Gary Mason martial arts history

Person: Gary Mason

Gary Mason martial arts history

Gary Mason is a 6th Degree Black Belt in Jujitsu. He is a former overseas presidential bodyguard and instructor to the military and police here and abroad, with over 40 years training including 6 years overseas (Japan, China, South America). For 20 years he was the personal training partner of Master Tetsuya Higuchi, 9th Degree Chief Instructor of the 40,000 member Tokyo SWAT Police and bodyguard to Japan's prime minister and other dignitaries. He wrote the first and most comprehensive article available in English on Taihojutsu (Japanese Police Self-Defense, a system based mainly on jujitsu but also on judo, karate, boxing, aikido and other lesser known martial arts). For five years, he held the first World Martial Arts Summit (i.e.: Ninja Summit), a hugely popular martial art and Japanese cultural event. It was attended by prominent instructors and practitioners from around the world and was widely covered by national and international media. For several years he served on the Advisory Council for Who's Who in the Martial Arts Elite, and for two years running he has been chosen Top 10 Martial Arts in the Cleveland-Akron area. In 1998, his team of students, almost all of them competing for the very first time, won 12 of 15 events at the national Han Wei grappling tournament. He teaches Tetsudokan Jujitsu at Lakeland College as well as private classes. He can be reached for comments online at his Facebook page for Tetsudokan Jujitsu International, or at the Cleveland Jujitsu Meetup Group which he manages.