At the completion of this study, Mr. LaMonica was awarded the license of Master Instructor or Shihan.
was born one of three (3) children in Akron, Ohio.His
parents of Italian decent were born in Akron Ohio and his
father worked all his
life as an Attorney, both for the City of Akron, and in private practice.In 1959, young Shihan LaMonica joined the City of Akron's Police Department where he stayed for 21 years, working as a patrolman, in the Detective Bureau, Department of Community Relations, in command of the Intelligence Unit, S.W.A.T. Unit, and was assistant Director of the Training Bureau.
During these 21 years, Shihan LaMonica
earned himself a reputation as a dedicated public servant, and an officer anyone would be honored to have as a partner.Shihan LaMonica
also received many awards for Police Heroism and Public Service.Among his
best assignments, besides teaching young law enforcements students, both at the Police Academy
and at the University of Akron
, was guarding V.I.P. 's that flowed through the City of Akron and North Eastern Ohio.Shihan LaMonica has worked with the Secret Service, the F.B.I., and County Agencies during political visits and has also guarded people such as Danny Thomas, who came to Ohio for fundraisers and personal appearances.
These duties placed Shihan LaMonica
in contact with Presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon, and Governors Celeste and Rhodes of Ohio, and many others that came to Ohio plus many other show business figures.Shihan LaMonica
, a strapping man of 6' 4", is not only a "crack shot", but in the opinion of his
fellow officers, can handle the toughest of the tough. In May 1980, Shihan LaMonica left his post with the Akron Police Department to take on yet another challenge, Chief of the Fairlawn Police Department.
Although this community is small in population, it is the fastest growing commercial area in Summit County, Ohio.Along with his
dedicated Police work, Shihan LaMonica
has raised his
family of five (5) children, all girls.
has also received many honors over the years.
martial arts training while serving in the Marine Corps in the late 1950's.Then in the 1960's, he
had an opportunity to meet the man who introduced Hakko Ryu
to the United States, James A. Benko.As a Police Officer, he
quickly saw the value of Hakko Ryu techniques for law enforcement. Shihan LaMonica
began training with Mr. Benko shortly after they met, and continued until 1975 when he
was invited by the Okuyama family to live with them as an uchideshi (special disciple).Upon completion of his
was awarded the certificate and makimono (hand scroll) of menkyu shihan (master instructor license).In 1979, at the invitation of Mr. Okuyama, Shihan LaMonica
returned to Japan to complete the most advanced training given in Hakko Ryu
, and was awarded the Kaiden (deepest mysteries) and San Dai Kichu (three great pillars) makimono.
, together with his
wife Chris (who was the first non-Japanese women to receive shihan in Hakko Ryu teach various law enforcement agencies in Ohio, and Shihan LaMonica
has served as an instructor at the F.B.I. Academy
.To compliment his Hakko Ryu
and police experience, Shihan LaMonica
trained in Tokyo with the Dai Yon Kidootai (#4 Riot Police) under Tsunemori Kaminoda.Additionally, he
studied jo (5 foot stick) techniques under Takaji Shimizu and Masakiryu Manrikigusari (10000 power chain) under Yumio Nawa.In the United States, Shihan LaMonica is a graduate of the F.B.I. Academy where among other subjects he completed the course in Anti-Sniper and Survival Tactics.He is also a graduate of the U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protection School.At present, Shihan LaMonica is the Director and Chief Instructor of the North and South America of Hakko Denshin Ryu JuJutsu, while James Benko acts as an advisor.