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Juko-Kai Legal Updates
ordered to pay
$50,000 in harassment, forgery case
WHEATON, IL -- Rod Sacharnoski, founder of Juko-Kai, International, was ordered to pay $50,000 damages for
telephone harassment and forgery on Thursday, Oct. 23, in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court of DuPage County.
After hearing testimony and reviewing hundreds of pages of evidence in the
case, Judge Kenneth A. Abraham ordered Sacharnoski to pay $50,000 in compensatory
and punitive damages to Don Cunningham. A judo instructor and former competitor,
Cunningham is a well-known lecturer and author of two books on the history of
traditional Japanese martial arts.
The original complaint alleges that Sacharnoski frequently contacted the Aurora, IL, resident "with the intent to abuse, threaten, and harass." The second count charges that Sacharnoski forged the plaintiff's name on subscription requests for magazines and other services. Further, the complaint alleges the defendant also conspired with other parties to commit these felonies and to intimidate and annoy Cunningham.
Sacharnoski is the leader of a Texas-based martial arts association.
According to his web site, Juko-Kai has various divisions including ninpo arts and is allegedly authorized by Masaaki Hatsumi of the Bujinkan, an international martial arts organization based on ninja mythology. Sacharnoski and his
followers were recently featured in Discovery Channel documentaries
demonstrating "Combat Ki" by kicking and punching each other in the groin and throat.
[Edited by Admin for Front Page News]