Sensei Ron Smith

Sensei Ron Smith has always had a high interest in the martial arts.  He lives the “martial way” and realizes that he is who he is because of the arts.

In January of 1996, Smith  Sensei began his formal study with Sensei Shane Topp, who is the current head instructor of Eugue-Ryu Karate-Jutsu.   Eugue Ryu KarateJutsu is a system of Karate and Jujutsu founded by Kensenzu Yamaegue.  Smith Sensei takes every opportunity to train in other arts and learn from other instructors, all the while comparing them to Topp Sensei and the Eugue-Ryu system.

In 2002, Smith Sensei started teaching at the local YMCA in Bellefontaine, Ohio.  Over the next 4.5 years, Smith Sensei’s class continued to grow and in 2007 classes were relocated to their current location at an old church in Zanesfield, Ohio (also known as Pickerelltown).   In 2006, another class was added and is currently held at the Union County Family YMCA in Marysville, Ohio.

In the beginning, Smith Sensei taught Eugue-Ryu.  As Topp Sensei  transitioned from Eugue-Ryu  to Jukido-Kai Sogo Budo (School of Integrated Martial Arts) so did Smith Sensei.  Eugue-Ryu will always be the core system that Jukido-Kai  and The Center For Traditional Martial Arts bases its curriculum around.

Smith Sensei holds the following ranks:

  • Yodan:  Eugue-Ryu Karatejutsu
  • Yodan:  Jukido-Kai Karatejutsu
            Other Ranks include:
  • Nidan: American Jukido Ryu Jujutsu
  • Shodan:  American Jukido Ryu Karate
  • Shodan:  Jukido-Kai Iaido
  • Sankyu:  Jukido-Kai Aikido

Extra focus has been spent in the sword art as well as constantly refining edged weapons skill sets through continued study under Topp Sensei.  He has also been fortunate enough to train with one of the leading instructors of edged weapons in the United States, Micahel Janich, founder of Martial Blade Concepts.
In 2004, Smith Sensei received the  award for Black Belt instructor of the year from the American Jukido-Ryu Martial Arts Union Hall of Fame.  Smith Sensei also appears in the 2007 Edition of the “Heritage Who’s Who” which reconizes successful businesses and business executives.

What Smith Sensei loves the most about teaching is the fact that through the martial arts, he has had the opportunity to help so many indviduals of all ages learn how to protect themselves and avoid dangerous situations.  They are given the tools needed to help them make the right decisions in life.

“Not everyone will become a great martial artist, but I strive to help them become great human beings”