Black Belt Roster

[updated January, 2022]

 
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Below is a listing of all students promoted to black belt grades since Bill Fromm and I started teaching Budoshin Ju-Jitsu at the Burbank, CA YMCA in 1967. There are two promotional lists here. The first list is for students promoted by me or one of my black belts. Students sublisted under a particular black belt were promoted directly by that black belt or with the support of a black belt board.¬† The second list shows students that were promoted by Bill Fromm or one of his black belts. Bill’s list is structured a bit differently because it is based on the American Jujitsu Association’s Black Belt Roster which is organized differently.

 

Every Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Black Belt promoted or certified by me or another BJJY certified black belt will be able to wear the BJJY logo/patch on their gi as a quick means of recognition. [Note that the outer ring is black with white print.] They should also have their BJJY Certificate of Promotion posted in the dojo. It should have their photo sealed & stamped on it, or, starting in 2017, their picture is actually an integral printed part of the document, along with a registration number for verification and authentication purposes. 

If a listed yudansha on “my” list has a double-asterisk [**] after their name it means that they were initially either promoted by Sensei Bill Fromm [deceased], Sensei Dennis McCurdy [retired], Wade Suzie [deceased], Paul Klara, or a senior yudansha promoted by Sensei McCurdy or the AJA NSCB [National Standards & Certification Board], but have since been promoted by me.

 

If a person is claiming to be a black belt in Budoshin Jujitsu and they’re not on this list, please click¬†HERE to get in touch withe me. I will be glad to check it out & get back to you.¬†


If you were promoted by a deceased or retired Budoshin Ju-Jitsu sensei and you wish to be on this list please send me a copy of your yudansha certificate stating such. 


If you would also like an official BJJY certificate of rank you must be a current BJJY member.

 
Left to right: Glenda Perl [to 2nd], Steven Castorena [to 5th], Byron Davis [to 4th], and Michael Langewisch [to 4th] receive their black belt promotional certificates in 1917.

A Budoshin Jujitsu Yudansha [black belt] may promote students up to one rank below his/her own rank. The use of a black belt board [additional instructors] can increase the credibility, integrity, and validity of the promotional evaluation if all of the instructors are  competent [ranked] in the martial art for which a candidate is being tested.

 

If a black belt is listed under more than one instructor it means that those instructors were part of the Black Belt Board that evaluated him/her for promotion.

 

 


Black Belt Promotions by Sensei George Kirby

Honorary Titles:
   Marc Tucker РKyoshi -2017

   William Harris РKyoshi 2020
   Thomas Salander РKyoshi Р2020
   Chris Hendricks РRenshi Р2015
   Jeff Wynn РRenshi Р2016
   Enrique Torres РRenshi Р2017
   Tony Damigo РRenshi Р2017
   Steven Castorena РRenshi Р2017 

   Paul Sheasby РRenshi Р2020

 
 
 
 

Cross- Certification:

¬† ¬† ¬†Thomas “TJ” Gentry – Godan – 2022

     Darryn Melerine РGodan Р2021

     Paul Sheasby РGodan Р2020

     David Dye РGodan Р2015
     Ray Eber РNidan Р2015
     Gary Garnett РYodan Р2015

Kudan – 9th degree black belt

 

Hachidan – 8th degree black belt

   Marc Tucker Р2020

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Thomas “TJ” Gentry – 5d – 2022

            Darryn Melerine Р5d Р2021

            Paul Sheasby Р5d Р2020

            David Dye Р5d Р2015 

            Gary Garnett Р4d -2015

            Ray Eber Р2d Р2015

            Vince Di Bella Р1d Р2015

            Angelo Castro Р1d Р2015 

            Tony Carreno Р1d Р2013 

            Stark Howell Р1d Р2012
            Frank Blaney Р2d Р2006
            Marc Kolodziejczyk Р2d Р2006
            Sean Gallimore -1d Р2003
            Denny delos Reyes Р1d Р2005
            Paul Blaney Р1d Р2007

            Michael Langewisch Р2d Р2010

            Byron Davis Р2d Р2010

            Jeremy Yamauchi Р1d Р2011

    Will Harris Р2020

           Dave Stuart Р5d Р2015

            Jay Baldwin** Р2015 

            Jodi Canapp Р2d Р2016

            Joe Walstrom -3d Р2016

            John Frank Р4d- 2017

           Mike Parks Р4d -2021

            Thomas Dineen Р1d Р2020

            Mike Jackson Р1d -2020

 

 

Shichidan – 7th degree black belt

   Jeff Wynn Р2019

             DonRaphael Wynn Р1d Р2000
             Jared Wynn Р3d Р2012
             Cory Wynn Р2d Р2010   

