Soke Grandmaster Frederick Peterson Jr. is the founder of American Tai-Shi Jitsu Self Defense which is a combination of Jui-Jitsu, Judo, Gung Fu and Filipino Escrima.
Frederick Peterson Jr. has been inducted into five international Halls of Fame with Platinum awards in two Halls of Fame in 1988 and two in 1999 and he was inducted into The Masters Hall of Fame in 2000.
Frederick Peterson Jr. currently teaches private lessons to adults and advancing Black Belts only at 10120 Paiute Circle in Cherry Valley, California. He can be reached at 951-769-7223 or at 951-897-3350.
A chronological history of the qualifications and experiences of Frederick Peterson Jr., the founder of Tai-Chi Juju Se Defense.
1934 – Began boxing in Cincinnati, Ohio as a lefty lightweight in the same gym with boxing legends: Ezzard Charls, Floyd Gibson, David Clark, Sam Birch, Newsboy Seal and John Smith.
1943 – Enlisted in the U. S. Navy. There was trained in the art of Jagaro Kano Ju-Jitsu (Judo) by the “First Marine Raiders”, who were trained by Master James Metose. Served in the Solomon Islands such as, Guadal Canal, Invasion of Bougainville and a few of us were sent to the Philippine Islands.
1945 -1965 – Became the Lightweight Champion of the Americal Division Smokers in the South Pacific, (Boxing). Served on ten (10) naval ships and four (4) naval air stations, shore patrol and prisoner chaser over six (6) years, all during 21 years of military service. Played Judo at most of these naval assignments.
1947 – 1967 – Continued Judo training under several Japanese instructors and under such teachers as Sensei Rubio (U.S. Army CIA Agent) at Luter’s Park in Compton. CA. Earned Black Belt finally as Assistant Instructor to Master Sensei John Ogden, Long Beach, CA. Gung-Fu training under Great Grand Master James Sharp and Dr. Hugh McDonald in Compton, CA.
1967 – Started officiating at open and traditional tournaments all over the USA from San Francisco to New York. Associations were AAU, USAKF, USAKA and USKA. Holds the distinction of being the center official along with four (4) others, who could not break a tie during the Kata Performances (three times each) of Sifu George Chung and Sifu Stewart Quan. Both received Grand Championship awards. This was held in San Francisco.
1971 – Combined all training and experience over the years and founded Tai-Chi Jitsu Self Defense. Opened and taught at my first academy, Salvation Army, Building in Compton, CA.
Boxing official in the Amateur Association (USA Boxing), since 1967 having officiated such pro, fighters and champions as Oscar de la Hoya, Sugar Shane Mosely, Fernando Vargas and brother. Larry Mosely and brother, Young Macho Comacho and many others as Amateurs even during several USA Olympic trails, Colorado (2), Lake Placid, New York (2), Kansas (2). Retired in 1999.
Referred and judged Amateur Kick Boxing for a few years and still at present state of California: Timekeeper for Professional Boxing.
Having trained hundreds of students over the years, Soke has a number of Black Belts disciples:
Dr. Daniel Lane
John and Richard Towels – 5th and 3rd degree respectively.
Ricky Green – 4th degree.
Tom Hardy – 3rd degree.
Willie Elam, Big John Robinson, Marvin Knight and Peter Fenny – all 2nd decree.
Angelina and brother, Oscar Kesane, Pili Tutuvanu, Cesar Rojas (Skater with the Roller Derbys), Sgt. Michael Brooks (Los Angeles Police Department), Robert Williams, Henry Wilson, Jowel Schlicter, Andre Bey, Fred and Kelvin Floriman (father and son) – all Black Belts (Shodan).
Tutored and or been a part of the promotion of the following Black Belts:
Terry Wilson – 4th degree (’92 AAU JUI JITSU Silver Medalist)
Master Culpepper – Chief Instructor of Tai Quan Do, Long Beach, California and Open Tournament competitor.
Danny Bonadouche – Master Culpepper’s student (actor, TV, Partridge Family)
G.A. Sankara Frazier – Chief Executive Officer, Circle of Discipline, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN. Ranked degree Grand Master and instructor under Soke Grandmaster Frederick Peterson, Jr.. Currently have four (4) students, under Mr. Frazier, who are black belts/sash that teach and continue to learn at the Circle of Discipline, Inc. Also, USA International Amateur Boxing Coach and Professional Boxing Coach.
Worked with other Black Belts from the BKF system, such as Sifu Shulaman, Grand Master Nat Moore, Richard Gomes, Master James Sharp and in several California Dojos.
Inducted with top honors in five (5) southern California Martial Arts Halls of Fame durst:_ the years of 1998 –2000.
November 25, 1988, certified by southern California Karate Association, Judan Chuck Farley . President and Judan Jimmy Bartell, consultant, promotion to 10th degree Black Belt (Judku
Certified to “Soke” when inducted into the World International Global Hall of Fame in San Diego, California under Dr. Soto in 1999.
1987 through 1991 Grand Champion in Masters Point Fighting (Kumite).
Has referred, judged, and worked as a timekeeper for the California State Athletic Commission for both Muay Thai and Kickboxing events.