DRAGON SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL FALL CONVENTION

October 25 to 27, 2019

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Professors Rick Moneymaker & Michael Patrick Welcome You


"Attend the DSI Convention and join an elite group of Martial Artists working to take their training to the next level.  Spouse give you a hard time when you want to attend a training event?  Bring them with you.  We are family friendly.  The family will have a great time while we train!"

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SCHEDULE


  • Friday, OCTOBER 25
  • Saturday, OCTOBER 26
  • Sunday, OCTOBER 27
9:00 to 9:30 AM
Pictures & Promotions
Main Conference Room

9:30 to 11 AM
Engagement Pattern Bayonet
Main Conference Room
Hanshi Leon Wright
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Combat Hapkido
Main Conference Room
Grandmaster Phil Peplinski
12:30 to 2:00 PM
Lunch
On your own

12:30 to 2:00 PM
DSI Store & Vendor Area Open
Crown Reef Convention Center Vendor Area

2:00 to 4:00 PM
Torite Jutsu
Main Conference Room
DSI Instructors

FEATURED INSTRUCTORS


Professor Tom Muncy
Founder
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 Read More
Professor Tom MuncyFounder

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.

Professor Rick Moneymaker
Founder
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 Read More
Professor Rick MoneymakerFounder

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
Professor Michael Patrick
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. Read More
Professor Michael Patrick

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.

Expertise:

  • 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.”
Sean Fitzpatrick

“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.”
J. Llanos

“[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…”
Daikomyo

Professor Joe Aldridge
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, Read More
Professor Joe Aldridge

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

 

Master Roger Overholt
Master Roger Overholt
Master Ray Collins
Master Ray Collins
Master Jon Ryley
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 Read More
Master Jon Ryley

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.”
RUSSELL STUTELY
6TH DAN
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.”
ROBERT MAWDSLEY
1ST DAN
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.”
STEVE KELLY
4TH DAN
OCFM
NATIONAL COACH

“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.”
BRIAN WHATFORD
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.?”
KRIS MANSFIELD
1ST DAN
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.?
JAMES HOPE
2ND KYU
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.”
STEVE BARNES
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.”
SIMON RYLEY
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”

DAVID JAKULIS
4TH KYU
GRADUATE OF THE KJA

Master Gage Steele
Master Gage Steele
Master Buddy Morrison
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 Read More
Master Buddy Morrison

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

Expertise:

  • 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
Master Bill Adams
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 Read More
Master Bill Adams

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!

Organizations:
Dragon Society International
Lifetime member Okinawa Karate Union

Training:
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
Instructor Tobe Hewitt
Instructor Tobe Hewitt
Instructor Scott Mercer
Instructor Scott Mercer
Instructor Peter Holmes
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 Read More
Instructor Peter Holmes

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

Hanshi Leon Wright
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 Read More
Hanshi Leon Wright

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.”

REMEDY FOR A TWO-HAND CHOKE FROM THE FRONT — As soon as the assailant grabs Leon Wright and initiates the strangle, Wright flexes the muscles in his neck as he prepares his response (1-2). That response entails driving his index
and ring fingers into the jugular notch (3).

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.

By Any Other Name

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 throwsjoint 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.

Live-Fire Training

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.”

Leon Wright demonstrates self-defense moves in Black Belt magazine.

DEFENSE AGAINST A ROUNDHOUSE PUNCH — Leon Wright (left) assumes the ready posture in front of his opponent (1). When the man punches, Wright executes a high elbow block (2), then steps into the opponent’s personal space to deliver an elbow strike to the jaw (3).

 

Leon Wright demonstrates self-defense moves for Black Belt magazine.

Note how he positions his left leg for his next move: an off-balancing technique. Wright then applies pressure with his left knee (4) and overhooks the man’s left arm just above the triceps (5) before sweeping the leg (6-7).

 

Leon Wright demonstrates self-defense moves in Black Belt magazine.

Still holding the arm, Wright executes a standing armbar while drilling his knee into the opponent’s ribs (8). If he needs to continue, he can fire a straight punch into
the man’s face (9).

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.”

Primal Virtues

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.”

Hanshi Larry Isaac
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 Read More
Hanshi Larry Isaac

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.

Grandmaster Wayne Adams
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 Read More
Grandmaster Wayne Adams

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.

Grandmaster Rondy McKee
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 Read More
Grandmaster Rondy McKee

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

CHARITY

• 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

Grandmaster Ray Fisher
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 Read More
Grandmaster Ray Fisher

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.

Expertise:

  • Taoist and Tibetan Style Chi Kung
  • Chinese Kenpo
  • American Kenpo
  • Okinawan Kempo
  • Kenpo Jujitsu
  • Kajukenbo
  • Iron Body Qi Gong
  • Torite Jutsu
  • Kyusho Jitsu
  • Tai Qi Ch’uan
  • Hsing – I Chuan
  • White Crane Kung Fu
  • Aikido
  • 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.”
Rick Moneymaker
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.”
Aseem Kumar

“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.”
Jeremy Howden
American Institute of Kenpo
9431 East 22nd St. #161
Tucson, AZ 85710
(W) (520) 298-9805

“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.”
Dave McNeill
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.”
David Waite

“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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Grandmaster Phil Peplinski
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 Read More
Grandmaster Phil Peplinski

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.

Expertise:

  • 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
Grandmaster Michael Ciraco
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 Read More
Grandmaster Michael Ciraco

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.

Competition:
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.

Grandmaster Cole Ricks
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) Read More
Grandmaster Cole Ricks

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

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