Professor Clyde Zimmerman, 7th Degree Black Belt, began his training in Martial Arts in Sherman Oaks, California in 1959. He studied Kodokan Judo, Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, Shotokan Karate, Kung Fu and Aikido. He has been actively involved in Martial Arts for over 37 years.
In 1963 he started teaching the 1st Judo Program for the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department, opening a dojo at Encino Park. Soon additional dojos were started at the Encino Recreation Center, Tarzana Park and others. He was an assistant instructor at U.S. Judo School in Van Nuys, California, with senior instructors, Hayward Nishioka, Yash Nagatoshi, Gene Mauro, Danny Sakugawa, Gene Matsumoto and others. He was also an assistant instructor for David Chow at the Downey Y.M.C.A.
In 1965, he went to St. John's College in Camarillo, California and turned the Encino Recreation Center Dojo over to German National Judo Champion, Juergen Wahl. In 1966 Prof. Zimmerman started a competition judo team at St. John's College.
After college, Prof. Zimmerman went into Law Enforcement and was a guest instructor at the Los Angeles Police Academy. He soon moved to Northern California and became the Chief Instructor of Defensive Tactics for the Northern California Regional Training Center in Santa Rosa, California and an instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College. He traveled all over the western United States teaching for various law enforcement agencies. He was a P.O.S.T. certified instructor and holds a California Teaching Credential. He was asked to develop the defensive tactics for the State of California under the new "Goals and Objectives" program of the Police Officers Standards and Training.
Prof. Zimmerman and his family then moved to Hillsboro Oregon and again he opened several schools, teaching Jujitsu and Judo. He taught for several police agencies in the area and was a B.P.S.T. certified instructor. He taught many seminars in Washington, Oregon and Northern California.
The Zimmerman family next moved to Gardnerville, Nevada and Prof. Zimmerman opened a dojo in Carson City, Nevada. The dojo has flourished and in April of 1996, the dojo moved to a new location that is twice the size of the original site.
Prof. Zimmerman and his dojo have received awards from the Governor of the State of Nevada, and the Mayor of Carson City, Nevada. Prof. Zimmerman has received the Luciani Service Award, the Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai Instructor of the Year Award, the American Jujitsu Institute Instructor of the Year Award and others. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai and is often a guest instructor for the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation and other martial arts organizations.
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