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This profile was last updated on 10/27/04  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. Shihan Palumbo

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Employment History

  • Founder and Director
    Hakkoryu Martial Arts Federation
  • Chief of Police
    Denver Police Department
  • Teacher
    University of Colorado

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Honorary Lieutenant
    Denver Police Department


  • Bachelor of Science Degree , Transportation and Manpower Management
    University of Colorado
  • Master of Science , Psychology , Counseling and Guidance
    University of Northern Colorado
Web References
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Shihan Palumbo is the Founder and Director of the Hakkoryu Martial Arts Federation (HMAF), attaining the title of Kaiden Shihan SanDai Kichu (Holder of the Deepest Secrets/Three Great Foundation Pillars)and the SHIDO Defensive/ Initiative Tactics Institute (DITI).These businesses, with practitioners worldwide, have their headquarters in Denver, Colorado.Mr. Palumbo's martial arts craft and business expertise were earned as he developed a career in the U.S. Air Force.He joined the military in 1960, having already studied martial arts for two years.After serving 10 years as an enlisted airman, the Air Force sent him for advanced training.Upon graduation he was appointed an officer and served a distinguished 22 years in Military Intelligence, earning the rank of Major.Among his assignments was a tour of Vietnam where his aircraft was shot down twice, he was twice captured and twice escaped.It was during his first military assignment in Japan that Mr. Palumbo began his study of Hakkoryu (School of EightLights) JuJutsu that would culminate November, 1963 with his earning the rank and title of Shihan-only the 5th non-Japanese to earn that ranking.As with most military careers, Mr. Palumbo moved about the world.He returned to the United States in 1964 where he taught Hakkoryu JuJutsu while earning his Shodan (lst Degree BlackBelt) in Shotokan Karate one year later.In 1966, Mr. Palumbo returned to Japan and remained there for four years, continuing to teach Hakkoryu, and studying Shotokan, Shudokan and Goju-Ryu Karate.Once again stationed in the U.S., Mr. Palumbo began teaching his craft at the University of Colorado.During the next 10 years, he continued both his educational and martial arts efforts, receiving his promotion to Sandan (3rd degree Black Belt) in Shotokan Karate and both his Bachelor of Science Degree in Transportation and Manpower Management from the University of Colorado and his Master of Science in Psychology, Counseling and Guidance from the University of Northern Colorado.Though he had received a personal request in 1970 from Soke Okuyama, the Head Master of Hakkoryu Jujutsu, to return to Japan for personal instruction, it wasn't until 1980 that Mr. Palumbo was able to work with head Master Okuyama.In the summer of 1986, following intensive training and testing, Mr. Palumbo was awarded the title of San Dai Kichu (Three Great Foundation Pillars)--the highest ranking possible in Hakkoryu JuJutsu.Sharing his extensive martial arts training, Mr. Palumbo has trained members of the U.S. military services, the Ohio State Patrol, Denver Police Department, Aurora Police Department, members of the Office of Special Investigations, the Air Force Security Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the United States Treasury Department.Among many awards was his recent appointment as Honorary Lieutenant by the Chief of Police of the Denver Police Department.Combining his martial arts skills with his business expertise, Mr. Palumbo operates a martial arts school, a martial arts supply company, a Shiatsu training center, and is writing his fourth book.
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