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Zurriane Bennett's San Yama
School of Self Defense
GOJU HALL NO.
KARATE - JUJUTSU - RAPE
EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN - DT
POSITIVE SELF DEFENSE
Zurriane Bennett holds the degree of 6th Dan, Very High Master Kyoshi, from the
Master Thomas J. Bennett, 8th Dan, Head Instructor of the House of GoJu Hall
#080 American Gojudo system. He also holds proudly holds the degree of 5th Dan,
Senior Master Renshi, from the Grand Patriarch of all American Gojudo, Maestro
Peter G. Urban, Ph.D.
Chief Instructor of San Yama Bushi & Combination GoJu School of Self Defense,
Zurriane Bennett, 6th Dan Kyoshi began his martial arts career with USA GoJu.
In 1971, he started his Karate training in USA GoJu under Kyoshi Thomas Bennett
and achieved his black belt in 1984. That year he continued his training and
teaching with Kyoshi Thomas Bennett in USA GoJu Karate at the Mt. Vernon, New
York Boys and Girls Club. Sensei Z. Bennett has also studied the art of Nesei
GoJu Ryu Karate under Master Earl Monroe, Kumite Ryu Jujutsu under Master Chris
Columbo and San Yama Bushi Ryu Jujutsu under Shinan Hector Negron, Shihan David
Colon, Shihan Michael Kelly, Shihan Reginald Brown Mi Yama Ryu, San Yama Bushi
Jujutsu, Judo and Grand Master E.R. Spruiell, Scorpion Jujitsu and Judo. He has
also trained with David Drawdy Sensei in Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo and the late Grand
Master Professor Florendo M. Visitacion in Vee Jujitsu and Vee Arnis.
He has completed and is certified in basic and advanced training in Law
Enforcement Defensive Tactics and Rape Aggression Defensive (RAD) instructor
certification Basic and Advance training, Personal Safety Education for Children
instructor RadKids and other certifications. He has also created a Self Defense
program for Men and Women called Positive Self Defense. He is also a Certified
Personal Fitness trainer, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Certified Holistic
Health Care Practitioner, Certified Ant-terrorism and Force Protection officer a
long with being a Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps until he was promoted
Warrant Officer. He served as a Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps
with over 20 years of service. He has also worked as an officer with New York
City and Virginia. From 1998 to present he volunteers his time free of change to
the community as an instructor for the Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Service of
Northern Virginia. He has also attended various training seminars given by
other Martial Arts systems and Defensive systems. He has also assisted several
Martial Artist in running successful organized martial arts tournaments and
events. He has also had the honor of being an presented at international
events. He has also had the honor of training with Martial Artist in the United
States, and in Japan.
He is also the host of the annual Martial Artist Professionals’ Seminar (MAPS)
and is a sort after seminar presenter, speaker and instructor by many groups and
SELECTED AWARDS AND PRIZES
1980 - Awarded the rank of Ni-Kyo 2nd Brown in Nesei GoJu Ryu Karate by Sensei
1989 - Awarded the rank of Shodan in American GoJu Ryu Karate by Sensei Thomas
1991 - Awarded rank of Shodan in Kumite Ryu Jujitsu by Sensei Chris Columbo
1994 - Awarded Teaching Certificate by Shinan Hector Negron (Head Kaiden) of San
Yama Bushi Ryu system.
1994 - Awarded Defensive Tactics Instructor Certification, by the Commonwealth
of Virginia, Department of Criminal Justice Services.
1997 - He was awarded the rank 4th dan, Renshi in American GoJu Ryu by Grand
Master Peter Urban and Shihan Thomas Bennett. Renshi is an Expert of Martial
Arts Combative Sciences. EM
1998 - Awarded Basic Physical Defense Instructor Certification, by Rape
Aggression Defense Systems (RAD).
1999 - Awarded Certification as a Certified Holistic Health Care Practitioner,
Washington Institute of Natural Medicine.
1999 - Awarded Certification as a Touch Therapy/Reiki III, Washington Institute
of Natural Medicine.
2001 - Awarded Certification as Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, by
International Association Professional Fitness Trainers.
