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Hugh Cassidy
Martial Arts Page

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 2013, I was promoted to 6th Dan in Jiu-Jitsu 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.

In 2019, I was promoted to 8th Dan in Goshin Jutsu, and Director of Aiki Jutsu in the
United Self Defense Federation 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.

In 2020, I was promoted to 2nd-Dan, Shidoin, in Daito-Ryu Aikibudo and awarded the
Fudoshin Dojo of Cleveland by Antonino Certa Shihan.


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Ceta Shihan


Antonino Certa Shihan
Milan, Italy

I had the priviledge of participating several Intensive Aikibudo Seminars with Antonino Certa Shihan

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
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
Kajukenpo Logo
Karate Institute Kajukenpo
in Mentor, Ohio
A Dojo where I currently study Jiu-Jitsu, Tai-Chi, and Kung Fu. 
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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