Sakura Warrior Arts -- Missoula, MT
Excelent school with an excelent instructor. Training offered in striking, grappling, and goshin jutsu. Very serious atmosphere and regular sparring keeps members on their toes. Jim Harriso's no BS way of teaching and his vast experience in martial arts both on and off the mat make Sakura Warrior Arts a great place to train. Childrens classes and adult classes are kept separate, so there are no five year old black belts running around. Belt testing is very scheduled. There tends to be very few color belts training at one time.
Jim Harrison's credentials?
I'm a little taken aback that G-off asked for Jim Harrison's martial art's credentials. Next thing you know he'll be asking if Chuck Norris is qualified to run a gym.
In the early 60s he earned a black belt in Judo, and started training in Shorin Ryu under Jim Wax earning his black belt in 1964 and opened his own school, the Bushidokan Dojo, in Kansas City that same year.
He was a major competitor in the USKA and other Karate tournaments, Pioneering full contact Karate, and taking home the first heavyweight kickboxing belt in a match against Victor Moore where Jim had to receive stitches in-between rounds.
He was among the first inducted into the Trias International Society, the Karate Hall of Fame, the Sport Karate Hall of Fame and others. He is a member of Offical Karate Magazines' 1979 Legion of Honor. He's got an entry in Bob Wall's Who's Who in Karate, published in 1975, re-released in 2003.
He, along with his friend Gene LaBelle, are 2 of the only 4 living souls that the USJJF has certified as 9th degree black belt in Ju-Jitsu and Traditonal Kudokan Judo.
He was the kickboxing coach for Bill "Superfoot" Wallace
Blackbelt Magazine once conjectured that more people were hospitalized after stepping into the ring against Harrison than any other fighter in the history of the sport.
He wrote the "Self Defense Handbook" series for Professional Karate Magazine, and was Black Belt Magazines choice for Self-Defense instructor of the year in their December 2009 issue, despite being more than 70 years old. That was after naming him #10 out of the 20 toughest men alive in 2006... despite his age.
Member of the Black Dragon Fighting Society, and the WHFSC.
In the Legends of Karate Roast for Jim Harrison, hosted at the Sport Karate Museum in Sugarland, Tx, his close friend Chuck Norris said "Jim saved my life once, he pulled his punch an inch from my face."
The fact that you've never seen him in the UFC, is no excuse for never having heard of Jim Harrison.