GRANDMASTER RALPH SMITH, 10th Dan is a living example of what karate is at it's highest level. He is the President and Founder of RALPH SMITH KARATE SHOTO JITSU. GRANDMASTER SMITH combined the best of Shotokan and JuJitsu techniques to make what he considers the world's best system of self defense and karate, "SHOTO JITSU KARATE". As a young boy, he had read a book called "Poison Hand Techniques" by Count Dounte, and began to teach himself karate. He made his own weapons and mastered them. He then began to call for different instructors but soon found out they were no match for him. He knew early on that he was Karate. He owned and operated Seiyu-Kai Karate School and Thunderbird Karate School in Tobago, and was the founder of the Tobago Martial Arts Federation. He also appeared in the movie "Turn of the Tides". He was a very familiar face at tournaments through out the West Indies and the Caribbean as well as the United States. He is one of the most well known and respected martial artists in the West Indies and Caribbean. GRANDMASTER RALPH SMITH and his school were inducted in the World Martial Arts Federation in March 2008 and he was presented with the Most Outstanding Martial Arts Instructor Of The Year Award.