Mr. Ramin Yazhari started his martial training at an early age in the late 1970’s under the tutelage of Grand Master Fred Villari’s black belts at the then called United Studios of Self Defense in Millbury, Massachusetts. Here he received instruction in the art of Shaolin Kempo Karate. While pursuing his Bachelor’s degree, he also practiced Praying Mantis Kung-Fu to enhance his lower body strength and to promote better cardiovascular health.
Mr. Yazhari migrated from Massachusetts to Texas in the early 1990s (to pursue professional opportunities) and was very fortunate to meet and train with Professor Henry Childers (8th Dan Tracy’s Kenpo) starting in the early part of 2001. Under the direct tutelage of this world-class martial artist and Hall of Fame inductee, he has learned advanced concepts of Kenpo as well as applications of Arnis, and Small Circle Jujitsu.
Mr. Yazhari was greatly inspired by his instructor’s vast knowledge of Kenpo, Small Circle Jujitsu, Arnis, and Judo and desired to elevate his martial arts literacy and competence by concurrently pursuing other martial arts that complement his command of Kenpo. He joined the well renowned Karl Geis Dojo and has been fortunate to have been given the opportunity to train with other world-class martial artists at Hanshi Geis’s dojo. Here he focused on advanced Aikido concepts such as balance-breaking, interception of trajectory, joint manipulation, foot strike timing, and Ukemi. He also studied and practiced Judo (Ne Waza, Ashi Waza, and Goshin Jutsu) to help him better handle opponents at extremely close range and on the ground. Finally, he has been focusing heavily on the art of the Japanese 52” stick, to obtain a very solid understanding of the concepts and applications of the Jo stick in real life self defense.
Mr. Yazhari considers himself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to train with outstanding martial artists, and instructors. With decades of experience, thousands of mat hours, and countless seminars attended, he takes pride in his achievements and that of other individuals he imparts his knowledge to. He considers himself a martial arts historian and an avid practitioner of Kenpo, Judo, Aikido and JoJutsu. He currently holds the following Dan ranks and training certifications:
- Tracy’s Kenpo – Nidan (2nd Degree Blackbelt)
- KiHara Aikido – Yondan (4th Degree Blackbelt)
- SMR JoJutsu – Sandan (3rd Degree Blackbelt)
- KGR Judo – Shodan (1st Degree Blackbelt) – Nationally Ranked & Certified by United States Judo Association.
- US Center for Disease Control (CDC) Heads Up (10/15/2020) – Concussion Training for Coaches
- US Center for SafeSport (09/26/2018) – SafeSport Trained
- US Center for SafeSport (10/07/2020) – Recognizing & Reporting Misconduct
Mr. Yazhari is the Senior VP of Information Technology at Optimum Consultancy Services, LLC. With headquarters in Houston, Texas and presence throughout the US, Optimum offers award-winning IT solutions, web design, process automation, RPA, business intelligence, project management, and professional staffing services to commercial, state, and federal entities throughout the United States.