Biography


Jim Harrison

9th degree (Kaicho) in Ronin Jutsu
9th degree in Bushidokan Jujitsu - United States Martial Arts Federation
9th degree in US Jujitsu USJJF
8th degree in Bushidokan Karate
5th degree in Aikijitsu - United States Martial Arts Association
4th degree in Judo

Called "one of the most dangerous men in the world" by Bruce Lee, Jim Harrison needs no introduction to anyone who has had even a passing interest in the martial arts over the past four decades. Known for his notorious battles during the unforgettable "Blood-n-Guts" era of American karate, he has been called the closest thing to a modern samurai the 20th century can produce.

Jim Harrison was 3-time U.S. Karate Champion, 3-time All American Grand Champion, the undefeated U.S. light-heavyweight kickboxing champion, and coach to the undefeated 1974-76 U.S. Professional Team.

He has trained U.S. Army Special Forces and Rangers, Navy SEALs, Marine Recon and Delta Force, provided personal security for Chuck Norris, Linda (Mrs. Bruce) Lee and Prince Mikhail Matijasevic, was awarded a Ph.D in Research, Analysis and Instruction by Yudanshakai University, and was inducted into the International Karate Hall of Fame with Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee.

Jim Harrison is the founder of Bushidokan, Sakura Warrior Arts and Ronin Jutsu, and is one of the most highly regarded and respected instructors in the world of martial arts. Jim Harrison founded Bushidokan in the United States in the late 1960's, and although he lives (and teaches) today in Montana, he continues to conduct self-defense seminars around the country. In the late 1950's through mid-60's, Harrison was one of the top judo players in the United States. Also in the late '50's, he began studying Shorin-Ryu karate in St. Louis and became one of that style's top practitioners.

The Bushidokan Art is a combination of Okinawan karate, judo, and jujitsu, with the primary emphasis on karate. The karate portion of Bushidokan's training is quite similar to Shorin-ryu - definitely Okinawan in ancestry. Each class begins with Taiso, which contains a very strong emphasis on leg stretches and abdominal conditioning. Bushidokan is best suited for those interested in effective street self-defense, tournament fighting, and fairly rugged physical conditioning.

Jim Harrison is a legend in American Martial Arts. He holds black belts in Aikido, Judo, Jujitsu and five different styles of Karate from White belt to Black belt. He was inducted into the "Karate Hall of Fame" in Cleveland, Ohio along with the legendary Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. As a former police officer in St. Louis he served on a "Special Violence Squad" that was sent into the ghettos after the most dangerous criminals. He is currently an "ASSISTANT NATIONAL DIRECTOR" for the "UNITED STATES POLICE DEFENCE TACTICS ASSOCIATION," and conducts seminars on Police Defense Tactics to police departments all over the country. He holds a PHD in Martial Arts and is recognized as the toughest Martial  Artist in the world by "Who's Who in American Martial Arts." He was the first Light-heavyweight Kickboxing Champion, and unofficial "World Champion," At the time there was no world title but he knocked out the Japan Champion, Korean Champion, and the Thailand Champion and was undefeated in "Full Contact Karate" competition.

The following is from the American Black Belt Association Hall of Fame: "Born in 1936, the tough Jim Harrison was a major force in the early competitive environments of both Judo and Karate in the U.S. A former AAU Judo champion, Harrison won numerous karate titles including the first ever full contact kickboxing match held in 1970 U.S. Karate Championships.

Among his many legendary fights, one of the toughest on record was his match against Fred Wren for the United States Karate Championships in 1969. Harrison also held the first ever World Professional Karate Championships at his Dojo in Kansas City, 1968. This was a heavy contact, no pads competition that drew six of the toughest fighters of the time, Joe Lewis, Bob Wall, Skipper Mullins, Pat Burleson, David Moon and Fred Wren. Both Burleson and Moon had their ribs broken during the competition. Moon, with broken ribs, finished the final fight with Joe Lewis. The winner, Joe Lewis, besides the title of being the first World Professional Karate Champion, earned one dollar for his efforts.

Jim Harrison was known for both hitting hard and taking hard hits. Perhaps the most feared of Harrison's abilities was his Judo ability. Karate fighters who had not learned to fall had much to fear when facing Jim Harrison who was known to frequently dump his opponents with judo throws throughout the match.

Harrison, one of the toughest and hardest training competitors of his day was also known for many impressive and dangerous breaking feats, including shattering with a shuto strike a bottle full of gasoline with a lit wick that erupted into a ball of flame. During Jim  Harrison's 1970, first ever, full contact bout in Dallas, Texas, he received a cut from a glove lace over his eye. Attempts at taping failed to stop the bleeding, finally, between rounds a physician came into the ring, and without anesthetic stitched the wound over Harrison's eye. Harrison calmly laid on the floor of the ring during the stitching without a flinch, then went on to win the fight with a knockout.

Perhaps his most legendary feat of toughness was when as a police officer, he was ambushed by an ex-con who came out of a bathroom stall and fired point blank with a high  caliber pistol at Harrison. Harrison managed to subdue his attacker before passing out from his wounds. The wounds, very serious in nature, kept him down for a while, but he recovered and came back stronger than ever.

A member of the elite USKA Trias International Society, Harrison has garnered  membership in the Official Karate Magazine's 1979 Legion of Honor. Jim Harrison began his karate training in Shorin-ryu under St. Louis, MO karate pioneer Bob Yarnall under whom he received his black belt. Harrison, a retired police officer, continues a long and successful career as teacher, coach, competitor, and promoter."