Nidai-Soke Michael Frazier: On December 26th, 2006 the Sho-dai Soke of Namido Jujitsu stepped down and retired his Sokeship of the Namido Jujitsu System and the Namido Martial Arts Yudanshakai. Shihan Michael Frazier was promoted to the position of second generation Soke by the Sho-dai Soke, and was voted into the position of Nidai-Soke by the board of Namido Jujitsu Yudanshakai and its Board of Directors. Michael has been training since 1979 under Shihan Larry Ingle. With Shotokan being his mother art, he too has been crossed trained by Shihan Ingle throughout his career and has trained with many other masters in various arts. Michael holds a 5th dan in Shotokan karate under Shihan Ingle, 6th in Kodokan Judo, and tested 2nd dan thru 6th dan personally under Osensei Phillip Porter, 7th dan jujitsu under Shihan Ingle, Shihan Frazier holds the Head of Family Leadership rank in Namido Jujitsu, 8th in Budoshin White Tiger Hapkido under Shihan Craig Hamm and head instructor rank, in the White Tiger Hapkido system. Michael is a certified associate instructor of Muay Thai and a level 8 Master in Western Malay kickboxing under Shihan Ingle. Michael was a coach of the US Team in 2003 in Cancun, Mexico where he had two students win gold and silver medals in five world divisions. Michael was nominated into the USMA Hall of Fame as well as the Legacy Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the Karate for Christ 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. Also Michael was the Public relations rep for Karate for Christ International. Michael is the Master instructor of the Morton Church of God Namido Martial Arts Academy with approximately 200 students enrolled. Michael has held seminars and clinics in different parts of the US and internationally throughout Trinidad, West Indies. Michael is an ex-police officer and served as a patrol officer, narcotics officer and Deputy Sheriff. Michael has trained many law enforcement agencies and S.W.A.T. teams in hand-to-hand combatives and he has students who currently train agencies as well. Michael currently serves as an ABC certified, Judge and Referee for many Professional and Amatuer boxing, kickboxing and MMA matches throughout the state. 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 a daughter (Carlie) who all study the martial arts. Stacey is a 3rd degree black belt, Josh is a brown belt and Carlie is a First degree Black belt and currently competes in local competitions. Previously, Michael was one of the top 4 leaders of the Karate for Christ International. 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 Shihan Michael Frazier: BurnnieMFrazier@aol.com
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 O'Neal and Sensei Jimmy Barber. Larry has cross-trained ever since he started in the arts. Larry has worked with many wrestlers, Judoka, Jijitsuka and many Brazilian martial artists in grappling. Larry holds a 7th dan in Shotokan karate, 5th in Kodokan Judo, 9th in Budoshin White Tiger Hapkido. Larry also holds a current 8th dan in Namido Jujitsu and is a certified Muay Thai kickboxing instructor. Larry is also the founder and Soke of Western Malay Kickboxing, one of the only systems of its kind, encompassing 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 boxing, wrestling, Muay Thai and MMA matches throughout Mississippi as a representative 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. He has also brought many students to the 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 a son (Kerry). Larry is the Master instructor at the Bushido Martial Arts Academy in Forest, MS. He has developed may champion children in tournament competition. To contact Hanshi Larry Ingle: Larry@namido.org
Soke Craig Hamm: Craig serves as the Tennessee representative and the Vice President for the 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 Hamm also has been named the Ni-dai Soke of Korejado Karate-do. He is the Master instructor of Hamm's Martial Arts Academy. Craig was a coach for the US team in Cancun, Mexico in 2003 as well as a competitor. Craig won three World Championship Gold medals 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 also 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, and 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 artists. This position was awarded by the World Martial Arts Union. Craig holds a Bachelors degree in Korean Studies. Craig has a son (Lucas) and daughter (Karrah). To contact Craig: Shihanhamm@yahoo.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, a 1st dan in Shotokan Karate and holds a 1st dan in Namido Jujitsu under Shihan Frazier. Jody is a veteran of the USMC and has been a law enforcement officer for over 19 years. A few of Jody's achievements include the following: 2000 Instructor of the Year USMAA, 2000 Masters Award of Excellence International Matsumura Seito Society, 2000 Grasshopper Award of Outstanding Martial Artist of the Year International Matsummura Seito Society and 2001 Bronze Life Achievement USMAA. 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@example.com.
