Shotokan Karate
Goshin Jutsu

Hugh Cassidy
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In the early 1970s, I began training in the Japanese Martial Arts
in Cleveland, OH, where in 1985 I earned the rank of
Ni-Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt), in Jiu Jitsu from Sensei Harvey Torok..
Over the years I gained experience in other arts such as
Goshin Jutsu Karate (5th Dan), Aiki Jutsu (3rd Dan), Shuri Kempo, and Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate.

While in Chicago, I studied Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate for four years
with Sensei Jim O'Hara, Chief Coach of the USA National Karate Team,
at the Focus Martial Arts Dojo Honbu in Lake In The Hills, Illinois,
where I was a founding member..

In 1999, I returned to study once again with Sensei Harvey Torok
and the Midwest Jiu-Jitsu Association in Willoughby, OH.
After Sensei Torok's death in 2006, his son Mike Torok and John Ruppert
continue the class at the Kajukenpo Dojo in Mentor, OH.

In 2008, I was promoted to 5th Dan in Goshin Jutsu by Soke Bob Fields.
Currently, I train with the MJJA, and I enjoy taking lessons in Kung Fu, Tai Chi.
I also attended several Aiki-Jujutsu / Kenjutsu / Daito-Ryu in seminars with Certa Shihan, and
Vladimir Soroka Sensei at the Silent Mind Dojo in Twinsburg, Ohio.

In 2013, I was promoted to 6th Dan by Soke Ronald Balas, head of the
International Tai Shin Doh organization. On the recommedation of Soke Balas and Sensei Dennis Janes,
I was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame along with friends
Michael Torok and John Ruppert in June of 2013. We have also been fortunate enough to
attend and give seminars at the International Circle of Masters in Beachwood, Ohio, where we have met
many fine Martial Artists.

Check Out Some of My Favorite Martial Arts Web Sites
 Just Click on a Logo Below

Ceta Shihan


Antonino Certa Shihan
Milan, Italy

I had the priviledge of participating in two Intensive Aikibudo Seminars in Twinsburg, Ohio with Certa Shihan

The United Self Defense Federation
The United Self Defense Federation (USDF)
Soke Robert Fields founded the USDF
in 2008 to promote the teachings of
Goshin Jutsu, and as an organization
for many forms of Martial Arts to
train together and learn from one another.
Goshin Jutsu Karate - Defend With Honor
Goshin Jutsu Karate
"Defend With Honor"
This page is devoted to Master Gerard Durant who I had the opportunity to study under in the 1970s.
Soke William Cavalier
Tatsu Do Karate, Livonia, NY

I have had the honor of attending
seminars and tournaments put on by
Soke Cavalier near Rochester, NY,
and most recently became good friends
with one of his students,
Sensei Larry Huffman.

MJJA Patch
Midwest Jiu-Jitsu Association
This page is devoted to Harvey Torok, who has been my Sensei since the late 1970s, and who has led the MJJA for over 30 years in Cleveland, OH
Goshin Dai Ryu
The Goshin Dai Ryu
Check out this new Martial Arts organization founded by Master Bob Fields in Cleveland, Ohio, representing the traditional arts of Goshin Jutsu Karate, Aiki Jutsu, Ju Jutsu, Kobudo, and Boxing. Other styles are also welcome to promote cross-training in the Martial Arts community.
Focus Martial Arts - Where the Focus is on You
Focus Martial Arts
This is the Dojo of Sensei Jim O'Hara in Cary, IL.  I had the honor of studying Shotokan Karate for four years with Sensei while living near Chicago
Ryukyu-Kobudo Crest
Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinkokai
The Home Page of Devorah Yoshiko Dometrich Sensei
Kajukenpo Logo
Karate Institute Kajukenpo
in Mentor, Ohio
A Dojo where I currently study Kajukenpo Karate.  A very nice website.
Goju Ryu Karate Do Home Page
Karate-Do Homepage
In my opinion one of the best Martial Arts pages on-line.  It features excellent articles on the history and philosophy of Okinawan Karate and Martial Arts philosophy
International Ryukyu Karate Research Society
Patrick McCarthy
International Ryukyu Karate Research Society
Patrick McCarthy is a renowned author and historian of the Martial Arts from Down Under in Australia.  His home page is an excellent resource for articles and photos
Hugh and Friends Pictures
Hugh Cassidy
Picture Page
This page contains some pictures of me with my great friend Takanaga Urayama in Chicago, recent Class Photos in Cleveland, and Goshin and Tatsu-do friends in Rochester, NY


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