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Chism Sensei. Chief Aikido and JuJitsu instructor.

 Sensei, simply and roughly means “teacher”.  Literally it means “one who has gone before”.

Chief Instructor, Kenneth Chism

Chism Sensei* is an award winning martial artist and teacher with over 30 years experience in Ju-Jitsu and Yoshinkan Aikido. With vast experience in a variety of arts and proven skill in teaching children as well as adults, including police and security personnel. He is also frequently invited to teach master classes across the USA.

He began his martial arts training in 1972 at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA, studying Kodokan Judo and Ju-Jitsu. He began teaching in 1978 and began studying Yoshinkan Aikido with Yukio Utada Sensei (http://www.doshinkan-aikido.org/) in 1978 receiving his black belt in Ju-Jitsu. Currently Chism is a 6 Degree Black Belt in Ju-Jitsu and a 4 degree in Doshinkan Aikido.

Among the honors he has received, Chism Sensei was named “Master of the Year” in 1999 by the World Karate Union Hall of Fame (http://www.needmywebsite.com/index.php?clientid=7&pageid=40&pagetype=content);  in 2000, “Instructor of the Year” by the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame (http://www.unitedstatesmartialartshalloffame.com/); and in 2009 Action Martial Arts Magazine honored him for Excellence in Teaching.  (http://www.actionmagstore.com/index.html)

Bushokan Dojo is an affiliate of Doshinkan Aikido International Association headquartered in Phila, PA. The name Bushokan, translates as “House of respect for all Martial Arts.” was given to Chism Sensei for his broad training in Aikido, Karate, Judo and Ju-Jitsu by Utada Sensei as “Head of the School” at Doshinkan.

Utada Sensei, trained under the internationally recognized Goza Shioda, founder of Yoshinkan style and who was a direct student of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morihei_Ueshiba)

Bushokan is chartered by the United States Martial Art Association (2001) and in 2005 became an affiliate school (dojo) of Doshinkan Aikido International.  In 2006 Bushokan opened in Havertown, PA on the historic Main Line, just outside Philadelphia in Delaware County. (http://www.bushokan.com).

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR: Greg Harris

Head instructor Harris Sensei, in addition to aikido dan ranking, has decades of marital arts experience,  holding 4th dan ranking in Wado karate, a synthesis of jiu jitsu and karate styles.

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR: Ray Weinmann

 

 

 

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