Executive Board
Senior Advisory Board

Every effective organization and leader has a group of advisors - a group of people to whom a leader or organization can go to for advice. An advisory board can serve many purposes. It can be a sounding board or a source of wisdom and experience for others to draw upon.

I am very fortunate in that I have two distinct groups of martial artists I can call on for advice. First are my senior black belts whom I also refer to as my Executive Board. I know I can depend on them for honest and sincere feedback. They are also not afraid to speak out when something seems to be awry. They each have their individual personalities, strengths, and weaknesses [as we all do]. However, I also know that they will be honest with me because I prefer them to be that way with me. Although their honesty can be painful for me at times, it is simpler in the long run. They know I'm intolerant of "yes people" as "yes people" aren't true advisors. They're simply puppets.

My second group of advisors are senior martial artists [including non-jujitsu yudansha] whom I have known for decades. They are collectively known as my Senior Advisory Board. I would like to consider them my peers, not solely based on their dan grade, but because of all of their accomplishments inside & outside the martial arts community. They are confident, competent, humble, professional, dedicated and have an extremely high level of integrity. I've learned to trust in their judgment, wisdom, and sincerity. I know they are dedicated to the traditional values of the martial arts while remaining open-minded. I know I can go to them with almost any problem and get good, honest advice. It is my hope that these exceptionally fine martial artists will continue to help me and the BJJY for years to come. It is also my hope that my senior black belts can go to these exemplary advisors if they need advice in dealing with BJJY matters should anything happen to me that prevents me from being the head instructor of the BJJY



BJJY Mission Statement [adopted by the Executive Board 8-14-2011]

The BJJY is an organization dedicated to supporting, educating and promoting an exchange of skills and knowledge among the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu black belt community so that they can continue to grow in the art and effectively teach the skills and values of Budoshin Ju Jitsu to others.

BJJY Vision Statement [adopted by the Executive Board 8-14-2011]

So, how do we accomplish this? How do we make black belts want to continue to learn Budoshin Jujitsu, to teach, maybe open a dojo, and to give back (contribute) to the Budoshin Jujitsu community?

We have determined that there are three areas of focus around which we can build an organization that black belts will want to continue to be a part of:

Continued Training – We must impress on our senior students that shodan is just the beginning. They must understand that there is far more to learn in Budoshin Jujitsu by striving for the higher degrees, and mastery only comes through continued training. The Yudanshakai will provide that training.

Networking – We must create a community/association where members feel welcome, and that they can also make a contribution. The only way they will stick around is to feel they can be an important part of the organization. We can accomplish this through seminars, promotions, tournaments, general get-togethers and other events and activities. They also need to know that they can get support from the Budoshin Jujitsu Yudanshakai in managing their dojo as well as acquiring, teaching and retaining students.

Credibility – We must be an organization that members know will give them credibility by providing a set of standards and values that the public, other martial arts organizations and yudansha within the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Yudanshakai appreciate, respect and will nurture.

Members of the BJJY  Executive Board:

Marc Tucker, 7th dan


     I began my study of JuJitsu under Seki Sensei in 1964 receiving my Shodan in 1968. Seki promoted me to Nidan in 1970 and then I began to train in Shotokan with Fujishima Sensei to learn kicks and strikes which I felt Seki Sensei did not emphasize.  I also had the pleasure of training with Oshima Sensei in Shotokan.

     I have studied Aikido, Judo and Krav Maga more to add to my knowledge and not for the rank and have integrated techniques that are highly successful in self defense.

Chris Hendricks, 6th dan

     BA, LMT, FLEOA. Chris has been training in and teaching martial arts since 1981.  He holds Yudansha grades in Isshin-Ryu Karate (1st), Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (2nd), Yoshimishinki Ryugi Ju Jutsu (6th) and Budoshin Ju Jitsu (5th).  He has trained civilians, law enforcement and military personnel in all aspects of self-defense and personal protection.      Chris currently works and trains in Northern Virginia.
Thomas Salander, 6th dan

Thomas has been teaching JuJitsu since 1997 when he founded the Arlington Budoshin JuJitsu Dojo. He has trained in Budoshin JuJitsu since 1991 and is a student of Professor George Kirby. Thomas was the editor of Okuri, the journal of the American JuJitsu Association, from 2000 to 2007. He was selected to be a member of the BJJY Executive Board in 2011.
Steven Castorena, 4th dan

