Instructors

Head instructor of all schools:

 

Shihan G. Landolt

Shihan has been in the martial arts his entire life (started age 5) this gives him an entirely different perspective than most who learn at a later age. He has trained everyone from military to victims of violent crimes. Shihan competed at the highest level for years. With his rank and experience he now only teaches to top level instructors. Shihan Landolt has passed his knowledge of martial arts on for a new generation to uphold the standards and traditions for further advancement of American Jujitsu.

Martial Art Experience: 45+ years Title awarded: Shihan

Shichidan 8th Degree Kaigan Ryu Jujitsu

Shichidan 8th Degree American Jujitsu

Yodan 5th Degree Judo

 

President of National Jujitsu Federation (2010-present)

CEO of American Jujitsu Academy Inc. (2002-present)
Hall of Fame "Inductee"2007 USA Martial Arts California: Service to Martial Arts

Hall of Fame "Inductee" 2000 USA USJJF: Instructor of the Year

Founder of Arkansas Jujitsu Association (1998)
Senior Tech Adviser for Kaigan Ryu, NJF, and AJA Coaching, Referee Committee

USA 1st Ever “Grand World Champion” (World M.A. Games) 2001

2x World Cup Jujitsu Champion (World M.A. Games)

2x World Cup Jujitsu (Jujitsu World Cup)

2x N. American Continental Champion (Jujitsu)

2x International Open Champion (Jujitsu)

3x Arnold World M.A. Games (World Champion)

4x International Champion (Jujitsu)

5x National Champion (Jujitsu)

Grand Champion (Night of Champions)

Multiple Regional & State Championships (Jujitsu/Karate/Judo)

· Member of the 2000 and 2002 USJJF National Team

· Captain of the USA Jujitsu Team 2000-2002

· Instructor of the year 2000 (USJJF)

· Competitor of the year 2000-2003 (AJJA)

· Founded Kaigan-Ryu JuJitsu System in 1993

· Instructor of the year 1991-1994 (IFMA)

· Competitor of the year 1992-1994 (IFMA)

· Assisted in security force training for the U.S. Marine Corps ('90-'91))

· Works with troubled youth

· Counsels and trains victims of violent crimes

· Over 26 years tournament experience, retired in 2004 from competition

· Trains law enforcement personnel

· Desert Storm Veteran (USMC - 0341), Security Forces FAST Team member

· Gives American Jujitsu seminars on (self defense) throughout the U.S.

· Outstanding Leadership Award (USJJF), (AJJA), (USMA), (IFMA), (AJJIF)

· Began martial arts training in 1974.

"Mr. Landolt is one of the best martial artist we've every had to compete at the Arnold World Games"... Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Shihan Landolt won '01,'02,'03 Jujitsu World Championships. (JJIF rules)-all phases of fighting, striking, kicking, take-downs/throws, joint locks, grappling, neck-cranks, leg-locks...etc., as well as the "Duo" competition.

Full Instructor - Fayetteville, Arkansas Location- "Level 5" Dojo

Sensei Jeevan Uttamchandani:

University of Arkansas graduate, Sensei Jeevan is the embodiment of Jujitsu. He works tirelessly on manuals, websites, day to day operations, Sensei is everything you want in a school instructor and more. He has decades of experience and still has the thirst for knowledge.


Martial Art Experience: 25 years Title: Sensei

3rd Degree 2016 Kaigan Ryu Jujitsu
President of Arkansas Ju-Jitsu Association

Vice President- National Jujitsu Federation 

 

2016 -Sandan 3rd Degree American Jujitsu
2010 -Shodan 1st Degree Black Belt Kodokan Judo (USMA)

2012 -Nidan 2nd Degree American Jujitsu

2007-08 -Instructor of the year (AJJA)

2005 -Shodan 1st Degree Black Belt American Ryu Jujitsu

2005 -US National Tournament: Bronze Medal Kumite

2004 -Arkansas Open Martial Arts Jujitsu Championships: Bronze Medal Kumite

2004 -Arkansas Open Martial Arts Jujitsu Championships: Silver Medal Self Defense

2004 -World Games Battle of Columbus: Bronze Medal Kumite

2004 -World Games Battle of Columbus: Silver Medal Self Defense Competition

2003 -US National Tournament: Bronze Medal Kumite

2003 -World Games Battle of Columbus: Gold Medal Duo Competition

2003 -World Games Battle of Columbus: Bronze Medal Kumite

2002 -World Games Battle of Columbus: Gold Medal Kumite

1995 -Shodan 1st Degree Black Belt (ATA)

1990 -World Championships (ATA): 2nd place Kata Competition.
Lifetime member USJA, NJF, AJJA

Began martial arts training in 1989.

