- We offer both children's and adult classes beginning from the ages of four years old upwards. Pacific Coast Academy is an envoironment of positivity and success where we "build confidence through achievement”. We honor Martial Arts traditions that go back centuries, but we are dynamic and are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to enthuse and excite our students.
- We have classes for Children from 4 years old through until 18. Our classes are designed to excited our young martial artists while challenging them and preparting them for the challenges that lay ahead
- Pacific Coast Academy offers many adult classes at times to suit your schedule. Our adult clasess include Ken Ju Ryu, Kenpo Ju Jitsu - Danzan Ryu JuJitsu - Toyamaru & Eskrima
- We are extremely proud of our lineage which is a pure line from the creator of the Danzan Ryu system to our present day organization. Our chief instructor and head of the Ken Ju Ryu system is Shihanke Russell Rhodes.
- The Pacific Coast Academy of Martial Arts dojo (or school) is a modern, state of the art training facility that is entirely unique and sets the standard for martial arts training in the 21st century.
- Social Media Follow Pacific Coast Acadmey on Facebook and find us on YouTube. On our YouTube channel you will find many video classes by Shihan Russ Rhodes in a multitude of topics that cover Ken Ju Ryu, Danzan Ryu and other martial arts. You will see techniques performed in their orignal and pure forms as well as many blends and variations - check us out, there is something for everyone!
- We always like to welcome visitors to our Dojo. We are conveniently located in Los Gatos, California, close to many of the area's main highways to serve the Bay Area, including Los Gatos, San Jose and the surrounding towns.
Kyoshi Jerry Donnard
Kyoshi Jerry Donnard began training at Pacific Coast Academy of Martial Arts in 1994, under Shihan Russ Rhodes.
Kyoshi Donnard is an instructor for Pacific Coast Academy of Martial Arts and currently holds the rank of Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) in Ken Ju Ryu Kenpo Ju Jitsu and Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) in Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu under Shihan Russ Rhodes (Hombu Dojo-Shinkodenkai)
Kyoshi Donnard also holds a full instructor certification in Inayan Kadena De Mano as well as a full instructor certification in Inayan Sinawali and Dequerdas styles of Eskrima.
Jerry had the privilege to train under the instruction of Dai Shihan Sig Kufferath from 1994 until Dai Shihan's death in 1999.
Both of his Shodans (1st Degree Black Belts) in Ken Ju Ryu Kenpo Ju Jitsu and Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu were awarded and signed by Dai Shihan.
Jerry is also a certified massage therapist in Seifukujitsu Restoration Therapy. Kyoshi Donnard is one of the original board members of the Kilohana Martial Arts Association (formerly Pacific Coast Kilohana) created by Dai Shihan Sig Kufferath to continue his commitment to the highest ideals in the martial arts.
Kyoshi Donnard is one of the original board members of the Kilohana Martial Arts Association (formerly Pacific Coast Kilohana) created by Dai Shihan Sig Kufferath to continue his commitment to the highest ideals in the martial arts. Jerry served as Treasurer from 1996 until 2001. After a short break from the position, he again assumed the role of Treasurer in 2002 and served until he resigned from the Board in 2008.
In 1999, Jerry was awarded the Ohana Award from Kilohana and in 2000 he received the President’s Award from the President of Kilohana in appreciation for his commitment to Kilohana Martial Arts Association.
Jerry was director of the 1998 Masters Seminar and the 2002 & 2003 Kufferath Masters Seminars. These were martial arts training camps sponsored by Kilohana.
Kyoshi Donnard teaches the adult classes and continues to train at Pacific Coast Academy of Martial Arts.
At Pacific Coast Academy we pride ourselves in our lineage and the combined experience of our instructors - over 100 years!
Pacific Coast Academy was founded on the principles of teaching excellence, personal attention, and tradition, while providing children and adults with the most complete and effective methods to reach their full potential.
