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The following is an index of the people who make up the American Butokukan. This section is in part a testament to the success that American Butokukan has achieved, and in part a resource for those who have moved on from our organization for use to get back in touch with the organization and the people in it. Many people have come through our program over the years, and this list may not be entirely inclusive. Our hope is that the people listed here will visit this page, and get in touch with us so that the information here can be as accurate and complete as possible.

Regarding the presentation of names, English names are presented last name last, and Japanese names are presented last name first. English titles that commonly appear first, such as 'Dr.', appear before names, while Japanese titles such as 'Shihan' appear after names. Each person's current position within the American Butokukan System or any other martial arts organization appears on the line following their name. This list is in order of highest attained rank in any martial art.

 

Todd D. Jones
Kanchô, American Butokukan

American Butokukan
Sand Drift International Martial Arts Association
Aikikai Honbu
Iaido (retired from active practice)
Kendo (retired from active practice)

8th dan
8th dan
5th dan
3rd dan
3rd dan

University of South Florida, Master of Business Administration

Todd D. Jones first began studying martial arts in 1971 at the age of thirteen. He studied Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do under James Diaz while living in Miami Beach. In 1974 he began studying iaido, kendo, and aikido as well. On March 16th, 1975, Mr. Jones became James Diaz's third student to attain the rank of black belt. He subsequently attained black belts in kendo and iaido in 1977, and in aikido in 1980.In the fall of 1975, Mr. Jones founded the Florida MooDukKwan Club at the University of Florida. From 1979 to 1984, Mr. Jones was a nationally ranked competitor in both kata and kumite, while Florida MooDukKwan grew to be one of the University of Florida's largest intramural organizations. In November of 1986, Mr. Jones and his senior black belts formed the American MooDukKwan Society, now called American Butokukan, of which he currently serves as style head. By 1987, Mr. Jones had promoted over thirty black belts, and to date has promoted over 100. He currently holds the ranks of 7th dan in karate, 5th dan in aikido, and 3rd dan in both iaido and kendo.

Dr. H.T. "Doc" Walker [1934 - 2003]
Founder, Sand Drift International Martial Arts Association
Senior Aikido Instructor, American Butokukan

American Butokukan (honorary)
6th dan
Sand Drift International Martial Arts Association 6th dan
Aikikai Honbu 5th dan
Emory University, Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dr. Hans Thomas Walker began his study of Aikido in 1962 under Major George Wilson, a direct student of the Founder. Subsequently, they established relations with Yamada Sensei and the United States Aikido Federation. Dr. Walker served as the first Vice President of the United States Aikido Federation, and helped grow the organization into the largest aikido organization in the western hemisphere. Widely recognized as one of the foremost exponents of the art, Dr. Walker held the grade of Fifth Dan, Shidoin (Examiner), and was Chief Instructor of the "Sand Drift Aikikai" in Titusville, Florida. Sadly, Dr. Walker passed away on April 29, 2003 at the age of 69. His life has had a profound effect on the practice of Aikido in the United States today, and those who knew him, both personally and through the practice of the martial arts, will never forget him.

Thomas McMorrow, Jr.
Head Instructor, University of Florida Butokukan Karate

American Butokukan 5th dan
Sand Drift International Martial Arts Association 5th dan
Aikikai Honbu 3rd dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts
Thomas McMorrow, Jr. began training in karate in 1980 at the age of 19. His first instructor was Todd D. Jones, who subsequently promoted Mr. McMorrow to 1st degree black belt in karate in 1984. Mr. McMorrow began his aikido training in 1982, and has also trained in Wado Ryu, Shuri Ryu, and the techniques of Katori Shinto Ryu. He was promoted to 5th dan in aikido in December of 2005, and 5th dan in karate in December of 2000. Mr. McMorrow is currently the head instructor for the Butokukan Karate club at the University of Florida. He has graduated approximately fifteen black belts during his time there. He currently lives in Gainesville, FL, where he is pursuing his M.S. in Recreation Administration at the University of Florida, in addition to being the Auditorium Manager for the UF Memorial Auditorium.

Eric Gregorisch
American Butokukan
6th dan
Sand Drift International Martial Arts Association 5th dan
Aikikai Honbu 3rd dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science
Master of Science in Psychology
Eric Gregorisch began his training at the University of Florida in 1982 at the age of 18 under Head Instructor Brian Shawe. He subsequently recieved 1st dan in karate from Todd Jones in 1986, and in aikido in 1989. Mr. Gregorisch has held the positions of Instructor at the Univerisity of Florida Butokan Karate club and Tampa MooDukKwan, and Head Instructor of the Univerisity of Miami MooDukKwan club and the Tampa Judo and Aikido Dojo. He has also trained in judo, and in 2000 was awarded the the rank of 3rd dan in aikido, and in December of 2005 was promoted to 5th dan in karate. Mr. Gregorisch currently lives in Tampa, Florida.
 
