Dojo-cho - Charles O. Lucas
Charles is the founder and owner of the Rukasu Budo Dojo. He has been studying martial arts most of his life; he was first introduced to martial art by his father William E. Lucas III. His father learned boxing and Judo in the U.S. Marines Corps. Charles trained many different martial arts off and on over the years Jeet Kune Do, Judo, and Karate, before coming to the Bujinkan Dojo.
He began his studying the in the Bujinkan Dojo in summer of July 14th 1992 at New York Budo under the direction Jean-Pierre Seibel, Shidoshi. He also studies Budo & Ninpo Taijutsu at City university of New York's Hunter College between classes at the Shinobi Warriors Arts Club.
He first starts teaching in 1995; he was admitted into the into the Nine Gates Institute/ Shadows of Iga Society: Marishi-Kai instructors guild; as an assistant instructor he taught warm-ups and Kenko Undo, in late 1995 he was asked to take over the Hunter College training group. In spring of 1997, he was promoted by Jean-Pierre Seibel to shodan (1st degree) & in 1998 was promoted to Nidan By Jean-Pierre Seibel, Shidoshi. He was awarded the junior teaching license Shidoshi-ho (Junior Instructor) by Rumiko Hayes, An-shu and in 1999 he found the found the Rukasu Budo Dojo.
Charles was promoted to 2012 to Sandan (3rd degree) and Yondan (4th degree) in by Anthony Lucas, Shihan. Charles continues to train with many Bujinkan dojo teachers and instructors as well as the Bujinkan Dojo Soke, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi.
On January 18th, 2013 he passed Sakki Shinsa and was awarded Godan and the title of full Shidoshi. He continues to train and study budo and ninpo taijutsu, by attending workshops, seminars, and classes throughout the year with many Bujinkan dojo teachers and instructors to get a full picture of Hatsumi, oke teachings, art, and Budo Taijutsu. Charles currently holds the Rank of Godan (5th Degree) and is a Shidoshi (fully Licensed Teacher) and active member of the Bujinkan Dojo, International and he is a member of the Bujinkan Dojo, international's Shidoshi-Kai (Instructors Association). Charles has trained with a number of Bujinkan dojo instructors over the years.
Charles also continues in Budo & Ninpo Taijutsu as well as supplemental training in other Budo studies in other Japanese budo arts along aside budo taijutsu and he is also a beginning student at the Shin Budo Kai NYC studying Aikido, Genkido, Jo, and Bokkendo under Shizuo Imaizumi, Sensei, 7th Dan and he is beginning student at the Kenzen Institute studying Iaido under Pam Parker; Iaido Renshi, 6-Dan.
Charles began his exploration of Japanese healing arts as a way to balance out his training in Japanese Martial Arts it as was a requirement for a New York Budo and the Bujinkan Kasumi-An training.
Charles studying Shiatsu the 1990's as part of his training in martial arts. He has been practicing shiatsu off and on since 1995. He began his study of Japanese Shiatsu under Shirley Roberts, she was a student of New York Budo and Graduate of both the Ohashiatsu Institute and at the Swedish Massage Institute in New York City; Charles continues his education in shiatsu under Kumiko Kanayama. Charles' explore Japanese healing arts was a way to balance out his training in Japanese martial arts; during his time at New York Budo. He also learning First Aid and CPR was a requirement from Shodan (First Degree, Black Belt and A requirement for instructors), along with learning traditional Japanese resuscitation techniques.
Currently; Starting in 2013 after return from Japan and earning his Godan (5th degree); Charles decide to train, study and practice Shiatsu and Reiki and complete is certifications and licensing. Charles began seeing a connection between touch and wellness and want to explore and find a connection between shiatsu and Reiki and under how ki moves through the body in and out. He began recently his study of Reiki under Michelle Shinagawa who during her studies combines Traditional Chinese Medicine and diagnosis with Reiki. He is completing his Reiki Master Certification under Michelle Shinagawa. Charles is study and completing his shiatsu certification under his teacher Kumiko Kanayama and in Fall 2018, he will begin his Massage Therapy A.A.S. and NY States MT License at Queens Borough Community College.
Charles currently holds Bujinkan Dojo rank is Kudan (9th Degree), he was promoted by Anthony Lucas, Shihan Febuary 2018.