DR. JASON ARMSTRONG 5TH DAN
Dr Jason Armstrong
has worked at Corporate CEO levels in Japan,
the USA and Australia. He lived with a
karate master in Japan and holds a 5th
degree black belt after studying the art
for more than 20 years. He was educated
to Ph.D. level in the USA and his career
has spanned the biotech and software industries.
Companies he has worked for include multinationals
like AMGEN, Mitsubishi Pharmaceutical,
Zymark (Caliper), and CM Capital - a Venture
Capital firm. His focus has been on the
application of Karate & Zen
into life & business
through employing their philosophies and
strategies (Zen, Tao de Ching and The Art
of War). More martial arts biographic detail
below . . .
Dr. Armstrong has trained for more than 20 years including extensive
time in Japan between 1995 and 2002.
His Japan time included living with a Japanese Master between 1997
and 2001. Sensei Jason's martial arts training began with Judo in
1983 and he swicthed to Renbukan karate in 1984. He spent 17 years
as an active member of Shito-Ryu Renbukan, including 6 years as
a regular student in the Japan Renbukan dojo system. Concurrently
in the 1990s Sensei Jason had an association with Sensei Young of
Shotokan and, despite his core in Shito-ryu, spent a good deal of
time cross training in Shotokan and Goju dojos. In 2001 he adopted
an affiliation which spans the 3 major karate styles, and includes
instructors from Shotokan, Shito-ryu and Okinawan Karate.
Following time in rural Japan from 1995 to 2001, Jason moved to
Tokyo in 2001. There he spent some time in Shotokan and Kyokushin
Dojos. While in Tokyo Jason also taught some of his core style (Shito-Ryu
Karate). His current rank (5th Dan) was issued through a combined
grading panel system of Shito-Ryu and Shotokan.
Sensei Jason has had a good deal of exposure to various 8th degree
Shotokan, Shito-ryu and Goju Sensei through actively traveling the
world and training within famous dojos in Japan, Okinawa, and Hong
Karate Grading Experience
During the 1990s Sensei
Jason combined with 2 other Sensei in California, Sensei John Bartholomay
(6th Dan Shito-Ryu) and Sensei Victor Young (6th Dan Shotokan),
to form a local grading panel for California. Sensei John reports
into Sensei Mabuni (8th Dan, son of Kenwa Mabuni) in Osaka, and
Sensei Victor has an alliance with Seto Sensei (Shotokan) in Tokyo.
That panel has been responsible for grading some of Sensei Jason's
black belt students. Other students have traveled to Japan and graded
with Jason's Japanese instructors.
Extensive Experience Teaching Karate
In the early
1990s Sensei Jason ran a karate club at Kansas State University,
USA. In 1994 he founded a second club in California in 1994 which
still continues today. In Australia, where Sensei Jason has 2 dojos,
he has had some interactions with Sensei Patrick McCarthy (8th Dan).
For example, in 2003 & 2004 McCarthy Sensei
involved himself on the grading panel
of Jason's dojo contributing his valuable experience. Sensei Jason
regularly visits his dojos in California.