train with someone like him with that knowledge. A Master and Certified Instructor in The Dragon Society in the dojo!
Years of training under the guidance and patience of Master Patrick paid off. I could not have done it without you my Friend and Sensei.
Thank You Sensei Master Mike Patrick.
On October 15 2012 I was promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt and Assistant Instructor in the Dragon Society by Grand Master Rick Moneymaker and Grand Master Tom Muncy.
I am proud to belong to such an elite group of instructors and the Dragon Society International Organization who are on the cutting edge in the Martial Arts World.
Thank you Grand Masters Rick Moneymaker and Tom Muncy
REMEMBER YOU NEVER GET TOO OLD TO LEARN!
Dragon Society International
Lifetime member Okinawa Karate Union
1992 Master Harold Long
1993 Bill ”Superfoot” Wallace
1998 Terry Hill World Champion Muay Thai kick boxer
1998 Master Dennis Brown Shaolin WuShu Tai Chi Chuan
1998 I started attending Dragon Society Seminars and continue to do so
2004 Martial Arts Discovery with Master Mike Patrick, Master Frank Annese, Alex Ormaza and Troy Price
2010 Police Survival and Defense with Carl D. Wilcox PHD and others
2011 Police Survival and Defense with Grand Master Rick Moneymaker
2014 train with reserve police officers
Ranks & Certifications:
- 4th Degree Black Belt Torite Jutsu
- Certified Instructor Torite Jutsu
- 6th. Degree Black Belt in Isshin-Ryu Karate
- Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan
- Combatix Defensive Tactics Specialist- Level 1 Brown Belt
Center Axis System, American Kenpo,
Skeletal and Nerve Destruction & Manipulation
2011 State of Tennessee Instructor Center Axis Relock
Level 1 Certification American Warrior International Close Quarter
Confrontation Conference 2010 Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Instructor (Pressure Points, Anatomical targets, Weakness of the body)
Kyusho Jitsu, Erwin, TN
World Black Belt Bureau Member
Double Dragon Dojo, Johnson City, TN (Style – Isshin – Ryu)
Eastern Kenpo Karate Society, GA. (Style – American Kenpo)
East Tennessee School of Tae Kwon Do, Kingsport, TN (Styles – Tae Kwon DO/KEMPO)
HAWKINS COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTY SHERIFF
Chief Instructor, 2008-Present Concealed Carry Instructor
Advanced Lead Instructor AWI Instructor ILEETA MEMBER
Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department
Kingsport City Police Department
Certified Assistant Instructor from Jim Alley 2008
Kang Rhee – 2007
Awarded Shodan by Dixie Webb in 2007
Awarded Nidan by Prof. Brint Berry in 1999
Awarded Sandan in 2003, Nidan in 1997, and Shodan in 1993
- CENTER AXIS RELOCK COMBATIVE SHOOTING SYSTEM
- American Kenpo
- Kyusho Jitsu
- Isshin Ryu
- Tae Kwon DO
- Okinawan KEMPO
- American Warrior International Instructor
- World Black Belt Bureau Member
Ranks & Certifications:
- 4th Degree Black Belt Torite Jutsu
- Certified Assistant Instructor Torite Jutsu
- MASTER LEVEL INSTRUCTOR – CENTER AXIS RELOCK
- 4th degree Black Belt American Kenpo
- 3rd degree Black Belt Tae Kwon DO /Okinawan Kempo
- 1st Degree Black Belt Isshin Ryu
Awards & Recognition:
- 2012 Hall of Heroes Inductee – Los Angeles, CA.
- 2012 4th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo – Prof. Steve Spry
- 2011 American Police Hall of Fame Guest Instructor – Titusville, FL (C.A.R. Certification)
- 2010 Center Axis Relock Advanced Instructor – Nashville, TN
- 2009 Center Axis Relock Basic Instructor – Nashville, TN
- 2008-2010 Kyusho Jitsu Summit – Dallas, NC
- .2010-2011 DNA of KENPO Seminars – Lantana, Fl.
- 2009-2011 Chinese Karate Federation Instructors Camp
- 2006–Present Kyusho Jitsu Instructor Seminars Erwin , TN
- 2006 Troy Price Jujitsu Seminar – Johnson City, TN
- 2000 – 2002 George Dillman Seminars Nashville, TN
- 2000 Rape Aggression Defense Instructor Training – Knoxville, TN
- 2000 – 2003 RAD Instructor for East Tennessee State University and Sexual Assault Response Center – Johnson City ,TN
- 2001 World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as “Man of the Year
- ”1992 United Fighting Arts federation Seminar – Ripley, WV
- 1991 -1993 Karate College at Radford University – Radford, VA
From humble beginnings to humble endings, countless hours of research and application of the dynamic forces internal and external to the human mind, body and spirit. Charlie Dean began martial arts studies 40 years ago with the Korean Marines (ROK) White Horse Battalion in Vietnam, 1970. Charlie is a founding member of the DSI.
After returning to the United States, Charlie began searching for martial arts training commensurate to previous war time training. Many institutions visited found to be lacking in his specific requirements for further study.
The search took an unexpected turn when fate intervened in 1984 and through work related travel to Waynesboro, Va., Charlie met Rick Moneymaker on a job site. The young Texas engineer was immediately the target of intrigue due to a set of ‘warty’ boots (full quill ostrich) and a friendship was bonded. There were many of these extended trips to Waynesboro and Charlie was looking for weights to work out in his apartment when Rick offered up his nautilus center. This led to common interests in martial arts being recognized and being introduced to Tom Muncy and the To-Ri Martial Arts system.
From these events, real martial arts training began. Training exclusively with Tom Muncy and Rick Moneymaker, Charlie was awarded Shodan in 1985. Tom and Rick being true innovators of the arts, totally open to share with all who have the openness to learn, exposed Charlie not only to their specific styles but many greats such as Wally Jay, Remy Presas, George Dillman, Ed Hampton to mention a few.
Charlie fully comprehending the invaluable information and real foundation building research, carried this to his local Texas area finding many attracted to the beneficial training. Texas To-Ri was born. Tom and Rick were destined to make many trips to Texas.
Charlie’s work continued to consist of out-of-state travel where martial arts were ever reaching. Another chance encounter occurred in the 1988-90’s in Phoenix, Az., through an entertainer at a resort hotel.