             Greg Catanese Р2d Р2010   
             DonRaphael Wynn Р1d Р2000

             Louise Wynn Р2d Р2010 

             Tony Damigo Р4d Р2011 

             Matthew Gelaude Р1d Р2011

             DiAnn Reese Р2d Р2015

             Kelley Robins Р2d Р2015

             Jason Hirata Р1d Р2014

             William Griffin Р1d Р2014

             Charlie Armstrong Р2d Р2017 

             Kelly Garcia Р1d Р2016

             Ben Hirata Р1 d Р2016

             Jason Claus Р2d Р2016
             Lindsay Price Р1d Р2017

             Kirk Price Р1d Р2017

             Damon Cronin Р3d -2021

  Thomas Salander Р2019

           John Valceanu -1d-2019

           Adam Kennedy Р3d Р2018 

           Daniel Gaul Р1d Р2013 

           Charles Youman Р5d Р2019

           Stark Howell Р1d Р2012
            Kevin Brennan Р2d Р2003
            Michael J. Hobson Р2d Р2006
            Lawrence Tomek Р2d Р2006
            Robert Connolly Р2d Р2005
            Daniel Orkwis Р1d Р2003
            Robert Rogers Р1d Р2006 

                Chris Martell Р1d Р2011

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Kelly O’Briant – 1d -2018

             Watkins Gray Р1d Р2018

             Coral Burke Р1d -2019

             Stewart Burke Р1d Р2019 

 

 

Rokudan – 6th degree black belt

    Bruce Jones Р2006 [hon]   
            Arnold Smith Р3d Р2008 

                 Bruce Geyman Р2d Р2011
    Robert Wong Р1994
            Jennifer Wong Р4d Р1995
            Leo Byrd Р4d Р1999
                Sandra Chang Р2d Р2002

                Laureano Alvarez Р1d Р2004
            Rod Carrasco Р2d Р1997
            Nick DeMauro Р2d Р1997
            David Newton -1d Р1989
            Jim Dangerfield Р1d Р198?
            Ben Miller Р1d- 1996
            Dennis Dionesio Р1d Р1997
            Sam Rodriguez -1d- 1997

    Mark Jordan Р2009*

            Dennis McCafferty Р1d Р2013         

            Andrew Sparks Р2d Р2013

            Antonio Ramon Р2d Р2013

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Cheri Zoe’ Walker – 1d – 2012

            Stark Howell Р1d- 2012

            Jeff Wynn Р5d Р2011

                 Tony Damigo Р4d Р2011

                 Matthew Gelaude Р1d Р2011 

            Bobby Hill Р2007
            Willie Huang Р2007
            Ezra Pugh Р2007

            David Eckardt Р2003
            Daniel Erickson Р2003

            Michael Sebastian Р2d Р2002
            Paul Hale Р1d Р1997
            Ed Diffner Р1d- 1998

    Mark Burton** Р2010 

    Chris Hendricks Р2014

             Chris Martell Р1d Р2011  

     Rick Torres Р2019

             Ed Kimes Р1d Р2014 

             Clint Sparks Р1d Р2014

             Kyle Winfield Р1d Р2014

             Arronn Baylor Р1d Р2014

             Walker Baylor Р1d Р2014

             Harrison Baylor Р1d Р2014

             Eric Tollett Р3d Р2019
             Juan Alcantar Jr. -2d Р2006
             Jason Allen Р1d Р2004

     Paul Sheasby Р2020

             Gary Purcell Р3d Р2021

                  Rebeca Purcell Р2d Р2022

             Joshua Purcell Р3d Р2021

             Scott Kenee Р2d Р2021

                  

 

 

Godan – 5th degree black belt

     George Cushinan Р2020

            Jeff Newton Р3d Р2015

            Gary Bulian Р3d Р2015

            Robby Moss Р2d Р2014

            Roger Fung Р2d Р2014

            Nick Cushinan  Р2d Р2014

            Ellery Bunn Р2d Р2014

            Julia Piotrowski Р2d Р2014

            Roy Long Р2d Р2005

            Raymond Tam Р1d Р2011

            Rowan McCormick Р1d Р2011

            Marino Brilli Р1d Р2012  

             Cynthia Yan Р1d Р2008 
            Travis Morrison Р1d Р2008 
            Jeff Morrison Р1d Р2008
            Robert Reynolds Р2d -2006
            Allan Beattie Р1d -2006
            Greg Oortwyn Р1d Р2003
            Hayley Manning Р1d Р2003
            Raj Dhanasar Р1d Р2003 

