Rod Sacharnoski is an American martial arts grandmaster. One of the very few holders of the ninth degree grandmaster ranking in Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate, Toide, and Kobudo, Rod Sacharnoski earned his fierce reputation internationally in martial arts by first mastering his Kijutsu (internal energy).
Kijutsu refers to an individual’s control of his internal energy. This internal energy is the unseen force in your body that powers your physical movements and is manifested in your strength and mood.
For martial artists, Kijutsu is the point where the mind and the body are in sync with each other, allowing the fighter to manifest power in some form. It entails two aspects: concentration and extension. Traditional martial arts grandmasters could concentrate their energy to their abdomen, bringing their mind and body in tune, absent the conscious. They could then extend this energy to a certain part of their body to increase the power in their punch or kick.
Whereas scientific opinion has been divided on whether internal energy and its control actually exists, the concept of Kijutsu is still very much alive in modern day martial arts.
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.
An experienced law enforcement and military martial arts instructor, Rod Sacharnoski is also deeply involved in the martial arts community as the president and founder of Juko-Kai International. As an extension of his professional endeavors, Rod enjoys exploring martial arts and law enforcement history.
In 1960 while stationed at Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Rod Sacharnoski served as the Chief Instructor for the 3rd Marine Division Headquarters. He also taught judo and jujutsu at other military installations with his members competing in judo tournaments that were held throughout Okinawa.
As an update, Rod still teaches military personnel in the martial arts. He also continues to train Police agencies and currently is commissioned as the Senior Training Officer for a police department in the State of Illinois. Rod is certified as a Master Police Defensive Tactics Instructor. He teaches both defensive tactics and police impact weaponry.
Tai Ki is a special martial art that was developed/founded by Rod Sacharnoski, Soke, in the year of 1961. It focuses on the body’s internal energy. Tai Ki is a registered art with the U.S. Patent Office in Washington, D.C.
Tai Ki combines soft, gentle exercises and forms, much the same as Tai Ch’i. Able to be performed by people of all ages, Tai Ki utilizes slow and controlled joint movement and balance to enhance one’s health. What makes Tai Ki so special is that it contains Rod Sacharnoski’s world renown breathing methods. Individuals who practice do so to develop a stronger heart, lungs, respiratory system, and body.
Combat Ki, on the other hand, teaches practitioners about combat internal energy and how to withstand full-power punches, strikes and kicks to the body without receiving injury. In order to learn Combat Ki, one must volunteer for the training. The Learning Channel named Combat Ki as the world’s 5th BEST martial art in its “Ultimate 10 Martial Arts” series. “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” and “ABC’s Wide World of Sports,” in addition to approximately twenty (20) other major television shows (four of which were in Japan) have featured Combat Ki.
Combat Ki has become one of the world’s most famous martial arts and has been viewed by millions throughout the world.