MASTER SAM COMBES
Rokudan (6th Dan)Yoshinkan Aikido
Kancho Sam Combes, Rokudan (6th Dan) Yoshinkan Aikido. In his teenaged years in Hawaii, he studied Karate under Hirokaza Kanazawa. Upon entering the Honolulu Police Department in 1963, he shifted the focus of his studies to Judo and Aikido.
He continued his training with Yukio Noguchi of the Aikido Yoshinkai of Hawaii. When Mr. Noguchi created his own style, Kancho Combes chose to remain with the founder of the system, Sensei Gozo Shioda.
Kancho Combes moved to the mainland in 1967 after four years with the Honolulu PD. He received permission to teach while a Sankyu and was awarded his Shodan in 1969. He was instrumental in forming the Keisatsu Aikido of America, with Dr. Stephen Hamilton. This is a specialized Aikido system, focusing on the unique needs of law enforcement professionals. Kancho Combes, a retired LA County Sheriff's Deputy, also spent 28 years with the LA Marshal's Department and served as a training officer for the Rio Hondo and Pasadena Community College Police Academies.
A retired Army Reserve Master Sergeant, Kancho Combes currently serves as President of the Southern California Chapter of A.T.A.M.A..