It is safe to say that there is no other person alive in the world today who has had so varied and comprehensive a career of achievement in Judo and the martial arts as Philip S. Porter. In every field of endeavor involved in Judo - from coaching, teaching and national and international leadership positions to writing, refereeing and building the theoretical framework of Judo, he has excelled. His competitive career spanned 50 years, culminating with four US National Masters Gold medals in wining which he never lost a match.
He may be the only person who has refereed the finals in the world championships and fought in the world masters championships as well. During his many years in martial arts training, Porter has lived, taught and competed in Europe for four years and lived, studied and competed in Japan for two years. From Thailand to Germany, from England to Brazil, he has studied, refereed, taught and competed for 65 years.
O-Sensei (Teacher of teachers) Philip S. Porter began his martial arts career as a boxer 65 years ago - in 1943 at the age of 18. He was later a member of the West Point Boxing Team and in 1950, Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the Western Area of the Air Training Command, USAF. Porter graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1948, and served in the US Army and Air Force for 25 years, retiring as a major in 1967.
O-Sensei started Judo, JuJitsu and Karate training in 1951 while serving on a Strategic Air Command (SAC) combat crew at Travis Air Force Base, California. His first teacher was Sensei Walter Todd, 2nd degree in Judo and the first American to be awarded a black belt in Shotokan Karate. Todd was later promoted to 9th degree black belt in Shudokan Karate and is now deceased. Because Porter was 27 years old at the time, he soon started teaching and coaching Judo as well as competing. Now, he is called O-Sensei because his responsible for teaching and watching over the ran k promotions of thousands of his black belt students and club leaders throughout the country in over 1,500 clubs of the United States Martial Arts Association.
O-Sensei's Judo Competition History: O-Sensei Porter started competing in Judo in 1951, and is still active in Master's competition, a competitive career spanning over 50 years. He was US Air Force USAFE champion in 1957, won a Bronze Medal in the US Senior Nationals in 1963, won the US National Masters Championship four times (1975,1977,1980 and 1981) and won two gold and a silver medal in the 1988 World Masterathlete Games in Ottawa, Canada in 1998.
Coaching History: Phil Porter's coaching achievements are legendary. He has produced over 1,000 national and international medallists in Judo over the past 50 years, 500 of them during the eight years he coached the National Judo Team at the NJI (1984-1992). No other coach in America has even approached this record. His team won six medals with six athletes in the 1991 Pan American Games, including Kate Donahoo's gold medal. Kate Donahoo also won 5th place in the World Judo Games of 1989, 5th place in the 1992 Olympics and won the bronze medal in the 1988 World Good Will Games.
Porter's Creative Work in Judo: Coach Porter considers that his most important contribution to Judo and martial arts is the large number of books, magazine articles, videos and DVDs he has created. Many of these works outline and explain his original theoretical contributions to Judo. His videos alone have sold over 130,000 copies, the most important and popular Judo videos in English ever made in the world. Among his video masterworks are the world standard for Judo, "The 65 Throws of Kodokan Judo" (now available for the first time on DVD); as well as, "The Secrets of Winning in Judo", "The Counters of Judo" and "Judo Grappling Techniques", all of which will soon be available on DVD.
In addition, an incredible ten DVD series titled "My Life in Budo" is now in preparation by a professional cinematographer and O-Sensei himself is also shooting, writing and directing the creation of a special DVD series on the bent arm lock, ude garami.
His well known books include "Judo From the Beginning", " Championship Judo Drill Training"(with Ben Campbell), "The Basic Jujitsu Manual" and the junior and senior rank system manuals for American Judo, which have been printed in hundreds of thousands of copies over the past 40 years. He also created and was the editor of the magazine "American Judo" for 35 years.
O-Sensei believes that at age 83 his theoretical teaching and coaching work in Judo is just beginning. He says, "My creative ability in Judo seems to increase over the years. I am developing more new concepts, teaching methods and technical applications of Judo now than ever before. The next 30 years promise to be a very rich experience!"
