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Mr. Smith is a second generation Black Belt from what was the original Chuck Norris lineage and former Chief Instructor for International Champion Harold Gross. He is the owner and Chief Instructor of Body Mind & Spirit Academy of Martial Arts in Reno, Nevada and Co-Founder of the Independent Warriors Association (IWA). He welcomes correspondence from all Martial Artists wanting to exchange or discuss ideas, training, etc.


Formal Martial Arts training began in mid-nineteen seventy with Tae Kwon Do and Modern Arnis followed by training in American Tang Soo Do and subsequently JuJitsu and NinJitsu. To this day, Mr. Smith continues his education and training  in various systems with an emphasis on Close Quarters Combat and Self-Protection.


Mr. Smith is Soke and 9th Degree Black Belt in the PGR Self-Protection System(TM); Mr. Smith is a 5th Degree Black Belt in American Tang Soo Do; also ranked 4th Degree Black Belt in Danzan Ryu JuJitsu and 4th Degree Black Belt in NinJitsu. Mr. Smith is also an Advanced Instructor - SFC Unarmed Combatives (Force Necessary) and he is trained in Close Quarters Combat and Philippine Stick Fighting. Mr. Smith is educated in the healing practices of Japanese first aid and Chinese acupressure.



~ 2017 World Head of Family Sokeship Council Hall of Fame Inductee

~ 2012 United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee

~ 2011 United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee

~ 2010 World Head of Family Sokeship Council Hall of Fame Inductee

~ 2010 NBK Black Belt Hall of Fame Inductee


Competition - Wins include numerous Grand Champion, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the categories of fighting, forms, and weapons. Served as an appointed official for the USA Sport JuJitsu Team and former assistant coach for Dog Soldier Fight Team.


Affiliations - Independent Warriors Association (IWA), American Tang Soo Do Alliance (ATSDA), Scientific Fighting Congress International (Force Necessary), One On One Filipino Martial Arts, USA JuJitsu & Martial Arts Federation, American Teachers Association of the Martial Arts (ATAMA), Northern Nevada Alliance of Martial Artists (NNAMA), International Martial Arts Council of America (IMAC), World Head of Family Sokeship Council (WHFSC), Martial Arts Collective Society (MACS), World HwaRangDo Organization, World Council of JuJitsu Organizations (WCJJO) and the Golden Dragon Ohana.


Training, Classes or Seminars with such Notables as:


  • Grand Master Dennis Ichikawa                   

  • Professor Remy Presas                              

  • Grand Master Stanford McNeal

  • Bruce Juchnik, Hanshi

  • Grand Master Lou Grasso

  • Grand Master Dave McNeill

  • Master Jeff Collins

  • Grand Master John Natividad

  • International Champion Harold Gross

  • Grand Master Jeff Smith

  • Master Frank Cucci

  • Grand Master Dick Douglas

  • Professor L.L. Cary

  • Grand Master Pat Worley

  • Professor Ernesto Presas

  • Grand Master Alexander Archie

  • W. 'Hock' Hochheim

  • Grand Master Max Togisala

  • Ron Taniguchi, Sensei

  • Grand Master Ron Saturno

  • Grand Master Harry Greene

  • Grand Master Art Gonzalez

  • Grand Master Hidetaka Nishiyama

  • Guru Felix Valencia

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