Louisville Judo Club
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Chief Instructor
Carl Brown
8th Dan Judo
1st Dan Jujitsu
Grand Master Imua Kuon Tao Kung Fu

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Shihan ("teacher of teachers") Carl Brown started his judo training in 1956. In 1967, he took second place in the Heavyweight Judo Championship of the South in Jacksonville. The next two years, he won first place.

At 57, he is preparing to return to shiai competition.

Brown holds the rank of Hichidan, 8th degree Judo Black Belt. He also is a Black Belt in Ju-Jitsu and holds Grandmaster status, Red Sash, in Imua Kuon-Tao Kung Fu.

Shihan Brown is a life member of both the United States Judo Association and the United States Martial Arts Association.

He has taught judo in four states.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law (class of 1976), Brown practiced law and held local elective office in the 70s and 80s.

He is the author of THE LAW AND MARTIAL ARTS (OHARA 1996), which may be ordered via amazon.com

Brown is considered the dean of martial arts law and has served as an expert witness in the United States and Canada.

Brown was heavily published in the national martial arts magazines in the early 90s and intends to pick back up with new articles on judo and other topics.

Brown intends to make his home in the Orient in 2010, "so I can learn how to fight...."

He can be reached at: Email: Louisville Judo Club and Phone: 502-479-9941.

The Louisville Judo Club (est. 1958) will resume classes at one of several dojos this fall. He separated his right shoulder from the collar bone and tore a muscle in his left shoulder rotator cup, so we are in a temporary lull.

However, private judo lessons are available for $25 an hour in two hour blocks.

With respect to Aikido Sensei John Kilpatrick, his dojo is up and running. The judo and aikido clubs are affiliated.

Brown calls Sensei Kilpatrick "one of the two or three best martial artists and martial arts instructors he has ever met" and encourages enrollment in aikido classes.
Shihan Brown is truly a teacher of teachers. His mastery of striking, kicking, throwing and mat techniques is sublime. He has been of tremendous help to me in developing myself as a martial artist.

Not only is he a fantastic martial artist and teacher but he is an accomplished writer. He has published numerous articles on martial arts. I found it impossible to put down his book, The Law and Martial Arts. I never imagined that anyone could make a law book interesting. Shihan Brown not only made the book highly informative, but he make it impossible to put down.

Shihan Brown is a true warrior. He is a fierce competitor who likes to fight. He participates in fight club with any rules one wants. He loves sport and competition. When he is not in fight club or on the mat he is playing Chess.

Shihan Brown has been a tremendous friend to me and I am deeply appreciative of his instruction and his friendship.

John Kilpatrick, 5th Dan Aikido, Fukushidoin Aikido, Blackheart Warrior Hikuta, Shodan Judo and Chief Instructor Okolona Aikido.
Shortly after beginning formal judo classes in 1963 at Louisville's Downtown YMCA, I became aware of aikido and waited for the teacher to arise; this student was ready.

But, it was almost half a century later when I met Aikido Master, Sensei John Kilpatrick. I consider him one of the finest martial arts instructors whom I've had the pleasure to know these last 4-5 decades.

Sensei Kilpatrick wrote an important article, "Judo vs. Aikido", which is being considered for publication by Black Belt magazine. Among other observations, he noted that while aiki does not do so, judoka use their feet and legs as weapons.

This is also noteworthy: O-Sensei Phil Porter, Judan (10th degree Black Belt) compiled five hours worth of dvd instruction on how to counter ippon seoinage, "one-arm shoulder throw", the most attempted judo throw at shiai (judo tournaments). I asked Sensei Kilpatrick his take. With a single step, subtle and simple, he showed me how to counter this technique; this response to the powerful throw was the most effective I've witnessed in person or dvd...

Shortly thereafter, I promoted John to the rank of Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) in Kodokan Judo. This is one promotion I will never regret.

Sensei Kilpatrick and I have undertaken to understand and blend our respective Japanese arts and therefore continue the martial arts dialectic, forming a new martial art we call "aiki judo". In addition to throws from both arts as well as judo pins, armlocks and chokes, there will be aiki strikes (while judo has atemi waza, striking techniques, they are banned from competition). We intend to incorporate strikes as well, endeavoring to return to bushi spirit and principles.

John eschews what some call "aikido ballet". He makes the art work, makes it a viable self-defense art, returns it to the real world. He analyzes aikido techniques, teaches those that work and discards those that don't.

There are many paths up the mountain, it is said, and Sensei Kilpatrick walks the true aikido path to the top.

John Kilpatrick is a remarkable scholar of the martial arts and I expect we will learn more about him---and from him---for decades to come.

Carl Brown
8th Dan Judo, 1st Dan Jujitsu, Grand Master Imua Kuon Tao Kung Fu
Louisville, KY

Sensei Brown, ambidextrous, takes a high left grip - usually confounding to his opponent's migi-jezenti (right side, normal holding position). Sensei Brown properly breaks uki's balance (kuzushi) - the first & often neglected step of every judo throw. Sensei Brown drops low and pulls downward hard with his right arm. Sensei Brown modifies kesa-gatame with an ultra-wide leg stretch (note he is on the side of his left leg & pushes with the right). Sensei Brown concentrates on pushing his opponent to the center of the earth.

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