Grandmaster Gary Rasanen has been training in the martial arts since age
11, including of Judo, Yudo and Ju-Jitsu. After reaching his dan levels
in these arts he then studied the art of Shotokan karate.
Rasanen is the founder of the Long Island Judo and Martial Arts Association.
He is the New York State Representative for the World Combat Arts Federation.
He holds the rank of Grandmaster of Yudo under the Martial Arts U.S.A.
Judo Association. He is a patron life member and black belt rank examiner
for the United States Judo Association and he is a board member and black
belt examiner with the Hoteikan System of Martial Arts.
Rasanen holds black belt rankings in the arts of Judo, Yudo, Hakkoryu
and Sosuishiryu Ju-Jitsu and Shotokan Karate.
Grandmaster Rasanen also founded a new system of self defense - R.E.A.L.
- which means Resilient Effective Assertive Limitless Street Situation
Self Defense System. It was developed to help build confidence and teach
the average man, woman, or child how to respond in a situation where confrontation
might put their physical safety at risk. It incorporates some raw forms
of Hakkoryu, Sosuishiru and Shizen Ryu Jiu-Jitsu as well as hard core
forms on self defense into its system. Grandmaster Rasanen belongs to
several other martial art associations and has declined membership into