Grandmaster Ito

I instruct in the Zen and Tao of Shaolin, Tai Chi, and Kempo. I have been mentored by Grandmaster Bing Fai Lau, Hanchi Paul Yamaguchi, Grandmaster Ming Lum, Professor Imi Okazaki-Mullins, and Grandmaster Mike Young. Philosophical influence has also come from Hanchi Thomas Young and Grandmaster Al Novak. My weapons training in Filipino arts began with Grandmaster Rene Latosa in 1985.


In 45 years of instruction, I have awarded 15 black belts.


I also specialize in working with students 12 years and under. I focus on teaching my students discipline, respect, and self defense.

Honors & Awards

Scroll presented by Grandmaster Bing Fai Lau

Grandmaster Bing Fai Lau



The well known Grandmaster Bing Fai Lau had a scroll presented to me after his passing, instructing me to continue his studies in the martial arts tradition, thus naming me as his successor. The Martial Arts Collective Society had awarded this scroll to Bing Fai Lau in 1996, to acknowledge his role in Pioneering the Martial Arts in the United States.

Renshi Ryoku (6th) Dan

Hanshi Paul Yamaguchi

February 2010


I was awarded the rank of Renshi Ryoku (6th) Dan at Lihue, Hawaii by Hanshi Paul Yamaguchi, the Head of Kosho Shorei Shin-Shing Ryu. This certificate includes his personal seal (chalk/stamp).

Acknowledgement of the spirit and philosophy of practice

Professor Imi Okazaki-Mullins


Professor Imi Okazaki-Mullins passed on to me a plaque containing the philosophies of practice of her father, Professor Henry Seishiro Okazaki. This was to acknowledge that my traditional spirit of practice was similar to that of her father's. The plaque was originally presented to her oldest sister at the 8th Annual Shoshinryu Udanshakai Annual Banquet weekend June 28-30 1991.

Grandmaster Title

Chinese Atheletic Arts Academy

February 2007


Awarded the title of Grandmaster "for outstanding dedication and excellence in the perpetuation and preservation of the traditions of Martial Arts" by Chinese Athletic Arts Academy. The certificate was signed by Professor Randal T Choy, Dean of the Chinese Athletic Arts Academy, and Master Bertram B.N. Chock, Assistant Dean of the Chinese Athletic Arts Academy.

Instructor Rank in Latosa Escrima

Grandmaster Rene Latosa



Have an instructor rank in Latosa Escrima. All my training in this art was through private lessons from Grandmaster Rene Latosa.

AAU Full Contact Karate Lightweight National Champion