BJJY Advisory Board
Every effective organization and leader has a group of advisors – a group of people to whom the leader and other members can go to for advice. An advisory board can serve many purposes. It can be a sounding board or a source of wisdom and experience for others to draw upon.
I am very fortunate in that I have two distinct groups of martial artists I can call on for advice. First are my senior black belts. I know I can depend on them for honest and sincere feedback. They are also not afraid to speak out when something seems to be awry. Although their honesty can be painful for me at times, it is simpler in the long run. They know I’m intolerant of “yes people” as “yes people” aren’t true advisors. They’re simply puppets.
My second group of advisors are senior martial artists [including non-jujitsu yudansha] whom I have known for decades. I would like to consider them my peers, not solely based on their dan grade, but because of all of their accomplishments inside & outside the martial arts community. They are confident, competent, humble, professional, dedicated and have an extremely high level of integrity. I’ve learned to trust in their judgment, wisdom, and sincerity. I know I can go to them with almost any problem and get good, honest advice. It is my hope that these exceptionally fine martial artists will continue to help me and the BJJY for years to come. It is also my hope that my senior black belts can go to these exemplary advisors if they need advice in dealing with BJJY matters should anything happen to me that prevents me from being the head instructor of the BJJY.
Marc Tucker, 7th dan Budoshin Ju-Jitsu
Sensei Marc Tucker, Kyoshi, began his study of JuJitsu under Seki Sensei, receiving his Shodan in 1968 and to Nidan in 1970. Then I began to train in Shotokan with Fujishima Sensei to learn kicks and strikes which I felt Seki Sensei did not emphasize. I also had the pleasure of training with Oshima Sensei in Shotokan.
Marc has also studied Aikido, Judo and Krav Maga more to add to his knowledge and not for the rank and have integrated techniques that are highly successful in self defense.
In addition to his long-time teaching responsibilities at the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Dojo, Santa Clarita, CA, Marc also serves as treasurer and a board member for the dojo, which is an educational non-profit corporation.
Thomas Salander, 6th dan Budoshin Ju-Jitsu
Thomas has been teaching JuJitsu since 1997 when he founded the Arlington Budoshin JuJitsu Dojo. He has trained in Budoshin JuJitsu since 1991 and is a student of Professor George Kirby. Thomas was the editor of Okuri, the journal of the American JuJitsu Association, from 2000 to 2007. He was selected to be a member of the BJJY Executive Board in 2011.
Chris Hendricks, 6th dan Budoshin Ju-Jitsu
BA, LMT, FLEOA. Chris has been training in and teaching martial arts since 1981. He holds Yudansha grades in Isshin-Ryu Karate (1st), Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (2nd), Yoshimishinki Ryugi Ju Jutsu (6th) and Budoshin Ju Jitsu (5th). He has trained civilians, law enforcement and military personnel in all aspects of self-defense and personal protection. Chris currently works and trains in Northern Virginia.
Steven Castorena, 5th dan Budoshin Ju-Jitsu
Sensei Steven and I go back decades, probably to the late 1960’s or early 70’s. I’ve known him since he was 12 years old and was an early enrollee in my after school jujitsu program at Olive Vista Jr., Sylma, CA. He was the first black belt I promoted at Olive Vista Jr. High. Although Steve has studied other martial arts he still uses Budoshin Ju-Jitsu as his base art.
Steve has always been straight up with me and a great sounding board. How he vocalizes “H-m-m-m-m-m” often tells me what he’s thinking without him saying anything else. We know each other that well!
Sam Combes, Shihan, Kadokan Yoshinkai Dojo, 6th dan Aikido
After getting discharged from the U. S. Army in 1961, Sam Combes joined the Shotokan dojo in Honolulu and studied under Hirokazu KANAZAWA sensei for a few months.
In 1963 Sam became a Honolulu Policeman and introduced Judo and Aikido to the rookie officers. He eventually learned the Yoshinkai style of Aikido from Sensei Yukio Nocuchi. After decades of additional study Sensei Combs established the Kadokan, loosely translated to mean “California Way House”. It seems appropriate and fits well with the current curriculum. Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Sam maintains a small cadre of students and instructors.
David Dye, Soke of Shuyokan Ryu, 10th dan
Sensei David Dye born in Los Angeles, CA, in1945. He began his martial arts training with the study of Kodokan Judo in Inglewood, CA, in 1962. Since that time he has achieved dan grade rankings in a variety of ryu of karate, aikido, judo, and jujitsu. From 1966-97 he served with the city of Costa mesa Police Department and soon became the lead defensive tactics instructor. He has also received numerous awards including being inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 1995.
In the true martial arts spirit Sensei Dye continues to be a true student of the martial arts as he continues his growth and understanding of various ryu of the arts.