Black Belt Roster

[updated July, 2020]

 

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 either promoted by Sensei Bill Fromm [deceased], Sensei Dennis McCurdy [retired], Wade Suzie [deceased], Paul Klara, or a senior yudansha promoted by Sensei McCurdy.

 

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 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 Ttitles:
   Marc Tucker – Kyoshi -2017

   William Harris – Kyoshi 2020
   Thomas Salander – Kyoshi – 2020
   Chris Hendricks – Renshi – 2015
   Jeff Wynn – Renshi – 2016
   Enrique Torres – Renshi – 2017
   Tony Damigo – Renshi – 2017
   Steven Castorena – Renshi -2017

 
 
 
 

Cross- Certification:

     Paul Sheasby – Godan – 2020

     David Dye – Godan – 2015
     Ray Eber – Nidan – 2015
     Gary Garnett – Yodan – 2015

Kudan – 9th degree black belt

 

Hachidan – 8th degree black belt

   Marc Tucker – 2020

            Paul Sheasby – 5d – 2020

            David Dye – 5d – 2015 

            Gary Garnett – 4d -2015

            Ray Eber – 2d – 2015

            Vince Di Bella – 1d – 2015

            Angelo Castro – 1d – 2015 

            Tony Carreno – 1d – 2013 

            Stark Howell – 1d – 2012
            Frank Blaney – 2d – 2006
            Marc Kolodziejczyk – 2d – 2006
            Sean Gallimore -1d – 2003
            Denny delos Reyes – 1d – 2005
            Paul Blaney – 1d – 2007

            Michael Langewisch – 2d – 2010

            Byron Davis – 2d – 2010

            Jeremy Yamauchi – 1d – 2011

    Will Harris – 2020

            Jay Baldwin** – 2015 

            Jody Canapp – 2d – 2016

            Thomas Dineen – 1d – 2020

            Mike Jackson – 1d -2020

 

 

Shichidan – 7th degree black belt

   Jeff Wynn – 2019

             DonRaphael Wynn – 1d – 2000
             Jared Wynn – 3d – 2012
             Cory Wynn – 2d – 2010   

             Greg Catanese – 2d – 2010   
             DonRaphael Wynn – 1d – 2000

             Louise Wynn – 2d – 2010 

             Tony Damigo – 4d – 2011 

             Matthew Gelaude – 1d – 2011

             DiAnn Reese – 2d – 2015

             Kelley Robins – 2d – 2015

             Jason Hirata – 1d – 2014

             William Griffin – 1d – 2014

             Charlie Armstrong – 2d – 2017 

             Kelly Garcia – 1d – 2016

             Ben Hirata – 1 d – 2016

             Jason Claus – 2d – 2016
             Lindsay Price – 1d – 2017

             Kirk Price – 1d – 2017

  Thomas Salander – 2019

           John Valceanu -1d-2019

           Adam Kennedy – 3d – 2018 

           Daniel Gaul – 1d – 2013 

           Charles Youman – 5d – 2019

           Stark Howell – 1d – 2012
            Kevin Brennan – 2d – 2003
            Michael J. Hobson – 2d – 2006
            Lawrence Tomek – 2d – 2006
            Robert Connolly – 2d – 2005
            Daniel Orkwis – 1d – 2003
            Robert Rogers – 1d – 2006 

                Chris Martell – 1d – 2011

             Kelly O’Briant – 1d -2018

             Watkins Gray – 1d – 2018

             Coral Burke – 1d -2019

             Stewart Burke – 1d – 2019

    Marc Tucker – 2015*

            Paul Sheasby – 5d – 2020

            David Dye – 5d – 2015 

            Gary Garnett – 4d -2015

            Ray Eber – 2d – 2015

            Vince Di Bella – 1d – 2015

            Angelo Castro – 1d – 2015 

            Tony Carreno – 1d – 2013 

            Stark Howell – 1d – 2012
            Frank Blaney – 2d – 2006
            Marc Kolodziejczyk – 2d – 2006
            Sean Gallimore -1d – 2003
            Denny delos Reyes – 1d – 2005
            Paul Blaney – 1d – 2007

            Michael Langewisch – 2d – 2010

            Byron Davis – 2d – 2010

            Jeremy Yamauchi – 1d – 2011

    Will Harris** – 2010

            Jay Baldwin** – 2015 

 

 