Mike Anderson was performing and conversation during his break established another friendship.
Martial arts, eventually, was a topic. At the time Mike was studying with Mike Wall, of Robert Trias’s USKA. The excitement was abuzz after learning of Charlie’s studies and it was arranged for him to teachan introductory class at Mike Wall’s school. This resulted in several things.
The meeting of another tremendous martial artist and friend, Master Mike Wall.
An introductory mystery guest in an unmarked gi, being another tremendous martial artist, Ray Fisher. (claims I picked oh Him).
An opportunity to introduce Rick Moneymaker to the Phoenix, Az. Martial arts in future visits.
It was learned that Ray Fisher was head instructor for Tomas Conner’s TRACO International. He indicated that he would like us to present our arts to his school. This resulted in getting Rick Moneymaker to visit the area with Charlie. It was at this time that they worked with Ray, Peter Hill and Charles Stanley. Ray, eventually, founded ACS Martial Arts and the solid friendship carries on to date as a prominent, creative, contributing innovator of the Dragon Society. Charlie, personally, gained invaluable knowledge from Master Ray Fisher, who, so freely, opens his doors of knowledge to those that have the desire to learn.
The Phoenix trips continued into the 1990’s. Charlie’s personal friends, Mike and Cathy Anderson, were inspired to continue the martial arts with the sharing of their version of the arts. What began with one-on-one training in the backyard of their home, drew students to the ideas and vision. This endeavor grew to the opening of Goshin Karate and Judo Academy in October 1991. A success story that continues today.
Afforded by the fulfilling times in Phoenix, other avenues for development came in greatness. Charlie had the opportunity to work with and learn from the extraordinary, Taika Seiyu Oyata in hosted seminars.
Charlie studied and learned Tai Chi Chaun fundamentals from Master Willie Lim in Phoenix, AZ. Master Lim’s teaching aided in resolving some inherent issue to the development and generation of chi energy.
Charlie studied and learned Hsingi fundamentals from Ed Hampton in Blacksburg, Va. Ed is a phenomenal, advanced master of Hsing-I, Ba-qua and Tai Chi that far exceed what is commonly available today in the arts. His concepts and insights provided missing links that only he could fill. Ed having made several trips to Texas with his wealth of deep knowledge to share, established the Texas Energetic Movement Arts with close friend, Randy Fuller.
Throughout this period of martial arts research and development, Charlie delved into the deeper energetic and spiritual nature of the human anatomy. Technologies advanced, research aids and compiled experiences gave opportunities not available in the past and give solid credence to the application of ToriTe Jutsu and it’s development. There are answers to many unanswered questions.
There is a creator and there is a design. Small steps to understanding this design is worth the effort.
Charlie continued to promote the ideas developing in the martial arts and as Tom Muncy and Rick Moneymaker’s roles in Texas continued, there were visits to the Houston area schools of martial artists.
Charlie held seminars and taught at Houston area schools including: Al Garza’s Martial Arts, Young Brother’s Tae Kwon Do – Master David McCloskey, Karate USA – Master Mike Tucker.
It was during this period that five martial artists came together to determine how to pass on the knowledge and research that was awakening through in-depth, studies and real techniques being shared by a few dedicated martial artists. The Dragon Society International was formed. Charlie is proud of his co-founding role in the Dragon Society and of all it’s members. Tom Muncy and Rick Moneymaker are exclusively this generation’s leaders and developers to these martial arts enhancing concepts.
Charlie says, “I would not have wanted to miss knowing what we have learned for anything else in the world.”
Ranks & Certifications:
- 5th Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Kempo
- 5th Degree Black Belt in ToriTe Jutsu,
- 1st Degree Black Belt – Korean National Federation of Tae Kwan Do. Martial Arts
- Advanced studies include KyuSho Jitsu, Tai Chi, Hsingi and Modern Arnis
- Dragon Society member and co-founder.
Dave has been training for over 25 years since 1988, starting out with Tang Soo Do and Hapkido in high school, to Tae Kwon Do, Arnis and Jujitsu in college, and eventually to Okinawan Kempo with Torite Jutsu, and also JKD and Krav Maga.
Having moved around (and starting over at a new school/academy, sometimes in a new art) roughly every 4 years, I was never in one place long enough to earn Black Belt in a given system/school. It wasn’t until I settled down in Hamilton NJ and trained consistently ever since with GMs Stinger, Muncy, Moneymaker, Morales and the rest of the DSI crew.
So whenever anyone asks me how long it took me to get a Black Belt, I always reply “almost 20 years” which is the truth! Students often get a kick out of that story, and I make sure I tell them that a Black Belt is a White Belt that never quit, as I’m living proof.
Notable Instructors, Training Partners from 1987-2001 : Grandmaster Mark Kline – Kali-Arnis and Jujitsu; Professors Wally Jay and Leon Jay – Small Circle Jujitsu; Grandmaster George Dillman – Ryukyu Kempo and Kyusho Jitsu; Grandmaster Jiho Choi – Tae Kwon Do; Grandmaster Y.B. Choi – Tae Kwon Do
Notable Instructors, Training Partners and Seminars 2002 – Present: Grandmasters Rick Moneymaker and Tom Muncy – Co-founders of Torite Jutsu; Sifu Bob Jones – J.K.D. Art of the Blade, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; Dean Lister – Brazilian Jujitsu; Grandmaster Chris Stinger, Sensei Earl Simkunas, Master Tony Adreanidis – Hamilton Martial Arts; Manny Sosa – Krav Maga; Grandmaster Doug Pierre – Kali Arnis; Master Buddy Morrison – Firearms; Grandmaster Ron Van Browning – MMA and Self Defense; DSI Masters & GrandMasters Rusty McMains, Michael Patrick, Wayne Adams, Bill Adams, Alex Ormaza, Gary O’Neil, Ken Miksch, Jon Riley, David Hansford, Mike Ciraco, Ian Waite, Luis Morales, Frank & Michelle Aneese, Scott Mercer, Joe Aldridge, Sharon Barna, Tobe Hewitt, Phil Peplinski
Ranks & Certifications:
- 4th Dan Okinawan Kenpo
- 4th Dan Torite Jutsu
- Certified Instructor DSI
David Hansford is a 7th Degree in Shuri-Ryu, training in a lineage that goes back to the traditional Okinawan Shurite that incorporates both soft and hard, internal and external aspects of a complete system as it developed from the Southern Chinese systems and the original Okinawan Te. My Sensei made it his mission to understand the Chinese science and the combative methods behind the Okinawan Shurite and he shared that accumulated knowledge with me. My mission has been to understand and apply the Western science to the trained traditional martial arts. The result these studies of both Traditional Chinese Medicine science and the Western science as applied to Okinawan martial arts are two books, both of which are available on the Dragon Society Store.
