Jeff Learned has earned a B.A. in English at UCLA and a M.A. in English Literature with a focus on Rhetoric and Composition at CSUDH. But his main focus is martial arts.
He has trained in martial arts for 43 years with an emphasis on self defense rather than tournament style fighting.
He has been a student of Ben Otake, the originator of Shinshin Mugendo for over 33 years and has practiced Iaido, the Japanese sword, for the past 18 years.
In addition, Jeff studied Judo for 12 years and was a national competitor in this art during the mid ‘70’s.
Wishing to continue his training he has practiced various other fighting forms in order to incorporate aspects of these arts into his methods.
1st degree black belt with IKA
2nd degree black belt with Kokusai Budoin (IMAF)
5th degree black belt in Shinshin Mugendo with Ben Otake
3rd degree black belt in Aikitoho Iai (Nishio style)
5th degree black belt in Soshoryu Shinheihodo Iai
1st degree black belt with USJA