Full Instructor Springdale, Ar

Sensei Vanessa Cook:

This California native exhibits a very unique style of teaching which includes explaining the Physics and Kinesiology of each technique while demonstrating them. Without a doubt one of the most technical instructors at the school. Not only does Sensei know every technique flawlessly but can adapt it for anyone regardless of size. She is a fabulous addition to the AJJA.


Martial Art Experience: 20 years Title: Sensei

3rd Degree 2016 Kaigan Ryu Jujitsu

2016 -Sandan 3rd Degree American Jujitsu
2012 -Nidan 2nd Degree American Jujitsu

2010 -Shodan 1st Degree Black Belt Kodokan Judo (USJA)

2006 -Instructor of the year (AJJA)

2005 -Shodan 1st Degree Black Belt American Jujitsu

2004 -World Games Battle of Columbus: Silver Medal Self Defense Competition

2003 -World Games Battle of Columbus: Gold Medal Duo Competition

2003 -US National Tournament: Silver Medal Kumite

2002 -US National Tournament: Silver Medal Kumite

Lifetime member USJA, NJF, AJJA

Began martial arts training in 1995.

Full Instructor Cave Springs, Ar

Sensei Stan Clarke:

Sensei uses his decades of experience to teach junior instructors and assist in seminars, workshops, and events. It's always good to have someone with all that experience around to pick their brains. Stan is simply a great person who everyone loves to be around.


Martial Art Experience: 24 years Title: Sensei

3rd Degree 2016 Kaigan Ryu Jujitsu

2014 -Sandan 3rd Degree American Jujitsu
2009 -Nidan 2nd Degree American Jujitsu

2006 -Shodan 1st Degree Black Belt Kodokan Judo (USJA)

2005 -Instructor of the year (AJJA)

2005 -Shodan 1st Degree Black Belt American Jujitsu 

2000 -World Games Battle of Columbus: Gold Medal

2000 -US National Tournament: Silver Medal Kumite

1999 -US National Tournament: Silver Medal Kumite

1996-97 Gracie Submission only Tournament Bronze Medal

1995 -Gracie Jiujitsu Cruise VIP

1994 -Gracie Jiujitsu Cruise

Lifetime member USJA, NJF, AJJA

Began martial arts training in 1994.

Assistant Instructor  Waikiki, Hawaii

Senpai Jashrie Uttam:

This Arkansas resident has a relaxed approach to teaching which most find pleasing and easy to follow. She's bee an invalueable member to the dojo. Jay hopes to open a dojo in Hawaii in the near future.


Martial Art Experience: 10 years Rank:

Ikkyu Brown Belt 2 stripes

2018 Kaigan Ryu Jujitsu

2004- U.S. National Silver Medal Kumite (USJJF) 

2002-03 U.S. National Gold Medal Kumite (USJJF)

Level 3 Instructor

Lifetime member USJA, NJF, AJJA

Began martial arts training in 2005.

Senpai Gowynne (Joie) Landolt:  Tulsa, Ok

Moved here from Sacramento, California and has put her own Cali flavor when teaching teens, family, and kids classes. Joie not only loves Jujitsu but she loves teaching to anyone who will sit still long enough to learn. She brings that west coast swag to class and loves being there. Anyone who meets Joie, loves Joie, she is a great asset to American Jujitsu Academy.


