Bill Beach

Professor Bob McKean

 

Professor Bill Beach was born on December 15, 1928 in Baxley, GA.  He began his study of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu in 1949 under Professor Ray Law, in Oakland, CA.  While stationed in Hawaii he trained under Professor Richard Takamoto.  Professor Beach was a U.S. Navy veteran and he organized the first judo and jujitsu club at the Navel Air Station in Jacksonville, FL - 1954.
 
The American Judo & Jujitsu Federation awarded the title of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu Professor to Professor Beach in 1966. That same year he established the Kodenkan Karate Association.  In 1967, Professor Beach become a certified Police Defensive Tactics Instructor by the Florida Police Standards Council.   He published a police training book addressing police defensive and control tactics titled, Official Police Methods. 
 
In 1971, Professor Beach establishes the Hawaiian Jiu-Jitsu System for the purpose of perpetuating the Okazaki Kodenkan system of judo and jiu-jitsu.  For many years he was active with the Amateur Athletic Union (A.A.U.) and numerous police and youth training programs.
 
Professor Bill Beach was a pioneer in American Jujitsu.  His dedication and leadership in perpetuating the teachings of Professor Henry S. Okazaki will truly be missed.
 
Professor Bob McKean
Pacific Jujitsu Alliance.

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