Ralph Verde, Shizan (1962-2012) began his study of Hakkoryu Jujutsu under Brian Workman in 1982. He spent the rest of his life dedicated to the exploration of Hakkoryu and sharing the art with others.
Ralph’s gago (pen name) of ‘Shizan’ roughly translates to ‘Historic Mountain’, and he was certainly that to those who had the good fortune to meet and spend some time with him. He brought two of his students, Scott Newkirk and John Cole to the rank of Shihan, and his teaching left a lasting impression on countless others.
Ralph owned and operated the Hakkoryu Shubukan Dojo in Los Angeles, California, USA.