Professor Denise Gonzales has been a martial arts practitioner since the early 1960s. She currently holds the rank of Sichidan (7th dan) in Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu and a Godan (5th dan) in Kodenkan Judo. She has also trained in the Israeli fighting system, Krav Maga as well as Brazilian Jujitsu and De Cuerdas Escrima.
Professor Gonzales began her training under the tutelage of Grandmaster Wally Jay at the Island Judo and Jujitsu Dojo in Alameda. During that time, she had competed and won several gold and silver medals in both regional and national judo tournaments. She had also competed in several sports jujitsu competitions defeating world champion, Monua Cary in Reno.
In 1990, Professor Gonzales became the Junior National team’s Head Instructor for the Team Sacramento Dojo, teaching and coaching over two dozen gold medal national champions over 17 years. Professor Gonzales finally retired as a USJI “C” Level National Judo Coach in 2007. Currently she is the Judo and Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu Instructor at the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy in Nevada.
Professor Gonzales is affiliated with the American Jujitsu Institute, Independent Warriors Association, Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors, Golden Dragon Ohana and the World Head Family Sokeship.