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Head Instructor Shihan Wood

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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, where after winning a Judo competition in his youth weight division was awarded the rank of Yonkyu (4th Kyu or Green Belt) in Kodokan Judo in the early 1970’s.

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A young Shihan Wood (left) with other students from the United Nations International School during a Judo demonstration at FAO Schwartz in New York City – 1975

Throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Shihan Wood trained at the Ken Zen Institute in NYC Under Japanese Osensei Eguchi and Sensei Ray Dunmeyer in Judo, and under Sensei Bill Black in Ju Jutsu. 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 before his passing in 1999.

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Shihan Wood receives his Okuiri rank from Shinan Antonio Pereira at the Hombo dojo in Tremont, Bronx N.Y.C. – October 25, 1997groupnyc

Currently, Shihan Wood holds a Nidan (2nd 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.

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Shihan Bill receives his Kaiden rank from Shinan Hector Negron at the San Yama Bushi Ryu dojo in New Rochelle, N.Y. – October 26, 2013

Shihan Wood currently trains and co-instructs at the San Yama Bushi Ryu Hombu Dojo in New Rochelle, N.Y. under the supervision of the founder, Shinan Hector Negron. Shihan Wood now also teaches at his dojo in Boca Raton, FL., and plans to continue his Martial training and teaching until his departure from this existence.

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