The World Heafamilies/Headfounder's
Council, Inc. is dedicated to the task of investigating and recognizing
HISTORY OF THE W.H.C.,Inc.
1985....Dr.John J.Williams contacted Shihan Tony
Annesi, Framingham, MA, concerning the possibility of going before a board
of examiners through the World Sokeship Federation ( which was founded
by the late Soke Albert Church, jr.) for examination of his qualifications
in both Daito-Ryu Aiki jujutsu and Shito-Ryu karatedo. ( in hopes of recieving
affiliation for his new versions of these two arts.)
1985.....Shihan Tony Annesi contacted Dr.Williams
to arrange a meeting with a former student of Soke Albert Church who was
recognised as a Shodai-Soke ( first generation grandmaster ) of a new martial
art system. ( The student was Soke Clement Riedner, a baptist minister
from Michigan who had studied under Soke Church and Soke Shogo Kuniba
of Japan )
1986.....Soke Clement Riedner examined all nessasary
credentials and viewcd a formal demonstration of the two arts and then
certified / recognised Dr.Williams as a Shodai - Soke for his new versions
of Daito-Ryu Aiki Jujutsu and Shito-Ryu Karatedo. ( this was a personal
1987....Dr.Williams contacted some of his associates
in Japan who informed him that being recognised as a shodai-soke by another
shodai-soke is not the way it was done in Japan prior to the Maijji Era
1987....Dr.Williams contacted several prominent
martial arts leaders to formulated an actual examination board for the
legitimate recognition of either inheritors or first generation founders
of a martial art system and the foundation for the WSC, Inc. ( World
Sokeship Council, Inc.) was incoporated.
1987....Soke Clement Riedner was elected as the
first president of the WSC,Inc.
1987....Dr.John Williams was elected as vice
president of the WHC,inc.
1988....Dr.Andrew Tamper ( a legitimate inheritor
of a valid martial art system) was appointed as the chief sponcer and advisor
for the WSC.,Inc.
1988....The first annual WHC, Inc. convention
was held at Ciotti Manor in Pensylvania, to stage the first examinations,
election of officers, and awarding of official recognition certifications.
1989....The 2nd annual WSC convention was
staged in Pensylvania.
1989....Dr.Karl Marx, Jr. was se;ected as patron
& technical advisor of the WHC, inc.
1989....The name of the corporation was changed
from the World Sokeship Council to The World Headfamilies / Headfounders
Council, since the word "Soke" refers solely to Japanese arts,
and there were applications from many potential grandmasters who practiced
arts that were not of Japanese origins .
1990....The 3rd annual WHC convention was staged
1990....Professor Florendo Visitacion was chosen
as patron of the WHC, Inc.
1990....A revised set of minimum qualifications
and personal conduct standards were introduced .
1991....Dr.John J.Williams was elected as the
second WHC president. ( for a term of no less than two-years !)
1991....Professor Thomas Burdine was elected
as vice-president of the WHC, inc.
1991....An international investigation board
was created , headed by Dr. John Williams and other law enforcement personel.
( some active - some retired)
1991....The 4th annual WHC convention was staged
in Ohio where more recognitions were issued.
1992....The 5th annual WHC convention was staged
in Ohio where more recognitions were issued.
1993....The 6th annual WHC convention was staged
in Rhode Island, and the groundwork for a WHC sponcered Hall Of Fame was
1994....The 7th annual WHC convention was staged
in Massechusetts. ( The meetings focused on the need for more involvemrent
between members )
1995....The 8th annual WHC convention was staged
in Ohio. ( this meeting was focused on electing a new president )
1995....Professor Thomas Burdine was elected
as WHC president . He became the 3rd elected president, and won by a majority
1996....The 9th annual WHC convention was staged
in Connetticut. ( This meeting was cut-short due to problems associated
with the W.H.O.F. )
1996....Professor John Rubiano was elected as
vice president .
1996....The WHC, Inc, has agreed to officially
sponcer the World "Elite" Martial Arts Hall Of Fame
1996....World "Elite" Martial arts Hall
Of Fame will be held on June 6th & 7th , 1997 in Calgary, Alberta ,
2....FIRST GENERATION FOUNDERS
1....Must be over 35 years of age.
2....Must present documented proof
3....Must supply complete resume.
4....Must supply complete lineage
chart of art inherited.
5....Must supply name and addresses
of witnesses to the documentation presented.
6....Must agree to complete cooperation
and assistance of a thorough background investigation.
7....Must agree to formally demonstrate
/ explain the art inherited before the WHC board of examiners.
8....Must agree to serve as a sponcer
on the WHC board of directors.
