Soke – Founder

The Founder, Joe Salazar, started martial arts training in 1948 at the Sears YMCA in Chicago, Illinois and took up Archery in 1952. He continued to train and study while in the U. S. Army from 1958 to 1964 and was a member of the U. S. Army Demonstration Team in Germany for Judo, Karate, and Jujitsu. He lived and trained in Utah for two years before moving to California in 1967. Mr. Salazar graduated from San Jose State University with a B. S. in Health Science and earned his B. S. in Law and J. D. from Saratoga University Law School. In 1974 he opened his first Ronin Dojo in Mountain View, California and instructed in Judo for the Palo Alto Community Recreation Department in 1975. He served as Karate Instructor for the Palo Alto YMCA in 1976 and 1977; he then served as Karate Director in 1978. He has also taught classes in Judo, Karate, and Self Defense for East Side Adult and Community Education in San Jose, California. Mr. Salazar has performed many demonstrations and seminars over the past sixty years and continues to be available for Instruction, lectures and demonstrations.

LifeMember of World Wide Martial Arts Association

Highest rank certificates to date (021/16/2018)

Judo          Hachidan (8th degree)      04/14/1984    WWMAA

Jujitsu      Kudan (9th degree)            12/11/2005    WWMAA

Karate     Kudan (9th degree)             11/12/2005    WWMAA

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