2001 - Awarded Certification as an Advance Physical Defense Instructor, by Rape
Aggression Defense Systems. (RAD)
2002- Awarded Certification as an Resisting Aggression Defensively for Children
Instructor, Personal Empowerment Safety Education by radKIDS Inc. (radkids)
2002 - Sensei Bennett was nominated for the Men of Vision Award by the
Virginians Against Sexual Assault Association
2002 - Awarded the rank of 5th Dan, Title Renshi (Senior Master) in American
GoJu Ryu and Senior Expert of Martial Arts Combative Sciences. EM by Grand
Master Peter G. Urban, Seiko-Hanshi 10* U.S.A.G.A. Intl
2003 - Induction into Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Martial Arts Hall of Fame
for Outstanding Contributions in the Martial Arts
2003 - Awarded induction into World Karate Union Martial Arts Hall of Fame,
Golden Life Time Achievement Award
2003 - Awarded induction into The Universal Martial Arts Martial Arts Hall of
2003 - Received School Charter License from American Federation of Jujitsu.
2003 - Received Black Belt Instructor Membership Certification from American
Federation of Jujitsu.
2003 - Awarded Regional Instructor of the Year by World Head of Family Soke
Council Martial Arts Hall of Fame
2004 - Awarded Goodwill Ambassador by Martial Arts Magazine at the Hall of Fame
2004 - Awarded Masters Belt at the Karate Union Hall of Fame
2004 - Selected for Leadership Award by the World Head of Family Soke Council
Hall of Fame
2004 - Awarded Seminar Leader Award from the World Head of Family Sokeship
Council, Hall of Fame for the seminar he presented at this years’ Martial Arts
2004 – Awarded the rank of 6th Dan, Title Kyoshi (High Master) in American GoJu
Ryu Karate system. HM by Very High Master Thomas Bennett, Kyoshi 8* House of
2005- Officially opened San Yama Bushi & Combination GoJu School of Self Defense
in Woodbridge, Virginia.
2005- Awarded 3rd Kue Brown Belt - Judo - by Reginald Brown Sensei, Phase Piggy
Back Judo, United States Judo Association.
2006- Awarded 3rd degree Black Belt/Sandan in Shijitsu - Jissen - Karate Jutsu
by Reno N. Morales Sosai Shihan, Bronx Shotokan Clubs (B.S.K.C.) Independent
Japanese Karate Association International.
2006- SYBCG Jujutsu system. After training in several systems of Jujutsu, and
various martial arts, other self defensive tactics. Sensei Bennett started
offering SYBCG Jujutsu on August 22, 2006
2007- Awarded 3rd degree Black Belt/Sandan in Combat Jujutsu Combination
Builders - Jujutsu by Reginald Brown, Soke, Combat Jujutsu Combination Builders
2008-Awarded Honorary Ph.D Martial Arts Sciences
Sensei Bennett also holds certifications and certificates in Holistic Medicine,
Reiki (Touch Therapy), First Aid, CPR, Personal Fitness, Antiterrorism, Force
Protection, Fire Instructor, Aircraft Firefighting, Structural Firefighting,
Emergency Services, Safety, SCUBA Diving, Conflict Management, Alternative
Dispute Resolution Mediation, Transformative Mediation.
MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Member - United States Marine Corps Martial Arts Association.
Member - The Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Appointed position of State
Director for the Common Wealth of Virginia, 2004 Member - Urban GOJU/USA GOJU
Ryu Karate Fighting School Network
Member - San Yama Bushi Ryu Jujutsu and Judo Association
Member - American Federation of Jujitsu
Member - Independent Combat Martial Artist Association
Member - Rape Aggression Defense Instructors organization
Member - Resisting Aggression Defensively for Kids Instructors organization
Member - International Professional Fitness Instructors Association
Member - Professional Association Dive Instructors
Member - Military Officers Association of America
Member - United States Marine Corp
Member/Board Member - United States Marine Corps Martial Arts Association
Member - Martial Arts Teachers Association
Life Time Member - United States Judo Association
Life Time Member – Two Fish and Five Loaves Martial Arts Fellowship
Member - USA GOJU Karate Association
Life Member - All American GOJU International Karate Foundation
CPR, First Aid, and AED certified.
Thank you to all whom I have had the honor to train with over the years and will
train with in the years to come. Every day we all search for constant and
never-ending improvement in our arts, ourselves and ours lives
Zurriane Bennett, Kyoshi, 6th Dan – GoJu
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