Gary Boaz is the Founder and Chief Instructor of Independent Aikido Alliance and has developed Kyusho Aikido™. He has been a student of the martial arts since May of 1990 when he started his path in Aikido under Shihan Bill Sosa.
In January of 2000, Boaz Sensei resigned from Sosa's organization and joined forces with Fred Mastison Sensei of Aikido of Phoenix, an independent school in Phoenix, Arizona. Under the tutelage of Mastison, Boaz Sensei attained the rank of yondan, or 4th Degree Black Belt.
In late 2008 hefounded the Independent Aikido Alliance; an organization designed to bring together individuals who are serious about their training in the art of aikido
In the spring of 1994, Mr. Boaz was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After an eye-opening experience where he realized that once on the ground he had very little idea of how to defend himself, he began studying this amazing art of self-defense on the ground and continues to study today. He mixes street and sport style submission with the practicality of pressure point striking along with the philosophy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to bring a well-rounded groundfighting system to his students.
May of 1999 brought about a major turning point for Gary. He was introduced to Kyusho-Jitsu (pressure point fighting), by 9th Degree Black Belt Master Jim Corn. Master Corn began teaching Mr. Boaz how to incorporate kyusho into his martial arts and self-defense classes. Corn introduced Boaz to Shihan Evan Pantazi, founder of Kyusho International™. He went on to become a senior level member of KI and was an internationally certified 4th Level Instructor for Kyusho International™. Other arts studied, although informally, include Indonesian Silat, Ryukyu Kempo Karate, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Modern Arnis, and various forms of Defensive Tactics.
Mr. Boaz now teaches very practical forms of self-defense through the martial arts experience that he has gained over the years. In addition to his traditional martial arts training, he also received certification as a Master Level Defensive Tactics Instructor for Force Options of Phoenix, AZ and is a graduate of the Front Site Firearms Training Facility. He has worked with law enforcement, military, corrections and various other agencies around the country.