Founding The National College Judo Movement: In 1962, Porter hosted the first National Collegiate Judo Championships at the US Air Force Academy, wrote the constitution and bylaws of the first National Collegiate Judo Association (NCJA), and was elected as its Secretary. Later he was elected for a term as Presiden tof the NCJA.
National and International Leadership: O-Sensei Porter is called "The Father of American Judo" because he helped found the USJA in 1954 and personally built it into the largest Judo group in America, as well as the largest non-profit martial arts organization in the country, over a period of 41 years. Below are listed a few of O-Sensei Porter's leadership achievements in American and World martial arts:
Porter served 3 years National Chairman of the AAU Judo Committee (1961-1964), Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Judo Committee (1964-1968), Secretary General of the Pan American Judo Union (1964-1967), Technical Director of the Pan American Judo Union (1967-1969), President, U.S. Judo Association (1980-1995), Editor of "American Judo" (1960-1995), President and Head Coach of National Judo Institute and National Judo Team (1980-1995) and Founder of the United States Martial Arts Association since 1995.
Porter founded and became President of the U.S. Martial Arts Association in late 1995. The USMA is the only non-profit American organization devoted to unifying the Martial Arts in our country, and recognizing all martial arts.
O-Sensei's Teachers: Porter says, "I was blessed with the greatest teachers a man could ever have." While in the Air Force, his first teacher was Walter Todd (later 9th dan). In 1953, Sumiyuki Kotani (later 10th dan) and Tadao Otaki (later 9th dan) both accepted him as their student. Then O-Sensei trained in England at the famous Budokwai in London for a period of four years (1954-1958). At that time his teacher was Trevor P. Leggett, until his death the only 9th Degree in Judo in Europe, and one of only a few 9th Degrees outside of Japan. O-Sensei insists that his teachers are still with him, and that not his O-Sensei is the Lord Christ.
Refereeing History: Porter was active as a national and international referee in Judo for many years. He rewrote the IJF contest rules in 1967. He refereed the finals in the 1965 World Judo Championships in Brazil between Geesink and Matsunaga. He served on the six-member Consultative Committee of Referees for the first Judo Olympics in Tokyo in 1964 and was the referee for the team finals in the World CISM Games of 1971 in Vienna, Austria.
O-Sensei's Martial Arts Rank History: O-Sensei holds the 10th dan or higher rank in more than 15 martial arts. Many of these ranks are honorary and are not listed below. The six arts in which O-Sensei holds 10th dan and which he considers earned ranks are included in the rank history below, arranged alphabetically:
Beikoku Mizu Ryu JuJitsu: Judan (10th degree) by the Beikoku Mizu Ryu Jujitsu
Budo Taijutsu: Judan (10th degree), 1988 by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, 34th Soke of
The Togakure Ryu.
Judo: Judan (10th degree). Shodan, 1954; Nidan, 1956, Budokwai, England;
Sandan, 1956, Yondan, 1963-Personally presented by Sumiyuki Kotani,
9th dan, of the Kodokan, after O-Sensei placed third in the U.S. Judo
Nationals at age 38. (Kotani Sensei was later for many years the only
Living 10th degree in Judo in the world). Rokudan, 1973; Shichidan,
1981; Hachidan, 1989; Kudan, 1994, Judan, January 1, 2005.
Note: There are now about 25 living Kudan (9th degrees) in Judo in
Japan, and a few more outside Japan. There are now (2008) five Judo
10th degrees in the world. They are: Abe, Osawa and Daigo of Japan;
Anton Geesink (of the Netherlands) and O-Sensei Porter. There have been
18 Judoists of 10th in the history of Judo ( 15 from Japan). One of the last
four Japanese Judan was Sumiyuki Kotani Sensei, who died on October
19, 1991 at age 89. He was O-Sensei Porter's most revered teacher.
JuJitsu: Judan. All degrees, 1st through 9th (1951-1994) by USJA. Judan
(10th degree) 1997 by USMA and Beikoku Miza Ryu JuJitsu.
Jun Kin Shin. Soke-10th degree. Jun Kin Shin is the JiJitsu Ryu founded
By O-Sensei from his many years experience in teaching self defense to
law enforcement and military personnel. He has awarded only a few
ranks in this system because he does not consider the system complete.
