Passing of Dave Martin

Prof. Bob McKean

I just received word that long time Pacific Jujitsu Alliance member and friend, Dave Martin, was killed today (April 11, 2013) in a traffic accident in Mississippi.  Dave was a friend and an acquaintance to many people in the Danzan Ryu and law enforcement community.

Dave retired from the California Highway Patrol in 1991 after 23 years of honorable and professional service to the people of the State of California.  He had been a member of the California Governor's Protection Service.  Dave served with honesty and integrity.  He was a well known and respected police defensive tactics master instructor, teaching academy recruits and instructor courses in the methods of physical arrest & control, straight baton and the PR-24 baton. 

He had been a long time member of the American Judo & Jujitsu Federation and was often invited to teach at their annual conventions during the 1970's, 80's and early 90's.  Dave hosted the 29th Annual A.J.J.F Convention held in Monterey, CA. in 1977.  He was also the recipient of the A.J.J.F. Police Tactics Advisor Award.

Dave had been involved in martial arts for over 50 years.  He was a no nonsense kind of guy.  He was a very caring and passionate man but he had no tolerance for phony people or phony martial artists.  Dave taught Danzan Ryu Jujitsu as a real self-defense and military oriented system.  He was often very vocal about how he saw some ranking black belts teach Danzan Ryu.  He was against what he would often refer to as "powder puff jujitsu" or "Danzan Ryu dancing".  This got Dave into trouble with several ranking DZR black belts and Professors.  Dave stayed the course and defended his observations and beliefs.  With Dave, what you saw is what you got.  He despised martial art politics and black belts who were "warrior imposters".

Like it or not, Dave would always tell it like he saw it.  He didn't sugar coat any thing.  He said his job was to teach Danzan Ryu as an effective system of self defense for the real world and not to just make his students feel good about themselves and unable to defend themselves with ineffective and inadequate techniques and methods of training. 

Dave was a true friend, a cop's cop, a real Danzan Ryu warrior.  He will be dearly missed.  I'm sure he is looking down on us along with Pat Browne and Bob Krull, all drinking rum and coke, laughing and saying, "I wonder when they will get it right"?

Prof. Bob McKean

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