CONGRATULATIONS TO MASTER MICHAEL FRAZIER: MASTER FRAZIER NAMED NI-DAI SOKE OF THE NAMIDO JUJITSU SYSTEM AND THE NAMIDO MARTIAL ARTS YUDANSHAKAI!
A WORD FROM OUR SOKE: MASTER MICHAEL FRAZIER
As we've said before, Namido is an organization that is made up of many styles and we are a round table of high ranking black belts that are annointed by God as teachers and mentors for their students. There is not one special martial artist in this group that calls all the shots, we work together as a family to lead this organization free from politics. We all have been a part of the martial arts and it's politics, with people who wanted to be a dictator of the organization, and none of us want any part of that. Politics are and have always been, the downfall of the martial arts community with closed minded instructors and leaders, who think if you are not part of their group or because you may not have trained with so and so, then you must not be legitimate. Legitimacy is measured by the effectiveness of your techniques, if they work, they are legitimate.
We want all of you to know that Namido will not judge you by who you have or haven't trained with. We will not cast you in a negative light before others, for associating yourself with other martial artist that we may not. You will be respected by your own merit in the technical aspects of your martial art. If you would like to train with any of our leadership, or you would like to schedule a training seminar with any of our leaders, please contact them through their email addresses.
I have personally trained with each of the leaders in our organization and I have first hand knowledge of these instructors and their talents. These instructors are some of the finest people you will ever meet and I have been around many masters of the martial arts but, none that would hold a candle to these guys.
I would like to say a few words about our President, Master Larry Ingle. Master Ingle is one of the nicest and most deadly men you could ever meet. When I say I have had first hand experience with this man, I mean first hand! I have trained with Master Ingle since I was thirteen years old and if I keep talking I am going to tell off on mine and Master Ingle's age so, I will stop right there! I use to help him get ready on a regular basis when he fought in the PKA back in the early 80's. He is one of the most knowledgeable men I know. I could go on and on about him but, that would take a long time. He is one of my dearest friends and I will always honor him as my own Sensei and I hope I can always live up to the standards he has set for me to follow.
As your new Soke, I want you to know that I will pursue excellence in this organization and lead it to the best of my abilities and I will always seek first God's desires for this organization. I have many ideas for the organization and my desire is to grow in membership. I have a desire to help other martial artist reach their desired goals in the martial arts and to unify all styles and stylist. My door is always open for ideas and to listen to the problems and needs of our members. Thank you for your confidence!
Soke Larry Ingle: Larry has been in the arts since 1973, with Shotokan karate being his first art, he earned his black belt in 1978 under Sensei Jim Oneal and Sensei Jimmy Barber. Larry has cross trained ever since he started in the arts. Larry has worked with many wrestlers, Judoka, Jujitsuka, and many Brazilian martial artist in grappling. Larry holds a 7th dan in Shotokan karate, 4th in Kodokan Judo, 9th dan in Budoshin White Tiger Hapkido. Larry holds a current 8th dan in Namido Jujitsu, and he is a certified Muay Thai kickboxing instructor. Larry is also the founder and Soke of Western Malay Kickboxing, one of the only systems of it's kind, that encompasses all areas of combat in modern day real combat situations. Larry was a professional kickboxer under the PKA and a professional boxer in the early 80's and now referees for major events such as professional boxings, wrestling, Muay Thai and MMA matches through out Mississippi as a represenative of the Mississippi State Athletic commission. Larry has coached many champions to victory in the National tough man competitions, as well as world champions in grappling, and he has brought students to professional status in boxing. Larry coached the US Team in 2003 in Cancun Mexico. Larry is the President of Namido Martial Arts Yudanshakai and Chief instructor of the Yudanshakai schools. Larry is also the Vice President of the Budoshin White Tiger Hapkido Federation. Larry has been nominated for most accomplished master under the USMA Hall of Fame, as well as the Legacy Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Larry has a wife Karen, a daughter Crystal and son Kerry. Larry is the Master instructor at the Bushido Martial Arts Academy in Forest, Ms. He has developed many champion children in tournament competition. To contact Hanshi Larry Ingle, email him at Larry@namido.org.