Members of the BJJY Senior Advisory Board:
Sam Combes, Shihan, Kadokan Yoshinkai Dojo, 6th dan
     Growing up in Hawai’i, martial arts were a constant attraction.  After getting discharged from the U. S. Army in 1961, Sam Combes joined the Shotokan dojo in Honolulu and studied under Hirokazu KANAZAWA sensei for a few months.
    In 1963 Sam became a Honolulu Policeman. In the course of the next few months the police academy introduced Judo and Aikido to the rookie officers.  Sam developed an interest in Aikido during the academy.
     In 1964 Officer Combes was introduced to another style of Karate (GOJU) with a friend from the police department.  Sam studied a few months before another fellow officer introduced him to Yukio NOCUCHI sensei of the Yoshinkai style of Aikido.
     In 1967 sensei NOGUCHI gave permission to brown belt COMBES to teach a few students as he was moving to Norwalk, California.  The classes began in his living room and soon moved to a student’s 2 car garage.  One of the students introduced them to the Japanese Community Center in Norwalk where they were allowed to teach in an old building on the property. Sam was fortunate to eventually opened dojo in Gardena, Bakersfield, Dominguez, San Francisco, and Los Alamitos.  Branch dojo were opened in Kansas City, Kansas and associated with sensei Stephen HAMILTON in Eugene, Oregon.
     With the help of sensei HAMILTON and others, he developed KEISATSU AIKIDO of America, Inc.  The purpose of this group was to teach police officers Aikido geared toward the law enforcement community.  The goal was to develop black belt officers after a two year program.  Aikido can be an enhancement to the Police Weaponless Tactics program
     In the late 1970’s, NOGUCHI sensei developed an independent style and so Sam went directly to SHIODA Gozo, kancho and founder of the Yoshinkan and the style of Aikido most closely related to police work in general.
     Sam is currently ranked as ROKUDAN (6th degree black belt) and has a teaching certificate allowing him to promote students to the YONDAN (4th degree black belt) level.
     The name of his school was developed by kancho SHIODA.  The KADOKAN.  Some translate it as meaning “California Way House”.  It seems appropriate and fits well with the current curriculum.  Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Sam maintains a small cadre of students and instructors.

David Dye, Soke of Shuyokan Ryu, 10th dan

     Sensei David Dye was born in Los Angeles, CA, on February 27, 1945.  He began his martial arts training with the study of Kodokan Judo in Inglewood, CA, in 1962 under Sensei Treese. He paid for his lessons by coming to the dojo after school and cleaning the dojo and helping his instructor with teaching classes and public demonstrations.

     In 1964 Sensei Dye moved to Costa Mesa, CA, where he began training with his second Judo instructor, Sensei Earl Robbins. Sensei Dye continued both his training and competition. He was soon given a teaching position as a Judo instructor at the Harbor Area Boys Club in Costa Mesa.  After 33 years of teaching and training, he was awarded his 5th degree Black Belts in both Kodokan Judo and Jujitsu in January, 1997.

    Sensei Dye started studying Shito-Ryu Karate in 1967 under Sensei Fumio Demura of the Japan Karate Federation in Santa Ana, CA. Sensei Dye would later go on to study Shotokan Karate in 1978 under one of his Boys Club Judo students and a long time student of Demura Sensei, Dan McGeough Sensei. He finally received his 1st Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate Jutsu in 1997 under Earl Treichel Sensei of the Coast Defensive Arts Center, Huntington Beach, CA,. On January 25, 2002 Sensei Dye was awarded the rank of Sandan in Shotokan Karate Jutsu by Treichel Sensei.

     In 1966 Sensei Dye became a Reserve Police Officer with the City of Costa Mesa Police Department in Orange County CA,. In 1967 he became a full time Costa Mesa Police Officer and retired in 1997 after serving 31 years. His assignments included Patrol, Desk Officer, Custody Officer, Court Liaison Officer and Investigation. During the mid 1970s, Sensei Dye was appointed to the position of Lead Defensive Tactics Instructor for the police department by the department’s Training Coordinator, Senior Officer Art Courteau. After his retirement in 1997, he chose to stay on as a Senior Reserve Officer for an additional three years so that he could continue to train officers in Defensive Tactics and Officer Safety. He has instructed over 300 officers in the use of the Orcutt Police Nunchaku and has testified as a court expert on the use of force.  He continues to instruct law enforcement officers at the Shuyokan Dojo, local police departments throughout CA,, and as an Assistant Defensive Tactics Instructor at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Regional Academy.

