Hakkoryu Instructor List

“Menkyo Shihan”, meaning licensed teacher/model, is the first teaching license administered in Hakkoryu, granting the authority to issue Shodan through Yondan grades (1st through 4th black belt). 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.

Also included here are Hakkoryu Yudansha who have established their own dojo under the supervision of a Shihan, and have received their formal dojo licensing from Hakkoryu Hombu Dojo.

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

  • The individual may be deceased.
  • The individual is teaching in Japan.
  • In some cases the individual in question has never held the Hakkoryu Shihan and/or Dojo license (and may have never been a registered member of Hakkoryu) and may be misrepresenting themselves as being so. Also see Fraudulent Claims By Outsiders.
  • 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 Instructors in Good Standing

Instructor Name Title/Rank Date # Location Dojo
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 Sandaikichu 20-Jan-1982 2921 Limburg, Belgium Hakkoryu Seizan Dojo, 59-2921
Eddy Lodts, Shinzan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 11-Apr-1984 2961 Geel, Belgium Hakkoryu Shinzan Dojo, 50003
Garner K. Train, Keizan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 8-Aug-1986 2973 Michigan, USA Hakkoryu Kitahakko Dojo, 48010
Steven Glaser, Yuzan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 9-Apr-1992 3051 Oregon, USA Hakkoryu Seishinkan Dojo, 48007
Gordon Kiyokawa, Seizan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 13-Oct-1996 3105 Oregon, USA Hakkoryu Ryubukan Dojo, 48006
Sean E. Bell Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 13-Oct-1996 3106 California, USA
Scott Newkirk, Shozan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 13-Apr-1999 3132 California, USA Hakkoryu Coyote Dojo, 48301
Devon M. Smith, Shinzan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 3-Nov-2000 3155 Michigan, USA Hakkoryu Kenshinkan Dojo, 48033
Mario Spillere Shihan 14-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 Fudōshin Dojo, 48026
Pascal Salomon Shihan 19-Jun-2005 3221 Aix en Provence, 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 Ryujinkan Dojo, 58783
Paulo A. Q. Ferreira Shihan 29-Jul-2007 3246 V.N. Gaia, Portugal Hakkoryu Ryujinkan Dojo, 58783
Filipe J. P. Almeida Shihan 29-Jul-2007 3247 V.N. Gaia, Portugal Hakkoryu Ryujinkan Dojo, 58783
Jesús Bonilla Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 10-Jan-2010 3296 Oregon, USA Hakkoryu Ryuko Dojo – School of Martial Arts LLC (971-2021010)
Gil Adams, Seizan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 12-Sep-2012 3308 California, USA Hakkoryu Zanshin Goshin Dojo, 48089
Jerry Tardi Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 12-Sep-2012 3311 New Jersey, USA Yoshitsune Jujutsu Kai Dojo
Joseph Stricker, Kozan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 12-Sep-2012 3313 Michigan, USA Hakkoryu Senshinkan Dojo, 48122
Joseph Adornato, Shinzan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 8-Aug-2014 3327 Texas, USA Hakkoryu Nintai Dojo, 48090
Ronald Ramirez Shihan 8-Aug-2014 3328 Arizona, USA Hakkoryu Teiydo Dojo
Richard Schafer Shihan 8-Aug-2014 3329 California, USA Hakkoryu Ryujin Dojo, 48111
Errol Poe, Shinzan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 8-Aug-2014 3330 California, USA
Vincent Folcke Kaiden Shihan 26-Oct-2014 3332 Paris, France Hakkoryu Koshundokan Dojo, 49100
Larry Cellucci, Seizan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 1-Mar-2015 3336 Massachusetts, USA Hakkoryu Shingitai Dojo, 48272
Girolami Valeriano Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 12-Apr-2015 3337 Milan, Italy Hakkoryu Shinryu Dojo
