About the founder of Bushidokan Karate
Jim "Ronin" Harrison:
* 9th degree (Kaicho) in Ronin Jutsu
* 9th degree in Bushidokan Jujitsu - United States Martial Arts Federation
* 9th degree in US Jujitsu USJJF
* 8th degree in Bushidokan Karate
* 5th degree in Aikijitsu - United States Martial Arts Association
* 4th degree in Judo
Called "one of the most dangerous men in the world" by Bruce Lee, Jim Harrison needs
no introduction to anyone who has had even a passing interest in the martial arts over
the past four decades. Known for his notorious battles during the unforgettable
"Blood-n-Guts" era of American karate, he has been called the closest thing to a
modern samurai the 20th century can produce.
Jim Harrison was 3-time U.S. Karate Champion, 3-time All American Grand Champion,
the undefeated U.S. light-heavyweight kickboxing champion, and coach to the
undefeated 1974-76 U.S. Professional Team.
He has trained U.S. Army Special Forces and Rangers, Navy SEALs, Marine Recon and
Delta Force, provided personal security for Chuck Norris, Linda (Mrs. Bruce) Lee and
Prince Mikhail Matijasevic, was awarded a Ph.D in Research, Analysis and Instruction
by Yudanshakai University, and was inducted into the International Karate Hall of Fame
with Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee.
Jim Harrison is the founder of Bushidokan, Sakura Warrior Arts and Ronin Jutsu, and is
one of the most highly regarded and respected instructors in the world of martial arts.
Jim Harrison is a legend in American Martial Arts. He holds black belts in Aikido, Judo,
Jujitsu and five different styles of Karate from White belt to Black belt. He was inducted
into the "Karate Hall of Fame" in Cleveland, Ohio along with the legendary Bruce Lee
and Chuck Norris. As a former police officer in St. Louis he served on a "Special
Violence Squad" that was sent into the ghettos after the most dangerous criminals. He
is currently an "ASSISTANT NATIONAL DIRECTOR" for the "UNITED STATES POLICE
DEFENCE TACTICS ASSOCIATION," and conducts seminars on Police Defense Tactics
to police departments all over the country. He holds a PHD in Martial Arts and is
recognized as the toughest Martial Artist in the world by "Who's who in American Martial
Arts." He was the first Light-heavyweight Kickboxing Champion, and unofficial "World
Champion," At the time there was no world title but he knocked out the Japan
Champion, Korean Champion, and the Thailand Champion and was undefeated in "Full
Contact Karate" competition.
The following is from the American Black Belt Association Hall of Fame:
"Born in 1936, the tough Jim Harrison was a major force in the early competitive
environments of both Judo and Karate in the U.S. A former AAU Judo champion,
Harrison won numerous karate titles including the first ever full contact kickboxing
match held in 1970 U.S. Karate Championships.
Among his many legendary fights, one of the toughest on record was his match against
Fred Wren for the United States Karate Championships in 1969. Harrison also held the
first ever World Professional Karate Championships at his Dojo in Kansas City, 1968.
This was a heavy contact, no pads competition that drew six of the toughest fighters of
the time, Joe Lewis, Bob Wall, Skipper Mullins, Pat Burleson, David Moon and Fred
Wren. Both Burleson and Moon had their ribs broken during the competition. Moon,
with broken ribs, finished the final fight with Joe Lewis. The winner , Joe Lewis, besides
the title of being the first World Professional Karate Champion, earned one dollar for
Jim Harrison was known for both hitting hard and taking hard hits. Perhaps the most
feared of Harrison's abilities was his Judo ability. Karate fighters who had not learned to
fall had much to fear when facing Jim Harrison who was known to frequently dump his
opponents with judo throws throughout the match.
Harrison, one of the toughest and hardest training competitors of his day was also
known for many impressive and dangerous breaking feats, including shattering with a
shuto strike a bottle full of gasoline with a lit wick that erupted into a ball of flame.
During Jim Harrison's 1970 , first ever, full contact bout in Dallas, Texas, he received a
cut from a glove lace over his eye. Attempts at taping failed to stop the bleeding, finally,
between rounds a physician came into the ring, and without anesthetic stiched the
wound over Harrison's eye. Harrison calmly laid on the floor of the ring during the
stitching without a flinch, then went on to win the fight with a knockout.
Perhaps his most legendary feat of toughness was when as a police officer, he was
ambushed by an ex-con who came out of a bathroom stall and fired point blank with a
high caliber pistol at Harrison. Harrison managed to subdue his attacker before passing
out from his wounds. The wounds, very serious in nature, kept him down for a while, but
he recovered and came back stronger than ever.
A member of the elite USKA Trias International Society, Harrison has garnered
membership in the Official Karate Magazine's 1979 Legion of Honor. Jim Harrison
began his karate training in shorin-ryu under St. Louis, Mo. karate pioneer Bob Yarnall
under whom he received his black belt. Harrison, a retired police officer, continues a
long and successful career as teacher, coach, competitor, and promoter."
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Bushidokan founder Jim Harrison and wife Carol with Chuck Norris and wife Gena
"Jim Harrison saved my life once... he pulled his punch and inch from my face!" - Chuck Norris
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