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Instructors & Staff
Vladimir Soroka

9th degree Black Belt (Kudan)
Chief Instructor, Your Best Defense Martial Arts Center and Three Streams Aikibudo

Started in Martial Arts in 1968, serious regular training in Aiki Ju-Jutsu since 1970.  Teaching adults and children for more than 35 years.

Biographical Information:

  • Shibucho (Ohio, USA) for European Daito Ryu Aikibudo DaitoKai

  • Menkyo Shihan, Kudan in Aiki-Bujutsu

  • Menkyo Shihan, Rokudan in Yawara Ryu Aiki-Ju-Jitsu

  • Menkyo Shihan, Rokudan in Goshin Aiki Jujutsu

  • Godan in Aikido

  • Sandan in Daito-Ryu Aikibudo Sensei, for European Daito Ryu Aikibudo DaitoKai

  • Sandan in Minna Jiu-Jitsu

  • Sho-Dan in Shotokan Karate.

  • Certified by International Combat Jujitsu Union ICMUA as an International Instructor and International Examiner.

  • Awarded Official Teaching License by Martial Arts Masters World Federation (MAMWF) and American Federation of JuJitsu (AFJ) of the U.S.A.

  • Awarded Teacher’s Diploma, Renshi Instructors License by Kamishin-Kai International and Samurai Jujutsu Association International, approved by Hanshi Siegfried Boedeker and Menkyo Shihan Frank N. Newton.

  • Certified Full Instructor of Valencia Lameco Escrima (view certificate).

Personal Mentors:

  • Antonino Certa – Shihan, President, Technical Director and Chief Instructor of the European Daito-Ryu Aikibudo Daitokai, Milan, Italy

  • Siegfried Boedeker – Soke, President of the Samurai Ju-Jitsu Association International.President of the World Ju-Jitsu / AIKI – Bujutsu Federation, Nippon Yawara Ryu Aiki JuJutsu Renmei, Kamishin-Kai International, All Japan Ju-jitsu International Federation and IFMAOM (International Federation of Martial Arts & Oriental Medicine) Representative in Germany. Löhne, Germany

  • Felix Valencia – Guro, Head Instructor of  Valencia Lameco Escrima, L.A., California


  • Member of International Association EUROPEAN DAITO RYU AIKIBUDO DAITOKAI

  • Member of Aikido Instructors Organization.

  • Member American Federation of Ju-Jitsu (AFJ) of the U.S.A.

  • Member of International Combat Japanese Martial Arts Union

  • Member of International Combat Bujutsu Union

  • Member of European Samurai Ju-Jitsu / Aiki Society

  • Lifetime Member of International Combat Jujitsu Union ICMUA

  • Lifetime Member of International Combat Aiki Jujutsu Union

  • Lifetime Member of International Combat Escrima Association

  • Lifetime Member of Independent Martial Arts Federation (IMAF)

  • Lifetime Member of NYRAJJR (Nippon Yawara Ryu Aiki-Ju-Jitsu Renmei)

  • Lifetime Member of International Combat Aikido Union Association

  • Lifetime Member of Martial Arts Masters World Federation

  • Was a personal student of Sensei Elliot Freeman for the 14 years

Member of the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame

Recipient of Gold Life Achievement Award (inducted 1999)

Soroka Sensei is not presently affiliated with the Aikikai Foundation.

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