Head Family, Heirs & Founders of The Martial Arts

Bringing traditional, legitimate accreditation, and professionalism to the martial arts. 

"Imitated, but never duplicated".

In Loving Memory of the
2013 Samurai Spirit Award winner
Lorraine MoClair
She lost her battle to cancer on 12/2/2013. She fought the cancer as she lived, with style, grace and a positive attitude of life and love.
She honored us with 30 years in the arts, earning her 2nd in Jujitsu and her 1st dan in Karate. Married to James MoClair, Soke who was there for Sensei Lorraine every step and every minute of the day. Sensei Lorraine will be missed but never forgotten.

Accreditation is issued by " Head Family Soke " who are masters that not only have earned their grades up to Judan 10th Dan or Menkyo Kaiden, but then became the heir to the system they had received their grades in.

Only a Soke ( Head Master of the martial arts system ) with this " Head Family Status " can issue such accreditation. Certification or recognition by non Head Family Soke is just that. It is not accreditation which is what is truly required for ones life long work. The only other way one could receive such true accreditation would be to receive Sokeship recognition through a royal family (ie; Japan and or Okinawa) which has not been done in many years.

The Soke Menkyo Kai has as it's president a Soke who has " Head of Family status" Master Jeffrey L. Cuevas, Soke Nidai. Cuevas, Soke received the grade / title of kaiden ( 10th Dan ) prior to becoming the heir ( Soke Nidai / 2nd Gen. Successor ) to the Shoshin Kempo Ryu martial arts system. Cuevas, Soke is honored to be elected as the SMK Second President in 2012.

The Soke Menkyo Kai seeks applicants for membership that have legitimate grades in the martial arts and can meet our standards. 


 See our new S.M.K. Black Belt Association under S.M.K. NEWS










The Soke Menkyo Kai is one of the few Sokeship associations to offer it's members accreditation in a license form for their years of hard work as a founder or heir of a martial arts system.
Operating as an association as opposed to a " Sokeship Board ", all members of the S.M.K. have a say, a vote on all major topics that arise. Voting is done via e-mail and all e-mail is addressed to all members voting. This way, there is no room for any misconceptions , misunderstandings and / or politics. The one thing that NO member has a voice in however, is that of the acceptance of a applicant for membership who meets all of the S.M.K. requirements, be it a founder or heir.

New members are treated the same as old members , whereas all are equal with the S.M.K. and all members have a say. Any members who may have questions as to operational procedure of a Sokeship / Ryu can easily contact the president as well as other members for advice. There are no secretaries or assistants that act as a buffer between the members and the president.

 The Soke Menkyo Kai is not only an association , but also acts as an agency, an agency issuing accreditation through a form of license to those who apply and meet the requirements for membership.

 In the martial arts community it appears there are those who have copied our method of operation but not our goals. The two main goals of the S.M.K. are to bring legitimacy to the martial arts and educate the general public as to what proper accreditation in the martial arts are.

The Soke Menkyo Kai does not accept unsolicited funds or certificates. Any / all funds will not be returned. Certificates will be destroyed. 

President / Dai-Soke

 Jeffrey L. Cuevas, Soke  Nidai, Head Family, 10th dan

Texas, U.S.A. 

Vice President, European Operations     

James Moclair, Soke Shodai, 10th Dan

England, UK.

Vice President, United States Operations

    Avelino Mayoral, Soke Sandai, Head family, 10th Dan

2nd President of the
Soke Menkyo Kai

Jeffrey Cuevas, Soke Nidai
Head family
 10th dan,
Shoshin Kempo Jutsu



Hanshi, Avelino R. Mayoral, Soke Sandai, Head of Family, 10th Dan Red belt / Menkyo Kaiden

Shizenki Ryu Bujutsu.



                                                               Web Page

Shihan, James Moclair, Soke Shodai Red Belt. Eikoku - Ryu Tai Jutsu 
West Midlands, England UK

      Web Page 


Shihan, Alan Thornton, Soke Shodai
10th Dan Red Belt.
Senai Seisshinryu Shihandokai Karate - Do / Jutsu & Kobudo Jutsu 

    Middlesex, England, UK.
       To Contact This Member. E-mail the S.M.K. at
        and place members name in the subject box.


If one is applying for membership as a founder of his / her own system with the Soke Menkyo Kai, The following requirements must be met.


 Must have held a black belt grade for twenty years in any art / way.


Must hold a fifth degree black belt or equivalent in a martial art similar to that of the system you have founded.


 Must hold an additional fifth degree black belt or equivalent in an additional art / way.


Must hold two additional black belts in other martial arts. ( Any Degree / Dan )

Must provide copies of certificates for all black belt grades.                                           
Example: For a fifth degree black belt, one must submit copies of first through fifth degree certificates. One must also provide contact information for the instructor and / or issuing authority of the certificates.   
Note: The reason for the additional grades is to demonstrate that one has a good foundation in the martial arts with an overall understanding of the martial arts in general.


