Ko Tai Shin Ryu translates as “the Old School of Body/Mind” and, in a way, fits the current title “Mixed Martial Arts”.
However, we seek out the connections between arts and styles rather than try to separate them.
We currently focus on the arts of Karatedo, Judo, Jujutsu, Iaido, and Kobudo. We also draw from many others.
1. GojuRyu Karate and kata and kihon as well as exposure to kata from Shotokan, WadoRyu, Shiito Ryu, and Uechi Ryu. Ippon, Sanbon, and Jiju Kumite is also taught at our dojo for KarateKa.
2. Jujutsu with influences from classical jujutsu as well as modern self defense strategies, techniques, and needs. The jujutsu here is influenced by Hakko Ryu Jujutsu, Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu and, primarily, Nihon Jujutsu(this last system is highly classical and was developed by Shizuya Sato, a direct student of Kyuzo Mifune Sensei)
3. Aikido with techniques from different branches of Ueshiba Sensei’s teachings.(i.e. Hombu Dojo, Yoshin, Shobu, and input from USMAA Aikido instructors)
4. Judo with interactions with teachers from the United States, Japan, and other practicioners Recently, I ventured to Austin, Texas and met Sensei Zdenek Matl, a classical judo instructor originally from Czechoslovakia. He shared great insight and practical self defense usages for judo and I plan on gaining more knowledge from him along with President Mike Makoid, USMAA and the other judo practicioners in the USMAA. I am proud to announce that my good friend of many years, Thomas Pristow, has agreed to be the Stylehead for Aikido in the USMAA. Pristow Sensei, Hachidan, Aikido, honored me by asking me to be on his testing board at the recent USMAA Training camp in the summer of 2012. He also honored me by being on the KarateDo Board for that test.
5. Chinese Boxing ranging from street oriented techniques to more formal Tai Chi Chuan and other Chinese Boxing schools such as Wing Chun and its derivative, Jeete Kun Do(Master Josh Dingler, Illinois instructs)
6. Kobudo both Japanese and Okinawan as taught to us by Okinawan and Japanese instructors and some from the USA.
7. Iaido Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu with Ota Sensei as the chief influence from Kumamoto, Japan. Sensei Louise Herschel is in charge of our Iaido program.