Okinawan Martial Art for Self Defense


Soke Nidai  Dennis Niemier

Soke Nidai
Dennis Niemier

 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.


Soke Dai Tom Atkins

Soke Dai Tom Atkins

Thomas Atkins, Soke Dai

Seventh Degree Master, successor to the Soke.








Training Coordinator Drew Saltzgaber

Drew Saltzgaber


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 5th Degree Master

5th Degree Master   Lance Long

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 




3rd Degree Black Belt Steve Rector

3rd Degree Black Belt     Steve Rector

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. 



3rd Degree Black Belt Adam Rector

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.



2nd Degree Black Belt Greg Shreve

2nd Degree Black Belt
Greg Shreve


Greg Shreve, Nidan, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Holds second degree black belt and is instructor for kids class on Saturdays.





2nd Degree Black Belt Nate Long

2nd Degree Black Belt Nate Long


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



2nd Degree Black Belt Dan Yeager

Dan Yeager, Nidan, Second Degree Black Belt

Adult Class instructor, currently working toward third Degree Black Belt.

Also trained in Archery.