Website Update

posted Apr 19, 2015, 7:59 AM by James Neiman

Dear Members, we have recently reorganized our website. To find your listing, visit

The Advisory Board Welcomes Lic. Regino Jesus Mejias Saavedra, SHIHAN

posted Apr 16, 2015, 6:54 AM by James Neiman

Nació el 6 de Febrero de 1965, en la provincia de Camagüey, Cuba. Desde pequeño incursiono en el boxeo amateur, practicándolo hasta concluir la universidad. Obteniendo primeros lugares en competencias de nivel municipal, provincial y nacional. En el año 1981 iniciar sus estudios en  Judo, sintiendo gran pasión por este arte marcial devenido deporte. Actualmente ostenta el Cinturón Negro 4to Dan. Simultáneamente comienza a recibir clases de ju jutsu. Arte marcial que lo cautivo y al que ha dedicado más de 25 años de práctica. Actualmente ostenta el Cinturón Negro 6to Dan.

Durante más de 30 años ha estudiado y practicado diversas artes marciales, tales como  Karate, Kung fu Ke Hsiao,  JudoKick-Box. Se ha desempeñado como instructor en algunas de ellas, sobre todo de Judo y Ju Jutsu, a las que se dedica actualmente. 

En el año 2000 fundo el Yamabushi-Dojo, para el estudio y práctica de  las  artes marciales y la Defensa Personal.

The Association Welcomes Lic. Regino Jesus Mejias Saavedra, SHIHAN

posted Dec 18, 2014, 7:32 AM by James Neiman

Our association is greatly honored to welcome its first Peruvian member! On behalf of the International Association of Professional Martial Artists, we welcome Lic. Regino Jesus Mejias Saavedra, SHIHAN! Master Saavedra offers high quality instruction in the arts of Ju Jutsu, Judo Kickboxing, Kung Fu Ke Hsiao, and Sanda!

See the Private Teachers section for his listing.

The Association Welcomes Kumu Michelle Manu

posted Aug 30, 2014, 8:17 AM by James Neiman

This week we are highlighting Kumu Michelle Manu, 9th Dan Kumu Lua. Kumu Manu is an authorized martial arts instructor in the Kaihewalu Lua ohana art of bone dislocation. Kumu Manu choreographs and teaches the kahiko or 'auana hula. The hula is the soft to the Lua, which is the hard. The kahiko hula was used to conceal the practice, weapons, and techniques of the warrior fighting arts from the missionaries.

Kumu Michelle Manu serves as the VP of Legal Affairs for the Masters Hall of Fame. For more information about Kumu Manu's legal services, see

The Association welcomes Soke Roberto Latini

posted Jul 14, 2014, 1:36 PM by James Neiman

This week we are highlighting Soke Roberto Latini, Founder and 10th Dan of the art of Ki Jutso Do. The Ki Jutsu Do pursues both the mental and physical development of the individual together with his self-fulfillment; because of its stress on the importance of the vital energy, it has to be intended in the most strictly philosophic meaning of the Martial Art and not as a simple whole of combat techniques. It is based on a self-defense concept therefore, it teaches mostly how to be ready and how to react to an attack through a neutralization that causes the least possible damages to the aggressor. Codified on the basis of the various Martial Arts techniques practiced during the years by its founder Soke Roberto Latini) and teachings of other disciplines (both eastern and western), the Ki Jutsu do proposes a different” concept of combat, a concept which mostly aims to the individual’s inner capacities: attention, control of the aggressiveness, technical response commensurate with the type of attack, development of the speed, flexibility and balance, etc. The training takes place trying to maintain as much as possible the real situation that the individual could face, which means: no tatami for the falls, no distinctions of weight, sex and age, etc

The Association Welcomes Sifu Charlie Smith!

posted Mar 24, 2014, 11:38 AM by James Neiman

International Association of Professional Martial Artists proudly welcomes Sifu Charlie Smith, 5th degree black belt Kajukenbo. Sifu Smith is a private teacher offering personalized instruction for, children, adults, and families in the Gaylord Method of Kajukenbo.  Sifu Smith has trained in the martial arts for 37 years, studying and developing practical and effective self-defense techniques.  An individual who prizes the pursuit of knowledge above all else, Sifu Smith continues to train in his efforts to bring martials arts to students who seek to strengthen their mind, body, and spirit. His lineage includes Great Grand Master Charles H.. Gaylord, Grand Master Pete Morales, and Professor Brian Yoshii. Sifu Smith has also studied Goju Kai Karate-Do at San Francisco State University with N. Gosei Yamaguchi, and Tae Kwon Do at Ohlone College and San Andreas, CA. Sifu Smith is a Lifetime Member of Golden Dragon Ohana, Lifetime Member of the Kajukenbo Association  of America, and is a 2014 U.S.A. Black Belt Hall of Fame Inductee.

Sifu Charlie Smith is located in Mountain View, CA and can be contacted at

The Association Welcomes Master Guro Jeff "Stickman" Finder

posted Mar 15, 2014, 7:32 AM by James Neiman   [ updated Mar 15, 2014, 7:36 AM ]

Here is Master Guro Finder's biography:
I have been involved in martial arts for over 40 years and have been teaching professionally in the SF Bay Area since 1985, starting with my Kenpo teacher Al Thomas (until 1989) in Oakland at School of the White Tiger.  I also began teaching Escrima there in 1986 directly under GM Angel Cabales, and have run my own program independently  in that art since he passed away in 1991.  I teach privately as "Bay Area Serrada Escrima" (B.A.S.E.)  My formal ranks include black belt under Sifu Thomas, Advanced Diploma under GM Cabales, 3rd Dan in Ch'uan Fa under Sigung John K. Wong, and honorary master certificates under Decuerdas GM Arthur Gonzalez (through his Martial Arts Cultural Exchange) and GM Anthony Davis (World Serrada Escrima Association). 

In 1989 I was a championship member of the first U.S. Eskrima Team competing in the Philippines, making the finals in both Cebu and Manila tournaments.  I later served as treasurer on the first regional board for WEKAF (World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation) for the West Coast, and have been judge and center referee for that organization in national and international competitions. 

I am also the first person to successfully market long-lasting hi-impact synthetic sticks for martial arts, starting in 1989, as Stickman Escrima Products, which now includes my own line of custom made hi-impact synthetic training swords and knives.  In 1998 I was inducted into the Filipino Martial Arts Hall of Fame for my innovations in training equipment for these arts.

Congratulations to Neil Remolar for earning Shodan!

posted Feb 2, 2014, 8:24 AM by James Neiman

Neil Remolar earned his first degree black belt in Shugyo Aikido on February 1, 2014 at Shugyo Aikido Dojo under GM James Neiman!

The Advisory Board welcomes Master Joshua Jackson, Qi Gong and Tai Chi

posted Jan 13, 2014, 8:56 AM by James Neiman   [ updated Jan 13, 2014, 8:58 AM ]

Master Shirfu Jackson has been studying martial arts 38 years. He teaches a wide variety of forms, and also is a master at push hands and combat applications. Master Jackson will give you a real experience in the Tai Chi Chuan fighting art along with a very deep understanding of the health aspects.

Welcome to Sifu Justin Och, Wing Chun Ip Man Kung Fu

posted Jan 12, 2014, 7:56 AM by James Neiman

Welcome to our latest member, Sifu Justin Och, certified under 2 masters in Wing Chun Ip Man Kung Fu with 24 years of martial arts of experience! Sifu Och has direct Ip Man lineage instruction under the Ip Ching, Ip Chun, Simon Lau and Moy Yat system. His school, Lakeland Wing Chun, is in Florida.

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