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Bio for Professor Bob Karnes 1/2018 A work in progress

Prof. Bob Karnes

How I discovered Sparks Judo and Jujitsu School ( now the Bushidokan)

I first visited the Bushidokan Dojo (then called Sparks Judo and Jujitsu) in 1973. I was outside this big red building, with a high school classmate, as we walked inside I saw glowing planets and stars hanging from the black light lit ceiling in the stairway. On the mat there were two groups of people. One group of students was doing hand escape arts, another group throwing each other, and one person was sitting on the mat writing in a notebook. The thing that caught my attention the most was the person writing in the notebook. Although having no knowledge of any martial arts I thought this must be a special Martial Art.


How I found a professional calling
After returning to southern California and live there for my senior year of high school 10 years or so I returned to live in the Reno, Sparks area. The year was about 1982. At the age of 28 I was at a meeting with a government job program called CETA. The nice lady slipped me a piece of paper while telling me that my mom made too much money for CETA to help me. The piece of paper had the phone # of the head nurse of the state psychiatric geriatric locked unit. I moved to a building over to work at the State Locked psychiatric adult psychiatric ICU ward as a mental health technician. As a 160 pound 5 foot 11 inches youngster I found that the challenge here against 300 pound or 80 pound crazed clients some times with multiple attackers I knew that I was way over my skill level to survive.

Finding a Martial Art school

I had forgotten about Sparks Judo and Jujitsu Dojo but remembered the word Jujitsu. I needed to learn self-defense and more importantly the calm physical and mental confidence to survive the violent job. I looked up in the newspaper for a Jujitsu class. I signed up in 1982 or so at the Sparks Recreation center. I started my first DanZan Ryu Jujitsu class with Ginny Kietzkie. Sensei Ginny was an Ikkyu 1st Brown belt. Our small School moved a few times then I was transferred to Herb LaGue, Sensei ( who was Ginny’s Sensei ) in 1985 or so at the rank of Nikyu 2nd brown belt to the Bushidokan Dojo. I was awarded the rank of Shodan 1st Black Belt in a promotion with 6 other Bushidokan Shodan's about 1986.


Brief info about DanZan from Professor David Scheid and Master Okazaki DanZan Ryu history

Master Okazaki’s (January 28, 1890 – July 12, 1951) Danzan Ryu (Hawaiian Island System) resembles Judo of the Kodokan only to the extent that many of the techniques are the same. The course, requirements and emphasis are all different. Moreover, Danzan Ryu includes within it the old system of Yawara; techniques of defense against the knife, gun and sword; as well as the use of the Tessen (fan). It also includes many Jujutsu techniques which have been lost by other schools of Jujutsu. See more at Bushidokan web site


Healing arts in DanZan Ryu

As I started DanZan Ryu study I was introduced to the Okazaki Massage sometimes called Japanese restorative therapy or Seifukujutsu in 1982.This study and practice is a continuous life time study. Master “Henry” Okazaki made his living in these arts Honolulu, Hawaii at his Nikko Sanatoruim while teaching his martial arts system DanZan Ryu.

Sensei or school head


I taught classes as an assistant instructor then as Sempai I taught my own morning or night class as a volunteer at the Bushidokan then at my own school continuously for about 35 plus years to the present. I was a co-Sensei with Suki LaGue, Sensei at the Bushidokan for a few years and I also opened two other schools one in Montana and one in Cold Springs, Reno Nevada and now I am the Sensei of Golden Sage Martial Arts with Alicia Karnes co-Sensei or Sensei ni at a US Army Garrison Fitness center in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Professional work related to the martial art training

I have used the healing arts and martial arts of DanZan Ryu and DanZan Ryu Zenyo Bujutsu in many jobs. Such as a State on Nevada mental health therapist (MHT), teenage boot camp counselor, as max security forensic specialist prison guard, mental health worker for the developmentally disabled, events security guard, casino bar bouncer, and as a massage therapist. 


I was awarded the rank of Godan with the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation (AJJF)
I was awarded the title of Professor, Shichidan 7th Degree Black Belt, Shihan with the Bushidokan Federation in the art of DanZan Ryu Zenyo Bujutsu in 2004 under Professor Herb LaGue, Shodai. I, Robert (Bob) Karnes, a.k.a. Bobasan, currently holds the rank of Hachidan 8th Degree Black Belt as of January 25, 2018 Sensei of Golden Sage Martial Arts with Alicia Karnes co-Sensei or Sensei ni at a US Army Garrison Fitness center in Wiesbaden, Germany.

I have written my own kata manual and many stories passed down to us...Stories from the Dojo is a book needed to be put together about our tradition and stories passed down to us from our senior instructors, I am on it!

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