Hanshi John F. Chatwood has been active in the martial arts for over thirty years starting his martial arts career in Peoria, IL. He began his training under Master Douglas Grose in Shinto Yoshin Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, Shorei Ryu Karate and Shuri Ryu Karate. He has also studied and is ranked in Tae Kwon Do and Judo.
In 1988 he relocated to Carson City, Nevada and became active in Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu. He successfully coached AAU medal winning teams that competed in Jujitsu kata.
Hanshi Chatwood established Sierra Jujitsu & Karate in 1995. He founded WIDS (Women’s Individual Defense Systems) in 1996. This program specializes in the unique and easily useable defense tactics available for women who are not involved in the martial arts. This seminar is a widely sought after and informative defense program for women.
In 2003, Grand Master Douglas Grose awarded him the Hanshi Menkyo Certificate.
Hanshi Chatwood has also been very active in Shin-Mei Shorin Ryu Karate under the instruction of Soke Dai Matt Molineux and Soke Mike Hancock. He is also a member of the International Okinawan Budo-Kai Association.
In October of 2004 Master Grose awarded Hanshi Chatwood a Menkyo Kaiden to be presented to him upon Master Grose’s death. He was hand picked by Master Grose to take over the leadership of the A.J.K.A.I.
Hanshi Chatwood has competed in and won numerous tournaments in both Karate and Jiu-Jitsu.
Hanshi Chatwood is the President of the A.J.K.A.I.
Treasurer: United States Ju-Jitsu Federation.
Board of Directors: United States Martial Arts Federation
Menkyo Kaiden – Shinto Yoshin Ryu Master Douglas L. Grose / Judan American Jiu-Jitsu and Karate Association International
Hanshi Menkyo Certificate – American Jiu-Jitsu and Karate Association International
Shihan Menkyo Certificate – American Jiu-Jitsu and Karate Association International
Certified Judge Jujitsu – Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakia
Certified Judge Karate – American Jujitsu Institute
Certified Senior Instructor / Examiner – US Ju-Jitsu Federation
Martial Arts Ranks:
Shinto Yoshin Ryu Jiu-Jitsu – American Jiu-Jitsu Karate Association International
Shin-Mei Ju-Jutsu – International Okinawan Budo-Kai
US Ju-Jitsu – United States Ju-Jitsu Federation
Shihan Ryu Institute
Danzan Ryu Jujitsu
Shorin Ryu – American Jiu-Jitsu Karate Association International
Shuri Ryu – American Jiu-Jitsu Karate Association International
Shin-Mei Shorin Ryu – International Okinawan Budo-Kai
United States Martial Arts
United States Tae-Kwon Do Association
Hanshi Chatwood can be contacted at:
Sierra Jujitsu & Karate
3170 Research Way, #82
Carson City, NV 89706
Phone: (775) 882-8821