Hanshi Rick Jessee was a member of the Seishinkai Karate Union of Japan and had earned the title of Shihan. Upon the passing of Soke Shogo Kuniba in 1992, Hanshi ventured away from that organization. In 1995 he founded the Tenbukan in order to provide some kind of organizational structure for his students. This was also a way to incorporate others who practiced the Japanese and Okinawan arts. He chose the name Tenbukan directly from the his Korean organization Chun Moo Kwan. If the characters are written in Kanji, a Korean will pronounce it Chun Moo Kwan, if a Japanese person pronounces the same kanji they will say Tenbukan. Both translate to Heavenly Warrior Clan or group. He did this to stay true to his martial arts philosophy of the Heavenly Warrior. The Heavenly Warrior is one who believes that we are guided by our Heavenly Father in all things and we in our martial arts serve our fellow man and do so by using what we learn to protect the weak, encourage the meek and being positive effluents on our students and others throughout our journey through life.
Hanshi began martial arts training in Judo / Jiu-Jitsu in 1963. 53 years total training.
Instructors: Hirokazu Sato (Judo & Jiu Jitsu).
Richard Ballergion (Karate & Jiu Jitsu),
Shogo Kuniba (Karate & Jiu Jitsu),
An Tae Ho and Kang Shin Ho ( Korean Hapkido),
Hanshi Victor Moore (Karate).
Earned 1st Dan and opened first school at age 17.
Trained in USA and Asia (Japan and South Korea).
Lived and taught in South Korea for 6 years.
Founder of: Rick Jessee Martial Arts which houses
the Tenbukan Bujitsu Renmei, Chun Moo Kwan Hapkido USA, Chun Moo Kang Soo Do and Tactical Combative divisions.
Martial Arts systems:
Motobu Ha Karate Jitsu
Motobu Ha Shito Ryu Karate Do
Kuniba Ha Goshin Budo Jiu Jitsu
Nihon Tenbuku Ryu Aiki-Jiu Jitsu
Chun Moo Kwan Hapkido
In 2016 Grandmaster Jessee was elected to co-chair a testing for Mr. Travis Ginn who was a Korean Karate stylist. Grandmaster Jessee and Master Ginn began to have frequent conversations which ultimately revealed that Master Ginn wasn’t happy with his current style and organization and was in search of the deeper meaning of Karate. Something that Grandmaster Jessee was all too familiar with. After many such conversations Master Ginn decided to make the move and join RJMA Tenbukan branch. Grandmaster Jessee seeing great potential in Master Ginn decided to give Master Ginn his very own branch of RJMA but this presented a logistical problem. Master Ginn was a Korean Karate stylist and the RJMA Tenbukan was a Japanese branch. There was however a solution. Master Ginn would have to transition from Korean style to Tenbukan Shito Ryu Karate Do. Being that Master Ginn’s Korean Karate style was based on a Japanese karate system would make the transition much easier than expected and in late 2016 Master Ginn was awarded the probationary grade of 7th Dan that is typically awarded to RJMA branch chiefs and given three years in which to complete the transition. There was another problem, how to include the students in this transition without overwhelming them. It was agreed that while the transition was ongoing Master Ginn would retain his Korean format at his school and gradually orientate the students to the new Japanese format. He would simply call his teaching Chun Moo Kwan Kong Soo Do which is the Korean pronunciation of Tenbukan Karate Do until such time when the students were prepared to fully integrate into the Japanese format. At that time the teaching of Master Travis Ginn will be Tenbukan Karate Do which is Grandmaster Jessee’s interpretation of Shito Ryu Karate Do and Tenbukan Kobudo and Aiki Jujitsu. Master Travis Ginn’s diligent work towards this goal paid off to the benefit of all his students, RJMA and Tenbukan Bujitsu Renmei. The transition is now complete and Master Ginn has fully converted over to Tenbukan Shito-Ryu Karate-Do. He has recently been appointed to the President's position of Tenbukan Bujitsu Renmei and is fully dedicated to growing the association to a whole new level!
Kyoshi Eubanks began studying martial arts when he was only 11 years old. That was over 32 years ago and today he has experience in Karate, Kempo, Aikido, Jujitsu, Judo to name a few. His highest ranks being an 8th dan in Shuri-Ryu and Shorei-ryu. He continues to train, teach and experience the arts in his day to day life.