Our Founder
Charles L Plaines, Sr.
March 13, 1944
July 28, 2006

Charles Lionel Plaines, Sr., a native of Brooklyn, New York, had been teaching the martial arts since 1961. He was a 9th Degree Master of Taiho-Jutsu, an 8th Degree Master of Shotokan Karate and a 6th Degree Master of Tai-Jutsu. He faithfully served his country for 13 years during the Vietnam War and held senior black belts in Judo and Aikido. Trained in Japan and the United States, a product of the famed US Air Force Instructor Training Program, he taught combative measures and Taiho-Jutsu to armed forces instructors and police departments worldwide.

Charles was the President of the US Taiho Jutsu Federation and had been inducted into three internationally recognized Hall of Fames. He was on the Board of Directors for the US Ju-jitsu Federation, the US Karate Do Kai, and the International Taiho-Jutsu Federation. Charles possessed an extensive background in law enforcement and investigations. He was an expert in firearms, having trained both local and federal personnel, and was a permanent member of the International Advisory Board of the Police Survival Defense Instructors Institute. He was the Director of the Far Eastern Arts Center located in downtown Waukegan, Illinois and an instructor of investigative and security technology at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. Charles was a mentor and father figure to many and believed that faith and patience was the key to life's journey.

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