     Although Sensei Dye began his early study of Aikido around 1967 under Ernie High Sensei, he began a serious study of Yoshinkan Aikido in 1978.  After receiving his 1st and 2nd degree black belt rankings in Aikido, he was awarded his 3rd Degree Black Belt and Teaching Certificate in 1990 in person and directly from the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido, Soke Gozo Shioda. During that same year, the son of Gozo Shioda, Yasuhisa Shioda, came to the Dojo to award Sensei Dye with the official certification and naming of the Dojo as “Shuyokan”. This was the second Dojo in the world outside of Japan to be named and registered with the International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation.  In 1998, Sensei Dye tested and received his 4th Degree Black Belt in Yoshinkan Aikido from Shihan Sam Combes of the Kadokan Yoshinkai Dojo, Anaheim, CA,.

     From 1991 to 1994, he produced an 8 volume set of video tapes on the use of Yoshinkan Aikido Techniques for Law Enforcement and has been featured on national television and in leading martial arts magazines demonstrating his practical techniques of Aikido.

     In 1993 Sensei Dye was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall Of Fame receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1995 he was awarded an 8th Degree Black Belt in Aikido Taiho Jutsu by the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Sokeship Council.  Sensei Dye was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame in 2000 and was the recipient of the Founders Award from the World Head of Family Shokeship Council's Hall of Fame in 2001.

     On April 7th, 2000, at a ceremony that was attended by more than 100 guests from around the world honoring Shuyokan’s 20th year in operation and Sensei Dye’s 38th year in the martial arts, he was officially named Soke of Shuyokan Ryu and promoted to the rank of 10th Degree Black Belt (Judan) in Shuyokan Ryu, byOlohe Solomon Kaihewalu and five other high ranking black belt legends from the World Professional Black Belt Martial Arts Organization.

     Serving as an Independent Contractor for Ki International, Sensei Dye was involved in training members of the United States Army Special Forces, Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in techniques that would later be used for both wartime use homeland security.  Other members of U.S. Military Forces have also studied and used his techniques of Shuyokan Ryu Aikido during their missions while stationed in Iraq.

     Sensei Dye has appeared with and been involved in choreographing martial arts fight scenes for such well known actors as, Fabian Carrillo, and Pepe Serna in the movies Latin Dragon and Double Tap.

     He is also the writer and editor of the first edition book entitled “Ancient Hawaiian Martial Art of Kaihewalu ‘Ohana Lua” by ‘Olohe Solomon Kaihewalu and has been studying the Kaihewalu ‘Ohana Lua since 2001 under the personal instruction of ‘Olohe Solomon Kaihewalu. 

Bruce H. Jones, MS, FCIA, PPS, 11th dan* USCSA/Sombo

Federal Special Agent (Ret.) B. Hetrick “Bud” Jones, MS, FCIA, PPS; successfully completed a career of 35 years of combined military, and police service at the city, county, state, and federal levels.  His martial arts and police defensive tactics accomplishments include the following:  currently a sixth degree black belt master teacher in Japanese jujitsu and Russian “Samoz” (self-defense).  His master teachers include: Bruce H. Jones, Sr. (US Army SF,Ret.), G.P. Nobles (USMC,Ret.), Dennis McCurdy, George Kirby, Takayuki Kubota, Tetsuya Higuchi, Shoto Tanemura, Michael Galperin, Cardo Urso (USMC,Ret.), and Philip Porter.

      Earlier in his career, “Bud” Jones was a paratroop commando teaching jungle warfare and survival in Panama with emphasis on counterinsurgency, riot control, bayonet, close quarter combat (CQC), and all long and short firearms.  He has had his own successful American Jujitsu Assn. (AJA) school in the WDC area for over 15 years now teaching:  taihojutsu, jujitsu, judo, kendo, jojutsu, hanbojutsu, jutte, wushu, Russian Samoz, keibojutsu, hojutsu, and CQC.  .  Bruce has served as an instructor at: the FBI Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, International Assn. of Chiefs of Police, International Airport and Seaport Police Assn. in Seattle (while leading an Asian Organized Crime Task Force),  and the Close Combat Instructor Trainers Course and Marine Martial Arts Program in Quantico, VA.  

