Although I began judo with Samuel K. Solomon within a short while with Sams advice I joined a German judo club, the Mannheim Judo and Gymnastic Academy.
I joined in March of 1963 and was there for little more than one year. When my father was transfered to Ft. Ord, Ca. I began practicing with Charlie Kelanis judoclub in New Monterey,Ca. During this same period I began amateur boxing, eventually boxing Golden Gloves and AAU.
While I was attending Brigham Young University a group of us mostly young fellows from Hawaii got together and started a judo and kung fu, karate club on campus. We called it the Hawaii no ka oi,martial arts Club. When I returned to the Monterey area I began judo with the Buddhist Church and jujitsu and karate with prof. John Chow Hoon. During this time Prof. Chow Hoon introduced me to Prof. Wally Jay and Prof. Willy Cahill. I was about 24yrs. old. In 1975 Iwas promoted to shodan and in 1976 Prof. Chow Hoon asked me to open a martial arts club. We called the dojo the Monterey Budokan.
At age 30 I left for Japan to practice judo in Japan with the hope of preparing for the1980 Olympic trials. The United States boycotted the Olympics but I decided to stay in Japan. I continued to practice but also studied Shorinji Kempo. When I returned to the US I continued judo with Prf. Charlie Robinson and renewed my friendship with Prof. W. Jay and Prof. W. Cahill. Ihad recieved my shodan in jujitsu in 1978 so I was anxious to practice Danzan ryu again. In 1996 iwas promoted to 4th dan in judo and in No. 15,2008 Iwaspromoted to 7th dan in goshinjutsu . I still continue to practice as my schedule allows.
Sincerely, Bob Kent
Sensei Nathaniel “Seth” Williams (3rd Dan Chow-Hoon Goshin-Jitsu):
I began my journey into the martial arts and competitive wrestling at a young age. My father, a 3rd Dan black belt in Tang Soo Do and Medieval Weapons Master, began teaching my brother and I as soon as we were able to walk. I trained with my father through the years until I transitioned to wrestling through my senior year of High School reaching State in Roman Greco. During this time I also trained at a local Tang Soo Do dojo, played multiple sports, began training heavily in medieval European sword, and with my father in various styles of martial arts. Continuing from my senior year of high school I taught many wrestling and grappling classes while training and competing in medieval weaponry tournaments (see SCA.org for info on medieval arts and tournaments). It was after 8 years of training in weapons and teaching grappling that I was introduced to Professor Bob Kent and thereby the art of Chow-Hoon Goshin-Jitsu.
I began my intensive training with Professor Kent in the art of Chow-Hoon Goshin-Jitsu soon after. When you obtain your first Dan is when you truly begin to learn the combative arts, you begin assistant instructing, learn the deeper meaning and more advanced application of the techniques and a deep love and connection to the arts. After an extensive period of time I was presented with my 2nd degree black belt. Professor James Murro (10th Dan CHGJ), Professor Russell Coelho (9th Dan CHGJ), Professor Bob Kent (7th Dan CHGJ), and Mrs. Chow-Hoon signed, stamped and presented me with my second Dan. Beginning March of 2014 to present day I am the head instructor under Professor Bob Kent at the Chow-Hoon Budokan, where we continue to train and teach the amazing art of Chow-Hoon Goshin-Jitsu and instill the lessons and atmosphere of the Ohana (family) that is this wonderful martial arts community.
Kyosa Stephen Williams (4th Degree Master Chow-Hoon Goshin-Jitsu):
Stephen has studied martial arts since childhood. He has competed in Judo, wrestling, karate and weapons tournaments. He has attained his 3rd dan black belt in Tang Soo Do and is a 4th degree master in Chow-Hoon Goshin-Jitsu. He has also attained the accolade of Knighthood in The Society of Creative Anachronism for his prowess with the knightly weapons of the high middle ages to include, the broad sword, spear, axe, mace, dagger, long sword, shield and unarmed combat.
In the Society he is known as Sir Stephen MacAlpin. He has spent more than 27 years studying the crafting of and history of weapons as well as the life of the people of the European High Middle Ages. He has been an avid competitor in mediaeval weapons tournaments and inter-kingdom wars. He now teaches his own students and joins the Budokan as an instructor in this unique style.
O’HANA – Visiting Instructors
Sensei Cleve Lee (2nd Dan Chow-Hoon Goshin-Jitsu):
At the age of 34 he began training in the art of Chow-Hoon Goshin-Jitsu under the tutelage of Professor Bob Kent. After 2 years of intense training he received his black belt from Professor James Murro (10th Dan CHGJ), Professor Russell Coelho (9th Dan CHGJ), Professor Bob Kent (7th Dan CHGJ), and Mrs. Chow-Hoon herself.