GrandMaster James Corn
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Jim Corn started Karate in 1969. His first instruction was at a Seibu-Kan dojo in Washington Indiana, at the age of 15. He had received the rank of brown belt before entering the United States Army at age 18. While in the Army he trained as a light weapons infantryman and paratrooper. At that time he was assigned to the 1st/509 Airborne Brigade in Mainz, Germany as part of the 8th Infantry Division. During his time in the military he competed on the 1st/509 Airborne Brigade Boxing Team. His military training also afforded him the opportunity to study other forms of martial arts such as; Tae-Kwan-Do, Judo, Fencing, and Shoto-Kan Karate. Leaving the military in 1974 he started studying Katai-Te-Ryu under 8th Dan Gene Gross. Master Gross was a personal student of Mamoru Yamamoto, the founder of Yoshi-Kai. Master Gross also trained under Doctor Chitose, the founder of Chito-Ryu. He continued his studies under Master Gross until 1986, and obtained the rank of 4th Dan in Katai-Te-Ryu.
In 1986 Jim met Master George Dillman, at Indiana University. He became fascinated with Master Dillman’s theory of Kata Bunkai, according to the principles of Chinese medicine. With Master Dillman he found that the principles of Kyusho-Jitsu and Tuite was the missing key that he had searched for in the martial arts. He became a full time student and began to follow Master Dillman around the United States in order to learn his principles and theories. Along the way he was fortunate enough to train with other notable instructors, those included Professor Wally Jay, and Remy Presas. He currently holds the rank of 8th Dan from Master Dillman. During his studies with these instructors he owned and operated his own martial arts school in Petersburg Indiana from 1979 – 2004. In 2009 in again started teaching locally in Petersburg and Washington, Indiana.
He considers himself very fortunate to be able to take part in spreading the principles of Kyusho-Jitsu throughout the world. He has expanded his interest in Kyusho-Jitsu to include Chi Projection and other energy work and mind-body integrating through visualization. He considers realistic application of pressure point strikes in self defense techniques the fastest way to learn Kyusho-Jitsu. He continues his research into Chi development and the Mind-Body Integration by teaching seminars in the United States and around the world on these topics, and other aspects of Kyusho-Jitsu.
During his studies he has developed four training DVD’s that contain several aspects of the art that he teaches. These DVD’s are broken down by levels and content so that they are educational on all martial arts levels. The DVD’s are sold through private sales in the US and Internationally.
Having grown up in a rural area he literally grew up carrying a .22 rifle through the fields and woods of southern Indiana. He was also very lucky to have a father that had a vast knowledge of all types of firearms. He benefited from that knowledge long before he ever entered the military. After the Army he became interested in handguns and has been a competitor in USPSA/IPPSC matches since 1979.
Jim has attended shooting schools throughout the country to include both rifle and pistol courses. He has attended courses at Front Sight, Handgun 101 with Cumberland Tactics, and Advanced Tacticall Handgun with American Small Arms Academy.
Through his training he has created an integrated defensive firearms course that includes Kyusho-Jitsu striking, edged weapons work, and CQB handgun which has resulted in the Kyusho Tactical Applications Course( K.T.A.C.). This is a unique course that contains several different areas of study. The course combines pressure point striking, defensive handgun, weapons disarms, and offensive edged weapons techniques. These courses are taught through Copperhead Road Defensive Concepts which is owned and operated by Mr. Corn.
Mr. Corn has been a Master Level Instructor with Kyusho International since its beginning. Recently he has become an independent instructor in the art of Kyusho-Jitsu and plans to continue spreading the knowledge he has obtained in all aspects of this art.