Ju Ki Do

Ju Ki Do is our formal martial arts program.  Ju Ki Do “The Gentle Powerful Way” is the mixed fighting system developed by Kyoshi Ivan Ujueta which blends both “hard” and “soft” styles of fighting.

This is classic martial arts training from the best of several major fighting styles.  The “Ju” shared by Judo and Ju-Jitsu is literally translated as gentle or yielding.  The “Ki” in Ju Ki Do represents the hard direct styles of fighting and literally means power.  To appreciate this one must understand that nearly all fighting styles can be categorized as hard or soft.  To be a soft style means that the system teaches its students to redirect an opponent’s force against him.  Jiu-Jitsu and Wing Chun are good examples of this.  To be a hard style simply means that the system teaches its students how to apply direct force to an opponent and to block or absorb an opponent’s force.  Karate and Kickboxing styles are good examples of this.

Having studied both hard and soft styles Kyoshi Ujueta saw ways to connect them and cause them to flow together without wrinkle.  Over two decades of development the Ju KI Do system has been called a living system that shows its practitioners how to flow harmoniously between hard and soft techniques and becoming independent from style or form.

Knowing how to use your opponents force against him, knowing how to generate and use force against your opponent, and knowing when to do each; this is Ju Ki Do.

Kyoshi Ujeta’s Training Lineage.

 Kyoshi Ujeta studied Judo, Jujitsu, and Aikido under Master George Yoshida who studied under Toshitaka Yamauchi who studied under 10th Dan Kyuzo Mifune. Kyuzo Mifune is considered the greatest master of Judo.



Kyoshi Ujueta learned the art of Nisei Goju, a hybrid of five styles of martial arts, under the tutelage of Soke Chaka Zulu who received his 10th Dan ranking from the late Master Peter Urban. Soke Chaka Zulu holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Sanuces Ju-Jitsu, and Nisei Goju Karate.


Kyoshi Ujeta dedicated himself to learning the art of Kyokushinkai Karate founded by the late Master Mas Oyama who studied under Gigo Funakoshi, the son of Ginchin Funakoshi the founder of Shotokan Karate.


Eventually travelling to  California Kyoshi Ujueta lived as a Zen Buddhist monk for almost 11 years, studying and instructing in Kempo Karate, Tae Kwon Do,  Tang Soo Do, T’ai-Chi Ch’uan, Shaolin Kung, and Wing Chun.

He eventually started the first Professional Karate Institute (PKI) in San Antonio, Texas.

Founder of Ju Ki Do Kyoshi Ivan Ujeta

Mr. Rodriguez is a 1st generation Ju Ki Do Blackbelt who studied directly under Kyoshi Ujeta and learned the original Ju Ki Do system that Kyoshi Ujeta developed. Mr. Rodriguez earned his Blackbelt in Ju Ki Do in December 1998.

Kyoshi Ujeta, Mr. Rodriguez,  Soke Chaka Zulu, and Kris Ujeta

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