FIRST GENERATION FOUNDERS
1....Must be over 35years of age
2....Must have documented proof
of 20 years or more in the martial arts. .. ( This means active study under
high ranking instructor (s) )
3....Must be free from criminal
record. ( * serious record )
4....Must have "earned
through study" the rank of master ( 5th
dan or equal ) in a valid martial art system with traceable lineage.
5....Must have also earned ( *
not honorary or cross ranks !)
the blackbelt rank in at least two ( 2 ) other valid martial arts. ( or
6....Must supply complete resume.
7....Must supply list of references
to support claims.
8....Must agree to assist in background
investigation of martial arts background.
9....Must agree to formally demonstrate
/ present new art before the board of examiners.
10....Must agree to be placed on
two-year probationary period.
11....Must agree to accept the
rank issued by the WHC board of directors.
12....Must agree to only advertise
ranks and arts registered with the WHC, Inc. ( * note
: WHC members are not permitted to break their arts into sun-branches and
issue seperate ranks in these sub-branches.
13....Must agree to only advertise
grandmaster status in the art one earned a master ranking in (* note :
The only way one can create a new branch / version of a martial art is
by first mastering an existing art, then, using additional techniques,
ideas, concepts found in the other two additional arts where blackbelts
were earned, the person can then create a modified version of the art first
14....Must agree to support the
WHC is their activities.
The WHC, Inc. is not a diploma mill
where anyone with no real experience can register a hybred version of several
arts like judo, karate & grappling under some exotic name ! The ONLY
way anyone can establish a new system is to have first mastered an existing
one . ( it requires at least 20-years of study
under a master to fully master a traditional martial art !)
This is why out of over
3000 applicants who applied for recognition
of their system, less than twenty met
the WHC minimum requirements.
Sadly ! Most of those applicants
who applied and were refused recognition, turned-out to be self graded,
had their students grade them or "bought" phoney certificates
from one of the countless diploma mills which flourish around the world
( by selling worthless paper to dreamers and losers who simply lack the
self discipline to study under a master instructor for twenty or more years
to master their particular art !) !
1....Must be over 35 years of age
2....Must hold an "earned"
master's ( 5th dan or equal ) rank in a valid martial art system.(cross
or honorary ranks do not count )
3...Must not be involved with anyone
who is "self graded"
4....Must be free from serious
BLACKBELT ( or
1....Must be "at
least " 16 years of age.
2....Must hold an earned ( or honorary)
blackbelt ( or equal ) in a valid martial art system.
3....Must not be involved with
a martial art system whose leader is "self graded"or "self
4....Must be free from serious
Anyone who holds a masters license
( 5th dan or equal) in a recognised martial arts system can apply for the
WHC, Inc. apprentice program. They will be "sponcered" by one
of the WHC recognised grandmasters with a system similar to the one they
hold a master license in. ( and will be prepared for the position of grandmaster
) The "apprenticed" candidate will be trained in other
systems to meet the required "extra" 2 blackbelt ranks.
In very unique and rare cases, martial
artists who do not meet the minimum requirements, but, are recognised as
a grandmaster or head of a system , style or large organization by the
martial arts community due to their status and contribution to the profession,
can be allowed membership with full recognition as a grandmaster in the
WHC, Inc. ( These unique indeviduals would be over 50 years of age with
a long martial arts history )
Note * To this date, nobody has
yet to be "grandfathered" into the WHC, Inc. as a grandmaster.
( although it is possible in the future )
Anyone who would be grandfathered into the WHC
must have approval of at least 75% of the members of the executive council.
Note * When one first aplies for
membership as a grandmaster , there is a $50.00 investigation fee to cover
costs. (non - refundable )
Once the candidate has met the minimum
requirements for recognition as a grandmaster, there is a one-time recognition
/ registration fee of $250.00.
For Masters and blackbelt tri-yearly
registration / membership, there is a $50.00 fee
Apprenticed Grandmasters enter into
a private contract with a sponcering grandmaster.
Since the WHC,Inc. was formulated
in 1986, there have been exactly 3219 martial
artists who applied for recognition and membership,
and only slightly under 20 successfully met
these very minmimum requirements as either a legal inherirtor or first
generation founder of a legitimate martial art system.
