James Darrel Alexander Jr. (JD) - "Head Instructor, Kudo Daido Juku"
Muay Thai Record (3-1)
2010 - Arnold Classic Muay Thai tournament 155lbs weight class - First Place
2012 - Joined the Kudo International Federation (KIF)
2012 - Completed 10 man kumite - Promoted to Shodan Black Belt in Kyokushin Karate
2014 - Promoted to Nidan Black Belt in Kyokushin Karate
2014 - Granted position of Branch Chief for Dayton, OH region by the Kudo International Federation (KIF)
2014 - Coach for the first USA Kudo Team competing in the 2014 Kudo World Tournament in Tokyo, Japan
2015 - 1st Pan-American Kudo Championship Santiago, Chile - 4th Place
2015 - Granted position of Branch Chief for Colorado Springs, CO region by the KIF
2018 - Promoted to Nidan (2nd Degree) Black Belt in Kudo Daido Juku
James started out his martial arts journey 17 years ago with Sensei Randy Dressler in Duncan, OK. He studied Kyokushin Karate under Sensei Dressler for 7 years before moving away to attend college at Oklahoma State University. Go Pokes!!!
While attending college, he studied Muay Thai and Brazillian JuJitsu under Doug Stokes, coach of the Cowboys MMA Club, for 3 years.
He then moved to Edmond, OK and continued his study of Muay Thai and Combat Submission Wrestling under Khru Mike Parker and Coach Terry Miller at Crucible Martial Arts Academy for the next 3 years.
Upon graduation, James was offered a job at Wright-Patterson AFB and soon found himself in Dayton, OH. There he was introduced to the Wright-Patt Boxing Club and spent a year honing his punching and footwork skills.
It was during this time that he first found Shihan Benalio Padron's Kyokushin school in Columbus, OH. James trained with Shihan Padron for the next 4 years attaining the rank of Nidan, as well as, attaining his teaching certificate in Kyokushin Karate.
In 2012, James began training with Sensei Dan Kendall, then head of USA Kudo, in Kudo Daido Juku in Detroit, MI. After two years of training, he decided the mixed martial art of Kudo was the path he should follow. Kudo is a true mixed martial art offering a full range of techniques while still maintaining the spirit of Budo, respect, and humility.
Andrew Stutts - "Judo"
Andrew has taken a long and diversified journey pursuing self-development. In 1990, he enlisted in the military when Desert Storm was in full swing and so would begin his 21 years of service to his country and end in a final tour in Afghanistan. Mental and physical readiness became a way of life and as a military leader he encouraged this in others. Andrew viewed training in martial arts on his personal time as an essential activity for one in the “profession of arms”.
Andrew started out his martial arts journey 12 years ago with Sensei Fred LeMond in Cheyenne, WY. The late Sensei LeMond was Andrew’s most influential mentor in Budo. Sensei LeMond was selected as one of the initial cadre sent to Japan to learn Judo and instruct Air Force aircrew member’s self-defense. Sensei LeMond was “old school” and taught Judo in a manner that was balanced in its application of ground and standing techniques. Also, equal emphasis was placed on self-defense, competition and character development. Andrew studied Traditional Kodokan Judo under Sensei LeMond for 3 years before moving to Colorado Springs due to military requirements.
Once in Colorado Springs, Andrew was introduced to a more competition oriented approach to Judo. Andrew trained with Sensei Paul Trong for 3 years where he received outstanding coaching and instructing. Sensei Trong was a demanding coach who inspired excellence and technical perfection.
Andrew trained 6 years with Sensei Chris Metzgar and received his black belt during this time. Andrew’s Shodan rank was officially recognized by USA Judo in 2012. Sensei Metzgar awarded Andrew with the rank of Nidan in 2016. Andrew learned an eclectic style of Judo from Sensei Metzgar’s training program, incorporating techniques from various grappling styles. Furthermore, Andrew’s knowledge was enhanced by association with many like-minded instructors. Most notably Sensei Anthony Pastorello, from whom Andrew learned a pragmatic and open-minded approach to martial arts in general.
Judo is a martial art used for not only self-defense but as a means for mental, physical, and character development. Well-known mottoes attributed to Judo are "Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit." Andrew continuously strives to bring these concepts to all facets of his life and share these concepts with others.
Whatever your age, level of physical fitness or ability, Judo will change your life.
Benjamin Coomer - "Tai Chi"
Benjamin began training in martial arts when he was 13, studying Seibukan Karate and Jujitsu until he was 24 when he began training in Tai Chi under Mark Posie. Since then he has trained and practiced Yang Style Tai Chi for the last 14 years along with other Kung Fu and Tai Chi styles throughout his Air Force career and after.
Tai Chi has become particularly important to him as his time in the Air Force left him with severe vertigo and balance issues. While he has completed many rehab programs, Tai Chi remains the best at healing and improving he has found as it combines many postures for improving his sense of balance.
While Benjamin is a firm believer in the healing properties of Tai Chi, he has also developed his curriculum towards developing martial skills such as generating power at short ranges, rooting and balance, and the seizing and grabbing aspects of each movement.
William Perez - "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu"
• Judo- Brown Belt
• Freestyle Karate- Brown Belt
• BJJ- Purple Belt
• SAW- Purple Belt (hybrid Japanese catch wrestling)
• Army Combatives Instructor (Level 3)
• Kudo Karate- Green Belt
• Kajukenbo- Blue Belt
• Sambo and Taekwondo practioner
• 12 year Army combat vet
William Perez began his martial arts career after completing Army combatives levels 1 and 2. Soon after, he began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai while stationed at FT Hood Texas. Upon relocating due to military committments he found himself emersed in several arts in and around the FT Lewis area in WA state there he practiced jeet kune do, Koei kan karate, catch wrestling and judo, to name a few, training full-time at multiple schools while teaching Army Combatives on post where he obtained his level 3 combatives instructorship.
Later, he moved to Germany where he taught hundreds of soldiers, airmen and the German army, certifing them in Combatives. William also taught karate on Base where he reached over 1500 Volunteer/ Community service hours, as well as training with one of the best German grappling teams, Team Matrix under the tutelage of Dean lister.
His final military move landed him in FT Carson Colorado Springs where he found Iron Forged martial arts his new home for martial arts in addition to seeking out more knowledge in the arts of sambo and taekwondo. Since his retirement he has decided to devote his time to teaching grappling.
"We must be real, we must be exact, we must survive. Survival is everything."