Robert D. Gaff
American Butokukan
4th dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
 
Brian T. Shawe

American Butokukan

6th dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Building Construction
 
Sherman Phillips
American Butokukan
Sand Drift International
Aikikai Honbu
4th dan
4th dan
4th dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts in English
University of Florida, Master of Business Administration
 
Karl Vierck
American Butokukan
Sand Drift International Martial Arts Association
Aikikai Honbu
4th dan
5th dan
3rd
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Karl Vierk began his martial arts training in 1987 at the age of 18 at the University of Florida under Tom McMorrow. He recieved his black belt in American Butokukan karate in 1990, and in aikido in 1992. Mr. Vierck holds a 4th dan in karate and 3rd dan in aikido. He currently lives in St. Augustine, Florida.
 
Richard Moseley
Head Instructor, Boca Raton
American Butokukan
5th dan
Florida Atlantic University, Bachelor of Science in Building Construction
 

Sherwin Mena
Head Instructor, University of Miami MooDukKwan Club

American Butokukan
4th dan
University of Miami
Sherwin Mena began training in 1976 at the age of 10 in the art of Shotokan. He later began training in Butokukan Karate under Todd Jones, where he subsequently recieved 1st dan in 1993, and most recently 3rd dan in 2001. Mr. Mena currently lives near the University of Miami, where he is the head instructor for the University of Miami MooDukKwan club, a member of the American Butokukan.
 
Sean McEntee
Instructor, University of Florida Butokukan Karate
American Butokukan
Sand Drift International Martial Arts Association
Aikikai Honbu
4th dan
3rd dan
1st dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Engineering
University of Florida, Master of Business Administration
Sean McEntee began his martial arts training in 1982 at the age of 9. He began his training at the University of Florida Butokukan Karate club under Head Instructor Tom McMorrow when he came to college, and subsequently was awarded 1st dan by Mr. McMorrow in 1998. For several years Mr. McEntee was Head Instructor of the University of Central Florida Butokukan club, and in 2003 he moved back to Gainesville where he teaches regular classes at the University of Florida Butokukan Karate club. In December of 2005, Mr. McEntee was promoted to 4th dan in karate and 1st dan in aikido by Todd Jones. Mr. McEntee currently lives and works in Gainesville, FL.
 
Docco Engels
American Butokukan
Sand Drift International
Aikikai Honbu
4th dan
3rd dan
3rd dan
University of Florida, Master of Arts in Anthropology
 
Alexander Alvarez
American Butokukan
3rd dan
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
 
Louis LaBarbera
American Butokukan
4th dan
Bachelor of Science
 
Jennifer Payne
American Butokukan
Aikikai Honbu
3rd dan
2nd dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy
 
Kerwin Wright
American Butokukan
Sand Drift International
Aikikai Honbu
3rd dan
3rd dan
1st dan
Associate of Arts
 
Kevin Voyles
American Butokukan
Sand Drift International
Aikikai Honbu
3rd dan
3rd dan 3rd dan
Bachelor of Science in Engineering
University of Florida, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
 
Chris Vierck
American Butokukan
Sand Drift International
Aikikai Honbu
3rd dan
1st dan
1st dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Engineering
University of Florida, Master of Science in Engineering
 
Dr. Scott Rohrer
American Butokukan
3rd dan
University of Florida, Bachelor
University of South Florida, Bachelor of Arts in History
University of South Florida, Master of Arts in History
Northwestern University, Doctor of Philosophy
Dr. Scott Rohrer began his martial arts training at the University of Florida in 1983. In 1998, Todd Jones promoted him to the rank of 3rd dan in karate. Dr. Rohrer currently lives in Springfield, Illinois.
 
Renee D. Guidry
American Butokukan
2nd dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
 
Dr. Catherine Griggers
American Butokukan
2nd dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts in English
Master of Arts in English
University of Florida, Doctor of Philosophy
 
William Keelan
American Butokukan
2nd dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
 
Chester Marr
American Butokukan
2nd dan
Associate of Arts
 
Steve Plattner
American Butokukan
Sand Drift International
Aikikai Honbu
2nd dan
1st dan
1st dan
University of Miami, Bachelor of Science
 
Charles Davenport
American Butokukan
2nd dan
Bachelor of Science
 
Dean Fresonke
American Butokukan
2nd dan
University of Florida, Master of Science
 
Dr. Renee Prenitzer
American Butokukan
Sand Drift International
Aikikai Honbu
2nd dan
1st dan
1st
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Life College, Doctor of Chiropractic
 

Adam Munson
Instructor, University of Florida Butokukan Karate

American Butokukan
Sand Drift International Martial Arts Association
2nd dan
2nd dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science
University of Florida, Master of Science in Limnology

Adam Munson began his training in the martial arts with the Butokukan Karate Club at the University of Florida in 1988 at the age of 19. His instructor there was Tom McMorrow. Mr. Munson has also trained in Wado Ryu and Manion's Tae Kwon Do. He received his black belt in karate in 1998. He currently holds the rank of 2nd dan in American Butokukan karate, which he received in 2000, and the rank of 1st dan in aikido, which he received in February of 2002. Mr. Munson currently teaches classes on a regular basis at the University of Florida Butokukan Karate Club.

