What is Kokoro No Kai?
The Kokoro no Kai is a movement, and a place where people from all cultures, races, and walks of life can come together, no matter how unnoticed or scorned by the world they may have been.
We have teachers from all over the world who want to share, from the heart, their unique perspective, and to teach Budou to anyone open and willing to learn. No matter who you are, we are all one people, and the Kokoro no Kai seeks to reaffirm this in a joyous celebration of the human spirit — while training hard, of course!
Melvin is a Jushodan and one of the youngest shihan in the world (11th degree black belt.) Melvin is a controversial instructor who’s not afraid to speak out and show you your mistakes; as well as ask important questions like: when, how or why does the technique work; and if this is what the soke is trying to transmit. Melvin is a student of Nagato sensei in Japan, and he solely practice with Nagato and soke Hatsumi. He has internalized and embodied the movements and the feeling of Toshiro Nagato’s budo. He is a strong believer in pressure testing techniques against fully resistant attackers; while cultivating Hatsumi soke’s principles of not using strength to subdue a attacker. This is the true essence of budo taijutsu!
Charles O. Lucas
Charles is the founder and owner of the Rukasu Budo Dojo. He has been studying martial arts most of his life; he was first introduced to martial art by his father William E. Lucas III. His father learned boxing and Judo in the U.S. Marines Corps. Charles trained many different martial arts off and on over the years Jeet Kune Do and Karate, before coming to the Bujinkan Dojo. He began his studying the in the Bujinkan Dojo in summer of July 14th 1992 at New York Budo under the direction Carol Ceramicoli Stefula, Sensei, and Jean-Pierre Seibel, Shidoshi. He also studies Budo & Ninpo Taijutsu at City university of New York’s Hunter College between classes at the Shinobi Warriors Arts Club.
Hometown is St Louis, Missouri. A creative writer, philosopher and media studies graduate of University of Missouri – St Louis and currently finishing a fourth bachelor in Theatre emphasis in Film Directing with a plan on getting a Master’s degree in film directing in California. Specializing in scriptwriting and currently filming a second short story. Trained in the martial arts since the 80’s, but the jewel of focus is in Chinese (Tai Chi and Chin Na), Filipino (Venescrima) and several Japanese systems. Started under Sensei Ken Harding in 1988 till 2004 but still keeps in contact. Trained under several martial art teachers through the years. Deep study in the martial arts have led an internal self-discovery.
Mike started in Judo at 5 and subsequently earned several black belts. He began his Bujinkan training in the late 80’s, and trained with instructors; Charles Daniels, Ed Martin, Dick Severance, Roy Wilkinson, Jeff Christian and Karl and Carol Koch. Mike was recently promoted by Ed Martin to Judan (10th degree black belt.) Over the years Mr. Jones provided training to different military and law enforcement groups.
Starting his martial arts Journey at the age of 10, Bryan Earley Harrison started in Kyokushin Kai karate. Later on, he moved on to Muay Thai, American kickboxing, and after several years, earning his Shodan in Chinese Goju karate (Ron Van clief system). In 1991, he suffered an accident that resulted in the loss of three limbs. Undaunted, he went on to study Steven K Hayes Toshindo, earning his Shodan. Wanting to get back to the source of Ninpo, he moved on to the Bujinkan. After several years of study, he earned his Godan in 2010, during Daikomyosai in Japan. In addition, he has also studied various grappling Arts to compliment his training.
Chris Cowan (Ju-Godan/15th dan) is fully licensed by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, Bujinkan Soke and Grandmaster of Budo Taijutsu. Chris is also a Member of the Bujinkan Shidoshi kai. Chris began his martial arts training at the age of 4 years old, and has been instructing Budo Taijutsu since 1995 (including running his own club in college).
Chris has 42 years of experience in the martial Arts. Chris has been teaching the art for at least 23 years. A former Dancer and painter, Chris’ flow (nagare) and “keep going” attitude are an inspiration to everyone.
On his latest trip to Japan he had the chance to train with many different Japanese Shihan such as, Nagato Sensei, Noguchi Sensei, Seno Sensei, Someya Sensei, Furuta Sensei and of course Soke. When Chris took his Godan test, he passed with Hatsumi Sensei doing the cut at Hombu on 9/29/06. Chris also has a former background in Shotokan Karate, Aikido, Muay thai, and Boxing.
Rank 5th dan. Sean has been training in Budo Taijitsu since 1996 under Eric Strong, Michael Jones and Nino Hicks. Currently he trains with Michael Jones at Bujinkan Budo South dojo.
Shidoshi-Ho Nidan Hall (2nd degree black belt) Is a Junior Assistant Instructor, 2nd Degree Black Belt. Studied in various different martial arts and have been with the Bujinkan under the instruction of Shihan Melvin Williams for 7 years.
Terry started training in the bujinkan in the early 90s under Paul Porter. He was the youngest student in what was by reputation the hardest bujinkan dojo in Brisbane. The first few years was hard but with dedication and perseverance he ended up holding his own against the seniors. Shihan Terry would go on to become the youngest shodan and the youngest yon dan under Shidoshi Paul Porter and by the age of 18 he was already teaching regular classes in the Sunnybank dojo. He has achieved the highest rank in the Bujinkan when awarded Jugo Dan and in 2016 he was personally awarded Yushu Shihan by Soke Hatsumi in Noda. In 2017 he was given Dai Shihan by Soke.
Shihan Terry is also one of the highest ranking eskrimadors and a lineage holder in several traditional eskrima systems. A avid researcher of martial arts he has traveled and trained in India and Thailand. An avid collector of martial arts manuscripts and books he has one of the largest collections in the country with over 1500 hard and soft cover books on martial arts and western fighting arts dating back to the 1700’s.
He believes in progressive resistance training in Bujinkan with the goal of being able to protect yourself in an altercation against a skilled attacker and not just looking good against a mindless and compliant uke.
Doug Black has had a lifelong fascination with the samurai of feudal Japan. This led him to studying and achieving rank in several different martial arts including Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do and Jujitsu. Since 2006 he has been exclusively studying Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.
In 2013 he travelled to Japan and passed the sakki test under the direction of Nagato Dai-shihan at Hombu dojo. Since that trip he has focused on Zeropoint Bujinkan training with Shihan Robert Renner.
In 2017 he received the rank of judan from Hatsumi soke.