SENSEI LOUIS SALSEDA
Tadamori Ryu Kenpo Ju Jutsu
Lou grew up in the northeast area of Los Angeles. At the age of fourteen, Lou made the decision that one day he would enter the field of law enforcement. He believed that in order to be successful in such a challenge it would be necessary to have the right tools of the trade. After research into the field of martial arts, Lou joined Sensei Norman Leff's Dojo. Sensei Leff taught Lou Tadamori Ryu Kenpo Ju Jutsu. The Ryu's techniques are deadly, brutal and destructive and considered the most lethal form of ju jitsu. Lou studied with Sensei Leff for six years, gaining insight not only into the world of the physical element of self-defense, but also the discipline, dedication and benefits of physical prowess gained from this study.
In 1973, he entered the prestigious LAPD Academy for recruit officer training. The ju jitsu training under Sensei Leff that preceded Lou's Academy training set him apart from the other recruit trainees. Lou naturally excelled in the self-defense training and was especially adept at controlling and subduing larger and seemingly stronger opponents. His martial arts skills were recognized and respected by the Academy self-defense training staff.
Lou, already an expert marksman from Academy training, sought a way to further improve his marksmanship skills. He believed that the use of a firearm was in itself a martial art (Ho Jitsu), a discipline to be revered and incorporated as a way of life.
During the mid 70's Lou studied under Master Takayuki Soke Kubota, 10th Dan Gosoku-Ryu and a Martial Arts Hall of Fame recipient at his Hollywood Dojo on Sunset Blvd. This Dojo was a few blocks from the Hollywood Police Station where Lou was assigned for several years.
In the early 1990's Lou met Sensei Ken Penland a Shorin Ryu Ju Jitsu and Shorin Ryu Matsumura Kenpo Karate Master who was a civilian employee of the Los Angeles Police Department. Sensei Penland was a member of an elite cadre of martial artist assembled to develop a new system of defensive tactics for LAPD officers. They developed a friendship and Lou began training with Sensei Penland at the Police Academy. Sensei Penland was incredibly knowledgeable in countless weapons forms and a Master Ju Jitsu practitioner. Several other master martial artists joined their training sessions to exchange techniques and cross train in other arts. However, Sensei Penland's extensive amount of martial arts training experience was the cornerstone of this informal group of black belts.
In 1993, while attending a Budo Clinic with other black belts from the LAPD Dojo, Lou met the legendary Brazilian Machado brothers Jean Jacques and John. Lou was intrigued by the jiu jitsu methods used by these brothers to control and submit their opponents. The desire to further explore this new style of jiu jitsu was overwhelming for Lou. He began training at a local Machado Dojo to test his ground fighting skills and found there was much to learn. His training steadily increased from one day a week to three, then four, and then five. Lou endured many minor injures along the way but found the training intensely rewarding in many ways. He obtained a Black Belt from Jean Jacques Machado in June of 2001.
In 2003 Lou established a consultant business and formed a limited liability company for related services. In the past he routinely provided his self-defense expertise to the law enforcement community and had developed specific techniques to enhance an officer's survival. Lou now has made his skills and expertise available outside of the police community. Lou's "Tactical Grappling System", using Brazilian jiu jitsu techniques as a foundation, was previously available exclusively only to law enforcement personnel. He has now made this system available to non-law enforcement men and women for street survival, sport or physical conditioning. He is available for private and group training as well as consultation on a limited basis.