All of Pacific Coast's instructors have trained and qualified under Shihan Russ Rhodes and are personally selected, not only for their martial arts skills, but also for their ability to effectively communicate their knowledge and understanding to students of all ages. Although our techniques are based on knowledge centuries old, our innovative application of that knowledge sets Pacific Coast Academy apart from the other schools. At Pacific Coast Academy we not only teach our young students the percussion arts (kicking & punching), but we also include Ukime (falls & rolls) and Grappling (ground work). We realize that each student possesses different physical abilities. Size and strength varies with each individual. Therefore, once a student has acquired a strong foundation, we will progress to more challenging material within their skill level.
From our youngest students in our Tiny Tiger and Tonbo programs to our Adult black belt programs, our teachers are dedicated to helping you succeed in the arts.
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Shihanke Russell Rhodes
Shihanke Russell Rhodes has been training for over 45 years in the martial arts and holds ranks in seven different systems. Shihanke Rhodes possesses the unique ability to combine diverse martial arts disciplines in a synergistic manner. He borrows components from every conceivable source to create self-defense techniques and enhances them by applying biomechanics and equations through technique.
Shihanke Russell Rhodes' highest accolades are:
- Soke, Judan 10th Dan (inheritor and head of system)
- Kudan (9th Degree) in Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu.
- Guru in the Inayan Martial Arts Association
- Renshi in Toyama Ryu.
- Renshi in Shinkendo
Ken Ju Ryu
Shihanke Russell Rhodes and Dai Shihan Professor Sig Kufferath jointly conceived and developed Ken Ju Ryu. Ken Ju Ryu is an innovative and potent art form created by blending Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu with Kenpo Ju Jitsu. Other arts have been integrated into Ken Ju Ryu such as Suro Mike Inay’s Inayan Eskrima as well as other traditional art forms.
Ken Ju Ryu is an explosive and percussive style utilizing kicks, strikes and punches, throws, joint manipulations and chokes to subdue opponents. The techniques and forms are adapted from both Kenpo and Danzan Ryu to create a new, dynamic art form. Ken Ju Ryu also incorporates filipino martial arts and firearm defense. The art has been engineered for modern practice and efficiency; it is realistic and extremely lethal.
For the last fifteen years of his life, Professor Kufferath dedicated all of his energy and efforts into developing this amazing new art form. Ken Ju Ryu has become a force in the martial arts world, impacting tournament circuits and seminars. Professor Kufferath utilized the Ken Ju Ryu system at events and tournaments to help him beat black belt opponents half his age. In honor of his teacher, Shihanke Rhodes has dedicated his life to following Professor Kufferath’s teachings in both Ken Ju Ryu and Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu.
Kaiso Professor Sig Kufferath recruited Sensei Russell Rhodes with the aim of developing a contemporary and progressive art from the old school arts of Kenpo Karate and Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu. Sensei Rhodes was training in Kenpo at the time. He began to modify the Kenpo and joined it with Professor Kufferath’s Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu, which inspired the professor to create the new art form. The professor coined the phrase “Ken Ju Ryu” which is an acronym derived from Kenpo and Ju Jitsu.
June 13, 1998
Russell Rhodes was awarded the title Soke 10th dan and designated as the inheritor of the art of Ken Ju Ryu by Kaiso Professor Sig Kufferath.
The signed photograph below depicts Professor Kufferath's sentiments toward his pupil, Russ Rhodes ..... "My Ultimate Student"
August 15, 1998
Russell Rhodes is awarded the rank of Shichidan (7th dan black belt) and Shihan in the Danzan Ryu system by Professor Sig Kufferath.
Shihan Russell Rhodes is the only student of Professor Sig Kufferath to receive a Soke title in Ken Ju Ryu and the rank of Shihan title in two art forms, Ken Ju Ryu - 10th Dan and Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu - 7th Dan. He also holds the highest and most rank ever awarded by Professor Kufferath.
Certificate from the Kilohana Martial Arts organization recognizing Shihanke Rhodes as the inheritor of the Art of Ken Ju Ryu.
Certificate from Kaiso Professor Sig Kufferath recognizing Russell Rhodes as Shihanke, co-founder and inheritor of the art of Ken Ju Ryu.
