Tasshi - Head of Taijutsu Kai Schools of Jujutsu
Ross Iannoccaro started his martial arts training in 1972 at his local Jujutsu and Judo club under sensei Ron Bampfield. He also practiced Judo (2nd Dan) and Karate (1st Dan ).
Sensei Ross opened his first school in 1980 and called the club Taijutsu Kai (a Japanese blanket term for any combat skill, technique or system of martial art using body movements that are described as an empty-hand combat skill or system).
Over the past 40 years, Sensei Ross has achieved many accomplishments and received many National and International accolades including:
Today Ross is the first non-Japanese martial artist to be awarded 7th dan and title of Tasshi “expert master” from Fumon Tanaka Soke, head and grandmaster of one of Japan’s most respected and authentic samurai arts schools. He continues to coach and support his instructors and clubs alongside his son Lee Iannoccaro.
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Lee holds a 3rd-degree black belt in Jujutsu and following in his father's footsteps is a life long practitioner of Martial Arts and Jujutsu. Lee began training Jujutsu in 1996 under his father Ross Iannoccaro and other Taijutsu Kai instructors including Sensei Jon Sharpe and Sensei Rob Tiene.
Lee is a multiple-time Sport Jujutsu, Grappling and Grapple & Strike gold medalist including 1st place at the world Jujutsu championships in Las Vegas.
Lee is a fully qualified personal trainer, first-aid qualified and has been teaching Jujutsu alongside his father for many years and remains stalwart for the future of TJK.