Prof Clark

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 Prof. Rick Clark was born December 4th, 1948 and began his life long study of the martial arts in 1962.  Prof. Clark is deeply indebted to his first instructor Mr. Wesley Hughes who instilled in him the desire to continue his practice of the martial arts.  Mr. Hughes demonstrated outstanding dedication to the martial arts and his desire to pass on his skill and knowledge when many would have give up.  Mr. Hughes was in a tragic car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down, yet he would coach his students from the side of the mat in his wheel chair.  This dedication to teaching the martial arts has always impressed and humbled Prof. Clark.

From the beginning of his training in the martial arts Prof. Clark has been exposed to the concept of cross training.  In the early days most of the martial arts to be found in the U.S. was Judo.   Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Aikido were practiced in the U.S. but tended to be in the larger cities or perhaps in military bases.  At that time martial arts schools were not as numerous as they are today.  So when a visitor would come to the Dojo they would be welcomed and asked to participate in the class, and even teach some of their favorite techniques.  They would even offer what they could in a short period of time if they practices a different martial art. 

This cross fertilization of martial arts offered the genesis of  the current system taught by Prof. Clark.  Over the years Prof. Clark has had the opportunity to train with a number of instructors who have felt he had the skill and understanding to be ranked in their system.   Because Prof. Clark has trained with a number of different instructors and their styles he has been awarded various ranks.  In the past this has led to some confusion with his student because they would question the origin of a particular technique.   The late Grand Master Remy Presas (founder of Modern Arnis) offered the advice to Prof. Clark that he should form his own association and name the system of techniques he taught.  While this was sound advice Prof. Clark was reluctant to venture out and name a style of martial arts that he was teaching.  However, it became increasingly difficult to separate the individual arts from the blended style he was teaching.  After further suggestion by Grand Master Remy Presas and from his students Prof. Clark adopted the name Ao Denkou Jitsu for the style he was teaching and Ao Denkou Kai for the organization. 

Ao Denkou roughly translates as "blue lightning",  the lighting is for the "zing" of electricity you feel when a pressure point is struck or manipulated.  "Ao" or blue is in respect to Chung Do Kwan (Blue Wave) from which Prof. Clark studied from 1966 under Chung Nak Young. 

Ranks Prof. Clark has been awarded are:

8th Dan Ryukyu Kempo

7th Dan Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan

7th Dan Ju-jitsu

5th Dan Judo

3rd Dan Modern Arnis

1st Dan Hapkido

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