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Shin Dojo Kancho
Robert M. Rivers
7th Dan, Shihan

Dai Nippon Butokukai, Kyoto, Japan, Shihan, Renshi


7th Dan, Shihan, ISKU Shito Ryu Karate

6th Dan, Renshi, Okuirisho, Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo

6th Dan, Renshi, Kobudo

6th Dan Motobu Ryu
4th Dan, Toraken Ryu Sogo Kempojutsu
4th Dan, Toraken Ryu Kempo-Karate

3rd Dan, Toraken Ryu Jujutsu
2nd Dan, Hakko Ryu Jujutsu

1st Dan, Uchida Ryu/ Tosei Ryu Tanjojutsu


Shihan Rivers holds a 7th degree black belt. His Shihan Teaching License and Renshi Shogo are directly from the prestigious Dai Nippon Butokukai.


He has received commendations from the US Senate, US House of Representatives, the Virginia Senate, and the Romanian Ministry of Sport as a member of the World Champion USA Kempo Karate team in 2003 at the IKF World Championships in Bucharest, Romania. An IKF Gold Medalist and former NBL nationally ranked competitor, he is now a martial arts historian, sought after seminar teacher and lecturer.


He has studied the Shito Ryu, Motobu Ryu, Kempo, Shorin Ryu, and Goju Ryu Karate methods extensively for many years.


Sensei's ranks are not a collection of certificates. All his certifications are linked together historically through the associations he has dedicated himself to. Sensei actively trains in and teaches each discipline.

Sensei tries to take the mystery out of classical training and provide classes to the local area that transcend a hobby or day care. Just a few minutes  with Sensei will convince anyone that martial arts are indeed a way of life.


Sensei Rivers is a law enforcement officer in Virginia.
Shito Ryu Karate Do
Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo
Motobu Udundi Kobujutsu
Toraken Ryu/ Hakko Ryu Jujutsu
Uchida Ryu/ Tosei Ryu Tanjojutsu
Isshin Ryu Kusarigamajutsu
Shin Dojo has promoted many
Black Belts in its 25 year history. Our
Primary Instructors today are;





Shin Dojo Chief Instructor

Wesley Brown
Shidoin License, DNBK
5th Dan, ISKU
3rd Dan, Kobudo
1st Dan, Jujutsu
1st Dan, Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo
1st Dan, Kempo

Leo Rivera, Sensei, Norfolk, VA

3rd Dan, ISKU
1st Dan Kempo


Josh Dunham
3rd Dan, Tae Kwon Do
1st Dan ISKU


Shin Dojo Program Manager


Emily Spurr, Sensei
Shidoin License, DNBK
3rd Dan, ISKU, DNBK
1st Dan, Kobudo

James Benslay, Sempai
1st Dan, ISKU
1st Dan Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo
1st Dan, Tae Kwon Do
1st Dan, Kook Sool Won

Jessica O'Brien
1st Dan, ISKU
1st Dan, Kobudo