Kasey Keckeisen is an experienced Police Officer, SWAT team leader, and SWAT training coordinator. Kasey Keckeisen is the United States Midwest Regional Director for the Edo Machi-Kata Taiho Jutsu organization. Keckeisen is also the Minnesota State Director for One-On-One Control Tactics and Taiho Jutsu International.
Keckeisen is recognized as a Shihan by the International Shinbudo Association.
Keckeisen Sensei holds 6th degree black belts in Judo, Jujutsu, and Aikido and a black belt in Taiho Jutsu.
Dillon Beyer is a Shodan in Kyokushin Karate, and a graduate of the Green Mountain Dojo Uchideshi program under Tom Flynn Shihan
Alvin McClure Sensei
Alvin McClure has studied Yoshinkan Aikido for over 40 years, and has taught in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for over 30 years.
McClure Sensei holds a 5th degree black belt and teaching certificate from the International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation.
Gary Rudenick Sensei
8th degree Black Belt Judo
Master Judo instructor teaches Judo and Jujutsu.
Sensei Rudenick started learning Judo in 1964 while in high school. He was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Little Rock, Ark. in 2000.
Rudenick Sensei was a state champion wrestler for Mankato West high school in 1964. He accepted a wrestling scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, he was also on the Oklahoma Judo team. Following college Rudenick joined the military, serving in the Marine Corps as a Judo instructor and also on the wrestling team for two years. While in the Marines he received his 1st dan rank at a Buddhist temple in Honolulu. Rudenick met Phil Porter Sensei when located in Colorado on business. Porter is the founder of the United States Martial Arts Association. He also served as the coach for the U. S. Olympic Judo team in the past.
Rudenick Sensei is also an instructor in Jimerfield Sensei’s Taiho Jutsu system One-on-One control tactics.
Steve Jimerfield Kaiso
8th degree Black Belt Judo
Master Instructor and Examiner in Judo and Jujitsu
Sensei Jimerfield began martial arts training in 1966 in kenpo and kajukenpo karate, and his law enforcement career started as an Alaska State Trooper in 1975. Jimerfield Sensei also studied Judo and Jujutsu under Porter Sensei. He was assigned to DPS Training Academy as an instructor, has been a law enforcement self-defense instructor for more than twenty-five years, and eventually retired from the Alaska State Troopers in 1997 as a Corporal. Although retired, Jimerfield Sensei now acts in the capacity of Traveling Trainer for the Alaska Police Standards Council, and is the Instructor/Trainer of One-On-One Control Tactics which he developed for Law Enforcement personnel.
Marc MacYoung has studied numerous martial arts since the age of ten, including Wing Chun, Eskrima, Silat, Karate, and Five Family Gung Fu. He administers several self-defense programs for the general public and has taught law at law-enforcement agencies and military sites around the world. Marc Animal MacYoung is an American survivalist author and martial artist. Initially known best for his street-violence survival books, MacYoung later went on to write personal safety / self-defense books and make instructional videos.
Marc MacYound developed Dango Jiro. Dango Jiro is not a martial art. And despite the Japanese name, it is neither a traditional nor ancient. Nor is it a modern fighting system, a combat system, a reality based fighting system or a macho streetfighting style. Dango Jiro is a training system.
It is not what fighting style someone knows that makes him competent at physical conflict. It is his ability to successfully and appropriately apply his skills, under stressful conditions. That, not knowing a martial system is what defines competence. Competence isn’t about how many (or what) techniques you know. It’s about Git-R-done. It is you and your skill, not the system, that will be the source of your success in a physical conflict.
Rory Miller is a writer and teacher living peacefully in the Pacific Northwest. He has served for seventeen years in corrections as an officer and sergeant working maximum security, booking and mental health; leading a tactical team; and teaching subjects ranging from Defensive Tactics and Use of Force to First Aid and Crisis Communications with the Mentally Ill. For fourteen months he was an advisor to the Iraqi Corrections System working in Baghdad and Kurdish Sulaymaniyah. Somewhere in the midst of that he received a BS degree in Psychology; served in the National Guard as a Combat Medic (91A/B); earned college varsities in judo and fencing and received a mokuroku in Sosuishitsu-ryu jujutsu from Dave Sumner. He has drunk chichu with reformed cannibals and 18-year-old scotch with generals…and loves long sword fights on the beach.
He is the author of several books including; Meditations on Violence, Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected, and Drills: Training For Sudden Violence
Dr. Ahmad has won 13 mixed-martial arts and submission grappling tournaments, and has a heavy-weight and Absolute combined black-belt certified Judo and JuJitsu record of 65-0-1. He won the IJJF Heavyweight Championship Title in 2002, Black Belt, Super Heavyweight, and was inducted into the USMA International Hall of Fame as Outstanding JuJitsu Practitioner (2003), and the United States Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame as Outstanding Judo Player (2003). He is a 3 time National Champion in the USMA Freestyle Martial Arts Tournament (2006-2009) as a heavyweight Black Belt, and once took Second Place (2010). Dr. Ahmad received his Hachidan in Taiho Jitsu, by testing board headed by Philip Porter, and Steven Jimmerfield (2003) Rokudan in Judo, and Hachidan in JuJitsu (2013) by testing board, headed by Michael Makoid and Steven Jimmerfield.
Michael Makoid is the president of the United States Martial Arts Association. He has been teaching Judo and self defense for 40+ years.
Amos Lee Parker Shihan (In Memorial)
Amos Lee Parker was born December 12, 1936 in Houston, Texas. He is the 7th of 16 children.
At age 18, Amos joined the United States Navy and it is here where his life in Aikido begins. Amos spent 35 years training in Japan with Kiyoyuki Terada Hanshi, 10th dan.
Amos began his full-time study of Yoshinkan in 1962 while a member of the United States Navy in Yokosuka-cho, Japan. Upon his retirement after 20 years of service to his country, he remained in Japan for another 20 years to further his own development and understanding of Yoshinkan Aikido.
Some of his career highlights include:
• Highest ranked non-Japanese instructor in Yoshihan Aikido
• Highest ranked member of Terada Honbu Seiseikai
• Highest ranked Yoshinkan Aikido instructor in the United States
• Received the title of Shihan in 1986
• Received the rank of 8th dan in 1995 and 9th dan in 2009
• Served as a presiding judge at several Enbutaikai
Parker Shihan had great technical skill and was a stickler for the fundamentals. His voice always reminded me of Jazz from the Transformers (cartoon not movie).
I remember if my stance wasn’t right he would say “Kasey, too tall, too tall”. Or if someone just wasn’t getting it, he would say in that very distinct voice, “Do you even know Aikido?”
He was a very good teacher and he will be sorely missed.