     David Dye Р2015

     Tony Damigo Р2015

             Michael Gelaude Р2d Р2013
             Matthew Gelaude Р2d Р2011      
             William Sherman, Jr. Р3d Р2013
             Sherry Gibson Р2d Р2016
             Steve Pendergrass Р1d Р2007
             Chris Carstons Р1d Р2007
             Dani Pendergrass Р1d Р2007
             Mason Yohn Р1d Р2006

    Steven Castorena Р2015

             Dee McCafferty Р2d Р2015

             Mike Montes Р1d Р2016 

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Cheri Zoe’ Walker – 1d – 2012

             Andy Sparks Р1d Р2012

             Antonio Ramon Р1d Р2012

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Cheri Zoe’ Walker – 1d – 2012
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Steve “Kimo” Williams – 1d – 2002
             Peter Jones Р1d Р2007

    Pierre Lautischer Р19

  

 

 

Yodan – 4th degree black belt

     Dave Clark Р2019

            Paul Haynes Р3d Р2019

     John Castellon -2019

     Scott Finley** Р2017

     Gary Garnett Р2015

     Cindy Rivera Р1981
            Victor Rivera Р3d Р197?
            Axelle Rohrbach Р1d Р197?            
    Kenneth Harte Р1994 
            Carmen Harte Р2d Р1999
            Tom Shelburne Р1d Р1995
            Byron Reyes Р1d Р1997
            Steve Mittleman Р1d Р1999
    Matityahu Elyashiv Р1996
    Kevin Harte Р2001
    Ron Sekulich Р2004
            Michael Sebastian Р2d Р2002
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Steve “Kimo” Williams – 2d – 2004
            Paul Hale Р1d Р1997
            Ed Diffner Р1d- 1998
            Brian Sincomb -1d Р2003 

    Michael Langewisch Р2017

            Jeremy Yamauchi Р1d Р2011

    Byron Davis Р2017 

            Angelo Castro Р1d Р2015

            Jeremy Yamauchi Р1d Р2011

            Matthew Gelaude Р1d Р2011

 

 

 

Sandan – 3rd degree black belt
    Dan Stone Р1977
    Daniel Nofal Р1981
    Tevis Verrette Р1985*
          Francis Leidinger Р1d Р1986
    Stephen Copping Р1990
          Eugene Roddenberry Р1d Р1992
    Anthony Ibbott Р1994
    Lynden Holloway Р2001
    Bob Pruitt Р2004
    Linda DellaPelle Р2008
          Christian Zivelonghi Р1999
          John Portlock Р2003
          Dustin Contreras Р2004
          Cesar George Р2007   

    Bill Swope Р2009

           Kevin Saul Р1d Р2009

    Adam Kennedy -3d- 2019   

           John Valceanu -1d-2019

    Sherry Gibson Р3d Р2019

    

 

 

Nidan – 2nd degree black belt

    Steve Gwynn Р1976
    Jeff Mullich Р1985
    R David Moore Р1987
          Paul Martino -1d- 198?
          Patrick Tobey Р1d Р1991
    Mitch Shands Р198?
    Jennifer Clark [Toot] Р1992
    Rodney Toot Р1991
    Paul Martinez Р1999
          John Portlock Р1d Р2003
          Dustin Contreras Р1d Р2004
    Linda Crochiere Р2002
    Michael Sebastian Р2002
    Frank Blaney Р2006
          Paul Blaney Р1d Р2007
          Michael Langewisch Р1d Р2007
    Marc Kolodziejczyk Р2006
          Paul Blaney Р1d Р2007
          Michael Langewisch Р2007

          William Sherman, Jr. Р2011 

    Antonio Ramon Р2013

    Joe Walstrum Р2013 

    Jay Baldwin Р2015 

    Ray Eber Р2015 

    Glenda Perl Р2017

    Beshara Alraii Р2022

    Rebeca Purcel Р2022

 

Shodan – 1st degree black belt
¬†¬†¬† Robert ” Kelly” Harte – 1977
    William White Р1978
    Fird White Р1978
    Gary French Р1979
    Jorge Chaves Р1976
    Richard Stone Р1971
    Carol Vielleux Р197?
    Kevin Mullich Р197?
    Gwyn Jolly Р197?
    Hannie Blaauw Р1982
    William Perrin Р1986
    Glen Mayeda Р1987
    Edward Idian Р1987
    Arif Halaby Р1988
    Tina Campos Р1983
    Dan Carrison Р1990
    Mark Myer Р1990
    Robert Price Р1992
    Alan John Р1994
    Rod Lopez, Jr. Р1994
    Sean Gallimore Р2003
    Brian Sincomb Р2003
    Denny delos Reyes Р2005
    Paul Blaney Р2007
    Peter Jones Р2007
    Steve Pendergrass Р2007
    Chris Carstons Р2007
    Paul Sucher Р2007

