Founder Doug Cobb

About the Founder - Doug Cobb

Soke Doug Cobb

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Bachelor of Science Professional Degree in Chemistry, 1982

Scientific Experience:
Working Professionally as a Chromatographer Since 1982

Personally researched numerous scientific studies, papers & articles that related to human nature and survival mechanisms physiologically or psychologically that may improve what and how self-defense is taught in our system.

Martial Arts Experience:
Gendai Goshin Jitsu – Founder (Raleigh, NC)

In May 2004, we officially announced the introduction of Gendai Goshin Jitsu. Master David Riddle, Sensei Vance Taylor and students held a belt ceremony formerly recognizing the new system and me as its founder. With the support and blessing of many of my instructors including Master Carl Mangione, Master David Riddle and Professor Ernie Cates, this decision was made with the utmost respect of all martial arts. Promoted to 8th Dan by the AMAA in 2006 as the Head of Gendai Goshin Jitsu.

Isshinryu Karate-Do & Kobudo ( Burlington, NC with some study in Jacksonville, NC & Tarboro, NC)
Began study in September 1975 and currently holds the rank of Roku-Dan or sixth degree black belt. Have been teaching students in private, semiprivate and group programs. Isshin-ryu is unlike many of the more common arts in that it incorporates more natural stances and hand positions. This facilitates learning and usefulness.

Jiu Jitsu / Ju Jitsu
In order that I may better understand, apply and teach traditional grappling techniques based on the science of the human anatomy, I began my study of Hakkoryu jiu jitsu in 1983. My ju jitsu was further enhanced by the teachings of Soke ‘Skip’ Koepke of Seki Ryu Ju Jitsu. Soke Koepke promoted me to Roku-dan (6th degree black belt) Seki Ryu Ju Jitsu on June 1, 2008.

At the same time my study of jiu jitsu began, judo was part of the teachings by those instructors. With background in both the Hakkoryu and Kodakan systems, I have found each possess its unique and advantageous elements as taught by my instructors. My Kodakan instructor is Professor Ernie Cates.

Kodokan Goshin Jitsu (Burlington, NC)
My rank is Ni-Dan or second degree black belt under Professor Ernie Cates. This art’s focus is solely on street self-defense techniques. Under my instructor, at the heart of this art is its use of the natural elements of adversarial physiology and psychology.

Neko Ryu Goshin Jitsu (Burlington, NC & Seattle, WA)
Under the instruction of Professor Ernie Cates, my appreciation and knowledge of the principles surrounding the martial arts was tremendously enhanced. The importance of teaching from that premise is one of the many benefits received from studying in his style of Neko Ryu Goshin Jitsu. My current rank in Neko Ryu Goshin Jitsu is Go-dan (5th degree black belt).

Other Arts Studied & Recognition Received: International Combative Arts (Mix Martial Art Combining Soft Chinese Styles w/ Small Circle Ju Jitsu & Silat), Weapons of the Philippines: Arnis/Escrima/Kali, Pikiti Tirsia Knife Fighting, Aikido & Executive Protection Defensive Tactics; 2004 Inductee into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Soke of the Year; 2006 Inductee into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Founder of the Year; 2006 Inductee into the AMAA Hall of Fame as Grandmaster of the Year; Promoted to 8th Dan by the AMAA in 2006 as the Head of Gendai Goshin Jitsu; Re-inducted into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame (2008) as an alumni and Self-Defense Grand Master of the Year; Awarded a Ph.D./Ma.D.Sc, Doctorate of Martial Arts Philosophy & Martial Arts Science by the University of Asian Martial Arts Study (2008)

Membership: Life Member of the United States Judo Association

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