Grandmaster Beard inherited the leadership of the Budoki Junari system when Professor Chambers retired in January 2006. Grandmaster Beard also has earned the following ranks:
Soke, Grandmaster, Budoki Junari Jiu Jitsu Hanshi, Honorable Grandmaster, Kenwayoshin Jiu Jitsu 10th Dan, Kenwayoshin Jiu Jitsu 8th Dan, Professor, Budoki Junari Yudo 8th Dan, Professor, Midori Yama Budokai Yudo 8th Dan, Professor, Shin Shin Jujitsu 6th Dan, USJA Judo 6th Dan, Traditional Kodokan Judo 4th Dan, Budoki Junari Yusool 4th Dan, Budoki Junari Hapkido 4th Dan Shin Nagare Karate
Grandmaster Beard began his martial arts training in 1968 in the art of judo, winning two Southeastern AAU championships (1973 and 1975). During that time, GM Beard trained with the Decatur Alabama Parks and Recreation judo club with Professor Millard Shelton. This club produced 13 national judo champions in 2 years. He also trained with the Florence Judo club with Grandmaster Dan Smith (3X World Masterathlete Judo Champion). GM Beard then went to the University of Alabama where he trained with the UA judo team and was a team mate of Dewey Mitchell (US Olympian, 1984).
In the late 80’s, GM Beard trained with the Leon County Judo Club in Tallahassee FL. Here, he trained with Brian Olsen (US Olympian 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, World Champion 1997), Ato Hand (US Olympian, 2000), and Fred Hand (Pan American Judo Championships, 1986).
In the early to mid 90’s, GM Beard taught judo and jiu jitsu at the Auburn University Judo/Jiu Jitsu Club in Auburn Alabama. From there, he taught the Georgia Southern Judo/Jiu Jitsu Club in Statesboro, GA. It was at this time that GM Beard had the opportunity to meet and develop a long and rewarding friendship with Professor John Chambers.
In 1999, he landed at Jacksonville State University where he now teaches the JSU Judo/Jiu Jitsu club.
GM Beard has been trained by some of the most outstanding instructors in the United States. In the United States, there are three 9th dans recognized by the Korean Yudo Association: John Chambers, Leo Wilson and Joseph Connelly. GM Beard has had the opportunity to train with all three of these gentlemen.
In 2007, GM Beard was recognized by the World Head of Family Sokeship Council as one of the most outstanding martial arts instructors in the United States and, in 2008, he was recognized as a WHFSC Historical Grandmaster member.
In 2009, GM Beard represented the United States in the World Masterathlete Championships in Atlanta, GA.
Grandmaster Beard is a professor of special education at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville Alabama in his spare time.
Grandmaster Patricia Hill
Grandmaster Hill has been involved in the martial arts since the early 70’s and is currently serving as the Vice President/ Secretary of Martial Arts USA. Grandmaster Hill holds the rank of Yodan in MAUSA Yusool, making her the highest ranking (and only) woman black belt in that system.
Grandmaster Hill had a most impressive competition record, winning a national championship in the Junior Olympics in the early 70’s. The United States Judo Association honored Master Hill and Grandmaster Beard as the 2005 Outstanding Kata Team Practitioners from the State of Alabama. The United States Judo Association also honored her as the 2006 Outstanding Master’s Woman Competitor from the State of Alabama.
Grandmaster Hill was recently inducted into the World Head of Family Sokeship Council Hall of Fame as the Female Instructor of the Year. Black Tie ceremonies were held in Orlando, FL. Master Hill was recognized by the World Sokeship Council for her contributions to the martial arts. Along with Master Hill’s award, she was also the only woman who gave a mini clinic alongside some of the most notable grandmasters in their arts in the world.
The World Head of Family Sokeship Council is an exclusive union of the top Grandmasters of 9th or 10th degree black belt ranking or the equivalent from around the world who wish to communicate and support one another. Membership includes some of the best martial artists in the world and at least 19 different countries are included among its’ membership.
Grandmaster Hill has also been awarded an Instructor's Certificate in Blade Safe from the Seven Owl Dojo in North Carolina.
Grandmaster Hill's remarkable accomplishments are reflected in her love for the martial arts. She hold several Yudansha ranks in multiple styles of the martial arts as follows:
8th Dan/Grandmaster Kenwayoshin Ryu Jiu Jitsu ~ American Martial Arts Renmei 7th Dan Kenwayoshin Ryu Jiu Jitsu -Martial Arts USA 4th Dan Budoki Junari Yudo / Judo ~ Martial Arts USA 4th Dan Budoki Junari Jiu Jitsu ~ Martial Arts USA 4th Dan Budoki Junari Yusool ~ Martial Arts USA 4th Dan Budoki Junari Hapkido ~ Martial Arts USA 3rd Dan Judo ~ United States Judo Association
Doctor of Martial Arts, Ph.D., AS
Shogo in Kenwayroshin Ryu Instructor's Certificate ~ Blade Safe Knife Defense Female Instructor of the Year ~ World Head of Family Sokeship Council Certified Rank Examiner ~ United States Judo Association Certified Itsutsu No Kata ~ United States Judo Association Certified Renrakyu No Kata ~ United States Judo Association Certified Nage No Kata ~ United States Judo Association
On June 26, 2009, the American Martial Arts Renmei International as its 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee honored Professor Patricia Hill for her many contributions to the preservation of the martial arts.
Dr. John A. Suarez, AMAR’s founder, On June 29, 2011, appointed Professor Patricia Hill as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Martial Arts Renmei, after the untimely resignation of Master Carroll Mooneyhan for health reasons.
Dr. Jimmy L. Jackson (10th. Dan / Meijin, Ph.D., AS)
Grand Master Jimmy L. Jackson was introduced to the martial arts while in high school. His quest for martial knowledge began in 1962 when he approached a friend who was home from the army basic training and playfully grabbed him from the rear in a bear hug. One second he was standing behind his friend lifting his feet off the ground and the next microsecond he was on the ground face up, looking up at the blue sky wondering how he got there. That experience began his search for martial arts training that would last for a lifetime.
He began his formal martial arts training under the guidance of Master Bernard Collins in Shorinji Ryu Karate and Karenzukai Karate. He has also studied with Master Mike Foster in Yoshukai Karate Do. This diversity in training has led him to train with such notables as Master Jackie Mole, Master Mike Green, Sifu Don “The Dragon” Wilson, and Sensei Bill “Super foot” Wallace, Sensei Tony Graziano, Doctor H. T. Walker and Soke John A. Suarez.
Because of the diversity of his training, Grand Master Jackson is ranked in multiple disciplines and styles of the martial arts:
He holds the rank of Judan, 10th Degree Black Belt in Kenwayoshin Ryu Karate, Jiu Jitsu and Kobudo. Grandmaster Jackson is Administrative Director for WKRB and Menkyo Kaiden for the WKRB Syllabus.
Is the founder and Gokui Kaiden of Kuro Ryuu Aiki Goshin Sen Jutsu Self Defense Systems. He is also the founder and Menkyo Kaiden of Okinawa Kenpo Tuite Goshin Jutsu. Is also ranked as Rokudan, 6th Degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate. Sandan, 3rd Degree Black Belt in Wado Ryu Karate. Nidan, 2nd Degree Black Belt in Okinawa Kenpo Karate. Sandan, 3rd Degree Black Belt in Shintoyoshin Ryu Jiu Jitsu. Nidan, 2nd Degree Black Belt in Toyojin Ju Jitsu. Nidan, 2nd Degree Black Belt in Kenwayoshin Ryu Iaido. Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt in Okuno Ryu Karate.
Grand Master Jackson is the Director of Administrative Services and retired founding President of the American Martial Arts Renmei International.
Grandmaster Jackson is also an inductee of the:
Nominated for induction into the Florida Cosmopolitan Hall of Fame as Grandmaster of the year, 2007
United States Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame, Grandmaster of the year, 2008.
Gold Coast Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame, Grandmaster of the year 2008.
Gold Coast Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame, Board of Directors, 2008
Gold Coast Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame, Grandmaster of the year 2009.