Rokudan – 6th degree black belt

    Bruce Jones – 2006 [hon]   
            Arnold Smith – 3d – 2008 

                 Bruce Geyman – 2d – 2011
    Robert Wong – 1994
            Jennifer Wong – 4d – 1995
            Leo Byrd – 4d – 1999
                Sandra Chang – 2d – 2002

                Laureano Alvarez – 1d – 2004
            Rod Carrasco – 2d – 1997
            Nick DeMauro – 2d – 1997
            David Newton -1d – 1989
            Jim Dangerfield – 1d – 198?
            Ben Miller – 1d- 1996
            Dennis Dionesio – 1d – 1997
            Sam Rodriguez -1d- 1997

    Mark Jordan – 2009*

            Dennis McCafferty – 1d – 2013         

            Andrew Sparks – 2d – 2013

            Antonio Ramon – 2d – 2013

            Cheri Zoe’ Walker – 1d – 2012

            Stark Howell – 1d- 2012

            Jeff Wynn – 5d – 2011

                 Tony Damigo – 4d – 2011

                 Matthew Gelaude – 1d – 2011 

            Bobby Hill – 2007
            Willie Huang – 2007
            Ezra Pugh – 2007

            David Eckardt – 2003
            Daniel Erickson – 2003

            Michael Sebastian – 2d – 2002
            Paul Hale – 1d – 1997
            Ed Diffner – 1d- 1998

    Mark Burton** – 2010 

    Chris Hendricks – 2014

             Chris Martell – 1d – 2011  

     Rick Torres – 2019

             Ed Kimes – 1d – 2014 

             Clint Sparks – 1d – 2014

             Kyle Winfield – 1d – 2014

             Arronn Baylor – 1d – 2014

             Walker Baylor – 1d – 2014

             Harrison Baylor – 1d – 2014

             Eric Tollett – 2d – 2006
             Juan Alcantar Jr. -2d – 2006
             Jason Allen – 1d – 2004

     Paul Sheasby – 2020

 

 

Godan – 5th degree black belt

     George Cushinan – 2020

            Jeff Newton – 3d – 2015

            Gary Bulian – 3d – 2015

            Robby Moss – 2d – 2014

            Roger Fung – 2d – 2014

            Nick Cushinan  – 2d – 2014

            Ellery Bunn – 2d – 2014

            Julia Piotrowski – 2d – 2014

            Roy Long – 2d – 2005

            Raymond Tam – 1d – 2011

            Rowan McCormick – 1d – 2011

            Marino Brilli – 1d – 2012  

             Cynthia Yan – 1d – 2008 
            Travis Morrison – 1d – 2008 
            Jeff Morrison – 1d – 2008
            Robert Reynolds – 2d -2006
            Allan Beattie – 1d -2006
            Greg Oortwyn – 1d – 2003
            Hayley Manning – 1d – 2003
            Raj Dhanasar – 1d – 2003 

     David Dye – 2015

     Tony Damigo – 2015

             Michael Gelaude – 2d – 2013
             Matthew Gelaude – 2d – 2011      
             William Sherman, Jr. – 3d – 2013
             Sherry Gibson – 2d – 2016
             Steve Pendergrass – 1d – 2007
             Chris Carstons – 1d – 2007
             Dani Pendergrass – 1d – 2007
             Mason Yohn – 1d – 2006

    Steven Castorena – 2015

             Mike Montes – 1d – 2016 

             Cheri Zoe’ Walker – 1d – 2012

             Andy Sparks – 1d – 2012

             Antonio Ramon – 1d – 2012

             Cheri Zoe’ Walker – 1d – 2012
             Steve “Kimo” Williams – 1d – 2002
             Peter Jones – 1d – 2007

    Pierre Lautischer – 19

  

 

 

Yodan – 4th degree black belt

     Dave Clark – 2019

            Paul Haynes – 3d – 2019

     John Castellon -2019

     Scott Finley** – 2017

     John Frank** – 2017

     Gary Garnett – 2015

     Cindy Rivera – 1981
            Victor Rivera – 3d – 197?
            Axelle Rohrbach – 1d – 197?            
    Kenneth Harte – 1994 
            Carmen Harte – 2d – 1999
            Tom Shelburne – 1d – 1995
            Byron Reyes – 1d – 1997
            Steve Mittleman – 1d – 1999
    Matityahu Elyashiv – 1996
    Kevin Harte – 2001
    Ron Sekulich – 2004
            Michael Sebastian – 2d – 2002
            Steve “Kimo” Williams – 2d – 2004
            Paul Hale – 1d – 1997
            Ed Diffner – 1d- 1998
            Brian Sincomb -1d – 2003

