PROFESSOR CLYDE ZIMMERMAN
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Professor Clyde Zimmerman, a 7th Degree Black Belt, began his
training in martial arts in Sherman Oaks, California in 1959. He
studied Kodokan Judo, Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, Shotokan Karate, Kung
Fu and Aikido. He has been actively involved in martial arts for
over 40 years.
In 1963, he started teaching the first Judo program for the Los
Angeles Parks and Recreation Department, opening a dojo at Encino
Park. Soon additional dojos were started at the Encino Recreation
Center, Tarzana Park and others. He was an assistant instructor
at the U.S. Judo School in Van Nuys, California, with senior instructors,
Hayward Nishioka, Yash Nagatoshi, Gene Mauro, Danny Sakugawa, Gene
Matsumoto and others. He was also an assistant instructor for David
Chow at the Downey YMCA.
In 1965, he went to St. John's College in Camarillo, California
and turned the Encino Recreation Center over to the German National
Judo Champion, Juergen Wahl. In 1966 Professor Zimmerman started
a competition judo team at St. John's College.
After college, Professor Zimmerman went into law enforcement and
was a guest instructor at the Los Angeles Police Academy. He soon
moved to Northern California and became the Chief Instructor of
Defensive Tactics for the Northern California Regional Training
Center in Santa Rosa, California and an instructor at Santa Rosa
Junior College. He traveled all over the western United States
teaching for various law enforcement agencies. He was a P.O.S.T.
certified instructor and holds a California Teaching Credential.
He was asked to develop the defensive tactics for the State of
California under the new "Goals and Objectives" program
of the Police Officers Standards and Training.
Professor Zimmerman and his family then moved to Hillsboro, Oregon
and he opened several schools, teaching jujitsu and judo. He taught
for several police agencies in the area and was a B.P.S.T. certified
instructor. He taught many seminars in Washington, Oregon and northern
California. The Zimmerman family next moved to Gardnerville, Nevada
and Professor Zimmerman opened a dojo in Carson City, Nevada. The
dojo has flourished, and in April of 1996, moved to a new location
twice the size of the original site.
Professor Zimmerman and his dojo have received awards from the
Governor of the State of Nevada, and the Mayor of Carson City,
Nevada. Professor Zimmerman has received the Luciani Service Award,
the Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai Instructor of the Year Award, the American
Jujitsu Institute Instructor of the Year Award and others. He is
a past member of the Board of Directors of the Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai
and is often a guest instructor for the American Judo and Jujitsu
Federation and other martial arts organizations.