Sensei Chris Ritchie Biography


Sensei Chris Ritchie was born in Bangkok, Thailand and moved to the United States at a young age. Sensei Ritchie grew up playing competitive organized sports and enjoys competition. Sensei Ritchie started his martial arts journey when he moved to Florida in the beginning of 2005. Some of Sensei Ritchie’s passions include, cooking, hunting, fishing, and anything martial art related. Sensei Ritchie is married and his wife also practices Nokido Ju-Jitsu and Judo.  Sensei Ritchie and his wife were founding members of the Special Team of Role Models (Storm Team).

Sensei Ritchie began to study Martial Arts at the North Port Family YMCA with Sensei Paul Lockwood, a certified Black Belt under Shihan DelValle. Sensei Ritchie instructed classes at the YMCA as an orange belt when Sensei Lockwood moved to Sarasota to pursue a law enforcement career. Sensei Ritchie taught at the YMCA until Shihan DelValle agreed to help Sensei Ritchie continue teaching classes in North Port. Sensei Ritchie is an excellent instructor and is continuing his education in Martial Arts while teaching classes with Shihan DelValle. Sensei Ritchie has studied Nokido Ju-Jitsu & Judo and continues to pass on his knowledge of Nokido techniques in their purest form.

Sensei Ritchie is nationally certified by the USJJF, Jujitsu America, Wolf Pack BJJ and the USJA. Sensei Ritchie accomplishments include, 2007 Disney Martial Arts Festival Gold medalist in Gi Grappling, 2008 Disney Martial Arts Festival Silver medalist in Sport Ju-Jitsu, 2009 Gold medalist and National Champion for the U.S. Ju-Jitsu National Championships in Niagara, New York. Sensei Ritchie was awarded the Ohana award by Jujitsu America at the 2010 Jujitsu America convention. Sensei Ritchie is the first of Shihan DelValle’s Black Belts to reach Nidan, second degree black belt.

In 2012, Sensei Ritchie was promoted to Nidan by Jujitsu America and was certified as a National Coach for Judo. Sensei Ritchie was promoted to Purple belt by Professor Charles Dos Anjos and Shihan DelValle.  Sensei Ritchie became the first independent owner of a Nokido Ju-Jitsu chartered dojo and continues to lead Nokido Ju-Jitsu into the future.

In 2013 Sensei Ritchie attended the Gracie Immersion Camp and was promoted to Nidan in Judo by the USJA.

In 2015, Sensei Ritchie was promoted to Sandan in Nokido Jujitsu, JA and U.S. Jujitsu.  Sensei Ritchie also received his third stripe on his Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Sensei Ritchie’s Certifications:

United States Ju-Jitsu (Sandan, Instructor, National Champion – Ju-Jitsu fighting Gold medalist, Nokido Ju-Jitsu & Judo Instructor, and Kata Certified in Ju-Jitsu & Judo, Sandan USA-TKJ)

Jujitsu America (Sandan, Ohana Award, National Champion – Self Defense Silver medalist)

United States Judo Association (Nidan, Instructor, Judo & USJA Ju-Jitsu, Technical Official, Referee, Kata Certified, National Coach, VI Coach.)

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (IBJJF, Purple belt 4th degree, Self Defense Instructor, under Charles Dos Anjos)

 

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