 

Sarah Munson
Instructor, University of Florida Butokukan Karate

American Butokukan
Sand Drift International Martial Arts Association
2nd dan
2nd dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Zoology
Sarah Munson first began training in the martial arts at the University of Florida with the Butokukan Karate Club, under the instruction of Tom McMorrow. She began in 1994 at the age of 23, and received her black belt in December of 1999. She now holds the rank of 2nd dan in karate, which she received in December of 2001, and the rank of 1st dan in aikido, which she received in February of 2002. Mrs. Munson currently teaches weekly classes at the University of Florida Butokukan Karate Club. She lives in Gainesville, FL, where she is the Administrative Clinical and Research Director of the Movement Disorders Program at the College of Medicine Department of Neurology.
 
Dr. Merhzad Emad
American Butokukan
2nd dan
University of Florida, Doctor of Philosophy in Organic Chemistry
University of Florida, Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Medical Services
 

T. Bradford Petrino
Instructor, University of Florida Butokukan Karate

American Butokukan
Sand Drift International Martial Arts Association
2nd dan
2nd dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
University of Florida, Juris Doctor

Brad Petrino began his martial arts training at the age of 17 in 1997 at the School of Chung Moo Doe in Altamonte Springs, FL. In the spring of 1999, at the age of 18, he began training in Butokukan Karate at the University of Florida under Head Instructor Tom McMorrow. Mr. Petrino acheived the rank of black belt in November of 2002. He currently holds the rank of 2nd dan in karate and 1st dan in aikido, both of which he received in December of 2005. Mr. Petrino currently lives in Gainesville, FL, and teaches weekly classes at the University of Florida Butokukan Karate club.


Nancy D. Higgins

American Butokukan

2nd dan

University of Florida, Master of Arts in Education

Christopher McMorrow

American Butokukan
1st dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
 

Jeffrey L. Anker

American Butokukan

1st dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
 
Tod Kington
American Butokukan
1st dan
Southern Illinois University, Bachelor of Fine Arts
 
Daniel Romano
American Butokukan
5th dan
Sabd Drift International
5th dan
Aikikai Honbu
2nd dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts
 
Ingrid Leuchtenmueller

American Butokukan

1st dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
 
Jack Pierce
American Butokukan
1st dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
 
Dr. Zoran Milosevich
American Butokukan
3rd dan
University of Florida, Master of Science in Chemistry
University of Florida, Doctor of Philosophy
 
Dr. Kelly Goodwin
American Butokukan
1st dan
University of Florida, Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy
 
Eric Sheets
American Butokukan
1st dan
 
Dan Peck
American Butokukan
1st dan
University of Miami
 
Tom Sharp
American Butokukan
1st dan
University of Miami
 
Mark Teitelbaum
American Butokukan
1st dan
 
Dr. Dean Roye
American Butokukan
1st dan
University of Miami, Doctor of Medicine
 
Dr. Roger Studley
American Butokukan
1st dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science
University of Florida, Master of Science
University of California Berkeley, Doctor of Philosophy
 
Connie Croft
American Butokukan
1st dan
University of Florida, Associate
University of Central Florida, Bachelor of Science
University of Hawaii, Master of Public Health
Connie Croft began her training at the University of Florida under Todd Jones in 1982 at the age of 17. She subsequently earned her 1st dan at the University of Central Florida in 1992. Ms. Croft currently lives in Fort Campbell, KY.
 
Alan Williamson
American Butokukan
1st dan
University of Central Florida
 
Ray Harvey
American Butokukan
1st dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
 
Dr. Allison Harvey
American Butokukan
Shuri Ryu
1st dan
1st dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science
University of Florida, Doctor of Medicine
 
Glen Tibaldeo
American Butokukan
1st dan
University of Miami
 
Elizabeth Voyles
American Butokukan
1st dan
 
Mark Harris
American Butokukan
1st dan
University of Central Florida, Bachelor
University of Florida, Master of Business Administration - Juris Doctor
 
Dr. Sam James, Jr.
American Butokukan
1st dan
University of Miami, Doctor of Medicine
 
Michael Albert
Instructor, University of Florida Butokukan Karate
American Butokukan
Sand Drift International
2nd dan
1st dan
University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
Michael Albert began his martial arts training at the age of 18 with the University of Florida Butokukan Karate club in the spring of 2000 under head instructor Tom McMorrow. He recieved the rank of 1st dan in karate in December of 2005. Mr. Albert is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida College of Building Construction where he is pursuing a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning. Mr. Albert teaches regular classes at the University of Florida Butokukan Karate club.

 

 

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