Rod Sacharnoski, a grandmaster martial artist, serves Juko-Kai International, an organization based in New Braunfels, Texas, in his capacity as President and Head- Founder. Through his organization, Rod Sacharnoski teaches Okinawan martial arts, like Shorin-Ryu Karate. The roots of these martial teachings date back to the mid-1300s, when Okinawans traveled to China and were influenced by the country’s martial tradition.
Centuries later, Okinawa fell under the control of Japan and became an official part of its empire. Whether under the dominion of Japan or China, Okinawans were forbidden from owning weapons, meaning they had to cultivate empty-handed fighting methods or learn how to employ improvised weapons, like farm tools, for self-defense. Over time, Shorin-ryu Karate became one of the major Okinawan branches and has directly influenced more than 80% of all Karate practiced in the world.
Rod Sacharnoski is one of the few non-Asians to earn a 9th dan ranking on Okinawa. He was graded to 9th dan Hanshi in Seidokan (Shorin-ryu) Karate by the late Shian Toma, Headmaster of Seidokan Karate, Kobudo and Toide, Okinawa/Japan.