Dennis G. Palumbo

dennis palumbo Mr. Dennis G. Palumbo began his formal training in the martial arts in 1958 in Yanagi Ryu Aiki Jujutsu. He entered the Air Force and upon his first overseas assignment to Japan, began his study of Hakkoryu Jujutsu with Shihan Hideo B. Abukawa, eventually attaining the rank and title of Shihan in November 1963 making him at that time only the 5th American to be awarded this title. He traveled back and forth between the US and Japan for many years, continuing to study Hakkoryu, Shotokan, Shudokan, and Goju-Ryu Karate. In 1970 Mr. Palumbo was requested by Soke Okuyama to return to the Hombu for advanced training but was unable to attend because of Air Force duties until almost 10 years later. He formed the Hakkoryu Martial Arts Federation in 1974 while stationed in San Angelo, TX. In June of 1980 Mr. Palumbo returned to Japan to undergo training and testing by Soke Okuyama . He was awarded the titles and ranks of Renshi and then Menkyo Kaiden. In the summer of 1986 he was awarded the title of San Dai Kichu, the highest possible ranking in Hakkoryu Jujutsu. After more than 50 years of dedication to the martial arts, Dai Shihan Dennis Palumbo passed away on September 12, 2014.
Mr. Palumbo
holds the following
ranks and titles:
  • Kaiden Shihan San Dai Kichu in Hakkoryu Jujutsu awarded by Shodai Soke Okuyama (1986)
  • Yondan (4th degree black belt) in Shotokan Karate
  • Yondan (4th degree black belt) in Taiho-Jutsu (Arrest & Control Police Tactics)
  • Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Goju-Ryu Karate
  • Shodan (1st degree black belt) in Shudokan Karate

Read the story:
Memories of the Honbu: A Practitioner of Hakko Ryu Jujutsu Recalls His Days of Training at His Style's Home Dojo
by Dennis G. Palumbo.
This story recalls Mr. Palumbo's Shihan training at the Honbu Dojo in Japan.


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