Directors of the Goshin Dai Ryu

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Master Dick Knapil
8th Dan - Aiki Jutsu


Master Sylvester Meola

7th Dan in Ju Jutsu
Goshin Dai Ryu Clinic,
October, 2001

Frank DiNunno
Advisor for Shotokan Karate

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Master Bob Fields
8th Dan - Director of
Aiki Jutsu
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James Meola
Director of
Ju Jutsu
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Joe Puchalski
Director of
Goshin Jutsu Karate
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Hugh Cassidy
Director of
Kobudo (Weapons)
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Zane Dautel
Director of
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Randal Fields and Gary Reagan
Co-Directors of Shotokan Karate
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Master James Meola
7th Dan in Ju Jutsu

Jim holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in Goshin Ju Jutsu and is currently the Director of Hillcrest Academy of Goshin Ju Jutsu and Karate in South Euclid, Ohio. Jim is the founder of a system of fighting called Combat Ju Jutsu. This system of self-defense was created for the United States Army Special Forces. Jim was the recipient of the Adjunct Generals Award of Excellence for his efforts of designing this program as well as teaching it to members of the Special Forces Unit. The group of Hillcrest Academy instructors who teach this system are called The M.A.L.E.T. Team. This acronym stands for Military and Law Enforcement Training Team.

Jim was formerly in nuclear security as a member of the Tactical/Emergency Response Unit.

Jim currently holds the position of Corporate Safety Manager with a Cleveland based fortune 500 company, designing and implementing emergency response planning nationally. This position is part of the company's Corporate Security and Safety Department.

Jim is a Certified Protection Specialist (CPS) through Executive Security International in Aspen Colorado and holds Bachelors degree from St. John's University in Louisiana with a double major in Business Management and Security Administration.

Frank E. DiNunno Sensei

Frank E. DiNunno - Age 67
Started in martial arts in the army 1961, at Fort Bragg N.C.
After release with army, started the Uniontown Karate Club in the fall of 1962.  Had an association with the East Coast Karate Association.  While with the ECKA I had the honor of being instructed by Jules Poulen, Shodan ECKA, National Kumite Champion AKF, Master T. Okazaki, K. Enoeda, K.
Kisaka and G. Golden-- instructors with the ECKA and the Japan Karate Association.  Received Ni-Dan from Master T. Okazaki.

Instructed the art of karate for approximately 20 years, the number of students would have to be in the thousands.  Instructed black belts on advanced body action techniques.

"I have always, and will always, adhere strickly to the same standards that were handed down to me from my worthy and accomplished instructors.   I will not change or deviate from those highly refined and merited tecniques and methods.  You might best describe me as a strict traditionalist."

Randal Fields
4th Dan in Shotokan Karate

A 4th degree black in Shotokan Karate, Randy is currently Co-Director of the Shotokan Karate branch of the Goshin Dai Ryu Martial Arts Organization. Along with Gary Reagan (Co-Director/Instructor) and Richard Schimansky (instructor), Randy helped to found the Hopwood Shotokan Karate Club at which he regularly instructs Karate-do.

Randy began his study of Shotokan Karate at the age of 13 in June of 1973 under the direction of Frank E. DiNunno Sensei (Advisor of the Shotokan Karate branch of the Goshi Dai Ryu Martial Arts Organization). Randy continues his study of Shotokan Karate under DiNunno Sensei’s instruction to this day. Randy received his Sho-dan ranking March 26, 1977 by Teruyuki Okazaki Sensei, of the East Coast Karate Association. While attending West Virginia University Randy also received Dan ranking by the West Virginia Martial Arts Association on April 10, 1979. During this time he taught Shotokan Karate-do at the West Virginia Martial Arts Assoc. and was first exposed to other martial arts. Although never pursuing rankings, he did participate in some fundamental classes in Aikido, Tai Chi and various stick weapons. Randy also received more extensive instruction using the Jo (short stick) from DiNunno Sensei.

Randy has attended the East Coast Karate Association’s special summer camp and various East Coast Karate Assoc.’s special training weekend camps. Some of the instructors that Randy was privileged to have trained under at these events and at special classes at Mr. DiNunno’s school were: Master Teruyuki Okazaki, Master Shojiro Koyama, Master Takayuki Mikami, Master Yutaka Yaguchi, Master Yoshihara Osaka, Mr. Greer Golden and others. However, his chief instruction has always been under DiNunno Sensei from whom he has always taken regular and special instruction on body flexibility, body action and reflex response technique.

Richard Schimansky
3rd Dan in Shotokan Karate

Rich Schimansky is currently an instructor at the Hopwood Shotokan Karate Club. He began his karate training in 1982 at age 12 at the Uniontown Karate Club. He first began his training under Frank DiNunno Sensei, who was the head instructor of the School. Schimansky continued his training there until 1986. After a delay, Schimansky began karate training once again while serving in the military in 1990. Once returning home from active duty, he continued training under several different teachers. One of whom was Karen Girard who was a student of DiNunio Sensei. Through this association, in 1993, Schimansky was able to resume training under DiNunno Sensei once again. Over the next 10 years, he continued to train and during that time, he had the opportunity to have training with several of DiNunno Sensei’s senior students – including Randal Fields, Gary Reagan and Mark Smith. Schimansky received his sho-dan in Shotokan Karate in February of 1995. His latest promotion was to San-dan in March of 2003.

Joe Puchalski
4th Dan in Goshin Jutsu Karate

Joe is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Goshin Jutsu Karate, and also holds Dan ranking in Aiki Jutsu under Master Fields. He has his own class at the Michael Zone Rec Center at the corner of W. 25th and Lorain in Cleveland, Ohio.

Hugh Cassidy
4th Dan in Kobudo

Hugh is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Kobudo (Weapons), and also holds Ni Dan ranking in Ju-Jutsu and Aiki-Jutsu. He has been active in the Martial Arts since 1973, an original student of Dick Knapil under Master Durant at the Chagrin Valley Academy of Self Defense.  While living near Chicago, Hugh studied Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate under Sensei Jim O'Hara for several years at the Focus Martial Arts Dojo.  Hugh continues to train and teach Jiu-Jitsu under Sensei Harvey Torok in Willoughby, Ohio, and is currently the Secretary for the Midwest Jiu-Jitsu Association.

Zane Dautel

Zane has been involved with Boxing since 1992. and he started teaching Boxing in 1997.








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