Gold Coast Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame, Bushido, (Enlighten Warrior) 2010
On June 26, 2009, the Universal Martial Arts Congress and the Sokeship Board of Examiners honored Grandmaster Jackson by awarding him the Degree of: Doctor of Martial Arts, Ph.D., AS. In addition, he was recognized as “Head Founder, Soke of System, Kuro Ryuu Aiki Goshin Sen Jutsu.
Dr. John A. Suarez (10th. Dan / Soke, Ph.D,. AS) Soke John A. Suarez is a 53-year veteran of the martial arts and is ranked in multiple disciplines and styles of the arts. Soke Suarez has studied under and receiver Dan Rank Certifications from such notable Masters as, Grand Master Jhoon Rhee, Master Dennis Hill, Grand Master Douglas Grose, Grand Master Takizawa, Grand Master Tatsuo Suzuki, Grand Master Cecil T. Patterson, Grand Master Edward Moore, Grand Master Dr. Dusty Johnson and most recently the renown Professor John E. Chambers. Soke Suarez holds the rank of Judan, 10th Degree Black Belt and is the Founder of Kenwayoshin Ryu Karate, Jiu Jitsu and Kobudo.
"On June 25, 2006, Soke John Suarez tendered his resignation from the American Martial Arts Renmei choosing to develop and found the art of Kenwayoshin Ryu Iaido Jitsu. His retirement will also allow him to spend more quality time with his grandchildren. Although he has agreed to stay on as an advisor to AMAR, the officers of AMAR will sincerely attempt to honor his wishes and not burden him with the tedious task of the day-to-day operations, thereby allowing him to enjoy the beauty of being a grandparent. Soke, go forth and enjoy your retirement, but please know that you will be truly missed. The AMAR Staff." - Dr. Jimmy L. Jackson
On June 26, 2009, the Universal Martial Arts Congress, LLC, and the Sokeship Board of Examiners honored Grandmaster Suarez by awarding him the Degree of: Doctor of Martial Arts, Ph.D., AS. In addition “Head Founder, Soke of System, Kenwayoshin Ryu, Karate, Jiu Jitsu and Kobudo.
Soke John A. Suarez was also honored as "Bushi-no-Bujutsu", Samurai of the Martial Arts., awarded the Shogo of Meijin, "Enlighten Warrior" and the rank of 10th Dan by the American Martial Arts Renmei International.
Grandmaster Neal J. Hummerstone 10th Dan Aiki Tora Ryu Aikido
Over 50 years of Martial Arts study, research and seminars in USA, Europe, Israel, Japan, Russia and Korea
Member of World Head of Family Sokeship Council
9th Dan CSSD/SC Combat and Tactical Arnis
8th Dan Jujutsu
Guro Lima Sayoc Arnis-Escrima-Kali (5th Dan)
4th Dan Iaido
Gold Coast Hall of Fame Diamond Life Achievement Award 2004
Gold Coast Hall of Fame Legend Award 2005
Gold Coast Hall of Fame Grandmaster of the Year 2007
Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame Grandmaster of the Year Aikido 2004
International Martial Arts Hall of Fame Awards:
Platinum Life Achievement (over 50 yrs in the Martial Arts) 2012
Grandmaster Warrior of the WHFSC 2011
World Ambassador of Martial Arts 2010
International Master Instructor Military, Anti-Terror in CQC 2009
Police Tactics of America for International Service 2008
International Grandmaster Aiki Tora Ryu Aikido 2004
Florida Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award 2004
Florida Hall of Fame Founder/Pioneer Award 2001
London, England International Hall of Fame
Excellence in the Martial Arts Award 2006
Founders Award Aiki Tora Ryu 2007
International Police Association—Rosenheim, Germany 2008
IMAF Protection & Security Tactics Germany 2008
World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Weapons Expert 1994
Named in Who’s Who in American Martial Arts in 1987
Deputy Director of Police Tactics Instructors of America
Certified Instructor Police Self Defense Instructors of America
Senior Instructor Tactical Edged Weapons for Law Enforcement and Military
Common Sense Self-Defense—Street Combat
MemberAmericanAcademy for Russian Martial Arts and Combat Skills
Dr. Dusty Johnson (10th Dan / Soke, Ph.D., DMA)
Association Memberships Universal Martial Arts Congress, LLC President/Founder/CEO World Black Belt Bureau – Member United States Chinese-American Research Association- Member United State Martial Arts Association –Int’l B.O.D. – 1998 - 2004 International Martial Arts Judges/Referees Association-Member Cosmopolitan Martial Arts Brotherhood, Florida Hall of Fame-B.O.D. 2004 - Current The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Sokeship Council- Regional Director for Kentucky and Tennessee 2000-2003 The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Sokeship Council – Co-Chairman Grand Masters Board of Examiners 2000-2003 United State Parachute Association – Member - #19143, Expert Parachutist License-#D-7307, Gold Wings-#3200, 12 Hr Freefall Badge-#1833 International Academy of Police and Military Self Defense Tactics- Instructor #DLJ5452 DOD Security, Consultant to Dr. Keith R. Santagata Scottish Jujitsu Association, Consultant Special Awards/Recognitions Nominee- United States Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame – Grand Master of the Year – 1998 Inducted- Cosmopolitan Martial Arts Brotherhood, Florida Hall of Fame- Pioneer/Founder of the Year – 1998 Appointed to United States Martial Arts Association International Board of Directors 1998-2004 Inducted- The World Martial Arts Sokeship Council Hall of Fame –Headfounder of the Year and Grandmaster of the Year- 2000 Awarded - Sokeship, The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Sokeship Council Grandmasters Board of Examiners- 1999 Awarded - Ph.D. Martial Sciences and Asian Studies, The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Sokeship Council Grandmasters Board of Examiners-1999 Awarded Doctorate of Martial Arts-DMA- The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Sokeship Council Grandmasters Board of Examiners- 1999 Appointed – Co-Chairman, The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Sokeship Council Grandmasters Board of Examiners- 2000 – 2003 Appointed – The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Sokeship Council - Regional Director- Kentucky and Tennessee- 2000 – 2003 Inducted – Cosmopolitan Martial Arts Brotherhood, Florida Hall of Fame – Master Instructor of the Year- 1999 Nominated- International Martial Arts Hall of Fame – Grand Master of the Year- 1999 Inducted – Cosmopolitan Martial Arts Brotherhood, Florida Hall of Fame- Grand Master of the Year – 2004 Inducted – Head of Families Sokeship Council Hall of Fame – Grand Master of the Year- 2004 Appointed – Cosmopolitan Martial Arts Brotherhood, Florida Hall of Fame Board of Director – 2004 - Current Martial Arts Rank History:
1958 – Initiated, Fai Clan – Tahitian Warrior Caste 1958 – Initiated, Tuala Clan, Samoan Warrior Caste 1958 – Initiated, Alcaparras Clan, Moro Warrior Caste 1959 – Advanced Training, Tahitian Warrior Caste 1959 – Advanced Training, Samoan Warrior Caste 1959 – Advanced Training, Moro Warrior Caste 1960 – Rite of Passage Graduate- Elevated to full Fai Clan Warrior Status 1960 – Rite of Passage Graduate- Elevated to full Tuala Clan Warrior Status 1960 – Rite of Passage Graduate- Elevated to Full Moro Warrior Status Shure Te – Instructor, Grand Master Johnny A. Pachivas, Sr. 1st DAN - Shodan, Black Belt- 20 Jul 64 Judo – Instructor, Master Dennis Wood 1st DAN – Shodan- Black Belt – 6 Jun 67 Tang Soo Do – Instructor, Grand Master Hyun- Chong Dong Ni, Korea 1stDAN – Shodan- Black Belt
NOTE: Traditional belt ranks of white, blue, red and black were used at this time Pa Qua Chang – Instructors Sijo Han and Master Dennis R. Decker 1stDAN – Shodan – Black Sash – 6 Mar 78 NOTE: Traditional three-color system was used by Sijo Han at this time White-disciple, Black-student, and Gold- master Wado Ryu/Jujitsu – Instructor Hanshi John A. Suarez 9th DAN - 15 Mar 96-Hanshi Okinawan Kenpo – Instructor, Hanshi Dennis R. Decker 5th DAN - 9 Oct 89 – Kyoshi Soke Dr. Dusty L. Johnson was also honored as "Bushi-no-Bujutsu", Samurai of the Martial Arts, awarded the Shogo of Meijin, "Enlighten Warrior" and the rank of 10th Dan by the American Martial Arts Renmei International.