    Dave Stuart** – 2011 

    Michael Langewisch – 2017

            Jeremy Yamauchi – 1d – 2011

    Byron Davis – 2017 

            Angelo Castro – 1d – 2015

            Jeremy Yamauchi – 1d – 2011

            Matthew Gelaude – 1d – 2011

 

 

 

Sandan – 3rd degree black belt
    Dan Stone – 1977
    Daniel Nofal – 1981
    Tevis Verrette – 1985*
          Francis Leidinger – 1d – 1986
    Stephen Copping – 1990
          Eugene Roddenberry – 1d – 1992
    Anthony Ibbott – 1994
    Lynden Holloway – 2001
    Bob Pruitt – 2004
    Linda DellaPelle – 2008
          Christian Zivelonghi – 1999
          John Portlock – 2003
          Dustin Contreras – 2004
          Cesar George – 2007   

    Bill Swope – 2009

           Kevin Saul – 1d – 2009

    Adam Kennedy -3d- 2019   

           John Valceanu -1d-2019

    Sherry Gibson – 3d – 2019

    

 

 

Nidan – 2nd degree black belt

    Steve Gwynn – 1976
    Jeff Mullich – 1985
    R David Moore – 1987
          Paul Martino -1d- 198?
          Patrick Tobey – 1d – 1991
    Mitch Shands – 198?
    Jennifer Clark [Toot] – 1992
    Rodney Toot – 1991
    Paul Martinez – 1999
          John Portlock – 1d – 2003
          Dustin Contreras – 1d – 2004
    Linda Crochiere – 2002
    Michael Sebastian – 2002
    Frank Blaney – 2006
          Paul Blaney – 1d – 2007
          Michael Langewisch – 1d – 2007
    Marc Kolodziejczyk – 2006
          Paul Blaney – 1d – 2007
          Michael Langewisch – 2007

          William Sherman, Jr. – 2011 

    Antonio Ramon – 2013

    Joe Walstrum – 2013 

    Jay Baldwin – 2015 

    Ray Eber – 2015 

    Glenda Perl – 2017

 

Shodan – 1st degree black belt
    Robert ” Kelly” Harte – 1977
    William White – 1978
    Fird White – 1978
    Gary French – 1979
    Jorge Chaves – 1976
    Richard Stone – 1971
    Carol Vielleux – 197?
    Kevin Mullich – 197?
    Gwyn Jolly – 197?
    Hannie Blaauw – 1982
    William Perrin – 1986
    Glen Mayeda – 1987
    Edward Idian – 1987
    Arif Halaby – 1988
    Tina Campos – 1983
    Dan Carrison – 1990
    Mark Myer – 1990
    Robert Price – 1992
    Alan John – 1994
    Rod Lopez, Jr. – 1994
    Sean Gallimore – 2003
    Brian Sincomb – 2003
    Denny delos Reyes – 2005
    Paul Blaney – 2007
    Peter Jones – 2007
    Steve Pendergrass – 2007
    Chris Carstons – 2007
    Paul Sucher – 2007

    Lee Jacobs – 2008

    Dan Duran – 2009

    Jeremy Yamauchi – 2011

    Matthew Gelaude – 2011

    Chris Martell – 2011

    DiAnn Reese – 2012

    Kelley Robins – 2012

    Stark Howell – 2012

    Jodi Canapp – 2012

    Tony Carreno – 2013 

    Jason Hirata – 2014

    William Griffin – 2014

    Charlie Armstrong – 2014 

    Vincent Di Bella – 2015  

    Mike Montes – 1d – 2016

 
 

 


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

3

2019

     

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

7 Susie

Jodi Canapp

2

2016

  

Thomas Dineen

1

2020

  

Mike Jackson

1

2020

     

Debbie Burk

7 NSCB

Tyler Garner

3

2018

  

Vernon Garner

3

2018

  

Adam Laser

1

2005

  

Jeff Stevenson

1

1993

     

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

1

2004

     

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 McClernon

4 McCurdy

Darrin Fox

2

2019

  

Adam Auerback

1

2019

  

Dominic Calabria

1

2018

  

Matt Clark

1

2019

  

Emmanuel Hamwright

1

2017