Combat-Ki – A Martial Arts Training Discipline


As president and founder of

 Juko-Kai International

Juko-Kai International

, Soke Rod Sacharnoski leads a Texas-headquartered martial arts organization with Asian sponsorship and recognition. Rod Sacharnoski created the pioneering Juko-ryu Combat-Ki, using combat internal energy, in the 1960s.

Practitioners who volunteer for Combat-Ki training gain skills in taking kicks, strikes, and punches to the human body without suffering from injuries. Combat-Ki techniques focus on controlled use of the mind, body, balance and internal energy breathing.

Becoming adept at Combat-Ki is a lengthy process that involves intensive training and represents one of the most dangerous demonstrations of the modern-day martial arts. Combat-Ki has been featured on a number of Japanese martial arts-focused TV shows in which championship K-1 fighters kicked, stuck and punched Combat-Ki masters in the vital areas of their bodies with no effect.

In an interview with the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Curtis Wong, Editor of Inside Kung-Fu magazine, stated that Soke Sacharnoski and his team gave one of the most impressive demonstrations of Ki (internal energy) that he had ever seen. He went on to elaborate that some of the most experienced and well known Masters, at a demo at Inside Kung-Fu Headquartes in Hollywood, repeatedly struck and kick Rod and his members to no avail. This included a full-power kick to the head.


The Difference between Tai Ki and Combat Ki

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.

A Brief History of Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate

With 50 years of police and investigative experience, Rod Sacharnoski is also a globally renowned martial arts Grandmaster, and the Founder and President of Juko-Kai International. The author of books on Toide and Combat Ki martial arts, he founded America’s first recognized Sokeship Commission in 1972. Rod Sacharnoski is a 10th dan Soke (Head Founder) and is one of the few non-Asians to earn the 9th Degree Hanshi grading in traditional Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate, Kobudo, and Toide.

Named in 1933 by Choshin Chibana, Okinawan Shorin-ryu karate is a synthesis of Okinawan and Chinese martial arts whose roots go back more than 500 years. Defined by its narrow, high stance and preference for circular movement over direct strikes, Shorin-ryu karate is one of the founding elements of modern karate. There are more than 10 key kata in Shorin-ryu, which are choreographed moves for individuals or pairs useful for reference and training. Once a student earns the black belt rank, they are then taught the various forms of Okinawan weaponry.