The P.A.T.H. Approach to Effective Self Defense takes as its thesis that in a genuine self-defense situation where life and limb is on the line, the most appropriate defensive response is to counter with an attack to the heart of the aggressor affecting an autonomic response which culminates in a vasovagal faint, but with the possibility of a more severe result. P.A.T.H. is an acronym for Parasympathetic Attacks to the Heart.
The P.A.T.H. Approach to Effective Self Defense, Part 2, Kiko is a discussion of the unique Okinawan approach to qigong that is inseparably integrated into Okinawan Karate training for both ki development and control and for conditioning of body, mind and spirit. This book focuses on the importance of traditional training and the Western science understanding of the neuroscience and myofascial web as it relates to energy development, storage and delivery.
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Frank Annese has been training in the Martial Arts for over 20 years.
After achieving his first black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, he wanted to see just how far he could take his training.
He began training in Ryu Kyu Kempo in 1993 under Marc Kline as well as Mike Solecki. It was here he was introduced to Martial Artists such as Wally Jay, George Dillman, Remy Presas, Rick Moneymaker, Tom Muncy and many more.
Realizing that there was so much to learn he decided to make the Martial Arts a life study and to pass on what he was learning from these pioneers who had gone before him and led the way.
Taking the advice of Professor Remy Presas which was “If you want to get good at something you need to teach it to someone then you will make the connection and you will have it” Frank began teaching in 1995.
Originally getting in the Martial Arts just for the fighting end of it, he has achieved more benefits in the last twenty years than just an outlet for fighting.
Today he and his wife Michelle own and operate Annese Martial Arts in Waynesboro VA the home Dojo for Dragon Society International.
We are now producing quality Black Belts who share our love for the arts.
Ranks & Certifications:
- 5th Dan Okinawan Kempo
- 4th Dan Torite Jutsu
- 1st Dan Tae Kwon Do
- Level 1 Instructor Modern Arnis
- Certified Dragon Society International Instructor
- Member of The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2000 Instructor of the Year
- United Professionals Cornerman Coach
- Co–Owner Annese Martial Arts – Dragon Society Home Dojo
I was introduced to Karate in the early 60’s by the James Bond movies (Bond movies had other good ideas). The “judo” chops and kicks he used to dispatch his enemies ade an impression on me. Much talk was generated in school about Karate.
The only Karate school near my hometown was in Knoxville, Tn. Harold Long had graduated from the same high school that I attended and was well known in my coummunity.A huge problem was that Knoxville was much too far away. The 60 or so miles back then would take nearly 2 hours to drive.That was 4 houurs just driving. Add to that the class time, twice a week and there was not time between school, work, athletics and dating! So the idea was put in the back of my mind.
After high school, I thought the military would be a good place to learn Karate. Wrong! I had 8 hours of hand to hand combat, bayonet traing and pugil stick training but still not Karate. I did have the opportunity to learn various weapon systems, jump from airplanes and spent a year learning survival skills in a combat zone. All useful training but no Karate.
In the early 80’s I was able to finally start learning Karate. My instructors , Robin Kidwell, Jim Murphy and Ed Devalt, were alll trained and very knowledgeable in a style of Karate called Isshin-ryu. It was not like the Bond kind I remembered. We would do exercises and basics for an hour or hour and half then we would do sparing and kata.
Block, punch and kick. Learning katas was way to promotions. Added to that was attendance and sparing. Seems the idea was to keep improving on the basics, done every class, preform katas over and over. Still felt something missing.Also in thoes classes talking and or questions were not allowed.
After a few different schools, couple knee operations and a stroke. I began training with Bill Adams at a local center. He and I had trained as white belts in original dojo, we had taken separate trails since. Still under same instructor lineage.
As this dojo closed, a youngster by the name of Mike Patrick invited us to train with him. Mike had also trained under same lineage as I had but, as I found out, he had expanded his knowledge. Now kata was taught correctly.Weapons were introduced. Real kata bunkai, was taught and something altogether differnt was introduced. Pressure points, Chinese medicine, yin-yang, five elements. Now maybe after 20 years I was learning Karate.In 1998 I attended a Master series taught by the DSI. GM Muncy and GM Moneymker were teaching in Powell Tennessee at GM Wheeler’s dojo. A new world was opend up. There is much more to Karate than punch, block and Kick.
Fast forward to 2015 and I was honored to becoe an Assistant DSI instructor. Now after all these years I had finally reached A Starting Point in the quest to learn Karate.
Ranks & Certifications:
- 4th degree Torite Jutsu
- 6th degree Isshinryu karate
- Taoist Tai Chi
- Combatix Defensive Tactics
- Assistant instructor DSI
Military Awards & Designations
- Bronze Star with V device
- Bronze Star 2nd award
- Purple Heart
- Vietnam Service Medal with Silver Star
- Vietnam Campaign Medal
- National Defense Medal
- Army Commendation Medal
- Combat Infantry Badge
- Parachute Badge
Jon has dedicated the last 30 years of his life to the acquisition of Martial Arts knowledge and techniques. His main focus is in the disciplines of; Karate, Self Defence and Self Protection incorporating aspects of Kick Boxing, Muay Thai, Kali, Boxing, and ToriteJutsu (pressurepoints).
Always on a quest with a great thirst for knowledge he is currently studying Kali, JKD and Jun Fan Gung Fu under the tutelage of Rick Young and BJJ under Lucio Rodrigues & Paul Hartley.
He is also a Coach with the British Combat Association under Peter Consterdine and Geoff Thompson
Jon is one of only two people in the UK to have Active Instructorships with the Dragon Society International.
Jon often teaches security staff from both civilian, blue light and military organizations where he incorporates aspects of Karate Jutsu to give participants some easy to use and more “Bang for the Buck” applications for threat removal.
