Master Don has been training in martial arts since 1982 at the age of seven. His goal was simple, to achieve a black belt. It took him ten years to get his first black belt by pushing thru a rigorous program that tested his will and developed his character in becoming a person with; honor self-discipline, self-motivation, humility, respect, and warrior spirit. Through his educational background in health medicine and martial arts training programs, he has learned to integrate advanced health and wellness activities in with the most deadly combination of practical self-defense techniques.
His passion for teaching and guiding the development of people’s fighting skills is demonstrated in a variety of different age groups, backgrounds and “walks of life.” His “fist-to-fist” experience includes both real “street fighting”, years of free sparring and tournament competitions. Thus, his real life experience is interwoven into his lesson plans and teaching strategy. Master Don promotes peace and common sense preventative measures, teaching mental flexibility and adaptability related to self-defense measures. He teaches with the most practical applications that are most suitable to a multitude of possible events or dangerous circumstances.
Each program is tailored to meet the particular needs of the end-user. Over the last decade, Master Don has expanded his teaching and training into mixed martial arts and combative styles including close-quarters, arrest tactics, and small weapons techniques.
Presenting with over 35 years’ experience, Master Don has extensive training in various disciplines of martial arts. He has studied both traditional & combat style martial arts programs. Master Don traveled internationally to Bogota, Colombia to instruct members of a foreign police unit and private security firm. He has acquired specialized weapons training working alongside the internationally renowned Grand Master Dong Jin Kim.
In association with the JTR Jujutsu Program, Master Don has instructed members of the federal and local government: US military, FBI agents, Secret Service, Homeland Security, and police officers. Currently, he is a managing member and master level instructor of JTR Jujutsu International School in Washington DC. Master Don has established a small business company called the “Combative & Defensive Training Academy” (CDTA) and frequently delivers workshop seminars on Self-Defense Programs and Women’s Self-Defense (public safety and sexual assault prevention).
Currently teaching on-site classes at: National Defense University, Fort McNair (DC), US State Department (VA), and Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services (DC)
Master Wayne has studied martial arts under the tutelage of Grand Master Dong Jin Kim for the entirety of the decade since Grand Master Kim moved to the Washington DC area. Wayne has been the Head Instructor of Shudokan Kendo USA since 2012 and has held positions as a Board of Director of the South Eastern United States Kendo Federation, University of Maryland College Park Jujutsu Class Instructor, and UMBC Kendo Club Instructor.
Wayne originally started training martial arts with his father, Sensei Larry Scanlon at the Annapolis Kendo & Iaido Club in 1998 under Sensei Dick Lab. Master Wayne is currently 4th Degree Black Belt in Jujutsu with over 10 years experience, 4th Degree Black Belt in Kendo with over 17 years experience, 3rd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido, and 1st Kyu in Iaido.
Master Andrae began his training in Taekwondo in 1990 at the age of six, while living in Lynchburg, Virginia under the late Master Ihara. Master Ihara taught the same style of Taekwondo learned while training with Master Chung while he resided in Japan in the late 1950s. Master Andrae spent most of his time training in Taekwondo under Master Ihara teaching, where he achieved the rank of Shodan in 1996.
After finishing high school in 2000, Master Andrae continued his private training with Master Ihara with the instructions that have stayed faithful to the rules and regulations of Kukkiwon. Before leaving for college Master Andrae was promoted to the rank of Nidan after ten years of dedicated training under Master Ihara.
During 2000 to 2002, Master Andrae would continue to train under Master Ihara when he was in Lynchburg visiting family.
In 2004, Master Andrae began his training in Jigo Tenshin-Ryu Jujutsu while working and studying in Washington, DC. The Jigo Tenshin-Ryu Jujutsu classes were taught by the late Hanshi Dong Jin Kim who studied Jujutsu while living in Japan. Master Andrae spent most of his time training in combat Jujutsu which was a combined style of Jigo Tenshin-Ryu Jujutsu, Tang Soo Do, Hapkido, and weapons (defense, retention, and katas).
After moving to the permanent school to Tentleytown, Master Andrae was promoted to one of the school’s primary instructors. In 2014, he was then promoted to the rank of Yondan in JTR Jujutsu after training and instructing for over ten years. He also started training in weapon katas and Taijiju. Master Andrae also helped in teaching members of law enforcement (federal, state, and local), members of the military branches, and federal government departments. He's one of three master instructors who continue to assist the JTR jujutsu program after the passing of Hanshi Kim.
Currently a member of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, he has demonstrated JTR jujutsu during Budokai events in Norfolk and Va Beach. He currently holds the ranks of Yondan in Jigo Tenshin-Jujutsu, Sandan in Hapkido, Nidan in Taekwondo, and Shodan in Okinawan Kobudo. With over 25 years of combined martial arts experience.