HEADED BY TAISHO, MENKYO GM. IRVING SOTO 10Th DEGREE BLACK BELT, COVER RED BELT
Porf. Grandmaster rving Soto started training in the martial arts since 1956 at the age of 2 years old. At that time martial arts was unheard of in the United States of America; maybe only some war veterans from World War II. He studied Jujitsu and under Grandmaster Rudy Jones and Grandmaster Charlie Sparrow. He also studied Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun, Pa-kua Hsing Yi, Tai Chi Ch’uan, Korean Moo Du Kwan Karate, Hap Ki Do, Kung Fu and many other arts. Gung Fu was not popular at the time since it was only taught to those of Chinese descent. He was a martial arts champion since his early teens. In 1970 he won the Open east coast championships of Grandmaster Aaron Banks’ Oriental World of Self-Defense and went on to win the World Kumite Championship overseas, in Japan (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980). He later went on to win the Universal World Title of the World Kickboxing Championships in the Welterweight Division and Light Heavyweight Division in Europe. He has also been World Kickboxing Champion in the United States.
In his late teens he continued his studies of the martial arts in Japan. He spent the next 19 years of his life traveling back and forth from Japan and the USA under Grandmaster K. Yamamoto in the Art of Atemi aiki jujitsu kuju Waza . He has also had the great opportunity and privilege to meet with Gogen Yamaguchi from Goju karate known as "the Cat" and meet with the founder of Aikido, Morehei Ueshiba.
He is a 10th Degree Black Belt and founder of the Art of Atemi CobraJujitsu Te. He is the World’s Top expert in the Art of Atemi ju Jitsu and Atemi AikiJitsu and He has attained the title of Meijin-Wajusa as a Samurai Daimyo in the Art of Atemi Aiki ju Jitsu and Atemi Aikijitsu—He holds the highest rank belt and is the highest authority and last heir to the Art of Atemi Jitsu and Atemi AikiJitsu.
He is the First American Samurai.
He is an Award Winning Author of 6 books:
Experience the Power of Atemi
The Forgotten Art of Atemi
Hall of Fame book: Masters in Action
These books are available for order.
For more information please write to place your order or call:
619-448-2118 0r 619 961 8350
USA Atemi Ki Dojo
Martial Arts Physical Fitness Center
9805 Prospect Ave. Ste. D
Santee, CA 92071
Among his achievements are:
8-time World Kumite Champion
4-time World Kickboxing Champion in Japan
4-time World Kickboxing Champion in the USA
4-time World Grappling and Grippling Champion
3-time Technique Champion in Japan