    Lee Jacobs Р2008

    Dan Duran Р2009

    Jeremy Yamauchi Р2011

    Matthew Gelaude Р2011

    Chris Martell Р2011

    DiAnn Reese Р2012

    Kelley Robins Р2012

    Stark Howell Р2012

    Jodi Canapp Р2012

    Tony Carreno Р2013 

    Jason Hirata Р2014

    William Griffin Р2014

    Charlie Armstrong Р2014 

    Vincent Di Bella Р2015  

    Mike Montes Р1d Р2016

    Akagi Kayashima Р1d Р2018

    John Bowman Р1d Р2021

    Eric Sallee Р1d 2021

    Christopher Clark Р1d 2022

 
 

 


Black Belt Promotions by Sensei William [Bill] Fromm

 

Notes:

 

“NSCB” refers to the American Jujitsu Association National Standards and Certification Board. The NSCB has three functions: to approve different ryu of traditional jujitsu dojo for AJA membership, to promote black belts under circumstances presented in the AJA Constitution and Bylaws, and certify black belts as qualified to teach traditional jujitsu. Refer to the AJA website www.americanjujitsuassociation.org for more information.

 

Also, please be aware that this list contains promotions made ONLY in Budoshin Jujitsu dojos as of June 2020, that originated from Sensei Bill Fromm. Therefore it will look different from the AJA roster which contains ALL black belt promotions regardless of ryu [style].

 

SENSEI

SENSEI RANK

STUDENT

DAN

DATE

Bill Fromm

10 NSCB

Jerry Sewell

4

1991

   

Jean Stanley

4

1985

   

James Howard

3

1982

   

Mary Jo Mueller

3

1985

   

Charles Blackwell

2

1978

   

Stephen Forest

2

1982

   

John Godfrey

2

1982

   

Bruce Lloyd

2

1978

   

Charles Nader

2

1990

   

James Plowden

2

1978

   

Richard Reilly

2

1984

   

Cythia Baker

1

1978

   

Claire Brown

1

1978

   

Neal Bunja

1

1977

   

Barbara Chalmers

1

1983

   

Robert English

1

1984

   

Tanya Gardner

1

1984

   

Walter Mayer

1

1985

   

Jeff McMahon

1

1979

   

Gregory Myers

1

1981

   

Bob Pantoulis

1

1981

   

Andrew Pawluczkowycz

1

1983

   

Michael Pawluczkowycz

1

1983

   

Judith Plowden

1

1979

   

Steven Rhyne

1

1981

   

Todd Smith

1

1983

   

Steven Stokes

1

1983

   

David Taylor

1

1988

         

NSCB

NSCB

John McCurdy

10

2007

   

Reginald Heffner

8

2017

   

Debbie Burk

7

2020

   

David Boesel

6

2017

   

Howard Kee

6

2018

   

Robert McKean

3

1988

   

Sherry Gibson

Brian McClernan

Paul Klara

3
5
7

2019
2021
2020

         

John D. McCurdy

10 NSCB

Terry Feelemyer

9

2009

   

Donna Mathews

9

2014

   

Karen Curley

8

2006

   

Bruce Jones

8

2014

   

Wade Susie

8

2006

   

Bill Swope

8

2014

   

Robert Anderson

6

2000

   

Scott Anderson

6

2009

   

Gwynn Hughes

6

1991

   

Paul Klara

6

2014

   

Richard Cuno

5

?

   

Mario Harold

5

2009

   

Scott Finley

4

2017

   

Robrt Gardner

4

1989

   

Richard Lab

4

1993

   

Brian McClernan

4

2017

   

Thomas Carroll

3

2010

   

Frances Carterat

3

?

   

Terry Greenwood

3

1989

   

Larry Linville

3

1991

   

Jeff Michael

3

1986

   

Anthony Posinski

3

2006

   

Lois Wheeler

3

1988

   

Ron Wyatt

3

1987

   

Matt Hampton

2

2019

   

Will Lissauer

2

2011

   

Michael McCurdy

2

?

