Hakkoryu Shihan List

“Menkyo Shihan”, meaning licensed teacher/model, is the first teaching license administered in Hakkoryu. This list encompasses each Hakkoryu Shihan in good standing with the Hakkoryu Hombu Dojo In Omiya, Japan who teaches outside of Japan. For a list of Shihan in good standing within Japan, please see www.hakkoryu.jp.

If you are expecting to see a Shihan’s name on this list but do not, there are various reasons as to why that name may not be shown:

  • In some cases the individual in question has never held the Hakkoryu Shihan license (and may have never been a registered member of Hakkoryu) and may be misrepresenting themselves as being so.
  • Temporary Suspension from the ryu (“Jomei” 除名) may have occurred due to failure of an individual in good standing to abide by Rules and Regulations such as failure to stay current with Shihan dues, failure to process pupil registrations or dues in a timely manner, etc. Once the issues are resolved, the Shihan’s name is reinstated in good standing.
  • Permanent Expulsion from the ryu (“Hamon” 破門) may have occurred due to ongoing issues such as those noted above and/or because of more severe breaches in the Shihan’s Oath to the ryu. Expulsion renders any rank or licenses (menjo, menkyo, makimono) the individual may have held null and void and removes the individual’s right to teach or represent Hakkoryu Jujutsu and Hakkoryu Koho Shiatsu in any manner whatsoever. Upon receiving Hamon the name of the individual may be revealed publicly in Japan and abroad, especially if they continue to misrepresent themselves in regards to Hakkoryu Jujutsu and Koho Shiatsu. Mudansha and Yudansha students in good standing at the time of their Shihan’s expulsion are asked to contact their Regional Representative in order that they may continue their study of Hakkoryu under a Shihan in good standing.
  • Honorable Retirement from the ryu may have occurred voluntarily due to the individual’s personal reasons, relieving them of any and all responsibility as a Hakkoryu Shihan. This does not necessarily mean a severing of ties with the ryu, but the individual agrees never to teach Hakkoryu related methods again with no negative connotation attached. In the cases of those who choose retirement but continue to teach Hakkoryu Jujutsu or Koho Shiatsu related methods afterwards, thus falsifying their reasons for retirement may receive Permanent Expulsion from the ryu (“Hamon” 破門).

For clarification about this list, or if you have questions about an individual claiming to teach or otherwise represent Hakkoryu whose name is not on this list, please feel free to send a message to the Hakkoryu Secretary or appropriate Hakkoryu Regional Representative using the Contact page.

List of Hakkoryu Shihan in Good Standing Outside of Japan

Please note that a Shihan with an (*) is deceased and presently recognized for their support and contributions to Hakkoryu.

