Brief History of Miyama Ryu Combat Jujutsu
Combat Jujutsu in WWII
The origins of Miyama Ryu combat jujutsu stretch back over half a century. In 1942 Antonio Pereira, a young American soldier, was participating in a hand-to-hand demonstration. When ordered to punch one of the instructors in the face, he complied, only to find himself whipped around into a chokehold.
During World War II, Pereira learned as much as he could about specialized combat methods. He continued to experiment and practice with the techniques, refining them sometimes under life and death situations.
A Warriors Quest for the Ultimate Martial Art
After the war, his warrior's quest for additional knowledge took him to many schools in search of martial prowess. In 1950 he began a formal study of judo with the Lefcoker brothers. He began to research how victims of crime were attacked and devise methods of practical defense.
Responses Against Real Street Attacks
In 1960 he opened a martial arts school on Tremont Avenue, in the South Bronx, New York. He called his rough-and-tumble method of fighting Combato. But the puzzle was still not complete.
In 1962 he embarked on a journey to Japan. His plan was to study from the source, and perhaps to gain a better sense of the martial principles.
Training in Japan with the World's Best
As he observed the practice at the Aiki Kai (Aikido school), Pereira recognized similarities to what he had been doing all along. Pereira set out to learn the more refined methods.
His fierce resolve and dedication won him many honors. Among them were a teaching certificate from then-Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba (son of the founder of Aikido), and a Ni dan in Judo from the Kodokan (the birth place of Judo).
Pereira returned to the United States and resumed teaching at the Tremont School. Periera would later earn a San Mokuroku in Sosuishitsu Ryu Jujutsu, a Koryu (Jujutsu), from the then current Headmaster Professor Shitama.
Samurai Self-Defense Refined For You
Knowing that the Western life style and philosophy differs from the Eastern, he adapted the physical techniques and mind set of the Samurai Warrior to the culture of the dangerous streets of the modern, urban South Bronx.
In effect, he created one of the few combat methods suited for today's streets. He combined elements of Judo, Aikido, Koryu Jujutsu, Karate, Boxing, and the less organized, but no less effective element of Western street-style fighting.
In 1964 he formalized the name of his eclectic method Miyama Ryu Jujutsu, which means School of the Three Mountains in English, or Tremont in French. This was the avenue on which the school was located.
In 1973 Pereira researched the classical ranking system of Japanese systems. He decided to use the ranking structure and nomenclature of the Japanese martial arts, both classical and modern. He took the title of Shinan.
A Worldwide Organization to Serve Your Needs
Shinan Pereira died in 1999 and with him the era of Tremont as the center of Miyama Ryu came to an end. Miyama Ryu Combat Jujutsu has branched out from the tough streets of the South Bronx to several countries on several continents.
Not only is Miyama Ryu Combat Jujutsu taught to civilians, but it has been used in the design of courses for United States Federal agents, taught at police and law enforcement academies across the world and is still being refined today by two Dai-Shihans, D'Arcy Rahming and Dr. William Duke, and an international Executive Committee led by Shihan Robert Aviles Sr.
Info and Timeline of Events
Born: Nov. 27, 1922 Birthplace: Caguas, Puerto Rico
1930: Moved to New York City at the age of 7
1943: Antonio Pereira joined the U.S. Army and served as a sniper. Learned Combato from commandos during WWII in Australia.
1950's: Antonio Pereira returned to New York and continued practicing jujutsu and judo with the Lefcoker brothers.
1960: Antonio Pereira opened the Tremont School of Judo and Jujutsu in South Bronx, New York City.
1962: At the age of 39, Antonio Pereira traveled to Japan to study at Kodokan and at the Aikikai (home school of aikido). He formally studied aikido, judo, and jujutsu for 6 months. He was awarded a teaching certificate in aikido from Kisshomura Ueshiba. He was awarded a San Mokuroku in Sosuishitsu Ryu Jujutsu from Professor Shitama Fukuoka. He also earned rank of Nidan in Kodokan Judo from Sensei Kotani. He returned to NY to teach aikido at the Tremont School. He realized formal aikido was not suitable for the residents of the Bronx. He then created a new jujutsu system that was adapted for the streets and called it Miyama Ryu Jujutsu. Antonio Pereira assumed the title Shinan, which means 'originator' or 'new idea'.
1985: Shinan Antonio Pereira is elected to the Jujutsu America's Black Belt Hall of Fame. Shinan Antonio Pereira became the president of the Dai Nippon Sosuishitsu Ryu Jujutsu.
July 16, 1999: Shinan Antonio Pereira passes away at the age of 76.