      He wrote the professional standards for modern taihojutsu in the USA in 1985, and has been licensed as an advanced police defensive tactics instructor, and tactical officer trainer by the Police Martial Arts Assn. and Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) since 1990.  He qualified as a licensed master teacher of defensive tactics at the FLETC and grandmaster pistol marksman with the highest score ever achieved on the combat course at FLETC in 1989.  Bruce is a licensed professional bodyguard and founded his own Corp., DBA Professional Protection, Investigations, and Training, Inc. in the WDC Metro area.  He has protected the President of the United States, Pope John Paul II, U.S. Ambassadors, royalty, and the President of the World Bank.

      Under the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in the Potomac Valley/WDC, Bud has been a coach, trainer, international referee, and athlete as judo, jujitsu, and Russian jacket wrestling program chairman.  He has led four official PVAAU USA martial arts teams to US Nationals, Pan-American, and World Championships in 1995, 1999, 2000, and 2001. 

     He is also the past president of the U.S. Sombo Assn, and co-founder of the American Sombo Academy. He was one of the original inductees into the Russian Sombo Martial Art and World Sport Hall of Fame, where the 11th Degree rank recognizes his service as President and co-founder of American Sombo; Presented at the Sombo World Championships in Billings, Montana, 30 June 1999.


*NOTE: This 11th degree is explained in detail on page 30 of J. Lawler, The Martial Arts Encyclopedia, 1996, Masters press, Indianapolis, IN.




Prof. Tony Maynard, 9th dan, American Combat Ju-Jitsu

Former Marine

9th dan American Combat Ju-Jitsu, American Ju-Jitsu Association

4th dan Isshinryu Karate

2nd dan Judo

Past Chairman of the World Council of Jiu-Jitsu Organizations

Past Head Coach of U.S. Ju-Jitsu Team

Manager of U.S. Ju-Jitsu America

2006 Professor Chow Choon Award

Southern Region Director, American Ju-Jitsu Association

Southern Region Director, Ju-jitsu America

Past President, U.S. Ju-Jitsu Association

Founder of American Combat Ju-Jitsu System

First American to compete in the WCJO World Ju-Jitsu Championships, 1984

Certified Hand-to-Hand Combat Instructor, Dept of the Navy

Member of Ju-Jitsu America’s Black Belt Hall of Fame

Member of World Martial Arts Hall of Fame

Member of World Head of Family Sokeship Council Hall of Fame

Instructor of the Year Ju-jitsu America 1991

Instructor of the Year, American Ju-Jitsu Association, 1985

Certificate of Recognition, Distinguished Service Aware, Ju-Jitsu America

Certificate of Recognition, American Ju-Jitsu Association

Distinguished Service Award, Canadian Ju-Jitsu Association

Certificate of Special Recognition, U.S. Congress

President’s Award, American Ju-Jitsu Association

East Coast Instructor of the Year 1983 and 1984, American Ju-Jitsu Association

Member of Board of Advisors to Prof. Wally Jay’s Small Circle Ju-Jitsu

Owner & Operation of American School of Self-Defense, Inc., Kernersville, NC

Student of Professor Wally Jay

Producer of three American Combat Ju-Jitsu videos.



Dennis McCurdy, Hanshi, 10th dan

J. Dennis McCurdy, Ph.D., F.A.I.C., D.A.B.T., A.S.Q.
U.S. Army 1966 to 1981
Dr. McCurdy holds advanced degrees in chemistry from the American University, Washington, DC with post-Doctoral studies at the Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, Howard University, Washington, DC
Senior Scientist, U.S.F.D.A.
President of the American Ju-Jitsu Association

Member, American Ju-Jitsu Association Board of Directors
Certification Chair, Dai-Nippon Seibukan Budo/Bugei-kai, Kyoto, Japan
Ranked in Judo, Ju-Jutsu, Kendo and the Aiki Arts
     Dai-Nippon Iaido Renmei
     Zen-Nippon Rengai
     Kokusai Budoin
     Shin Tenshi Shin’yo-ryu Aiki-Bujutsu, Hombu, Kyoto, Japan
     Nippon Kobudo Kumiai


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