Mr. Glenn Perry, Soke, is a martial artist with over 55 years training experience in Karate and Ju-Jutsu. He is the Headmaster of Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate and inheritor of Black Dragon Aiki-Jutsu. Perry martial arts training began in the late 1960's at his father's insistence, who at the time, was taking Jujutsu classes at "St. John's Community Center" in Brooklyn, New York. At the early age of nine his father formally enrolled him in Sanuces-Ryu JiuJutsu at the "Diamond Mine Dojo" under Sensei Al Govine.
Perry's experiences in Japanese Karate took place at the famous Tong Dojo under the instruction of family and friends, Sensei George Cofield and Thomas La Puppet. He continued to train in the Shotokan style with Sensei Toyotaro Miyazaki at Jerome Mackey's Karate Studios. He also trained in Kyokushin Karate at the BAM in New York City under chief instructors, Shihan Tadashi Nakamura and Shihan Shigeru Oyama. As a young teenager Perry spent many years with Master Pierre Rene, the founder of the 'American Shotokan Association'. Iron Palm and Chi-Gung with Sifu Moy Yat in New York's Chinatown area. Mr. Perry is also an honorary 5th degree black belt member of USA Goju under Sensei Peter Urban.
In the mid 1970s Perry began training exclusively in Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate under it's founder, Grandmaster Ron Van Clief. After years studying Perry became a "Chief Instructor at the Black Dragon Temple, a martial arts dojo in Brooklyn, New York, from 1977 to 1986. He also taught the Long Island University Karate team for two semesters.
Mr. Perry has appeared in many martial arts books, magazines, training videos as well as television including "The Oriental World of Self-Defense". He is an author of several martial arts books, including co-writing "Black Heroes of the Martial Arts' with Sensei Ron Van Clief and gives numerous martial arts lectures and demonstrations around the country.
A committed martial artist, tournament competitor from the 70s and passionate historian. In 1984 Mr. Perry was inducted by Grandmaster Ron Van Clief into "The Masters in Action Hall of Fame". In 1986, he earned his 'Rokudan (6th Dan) level. At the time of this promotion, he became the youngest 6th degree black belt in Chinese Goju Karate. In 1986 Mr. Perry was given permission to introduce the art of Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate to Mexico and South America. That same year, Perry relocated to Mexico and opened the first Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate dojo in South America.
Shidoshi Van Clief and Soke Perry
Perry, like so many before him, has discovered the value of combining techniques and cross training in different fighting disciplines. These and many other new ideas were incorporated into the new system of self-defense. Black Dragon Aiki-Jutsu is based on two essential principals and concepts, Aiki-Jujutsu and the art of Jujutsu in general. Thanks to Perry's training and experience in these arts, we are able to merge the concepts of the two schools into one.
In 1999 Glenn Perry became the first practitioner in the Chinese Goju System to hold the title of 'Soke', meaning 'Headmaster'. bestowed to him by his teacher and mentor, Grandmaster Ron Van Clief. Shorly after, in 2002 he was inducted by his teacher into the 'World Head of Family Sokeship Council'. Mr. Perry is also the President of the 'World Headmasters Sokeship Council'.
Sensei Perry is a 10th Dan, Soke, is the Headmaster of Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate and inheritor of Headmaster of The Black Dragon Aikijitsu Systems which was founded in 1971 by Grandmaster Ron Van Clief, Shidoshi. He is also the most senior master in the Chinese Goju System. Black Dragon Aiki-Jujutsu and Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate systems are considered two, independent martial arts components with distinct interpretations and concepts.
Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate is a branch and extension of the Chinese Goju System originally founded in 1971, by Grand Master Ron Van Clief and Obosan Owen Watson. Mr. Perry is very proud of the fact that he has trained and studied in Chinese Goju System and Black Dragon Aiki-Jitsu for 50 years and is the result of the first and last generation of senior practitioners.
THIS IS NOT A NEW SIGN of the Chinese Goju System!! It may be considered Mr. Perry's version or his interpretation of the Chinese Goju System as taught directly to him from Grand Master Ron Van Clief. Chinese Goju-Ryu Karate is fully endorsed and approved by Shidoshi Ron Van Clief: See letter below.
Chinese Goju-Ryu, with the principles of passion, understanding and mutual respect, as the foundation of our training, Perry ensures that students and members develop to their full potential. Glenn Perry is the co-founder of Chinese Goju International which is an association of senior martial arts masters from different styles and backgrounds sharing training concepts and experiences. With more than 500 members around the world, CGI is the only organization devoted to all Martial Arts without exception. This is a network and a rallying point for all leaders, whatever their arts, who are devoted to the true spirit of the Martial Arts and who wish the progress and prestige of the Martial Arts to continue to grow.
Soke Glenn Perry, 10th Dan
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