Dr. James R. Horne(10th Dan / Soke, PhD, DMA)
James R. Horne started his Asian martial arts training on Okinawa, Japan in 1959 while stationed there with the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Horne returned to the United States in 1962 and continued his training as a member of the 2nd marine division karate team, where he competed throughout the United States.
Over the last 49 years, Mr. Horne has been awarded a Masters degree in karate and Teachers licenses in several Asian martial disciplines including Kenjutsu and KobuJutsu, Jujitsu, and Aikido.
The all Japan Seibukan Martial Arts Association currently recognizes Master Horne as 9th Dan. Has a Ph. D. from the Global Martial Arts Federation / Hong Kong Dragon Sign Athletic Association Ltd. A Sokeship from the Zen Kokusai Budo/Bugi Renmei. A 9th Dan from the American Jujitsu / Karate Association. A 7th Dan Kyoshi From th e Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Matsumura Kempo Karate and Kobudo Association. An 8th Dan Kyoshi from the United States Karate-Do Kai, Shihan by the Okinawan Matsusokan Shorin-Ryu Kai, and 1st Dan from Aikido Schools of Ueshiba.
On June 13, 2009, the American Martial Arts Renmei International. honored Soke James R. Horne as "Bushi-No-Bujutsu", Samurai of the Martial Arts., awarded the Shogo of Meijin, "Enlighten Warrior" and the rank of 10th Dan.
Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame June 10, 2007 as Great Grand Master of the Year Certificate # 1210831 Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame on July 9, 2016 For second time as Living Legend Award Certificate # 1210831
Recognized as a Master of Weapons Craft by the Ouachita Society of Martial Arts
Awarded the rank of Kudan and Title of Hanshi by the International Okinawan Budo-Kai Kokusai Shinmei shorin-Ryu Karate-Jutsu Renmei July 9, 2016
Awarded the title of Kyoshi of Shinmei Iaijutsu By the International Okinawan Budo-Kai Kokusai Shinmei Shorin-Ryu Karate-Jutsu Renmei July 9, 2016 Awarded the Rank Ju-Dan 10th Degree and the Title of Meijin By the Martial Arts USA Renmei August 18th, 2016 Dr. John E. Chambers, Master Patricia D. Hill
Joseph Williams (10th Dan / Shihan)
Grand Master Joe Williams began his judo training in 1968 under Sensei Tubbs, and in 1973, began training in Atemi-Ryu under Sensei Sweany. Grand Master Williams was active in the competition circuit and became a board member for the Florida Sunshine Games and Director of Karate for Florida Police Olympics. After obtaining his Second Degree Black Belt, he started training in the art of U.S.A. Goju, first under Master Joe Hess, then earning his Black Belt under Master Buster Timmons. While still training in Atemi during this time, he obtained the rank of Yodan (fourth degree) in Atemi-Ryu.
Sensei Sweany passed away in 1992 after a lengthy illness, at which time the United States Karate Association named Williams the Style Head of Atemi-Ryu and Regional Director of the USKA. The United States Judo Association’s Executive Director named Williams as Head Coach for Gold Coast Judo Association, as well as Florida Director of Development for the USJA. In 1993, he was installed into the prestigious World Sokeship Council, which is an International Council of Grand Master's.
Grand Master Williams has also been inducted in the following halls of fame: • World Martial Arts Hall of Fame • World Sokeship Hall of Fame • Christian Martial Arts Hall of Fame • Florida Cosmopolitan Hall of Fame • Action Martial Arts Magazine • Okinawan Karate Hall of Fame
Grand Master Williams is a favorite seminar clinician, often teaching with Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Joe Lewis, Vincent Marchetti and Bob Mac Ewen, and has also authored articles and has been featured in several magazines.
Grandmaster Steven Bevil (10th. Dan / Meijin)
Grand Master Steven Bevil is a 40 year veteran of the martial arts and started his martial arts training under the tutelage of Master Terry Maccarrone in St. James on the north side of Long Island in 1972. Grand Master Bevil holds a 6th Dan in Okinawa Shorin Ryu Karate and a 9th Dan in the art of karate.
Grand Master Bevil opened his first dojo in Mastic Beach, Long Island and remained there until he retired from the Post Office and moved to Florida, where he continued his training. After several years in Florida Grand Master Bevil moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where he continue to teach at two YMCA’s in the area.
On June 19, 2010, Representatives from the American Martial Arts Renmei, Martial Arts USA and the Universal Martial Arts Congress traveled from Florida, Kentucky and Alabama to York, SC to bestrew the Shogo of “Meijin” and the rank of 10th Dan on Hanshi Steven Bevil. Both Shogo and rank are well deserved.
""I still teach all my students in the”Old Way’s”, however, we have fun and we help each other.” I allow all students to advance at their own pace. We work on our kata and the application, and also the secret art of Tuite." - Steve Bevil"
Dr. Steven M. Aldus (10th. Dan / PhD., Ma.D.Sc)
Grandmaster Steven M. Aldus started his martial training in 1969 while serving in the military during the Vietnam War. He was introduced to and trained in the arts of Hsing-I Ch’uan, Ba-gua Ch’uan, and Old Yang Style Tai Chi Ch’uan. He trained in his primary art of Hsing-I Ch’uan (5 elements, 12 animals, 6 trigrams) for four years, an average of four hours each weeknight. His second art is Tai Chi Ch’uan, and he had a basic introduction to Ba-gua Ch’uan. His instructor was Li Chi Lan, who passed away in 2000. His great, great, grandfather is Li Ts’uan-I. After he returned home to the United States, he was stationed at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida, where he shared techniques with various martial stylists (Korean, Japanese, Okinawan, and American Boxers) in the area.
In 1980 he joined the Choi Brothers Tae Kwon Do School and spent 8 years training and was promoted to 1st Dan. He attained the rank of 2nd and 3rd Dan through Bob Lawrence at Lawrence’s Tae Kwon Do and 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Dan through Kelly O’Keefe at United Black Belt Academy. He received his 8th Dan in Tae Kwon Do from Dr. Thomas Black and the Alliance. He has considerable tournament experience as both a competitor and referee/judge in the sport of Tae Kwon Do and is qualified to referee or compete in, Olympic sparring, point sparring, etc.
Grandmaster Aldus started training in the Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu Koeppel-Ha system under Master Jim Price in June of 2003. His instructor’s teacher is Master Phillip Koeppel. He has completed the requirements for 2nd Dan under the instruction of Master Price and is a member of the USKK organization and is certified to referee or judge for USKK tournaments. He continue to train in the Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu Koeppel-Ha system at this time.
Grandmaster has placed as National Champion, Grand Champion and Tournament Champion in the decades of the 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s and 2010 in Korean, Okinawan and Chinese arts.
March 2008 he received his Doctorate of Martial Arts Philosophy & Martial Arts Science Ph.D./Ma.D.Sc. from the University of Asian Martial Arts Studies. His Thesis is titled A Lengthy Journey.
April 2008 he met all requirements of the International Alliance Sokeship Council and was promoted to 10th Dan. He was awarded the title of Sokeship by the Alliance in recognition as the only known student in the United States continuing the teachings of Master Li Chi Lan in the arts of Old Yang Style Tai Chi Ch’uan and Hsing-I Ch’uan.
