Dennis Niemier, Kudan, 9th Degree Black Belt, Grand Master
1966 – Began training in Judo at Mishawaka YMCA. My best friend, Scott, was my inspiration for attending my first class. I haven’t stopped learning since.
1968 – Self-Defense Class at YMCA
1969 – Shodan, 1st Degree Blue Belt, Judo
1970 – Began training in IAI-jutsu, Quick Draw Sword Art
1975 – Bo/Jo training at Elkhart YMCA with Soke Rod Sacharnoski of Juko-Kai International
1976 – Began Kempo training with Soke Ralph Parcell
1983 – Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt in Kempo-jutsu.
1984 – Passed IAI-jutsu Sword Art Mastery. Tested by Soke Shodai Ralph L Parcell and Soke-Dai Clayton H Young.
1985 – Kyushiki-ryu School of Kempo-jutsu opened. Appointed to Society of Shihan.
The dojo has given me the unique opportunity to be with a diverse group of students. I would not trade this experience for anything else. To be true to one’s self is a guide taught to me by a true master, Soke-Shodai Ralph Parcell.
Thomas Atkins, Soke Dai
Seventh Degree Master, successor to the Soke.
Drew A Saltzgaber, Godan 5th Degree Master, retired.
Began training at Kyushiki-ryu school of Kempo-jutsu 1984
Appointed to Society of Shihan (Master student of a Soke) as Shihan Trainee 1993
Appointed as Training Coordinator by Soke Shodai (First Generation Head Founder) 1995
Achieved the rank of Master, full Shihan 2011
Weapon proficiencies: Jo Staff, Katana, Tonfa, Nunchaku, Shuriken and short bow.
Lance Long, Godan, 5th Degree Master
Began training in the Martial Arts in 1973. Studied Karate and Ju-Jitsu.
Started training in Okinawan Martial Arts under Master Ralph Parcell in 1977.
Continued Training in 1982 with Soke Shodai Ralph Parcell in Kyushiki-Ryu Kempo Jutsu
Appointed to Society of Shihan in 1991 ( Master student of Soke)
Appointed as Training Coordinator by Soke Nidai 2016
Senior instructor in all facets of the Art and Dojo training
Weapons instructor in the Katana and Jo staff
Steve Rector, Sandan, 3nd Degree Black Belt
Began martial arts training in 1967 at Michigan State University.
Started Kyushiki-Ryu in 1988. Third degree black belt and adult class instructor.
Black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Trained in Shorin-ryu, Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Gong and Nunchaku.
Adam Rector, Sandan, 3rd Degree Black Belt
Began training in the Martial Arts in 2003.
Started Kyushiki-Ryu Kempo Jutsu in 2005, became Shodan in 2009.
Bachelor’s degree in Martial Arts Training Methodologies from Indiana University in 2011.
Masters Degree in Kinesiology (Physical Activity, Fitness and Wellness).
3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, 3rd Degree in Hapkido and trained in Jun Fan Gung Fu, Kali/Escrima, and Lichtenauer German Longsword.
Certified by The Society of American Fight Directors as a teacher of Stage Combat.
Greg Shreve, Nidan, 2nd Degree Black Belt
Holds second degree black belt and is instructor for kids class on Saturdays.
Nate Long, Nidan, 2nd Degree Black Belt
Began training in Kyushiki-Ryu Kempo Jutsu 2008.
Received Black Belt Ranking 2012.
Currently training in the Katana.
Instructor in adult classes
Dan Yeager, Nidan, Second Degree Black Belt
Adult Class instructor, currently working toward third Degree Black Belt.
Also trained in Archery.