Apart from his involvement with the BCA, Jon also runs the Karate Jutsu Association which concentrates on the adaptation of Karate techniques to real life situations whilst maintaining vast aspects of the founding karate principles.
Ranks & Certifications:
- 7th Dan Karate Jutsu
- 7th Dan Shotokan Karate
- 4th Dan Torite Jutsu
- 3rd Dan Freestyle Karate
- 3rd Dan Kick Boxing
- Level 3; Coach, British Combat Association
- Chief Instructor; Karate Justsu Association
- Kyoshi; Karate Jutsu Association
- Full Instructor; Dragon Society International
- L3 Coach; Core Combat
Awards & Recognition:
- UK Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2015
Testimonials for Jon Ryley:
“I’M ALWAYS IMPRESSED WITH A CLUB WHICH RECOGNISES BOTH THE IMPORTANCE OF SOUND BASICS, BUT ALSO THE REQUIREMENT TO ADAPT A TRADITIONAL EASTERN MARTIAL ART TO THE DEMANDS PLACED ON US IN THE WEST TO COPE WITH VIOLENCE AS IT HAPPENS IN TODAY’S WORLD!
YOUR CLUB HAS ALWAYS EMBRACED THE BEST OF TRADITIONAL STANDARD JON, BUT BEEN PROGRESSIVE AND EXTREMELY OPEN TO THE CONCEPTS AND STRATEGIES OF PERSONAL SECURITY AND THE NEED FOR INTENSIVE TRAINING.
THIS LATTER PREPARES YOUR STUDENTS FOR THE REALITIES OF THE STREET AND NOT MANY CLUBS WILL EMBARK UPON ‘REAL’ HARD CORE TRAINING – WELL DONE!
ON A CLOSING NOTE, I FULLY ENDORSE THE TRAINING REGIME OF JON RYLEY, AND HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF RUNNING OPEN TRAINING COURSES AT JON’S CLUB IN MAWDESLEY, LANCASHIRE. THE BCA RECOGNISE AND HAVE GRADED JON RYLEY TO 6TH DAN KARATE JUTSU, 5TH DAN SHOTOKAN KARATE AND 3RD DAN KICK BOXING.”
PETER CONSTERDINE, 8TH DAN, KYOSHI
JOINT CHIEF INSTRUCTOR
BRITISH COMBAT ASSOCIATION
“I HAVE KNOWN JON FOR AROUND 7 YEARS AND HE RUNS A WELL ORGANISED AND EFFECTIVE MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION, I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE TO TRAIN WITH JON AT HIS CLUB FREQUENTLY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, AND I’M ALWAYS SURPRISED BY THE SKILL LEVEL AND OPENNESS TO NEW CONCEPTS. JON IS A GOOD COACH AND MOTIVATOR AND I WISH I HAD KNOWN HIM WHILST I WAS FIGHTING, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN MY CORNER.”
HEROL “BOMBER” GRAHAM
EX BRITISH, EUROPEAN AND COMMONWEALTH MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION
“I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO KNOW JON RYLEY SINCE 1997. DURING THAT TIME JON HAS RAPIDLY EXPANDED HIS KNOWLEDGE OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM) AS APPLIED TO THE MARTIAL ARTS. HE HAS A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE IN THE MA HAVING 5TH DAN SHOTOKAN AND SEVERAL OTHER HIGH DAN GRADES IN VARIOUS DISCIPLINES.
HE IS A MOST ACCOMPLISHED MA WITH A SUPERB ATTITUDE. JON WAS AN OCFM INTERNATIONAL COACH FOR OVER 4 YEARS, THE TOP LEVEL IN THE OCFM
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT PEOPLE GO TO TRAIN WITH JON, HE HAS AN OPEN MIND A WILLINGNESS TO HELP OTHERS AND JUST AS IMPORTANT HE LISTENS TO WHAT YOU WANT FROM YOUR TRAINING AND LISTENS TO WHAT IS REQUIRED.
NOT ONLY IS JON A FINE MA HE IS ALSO A GENTLEMAN WITH THE TRUE VALUES OF HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND HONOUR THAT ARE A RARE COMMODITY IN THESE TIMES. ALWAYS TRUE TO HIS WORD AND HIS BELIEFS I FEEL PRIVILEGED TO BE ABLE TO CALL JON NOT ONLY A MA COLLEAGUE BUT A FRIEND AS WELL.”
OCFM PRINCIPAL AND INTERNATIONAL COACH
“I HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED BY AND TRAINED WITH JON SINCE 1995, HE IS A GREAT TEACHER AND IS ALWAYS TRYING TO FURTHER HIS ALREADY VAST KNOWLEDGE OF MARTIAL ARTS. HE IS ALWAYS TRYING TO HELP AND BETTER THE PEOPLE HE WORKS WITH IN ANYWAY HE CAN WHICH IS A BRILLIANT QUALITY. IT’S BEEN A PLEASURE KNOWING, TRAINING AND GROWING UP WITH JON.”
KARATE JUTSU ASSOCIATION
“I HAVE KNOWN JON PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY FOR OVER 12 YEARS. HE IS AN EXCELLENT MARTIALARTIST AND AN EXCELLENT CHIEF INSTRUCTOR. I HIGHLY RECOMEND TRAINING WITH JON OR WITH ANY OF HIS STAFF IN HIS ASSOCIATION.”
“I MET JON A FEW YEARS AGO IN CYPRUS ON A TRAINING CAMP. ON MY FIRST IMPRESSION OF MEETING HIM I TOOK AN INSTANCE LIKING TO JON. I WAS PARTICULARLY IMPRESSED WITH HIS INTERPERSONAL SKILLS. JON IS ALSO AN EXCEPTIONAL MARTIAL ARTIST AND UPHOLDS VERY HIGH STANDARDS. I HAVE KEPT IN TOUCH WITH JON AND MEET UP AND TRAIN WITH HIM WHENEVER I CAN. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK JON FOR ALL HIS HELP.”
