History of Bojuka Ryu

Bojuka Ryu was founded by Shihan Eddie G. Stewart. He designed this art based on his experience in Boxing, JuJitsu, Judo, and Karate, both Japanese and Korean styles. During his career in the military, he was exposed to many other different styles of martial arts including Tang Soo Do, Chito Ryu, Judo, Kodenkan Jujitsu, and Aikido. The majority of his time in the Army was in the capacity of a hand-to-hand combat instructor. His competition experience included Golden Gloves boxing, and also time spent in the karate ring and Judo mat.

His dedication to Bojuka Ryu and the Martial Arts was immeasurable. He spent many tireless hours to help his students and support the Arts.  His wish of building the headquarters for Bojuka Ryu was realized in 2001 when he organized his students to build not only the headquarters but a brand new dojo for them to train in as well as for the many generations to come.

For health reasons, he ceased instructing in 2002 and promoted his Dojo Instructor, Sensei Eddie Nakao, to Head Instructor. Sensei Nakao is currently teaching in the same capacity today.

Shihan Eddie G. Stewart passed away on March 7, 2014, at 9:05 AM at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.  Memorial and Funeral Services were held at Mission Mortuary/Seaside Funeral home in Seaside, CA. Shihan Stewart touched many lives while he was with us on this earth and many came to see and honor him at the service.  His shoes will never be filled, but we will continue to keep the teachings and spirit of Bojuka Ryu alive to all those stepping on the mat.

Instructors

Eddie Nakao

Eddie Nakao

Head Instructor

Sensei Eddie Nakao studied directly under Shihan Stewart, founder of Bojuka Ryu with whom he earned his 7th degree Blackbelt; he also holds a 4th degree Blackbelt in Judo through the United States Judo Federation and is a certified National Coach through U.S.A. Judo, the National governing body of Judo and a member of the USOC (United States Olympic Committee).
He has competed and medaled in Karate, Judo, and Sports Jujitsu, as well as instructing and coaching students successfully at the local, State, National, and International levels.  He also has experience in club boxing.
Sensei Nakao has been training, competing, instructing, and studying the martial arts for over 40 years through coaching and teaching children, teens, and adults in the art of self-defense, preparation for the competition arena, and studying the arts to improve the quality of their lives.
Janine Nakao

Janine Nakao

Head Instructor Botan Joshi Judo Kai

Retired from the U.S. National team. She currently heads our Women’s Judo program, Botan Joshi Judo Kai, and works closely with our competition teams. Her competition resume has tremendous depth and she has experienced Judo from around the globe.  She’s a 4-time Senior National Champion, a 3-time World Team member, Pan American Games Silver Medalist, and has won multiple World Cup medals.
Anthony Perez

Anthony Perez

Senior Instructor

A life long Monterey resident, Sensei Perez has been training in the arts for over twenty years.  He holds a 5th degree Blackbelt in Bojuka Ryu and also has a 2nd degree Blackbelt in Judo through the United States Judo Federation. Sensei Perez has many years of competing, instructing  and training students both young and old.
Nicki Shioya

Nicki Shioya

Senior Instructor

Shioya Sensei started training in Bojuka Ryu over twenty-five years ago, she holds a 3rd Degree Blackbelt in Bojuka Ryu and a  2nd degree blackbelt in Judo. She has many years of competition experience at both the State and National level. She is also a Certified National Coach through the United States Judo Federation and recognized by USA Judo.  She has coached both State and National level teams.
Jason Alamares

Jason Alamares

Senior Assistant Instructor

Sensei Alamares has been training for over a decade including competition at the State and National level. He holds a 4th Degree Blackbelt in Bojuka Ryu and a 2nd Degree Blackbelt in Judo. 
Joey Avila

Joey Avila

Senior Assistant Instructor

Sensei Avila holds a 7th degree Blackbelt and was one of the first students of Shihan Stewart. He has many years of successful fighting experience both in the Karate ring and on the Judo mat. He assists in instruction in our children and adult classes.
Desirae Carroll

Desirae Carroll

Senior Assistant Instructor

Carroll Sensei holds a 1st-degree black belt in Bojuka Ryu and a 1st-degree black belt in Judo awarded by the United States Judo Federation. She has competition experience in Judo and currently assists in instructing our Junior and Senior classes.
Stevie Carrol

Stevie Carrol

Senior Assistant Instructor - Judo

 

John Cortinas

John Cortinas

Senior Assistant Instructor

Cortinas Sensei has many years of mat experience and holds a 1st degree Blackbelt in Bojuka Ryu and is also a 1st degree Blackbelt in Judo.  He has been assisting the instruction of our Junior and Senior students for many years.
Chris Miguel

Chris Miguel

Senior Assistant Instructor - Judo

Brian Nakao

Brian Nakao

Senior Assistant Instructor

Sensei Nakao holds a 5th Degree Blackbelt in Bojuka Ryu and a 1st Degree Blackbelt in Judo through the United States Judo Federation. He has been involved in the martial arts for over twenty-five years. Including of competition experience, making podium finishes at State and National Championships.
Nathan Nakao

Nathan Nakao

Senior Assistant Instructor

Sensei Nathan Nakao started his martial arts training at the age of 5, he holds a 4th Degree Blackbelt in Bojuka Ryu, a 2nd-degree black belt in Judo, and a B.S. Degree in Communication Design. He has competed at State and National levels and has many years of mat side experience as a coach.
Kevin Trinh

Kevin Trinh

Senior Assistant Instructor

Sensei Kevin started his martial arts training when he was seven years old. He holds a 1st Degree Blackbelt in Bojuka Ryu as well as in Judo. His competition includes both Judo and Karate tournaments at the State and National Level. He currently studies Engineering at a local college.