   

Josh Wood

2

2002

   

Bill Young

2

1987

   

Charles Horn

1

2007

   

Josh Marsiglia

1

2001

   

Paul Marsiglia

1

2001

   

Craig Sobe

1

1989

         

Wade Susie

8 – McCurdy

Will Harris

7

2010

   

George Boden

6

2012

   

Mark Burton

6

2010

   

Tom Edwards

5

2012

   

Gerard Mueller

5

2004

   

John Frank

4

2017

   

Bill Needer

4

2004

   

Richard Beard

3

1995

   

Vernon Davis

3

2002

   

Dennis Jones

3

2004

   

Chad Kabler

3

2009

   

Mike Parks

3

2000

   

Stephen Stekas

3

1992

   

Alainna White

3

2010

   

John Boden

2

2004

   

Joe Connelly

2

2005

   

Ryan Levin

2

2004

   

Andy Speara

2

2006

   

Jay Beard

1

2013

   

Collin Bender

1

2009

   

Carmella Boden

1

1997

   

Jerry Collins

1

2001

   

Patrick Jones

1

1999

   

Mike Levin

1

2006

   

Rick Martin

1

2006

         

Bruce Jones

8 McCurdy

Jancel Conroy

5

2013

   

David Patton

5

2008

   

Ibrahim Majeed

4

2009

   

Dean Dunwoody

3

2014

   

Wade Jones

3

2001

   

Kathy Patrick

3

2008

   

Arnold Smith

3

2008

   

Luis Tsuji

3

2011

   

Stephania Walker

3

2006

   

Jared Wynn

3

2012

   

Louise Wynn

3

2012

   

Kevin [Yousefi] Adams

2

?

   

Stacie Beard

2

1996

   

Rex Ellis

2

1996

   

Bruce Geyman

2

2008

   

Kevin Mathis

2

2013

   

Amelia Nemitz

2

2013

   

Chuck Norris

2

2006

   

Donald Parsons

2

2010

   

David Tucker

2

2013

   

Tony Wong

2

2011

   

Katie Bajis

1

2009

   

Jonathan Beal

1

2012

   

Iris Bombelyn

1

2007

   

Paul Coleman

1

2012

   

Kevin Curtin

1

2010

   

Rose Delany

1

2012

   

David Dunham

1

2003

   

Martin Georgievski

1

2013

   

Judith Kaleh

1

1995

   

Ira Kukic

1

2005

   

Ned Libby

1

2014

   

Leon Mansfield

1

2011

   

Bob Rosenblum

1

2007

   

Michael Rott

1

2008

   

Mark Stoyan

1

2014

   

Jordan Tucker

1

2014

   

Rich Vinnacombe

1

2013

   

Hung Vo

1

2013

   

Don Raphael Wynn

1

2000

         

Will Harris

8 Kirby

Jodi Canapp

2

2016

   

Thomas Dineen

1

2020

   

Mike Jackson

1

2020

         

Debbie Burk

7 NSCB

Tyler Garner

4

2021

   

Vernon Garner

4

2020

   

Adam Laser

1

2005

 

 

Jeff Stevenson

Ward Lily
Greg Udsinski

1

5
5

1993

2021
2021

         

David Boesel

6 NSCB

Amanda Diddlemeyer

2

2019

   

John Gress

2

2013

   

Daniel Gress

1

2011

   

David McComas

1

2014

   

Kendrick Smith

1

2017

   

James Sutherland

1

2010

   

Shane Wissman

Young Kim

1

4

2004

2020

         

Howard Kee

6 NSCB

Jess Strom

3

2019

   

Valerie Wade

3

2018

   

Roger Chen

2

2019

   

Boris Korol

2

2017

   

Chris Murphy

2

2019

         

Paul Klara

6 McCurdy

Michael Hickey

6

2019

   

Michael Balog

2

2017

   

Samantha Finley

2

2017

         

Michael Hickey

6 Klara

David E. Racine

4

2018

   

David W. Racine

3

2019

   

James Boothe

2

2020

   

Steven Bowman

2

2019

   

Conner Bowman

1

2015

   

Jarrett Bowman

1

2016

   

Scott Coldiron

1

2019

   

Tyler Hickey

1

2017

         

Scott Anderson

6 McCurdy

Gabe Florit

1

2007

         

Robert Gardner

4 McCurdy

Edwin Effert

2

1995

   

Terry  Wingler

2

1993

   

Scott Brown

1

1995

   

Kevin Cole

1

1989

   

Hank Hirschman

1

1987

   

Wiiliam Smith 

1

1988

         

Brian McClernan

5 NSCB

Darrin Fox

2

2019

   

Adam Auerback

1

2019

   

Dominic Calabria

2

2020

   

Matt Clark

1

2019

 

 

Emmanuel Hamwright

Dana Aldridge

1

3

2017

2022