Criminal background check. In order to expedite your membership application. Any recent criminal history check you can provide, including that of an approved application for a handgun permit ect. Would be helpful.


A completed 1,000 word thesis on the martial art / way you wish to receive full foundership accreditation in.


A completed Soke Menkyo Kai application and the membership proper fees.


 If one claims 10th Dan or any rank / grade and is applying for S.M.K. membership. The rank / grade must come from ones own teacher and or Ryu. The S.M.K. does not except association or cross grade diplomas for membership consideration. Association certificates unless it is issued directly from one's Master or honorary degrees of any kind does not meet the S.M.K. standards for membership.


 The S.M.K. does not issue  10th  Dan degrees or any degrees / grades to its members with the exception that a member may wish to issue S.M.K. rank / grade certification to their students. This is optional and not mandatory.

This does not mean that a S.M.K. Soke Shodai (Founder) can not promote to 10th Dan (Judan) in his own system. A Soke  is a title with no grade. A Soke is above the rank structure of his own system. A Soke can promote up to and including Judan, 10th Dan in one's own respective system, regardless as to one's current grade. 

Members who do not hold 10th Dan / Degree grades from their respective teacher / Ryu (system),  or hold "Honorary Degrees" can not advertise such if they are an S.M.K. member. This is regardless as to any associations recognizing them as such.


The S.M.K. does not recognize taekwondo as a martial art or way but rather a sport. Thus no one can use any grades received in taekwondo when applying for membership.


If one is applying for accreditation as an Heir and or Head Family status with the Soke Menkyo Kai , the following requirements must be met.


 Any and all copies of  documentation of your successorship and copies of all your black belt certification.


 A completed Soke Menkyo Kai application and the proper membership fees.


An Heir, must hold no less then a fifth Dan / Degree and if one is applying for Head Family status, one must hold a 10th Dan or hold the highest grade within the system / Ryu.

Membership Fees.

Soke Shodai (Founder).........................700.00
Soke (Heir)  ...........................................450.00
Soke (Heir, With head Family Status...600.00
Soke-Dai Registration.............................175.00

Membership Information


James Moclair Soke 

All other locations.....
 Jeffrey L. Cuevas, President


Upon being accepted as a full accredited member of the Soke Menkyo Kai one will be asked to sign a membership agreement. This agreement is known as the " Professional Standards Agreement ". This agreement states that if one of the rules or regulations contained herein are broken by the member or it is discovered that the member allowed his students to break one of the rules and regulations that would apply to ones daily operation of his / her Ryu / Ryu - Ha. They will be dismissed from membership and any and all grades and titles received must be returned.

 The main reason behind these regulations is the outlook of the S.M.K. The S.M.K.'s outlook is that of Traditional values in the martial arts, The term " Martial " translates as " Military " and with a traditional martial arts outlook, Respect , Professionalism , Honor , Loyalty and Duty easily come to mind not to mention the code of the Bushi ( Not Bushido, but similar). It is for this that all members do not want to allow a member in that would bring any form of dishonor to the membership and the S.M.K.


 Rules / Regulations

1. (Rule)

 The use of a red belt is only for a Soke - Dai (partially red) and ninth degree / Dan or above. Members will refrain from issuing a red belt to a student. In the true, traditional martial art's and way's the use of a red belt for children's / students grades was non existent until taekwondo entered the martial art's seen in 1954.
 The Red belt was used by the Korean martial art's practitioners as a student grade to insult the practitioners of the Chinese , Japanese and Okinawan martial arts , where it is revered as a very high ranking belt of no less then that of a ninth degree. The red belt is a " Grand Masters " belt, not a child's belt.
 The use of a Dojo or training hall to hold parties in is not allowed. No member or their instructors and / or students are not allowed to hold children's birthday parties or any other none fighting arts activity in a Dojo.
 The Dojo should be respected as a serious training hall for one to learn the martial (Military) fighting arts. This respect for the Dojo should be equivalent to that of a Christian respecting his church.
( Exception )
Dojo grand openings , celebrations such as the head masters birthday, Yudansha promotions or any event that had taken place that is important to the Ryu / Ryuha , operation of the school and / or association which would be the cause for a formal celebration. Only then would the celebration / party be held , upholding the professional standards, common sense and good taste that all S.M.K. members strive to live by.
 No member of the S.M.K. or their instructor students shall rent themselves out as a form of " Entertainment " for such birthday parties or parties in general.
 We are not clowns, A martial arts instructor who holds birthday parties in his / her dojo and gives direction of same including any form of training to the attendees aka " Party goers " is actually taking the place of a clown at a child's birthday party. Members of the S.M.K. and their students are serious students of martial arts, some are even holding jobs where their lives may depend on it's use. Hardly should a training environment be held in the same place or regard as a child's birthday party.
 No member or members student instructors shall partake in any activity deemed illegal or immoral. this is to include being an habitual drunkard or miss use drugs or bring harm to themselves or another unless it is in self defense or a combat situation.
 ( Reason )
 There is no need for a reason for this regulation.
 Each S.M.K. member acts / is his own agent and is thus responsible for any and all actions that they may take or cause in any and all circumstances.
( Reason )
This is the lawsuit clause that protects the S.M.K. and all of it's members from any litigation or law suits. It holds each individual member liable for their own actions.