4TH DAN KARATE JUTSU
ASSISTANT CHIEF INSTRUCTOR, KJA
“I’VE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE A MEMBER OF THE KARATE JUTSU ASSOCIATION (KJA) AND CORE COMBAT FOR JUST OVER FOUR YEARS NOW. I TRAVEL 30 MILES THERE AND BACK TWICE A WEEK TO TRAIN, EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE NUMEROUS CLUBS ON MY DOOR-STEP. I BEGAN TRAINING IN VARIOUS MARTIAL ARTS AT THE AGE OF 5 AND SPENT BASICALLY TWENTY YEARS TRYING TO FIND SOMETHING THAT I REALLY LIKED. AT A TIME WHEN I NEEDED IT THE MOST, I DISCOVERED THE KJA AND HAVE NEVER LOOKED BACK. IT IS A WARM AND WELCOMING CLUB WITH STRONG VALUES AND IS THE MOST PROGRESSIVE, FORWARD LOOKING CLUB I HAVE EVER TRAINED AT. I URGE ANYONE WITH A DESIRE TO LEARN TRUE MARTIAL ARTS TO COME AND TRAIN WITH THE KJA.?”
KARATE JUTSU ASSOCIATION
I HAVE BEEN TRAINING WITH THE KARATE JUTSU ASSOCIATION AND CORE COMBAT FOR MANY YEARS NOW AND HAVE ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT. THE MARTIAL ARTS TAUGHT AT THE KJA/CC APPLICABLE TO REAL LIFE SITUATIONS AND EVERYONE IS ALWAYS WILLING TO ADVISE AND ASSIST. ALL TOGETHER THIS IS A FANTASTIC CLUB.?
KARATE JUTSU ASSOCIATION
“JON RYLEY IS A FOCUSED AND DEDICATED SELF PROTECTION INSTRUCTOR, JON AS INSTRUCTED ME FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS IN SELF DEFENCE/ PROTECTION WHILST ALSO BEING HEAVILY INVOLVED IN HIS MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION WERE I HAVE LEARNT WESTERN BOXING AND THE FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS JON NOT ONLY TRAINS IN PHYSICAL SELF DEFENCE AND OFFENSIVE COUNTER ACTIONS BUT ALSO IN MIND CONTROL AND MENTAL AWARENESS I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND JON AS AN INSTRUCTOR IN LIFE’S PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CHALLENGES AS HE HAS HELPED ME IN MY BUSINESS AND PERSONAL LIFE.”
CORPORATE CLIENT FROM DELARUE PLC
“JON, IS AN EXTREMELY TALENTED, DEDICATED AND WELL-DISCIPLINED INSTRUCTOR. HE HAS BEEN INSTRUCTING MYSELF AND MY DAUGHTERS IN MARTIAL ARTS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. WE ALL THOROUGHLY ENJOY THE TRAINING AND TEACHING METHODS EMPLOYED BY JON AND CONTINUES TO ENRICH US IN ALL ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES.”
STUDENT ON THE CORE COMBAT PROGRAM
“I TRAINED UNDER JON AT HIS KARATE CLUB FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, ONLY LEAVING WHEN I MOVED AWAY FROM THE AREA. I HAVE TRAINED SINCE IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT PLACES, NONE OF WHICH CAME CLOSE IN COMBINING EXPERT KNOWLEDGE AND INSTRUCTION WITH A PERSONABLE AND RELAXED TEACHING STYLE THAT WAS ADAPTABLE TO EACH STUDENT’S LEARNING STYLE WITHOUT EVER COMPROMISING ON CHALLENGES OR STANDARDS. BUT THE PRACTICAL SIDE OF THE MARTIAL ARTS, THOUGH VALUABLE AND ENJOYABLE AS TAUGHT BY JON, WERE SURPASSED BY THE TRAINING AND EDUCATION JON PROVIDED, STILL WITH ME TODAY, IN MENTAL RESILIENCE, DETERMINATION, AND COMMITTMENT. THE MARTIAL ARTS WERE THE MEDIUM IN WHICH JON TRAINED THESE SKILLS, BUT THEY ARE NOT LIMITED TO USE IN THAT MEDIUM. JON HAS A KNACK OF IDENTIFYING THE STRENGTHS IN AN INDVIDUAL OR AN IDEA AND TURNING IT INTO A SUCCESSFUL PACKAGE THROUGH THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF MOTIVATION AND CHALLENGE. I CAN’T RECOMMEND THE KARATE CLUB HIGHLY ENOUGH – BUT BE PREPARED TO WORK HARD AND BE CHALLENGED AND THE SKILLS LEARNED ARE APPLICABLE TO MUCH MORE THAN JUST THE MARTIAL ARTS”
GRADUATE OF THE KJA
Master Pollak began his training in Delaware, while attending the University of Delaware. His training was in American Kenpo under Jim Clapp. Upon moving back to New Jersey after college he continued his training under Ed Naugen in the same art. Master Pollak has always sought ways to improve his art and his teaching. Master Pollak always sought out the top instructors in their fields. He did extensive training with the Late Professor Remy Presas in the art of Modern Arnis achieving the rank of Brown Belt, and under Professor Wally Jay in the art of Small Circle Ju-jitsu. In 1995 he joined the Dragon Society and began training with Grand Masters Tom Muncy and Rick Moneymaker and has earned the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt (Master Ranking) in Torite Jutsu and Okinawan Kempo Karate-Do. Under Grand Masters Tom Muncy and Rick Moneymaker Master Pollak has also been awarded the position of Certified Senior Instructor in Torite Jutsu. In the Spring of 2000 Master Pollak was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Instructor of the Year. Master Pollak is Instructor College Certified by Black Belt Schools International.
In an effort to improve himself as an all around instructor, Master Pollak joined several organizations to help him learn how to better teach children. He belonged to:
N.A.P.M.A. – National Association of Professional Martial Artists
M.A.I.A. – Martial Arts Industry Association
Knowledge alone is not power. True power is the application of Knowledge.
Master Pollak applies what he has learned through all of these great organizations when he trains his instructors, when he personally teaches classes at RKA Family Karate and when he teaches seminars at other schools.
Master Pollak has trained over 25 individuals to Black Belt and beyond with another with another 10 – 15 getting ready to achieve that rank by the end of 2011. Master Pollak has had the pleasure of seeing several of his Black Belts open their own schools and share the arts with hundreds of additional people.
Master Pollak has taught seminars and assisted at seminars throughout the United States and is available to teach. Areas of expertise: Pressure Point Grappling all levels, Application of Torite Jutsu to others systems at all levels, Basic Arnis and Kali. Master Pollak can also teach Torite Jutsu in a way that will help schools create an upgrade system within their schools to help generate additional profit centers.