Dr. Aldus was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame for the years of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 as Martial Arts Master of the year, Soke of the Year, Multi- Discipline Grandmaster of the year and Grandmaster of the year Chinese Martial Arts
Professor Greg Allbritten
He began studying Martial Arts in the sixties. He first studied with his Father Jack,who taught him at an early age the art of Karate. Once old enough Greg studied with Ronald Epstien in Birmingham Alabama. From there the Allbrittens met Leo Wilson who taught Greg for well over 30 years. Greg also studied extensively with Roger Carpenter in Kansas. Retired from the Athens Clarke County Police Department with 20 years of service. Mr. Allbritten's experience in law enforcement is extensive including, homicide investigator, burglary squad commander, swat team member and supervisor, FBI defensive tactics instructor, FBI hostage school, D.E.A school, Jail/ Prison management school certification under the Dept. of Justice (Federal Bureau of Prisons). Mr. Allbritten is presently working as the Assistant Director of the Police Academy in Athens Ga. With the rank of Capt. In the mid 1980’s Mr Allbritten, along with members of the Clarke County SWAT team was selected to the Army’s RANGER SCHOOL in Fort Benning Georgia. Mr. Allbritten was wounded in the line of duty which limits his activity.
Judan 10th degree MYB Leo Wilson May 3 1999 SNK
Kudan 9th degree MYB Leo Wilson May 3 1999 SSJ
Hachidan 8th degree MYB Leo Wilson Feb 3 1996 Kickboxing
Rokudan 6th degree MYB Leo Wilson June 1 1996 Taekwondo
Yodan 4th degree MYB Leo Wilson July 22 1995 Judo
Godan 5th degree MYB Leo Wilson Jan 6 1995 Hapkido
Martial Arts USA
12-30-02 Shin Nagare Karate 9th Dan
12-30-02 Shin Shin Jujitsu 9th Dan
12-30-02 Tae Kwon Do 6th Dan
12-30-02 Yudo / Judo 4th Dan
Dr. Vernon C. D'Kunder (9th Dan / Soke) Soke Vernon C. D’Kunder began his martial arts career in 1980 at the age of 10 under the guidance of Soke Balachandran (deceased) in the arts of Shotokan, Goju – Ryu and Ju Jitsu. Additionally, Soke D’Kunder has studied under the directions of other notable Grandmasters too include Soke Paul C. Holley, 10th Dan and Soke Billy Miller, 10th Dan. Because of his dedicated training he was awarded the rank of Shodan in Shotokan Karate and Ju Jitsu in 1983. His martial arts career continued to advance and in 1997 he was awarded the rank of shichidan, 7th Degree Black Belt in the arts of Shotokan Karate-Do and Goju – ryu Karate-Do. In 2000, Grandmaster D’Kunder was awarded the Shogo of Soke and the rank of Kudan, 9th Degree Black Belt in the arts of Shotokan Karate, Goju-ryu Karate-Do, Ju Jitsu and Kobudo. On the 13th Day of April in the year 2008 the United Sokeship Alliance International re-affirmed the ranks of 9th Dan in the arts of Shotokan Karate-Do and Goju-Ryu Karate-Do.
Soke Vernon Clifford D’Kunder has a PhD in Martial Arts and Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Yoga. He is also a dedicated student of Zen and Yoga and holds several impressive degrees’ to include a:
Masters of Arts in Yoga (Presently studying in Mumbai University, India Masters of Arts in Yoga Shastra PhD in Asiatic Martial Arts PhD in Martial Arts Philosophy
Additionally Dr. Vernon C. D’Kunder continuing education qualifications include:
Masters of Arts in Philosophy Religion Post Graduate Diploma Computer Application Diploma Computer Hardware and Networking Technology
Doctor D’Kunder is also the founder of Zen Budokai India, Zen Shotokan Karate-Do Federation and the Zen Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation and holds the respected ranks of:
9th Dan in Shotokan Karate-Do 9th Dan in Goju-ryu Karate-Do 9th Dan in Kobudo 9th Dan in Aikijujitsu 9th Dan in Samurai Jujitsu Menkyo Kaiden, 9th Dan in Nippon Yawara Ryu Aiki-Jujitsu
Grandmaster Tommy Lunsford
Grandmaster Dr. James T. Lunsford began martial arts training in 1961 and started teaching in 1974. His early training included Shotokan Karate and Kodokan Judo under Ishiro Nakagawa and Kyung Ho (Ken) Min among others. Hanshi Lunsford spent 9 years in law enforcement and also served as firearms instructor at the N.E.Ga.PoliceAcademy.
In 2004 Hanshi Lunsford was inducted into the USA Martial Arts HOF. In 2008 Lunsford was again inducted into the HOF under the category of Martial Arts Pioneer. That same year Hanshi Lunsford received his PhD in Martial Arts Philosophy from the University of Asian Martial Arts Studies". He was featured in the 1987 edition of Who’s Who In American Martial Arts.
Grandmaster Lunsford currently mentors black belts and oversees martial arts programs at AKF/ITTO Martial Arts dojo in AthensGa. His teachers include GM Neal Hummerstone (Orange City Fl), GM Lawrence Beard (JSU Al) and Hanshi Kenneth Baker (LeavenworthKS). In addition to AMAR, Lunsford remains active in Martial Arts USA (MAUSA), Aiki Tora Ryu (Karate International), Midori Yama Budokai (MYB) and American Kyu ki do Federation (AKF). Hanshi’s ranks include:
8th dan Budoki Junari Karate - 8th dan Kenwayoshin Ryu Karate - 8th dan Kenwayoshin Ryu Jiu jitsu
8th dan Kenwayoshin Ryu Kobudo - 6th dan TaeKwonDo (MYB, MAUSA) - 6th dan Hapkido (MYB)
6th dan Aiki Tora Ryu aikido - 6th dan jujitsu (MYB, MAUSA) - 4th dan Yudo (MAUSA)
4th dan Kodokan Judo (MYB) - 4th dan in Kickboxing - 3rd dan USJA Judo
3rd dan Yusool (MAUSA) - 2nd dan Karaho Kempo (MYB) - 1st dan Tang Soo Do (Soke Kwang Kee)
Grandmaster Dan Smith
8th Dan Budoki Junari Yudo
8th Dan/ Grandmaster Budoki Junari Jujitsu5th Dan, Kodokan JudoProfessor Smith is a highly decorated combat veteran with over 20 years in the Special Forces. He has over 30 years in the Martial Arts and has won many Judo titles. Professor Smith has training in judo, yudo, boxing, karate, kick boxing, wrestling, kendo and fencing.Professor Smith has taught combatives to military, police and protection personnel literally around the globe. He has a degree from the University ofMemphis in education and has instructed in Martial Arts at all levels from recreational programs, military application and college teams. He was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to coach/manage the U.S. team to the World College Games in BeijingChina. As a competitor he has won several national championships and three world championships.
Grandmaster William Holland (8th. Dan / Hanshi) Hanshi William "Bill" Holland is a 15 year veteran of Okinawan Kenpo Karate and is ranked in multiple disciplines and styles of the arts. Hanshi Holland holds the rank of Hachidan, 8th Degree Black Belt in Kenwayoshin Ryu Karate, Jiu Jitsu and Kobudo, 5th Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Kenpo Karate and Sandan, 3rd Degree Black Belt in Shintoyoshin Ryu Jiu Jitsu. Grand Master Holland is the Chief Instructor of Kenwayoshin Ryu.
Dr. James E. Webster,Sr. Ph.D (8th Dan / Renshi)
Started martial arts training in Karate at Master Phil Koeppel’s Karate School in Peoria, Illinois in 1974. Joined the USKA (United States Karate Association founded by the late Grand Master Robert Trias) in October 1975. Promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt in April 14, 1980 by Master Phil Koeppel in Shorei-ryu karate. Joined the USKK (United States Karate-do Kai) founded by Master Phil Koeppel, in June 1983.Changed style of Karate from Shorei-ryu to Shorin-ryu in March 1985.Became a life member of the USKK (United States Karate-do Kai) in 1991.Opened my own Dojo (Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate School) October 1993 in Palm Bay, FL.Received International Instructors Title of “M/Ma” (Master of Martial Arts) from the Global Martial Arts Federation in 1995.
Awarded the title of RENSHI in 1996 by Master Phil Koeppel.