Karate: 8th degree (Honorary) 1996 by the American Shotokan Karate
Moo Hap Sul Hapkido: 9th degree (Honorary) 1997 by House of
Discipline Martial Arts Group.
Taiho Jitsu: Judan (10th degree) 1997 by Mid-Atlantic Self Defense
Wushu: 9th degree (Honorary) 1994.
Hall of Fame Honors: World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, O-Sensei has also been
Honored (April 1997) as a member of the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the
Recipient of the coveted "Heritage Award of Excellence" award. International
Karate & Kickboxing Hall of Fame. O-Sensei was inducted into the International
Karate Hall of Fame at a special ceremony conducted in Cleveland, Ohio in April,
World Headfounders Council. O-Sensei was admitted as the 18th member
of the World Headfounders Council in July, 1997. He is the 18th member inducted out of 3,219 applicants. In May, 1998, O-Sensei was inducted into the Martial Arts Masters, Pioneers and Legends Hall of Fame Council International in the highest category, "Legend."
In 2000, O-Sensei created the USMA International Hall of Fame and the USMA National Junior and Senior Training Camps. O-Sensei Porter has been granted several honorary Doctor's degrees and has written books on Judo and JuJitsu. O-Sensei travels extensively, conducting over 100 seminars a year.
Dr. Daryl Covington, President of Karate for Christ International, has been a pastor since 1995, and is now serving in Asia. He is a 7th degree black belt in Shinsei Hapkido, trained by Joseph Lumpkin, a 4th degree black belt in Pa Sa Ryu Tae Kwon Do, trained by Kang Rhee, and a Level 1 Certified Dim Mak pressure point strikes instructor, trained by Erle Montiague. Dr. Covington was a coach for the USA Martial Arts Team in 2003. His academic studies include a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Auburn University, a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries from Trinity, a Doctor of Ministry, and a PhD in Asian Studies. Dr. Covington, his wife (Brenda) and their two daughters (Mikayla and Miriah) currently live in a communist country in Asia.
Soke Gary Smith: I started TawKwonDo training in 1978. I trained for about 3 years and was rewarded with promotion to 1st dan. In 1984 I joined the United States Army. I was blessed when the Father brought Shihan Tony Chester into my life. While studying under Shihan Chester, I had the opportunity to meet and train with a number of truly outstanding martial artists. Included in this group were Professor Steve Patton and Shihan Craig Hamm. Shihan Chester, Professor Patton and Shihan Hamm were the keys to opening my eyes to the true Christian Martial way. They also brought me back to my Christian roots. I was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame in 2002 and during the associated training camp, I had the opportunity to meet Soke Hank Williams and enjoy training in Hard Hand Hapkido and Chung Do Kwan Taekwondo. Under Shihan Williams, I hold 7th dan in Hapkido and Chon-Tu Taekwondo and 5th dan in Chung Do Kwan Taekwondo.
Simply stated, my primary mission in life is two-fold - my relationship with Jesus Christ and bring others to a relationship with him.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am currently working with Springhill United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Al to open a Martial Arts Outreach. I have never taught as a commercial venture. I have been blessed to be able to offer free instruction in churches. (More to follow on this, please pray that God's will is done.
Sifu Robert Kitchin: Sifu Kitchen is pastor at Golden Harvest Temple, a Nondenominational church and ministry in Lowell, NC.
Sifu Kitchin has a BA of Divinity.
He is President and Founder of Spoken Word Deliverance Ministry, since 1997.
Pastor Kitchin owns and operates the Academy of Self Defense with Christian values where the whole family can train together.