 All members agree to return any and all license and documentation that was issued , awarded to him / her by the S.M.K. in the event one is asked for same due to one breaking any of the above professional standards agreements.
( Reason )
If a member is found to have brought dishonor to him / herself and / or the S.M.K. and / or it's members by breaking one of the agreements within this section. The S.M.K. does not want to accredit such an individual. Licenses for Sokes are the same as in any given profession and if one breaks the law, one can loose his / her license ie; Realtor, Electrician, House inspector, Law enforcement officer , etc.
 No S.M.K. member will issue cross grade certificates. All certification must be earned not exchanged.
( Reason )
 This is one of the reasons martial arts as a whole has began a spiral downwards in regards to accreditation.
No member will accept or solicite for rank recognition / certification nor accept same or utilize any honorary degrees. 


Members may not join other associations in order to accept unearned certification. This is where one joins an association and obtains a higher grade in one's own art. This is one of the biggest downfalls in the martial arts. No one can promote you in your own art.

This also holds true for doctorate degrees or any type of degree simular in nature. Unless earned through an accredited college, one can not profess any type of coresponding title.

                          Note: Any additional rules or regulations must be voted on by the entire membership.


May 7th 2012

The Soke Menkyo Kai annouces it's new Black Belt Association.

Soke Menkyo Kai Yudansha Kokusei

 Attention martial arts Masters. You too can take part in building your recognition through the Soke Menkyo Kai. For years the Soke Menkyo Kai has been the leading Sokeship organization with an air of legitimacy that has been proven through and through.

 With  membership in the Soke Menkyo Kai Yudansha Kokusei you can network and continue individual growth and mastery without interference, but with advice and opportunity if your needs require such.

The Yudansha Kokusei does not issue grade certificates. Only certificates of grade recognition. What this means to you. Now you can receeive recognition for your grades through the Soke Menkyo Kai Yudansha Kokusei.

Copies of all certificates must be submitted along with contact information for the individual that issued your certificatess. Once your legitimate grades can be verified, you will be issued a "Certificate of Grade Recognition"

As you are aware, the Soke Menkyo Kai is an elite martial arts association with unquestionable character and legitimacy. With grade recognition from the Soke Menkyo Kai Yudansha Kokusei, you too can enjoy knowing your years of training and hard earned grades are beyond question.     

As a member, you will receive the following.

1. A certificate of Grade Recognition

2. A written "New Release" you can utilize for advertisement.

3. Life -Time Membership (No annual dues)

All for 250.00 USD. 

(Note, each new grade advancement one wishes to receive recognition for is an additional 125.00 USD. 

(All shipping fees are included unless shipping to your country is over 25.00 )

 For further information contact J.L. Cuevas, Soke

New President of the SMK
Jeffrey L. Cuevas, Soke Nidai
of the
Shoshin Kempo Jutsu system

I have been a member of the SMK since 2001 and have enjoyed every minute. The best part of the SMK is meeting outstanding Sokes and Masters.
Dai Soke D.P Jeffreys is nothing short of one of the very best the Martial Arts world. I have been proud to serve him as the World VP for the last ten years and look forward to another ten years as the SMK President. We in the SMK will be accelerating ourselves to the top in the years to come with seminars, meetings and friendly exchange of information. With many new and fresh ideas we at the SMK will be a force to be recogned with in the Martial Arts world.
Thank you, J.L. Cuevas, Soke Nidai
President of the Soke Menkyo Kai 

 April 4th 2012

New V.P. for U.S. Operations

Avelino Mayoral, Soke Sandai Head Family takes command as  S.M.K. Vice President of Operations for the United States.   

November 20th 2010

 Salvatore Ascolese Jr. Soke -Dai Awarded Judan, 10th Dan.

 At the International Association of Martial Arts, Soke Donald Jeffrey's top student, Mr. Salvatore Ascolese Jr. was promoted to Judan, 10th Dan.

 This was done at the awards dinner in front of many prestigious Grand Masters in order to make it perfectly clear and evident that this is a full, legitimate grade promotion.

