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About the Instructors

Prof. Leon Jay

  • Inheritor, Grandmaster and Sokedai, Small Circle Jujitsu
  • 50+ years in the martial arts, 9th Degree Black Belt, SCJ
  • 8th Degree Black Belt, Ryukyu Kempo, Karate
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt, Kodenkan Jujitsu; cross-trained in Taekwondo (1st black) and Modern Arnis under Prof. Remy Presas.

Shane Lear, Dayan Arts, Wild Goose Qigong

  • Direct Student of 28th Generation Lineage Holder of Dayan Qigong and Dayanquan, Grandmaster Chen Chuan Gang. System ambassador for English speaking world.
  • Holds Black Belt ranks in Okinawan Kempo, Taekwondo, Aikido, Jujitsu, 7th Degree Black Belt in USA Ryukyu Kempo
  • 25+ years in Martial Arts
  • Shaolin Temple training annually in Qigong, Kung-Fu, and TCM
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified in Acupressure (USA and China)

David Deich: co-author Wild Goose Qigong DVDs

  • 7th Degree Black Belt in Ryukyu Kempo Karate.
  • 5th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.
  • Wild Goose System Certified Instructor with 35+ years in the martial arts.
  • Long time student and teacher of TaiChi, Meditation and Qigong
  • ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainer.

Chester Brown Jr.

  • Chester Dean Brown Jr., 4th Degree Black Belt, Modern Arnis (IMAF).
  • Ranked Lakan Isa by Prof. Reny Presas in 2001, 6th Degree    Black Belt in USA Ryukyu Kempo; 1st Degree Black Belt in Doce    Pares Escrima under Cacoy Canete.
  • Owns and operates the NAVA-STICKS Filipino Martial Arts.
  • Life Coach.

George Dillman

  • 50+ years of martial arts training and experience including, boxing, judo, karate, and kobudo.
  • Training partner of Muhammad Ali, and Bruce Lee.
  • 10th Degree Black Belt and Chief Instructor / Founder of USA Ryukyu Kempo Karate.
  • Author
  • World renown seminar instructor

Kim Foreman

  • 40+ years of experience in the martial arts.
  • 9th Degree Black Belt in USA Ryukyu Kempo.
  • Cross-trained in Tomari-Te Ryukyu Kempo under Taika Seiyu Oyata ;Modern Arnis with Prof. Remy Presas; Small Circle Jujitsu with Prof. Wally Jay and Prof. Leon Jay.
  • Editor of the definitive George Dillman pressure point books, author of the children's book, Little Jay Learns Karate.
  • Effective women's self-defense specialist -- Kyusho and grappling applications.

Will Higginbotham

  • 40 + years experience in the martial arts.
  • Holds black belts in TaeKwonDo, Shotokan, Modern Arnis, and Small Circle Jujitsu, 9th Degree Black Belt in USA Ryukyu Kempo.
  • 24 years self-defense instruction experience at the university level.
  • Sought-after seminar instructor of a blend of Dillman method and Small Circle Jujitsu in the US and in Europe.
  • Author.

Chris Mitter

  • Has been teaching martial arts Since 1992 across the United States as well as in Europe.
  • Holds Black Belt Ranks in 3  different styles of jujitsu, including Small Circle Jujitsu; a black belt in Modern Arnis, a black belt in Aikido, and a 6th degree black belt in USA Ryukyu Kempo Karate.
  • Has been utilized as a Martial Arts Consultant by the The United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.
  • Has trained competitors in various types of martial arts contests including Brazilian Jujitsu contests and Cage Fights.
  • Former U.S. Marine, Currently serving in the U.S. Army.

Josh Moree, Mixed Martial Artist

  • 4th Degree Black Belt, Ryukyu Kempo Karate
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt Jodoryu Jujitsu 
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt, Small Circle Jujitsu
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Shuri-ryu Karate
  • Training philosophy: "If you train for sport, you will fight for sport and confine yourself by those rules. If you train for combat, you will train for a real life situation and protect yourself and your loved ones without the confines of rules. This is my martial art because every one of us who trains eventually adapts our collective influences into what becomes our own martial art."

Dustin L. Seale

  • 30+ years in the martial arts.
  • 8th Degree Black Belt in USA Rykyu Kempo, 5th Degree Black Belt in Wei Kune Do and 3rd Degree in Modern Arnis--direct from Prof. Remy Presas.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Combat Veteran.
  • Police Officer, Morris IL
  • Effectively blended USA Ryukyu Kempo, Modern Arnis and Wei Kune Do into an effective mixed martial arts system.

Ken Smith

  • Direct student of the late Prof. Remy Presas.
  • Master of Tapi Tapi.
  • 6th Degree Black Belt in Isshinryu karate.
  • 8th Degree Black Belt in USA Ryukyu Kempo.
  • Active officer in the International Modern Arnis Federation (IMAF, Inc.), member of Steering Committee, Board of Directors, and Ethics committee.

Chris Thomas

  • 40+ years of training and experience in the martial arts.
  • 9th Degree Black Belt in USA Ryukyu Kempo.
  • World renown author of essays, blogs and articles.
  • Co-author of the world's definitive books on pressure point fighting.
  • Author of the Isshinryu Master Course and other highly acclaimed DVD's.