• 1958 = Soke James W. Clements began his study of Shotokan Karate with 9th Dan
    Master Itoba in Japan.  Master Itoba was recognized through the All Japan Karate

  • 1958-1962 = Master Clements received his Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) from
    Master Itoba and then went on to pursue the study of Aikido and Jujitsu under 3rd
    Dan - Mr. Jerry Solomon.  

  • 1962-1964 = Master Clements continued his training in Aikido and Jujitsu and was
    awarded the rank of  Black Belt.  Mr. Solomon was associated with the North Jersey
    Jujitsu Club.  

  • 1962 = Master Clements opened his first Dojo called the "Statesville Karate Club"
    at the Statesville Recreation Center.

  • 1964-1969 = Master Clements studied ChangMooKwan TaeKwonDo with Master
    Chun Duk Ki, a 7th Dan at the time.  He received the rank of Sandan (3rd Degree
    Black Belt) in ChangMooKwan.  

  • 1969 = Master Clements formed his second Dojo called the Korean Tiger School
    located on Cooper Street in Statesville, NC.

  • 1969-1978 = Master Clements continued to follow the Korean Arts with his study of
    MooDukKwan TaeKwonDo.  His instructor was 7th Dan Master Ju Hun Kim.  During
    this time, he was awarded his  Black Belt in MooDukKwan.    

  • Also in 1976, Master Clements was awarded his Shodan by Master Albert C. Church
    in Kobudo (Jo, Bo, and Nunchaka) and KamiShinDo.  And in 1977, Master Church
    awarded Master Clements with his Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt) in Nippon
    KamiShinRyu.  Master  Cherry introduced Master Clements to Master Albert C.
    Church, 8th Degree Black Belt (Hachi-Dan) at that time, and President of the Dai Kai
    Kai Cho Organization.  Afterward, Master Clements began training directly under the
    instruction of Master Church.

  • 1978 = Master Clements formed the N.C. Black Belt Karate Schools
    headquartered in Statesville, NC.

  • 1977-1978 = Master Clements once again returned to the study of the Japanese
    arts under the tutelage of Master Albert C. Church.  The styles studied were
    KamiShinRyu, ShaolinJi, Hapkido, Okinawan Kobudo, and Kempo.  Master
    Clements received the rank of Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) from Master Church.  
    On February 26, 1978, Master Church named Master Clements the North Carolina
    Representative for the Nippon KamiShinRyu Karate-Do/KamiShinKai International
    for life.

  • 1980 = Master Song awarded Master Clements with his Yondan (4th Degree Black
    Belt) in Hapkido through the American Hapkido Karate Federation.

  • Other notable ranks obtained by Master Clements include: 8th Degree Black Belt in
    American Open Style Karate from the U.S. Karate Association; 6th Degree Black
    Belt in American TaeKwonDo from Master H. U. Lee of the American TaeKwonDo
    Association; trainer of numerous top-ranking amateur boxers and kickboxers.
  • Soke Clements also worked as a Deputy Sheriff with the Iredell  County  
    Sheriff's Department from late 1960's to mid 1970's. He started out as a
    Detention Officer and worked his way up to Patrol Sargent. on to Detective Sargent
    and later Detective Leutenant over the Detective Division under Sheriff Leroy
    Reavis and Sheriff Tom Thompson. He was a  Certified Law Enforcement
    Instructor through the Institute of Government in Chapel Hill, N.C.; recipient of
    multiple Law Enforcement Certifications from a variety of state and federal
    organizations, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), State Bureau of
    Investigation (SBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the American Tobacco and
    Firearms (ATF); and Instructor of Law Enforcement Officers at Davidson and
    Mitchell Community Colleges.  Areas of emphasis included (armed and unarmed self-
    defense, baton training, and riot control training).