Master Pollak is currently working as a realtor in Central NJ. Currently he is creating a self-defense class for realtors to be taught as a 1 time program and to allow for continued training for constant improvement.
Former owner of RKA Family Karate that was run successfully from 1995 – 2009. Master Pollak sold the school and continues to train the Black Belts and the Black Belt Candidates there as a service to the new owners.
- Small Circle Jui Jitsu under Professor Wally Jay
- Modern Arnis under the Late Professor Remy Presas
- Atienza Kali under Darryl Atienza
- Grappling Small Circle Jui Jitsu under Professor Wally Jay
- Kata Bunkai
- Pressure Point Sciences
- Pressure Point Applications
- Kali and Arnis
Ranks & Certifications:
- 5th Dan Torite Jutsu Under Tom Muncy and Rick Moneymaker, Waynesboro, VA
- 5th Dan Okinawan Kempo Karate-Do Under Tom Muncy and Rick Moneymaker, Waynesboro, VA
- Certified Senior Instructor Torite Jutsu Under Tom Muncy and Rick Moneymaker, Waynesboro, VA
- Green Belt in American Kempo under Jim Clapp of Newark, DE and Ed Naugin of Garfield, NJ
- World Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Inductee for the year 2000
Michelle Annese, “The Diva of Defense™” is a nationally recognized self defense and safety instructor, consultant, speaker and writer. With over 25+ years experience in the martial arts, a fourth degree Black Belt Master, A Dragon Society International Certified Instructor, and an inductee into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Ms. Annese is a safety advocate teaching thousands each year in talks and seminars nationwide.
Dragon Society International and Annese Martial Arts’ sucessful children and adult programs are a direct reflection of Michelle Annese’s experience, spirit and genuine love for the martial arts and the empowerment students and members receive with DSI and AMA programs.
- Martial Arts Training for Adult and Children,Birthday Parties, Okinawan Kempo, ToRi Te, Small Circle
- Ju-Jitsu, Modern Arnis, Women Self Defense, Children Self Defense, Martial Arts Business Strategy and Marketing,
Ranks & Certifications:
- 4th Degree Black Belt Master Okinawan Kempo Karate
- Dragon Society International Certified Instructor
- Remy Presas International Modern Arnis Federation Basic Level Instructor
Awards & Recognition:
- World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee
- United Professionals ‘Woman of the Year’
Testimonials for Master Michelle Annese:
“Our time with Annese Martial Arts has been an tremendously positive experience for both me and my children. The focused and consistent instruction that Frank and Michelle bring to each class have changed nearly every aspect of our lives. My children exercise greater self-discipline and focus at home and in school and their self-confidence both inside the dojo and out is something that every parent wishes to see in their child. For me, the journey of studying Kempo for the last five years with my children has been a indescribable blessing both physically and personally. I cannot help but feel proud knowing the foundation of inner strength, control, and confidence that my children possess as they prepare for college and beyond. Thank you Annese!”
Shodan, Okinawan Kempo Karate
“Frank and Michelle Annese are excellent Dragon Society International instructors to learn under. Each is an expert practitioner who are very capable of relaying practical principles and techniques to students of all levels to understand and execute.”
Jason Pace 2nd Dan Okinawan Kempo Karate
“I have been a student at Annese Martial Arts for a little over a year. In that time, Michelle and Frank have provided a wonderful experience for me. They are both excellent instructors that provide fun, interesting and intense workouts and training. I highly recommend them!”
“Michelle is an expert in her field of personal training as well as Karate Instruction. She is able to relate complex concepts and ideas in a way that anyone can understand them. She is extremely good at relating to kids and to teaching women especially how to protect themselves.”
Ed Handel Black Belt Okinawan Kempo
“Dear Michelle, Once again, we would like to thank you so much for speaking… It was such a pleasure having you here. Thank you for sharing your stories and experiences with us. We believe that bullying should not be tolerated. Your strategies for coping with bullies were very useful and applicable.
It is obvious that you love what you do; you were able to convey this in a manner that the student could understand and appreciate… So many students talked about how much they enjoyed you. Sincerely”
Anne Farmer – School Counselor – Hugh K. Cassell Elementary School
“Dear Ms Michelle, Thank you for coming to our school. I had a lot of fun today. The rest of the 5th grade enjoyed you coming here. The thing you taught us was very fun. Now I know how to defend myself besides kicking and punching. I hope to see you soon. You’re so cool. Your friend,”
Mike Tucker started training in 1980 under Al Garza. He began competing the same year and since then, he has amassed an impressive string of victories. Mr. Tucker was recognized 5 consecutive years as one of the top ten in Texas and as Rookie of the Year and Top Black Belt Fighter in 1985. In that same year, he received his business degree from The University of Houston Clear Lake. Although he no longer competes, his presence is still felt on the tournament scene through the obvious successes of his students.
From 1985 to 1990, Mr. Tucker ran schools for Mr. Garza and helped create a unique Martial Arts and business system. In 1991, Mr. Tucker opened what is now USA Karate. Through years of diligence and constant improvement, Mr. Tucker has developed the current system he now teaches.
In 1993, Mr. Tucker was recognized as one of the Top Instructors of the Year in the state of Texas by the Amateur Organization of Karate.
In 1999 Mr. Tucker was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the Master instructor of the year. Also that year, Mr. Tucker was certified as a 5th Degree Black Belt in Torite-jitsu by the World and British Kempo Arts Federation, signed by 11 Masters and Grandmasters.
Mr. Tucker was the head official for the Texas Police Games in 2000 and 2007.
Mr. Tucker is a Founding Member of Dragon Society International.
Presently Mr. Tucker is a 6th Degree Master Level Black Belt and Master Instructor under Rick Moneymaker 9th Degree Grandmaster and Tom Muncy, 10th Degree Grandmaster in Okinawan Kempo and Tuite – Jitsu.
He also holds a 4th Degree Black Belt under 9th Degree Grandmaster George Dillman in Ryukyu Kempo. In addition, Mr. Tucker holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt under 6th Degree Master Al Garza in Tae Kwon Do, and a 1st Degree Black Belt under 7th Degree Zdenek Matl in Judo and Ju Jitsu.