Grand Master Lee Chuan Gung Fu:
Founder and President: Lee Chuan Gung Fu Association, 1997
Founder and President: Golden Dragon Kung Fu Federation, 1976
Lee Chuan Gung Fu - 10th degree Black Belt
Sil Lum Pai Kung Fun - 5th degree Black Belt
Pai Lung Chuan Kung Fu - 1st degree Black Belt
Nin jitsu - 5th degree Black Belt
Kun Do Ryu Karate - 5th degree Black Belt
Jeet Kune Do 5th level instructor
Hong Chun Wing Chun - 1st degree Black Belt
Karate for Christ International
USA Wushu Kung Fu Federation
Martial Arts Association International
International Combat Martial Arts Founders Union ICMAUA Lifetime
10th degree Black Belt Lee Chuan Gung Fu, Head Master, Founder, Head
Instructor, Head Examiner
International Combat Kung Fu Union ICMAUA Lifetime Member
5th degree Black Belt Sil Lum Pai Kung Fu, Instructor, Examiner
1st degree Black Belt Pai Lung Chuan Kung Fu, Instructor, Examiner
International Combat Karate Union ICMAUA Lifetime Member
4th Degree Black Belt Zen Do Ryu Karate, Instructor, Examiner
International Combat Jeet Kune Do Union ICMAUA Lifetime Member
4th degree Black Belt Jeet Kune Do, Instructor, Examiner
Bill "Superfoot"Wallace: Mr. Wallace retired as the undefeated Professional Karate Association (PKA) Middleweight Champion after defeating Bill Biggs in a 12-round bout in June 1980. The victory, Wallace's 23rs straight, signaled the end to an illustrious 15-year career in tournament and full contact fighting.
Known to the karate world simply as "Superfoot", symbolic of his awesome left leg, which was once clocked in excess of 60 mph, Wallace left a string of battered and bruised bodies along the martial arts fighting trail.
He used his foot as others would use their hands, faking opponents with two or three rapid fake kicks and following with one solid knockout technique. His power was amazing, his precision outstanding.
Wallace, a 5' 101/2" native of Portland, Ind., began studying karate in February 1967 after suffering a right leg injury in a judo accident. The injury left him without the use of the leg in karate competition. Some observers said Wallace was committing martial arts suicide. Wallace, however, had other ideas.
In the next seven years, "Superfoot" (named after his manager saw an advertisement for a "super foot long hot dog" at a sporting event) dominated the point-tournament circuit.
As a national champion point fighter three years in a row, Wallace captured virtually every major event on the tournament circuit. The more prestigious victories included: the US Championships (3 times), the USKA Grand Nationals (3 times) and the Top Ten Nationals (2 times).
He was such a dominant figure in martial arts that Black Belt magazine, the bible of industry publications, named him to its Hall of Fame three times in seven years - twice as "Competitor of the Year" and once as "Man of the Year".
In 1973, Wallace, whose education includes a bachelor's degree (1971) in physical education from Ball State University and a master's degree (1976) in kinesiology (the study of human movement) from Memphis State University, suffered what many considered a career-ending injury. However, one of Wallace's friends, the late Elvis Presley, flew in a Los Angeles acupuncturist to treat the Karate champion at the Graceland Manor.
A year later, Wallace turned professional and captured the PKA middleweight karate championship with a second-round knockout (hook kick) of West German Bernd Grothe in Los Angeles. He relinquished the crown in 1980, undefeated and respected around the world.
Despite his retirement, Wallace continues to be one of the martial arts most popular figures. He is the author of three books: Karate: Basic Concepts & Skills, Dynamic Kicking & Stretching and The Ultimate Kick.
As well as a former member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness, Wallace also has been active in the film industry. His credits include: A Force of One, with Chuck Norris; Kill Point, with Cameron Mitchell; Continental Divide and Neighbors, with John Belushi, whom he acted as trainer and bodyguard; Protector, with Jackie Chan; A Prayer for the Dying, with Mickey Rourke; Ninja Turf and A Sword of Heaven.
We, at Namido Marital Arts Yudanshakai, are honored to have Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, not only as a member of our Masters Board and member of the Yudanshakai, but also as our honored teacher in the Superfoot system. Bill has become a great friend to the Yudanshakai leaders. He is a very down to earth individual and a part of the Namido family.
Shihan Oliver Miller Sensei: "Throughout my profession I strive to institute martial arts, kickboxing and boxing in the Golden Triangle Area. Each day is the opportunity to enhance the physical and mental ability of each child. I share knowledge and experience so that each individual has the advantage to compete on a higher level regardless of their economic background."
Shihan Miller was a professional kickboxer for the PKA throughout the late 70's and early 80's where he was ranked number two in the world and had a very prestigious career. He currently has numerous students who are professional boxers and kickboxers.