Martial Art Experience: 9 years Rank:

Ikkyu Brown Belt 2 Stripe

2019 Kaigan Ryu Jujitsu

Volunteers -free classes to teens/kids summer program

Teaches troubled youth (boys and girls club)

Level 3 Instructor

Lifetime member USJA, NJF, AJJA

Began martial arts training in 2010

Assistant Instructor Rogers, Ar

Senpai Michelle Hufana:

A native New Yorker who has found a home at AJJA, Michelle brings an insite that most would kill for; its not easy growing up in Queens but she did and loves sharing what would "really" work in a subway and what won't. She recently tested for a purple belt and can't wait to start teaching indepently. We are very proud to have her as an assistant instructor.


Martial Art Experience: 3+ years Rank:

Nikyu Purple Belt

2017 Kaigan Ryu Jujitsu

Hopes to open a dojo of her own dojo and pass all that she has learned

Level 2 Asst. I.C. Program

Lifetime member: NJF, AJJA

Began martial arts training in 2015

Instructor's Program: Fayetteville, Ar.

Donna Wonsower:

A former student right here at the University of Arkansas, Donna has also found a home at AJJA. She is very concerned about others safety, she is very analytical, and offers a fresh view about teaching and learning. Donna has become invaluable as an assistant instructor. She hopes to empower other women with the art and give them the strength she has found in Jujitsu.


Martial Art Experience: 3 years Rank:

Sankyu Blue Belt

2018 Kaigan Ryu Jujitsu

Level 1 Asst. I.C. Program

Lifetime member: NJF, AJJA

Began martial arts training in 2016

Instructor's Program: Bentonville, Ar.

Vince Biondo:

A huge fan of University of Arkansas athletics has recently became a fan of teaching Jujitsu. Vince found a home at AJJA. He is currently working at Walmart home offices and wants to expand the art and help others in jujitsu.


Martial Art Experience: 2 years Rank:

Yonkyu Green Belt-2 Stripes

2019 Kaigan Ryu Jujitsu

Accepted into I.C. Program

Lifetime member: NJF, AJJA

Began martial arts training in 2017

Instructor's Program: Dallas, Tx.

Collin Dickson:

This Dallas native has moved to NW Arkansas to become an engineer has now set his sights on being a future Jujitsu instructor. Collin has now found a home at AJJA. He is currently working on finishing his degree, wants to expand schools in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and the country of Panana in hopes of educating other in jujitsu.


Martial Art Experience: 2 years Rank:

Yonkyu Green Belt-2 Stripes

2019 Kaigan Ryu Jujitsu

Accepted into I.C. Program - Allowed online teaching

Lifetime member: NJF, AJJA

Began martial arts training in 2017

Instructors Program: Once accepted, one learns not only "how" to teach, but also the theory of

"where" a technique came from and "why" one does a certain waza. The flow of Jujitsu; invisible

Jujitsu, tournament Jujitsu, Jujitsu for (self defense), and lastly the tradition behind what we teach in

American Jujitsu.

      Instructor also learns what helps the student learn in a more efficient way. Economics/business and how to operate a successful school. Run sanctioned tournaments, test students, request seminars, as well as recruit potential students.

Instructor's Course Program:

One must be accepted into the course.

There are 6 levels of instructors in American Jujitsu.

Accepted:

Level 0 - Orange Belt/Green Belt                                

has been evaluated and accepted into program

 

Kohai (Jr.):                                                   (Assistant) 

Level 1- Blue Belt                                

may teach and promote students up to Green Belt 3 stripes

 

Senpai:

Level 2 - Purple Belt                                    (Assistant) 

may teach and promote students up to Blue Belt 3 stripes

 

Senpai:

Level 3 - Brown Belt                            (Assistant Instructor) 

may teach and promote students up to Purple Belt 3 stripes

 

Sensei:(Jr) Kohai

Level 4 - Probationary Black Belt        (Instructor) 

may teach and promote students up to Brown Belt 3 stripes

 

Sensei:

Level 5 - Black Belt (1st-3rd Dan)        (Full Instructor)

may teach and promote instructors up to one rank below belt 

Renshi:

Level 6 - Red/Black Belt (4th/5th Dan) (Chief Instructor)

may teach and promote instructors up to present rank 

Shihan:

Red/White Belt (6th -8th Dan)              (Master Instructor)

may teach and promote instructors up to present rank

Soke:

Red Belt (9th - 10th Dan)                      (Grand Master)

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