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Sensei John Jeffery Biography

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Sensei John Jeffery is ranked as a 6th  Degree Black Belt, (Rokudan) and was awarded his Rensei certificate on October 10, 1991 by Master Seikichi Odo from Agena, Okinawa and Kyoshi  Paul Ortino, Jr., from Honolulu, Hawaii in the Martial Art of RyuKyu hon Kenpo Kobojutsu Karate.  He is a licensed qualified instructor with the RHKKF and Okinawa Kenpo Karate Dharma-Ryu Dojo’s in both Okinawan Karate and Okinawan Weapons (Kobudo). In 1972 Sensei  Jeffery began his studies under Master Lee Kim learning the art of Tae Kwon Do while stationed at Lee Barracks, Mainz Germany. In 1975, after serving three years in the US Army Sensei Jeffery returned to St Augustine, FL where he studied Tang Soo Do under Dr. Kissisler, Kenny Durling, and Tom Franke.  

In 1977 Sensei Jeffery moved to Jefferson City, MO, where he studied the Japanese Martial Art of Kei Shin Kan under Noborura Shinahara and Sensei B.J. Huffman. In 1978 he re-located back to St. Augustine, Fl where he continued to study and train in the art of Tang So Do.  

In 1980 Sensei Jeffery began training under Soke Richard Ballerigeon (8th Degree Black Belt)  Sensei Jeffery studied the  Martial Art of Shito-Ryu Karate located  in  Valdosta, Georgia. And was awarded his 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan) by Soke  Ballerigeon. In 1982 Sensei Jeffery re-entered military service and was stationed at Ft. McNair, Washington D.C. with the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard). Sensei Jeffery opened his first dojo in 1980 in St Augustine Florida, and has been teaching ever since.  

 In 1986 Sensei Jeffery was transferred to  Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he was a student of  Kyoshi  Paul Ortino Jr, and Hanchi Seikichi Odo training in  the Martial Art of RyuKyu hon Kenpo Kobojutsu and continues to train under one of these great Masters.  It is with a sad heart that we lost Grand Master Seikichi Odo who Passed away March of 2002.  

Sensei Jeffery has been a member of Hawaii Karate Congress (H.K.C.), and a member of the Hawaii Karate Kodanshakai and was awarded by the Board Members of the Kodanshakai the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt, signed by legendary Sensei's like Bobby Lowe Sensei and James Miyigi Sensei. He is Kyoshi  Paul Ortino's Senior Student and  technical advisor for the Dharma Ryu Dojo's. Sensei Jeffery retired from the US Army after 20 years of faithful service and with his lovely wife Cindy has made Valodsta, Georgia their home. Sensei Jeffery operates a successful Karate Dojo located at Moody Air Force Base Youth Center, instructing classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Sensei Jeffery's goal is to teach traditional Okinawan Karate and Kobujutsu as taught to him by his teachers. 

Sensei Jeffrey's website can be found here.

 

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