Listed are a few of Shihan Miller's accomplishments:
Present owner of Miller's Martial Arts LLC - Promoting amateur and
Professional boxers and kickboxing in addition to martial arts
Co-Owner O1 Productions LLC and founder
Awarded Life Achievement Award by Mid South Martial Arts 2006
Awarded 8th dan under Namido Martial Arts Yudanshakai and the
Korejado Christian Martial Arts Assocation, June 2008
Awarded 5th degree Black Belt in 1999 under D.J. Sias
Introduced Maximum Body Power Work Out Fitness Program Copyright - 1999
Crowned World Kickboxing by the World Kickboxing Association -1993
Awarded 4th degree Black Belt - 1992
Crowned North American Kickboxing Champion by the International Council of Kickboxing - 1988
Winner of the Professional Karate Association, PKA -1982
Awarded 3rd degree Black Belt - 1981
Founded United American Karate Association - 1980
Awarded 2nd degree Black Belt -1979
Winner of the Gulf State Golden Gloves Boxing - 1979
Opened Miller's Tae-Kwon-Do in 1977
Awarded 1st degree Black Belt, March 4, 1977 at Mississippi State University
Start date in martial arts - 1973
Shihan Oliver Miller is responsible for a large part of the boxing and kickboxing aspects of the Namido Jujitsu system and the Western Malay Kickboxing system. He imparted this knowledge to Shihan Larry Ingle starting in 1978 when he began training Shihan Ingle for the PKA. This relationship and continued training has been fostered and passed down to all the students of the Namido Yudanshakai and the Western Malay Kickboxing system for over 30 years now and is still continuing today.
Both Namido and Korejado brought Shihan Miller in to teach a clinic at the Namido Summer Slam in June of 2008, where he was bestowed the rank of 8th dan by all of his peers and a large group of Masters and Grandmasters. We are honored to have him on the Masters Board.
Sensei Leslie L.E. Pearson: Sensei Les has been in the martial arts for 21 years.
He holds ranks in the following:
Budoshin White Tiger Hapkido - 5th dan (Soo Suk Sa Bum Nim)
Namido Jujitsu - 5th dan (Shihan)
Shotokan Karate - 4th dan (Shihan-Dai)
Budoshin Kenpo Jitsu -3rd dan (Sensei)
Aikido - 1st dan
Brazilian Jujitsu - Blue Belt with 2 stripes
Sensei Lee's First Instructor:
Master Ron McNair - 5th dan Shotokan Karate
"American Hero" Astronaut killed in the space shuttle Challenger
Sensei Lee's Accomplishments:
2000 Alabama State Karate Champion - Kata
2000 Alabama State Karate Champion - Weapons
2000 West Kentucky State Champion - Kata
Grand Master Dr. H. G. Robby Robinson, PhD: Grand Master Robinson joins Namido
Grand Master Robinson's Current Martial Art Ranks:
8th Dan - Hachidan, United States Judo Association
9th Dan - Kudan, Traditional Kodokan Judo, USJJF
9th Dan - Kudan Umi Bushi Goshin Jutsu
9th Dan - Kudan, Ju-Jitsu
9th Dan - Kudan, Taiho Jitsu
8th Dan - Hachidan, Goshin Jitsu
9th Dan - Dong Koo Yudo Kwan, Republic of South Korea No. 0879
9th Dan - Ryu Kyu (Okinawa) Kenpo
9th Dan - American Federation of Martial Arts
10th Dan Soke - International Kempo Federation (IKF) Iran
10th Dan Hanshi - World Ju-Jitsu & AIKI Buijitsu Federation
10th Dan Hanshi - Samurai Ju Jitsu Association International, Teacher's
Diploma, All-Japan Seibukan Martial Arts & Way Association
10th Dan - Life Member, European Samurai Ju-Jitsu - AIKI Society
10th Dan Hanshi - Nippon Yawara Ryu AIKI - Ju-Jitsu Renmei
For full bio with pictures along the timeline, please visit: http://www.asjja.com/h.g.-robby-robinson.htm
Grand Master Robinson may be reached at email@example.com
Alan Belcher: Alan started traditional martial arts training at eight years old. His first instructor was into cross training with Judo and Jiu Jitsu. They also boxed as his trainer had competed in American boxing in the service. Alan couldn't afford to travel long distances to compete in the minor competitions, but heard of a local martial arts instructor named Max Bishop, who has ahead of the times, promoting a monthly fight night at a sports bar. It took Alan over 5 years to convince his parents to let him train with Max. At the tender age of 14, under the training of Max, Alan had his first martial arts fight against a grown man in his late 20's. He won this match by submission.