 Mr. Ascolese began his study of the martial arts back in the 1970's earning various grades in various arts. His 10th Dan (Red Belt) promotion was in the O'Kando Ikiru - Ryu Kempo system whereas he has approximately 30 years of study. This was awarded to him by Soke Jeffrey who is the 2nd Generation 10th Dan Heir (Soke Nidai, Head Family) of the system.

 November 20th 2010

 Gary Alexander, Shihan, 10th Dan Receives Title of Hanshi From S.M.K.

 Shihan, Gary Alexander was awarded the title of "Hanshi" By S.M.K. President / Dai-Soke Donald Jeffrey, 10th Dan Head family at the "International Association of Martial Arts Awards Dinner held in Woodbridge New Jersey, U.S.A.

 This award was of course voted on by all members of the S.M.K. for their approval prior to it being issued. Indeed a true honor....

  March 4th 2008

  James Moclair, Soke Shodai Launches his second Kempo book

With such a great response to his first book " A Breath Of Fresh Air, Novice to Intermediate Kempo Karate".

Soke Moclair has done it again with his second book in a series. " A Breath of Fresh  Air"', 
Intermediate to Advanced Kempo Karate". Both books bring the true root of Kempo to print.

 Heres's editorial review:

 After the success of James's first book, Kempo Karate, novice to intermediate, the martial art world has waited in eagerness for his next book. The wait is now over, in this second edition, Kempo karate, intermediate to advanced, the author has once again shown that he is a true master of the art of kempo karate by explaining in explicit detail the intricacies of techniques that have eluded many martial artist's. What is even more amazing is that James has taken the ideology and concepts on the fascinating martial art and added his own martial experience to it to create a style that is unique to him. The system is a self defence martial art and deals with realistic attacks that are happening every day, on every street around the world! Each technique throughout this book flows in a natural martial manner. Add to this the easy to follow photographic illustrations and vividly written explanations and what the reader will get is a visual and mental self-assurance that will inspire them to try these techniques out in there own martial arts club. What is even more beneficial to the reader is that once you have tried, practised and mastered these techniques, you will have the ability to defend yourself against some extreme attacks. Now that is life saving and has to be priceless! Even if you yourself are an experienced martial artist, from a completely different martial background, this book will also benefit you. Some of the author's techniques are practical but absolutely unique, why not utilize and adapt them in with your own art or style; you have nothing to lose and some fantastic self defence concepts to gain.

 Both books can be purchased through




In Loving Memory of the
2013 Samurai Spirit Award winner
Lorraine MoClair
She lost her battle to cancer on 12/2/2013. She fought the cancer as she lived, with style, grace and a positive attitude of life and love.
She honored us with 30 years in the arts, earning her 2nd in Jujitsu and her 1st dan in Karate. Married to James MoClair, Soke who was there for Sensei Lorraine every step and every minute of the day. Sensei Lorraine will be missed but never forgotten.

Lorraine Moclair, Nidan*
2012........ Paula Whitney, Rokudan*

Graciela Andrade,  Sandan*

2010........ Alan Thornton, Soke Shodai 10th Dan
Mario Andrade, Soke Shodai 10th Dan                   

008........ Avelino Mayoral, Soke Sandai, 10th Dan                    

James Moclair, Soke Shodai, 10th Dan

2006.........Jeffrey Cuevas , Soke Nidai 10th Dan

                    2005........ Lewis Whitney , Soke Sandai 10th Dan

                2004.......Donald Jeffrey , Soke Godai 10th Dan

  * Denotes a non - member.





 A Brief history of James Cheatham of the

 Sen Karate - Do Ryu

 (Motto Chi Te Ryu)

and the

 "Crest Of The Bent Arm"

 By Donald Jeffrey, Soke / Head Family

Prior to founding Chito Ryu Karate, Dr. Chitose had been teaching a martial art he called Kempo Karate Do. On the cover of his book which was first published in 1957 one can read the title signifying the same with the " Crest Of The Bent Arm".

 Note: Circa 1950 Master Yamaguchi had founded the Goju Kai or Japanese Goju as opposed to the original and much older Okinawan Goju Ryu that was founded by Chojin Miyagi. Weather this was a hijacking of an art or not, I will leave up to the readers own opinion.

 Note: Circa 1952 that Both Masters Chitose and Yamaguchi founded and became officers in the International Karate Federation. Master Yamaguchi being the president and Dr. Chitose was the Chief Officer.


(Master Yamaguchi and Dr. Chitose)

 During late 1940's through the 1950's Chitose and Yamaguchi trained together and shared ideas as to the founding and or improvement of their arts that came to be known as Chito Ryu and Goju Kai Karate. Noting that Kempo Karate Do was heavily influenced by Shorin Ryu (Okinawan Te and Karate) that their students were trained in and received their grades.

