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Our Instructors & Staff Members

Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Ju-Jitsu and other martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.

Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff has attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students. Here are a few of Twin Dragons Martial Arts Academy's instructors and other staff members, starting with:

Joseph Barnes  (Sojobo) Send E-mail to Sojobo
In 1980, Joseph Barnes began the martial arts at the Miller School of Albemarle in Charlottesville, Virginia, under the instruction of his sensei, and second father, Col. Tom Hart. The Miller School was a boarding military academy, and training in martial arts, sniper style marksmanship, endurance training, drill, and military science and tactics, was a six days a week life style. In 1983, Joe earned his first black belt.

Joseph Barnes is the Soke (grandmaster, 10th degree black belt), of an art called Kodokanai. He inherited that responsibility from his sensei (teacher) Col. Hart when he died.  Joe was a shichidan (7th degree black belt) in Coju-jitsu, but went mudan (“beyond rank”) and inherited sokeship of Coju-jitsu upon Col. Hart’s death. Kodokanai is actually taught within Coju-jitsu at the advanced levels. Joe is also president of the International Coju-jitsu Association. Joe is a godan (5th degree black belt) in jiu-jitsu. He has black belt certification in Judo through the United States Judo Association. Joe has coach and judge certification in Mui-Thai, Kick Boxing, and Pankration through the United Full Contact Federation. He has a black sash in 5 animal Gungfu and a brown belt in Shim-Pu-Ren. He is also certified to the master level in G-Jo Acupressure. Joe is also certified in the State of Illinois as a Police Officer, and was proud to have protected the citizens of St. Elmo, Illinois as a full time Police Officer till 2007 when he moved back to Washington State. Joe was inducted into the United States of America Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2007.  Sojobo Joe Barnes now works as a Critical Care Registered Nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup, WA.

 

Scott Bean  (Sensei)  Send E-mail to Scott Bean
Shihan Scott Bean has studied several different styles of martial arts. Taijitsu, Shin Pu Wren, Gun Fu, Jiujitsu, Pankration, and Coju-jitsu are among the systems incorporated into his training. He began his interest in martial arts at an early age. His interest brought him to school wrestling, and later on a local private instructor (Taijitsu) where he grew up in Forks, WA. He moved to Aberdeen, WA his senior year of high school. In Aberdeen Sensei Bean had the opportunity to meet many new instructors. Studying under different instructors at separate times, he began to learn as much as he could absorb. By 1993 he had learned under 5 different teachers, throughout his life. At that time he met Sensei Joe Barnes, who began his training in Coju-jitsu. Studying under Sensei Barnes, Scott won several tournaments and also went on to become the Washington State Pankration (MMA) Champion in 1996. Sensei Scott was undefeated in his 4 year reign as champion. In the year 2000 a motorcycle accident put an end to that reign. Unable to defend the title due to injuries, the title was held open, until two contenders could be found to fight for it.

On his path in the martial arts, Sensei Bean has trained under some of the best teachers available. He has assisted in training members of major law enforcement agencies, and has been a great martial arts champion. He now owns and Operates Twin Dragons Northwest, in Aberdeen, Washington. He is also the Head Instructor for the Northwest Region of the International Coju-jitsu Association, and is certified in early childhood education. Sensei Bean has started the Grays Harbor full contact fighting team, and his fighters are making a great name for themselves in the MMA arena. For more information, or to contact Sensei Bean please do so from this site, or feel free to call the school phone at (360) 593-6861.
 

 

 

Todd Angel  (Sensei)
Todd Angel began to learn to use his fists and wits at a very early age. Under the tutelage of various members of a very athletic family, Todd was taught to box, wrestle, and overcome impossible odds starting at  the age of five.  He learned his lessons in the streets of a tough town, having never lost a confrontation of any kind, including two involving knives, a street fight against nine opponents, and one full contact tournament appearance. Todd  has training in boxing, shootfighting, and wrestling, along with familiarity with dozens of other styles of combat. As the newest member of the Coju-jitsu Instructor family, He hopes to build a more impressive list of accomplishments in the years to come, as he aspires to compete in the no-holds-barred arena.  As a new instructor, He looks forward to bringing the past into the future and setting a standard of martial arts excellence through Coju-jitsu for all of the world to see.

Sensei Angel is the head instructor at the Twin Dragons Dojo in llinois.  He is also available for private lessons by appointment.

 

Coju-jitsu Black Belts we are awaiting Bio information on:

Ralph Ruder Patrick O'conner Tyler Bean
Colby Hoffman James Hulet George Slater
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