Shihan Russell Rhodes Kodenkan Danzan Ryu - Shichidan Certificate
Shihan Russell Rhodes Shichidan Certificate signed by Professor Okazaki’s four last surviving students including:
The certificate was also signed by these distinguished martial art seniors including:
Shihan Russell Rhodes Kodenkan Danzan Ryu - Hachidan Certificate
Shihan Russell Rhodes Hachidan Certificate - August 17th 2002 from the Kilohana Martial Arts association signed by
Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu
Shihan Russell Rhodes studied Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu under the guidance and tutelage of Professor Sig Kufferath from 1985 up until the Professor passing in May 1999.
Shihan Rhodes teaches Danzan Ryu in the original pure form as taught to him by Professor Kufferath, to over three hundred of his students at his Pacific Coast Academy of Martial Arts school, one of the largest Kodenkan Ju Jitsu schools in central California.
Shihan Rhodes has studied and mastered all facets of the Danzan Ryu Art including:
- Kakughi Waza (Secret Techniques)
- Ura Bunkai (Reverse Application)
- Okuden (Hidden Teachings)
- Kaiden (Final Teachings of the style)
- Seifukujitsu (Restoration Arts)
Inayan Martial Arts
Shihan Russell Rhodes studied Inayan Martial Arts under Suro Mike Inay and achieved the teaching credentials in Sinawali, Dequerdas and Kandena De Mano Systems with experience in Serrada and Larga Mano under Suro Mike Inay.
He is currently a guru in the Inayan Martial Arts Association.
Suro Mike Inay was so impressed with the Ken Ju Ryu system that he claimed it as a sister art to the Inayan Eskrima system.
Shihan Russell Rhodes is one of the original members of the Kilohana organization. This organization, based at the hombu dojo, Pacific Coast Academy, has been fortunate to host many (too many to mention) seniors and legends of the martial arts over the years.
These martial artists helped make the Kilohana (hombu dojo) one of the most successful and sought after schools in the world, as well as helping to shape and influence Shihan Rhodes successful career in the martial arts, that it has been to date.
Shinkodenkai Martial Arts Association
Shihanke Rhodes is the founder and chief instructor of the Shinkodenkai martial arts association. The Shinkodenkai association is a progressive, and forward looking family of martial arts schools which operate under the guidance and direction of Shihanke Rhodes.
Shinkodenkai is rapidly growing and has schools and affiliations coast to coast across the entire United States of America.
Shihanke Russ Rhodes founded the Midwest Kodenkan Shinkodenkai organization under his Shinkodenkai association. Bringing his arts and unique talents to a wider audience, many schools across the midwest of the United States have signed up with Shihanke Rhodes to participate in this exciting and growing program that propagates the teachings of Professor Kufferath.
Pacific Coast Academy of Martial Arts
Shihanke Rhodes created Pacific Coast Academy of Martial Arts in California with the goal of teaching the martial arts as taught, and passed down by Professor Okazaki to Dai Shihan Professor Sig Kufferath and then on to Shihanke Russell Rhodes. Shihanke Rhodes is the chief instructor at the Pacific Coast Academy of Martial Arts and is responsible for directing all training activities at the school and the Shinkodenkai association.
Shihanke Rhodes concentrates on teaching the traditional arts, blending new technology with conventional teachings. Pacific Coast Academy is focused on excellence and the advancement of the arts into the 21st Century. Shihanke Rhodes is actively engaged in teaching on our floor on a daily basis and leads most of our classes, from the most advanced adults to the youngest children. Shihan Rhodes' exemplary influence is the source of all the programs taught at Pacific Coast Academy.
Shihanke Rhodes's commitment and dedication to the martial arts is a passion that is absolute.
Shihanke Russ Rhodes - Teaching at Pacific Coast Academy of Martial Arts
Shihanke Russell Rhodes’s teachers in the martial Arts
• Grandmaster Max Togisala (Kajukembo)
• Grandmaster Suro Mike Inay (Inayan Eskrima)
• Sensei Michael Esmailzadeh (Toyama Ryu)
To all of my many friends and students over the years who have inspired me and enriched my life in the martial arts - you know who you are!