Professor Bill Beach
Professor Bill Beach (1928-2012) and the emblem of the Hawaiian
Jiu-Jitsu System, Inc.
Professor Bill Beach, Kudan, is Founder and Director of The
Hawaiian Jiu-Jitsu System, Inc. It was incorporated February 1,
1971. He was born December 15, 1928 in Baxley, Georgia, USA.
History and Training
He began his martial arts training in 1950 with Professor Ray L.
disciple of Professor Henry S. Okazaki and co-founder of the American
He continued his martial arts training in Hawaii through the
Professor Richard S. Takamoto, son-in law and student of Professor
Okazaki, as well as training on the mainland under various instructors,
and systems. In 1960, he was appointed Southeastern Regional Director
American Judo and Jujitsu Federation (AJJF). He was appointed to the
Board of Directors in 1962.
He organized the Kodenkan Karate Association in 1968 in eight states
mainland. In 1971, he consolidated all of the activities of the
Association and the Southeastern region of the American Judo and
Federation, including additional states in which the above activities
existed at the time, and incorporated the Hawaiian Jiu-Jitsu System,
Inc. with the
national headquarters located in Jacksonville, Florida.
On November, 18, 1994, he retired from the position of safety
the Department of Public Utilities, City of Jacksonville, Florida.
Professor Beach was active in development, and special programs
for the Hawaiian Jiu-Jitsu System, Inc., including Law
Defensive Tactics, Submission and Control, Loss Prevention and Risk
for law enforcement officers and agencies.
Prof. Beach passed away on August 16, 2012.
Update from Prof. Stephen L.
Barber - 8/17/2012
To All Who Knew Prof. Bill
It is with great sadness that
I bring to you the news of the passing of Prof. Bill Beach. Prof.
Beach passed away peacefully in his sleep last night in the home of his
niece, Cheryl. She found him this morning when she went in to
check on him and found him “asleep” in his bed.
For all who know his niece,
Cheryl’s labor of love for her Uncle Bill has come to its end and
she is to be commended for the long, faithful, and loving tender care
she gave her Uncle Bill during his last days with us. Knowing
Prof. Beach’s faith in God, we all know he is doing sutemi on the
streets paved in gold!!!
As soon as arrangements are
made, I will communicate them to all.
In Ohana, Aloha!!
Prof. Stephen L. Barber
The Hawaiian Jiu-Jitsu
Martial Art Ranks
- Professor, Judan - Tenth Degree Black Belt, The Hawaiian
- Professor, Godan - Fifth Degree Black Belt, The Kodenkan Karate
- Professor, Godan - Fifth Degree Black Belt, Tang Soo Do Karate
- 1966 - Conducted the first free-style jiujitsu tournament proving
deadly art of jiujitsu when properly applied, could be used safely in a
competition setting. This established a precedent for future
the eventual acceptance of jiujitsu as a national sport by the Amateur
Athletic Union of the United States.
- 1967 - Certified by the Florida Police Standards Council as an
in Police Defensive Tactics with authorization to instruct in law
and correction facilities.
- 1971 - Approved to receive federal grant funds for the purpose of
and certifying Police Defensive Tactics Instructors, under the
established by the United States Justice Department Law Enforcement
The selection of Bill Beach for the program was made over many
schools and law enforcement training facilites world wide.
- 1979 - The Hawaiian Jiu-Jitsu System was recognized by the
Athletic Union of the United States together with the American Jujitsu
Institute and the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation, on the original
contract in which jujitsu was officially accepted and recognized by the
as a national sport on the same level with Judo, Karate, and all other
sports sanctioned by this national governing body.
Prof. Bill Beach and his brother Prof. William R. Beach at the
Hawaiian Jiu-Jitsu System, Inc. convention in Houston, TX on Nov. 2.
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