Promoted to 6th Degree Black Belt in 1999 by Master Phil Koeppel in Okinawan Kobudo (Weapons).
Promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt in 2003 by Master Phil Koeppel in Shorin-ryu karate.
Awarded the Large Double-bladed Axe from Master Phil Koeppel in 2005.
Received the USKK Grand International Champion award for 1st Place in Black Belt Master’s Kata and 1st Place in Black Belt Weapons for the year 2004 - 05.
Received the USKK Grand International Champion award for 1st Place in Black Belt Weapons for the year 2005 - 06.
Received the USKK Grand International Champion award for 1st Place in Black Belt Master’s Kata for the year 2006 - 07.
Was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall Of Fame in 2007, 2008, 2009.
Became a Life Member of the USA Alliance in 2008.
Received the Grand Champion Point Award from the Alliance for Seniors Black Belt Master’s in 2008.
Became a life member of the UMAA (Universal Martial Arts Association) in 2008.
Received his PhD in Philosophy and Science of Martial Arts from the University Of Asian Martial Arts Studies in 2008.
Was inducted into the Alliance Budo International Society in January of 2009.
Promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt in August 2009 by Dr. James Thomas head of the Alliance in Shorin-ryu Karate.
Promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt in Shorin-ryu karate by Hanshi Nitta of Okinawa in Washington DC, 2009.
Was inducted into the UMAA Martial Arts Hall Of Fame in September of 2009.
Was promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Kobudo by the Alliance Kobudo Board in 2009.
Received the Grand Champion Point Award from the Alliance for Seniors Black Belt Master’s in 2009 and 2010.
Was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall Of Fame June of 2011.
Carroll L. Mooneyhan (8th. Dan / Shihan) President and Chief Executive Officer Master Carroll L. Mooneyhan is a forty year (40) veteran of the martial arts who began his journey within the martial arts in 1966 at the age of 12. His father took him and his brother to watch a karate tournament held in Washington DC. Master Jhoon Rhee (Father of US Tae Kwon Do) hosted it with Co-host Bruce Lee. They had left with a great sense of excitement and eagerness to learn this art. He continued with the Jhoon Rhee Institute of Tae kwon Do until 1977.
In 1975, Master Mooneyhan relocated to Florida and continued to teach at the Colonial Gables School of Tae Kwon Do for Master John Suarez. Since that time until present, he has continued to teach and train, and learn different martial arts styles at various dojangs. Master Mooneyhan is a student of Tae Kwon Do, Holsinsul, Judo, Shotokan Karate, Shintoyoshin Ryu Jiu Jitsu, Shorin Ryu Karate, Aikido/Japanese Ancient Warrior, Tang Soo Do and Full Contact Martial Arts, massing nine (9) wins and one (1) loss. Since his retirement in June of 2006, his goal is to continue to promote the martial arts and has begun to train with enthusiasm and anticipation.
On June 26, 2009, Master Carroll L. Mooneyhan was promoted to the rank of Hachidan, 8th Dan, in the art of Kenwayoshin Ryu Karate and awarded the Shogo of Shihan by the American Martial Arts Renmei International.
Carole Ivie has her Grandmaster belt tied on by Grandmaster Tommy Lunsford
Professor Carole Ivie
Professor Carole Ivie entered the world of martial arts in 1974, when she signed up her son for classes at the Winder Karate dojo in Georgia, owned and operated by the Allbritten family, Jack, Greg, and Jeff. The family taught Shin Nagare Karate and Shin Shin Jujitsu, and promoted in both those arts through Midori Yama Budokai. Prof. Ivie continued with the Allbrittens, and subsequently taught in their school, until the dojo closed, some twenty-plus years later.
During those early years as a martial arts student in the Allbritten dojo, Prof. Ivie also studied Judo with Larry Balkin Sensei, Boxing and Kickboxing with Gary Brown Sensei, and Aikido with Don Hunt Sensei. A voracious appetite for reading and research has supplemented what she has learned in dojos, at seminars, and in clinics.
Prof. Ivie owned and operated her own dojo, The Center for Martial Arts, in Lavonia, Georgia, for seven years, and now teaches Jujitsu at the YMCA in Winder, Georgia. In 1999, she finished a four-year-long project of writing and producing in book form the memoirs of Grandmaster Leo Wilson, founder of Midori Yama Budokai, titled A Life in Motion, through which Wilson Shihan was able to pass down some of his life experiences as a NASA scientist, his martial arts knowledge, and his philosophies and scientific theories of motion. In 2006, she finished a second project, working with Ron Rogers Hanshi, also of Midori Yama Budokai, to produce a second book of Grandmaster Wilson’s teachings, called Searching for Nine. Also, she teaches a women’s self-defense program at the YMCA and for any civic, business, or private groups.
Prof. Ivie currently holds Hachidan in Jujitsu, Rokudan in Karate, Nidan in Judo, first level Eagle Claw Kung Fu, and Nidan in Yudo, as well as professorship with MYB, and grandmastership with MAUSA. Her philosophy of life: “Get over yourself and get out there. If you’re not learning, you’re not living.”
Master Rankin Coleman
Master Rankin Coleman
Master Rankin Coleman began practicing the art of Wado Karate under Hanchi John Suarez at the age of 9 at the Belle Terre Karate Club. At this time the school was under the direct instruction of Master Ken Licata and Master Hugh Harrin. Throughout Rankin’s training he has also learned the art of Kenwayoshin Ryu Iaido, which was the art founded by Hanchi John Suarez. Currently in 2011 Rankin is one of his most proficient students in the art of Iaido. During his journey with martial arts he has continued to furthered his own training by learning the additional arts of Kung Fu, Thai Chi, and Iaikido. It is now 23 years later, 15 years of which he has spent teaching, and he currently owns and operates the Kenwaoshin Ryu Karate-do in LaPlace with the title of Rokudan. In addition he is the chief instructor of the system under the guidance of Hanchi John Suarez. Among the arts taught within the system are that of Japanese Karate, Ju Jitsu, Kybudo, and Iaido.
To add to these many achievements Master Rankin Coleman is an active member of the MAUSA. He is committed to his lifelong journey with the martial arts.
Vincent Holmes (7th. Dan / Renshi) Renshi Vincent Holmes began his Martial Arts training at the age of six years in Seattle Washington where he studied Judo and Jujitsu at the Pacific Center near Des Moines, Washington. Sometime later Renshi Holmes was introduced to Wado Ryu Karate under Sakai Shihan who a Shichidan, 7th Dan at the time and also had informal training in Goju Ryu Karate under Yoshiaki Ajari Sensei, who was also a student under the late Grand Master Hironori Ohtsuka, founder of Wado Ryu Karate.
By the age of fourteen, Renshi Holmes has achieved his Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt. Renshi Holmes began his Tae Kwon Do training in New Orleans under Larry and Jean Littlejohn, students of Jhoon Rhee, the founder of modern Tae Kwon Do. Late Renshi Holmes found a Wado Ryu Karate school owned by Sensei Rod Jordan III. When Sensei Jordan closed his school, Renshi Holmes found a new school that taught Wado Ryu Karate under the direction of Sensei Ronald Dendinger. When the opportunity came, Renshi Holmes took over as Chief Instructor of the school and his passion for karate turned into a full time career. Renshi Holmes holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in Wado Ryu Karate and a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Shihan Vincent Holmes is WKRB CEO/President.
Clay A. Howell (6th. Dan / Renshi) Clay Howell is a 20 year veteran of the martial arts. Having started in 1985 under Grand Master John Suarez, Clay holds black belt ranks in Wado - Ryu Karate and Kosen Jiu-jitsu (Pre-WWII Judo). Clay is the head instructor of the Usagi Dojo in the Nashville, TN area. He enjoys learning new applications and techniques from different arts, training with weapons, and corny jokes.
Clay served as the President of American Martial Arts Renmei, Inc. from 2006 – 2009
4th Dan Shotokan (Seibukan non sport version) (1995)
2nd Dan Tae Kwon Do, Chang Hon Style (ITF Version) (1985?)