Barry Southam Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 19-Jun-2016 3359 Pennsylvania, USA Hakkoryu Southam Dojo, 48121
Melineh Saroyan Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3360 California, USA Hakkoryu Kenzen Dojo, 48305
Robert Knowles Kaiden Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3361 California, USA
Richard Berman Kaiden Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3362 California, USA
Aaron Miller Kaiden Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3363 California, USA
Justin Longworth Kaiden Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3364 California, USA
Woody Wong Kaiden Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3365 California, USA
Brian Tumiel Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 19-Jun-2016 3366 New York, USA Hakkoryu Sanrokujin Dojo, 48785
Anthony Giufre Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 19-Jun-2016 3367 New York, USA Hakkoryu Sanrokujin Dojo, 48785
Michal Čoupek Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 19-Jun-2016 3368 Brno, Czech Republic Hakkoryu Otokodate Dojo, 56306
Luc Raymaekers Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3370 Beringen, Belgium
Cédric Murcia Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3371 Néris-les-Bains, France Hakkoryu Dojo Académie des Combrailles, 49188
Fabrice Jan Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3372 Saint-Cybardeaux, France
Jean-Luc Raynaud Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3373 Saint-Mont, France
Christophe Lecharlier Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3374 Bierghes, Belgium Hakkoryu Kaoate Dojo, 50300
Dirk Goovaerts Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 19-Jun-2016 3375 Geel, Belgium
August Luyten Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3376 Geel, Belgium
Stefan Dries Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3377 Sint-Truiden, Belgium Hakkoryu Heijoshin Dojo, 50303
Lloyd Allum Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 19-Jun-2016 3378 Suffolk, England Hakkoryu Kotokukan Dojo, 53101
Kevin Wilson Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3379 Utah, USA
Kirill Marychev Shihan 19-Jun-2016 3380 Fryazino, Russia Hakkoryu Dobrynya Dojo, 54181
James Gumabao, Seizan Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 26-Nov-2016 3383 California, USA
Christian-Claude Borel-Jaquet Kaiden Shihan Sandaikichu 18-Jun-2017 3393 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Hakkoryu Koho Shiatsu Igaku Swiss Dojo, 55304
Nguyen Anh Hoang Shihan 18-Jun-2017 3394 Geneva, Switzerland Hakkoryu Koho Shiatsu Igaku Swiss Dojo, 55304
Evangelos Protopapas Shihan 18-Jun-2017 3395 Athens, Greece
Pere Armengou Avisio Shihan 18-Jun-2017 3396 Barcelona, Spain
Michael Hanna, Seiho Shihan 25-Nov-2017 3400 Oregon, USA Hakkoryu Seishinkan Dojo, 48007
Gregory Casey Shihan 5-Aug-2018 3407 Louisiana, USA Hakkoryu Shindokai Dojo, 48271
Nicholas Alexander, Kozan Shihan 5-Aug-2018 3408 Massachusetts, USA Hakkoryu Shingitai Dojo, 48272
Mark Green Shihan 5-Aug-2018 3409 Texas, USA Hakkoryu Nintai Dojo, 48090
Leo Williams, Shozan Shihan 5-Aug-2018 3410 Massachusetts, USA Hakkoryu Seishin Dojo, 48302
Jeffrey Germagian, Suzan Shihan 5-Aug-2018 3411 Massachusetts, USA Hakkoryu Shingitai Dojo, 48272
Lillian Lim Shihan 1-Dec-2018 3416 Oregon, USA Hakkoryu Ryubukan Dojo, 48006
Nathan Lazaridis Yondan Northwest Territories, Canada Hakkoryu Matsukan Dojo, 48144
Andrew Bryant Yondan Indiana, USA Hakkoryu Shinwakan Dojo, 48102
Joshua Paszkiewicz Shodan Missouri, USA Hakkoryu Ryuseikan Dojo, 48307
Robert Carucci Nidan New York, USA Hakkoryu Okami Dojo, 48201
Ray Ferrell Yondan North Carolina, USA Hakkoryu Koshinkan Dojo, 48309
Joe Torres Yondan North Carolina, USA Today's Samurai School of Self Defense, 48310