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Instructors

JAFF RAJI
Aikido, Jodo, Iaido, Head Instructor | International.

and creator of the method, RAJI Ukemi Fitness

Jaff has been a fulltime Budo student and instructor for 40 years. He is a worldwide well-known Budo master. He teaches seminars year round on an international schedule that includes more than 30 countries. He is the founder and headmaster of the worldwide “Ecole de BUDO RAJI International”. He studied Aikido with Tamura Nobuyoshi Shihan and traveled to many seminars as his assistant. He is forever Godan in Aikido since 2001 promoted by his Master Tamura Shihan.Tamura Shihan passed away in July 2010. Jaff as a great respect for his master, doesn’t want another Aikido Dan grade.

Jaff studies Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido with Malcom Tiki Shewan Sensei. He is a high Instructor in the European Iaido Federation and hold the rank of “Kuden Shugo”, highest level certificate in this federation.He got the certificate of “Menkyo” from Master SEKIGUCHI Komei 21st Soke of the traditional Koryu (old school) of Iai-Jutsu “Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu” in japan in 2009. He was awarded by his master of Jodo, Pascal KRIEGER Sensei, with the traditional certificate of“Go-Mokuroku” in Jodo in 2014. Jaff is also a High-Instructor in the European Jodo Federation. Previously he was National Technical manager for the French Federation of Aikido and Budo (F.F.A.B) until 1997.

In 2012 Jaff created a unique body workout concept named RAJI UKEMI Fitness.

TIM CARTMELL
Shen Wu and ACE Jiu Jitsu Head Instructor| Fountain Valley, CA Location

Tim Cartmell is an Asian Full-Contact fighting champion, a Submission Grappling champion, a two time Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion at the brown and black belt level and seven time winner of the Copa Pacifica de Jiu Jitsu. Tim received his black  belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Cleber Luciano in 2003.
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MICHAEL SELIN
Jiu Jitsu and Jodo Advanced Instructor| Portland, OR Location
Michael Selin was born in Gainesville, Florida. He is married and has a daughter and a son. Michael began training Judo in Taiwan under Tsai Sensei in 1989. He continued in this training and received Shodan with the USJI in Paramus, New Jersey, under Harry Glackin Sensei in 1997. During this same period, Michael also began training Aikido in 1991 under Lee Ching Nan Sensei in Taiwan, and received Shodan with the Taiwan Aikido Federation and the Aikikai in Japan in 1994. He found his true path when he met Jaff Raji near the end of December in 2000 and began his training with the Ecole De Budo. Michael received his advanced instructors license from Raji Sensei in 2008. He started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2007, and received his blackbelt from Tim Cartmell in 2017. OKUDEN (5th Degree Black Belt) level mastery In Aikido from Jaff Raji in 2020

Kids Jiu Jitsu Coach in Hood River

James Patterson

Adult Class Instructor and Kids’ Jiu-Jitsu Coach | Hood River, OR Location

Coach James started training jiu-jitsu so he could learn effective self defense techniques while getting in shape. He believes that training jiu-jitsu can help kids – and adults – become the best version of themselves. The jiu-jitsu team environment truly fosters lasting friendships. For these reasons, his 5-year-old son trains jiu-jitsu too!He started his journey in 2014 in Florida at Smiley’s Combat Athletix – a Tom DeBlass affiliate and was hooked. James quickly earned his blue belt in 2016 and continued his jiu-jitsu education when him, his wife and their son moved out to Hood River, Oregon.Coach James is currently a purple belt teaching kids and adults jiu-jitsu at the Hood River academy. He trains under Michael Selin of School of Budo. He continues to dedicate himself to regular training at both School of Budo locations. Coach James is CPR certified. 

 

RICK BORTNICK
Jodo Instructor| Portland, OR Location
Rick is a lifelong athlete who has studied martial arts for more than 25 years. He is a sandan in Aikido who has taught adults and children for the past 11 years and has a huge wealth of experience available to anyone who seeks it.

CHRIS LEBLANC
Extreme Close Encounter Concepts| Portland, OR Location

With a 20+ career in law enforcement, Chris has decades of real-life situational experience he brings to the mat. Currently Chris’ combatives class is invite only. Please connect if you’d like to learn more.

Neil Lofgren

Aikido Instructor | Hood River, OR Location

Neil brings over 30 years of Aikido and over 15 years of Jodo and Iaido experience to his classes. His training and teaching emphasize self-development over self-defense.“Through the teachings of Budo, we discover how to overcome our own limitations and move with strength, balance, and awareness.”

 

MATT WOOD
Aikido Instructor | Portland, OR Location

“The first 24 years have gone by quickly!” Matt Wood first got on the mat in March 1993, training at the “old” Seattle Aikikai under the instruction of Bruce Bookman Sensei from 1993-97. Soon training 40-50 hours a week, Matt achieved USAF Shodan in 1997 and traveled extensively to pursue a variety of teaching and teachers in Aikido, attending seminars in Colorado, Florida, Denmark, the UK and even Russia. From 1997-2001, Matt trained under Malory Graham Sensei first of Puget Sound Aikikai, subsequently the “new” Seattle Aikikai, under the aegis of Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan. Along the way, Matt also trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, most often affiliated with the Machado schools of Los Angeles. Matt joined EBR in 2007 and was immediately immersed in RAJI Aikido as well as fitness and other classes. Matt joined EBR worldwide as shugyosha in 2010. Matt anchors morning classes at EBR, leading classes in Aikido, Aiki weapons and fitness. Matt has experience with firearms and bladed weapons as well and is an active participant in the combatives program. When he’s not in the dojo, Matt can most often be found skiing or fishing with his son Nick. “Jaff and Michael both introduced me to a new window on Aikido, one that keeps getting wider and brighter all the time. Focus on little details is key – it’s no good to just grind out repetition. It’s critically important to move “correctly” but it’s also vital to be conscious of the movement and variation. Aikido remains for me a source of immense joy and immense mystery. No matter how many reps you do or how many waza you perform, each one holds something new.”

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