2nd Dan Ryukyu Kobudo (Odo) (1995)
2nd Dan Jujutsu MAUSA (2008)
1st Dan Tae Kwon Do, Olympic Style (WTF Version) (1987)
1st Dan Goju Ryu Karate (1989)
1st Dan Budo Taijutsu (Bujinkan) (1995)
Instructor Rank: Jun Fan Concepts (2002)
Instructor Rank: Eskrima (2002)
Other rank below black belt or instructor level:
Praying Mantis Kung Fu
Shorei Goju Ryu
Krav Maga and other Modern Combatives Programs
His first open school training was studying Chang Hon Tae Kwon Do in his youth. This progressed to Olympic style Tae Kwon Do in the eighties through the WTF and what was the USTU. It was at this time that he began to study the Japanese arts of Kyokushinkai and Seibukan Shotokan Karate along with Ryu Kyu Kobudo. He was introduced to the arts of Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do, and Filipino Martial arts during the 1990’s and continues to train in these arts today.
He was introduced to Grandmaster Tommy Lunsford while teaching a knife session at a Winter Martial Arts Clinic. It was not soon after that Mr. Lones began to train Aikido under GM Lunsford and continues to travel to Athens GA throughout the year to train in Aikido under one of Lunsford’s students, Sensei Richard Wise.
His school, Integrated Martial Concepts Academy, offers three tracks of martial arts training ranging from a comprehensive traditional non sport program to more modern training programs for the general public and security professional community to include specialized training in the blade arts. Instruction is provided through private/semi-private training sessions and seminar. Those that are interested in certification and/or beginning an IMC training group at their school should contact Mr. Lones at email@example.com.
Dr. Michael Pejsach (5th. Dan / Sensei) Lead Instructor: Dr. Michael Pejsach (pay-sock) has a 5th Degree Black belt from AMAR, Amercian Martial Arts Remnei. He also holds a doctorate in education (Ed.D.), from Temple University, Philadelphia, a Masters Degree in teaching from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor's Degree in Science from the University of Georgia. He is one of only a few martial artists with professional training in education.
"Dr. Michael" has presented numerous workshops and classes, nationally, regionally and locally, with over 25 years of experience in health and physical education. Dr. Michael has been studying Martial Arts since 1981.
In addition to being named Outstanding Teacher of the Year, at Appalachian State University, Dr. Michael is a winner of numerous other awards and honors, including, the American Red Cross (Ames, IA Chapter), "Volunteer of the Year," and the national American Association for Health Education for "Outstanding Contributions of Technology for the Health Education Profession (The HEDIR Award)."
Dr. Michael focused his training in ONE MARTIAL ART, TaeKwon Do, and studied under Grand Master Pak, at Iowa State University, completing most of his black belt requirements with Grand Master Jung Kim, Master Yoon, and Grand Master Suarez. He is now affiliated with Grand Master Sheroan.
Robert Peters (5th Dan / Renshi) Renshi Robert Peters began his training in martial arts at the age of 6, initially studying Tae Kwon Do under his father, who had learned the art while stationed in Korea. He later began his formal training in Moo Duk Kwan under the tutelage of Grandmaster Lynn Jackson. A few years later he began training in Judo under the legendary Shihan Nakamura, who had begun teaching judo classes out of the Moo Duk Kwan Academy. He was a very active competitor in karate and judo throughout the 70’s and 80’s, and was listed as a top ten competitor by several karate and other martial arts magazines of that era. He has continued to both teach and be a student of the martial arts for over 30 years. He has had the opportunity throughout his 22 years of military service to travel, and be trained in various martial arts by several instructors. He has trained with such notable instructors as Joe Lewis and Bill Wallace (kickboxing), Hwang Kee (Tang Soo Do), Renzo and Carlson Gracie Jr. ( BJJ), Michael Depasquale Jr. (Jujitsu), David Durch (Jeet Kune Do), Algene Carualia (Kajukempo and Judo), Brooks Miller (Muay Thai), Eberhard Keislich ( Judo) and George Anderson (Karate). He is presently a student of Yudo/Judo under Professor Larry Beard.
His current ranks are: •5th Dan, Renshi Sho, Budoki Junari Jujitsu, MAUSA, •5th Dan Kenwayoshin Ryu Jiu Jitsu – AMAR •4th Dan Karate-DO -WKA •3rd Dan Moo Duk Kwan- AKA, OMDK •3rd Dan Tang Soo Do- MAUSA, Korea Sim MuDo •Certified Jujitsu Examiner/Coach-USJJF, USJA, AFJ •2nd Dan Jujitsu- USJJF, USJA, AFJ •2nd Dan Judo- USJA, USA Judo •2nd Dan Yudo- MAUSA •Black Belt- Krav Maga (IKI-Moshe Katz) •USJA Nage No Kata Certification •1st Black Belt- Marine Corp. Martial Arts Program-USMC •Blue Belt- Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (Renato Tavarres BJJ) •Black Belt -Combat Sambo (USCSA-GM Michael Galperin) •Level 2 Modern Army Combatives Trainer Cert. U.S. Army •Depasquale Combat Jujitsu- Level 1 Instructor •Jeet Kune Do Pilipino Arts Apprentice Instructor Cert. (AFS) •Non-lethal Defensive Tactics/Restraint- Instructor Cert
Professor John Glimmerveen is a 4th dan in the World Ju-Jitsu Federation (WJJF) and 5th dan in Budoki Junari. He has studied Ju-Jitsu for more than 34 years and trained under the highest ranking member of the World Ju-Jitsu Federation - Professor Robert Clark, Soke 9th dan, Alan Campbell, the WJJF’s national coach, and many other highly respected instructors within the WJJF.
John Glimmerveen has now been officially recognised as the North American Shihan for the WJJF (World Ju-Jitsu Federation).
He is currently a 4th dan but hopes to take his 5th dan in Mar
He has attended many special courses and has trained with Canadian SWAT instructors and instructors of the British special forces, the SAS (Special Air Service). He has taught Ju-Jitsu classes in: the UK, Holland, Bermuda, and in Colorado, Wyoming and Georgia in the US. He also taught classes in Ju-Jitsu at Grand Master Lunsford’s school in Athens Georgia.
roSensei Glimmerveen is the owner and chief instructor of the Ju-Jitsu Center in Richmond Hill Georgia where he teaches the WJJF syllabus of martial arts.
John Glimmerveen has now been officially recognised as the North American Shihan for the WJJF (World Ju-Jitsu Federation).
He is currently a 4th dan but hopes to take his 5th dan in Mar
Michael A. Skees (8th Dan / Hanshi)
My first exposure to the martial arts was judo and karate in the mid 1960’s. In 2006, while training in TKD, I met Grandmaster John Suarez and began training with him in Iaido and Kenwayoshin Ryu Bujutsu also. After 25+ years training in Tae Kwon Do, I discontinued my Tae Kwon Do training and continued my training exclusively , one on one, with Grandmaster John Suarez in Kenwayoshinryu Bujutsu, which has greatly expanded my experiences and knowledge. I presently hold the following ranks: 8th Dan in Kenwayoshin Ryu Bujutsu, 5th Dan in Wado Ryu Karate and 5th Dan in Tae Kwon Do. I am a board member of the World Kenwayoshinryu Bujutsu Renme and one of only two designated chief instructors for the system.
Dr. Kim Aldus (5th Dan / Ph.D., MAP)
Master Kim Aldus began her training in Tae Kwon Do in September of 1987 and has advanced to the rank of 5th Dan under the direction of Mr. Kelly O’ Keefe.
Master Kim Aldus is now or have been in the past certified to coach or judge at Regional or National Tae Kwon Do tournaments for the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) and the USNTF (United States National Tae Kwon Do Federation). She is also certified to judge at USKK and Alliance tournaments.