 It should be noted here that both Dr. Chitose and Master Yamaguchi both received their Red Belts from the Emperor of Japan. They both received these titles , not because they were 10th dans, or Soke of a certain style but because of their martial arts skills.

 This is how it was, regardless as to today's age to grade requirements in the Japanese Budo arts. Something I am sure the Japan Karate Association is not too proud of. (A sort of do as I say, not as I do attitude).

(Gitchen Funakoshi and Dr. Chitose)

 Later, under Dr. Chitose. The Kempo Karate Do had changed so much that it's shadow didn't even reflect it's new aspects as he renamed it Chito Ryu. The old art was just to tough for most to learn and he knew the art would have to change drastically in order for it to flourish.

 This left the old Kempo art with no name that is still being taught to this very day with the nickname of "Old Chito Ryu or Kempo.


Original 1957 book Reprint and translated

 This is the book that Dr. Chitose had worked on for what was said many years prior to having it published . Note the title of the translated / reprinted version simply says Kempo Karate Do. Not Chito Ryu although when it was printed in 1957 the book does make mention of Chito Ryu in it, but nothing about the old style. It is as if the old style was erased from history.

 Also note the "Crest Of The Bent Arm" on the cover (Palm facing in towards the arm in this variation). This is the second time this crest was known to have appeared. This crest is not used in for any other martial arts system including Chito Ryu.

 The book is the second time that the bent arm crest was used. The first being on the certificates that Chitose had issued. There the fist of the bent arm was originally positioned with the back of the hand facing outward.

There is an additional thing one should know about the book or rather what , or who is inside it. Master Kuroki Senjo who is in this book doing technique with Dr. Chitose. The book has him listed as being a Godan, but in what ? It sure wasn't the new Chito Ryu, Chitose did not have permission to promote anyone higher then fourth dan in the "Old System" or Goju Kai. As for the new Chito Ryu, the art was not even sanctioned at that time. Dr.Chitose was not allowed to promote anyone in it at that time. The only answer could be that he was a godan in an other art / way.

Here is the crest reshaded and enlarged.

 Back in the early 1970's I had stopped Judo training which I had began in the late 1960's and began karate training. I had studied under Art Harris in Iselin, N.J. The certificates that were issued there had yet another modified " Bent Arm Crest ".

 Note the kanji has changed from Kempo to Karate and the fist is now with the palm facing outward.

 Art Harris's highest graded student is Edward W.B. Thomas for which both had instructed me. Sensei Harris's Sensei was James Cheatham was a Sandan and who had died while learning to fly, back in the 1966. James Cheatham's Sensei was Wallace Reumann who held a Yondan in the old art and a Godan in Chito Ryu. Sensei Ruemann's teacher was Hank Slomanski who had learned directly from Chitose.

 Note this however, Regardless as to what variation the crest is, it is still the crest of an old school art that is bordering extinction. An art that is said to be as tough as nails and those that trained in this art had to be as well, or they were not trained in it.

 Master Rueman left the military and returned to New Jersey where he began teaching both the Old Style and the New Chito Ryu. This is very evident that he continued using and teaching the stuff that works, the "REAL KARATE" due to his hard line students who took the tournament circuit by storm. They were Prentice Newton and James Cheatham.

 Master Ruemann opened up what is reported to be a total of 27 schools. One of his schools was in Trenton, New Jersey which is where James Cheatham was taught.

 While learning under Master Ruemann, James Cheatham had become a ferocious fighter winning almost all tournaments he entered. This in its self is a testament that Master Ruemann continued to teach the old art.

 There are those that may have some doubt as to Master Ruemann teaching Sensei James Cheatham the "Old Art" therefore I submit proof. Page 35 of American Judo Digest Vol. 1 # 4 printed by Card Publishing Company 1961.

 On the lower half you can clearly read that Master Ruemann had promoted Sensei Cheatham to a Nidan in Goju Karate. If Sensei Cheatham had only learned the Chito Ryu, Master Ruemann would have never promoted him in Goju.(Remember, Goju and Kempo Karate was the old art).

 It was reported and may only be a rumor that Master Ruemann had thrown James Cheatham out of his association called the American Karate Federation due to his ties with the Nation of Islam.

 To put this to rest I am going to print word for word Mr. Peter Wesler’s own words..

 “It was Broad Street in Newark. As best I remember I was there from sometime in 1963 through sometime in 1966. My green belt certificate from Cheatham is dated 6/28/65 and my Alan Lee Kung Fu ID is dated 12/29/1966. Cheatham must have crashed his plane late in 1965 I remember that he said he was going to give me my brown belt but then died before he could. After that Alan Lee took over the school and I stayed there until Alan opened his school in NYC where I was the Saturday instructor.

I don't remember the names of anybody other than Newt (Prentice Newton) and Bill, the two top instructors under Cheatham.”

