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Employment History

Director and Chief Instructor
Hakko Denshin Ryu Jujutsu Federation for North and South America

Director and Chief Instructor
North

Assistant Director
Training Bureau

Post
Akron Police Department

Patrolman
Detective Bureau

Chief
Fairlawn Police Department

Education



F.B.I. Academy



U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protection School

Web References (3 Total References)


Permission was immediately granted for ...

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Permission was immediately granted for Shihan LaMonica and Shihan Garcia to form their own schools of Ju Jutsu.

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Mr. LaMonica is the Director and Chief Instructor of the Hakko Denshin Ryu Ju Jutsu Federation for North and South America and continues to teach Hakko Denshin Ryu at his dojo in Copley, Ohio.He has promoted Hakko Denshin Ryu and the martial arts, bringing information about this unique art to students locally and around the world.
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The last levels: Shihan, Kaiden Shihan can only be given and authorized by the founder in the Honbu Dojo in Saitama Omiya Japan.


At the completion of this study, ...

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At the completion of this study, Mr. LaMonica was awarded the license of Master Instructor or Shihan.

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Shihan LaMonica 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.
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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.
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Shihan LaMonica has also received many honors over the years.
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Shihan LaMonica began his 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 study, he 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.
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Shihan LaMonica, 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.


Hakko Denshin Ryu Jujutsu History

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Permission was immediately granted for Shihan LaMonica and Shihan Garcia to form their own schools of jujutsu.In a spirit of cooperation, they have chosen to call their new style by the name of Hakko Denshin Ryu, or The heart of the Eighth Light School.It shares many stylistic elements with the art of Hakko-ryu, going back to the origins of that art in Okuyama Yoshiharu.

Mr. LaMonica is the Director and Chief Instructor of the Hakko Denshin Ryu Jujutsu Federation for North and South America and continues to teach Hakko Denshin Ryu at his dojo in Copley, Ohio.He has promoted Hakko Denshin Ryu and the martial arts, bringing information about this unique art to students locally and around the world.Shihan Garcia and Shihan Yasuhiro also continue to teach at their respective dojos.
Shihan Garcia, Shihan LaMonica, Shihan Irie

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