Mark Jordan, Sensei
Mark Jordan grew up in a small town deep in the heart of South Georgia. After graduating from high school, he joined the Navy and served from 1976 to 1982. In addition to his primary duty as a Sonar Technician, he also served as a Security Force Instructor, Nuclear Weapons Guard Team Leader, Shore Patrol Squad Leader and qualified on all Navy "small arms". He got his first real taste for the martial arts through both his military and informal training, and he's been addicted ever since.
Martial Artist In the Making
After his enlistment was over, Mark worked at Ingalls Shipbuilding facility in Pascagoula, MS for Raytheon Service Co. as a test and training supervisor. He acted as liaison between the shipbuilder and the US Navy to ensure all weapons equipment was kept at the highest level of readiness. He also provided technical assistance and training to Navy personnel.
Mark moved to California in 1983, working for Librascope Corporation, in Glendale. As a Customer Training Instructor, he conducted training classes in the theory, operation and maintenance of complex military weapon and combat control computers. He also prepared new training courses and wrote technical manuals.
An Alliance is Formed
In 1987, Mark began formal training in Jujitsu with Prof. George Kirby, an internationally recognized martial arts instructor and author of a number of books including Ju-Jitsu: Basic Techniques of the Gentle Art, and Ju-Jitsu: Intermediate Techniques of the Gentle Art. Prof. Kirby has also written numerous articles for Black Belt, Inside Karate and other specialty martial arts magazines, in addition to creating an 8-DVD video series on the art of Jujitsu.
Mark received his Shodan (First Level Black Belt) in Jujitsu in 1992, quickly began teaching Jujitsu under Prof. Kirby in 1993, and soon took over management of Prof. Kirby's Burbank dojo in 1996, when Prof. Kirby moved to Santa Clarita, CA to start a new dojo there with the Santa Clarita Parks & Recreation Dept.
Later, in 1998, Mark took over the position of Harvard-Westlake Jujitsu Team's Head Coach. Harvard-Westlake is a private school in Studio City (N. Hollywood), CA, and he continues to teach there to this selfsame day. He also offers classes open to the public at large in the same facility.
Over the course of his training, Mark has won seven Div. Titles in Freestyle competition, and two Grand [National] Championships. As a teacher, he has coached numerous Div. Champions, and four Grand Champions.
What He's Up to Now
Mark Jordan, now holding the rank of Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt), continues to be an active part of Prof. Kirby's organizations and endeavors (you can see for yourself in Prof. Kirby's two latest books: Jujitsu Nerve Techniques & Advanced Jujitsu). Mark assists Prof. Kirby, a member of the LAPD Civilian Martial Arts Advisory Panel, in teaching techniques to Los Angeles Police Dept. instructors as a Defensive Tactics Consultant.
Mark is on the Board of Directors of both the Budoshin Jujitsu Dojo, Inc., and the American Ju-Jitsu Association. He performs various administrative duties within those organizations. One of Mark's favorite "pet" projects is the development of martial art programs with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, an after-school program for 'at risk' youth.
What Does This Mean For You?
Today, Mark is broadening his scope AND his horizons. His primary aim is to equip men and women of all ages and skill levels to defend themselves and take control of their personal safety in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds. He encourages interested students to take a moment to look over his resume and contact him for a free consultation and evaluation.
Whether you're a beginner, expert or simply a self-defense instructor interested in bringing in a visiting expert to motivate and encourage your own students, Mark Jordan has a solution that will make your problems disappear!
If you would like to download a copy of my resume in PDF, you may do so by clicking on this link:
Mark Jordan, Sensei Resume
Black Belts Awarded by Sensei Mark Jordan
- Michael Sebastian - 1997
- Paul Hale - 1997
- Ed Diffner - 1998
- Steve "Kimo" Williams - 2002
- Brian Sincomb - 2003
- David Eckardt - 2003
- Daniel Erickson - 2003
- Bobby Hill - 2007
- Willie Huang - 2007
- Ezra Pugh - 2007
- Andy Sparks - 2012
- Antonio Ramon - 2012
- Zoe Walker - 2012
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Title: Mark Jordan, Sensei