 James Cheatham’s Karate Inc. – 913 Broad Street, Newark, N.J.

 On the school’s Nation of Islam association:

 “I knew the school was Black Panther when I went there but I was not impressed with that. The other students did not want me there. I remember one guy complaining to Cheatham saying why was he letting a white guy in. Cheatham was having none of that and said I was welcome as long as I wanted to learn. For a while some of them tried to dissuade me from staying by being unnecessarily rough in our fights but after I started to beat some of them, they changed their minds and accepted me. I don't know whether Cheatham had connections to the Nation of Islam but he definitely was not a racist. You couldn't have found a nicer all around good guy.”

On George Cofield’s school:

 “He was the sensei of a Brooklyn school. His school was the only competition for Cheatham's school in terms of fighters who could compete with one another. As I remember our school won most of the fights. During the time Cheatham's fighters were banned from local and regional competitions for excessive violence, we used to stage competitions with Cofield's school because they were "excessively violent" too and were up for the competition.”

                                                                                                Peter Wesler.

 James Cheathams business card. Note the Dojo address change. This was the original location of the Dojo prior to moving up one block.

 ( Special Thanks to one of Sensei Cheatham's top students, Grand Master Karriem ABdullah)

 Sensei Cheatham had others as well. One being a Nidan named Art Harris who began teaching me in Iselin, N.J. in the early 1970's.



 Peter Wesler’s I.D. card signed by Sensei James Cheatham


 1963 A poster designed by Sensei James Cheatham that had adorned the walls of his school. Sensei Cheatham is responsible for the redesigning of the crest and the name " Sen Nihon Karate".

 ( Special Thanks to one of Sensei Cheatham's top students, Grand Master Karriem ABdullah)

Peter Wesler’s school (System) ring custom made by James Cheatham.The ring was available to all students of James Cheatham.



 New (2009) custom made ring for Donald Jeffrey

 (Rings are available for 140.00 for those who can prove they are from this "Old School" Cheatham system.
 Contact Donald Jeffrey at

 James Cheatham's Sandan Certificate signed by Wallace Ruemann

It Should be noted here that after Sensei Cheatham began teaching on his own, he had developed a fighting system that was just as tough as the old Chito Ryu or Kempo Jutsu. Of course it was heavily influenced by them as well. It’s what he knew. This is why the crest was changed slightly.

The arts main goal for kyu levels was pinnan katas, and“ Aggressive Fighting Technique” ( Multiple Step Kumite Techniques) as well as basic kicking, punching, striking and throwing and self defense techniques.

 Of course there were no mats, just a wooden floor. The art was and still is only for those who can tuff it out in order to reach the higher levels of the art. A Shodan (First Degree)black belt in this art still means something. It means you are a man, it means you can kill if you wanted to, with only your bare hands. Compare that to the 8 year old black belt in taekwondo (or for that matter, even the adult taekwondo black belt) that is so common place in today's martial arts....

 My ID card from 1972

 Student grades were white, green and brown belt. No stripes, no purples or oranges. I myself stayed at a white belt for two years before reaching green belt and that was going twice a week, every week.

 It was a tough school, back then I had entered a tournament at 13 years of age and beat a 27 year old man for 3rd place green belt. (There was no weight, age restrictions, nor any protective equipment)

 For an unknown reason, Art Harris retired from teaching as a Sandan. Since there was no one to grade him above Nidan, he had received it from outside the system. This, since being on his own allowed him to grade his top student, Edward W.B. Thomas to Nidan and a few years later when he retired he had signed over his third dan to Edward Thomas, who had passed it on to me years later.

 Note the bent arm crest and the older way of writing the word "Ryu" shows the lack of transmission of customs that was very prevalent in the old days. My last name was also misspelled due to it's simplicity.

 Do to the originality of the system and the passing of the system head to another it was accredited as a martial arts system in it’s own right by the Soke Menkyo Kai Head Family members. Naming me as heir to the system which was incorrectly issued as a Soke Godai and should have been a Soke Yondai. The art officially named “ Motto Chi Te Ryu”. Meaning Original Chinese Hand Way/ Discipline / Family.

 It is unknown as to why Master Ruemann moved to California, but it is said that it was there that he began to sell Karate courses and training dummies through the mail. Many have ridiculed him for this, however, He was doing what was and is all of our goals, to spread the martial arts teachings and keep his schools a float.

 In other words, it was wrong for him to do it then, but it's ok for thousands to do it now. Offering courses through the magazines and internet advertisements.

 Master Ruemann did nothing wrong, he never embarrassed anyone, nor brought any shame to the Chito Ryu or " Old School Style".

 It was and still is a group that wants this history of martial arts, the history of the Bent Arm Crest to go away. They only want people to know about Chito Ryu Karate Do and nothing of these great masters.

 This is, again, martial arts politics at it's dirtiest....