Since the WHC, Inc. is totally
unbiased, non-political and democratic, the only reason for refusing membership
to any applicant is and has always been solely based on meeting our minimum
What seperates the WHC, Inc. from
all other grandmasters governing bodies (using the term Soke or whatever)
is that the WHC, Inc. was established to create a trully "elite"
and very prestigious fellowship or peer group for that very small group
of martial artists who have achieved the right to be called a "grandmaster"
by their peers. ( which is why everyone must undergo a thorough background
investigation to verify their ranks and backgrounds before they are accepted
In an era where everyone "and
their dog" in the martial arts uses titles like "doctor",
"soke" "sigung", "master" and even "grandmaster",
it is refreshing to know that the WHC, Inc. is the "only place"
where qualifications is the " only way"
to gain membership and the right to be called a "grandmaster"
Only the W.H.C., Inc. has an actual
international background investigation board consisting of former police
officers and their contacts which does a very strict and unbiased investigation
of all applicants who apply ! ( which is why
less than 1% of those applying are successful !)
Note : All members are required
to only advertise their actual earned ranks during their two-year probationary
period, after-which they will be issued the appropriate ranks signed by
several members of the WHC executive council . ( These are based on
age and experience )
LIST OF THE WHC RECOGNISED GRANDMASTERS
December - 1996
Professor Yamaue , a Shingon Priest from Tokyo, Japan, holds the rank of
10 th dan (Soke) in the Yamaue family style called Yamaue Aiki Budo which
he inherited. ( his grandfather , Hisa Takuma, is one of only two persons
awarded the full teachers licence from Soke Sogaku Misayoshi Minamoto Takeda
in the 1100 - year old Daito-Ryu Aiki Jujutsu and Aiki - Budo system )
Yamaue Soke is 52 years of age !
ScD,Sigung from Canton, Ohio heads the 500-year-old "hard style"
version of the Yee Chong Mu Gow Kung Fu System he inherited.( The soft
version was inherited by a bodyguard for Chiang Kai Shek of Formosa ) he
is 80 - years of age !
Soke dan, ScD from New York, is the founder of "Vee Jutsu " (
Kuntao Arnis Jitsu) which include Filipino and Asian martial arts techniques
! He is 82 years of age
Soke Chas Gaven,
10th dan, from South Africa is the First Generation Founder of Gaven-Ryu
Jujitsu (based on Kito-Ryu Jiu-jitsu and Judo) heads the South African
Judo/Jiu-Jitsu Federation. He is 79 years of age
Professor Wally Jay ,
10th dan Soke, ,From California, founder of Small Circle Jiu-Jitsu (considered
as the "Father" of American Jiujitsu) He is 80 years of age.
Professor Toshio Kaneta
,9th dan Soke ,from Japan, Founder of Kaneta-Ha Shito-Ryu Karate (studied
under many great Japanese karate masters for 40 years) he is 60 years of
Sigung Wai Ming Chau,
from China, inheritor of the WU MUI kung fu system ! (the for runner of
Wing Chun Kung Fu ) He is 50 years of age. ( now living in New York )
Dr. Karl Marx Jr.
10th Dan Soke, From California, founder of " Kurisu - Ryu Karate "
( grandson of Karl Marx, who founded "marxism")
Clinical psychologist, he is 60 years of age.
Professor Emeric Arus,
10th Dan Soke , from Romania, founder of Sendo-Ryu Karate, He competed
in two olympics (fencing & judo) he is 59 years
of age. ( now living in Long Island,N.Y.)
Professor Thomas Burdine,
10th Dan Soke , from the USA, he founded Kokon-Ryu Aikido, studied Aikido,
Karate & Judo in Japan, a retired police officer, he is 58 years of
Soke Dan Grady, 10th
Dan Soke , from the USA, founded Christian Martial Arts, ( a minister)
he has studied various martial arts for 40 years, he is 54 years of age.
Soke John Rubiano,9th
Dan , from Rhode Island, founded Kokon-Ryu Kempo, He studied various martial
art for 30 years, he is 46 years of age.
9th Dan , from Canada, founder of Saigo-Ha Takeda-Ryu Aikijujutsu &
Kindai-Ha Shito-Ryu Karate, a former police instructor/officer & investigator,
he is 56 years of age.
Professor Gary Dill,
10th Dan Soke from the USA, founder of Bushido Kempo, studied under James
Lee (co-founder of Jeet Kune Do with Bruce Lee ) he is 46 years of age.
Professor Charles Stanley,9th
Dan Soke from Virginia, founded a Kempo Karate system, He has decades of
martial arts experience under his belt, he is 42 years of age.
Professor Clement Riedner,
10th Dan Soke from Michigan, founded Mikato Karate system, Baptist Minister,
founder of World Soke Council, CBBF, he is 57 years of age.
Professor Rick Boyer
10th Dan Soke from north Carolina, a veteran of over 35 years in the arts,
trained under Soke Albert Church, founded Kindai-Ryu Kempo, a retired police
officer he is 56 years of age
These are the
people currently recognised as grandmasters by the WHC, Inc.