He continued to train and fight for the next few years, along with playing high school baseball and basketball. Martial arts taught him a serious work ethic and he outworked everybody, all the way to college. After receiving a small baseball scholarship to a junior college in Tennessee, he put fighting on the backburner. That lasted for two semesters until the itch hit again. The UFC was making a turnaround and it seemed there might be a future in fighting after all, so he quit college and began his real journey.
Alan headed back to Arkansas to train and teach for Max Bishop and Joey Perry, a partner in two martial arts gyms. After a year he packed up and went on a quest to find a gym to further his career the most. After several stops in several places, he ended up in Biloxi, training with Rich Clememti and Team Voodoo in Slidell, Louisiana. Hurricane Katrina forced evacuation to Mississippi in 2005.
Alan currently trains at his own gym in Biloxi, Ms. He was in Vicksburg, MS for a celebrity appearance when he was first approached about Namido. After looking the site over, he informed us that it would be his honor to join us. It is indeed an honor to have him aboard.
Shihan Bob McWhirt: Shihan Bob is a 6th Dan in Koreja Do Combat Karate. He also holds a 3rd Dan belt in Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do from Dr. Neal Schiesske, Sho-dai Soke of Koreja Do Christitan Martial Arts Association. He also is 1st Dan black belt in World Oyama Karate. Originally from South Jersey, Shihan Bob trained under Sensei Tom DiGiacomo, 5th Dan World Oyama Karate. Shihan Bob opened the Lusby Maryland branch of Koreja Do Christian Karate in 2001. In 2004, Shihan Bob was inducted into the Legends Champion Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Maryland and was named Male Instructor of the Year. Later that year, he was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame and received their award for Outstanding Leadership in the Martial Arts. Shihan Bob is the Vice President for Koreja Do Christian Martial Arts Association under President and N-Dai Soke Craig Hamm. Professionally, Bob McWhirt, RN is the Vice President for Patient Care/Chief Nursing Officer at Calvery Memorial Hospital in Prince Fredrick, Maryland. Above all else, Shihan Bob loves God and teaches first and foremost "we are training to protect the one and only temple that God has provided for us".
Dr. Tommy Skelton has been instructing self-defense and marital arts for 21 years. He is a certified self-defense instructor, a lifetime member of Adonai Martial Arts Ministries, a certified Christian Martial Arts Instructor and ordained minister. He holds a Ph. D in Comparative Religion and a postgraduate diploma in Ministry. He is the founder of the Youth Empowerment Ministries in Houston, Mississippi where he lives with his wife (Nancy), four Chihuahuas and his horses. The empowerment program teaches life skills to youth and adults through martial arts. Dr. Skelton is a certified Self Defense instructor and conducts seminars and courses for all ages and genders. He is retired from the United States Marine Corps and currently holds the martial arts rank of Rokudan – 6th Degree. He has also recently been awarded the Sokeship of the Sho Kon Ryu martial arts system, and been promoted to 10th Dan - Soke. Congratulations Dr. Skelton!
Memberships and Certifications:
United States Martial Arts Association – Registry #3980
International Black Belt Association – Registry #OK3018Adonai Sports Ministries – Registry #Tx – 02-03-1004
Master Sanders was nominated to Namido Hall of Fame in 2010, he was also asked to sit on the Masters board, his experience and knowledge are a tremendous asset to our organization.
Master Sanders is the Chief Instructor of Sanders' Martial Arts Inc., which is located in the towns of Grenada and Winona, MS. Satellite Schools of Sanders' Martial Arts include Louisville, and Kosciusko as well as Starkville.
Master Sanders is assisted by his wife Robin (a black belt) who also serves as secretary and manager. Their five children, Adam, Kyle, Steven, April, and Hope are also enthusiastic of the martial arts. Master Sanders trained under Grandmaster Eui Parks in Starkville, Ms. until Grandmaster Parks left. Sanders aquired his 4th degree black belt under him. Master Sanders received his 5th degree black belt from DJ Sais and continued his training under Grandmaster Bill Wallace until he received his 6th dan. Master Sanders was a 6 time grand champion in tournament divisions, while also competing in full contact matches as well. Master Sanders has accomplished much in the arts as well as earning a black belt in Hapkido. Master Sanders has turned out many accomplished black belts as well.