She started training with Master Steve Aldus in March of 1990. Master Aldus has taught (and continues to teach) her Tai Chi Ch’uan (Old Yang Style long form and short form), as well as various Chinese weapon forms (5 and 6 foot bo, Tai Chi sword, escrima sticks, and knife fighting.). Master Aldus also teaches her Hsing-I Chuan, the 5 Element forms, the 12 Animal forms, breathing and meditation, as well as Chin-Na (joint locks and self-defense). In September of 2002 she began her study of Kuk Sool Won under Mr. Ben Mitchell for approximately 1 year. She has also studied Ju-Jitsu under Mr. Kelly O’Keefe through the United Black Belt Federation and attained the rank of 2nd Dan on August 21, 2008.
Master Aldus is a USKK member in good standing and began studying Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu Koeppel-Ha in June of 2003 under Master James Price and continue to train in the Matsumura Shorin Ryu Seito Koeppel-Ha system at this time. She received the rank of Sho-Dan (1st degree) in 2003 and the rank of Ni-Dan (2nd degree) in June of 2009.
In 2005/2006, she placed 2nd in the nation in Kumite (sparring) and Finalist in Kata (empty hand forms) and received the award at the USKK Grand International Championships.
In 2006/2007, she placed Finalist in Kumite (sparring) and Finalist in Kata (empty hand forms) and received the award at the USKK Grand International Championships.
In 2007/2008, she placed Finalist in Kobudo (weapons) and received the award at the USKK Grand International Championships.
In June of 2009, she was presented the prestigious award of the Small Double Axe from Master Price. In order to receive the award Master Price requires his students to be at least rank of Sho-Dan. The student is judged on how they present themselves overall as a martial artist, achievements attained in class and in tournaments, and how one interacts and is viewed by other Martial Artists of all levels.
On March 31st, 2007 she was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame under the category of Multi-Disciplined Female Instructor of the Year.
On April 12th, 2008 she was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame under the category of Female Tae Kwon Do Master of the Year.
On April 4th, 2009 she was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame under the category of Multi-Disciplined Female Master of the Year.
On August of 2009, she received the Alumni award from the Alliance in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
In 2008, 2009 and 2010 she placed 1st in the nation with the Alliance for competition of Women Black Belts - 5th Degree, ages 35-49.
In 2008, she received the Warrior Award for competition with the Alliance. This is achieved by placing 1st in 3 or more events in the competition year.
On March 15th, 2008, she received her Ph.D. in Martial Arts Philosophy from the University of Asian Martial Arts Studies through the Alliance. Her thesis was presented on Women’s’ Self Defense – Awareness and Prevention
In August of 2009, she was nominated by her peers for the award of Alliance Martial Artist of the Year for the state of Illinois.
In 2009, Master Black (VP of the Alliance) and Dr. Thomas (President of the Alliance) asked her to organize and put together the requirements for expanding the Alliance Hall of Fame to include Special Athletes. This award is intended to give recognition to competitors/martial artists who excel in courtesy, integrity, perseverance, indomitable spirit and commitment to doing their best in bettering themselves. This award is in no way intended to segregate or point out differences of an individual, but intended to honor the dedication they have put forth to the martial arts despite the obstacles in their lives (such as blindness, being deaf, loss of limbs, mental disorders, muscular disorders, etc.) They deserve to be recognized for their courage as they strive to be great Martial Artists. The first Hall of Fame inductee for the Special Athletes was Jacob Garcia in April of 2009.
She is also in the process of organizing a database of martial artists and schools throughout the United States. The list is used to contact schools and instructors of events, seminars and tournaments. This makes it easier to get information out in a cost-efficient and timely manner to help boost attendance of the events in the area. At this time, she has compiled a complete list for the state of Illinois and Indiana, and is currently working on the rest of the United States.
Kevin Bergquist (5th Dan / Master) Master Kevin Bergquist began his journey in the martial arts at the age of 5. He has now achieved international acclaim as an expert in the martial arts. He is a Heavyweight Fighting Champion, as well as a 3X Florida State Champion. He has been inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame as well as the International Hall of Champions. He was honored by World Martial Arts Magazine and named "Karate Master of the Year". His school was voted #1 in the state by the Florida League of Martial Artists and his students have won over 50 State, National, and World Championships. • Heavyweight Fighting Champion • Hall of Fame Member • Karate Master of the Year - World Martial Arts Magazine • 3X Florida State Champion • Kaicho Director of the Mountain River Budo Kai • Board of Directors Martial Arts World Competition League • Godan 5th Degree Black Belt Yamagawa Ryu Karate-Do • Godan 5th Degree Black Belt Yamagawa Ryu Kobujutsu • Yudansha Budoka Certification by the World Black Belt Bureau • Corda Azul Graduado Capoeira Luanda • Member Martial Arts Industry Association • Member Florida League of Martial Artists • Member Dojo Dreams Foundation for Abused and At-Risk Kids
Master Kevin Bergquist has been training in the martial arts for over twenty-five years. He has been teaching for over fifteen years. He is highly ranked, accredited, and certified by national and international martial arts federations. In spite of his busy teaching schedule, he continues to train regularly with the best teachers around, ever striving to improve and learn more. For more information about workshops, seminars, lectures, classes, performances, and demonstrations, contact Master Kevin Bergquist at email: firstname.lastname@example.org Dojo Phone: (941) 795-DOJO / (941) 795-3656 Cell Phone: (941) 807-1734
Se Habla Espanol. Se Fala Portugues. Nihongo Sukoshi Hanashimasu
5th Dan Master Kyuki-Do 5th Dan BudokiJunari Karate 4th Dan Tae Kwon Do
2nd Dan Yoshukai Karate 2nd Dan Hapkido, 1st Dan Judo 1st Dan BudokiJunari Jujitsu
Master Ken Blumreich has been active in the martial arts since 1990. He began studying Kyuki-Do and Judo under Master Lloyd Holden in Janesville, Wisconsin, serving as an assistant instructor for several years, and eventually moving to Athens, Georgia to open his own studio in 2000. He joined MAUSA in 2007 after merging his existing studio with Itto Self Defense under Grandmaster James Thomas Lunsford.
While his primary art is Kyuki-Do, Master Blumreich also trains in Judo, Hapkido and Yoshukai Karate (under Sensei Dr. Erik Hofmeister). He is the head instructor at AKF Athens Martial Arts, a member of the Board of Managers of the American Kyuki-Do Federation, and serves in an advisory capacity for Martial Arts USA. He regularly travels around the country to attend and participate in various martial arts clinics, seminars, promotions and other events.
MasterBlumreich’s martial arts philosophy is that the primary responsibility of any instructor is to develop the spirit, the character, and the moral fiber of students in addition to cultivating their physical abilities.
Further information is available at the AKF Athens Martial Arts website, www.akfathens.com.
Sensei Bette Nielson
Sensei Bette Nielson, Renshi dai
Professor Bette Nielson began her martial arts training in 1996 at Itto Martial Arts in Athens Ga. under Grandmaster Tommy Lunsford. Nielson sensei exceeded all expectations and attended classes 5 to 6 days a week. Her dedication served her well and she rose through the ranks in minimum time.
Nielson also taught aikido, hapkido and judo at Itto after earning black belts in these arts. Of special importance was the "Women's safety/self-defense class" which she taught for years at Itto. These sessions lasted several weeks and spawned rave reviews. During this time she also managed to train in kickboxing along with the guys. She was a member of the schools demo team. Her ranks are:
Professor, Renshi Dai aikido 4th dan hapkido 4th dan judo 2nd dan jujitsu 2nd dan yudo 2nd dan
Prof Nielson now lives in Texas near her children & grandchildren. She still trains and teaches judo an a nearby dojo.
Thomas A. Davis, PhD is a marriage and family therapist who has worked in the field of mental health for 30+ years. He currently operates a private psychotherapy practice out of his home in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Davis has been active in the martial arts since 1996. He began studying Karate under Grandmaster James Thomas Lunsford at Itto School of Martial Arts and Fitness. Dr. Davis continued his martial arts studies with GM Lundsford through 2008 when he was awarded Shodan in [then] Shin Nagare Karate. Dr. Davis has continued to study karate at AKF Athens Martial Arts under the direction of Master Ken Blumreich. He was awarded Sandan in BudokiJunari Karate in 2014.
