Yama Arashi Ryu Mankato

About us

Hanshi Leon was formally registered with Juko-Kai International┬« which is one of the oldest Asian recognized martial arts unions of the United States (founded 1961). Hanshi Leon was a personal student of Professor Rod Sacharnoski, Soke/lOth Dan, a world renown martial artist who is one of the few non-Asians to achieve 10th Dan Sokeship (foundership) recognition in Japan and a 9th Dan Hanshi grading in Seidokan Karate, Kobudo and Toide, Okinawa/Japan. Hanshi Leon (9th Degree Black Belt) has now started his own School Yama Arashi Ryu after receiving black belts in several different styles of Okinawan Martial Arts, with over 30 years of training and 22 years of teaching around the United states and Japan. Hanshi Leon received his Kyoshi (Full Instructor) in combat Ki during the Discovery Channels taping of combat KI. Hanshi Leon Craig was the youngest member of Juko-Kai to open his first school at the age of 18 years old in Iowa City, Iowa.  Hanshi Leon's lineage can be traced as far back as Kusanku Peichin Takahara.

Education and appointments

1998-2000 University Of Iowa Iowa City, IA

Music Education

2002 Juko-Kai Honor Award

  • Spirit of Bushido

2000 Juko-Kai Warrior Appointment

  • Appointed Samurai by Board of Directors of Juko-Kai

2003 United States Law Enforcement Training Commission

  • Expandable Baton Course
  • Level 1 Keychain self-defense
  • Assistant Deputy Division head over Kobudo (Weapons Arts)
  • Head of Sword Division

2006 State of California Law Enforcement Standards and Training

  • 8 hour Weaponless Defensive Tactics Course