View Master Sanders webpage : http://www.southernmartialarts.com/sanders.html
Christopher G. Francis
Soke Francis runs the Black Hawk Martial Arts Academy International in Trinidad and is
the founder of Kana-Jui-Jitsu-Ryu. He also runs martial arts programs for the schools
system in Trinidad and is endorsed by the Ministry of Education (Republic of Trinidad
and Tobago). He is the coordinator for activities for Namido Christian Martial Arts Yudanshakai and the Korejado Christian martial arts, in the Islands along with other organizations. Soke
Francis may be reached at:
1 Watts Street, Curepe, Trinidad, West Indies.
To view Soke Francis' list of accomplishments, please visit: http://www.ateruworldwideassociation.com/christopher.html
GM Troy Trudeau began his martial arts training at the age of 10 years old. His initial training came in the form of instruction from his two eldest brothers, Doug and David Trudeau. Grandmaster's brothers began training GM Troy in the art of Wa Do Ryo Karate, a Japanese system developed by the late Shihan Hironi Ohtsuka of the Japan International Karate Association.
At the age of 11, GM Troy was formally entered into a regular martial arts class. and at the age of 13, GM Troy received his 1st Degree Black Belt in Wa Do Ryu Karate. He continued training in Wa Do Ryu for 5 years and received his 2nd Degree Black Belt. At this time GM Troy was competing in open and closed tournament circuits, and had won several Grand Championships in Forms,Fighting and Weapons. Once during a tournament, GM Troy was approached by another young Martial Artist by the name of Robert Blackstone. Robert was so impressed with GM Troy abilities that he asked him to come watch a Tae Kwon Do class at the school GM Kang Rhee in Memphis,TN. While observing GM Rhee's class, Grandmaster Trudeau was approached by GM Rhee, and was invited to dinner after class, thus sparking a new found relationship.
For GrandMaster Trudeau's full biography, please visit http://taesoolwon.club.officelive.com/trudeaubio.aspx.
• Started Training in Wad Ryu karate in 1971
• Promoted to 1st Dan Black belt in Wado Ryu karate in 1974
• Started training with GM Kang Rhee in 1978
• Promoted to 2nd Dan Black Belt ,PaSaRyu Tae Kwon Do 1979 by GM Kang Rhee
• Promoted to 3rd Dan Black Belt , PaSaRyu Tae Kwon Do 1982 by GM Kang Rhee
• Promoted to 4th Dan Black Belt, PaSaRyu Tae Kwon Do 1985 by GM Kang Rhee
• Received Moo Committee Honor In PaSaRyu Tae Kwon Do association in 1985 by GM Kang Rhee, (The highest Honor In PTA)
• Promoted to 5th Dan Black Belt, PaSaRyu Tae Kwon Do 1989, and awarded the title of Master, by GM Kang Rhee
• Began training in Kuk Sool Won in 1989, Montgomery Alabama
• Joined World Ki Do Federation in 1993 and Promoted to 6th Dan Black Belt by GM In Sun Seo
• Received Letter of Appointment as a Master of Martial Arts by GM In Sun Seo
• Received Letter of Approval as a Martial Arts Training School by GM In Sun Seo
• Promoted to 6th Dan Black Belt in PaSaRyu Tae Kwon Do 1994 by GM Kang Rhee
• Created Tae Sool Won in 1996
• Received 7th Dan Black Belt PaSaRyu Tae Kwon Do 2006 by GM Kang Rhee
• Received 7th Dan BlackBelt Hap Ki Do 2006 by GM Kang Rhee
• Promoted to 8th Dan Black Belt PaSaRyu Tae Kwon Do 2009 by GM Kang Rhee
• Promoted to 8th Dan Black Belt TSWHKD 2009 by USMA. Recognized as GM, President and Founder of Tae Sool Won.
• Named regional director for state of Tennessee with the World Kido Federation in March of 2011