Episode #11 Ward Melenich

Ward has been participating in the martial arts since his "corrective shoe, four eyed, school yard days".  His career includes high school and college wresting, Danzan Ryu Jujutsu and Judo.Why is the dojo called "The School of the Black Dog"?  Why would someone spend a life pursuing martial arts?  How does hunting relate to martial arts?  How does a school in Northern Minnesota have so many black belts?

The Kuroinukan hosts the dojo, www.kuroinukan.com, where you can find Ward's Rant, The Duluth Judo Club, and the Duluth Wrestling Club. Ward can be contacted at duluthjudo@yahoo.com

Episode #8 Chris Koprowski

Chris Koprowski. Aikido Godan. Gaijin. Voice actor. Great Human

Chris Koprowski picked up and flew to Japan.  He found a job, he started teaching Aikido, found a new career.  This was 25 years ago.

Episode #7 Kevin Colton

Professor Kevin Colton has been studying Danzan Ryu Jujitsu for over 50 years. He began his training, at the age of ten, with the American Judo & Jujitsu Federation, under Sensei Joe Burlin at the Pacific Palisades YMCA in l966. He has also studied with Professor Bill Randle at the Westside YMCA, received his AJJF shodan from Professor James Marcinkus in l976, trained under Sensei John Quijano with the Southern California Jujitsu Association and Professor Mike Chubb with Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai.

Kevin started teaching for the Santa Monica Parks and Recreation Center at the age of 15. He assisted in instruction at Penmar Judokai and the Westside YMCA until taking over Granada Hills Jujitsu Kai 1983. Kevin opened his current dojo, Santa Clarita Valley School of Jujitsu, in l993 where he has promoted 43 students to the rank of shodan. Coming full circle in 1993, Kevin returned to the American Judo & Jujitsu Federation with Professor Tom Ball as his sensei.

Kevin currently holds the rank of Rokudan. He was awarded the title of DZR Professor by the Pacific Jujitsu Alliance in 2012 and by the American Judo and

Jujitsu Federation in 2013. Kevin maintains close ties with the Kilohana Martial Arts Association and the Pacific Jujitsu Alliance.

The American Jujitsu Federation presented Kevin with the Professor Bert Aspinall Award (Service to the AJJF) in 2012 and the Professor Dick Rickerts Award (Outstanding AJJF Sensei of the Year) in 2013.

Kevin is a 1997 graduate of the American Judo & Jujitsu Federation DSRSI massage program. He likes to travel and teach at seminars in California as well as Utah, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Hawaii, Colorado and Costa Rica. Kevin teaches special classes for disabled students, law enforcement, and women’s self defense.

In his down time, he loves to play with his four grandchildren, who already had gis by the time they were born.

Episode #6 Sohn Wehseler

Sohn Wehseler, the Man, the Myth, the Legend.  Puppet master, professional Wandering Dojo Captain, Danzan Ryu Rokudan in the AJJF

You can find Sohn at the Kuroinukan kids class Tuesday and Sunday evenings,  Monday, Wednesday jujutsu classes, Thursday Judo and Friday night black belt classes.

Sohn is co-sensei at the Kuroinukan/Duluth Judo Club

Some of his stories from this podcast are available for viewing at; 


Episode #5 Professor Hillary Kaplowitz

Professor Hillary Kaplowitz is Sensei of Pacific JuJitsu Kai and has been teaching for the City of Santa Monica since 2000. Hillary began her training in 1977 in the youth program at the Santa Monica YMCA under Sensei Jim Nieto, where she also competed on the Judo team. After a hiatus, she went on to train under a number of Sensei including Mike Lynch and Ed Cook, receiving her black belt in 1998 from Profs. William Randle and Leif Bennett. Hillary then began studying under Prof. Robert Hudson in 2000. She received the title of Kyoshi from her Sensei in 2008 and attended the 2013 Okugi with him, receiving a Shihan Kaidensho from Prof. Tony Janovich. In 2017, she received her Professorship from the American Judo & Jujitsu Federation (AJJF). She is an instructor in the Danzan Ryu Seifukujitsu Institute massage program and has served various volunteer leadership positions in the AJJF. One of her interests is in the iron fan techniques of Danzan Ryu and she has published a book on the subject, Tessenjutsu. In addition, Hillary is a professional educator and has a doctorate in education, specializing in instructional design and technology.
You can reach her at ProfKaplowitz@pacificdojo.com or visit pacificdojo.com.

Episode #4 Howard Wilson

Howard Wilson sits down at the 2018 AJJF National Convention to talk about his life from the Marine Core to Judo to crossing Michigan Ave in his hometown in Chicago Illinois.

 Howard can be reached at hwil1775@gmail.com

To help fund his paraolympic journey,


#3 Jason Davis

Jason Davis is a Sandan, 3rd Degree Black Belt, at the Kuroinukan, Sensei at UMD Jujutsu Club and editor of the Kiai Echo. 
Jason sat down and talked about his Jujutsu career, teaching 20 white belts each semester, and his vision for bringing the Kiai Echo to his students.

Episode #2: Frank Ferris

Frank Ferris is a Rokudan, 6th degree blackbelt, in the AJJF and one right on, far out friend.  He can be found prowling about in the high dessert at his jujutsu school
The Koa Kan.The Koa Kan is a school for warriors, a sanctuary for all.  It is located at 720-115 Wran Rd. Milford California. Franko can be reached at 775-240-6925

Episode #1: Jorge Mendez, Warriors Costa

Jorge Mendez runs Warriors, a dojo in Heredia, Costa Rica.  Warriors offers classes in Danzan Ryu jujutsu, MMA, Eskrima, Kenpo, and kickboxing. Jorge can be reached on social media as Warriors Costa Rica or Mendez Jorge. Jorge talks about finding Professor Ramon Lono Ancho teaching Danzan Ryu in Costa Rica, his connection to the AJJF and more. 

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