Ranks & Certifications:
- 6th Degree Master Level Black Belt
- Okinawan Kempo and Torite Jutsu
- 5th Degree Black Belt Torite-jitsu by the World and British Kempo Arts Federation
- 4th Degree Black Belt Ryukyu Kempo
- 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
- 1st Degree Black Belt Judo and Ju Jitsu
Director, Shuri-Te Bujutsu-Kai
7th Dan Shuri-Ryu Karatedo
7th Dan Shuri-Te Ju-Jutsu
6th Dan US Ju-Jitsu Federation
Combative Flow System Chief Instructor SBK
Student of Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, Taijiquan & Qigong
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Troy J. Price began his Karatedo and Kobudo training in 1982 at the Columbia School of Karatedo West Columbia, SC, under the direction of Hanshi Ridgely Abele. In 1985 he began studying Ju-Jutsu along with his Karatedo training. In 1997 he also began studying Baguazhang and Qigong and in 1999 began studying Taijiquan and Xingyiquan. Mr. Price trains with several nationally and internationally known instructors in the traditional Martial Arts of Karatedo, Ju-Jutsu, Kobudo, Aikido, Kyusho-Jutsu, Judo, Chin-Na, Wing Chun, Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, Taijiquan and Qigong.
In 2004 Troy Price was awarded an international instructor’s license to teach Martial Arts worldwide. He is presently doing extensive research on the Kyusho-Jutsu (vital point striking) aspects within Karate and Ju-Jutsu. Mr. Price has authored three books/training manuals on Shuri-Te Ju-Jutsu and Kyusho-Jutsu. He has also developed large a DVD series on Combative Flow Training, Kyusho-Jutsu, Karate-Jutsu and Ju-Jutsu.
Troy Price conducts seminars nationally and in Europe. He has helped start Ju-Jutsu programs at Karate schools throughout the southeast. Mr. Price travels and trains throughout the United States, Europe, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. He presently serves as the Secretary General for the International Shuri-Te Yudansha-Kai and is the Director of the Shuri-Te Bujutsu-Kai.
Troy Price is a former member of the USA Karate Federation National Team Pool. He was a member of the first national kata team and second national kumite team to train at the USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has competed and medalled in many regional, national and international championships, including placing second at the 1985 United States Karate Association (USKA) World Championships.
In September of 1998 Troy Price traveled to Mainland China where he spent 25 days visiting 14 cities and took a 4 day cruise down the Yangzi River. While in China he received instruction in Tai Chi Chuan and had the opportunity to practice Baguazhang and Qigong. During his trip down the Yangzi River he gave a demonstration of his Karatedo and Ju-Jutsu skills to a group of Chinese and foreign tourist.
Director Shuri-Te Bujutsu-Kai
Secretary General for the Kokusai Shuri-Te Yudansha-Kai
Listed below are some of the martial arts instructors that Troy Price has trained with either via seminars, privately or on a regular basis. (No particular order)
Ridgely Abele, Shuri-Ryu Kartedo, Kobudo & Ju-Jutsu
Robert Trias, Shuri-Ryu Kartedo & Kobudo
John Pachivas, Shuri-Ryu Kartedo
Robert Bowles, Shuri-Ryu Kartedo & Kobudo
Vitus Bilking, Shuri-Ryu Kartedo & Kobudo
Dr. Steven Roensch, Shintoyoshin-Kai Jiu-Jitsu & Shuri-Ryu Karatedo
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, Taijiquan, Chin-Na, White Crane & Qigong
Jim Logue, RyuTe Renmai Karate
Taika Seiyu Oyata, RyuTe Renmai Karate
Thomas Muncy, Kyusho-Jutsu, Torite-Jutsu & Kempo Karate
Rick Moneymaker, Kyusho-Jutsu, Torite-Jutsu & Kempo Karate
Paul Cote, Baguazhang & Xingyiquan
Park, Bok Nam, Baguazhang
Doug Perry, Shorin-Ryu Karate
Dan Smith, Shorin-Ryu Karate
Kimo Wall, Goju-Ryu Karate & Kobudo
Carl Wilcox, Kwan Mu Kan Karate, Ju-Justu & Judo
George E. Anderson, Kwan Mu Kan Karate & Ju-Justu
Rick Hernandez, Kuntao, Baguazhang & Xingyiquan
Ramon Lono Ancho, Danzan-Ryu Ju-Jitsu & Judo
Tom Ryan, Danzan-Ryu Ju-Jitsu & Judo
Tom Hudson, Danzan-Ryu Ju-Jitsu
Fumio Toyoda, Aikido
Yoshimitsu Yamada, Aikido
Roger Jarrett, Karatedo, Aikido& Judo
Kiyoshi Yamazaki, JKA Karatedo & Kobudo
Hidetaka Nishiyama, Shotokan Karatedo
Devorah Dometrich, Okinawan Kobudo
Dan Inosanto, Kali & JKD
Francis Fong, Wing Chun
Benny Meng, Ving Tsun
Mark Mills, Wing Chun, Grappling & JKD
Advanced Principles and Combative Applications for the Traditional Martial Arts of Karatedo/Jutsu, Ju-Jutsu, Combative Flow, Kyusho-Jutsu, Chin-Na, Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, Taijiquan & Qigong
Purpose and mission is the teaching and development of traditional combative martial arts. We offer seminars, workshops and study groups in the martial arts of Ju-Jutsu, Karate-Jutsu, Combative Flow Training System, Kyusho-Jutsu, Chin-Na, Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, Qigong and other special subject areas. We offer training media, DVDs, books & instructional manuals in these areas of training.
Take the next step with your martial arts training:
Host or attend a martial arts seminar or class with Kyoshi Troy J. Price or with one of our certified instructors. We conduct seminars throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Shuri-Te Bujutsu-Kai seminars, workshops and study groups are designed as a continuing education program to assist the school-head, instructor or student to develop and refine the skills, techniques and theories of combative science within traditional martial arts. Our training is physical as well as academic, with an emphasis on combining physical skills and theories of martial science to gain a practical and effective combative use of martial arts training. If your school or association is interested in hosting a seminar please see our seminar hosting information listed below. We also have numerous affiliated schools and study groups across the USA, see website for more info www.shuritebujutsu.com.
