John F. Chatwood
Treasurer, United States Ju-Jitsu Federation
President, American Jiu-Jitsu & Karate Association
Hanshi John F. Chatwood has been active in the martial arts for almost thirty years starting his martial arts career in Peoria, IL. He had the great fortune to train with a neighbor. That neighbor was Master Douglas Grose, the Grand Master of Shintoyoshin Ryu Jiu-Jitsu and founder of the American Jiu-Jitsu Karate Association International (AJKAI).
Hanshi Chatwood studied under Master Grose and Sensei Vera Harrison learning Shintoyoshin Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, Shuri-Ryu Karate do, Aikido and Tae Kwon Do.
In 1988 he relocated to Carson City, Nevada and became active in Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu.
He successfully coached AAU medal winning teams that competed in Jujitsu kata.
In 1994 Hanshi Chatwood participated at the Kodokan in Japan
Hanshi Chatwood established Sierra Jujitsu & Karate in 1995.
Founded WIDS (Women's Individual Defense Systems) in 1996. This program specializes in the unique and easily useable defense tactics available for women who are not involved in the martial arts. This seminar is a widely sought after and informative defense program for women.
In 2003, Grand Master Douglas Grose awarded him the Hanshi Menkyo Certificate.
Hanshi Chatwood has also been very active in Shin-Mei Shorin Ryu Karate under the instruction of Soke Dai Matt Molineux and Soke Mike Hancock. He is also a member of the International Okinawan Budo-Kai Association.
Grand Master Grose continues to be Hanshi Chatwood’s Sensei and mentor. He returns to Peoria every year to train with Master Grose.
Hanshi Chatwood has competed in and won numerous tournaments in both Karate and Jiu-Jitsu.
Hanshi Chatwood is the AJKAI Northwest Regional Director.
Treasurer: United States Ju-Jitsu Federation.
Board of Directors: United States Martial Arts Federation
Hanshi Menkyo Certificate – American Jiu-Jitsu and Karate Association International
Certified Judge Jujitsu – Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakia
Certified Judge Karate – American Jujitsu Institute
Certified Senior Instructor / Examiner - US Ju-Jitsu Federation
Martial Art Rank:
Hachidan (8th Degree Black Belt), Shintoyoshin Ryu Jiu-Jitsu (AJKAI)
Hachidan (8th Degree Black Belt), Shin-Mei Ju-Jutsu (IOBK)
Shichidan (7th Degree Black Belt), US Ju-Jitsu (USJJF)
Shichidan (7th Degree Black Belt), Shihan Ryu Institute
Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt), Danzan Ryu Jujitsu
Hachidan (8th Degree Black Belt), Shorin Ryu (AJKAI)
Hachidan (8th Degree Black Belt), Shin-Mei Shorin Ryu (IOBK)
Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt), Judo (USMA)
Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt), Tae-Kwon-Do
Sensei Chatwood can be contacted at the following:
Sierra Jujitsu & Karate
3170 Research Way #82
Carson City, NV 89706
Web Site: SierraJujitsu.com
- Instructors Certificate – All Japanese Shinto Yoshin Ju-Jitsu Association.
- Certified Judge Jujitsu – Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakia
- Certified Judge Karate – American Jujitsu Institute
- Certified Senior Instructor / Examiner - US Ju-Jitsu
Martial Art Rank:
- Shichidan (7th Degree Black Belt), US Ju-Jitsu (USJJF)
- Shichidan (7th Degree Black Belt), Shinto Yoshin Ryu Jui-Jitsu
- Godan (5th Degree Black Belt), Shuri-Ryu Karate
- Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt), Danzan Ryu Jujitsu
- Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt), Judo
- Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt), Tae-Kwon-Do