 While in California, Master Ruemann either gave in to the ridiculing or for some unknown reason (maybe even the ghosts of his military past)Master Ruemann was Special Forces and seen a lot of bad stuff go down over his military career. We will never know for sure, but while still in California, Master Ruemann just fell off the face of the earth.

 Wallace Ruemann 5th Dan inChito ryu and a 4th Dan Black Belt , Master Instructor in the “Old Chito Ryu” or Kempo Jutsu and Goju Kai

James Cheatham

 Sensei Art Harris

Sensei Edward .B. Thomas

Donald Jeffrey, Soke

 There are not many individuals that can lay claim to any form of lineage that can be traced back to Commissioner Slomanski, Dr. Chitose and the " Bent Arm Crest".

I also wanted it to be duly noted here AGAIN. Master Ruemann never really was into teaching anything but the old art. Sure Master Ruemann did have 27 schools and did teach the new Chito Ryu to the kids and adults who would never last in the old system.. However, how much of what we regard as Chito Ryu today could they have known ? after all, it was sort of thrust upon them.

 I want to reiterate something here that most people today don't understand. Back then " In the day" a " Black belt" really meant you can defend yourself, hell, it meant you could " Kill". There were no such thing as a five year old black belt, nor a ten nor even a fifteen year old. You had to be a man, a real man !

 In this old Kempo art that when one received a black belt in, you received it in Kempo Jutsu and Goju Kai. It was both, there were very little kata, very little Japanese terminology. It was the techniques and the hard, very hard training. That's why for the longest time it was only taught in the military. A regular civilian could not muster the strength to even last a class.

 This included hard Ki breathing* exercises that would allow one to take full force strikes to various parts of the body was the standard.

 Getting back to the " Hard Ki Breathing" exercises. I want it known right here that all the combat Ki breathing started in the Old School. It may have been developed from a form of iron shirt Kung Fu via Okinawan Te arts hundreds of years earlier, but the Ki breathing that allows you to take full force strikes to the body was first taught right here in this system. ( Not the watered down Chito Ryu or any other Ryu). It all came from here. The " Old School” System.

 I myself had learned hard Ki breathing techniques and was able to take full force strikes to various parts of the body. But it was master Jim Morell who had introduced me to the visualized breathing Ki energy which later through 15 years of research lead to the founding of the Ki Development Association.

 James Cheatham's legacy also continues. Though he had parted ways with Master Ruemann. He added techniques, changed the " Bent Arm Crest" ever so slightly and built an art as tough as the original art. This art survives today as Motto Chi Te Ryu.


Sensei James Cheatham's Fingertip Break 1963

 For more information on the Old Art and Master Ruemans instructor.




 For more information on Ki ( Internal Energy)

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The above system (Ryu) was officially created and developed by Professor Alan S Thornton, Soke Shodai (10th Dan) on 5th October 1998 in England, UK. This was after twenty-five years of study, grading and experience in the martial arts. It was created as a result of his combined vision, interpretation and personal expression of all that he had learned up to that date. The system is now a blending of Okinawan Isshinryu Karate-Do, Budo-Jutsu, Goshin-Jutsu, Kempo-Jutsu, Judo and Western Boxing. The name Seisshinryu Shihandokai’ loosely translates as the Spiritual Way of the One Heart Masters Association.

The system’s philosophy of martial arts training is very traditional in its approach for ‘quality rather than quantity’ – always stressing the highly essential value of a good respectful attitude towards self, fellow martial artists (students/instructors/masters) and society in general. As the student gradually progresses and develops through training and studies – he/she should ultimately become a well balanced, self-disciplined, focused, respectful individua
and attain full harmony in body, mind and spirit. 

 Emphasis is primarily placed on the student developing his/her overall character, self-potential, self-confidence, self-esteem and self-respect. The student’s reasons for wanting to learn this system (or any martial arts system) often reflects their long term goals, maturity and motivation for studying this multi-disciplined art.

When accepting students, the Soke must always take into account the moral and ethical responsibilities he owes to self,  the  reputation of the art,the welfare of the student and to society as a whole. It is also a way for the student to gradually learn a devastating system of unarmed combat for their overall health, fitness, vitality and personal safety.

The practice of any martial arts system should ‘add years to your life and life to your years’. It is not necessarily the color of the belt (obi) worn around the waist that makes a true martial arts master – but a very disciplined, respectful, humble, gentle, firm and controlled attitude towards self and others.

With ‘power comes great responsibility’ – that is very much instilled into the student as he/she constantly strives to
become mature, responsible, disciplined and respectful at all times throughout life. Likewise, the physical combat skills taught to the student must only be used as a very last resort when all other options fail. In such cases, he/she must act swiftly and effectively without anger – but never use more force than is necessary for moral, compassionate and legal reasons.