Nidai-Soke Michael Frazier: On December 26th, 2006 the Sho-dai Soke stepped down and retired his Sokeship of Namido Yudanshakai, Master Michael Frazier received the second generation Sokeship and was voted into the position of Nidai-Soke by the board of Namido Jujitsu Yudanshakai and it's Board of Directors, with the blessings of the Sho-dai Soke. Michael has been training since 1979 under Grandmaster Larry Ingle. With Shotokan being his mother art, he too has been crossed trained by GM Ingle throughout his career in various arts. Michael holds a 5th dan in Shotokan karate, 7th dan in jujitsu, while holding the head master leadership rank in Namido Jujitsu, Michael is a certified associate instructor of Muay Thai and a level 8 Master in Western Malay kickboxing under GM Ingle. Michael holds black belt ranks in Kodokan Judo, Jeet Kune Do, and Budoshin White Tiger Hapkido. Michael was nominated into the USMA Hall of Fame as well as the Legacy Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Michael has in the past served as the Dean of Students for the Namido Martial Arts Yudanshakai and the head of the Public Relations Dept. where he has served as the National and International spokesman for the organization. Michael is the Master instructor of the Morton Church of God Namido Martial Arts Academy with approx. 200 students enrolled. Michael has held seminars and clinics in various parts of the US and internationally through out Trinidad, West Indies. Michael is a ABC certified Judge and Referee for the Mississippi Athletic Commission for MMA competitions. Michael is an Associate Pastor and kids pastor at the Morton Church of God. Michael has a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies and a minor in Christian counseling. Michael has a wife Stacey, son Joshua, and daughter Carlie, who all study the martial arts. Stacey is a black belt, Josh is a brown belt and Carlie is a Black belt and currently competes in local competitions. Michael has been one of the top 4 leaders of the karate For Christ International and inducted into the Karate For Christ Hall of Fame. Michael is now one of the top 3 leaders of the Korejado Christian Martial Arts Association, where he serves as the Head of Governors over the listed schools Nationally and Internationally. To contact Soke Michael Frazier, click on his email address BurnnieMFrazier@aol.com
Soke Craig Hamm: Craig serves as the Tennessee representative and the Vice President for Namido Yudanshakai as well the National and International representative. Craig is the Soke and founder of Budoshin White Tiger Hapkido. Soke Hamm is also the President of the Korejado Christian Martial Arts Organization, the second largest Christian Martial Arts Organization in the world. Soke Craig also has been named the Ni-dai Soke of Korejado Karate-do. He is the Master instructor of Hamm's Martial Arts Academy in Selmer, Tn. Craig was a coach of the US Team in Cancun, Mexico in 2003 as well as a competitor. Craig won three World Championship Gold metals in the Master's division in Open hand forms, weapons and self defense. Craig holds not only the founder rank of Budoshin White Tiger Hapkido, he holds 7th dan in other styles of Hapkido, 7th dan in Namido Jujitsu, 6th dan in Shotokan Pre-1900 karatejitsu, 2nd in kodokan judo, level seven in Western Malay kickboxing, 5th dan in Kenpojitsu, 4th dan in Pa Sa Ryu Tae Kwon Do. Craig has won many Championships in sparring and forms, so many it would take a page by itself to list. Craig has held many seminars and clinics throughout the USA. Craig is a member of the USMA Hall of Fame as founder of the year. He also holds Hall of Fame honors in the Legacy Martial Arts Hall of Fame. One very prestigious Hall Of Fame award was given to Soke Hamm earlier this year in Pennsylvania after he was asked to come teach before many high ranking martial artist. This position was awarded by the World Martial Arts Union. Craig holds a Bachelors degree in Korean Studies. Craig has a wife, Ramel, son Lucas and daughter Karrah. To contact Craig click on his email address Shihanhamm@yahoo.com
Sensei Stacey Frazier: Stacey has trained for approx. 10 years under Shihan Michael Frazier and holds a 3nd dan in Namido Jujitsu and Budoshin White Tiger Hapkido. Stacey also holds a 2nd dan in Shotokan Karate-do. Stacey has competed in many tournaments throughout Mississippi and Tennessee where she has placed 1st and 2nd in open hand forms as well as sparring and grappling. Stacey is the Assistant Children's Pastor at Morton Church of God and she teaches the Children's Sunday School. She also is a leader in the girls club. Stacey is the Namido Yudanshakai Secretary and signs all certificates as well as Notarizes them. Stacey is also an assistant instructor at Morton Church of God Martial Arts Academy. Stacey is married to Shihan Michael Frazier and has two children, Joshua and Carlie. To contact Stacey, email her at Stacey@namido.org.
Sensei Brian Means: Brian has trained under Shihan Frazier for over 9 years. He holds a 4th dan in Namido Jujitsu, Namido MMA, and Budoshin White Tiger Hapkido, a 2nd dan in Judo, and is a Level 5 Instructor under the Western Malay Kickboxing System. Brian is working on his black belt rank in Shotokan. Brian competes in Mixed Martial Arts in the Mississippi Circut. Brian is a former Lt. Hvy Wt. Champion of Mississippi and is undefeated in MMA competition. Brian is also a national and international seminar instructor. Brian also works to train the Raleigh P.D. and Smith County Sherrif Dept. in hand to hand combat, and he is a Raleigh P.D. chaplain. Brian is the Children's Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Pearl, Ms. where he has his Martial Arts school, Sword of the Lord Martial Arts Academy. Brian is also one of the assistant instructors at Morton Church of God Martial Arts Academy. Brian is the Dean of Students for the Team Namido Mixed Martial Arts division. He also holds State Represenative for the Korejado Christian Martial Arts Organization. Brian was recently named Soke-dai of the Namido Jujitsu System, He will take over the system after the current Ni-dai Soke Shihan Michael Frazier either dies or retires. Brian will be the third generation Sandai Soke at that time. Brian is an Ordained Minister and is married to his wife Melanie. To contact Brian: email@example.com
Shihan Jody Pittman: Jody has been training for over 30 years in the martial arts. Jody holds a 6th dan in Shito Ryu Karate Jutsu and holds a 1st dan in Namido Jujitsu under Shihan Frazier. Jody has been appointed as the Head of Governors for the Namido Martial Arts Yudanshakai. Jody will be working with our member schools as well as signing up new member schools. He is the head of the Public Relations Dept. and will be available to answer any questions for any student or instructor who is interested in signing up for membership. Jody will coordinate with other instructors to assist them in hosting a Namido seminar. To contact Jody, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.