Dr. Davis identifies his primary martial art asKarate, but hastrained in various martial arts [primarily Kyuki-Do] under Master Ken Blumreich since 2008. He was awarded Shodan in Kyuki-Do in 2011. Dr. Davis has also studied under Sensei Dr. Erik Hofmeister and was awarded Shodan in Yoshukai Karate in 2010. Dr. Davis is wholly committed to fitness of mind and body. He dedicates many hours per week towards physical fitness. He currently "hosts" a small troupe of like-minded black belt karateka at AKF Athens Martial Arts for regular classes.
Dr. Davis' martial arts philosophy is that a true student of the martial arts is just that, a "student." He/she does not "know" martial arts. He studies diligently, learns as much as he can, wherever/whenever he can, and practices martial arts with intensity and spirit.Martial arts is a "way of being" that pervades every facet of the practitioner's life. The true martial artist strives for personal humility, and takes great joy in the accomplishments of others. Martial arts are transmitted through the consistent, positive example the instructor provides in terms of commitment to excellence, dedication to furthering his/her own development, and expression of genuine interest in engendering the same enthusiasm in those who have honored him with the opportunity to teach them.
3rd Dan Aikido
2nd Dan Hapkido
1st Dan Kyuki-do
Sensei Richard Wise began his training as a student of Grandmaster Tommy Lunsford in 2000, studying Aikido at Itto Martial Arts and Self Defense. At the subtle urging of Grandmaster Lunsford, Mr. Wise began to train in other arts, including Hapkido, Judo, and Kickboxing. After several years serving as an assistant instructor, he took over as the head of the Aikido and Hapkido programs at AKF Athens Martial Arts in 2009, when Grandmaster Lunsford moved away.
Sensei Wise continues to teach Aikido at AKF Athens as head Aikido instructor, and advises the direction of the Hapkido program. He also trains in Judo and Kyuki-do.
Jibreel Johnson (2nd. Dan / Sensei) Sensei Jibreel R. Johnson began his martial arts studies starting at age nine. He has shown remarkable martial arts skills and is a student of multiple martial disciplines and styles. Sensei Johnson is ranked as Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt in Okinawa Kenpo Karate. He is also ranked as Nidan, 2nd Degree Black Belt in Kenwayoshin Ryu Karate. Additionally, he also holds a 1st Kyu Brown Belt in Kenwayoshin Ryu Iaido and a 1st Kyu Brown Belt in Wado Ryu Karate. Sensei Johnson is also a student of Kenwayoshin Ryu Jiu Jitsu and Kuro Ryuu Aiki Goshin Sen Jutsu.
Sensei Sean Schenker with some of his students
Sean Schenker – Bio
Sean has been training and teaching students
in the martial way for nearly 20 years. He holds 3 black belts in 3 separate
styles (Shin Nagare, Oyama Kyokushin Kai, Tae Kwon Do). He is now a
chartered member of nationally affiliated Martial Arts USA (MAUSA), and Midori
Yama Budokai (MYB), and he trained under the watchful eye of Hanshi Tommy
Lunsford while living in Athens, Georgia.
Sean began his martial journey at age 5 and
received his first dan while training Oyama Karate, a form directly linked to
Mas Oyama’s Kyokushin Kai. Sean trained, taught and competed under this
umbrella working alongside many accomplished teachers including Sensei Frank
Clark (of Fighting Black King’s fame).Sensei Sean began studying Tae Kwon Do during his years training
Japanese karate, and he has always been fascinated with the ability to kick
effectively and to keep distance by utilizing the strength and speed of a kick.
He is a former Junior Olympic & NY State Champion in Tae Kwon Do.Sensei Sean currently teaches students in
upstate NY where he lives, and is set to open his first dojo in November of
2011 in New Paltz, NY.
Sensei Sean is a working and
performing musician, and his background in this arena adds to his ability to
relate to students of all ages. He is
nurturing in his guidance of students, instilling trust through compassion and
patience - integral pieces to the ultimate development of technique of a
student - the emotional components that were passed to him through his many
teachers. Learning to become empowered by the martial arts is a life-long
process, and often the first impression one gets is the one that sticks with
them most. Sensei Sean's main objective is to make that first impression a
Frank (Tommy) Barrett
Sensei Frank (Tommy) Barrett began his martial arts training around 1961 with judo and Shitoryu karate. He went on to train extensively in kickboxing, Kenpo karate and other styles. Sensei Barrett was a friend of Hanshi Tommy Lunsford and was his sensei in 1961 - 1962. They continued to train together for several years after that. Sensei Barrett is a 2nd dan in Budoki Junari Karate and second dan in MYB Karate as well as a pending Shodan (1st dan) in American Kenpo Karate. He plans on resuming the teaching of martial arts under his own school charter.
Sensei Muller can be contacted at: Lion of Judah MAF email@example.com
Dr. Alex Keller
I had the good fortune to begin my martial arts training with professor Tommy Lunsford in Athens, Ga in February of 1996. I spent the next 5 years learning aikido, hapkido, judo, jujitsu and eagle claw Kung-fu.
After graduating from the University of Georgia in 2000 I picked up kickboxing and more jujitsu from Sensei Mike and Elizabeth Carlson in Augusta, Ga. I graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 2005 and quickly learned that as a surgical intern in Mobile, Alabama I had basically no time to train.
In 2006 I moved to Las Vegas, where I was stationed at Nellis AFB. For the following five years I had to scrounge training as I was able and most opportunities came while I was deployed and had several members of my unit who were interested in learning aikido and jujitsu.
Along the way I have had the pleasure to work with many exceedingly talented instructors and students too numerous to list them all but the following people deserve special thanks and will always have my deepest gratitude for helping me develop not only as a martial artist but as a man over the years. ( Tommy really had his hands full back when I was 18. Ha ha ha )
Tommy Lunsford, Leo Wilson, Larry Beard, Patricia Hill, William Rawls, Ken Baker, The entire Albritton clan Jack Greg and Jeff. Mike and Elizabeth Carlson, Carol Ivie, Laura Lang, Neil Hummerstone, Don Hunt, and the entire Itto Martial Arts, MAUSA, MYB, and PCMA families.
I am currently stationed in Dayton, Ohio as an Emergency Medicine resident. If you are ever in town drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Dan (2005) Midori Yama Budokai karate, Itto Dojo, Athens GA, Instructor Tommy Lunsford
1st Dan (1997) Shito Ryu karate, Cornell University, Ithaca NY, Instructor Edward Ferraro
I am an Associate Professor of German at the University of Georgia in Athens, where I have been since 1999. I have been involved in martial arts since 1988 and have studied—in rough order—Taekwondo, Shuri Ryu, Shito Ryu (1st Dan), Gojo Ryu, Shotokan, Hapkido, and Kyuki-do. My 2nd Dan, awarded through Midori Yama Budokai, is in a mixed style based primarily in Shotokan.
To the extent that I have a martial arts philosophy, the emphasis would be in two primary areas, which I would call the Formal and the Social. What has always most attracted me about the Asian martial arts is the “art” part: the challenge of disciplining the unwilling and resisting body into a difficult and essentially artificial formal system of movements such that they become natural. That is why I love kata above all. In my teaching I place great emphasis on developing and maintaining proper formal foundations in basic training.
In terms of the social, I have found that a good martial arts dojo occupies a unique space. It seems to me that most fitness and sporting pursuits are either highly individualistic, socially compartmentalizing—one tends to gather and interact with one’s “set,” generationally or socio-economically, or both—or else based on short-term and ephemeral interactions. In the dojo, however, people of all walks of life from very diverse backgrounds come together and interact with each other in an intense way, face-to-face, often for a period of many years. The dojo is one of the only places I know (outside of the military) where one can experience “comradeship,” which is different from friendship. This has become even more important to me now that I have a child. I consider the skills, lessons, attitudes, cultivation of character, and general way of being, both individually and socially, that my boy is developing in his martial arts dojo (AKF Athens Martial Arts under Master Ken Blumreich) to be hardly less important than what he learns in the family or in school.
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