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7th Dan, Shindo Jinen-Ryu Karate-Jutsu
Howard High began martial arts training in the mid-1960s, in Aikido under the instruction of the late Harry Ishisaka of the Aikikai. After about a year of training, he also began studying Judo, but it was not until 1972 that he became serious about martial arts.
That was when he saw a karate demonstration presented by Fumio Demura, Dan Ivan, Kiyoshi Yamazaki, Sho Kosugi and others, at the now-defunct Japanese Village and Deer Park in Buena Park, California. The demonstration spurred Sensei High to begin training at Sensei Kiyoshi Yamazaki's dojo in Anaheim, and he continues to train under Sensei Yamazaki today. In addition, Sensei High practices in the traditional sword arts, studying Mugai Ryu under Sensei Darrell Craig of Houston, Texas, and has also studied Yoshinkan Aikido, Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu and Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu with Shoichi Nagase of Tokyo, Japan.
Sensei High started teaching Karate in 1976 at Occidental College in Los Angeles California, and continued to do so when he left school to join the U.S. Army. While serving, he continued to instruct at various installations in the United States and Germany. As a result of his extensive military travel, he had the opportunity to train with many different schools and martial arts systems, including Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Aikido, Goju-Ryu, Shito-Ryu, Shotokan, and others. In Germany he trained with one of that country's top instructors, Risto Kiiskila, in Frankfurt. When the U.S. Army sent him to get his masters degree at the University of Kansas, Sensei High established the Kansas Branch of Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai. After obtaining his Masters Degree in Russian and East European Studies, Sensei High left the U.S. Army and stayed in Kansas to develop JKR branch in Kansas.
Sensei serves as the International Membership Director for Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai, helping to develop Ryobu-Kai world-wide, and he served for several years as a Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors for the U.S.A. National Karate-do Federation, the national governing body for karate in the United States.
Sensei High is the founder of Jinmukai International, which focuses on the Japanese Sword Arts. Jinmukai International currently has students in the U.S., Venezuela, Aruba, Denmark, Russia, and the Bahamas. Future plans include development in Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany and other countries.
Sensei High currently resides in Maryland and has established the Maryland branch of Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai.
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