Shihan Name Title Shihan Date # Location Dojo & Registration #
Junji Saito * Kaiden Shihan New Jersey, USA Yoshitsune Dojo
Yoshishige Okai Kaiden Shihan 19-Jun-1964 V.N. Gaia, Portugal Hakkoryu Portugal Branch Dojo, 58021
Michael DePasquale Sr. * Shihan New Jersey, USA Yoshitsune Dojo
Lemuel Stroud * Shihan 2-Jul-1970 North Carolina, USA Stroud's School Of Martial Arts
Joseph Miller, Taizan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 5-Jun-1973 1984 Tokyo, Japan Hakkoryu Taiheizan Dojo, 8
Brian W. Workman, Shuho * Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 14-Nov-1978 2672 Oregon, USA Hakkoryu Ryubukan Dojo, 48006
Michael D. Petropoulos Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 13-Sep-1981 2911 Athens, Greece Hakkoryu Greece and Athens Branch Dojos, 51001, 51017
Daniel Rossignol Shihan 8-Oct-1981 2914 Bretonneaux, France Hakkoryu SCPO Dojo, 49015
Johny Lenskens, Seizan Kaiden Shihan 20-Jan-1982 2921 Limburg, Belgium Hakkoryu Seizan Dojo, 59-2921
Douglas A. Woodhall, Seizan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 8-Aug-1985 2971 Ohio, USA Hakkoryu Seiryoku Zenyo Dojo, 48018
Garner K. Train, Keizan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 8-Aug-1985 2973 Michigan, USA Hakkoryu Kitahakko Dojo, 48010
John Bokeno * Kaiden Shihan 3014 Colorado, USA
Steven Glaser, Yuzan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 9-Apr-1992 3051 Oregon, USA Hakko Seishinkan Dojo, 48007
Ralph Verde, Shizan * Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 9-Apr-1992 3052 California, USA Hakkoryu Shubukan Dojo, 48020
Ryutaro Okai Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 30-Sep-1992 3053 V.N. Gaia, Portugal Hakkoryu Portugal Branch Dojo, 58021
Larry Garron, Shuho Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 5-Nov-1993 3064 Massachusetts, USA Hakkoryu Buke Dojo, 48021
Gordon Kiyokawa, Seizan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 13-Oct-1996 3105 Oregon, USA Hakkoryu Ryubukan Dojo, 48006
John Rose Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 4-Dec-1997 3118 Colorado, USA
Scott Newkirk, Shozan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 13-Apr-1999 3132 California, USA
Hiroshi Okai Shihan 23-Jul-2000 3151 V.N. Gaia, Portugal Hakkoryu Portugal Branch Dojo, 58021
Nuno Filipe da Silva Mesquita Shihan 23-Jul-2000 3152 Gordomar, Portugal Hakkoryu Portugal Branch Dojo, 58021
Devon M. Smith, Shinzan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 3-Nov-2000 3155 Michigan, USA Hakkoryu Kenshinkan Dojo, 48033
Rosa Masako Okai Halti Shihan 27-Jul-2002 3177 V.N. Gaia, Portugal Hakkoryu Portugal Branch Dojo, 58021
Munir Narchi Halti Shihan 27-Jul-2002 3178 V.N. Gaia, Portugal Hakkoryu Portugal Branch Dojo, 58021
Mario Spillere Shihan 19-Nov-2002 3182 Venezia, Italy Hakkoryu Italia Shibu Dojo, 52002
Spencer G. Gumabao, Sozan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 15-Apr-2003 3188 California, USA Hakkoryu Yubukan Dojo, 48032
John Cole, Seizan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 17-Apr-2005 3215 Texas, USA Hakkoryu Ken-Nin Dojo, 48026
Pascal Salomon Shihan 19-Jun-2005 3221 Aix en Provence, France Hakkoryu Jujutsu Dojo Gignac-la Nerthe, 49027
Armand Zapata Shihan 19-Jun-2005 3222 Velaux, France Hakkoryu Jujutsu Dojo Gignac-la Nerthe, 49027
Georges Zapata Shihan 19-Jun-2005 3223 Marseille, France Hakkoryu Jujutsu Dojo Gignac-la Nerthe, 49027
Octavio Clemente Shihan 16-Jul-2006 3238 Porto, Portugal Hakkoryu Portugal Branch Dojo, 58021
Paulo A. Q. Ferreira Shihan 29-Jul-2007 3246 V.N. Gaia, Portugal Hakkoryu Portugal Branch Dojo, 58021
Filipe J. P. Almeida Shihan 29-Jul-2007 3247 V.N. Gaia, Portugal Hakkoryu Portugal Branch Dojo, 58021
Walter D. Mackney Shihan 26-Oct-2008 3269 New York, USA Hakkoryu Shinryoku Dojo, 48031
Pedro J. Perez Shihan 26-Oct-2008 3270 New York, USA Hakkoryu Waryushin Dojo, 48030
Jesús Bonilla Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 10-Jan-2010 3296 Oregon, USA Hakkoryu Ryuko Dojo
Theophilus Ulmer, Hozan Shihan 26-Aug-2012 3306 Texas, USA Hakkoryu Ken-Nin Dojo
Matt Walker, Senzan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 26-Aug-2012 3307 Texas, USA Hakkoryu Ken-Nin Dojo
Gil Adams, Seizan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 12-Sep-2012 3308 California, USA Zanshin Goshin Dojo, 89
George Wilson, Shuho Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 12-Sep-2012 3309 California, USA G. R. Wilson's Martial Arts
José Miguel Teixeira Shihan 12-Sep-2012 3310 V.N. Gaia, Portugal Hakkoryu Portugal Branch Dojo, 58021
Jerry Tardi Shihan 12-Sep-2012 3311 New Jersey, USA Yoshitsune Jujutsu Kai Dojo
Cliff Brunetti Shihan 12-Sep-2012 3312 Florida, USA Hakkoryu Kazoku Dojo, 123
Joseph Stricker, Kozan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 12-Sep-2012 3313 Michigan, USA Hakkoryu Senshinkan Dojo, 122
Joseph Adornato, Shinzan Shihan 8-Aug-2014 3327 Texas, USA Hakkoryu Nintai Dojo, 90
Ronald Ramirez Shihan 8-Aug-2014 3328 Arizona, USA Hakkoryu Teiydo Dojo
Richard Schafer Shihan 8-Aug-2014 3329 California, USA
Errol Poe Shihan 8-Aug-2014 3330 California, USA