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.
Throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Shihan Wood trained in various martial arts, including Shotokan Karate, and at the Ken Zen Institute in NYC. He studied Judo under Japanese Osensei Eguchi and Sensei Ray Dunmeyer, and studied a form of military Ju Jitsu under Sensei Bill Black. After moving to Florida in 1993, Shihan Wood began his training in Miyama Ryu Ju Jutsu, and continued his training in Judo, under Shihan Louis Medina. Throughout the 1990’s, Shihan Wood returned to NYC periodically to continue his training in Judo at the Ken Zen Institute and at the Oishi Judo Club (downtown NYC), and his Ju Jutsu training at Miyama Ryu under Shinan Antonio Pereira in Tremont, Bronx, where he received his Mokuroku rank before his passing in 1999. Shihan Wood obtained his Menkyo rank in 2006 from Shihan Omar Echavarria of the Miami Miyama Ryu dojo.
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.
Sensei Natalie Fayman
5th Degree Black Belt – Menkyo
Sensei Troy Miller
1st Degree Black Belt – Sho-Okuiri