  • January 1, 1981 = Master Clements felt it was time to incorporate the sogo-budo
    system which he had been working on over the past several years.  He formed the
    National Hondu Dojo U.S. KamiBushiShinKai Organization, which is an eclectic
    martial arts system that combines the most effective self-defense techniques,
    strategies, and philosophies from a variety of systems, which Master Clements has
    high Black Belt ranks in, such as:

  • Korean Karate (Taekwondo MooDukKwan, ChangMuKwan) and Hapkido
  • Japanese Karate, Shotokan, KamiShinRyu, and Okinawan Kobudo
  • Kendo, Aikido, Iai-Do
  • American Boxing and Kick Boxing
  • American Law Enforcement Techniques
  • Ground Fighting, Knife Fighting, Short & Long Firearms Technique

  • Training is focused on empty hand tactics, partner drills, traditional forms, and body
    conditioning.  KamiBushiShinDo combines the Asian aspects of training along with highly
    effective American law enforcement and street-defense tactics.  It combines
    strength, speed, and endurance training to form a true Sogo-Budo (combined martial

  • KamiBushiShinDo means “The Way of the Divine Warrior’s Heart.”  This mindset
    is not an easy way or path for anyone training in martial arts, but is certainly a
    worthy one as a warrior’s heart has always been one of loyalty, discipline,
    respect, commitment, and singleness of purpose.

  2. Form and Proper Technique.
  3. Balance and Center of
  4. Power and Speed.
  5. Concentration of Power.
  6. Role of Muscular Power.
  7. Rhythm and Movement.
  8. Timing.
  9. Lower Abdomen and Hips.
  10. Targeting.


The kata is what sets one system
apart from another.  It's an
exercise of per-arranged
movements and techniques  -
against multiple attackers - which
is designed for students to learn
self-defense and counter attack in
an unarmed combat situation.  
Through the dedicated practice of
these per-arranged movements, a
student will gain the coordination
and proficiency in those techniques
that are determined "most
beneficial" in that particular

Students realize many benefits
when practicing kata on a daily
basis.  Some of those benefits

  1. Balance
  2. Targeting (accuracy)
  3. Endurance (breathing)
  4. Strength
  5. Power
  6. Transitioning (offense to
  7. Movement

Stressed in this system is
"quality" not "quantity."  Fewer
katas are used with emphasis
placed on their perfection, grace,
and power.  The kata are said to be
the "heart of a system."


Traditionally, the title SOKE, which
means "Family Head," is bestowed upon
the originator
or Shodai (founder) of a new Martial
Arts System or Organization.  

SOKE and Shodai can be co-titles.  It
can also be transferred to the
designated heir of that system or
organization with the SOKE is no longer
able or willing to dispatch the duties of
the Family Head.

A SOKE can technically be beyond rank -
they can claim any rank they feel is
commensurate to their level of
expertise.  A SOKE can take no rank at
all or can assume the rank of Judan
(10th Degree Black Belt).

For practical purposes, a SOKE's rank
is more commonly determined by one
of the following methods:

  1. With the title SOKE, one is
    given the automatic rank of
    Hachidan or Kudan;
  2. One may be awarded a higher rank
    by a senior ranking SOKE or
    board of SOKE.
  3. Retains the rank previously held.
  4. In consideration of a certain
    previously established time in
    grade (such as one promotion per
    five years) legitimately elevates
    his/her own rank.
  5. In regard to increasing his/her
    students rank the SOKE stays at
    least one rank above his highest
    promoted student.

The development of the Association is
the responsibility of the SOKE.  The
SOKE is responsible for the expansion
of the Association, expansion of
services, instructional quality and
techniques, and administrative
efficiency.  Committees or assistants
may be appointed to help execute these

The final authority in conferring rank
and developing rank requirements is the
SOKE.  The SOKE determines what
composes the style under his/her
administration.  The SOKE may establish
methods for recognizing special
achievements in technical development or
in other areas.  

The SOKE may also serve to recognize
others as SOKE or Shodai (founders).  
The SOKE may offer guidance and rank
recognition to students of other styles
or arts, even if they are not members of
the SOKE's organization.  
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