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.
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.
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
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.
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
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