  Founder/Headmaster) license was officially awarded by Dai-Soke D .Jeffrey, 10th Dan, KaiThornton Soke has never awarded himself any grades whatsoever within his system or any other arts. have. All grades  been officially awarded by various distinguished external international Sokes, grandmasters, councils and organizations. These awards also include official Japanese titles/licenses (Menkyo’s) such as ‘Professor, Shihan-Dai, Shihan, Renshi, Hanshi and Soke Shodai’. The elite ‘10th Dan’ (Red Belt) rank was awarded by Professor J Abregana 10th Dan (Soke Nidai) and personally signed by many distinguished international Sokes and grandmasters of 8th, 9th and 10th Dan rank. Likewise, his ‘Soke Shodai’ (1st Generation den (Head Family).

 Over the past thirty-six years (1973-2009), Thornton Soke has received ‘Dan’ ranks in various martial art systems from several of his internationally recognized peers and their organizations. They include ranks from the following:- Professors’ R Hedrick Jr 10th Dan (Hanshi), Dai-Soke D Jeffrey 10th Dan (Soke Godai), L Whitney 10th Dan (Soke Nidai), J Cuevas 10th Dan(Soke Sandai), J Abregana 10th Dan (Soke Nidai), J Moclair 10th Dan (Soke Shodai), M Pesic 10th Dan (Soke Shodai), K Schuhmacher 10th Dan (Soke Shodai), C Diaz 10th Dan (Soke Shodai), B Hohle 10th Dan (Soke Shodai), P Holley 10th Dan (Soke Shodai), A Lye 9th Dan (Soke Shodai) and M Tianero 10th Dan (Soke Shodai). Also ‘Dan’ ranks from Drs’ K Prakash 5th Dan (Shihan), R Diaz 6th Dan (Shihan) and R Pallones 5th Dan (Shihan). Other early teachers include S Gouldson 5th Dan (Sensei) and D McKeown 2nd Dan (Sensei). Additionally holding two 5th dan's in Isshinryu Karate do & Shoshin Kempo Bujutsu as well as four second or Nidans in San Do Kempo Jutsu, Goshin Jutsu, Kendo Jutsu and Judo.

 Has also held memberships within several elite martial arts organizations, has been inducted into various international ‘Martial Art Halls of Fame’ (2002-2008), included in various international Who’s Who in the martial arts, books and other publications over many years.




                                                       Shizenki Ryu Bujutsu was founded in 1920, by the late Kenwi Tasuki. Tasuki was born August 20, 1885 and died July 16, 1955. Tasuki was born to parents in poverty. His father, Itagui and mother made their living from farming. Kenwi being the only child, his duties were to help his parents with the farming. Kenwi’s father was introduced to the fighting art of Tomari-te and was a student to Karyu Uku.

Louis Fried started his training under Kenwi Tasuki in Shizenki Ryu karate in 1941. Louis was Kenwi’s only American practitioner. Louis opened a small dojo in North Tonawanda, New York in 1964. Avelino R. Mayoral was introduced to Louis in January of 1965. After the death of Louis Fried in 1991, Avelino R. Mayoral being Louis Fried’s top ranking practitioner became his successor. Today, Soke San Dai Mayoral is Shizenki Ryu Bujutsu’s top ranking authority.



My Father Charles Cuevas Jr. Was taught by My Grandfather then he went into the army during the vietnam area and learned   Tae Kwon Do/Soo Bak Do with boxing and Judo. Was hired as a police officer in 1972 and was taught other defensive tactics.

Myself begain in the arts in 1975 as a child I learned American Karate from Master Grey then in 1983 I went to Master Bhin Mai at the school of Martial Arts in Houston Texas were he still teaches to this day, I learned Judo, Aikido, Blue Dragon Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do. In 1988 my father taught me our family system called then 75 steps due to it being the amount of manuvers in the system and the tech of boxing and kicking. In 1991 My father taught me the kata Rihitsu Te and others he learned over the years. In 1999 my father no longer wanted to teach the family and gave the responsability to me and issued me an inheritorship to the 75 steps. I renamed the system Shoshin Kempo or Begginers Mind Kempo. In the Zen teachings Shoshin or Begginers Mind (open mind) anything is possible but in the MAsters mind nothing is. So the philosophy of Shoshin is to keep an Open mind to other ways of fighting to learn more and improve the system.




















In Loving Memory of the
2013 Samurai Spirit Award winner
Lorraine MoClair
She lost her battle to cancer on 12/2/2013. She fought the cancer as she lived, with style, grace and a positive attitude of life and love.
She honored us with 30 years in the arts, earning her 2nd in Jujitsu and her 1st dan in Karate. Married to James MoClair, Soke who was there for Sensei Lorraine every step and every minute of the day. Sensei Lorraine will be missed but never forgotten.

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