Host a Seminar with Troy J. Price or one of our Instructors at your School:
The Shuri-Te Bujutsu-Kai conducts seminars & workshops in the United States, Canada and Europe. We would be glad to help your school or organization host a seminar or workshop. We can perform a one-day, two day or three day weekend seminar, with five to seven hours of instruction per day. We also conduct shorter training workshops during the week. The weekday workshops are usually a two to four hour training session. We are happy to tailor the seminar or workshop to fit your needs.
Seminar Planning Services:
To help make hosting a seminar easy and trouble-free, here are some services that we can provide. We can design a seminar flyer for your use, to handout, mail-out and e-mail. Also we can send the flyer out via our e-mail list in your state and surrounding states. We will custom design a seminar certificate of participation for this event with a place for your signature that you can present to each seminar attendee.
Our goal is to make sure that the seminar or workshop is beneficial to you academically as well as financially. We have a vested interest to helping you make this event successful. There are standard fees for conducting a seminar or workshop (per day or multi-day price). Also travel fees may apply depending on location/distance and days traveled. For complete details please contact Troy J. Price at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-360-7224
Here are some of the subject areas that we can cover at your seminar. Feel free to choose several seminar topics that you are interested in covering.
Karate-Jutsu, Ju-Jutsu, Combative Flow Series Training, Kyusho-Jutsu, Chin-Na & Qigong
Chokes & Neck Controls
Joint Bending/Wrist Locks Series
Arm Bar Series
Finger Locking Series
Leg Locking Series
Cervical/Neck Locking Series
Continuous Striking Methods
Effortless Takedowns & Throws
Shuri-Te Ju-Jutsu Fundamentals
Shuri-Ryu Karatedo Fundamentals
Explosive Power Development (Fa-Jin)
Evasive Movements & Circular Footwork
Combative Flow Series with Applications
Ground Pinning & Controlling Techniques
Lightning Fast Whipping Body Movements
Leg Trapping Methods & Leg Destructions
Yin & Yang Continuous Multiple Point Striking
Escaping Methods from various Grabs and Holds
Goshin-Jutsu-Kata: Practical Self-Defense Methods
Entering, Blocking, Redirecting & Trapping Methods
Chin-Na: (Seize, Control, Immobilize & Incapacitate)
Transitioning and Countering Techniques (Kaeshi-Waza)
Vital Striking Fundamentals and Techniques (Atemi-Waza)
Practical Defenses from Weapons Attacks (Gun and/or Knife)
Qigong: Internal Energy Training for Health & Martial Arts Power
Kyusho-Jutsu: (Vital Points) Pressure Point Locations & Proper Methods of Attack
Martial Science: The Study of Natural Body Motion as applied in Combat & Self-Defense
And Much More
- Matayoshi Shinpo-Okinawan Kobujustsu and Matayoshi Family Karate
- Professor Kam Hok Hoe – Jujutsu
- Cheu Cheu Soot – Budokan karate-do
- Suzuki Sensei – Wado-ryu karate-do
- Gozo Shioda – Aikido
- Professor Wally Jay – small circle Jujutsu
- Sifu Dan Inosanto – Jeet Kune Do/Silat/Eskrima
- Grandmaster Bobby Taboada – Balintawak Eskrima
- GM Sijo Ian Waite – Ryukyu Kenpo,Wing Chun-do, QSR/Tao Effect
- Grandmaster Rick Moneymaker – DSI, Torite-Jutsu
Joe began his training in 1974 and holds ranks in Kempo. Torite and TaeKwonDo. He has cross trained in Hosin-ryu, Shito-ryu, Modern Arnis, Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, Small Circle Jujitsu, Shiatsu, Taiji and Qigong.
He opened the Aldridge Karate Institute in 1985 and it is currently on of the oldest continually operating martial arts schools in central Virginia.
Ranks & Certifications:
- 1st Dan TaeKwonDo
- 8th Dan Okinawan Kempo
- 8th Dan Torite-jutsu
- Professor Certified Instructor, Torite-jutsu
- Certified in Okazaki Restoration Therapy
- Certified NRA Firearms Instructor
Rick Moneymaker has earned the “Man Of The Year Award” presented by the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, recognized by the International Society of Headfounders/Headfamilies as a 9th Degree Black Belt and Soke of TORITE JUTSU, awarded the Golden Lifetime Achievement Award and the Meijin Award presented by the directors of the International Shurite Yudansha-Kai. Inducted into the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame and inducted in Combat Magazines Hall of Fame.
Rick Moneymaker is also a High Dan Board member of the AKBBA and has appeared in five nationally published magazines and five international magazines.
Grandmaster Moneymaker has taught on the International Seminar circuit for over 20 years.
During his competition career, he won 25 Black Belt Heavy Weight Championships and 1 Grand Championship.
He has had the honor of Instructing numerous members of the Military, Police and Private Security Officers for over 20 years.
Ranks & Certifications:
- Kudan (9th degree black belt) Torite-Jutsu
- Kudan (9th degree black belt) Okinawan Kempo Karate-do
- Rokudan (6th degree black belt) Tae Kwon Do by American Black Belt (March 25, 2000)
- Godan (5th degree black belt) Isshinryu Karate-do
- Yondan (4th degree black belt) Aikibudo
- Nidan (2nd degree black belt) Japanese Goju-ryu Karate-do
- Level 2 Reiki Therapist
Awards & Recognition:
- Co-Founder and Grandmaster of the DSI
- Head Instructor and Co Founder of the TO-RI Karate Institute
- Author of Torite Jutsu Reference Manual.
- Author of the Torite Jutsu Technique Manual.
- Doctor Of Martial Arts Degree.
- Featured in ‘Who’s Who in Karate”
- 2000 International Instructor of the Year by the American Federation Of Martial Arts Hall Of Fame
Researcher and instructor in Chinese acupuncture theory – as applied to the martial arts and is a High Dan Board member of the AKBBA. Tom Muncy has been in the martial arts for 48 years and has attained numerous honors and awards including Judan, 10th Degree Black Belt in Torite Jutsu. Hachidan, 8th Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Kempp. 6th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. 5th Degree Black Belt in Aikibudo. Doctor of Martial Arts Degree and inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall Of Fame. Grandmaster Muncy is also an avid practitioner and teacher of QiGong and Tai Chi.