Shihan William Wood
Born and raised in New York City, Shihan William Wood began his Martial Arts training in Judo at his middle school, the United Nations International School (UNIS) under French Sensei Fleutaeu. After winning a Judo competition in his youth weight division, Shihan Wood was awarded the rank of Yonkyu (4th Kyu or Green Belt) in Kodokan Judo in the early 1970’s.
Shihan Wood transitioned to San Yama Bushi Ryu Ju Jutsu in 2008 and earned his Hachi Kaiden rank in from Shinan Hector Negron at the humbo dojo in New Rochelle, N.Y. in 2013. In 2014 he earned his final ranking of Ku Kaiden in San Yama Bushi Ryu Ju Jutsu.
Currently, Shihan Wood holds a Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt) certificate in Kodokan Judo (USJA, USJI, and USJF), and a Ku Kaiden (“Everything Passed” – 9th Degree Black Belt) certificate in San Yama Bushi Ryu Ju Jutsu. Shihan Wood also teaches Police Tactics to qualified Law enforcement, Homeland Security, and Military personnel.
Shihan Wood currently trains and co-instructs at Tomodachi Judo in Boca Raton as well as in his own dojo, Boca Ju Jutsu. Shihan Wood now incorporates many aspects from other arts, including Krav Maga, Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, Savate, Aikido, Aiki Ju Jutsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Sambo, Wrestling, and Boxing, for use in defensive street fighting applications at his dojo in Boca Raton, FL. Shihan Wood plans to continue his Martial training and teaching indefinitely.