Shihan Earl DelValle Biography


Shihan Earl DelValle

Shihan Earl DelValle’s martial arts journey began in 1987 after wrestling in high school. Shihan DelValle began studying Judo at the Sarasota Academy under Rene Duchesne until November of 1990, when he enlisted in the Navy. While stationed in San Diego, California, Shihan DelValle continued his Judo and Ju-Jitsu training as a member of the All Navy Judo team.

In 1991, after a transfer to the Great Lakes Naval base, he met Shihan Andrew Gruenwald, who taught Judo and Nokido Ju-Jitsu. Despite a subsequent transfer to Virginia Beach, Virginia, Shihan DelValle continued to train under Shihan Gruenwald, while also studying Karate and teaching Judo and Ju-Jitsu at the Kyoshinkan Karate School, under Lenny Jordan.

Upon his discharge from the military in 1994, Shihan DelValle returned to his hometown of Sarasota, Florida, and continued to study and teach Judo, Ju-Jitsu and Karate, eventually opening his own school in 1995 under the direction of his instructors.

In 1996, Shihan DelValle began a law enforcement career with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department. Shihan DelValle continued his Martial Arts studies and his teaching of Ju-Jitsu and Judo at his school, until 1998 when he transferred to the Sarasota Police Department to become a Patrol Officer.

In 2000, Hanshi Gruenwald passed away from a cancerous brain tumor. Hanshi Gruenwald named Shihan DelValle his successor to Nokido Ju-Jitsu and the United States Director of Nokido Ju-Jitsu.

In 2001, Shihan DelValle began to formally study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Wolfpack BJJ. This year also saw Shihan DelValle and Nokido Ju-Jitsu officially certified by the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation (USJJF.)

In 2002, Shihan DelValle taught Ju-jitsu, Judo and Karate at the Sarasota Alliance Church. He was also promoted to Vice President of United States Ju-Jitsu of Florida, and also became a member of the Special Operations Division-Explosives Material Unit for the Sarasota Police Department.

In 2003, Shihan DelValle was promoted to Detective for the Sarasota Police Department, and also awarded the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation’s Instructor of the Year Award. Shihan DelValle assisted teaching Judo and Ju-Jitsu at the Y.M.C.A. in Sarasota and Defensive Tactics to police officers, as well as study Brazilian Jiu-jitsu with Professor Charles Dos Anjos.

In 2004, Shihan DelValle was promoted to Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Professor Dos Anjos.

In 2005, Shihan DelValle relocated his Ju-Jitsu and Judo class to the YMCA in Sarasota. This year also saw promotions to Godan (5th degree black belt) in U.S. Ju-Jitsu and Nokido Ju-Jitsu, and Yondan (4th degree black belt) in Karate and USA Traditional Kodokan Judo.

In 2006, Shihan DelValle was certified by USA Judo, the national governing body for Judo, and also certified as a USJJF Referee. Tragically, Shihan DelValle was also severely injured in the line of duty, an event that precipitated several months of physical therapy. It was during this time that Shihan DelValle started the Internet Crimes Against Children unit for the Sarasota Police Department.

In 2007, Shihan DelValle was appointed to the USJA Technical Official committee, certified as a Judo Referee, and awarded a meritorious service medal by the SPD. Shihan DelValle began to teach full time at the current North Port Nokido Ju-Jitsu location.

In 2008, Shihan DelValle was promoted to Yodan for USJA Judo and purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. However, he was also forced to retire from his law enforcement career due to the injury received in the line of duty.

In 2009, Shihan DelValle was promoted to Shihan (Master) in Kyoshinkan Karate. At the USJJF awards banquet, he was recognized for leadership in the state of Florida, and coached the 2009 U.S. Ju-Jitsu National Championship. This year saw his promotion to Rokudan (6th degree black belt) in U.S. Ju-Jitsu and Nokido Ju-Jitsu by the USJJF, and Godan (5th degree black belt) in USA Traditional Kodokan Judo. Shihan DelValle became an Instructor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Nokido Ju-Jitsu became a certified Wolfpack Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu affiliate and training center.

In 2010, Nokido Ju-Jitsu was recognized by Jujitsu America. Shihan DelValle was recognized by the United States Judo Association’s Ju-Jitsu Division as a Rokudan and Master Examiner in USJA Ju-Jitsu. He was also recognized by USA Judo, as a Yondan. 2010 also saw Shihan DelValle and the Nokido Ju-Jitsu Yudansha posthumously promoted Shihan Andrew Gruenwald to Kudan (9th degree black belt) in Nokido Ju-Jitsu.

In 2011, Shihan DelValle was recognized by the International Judo Federation and the Pan American Judo Confederation. Shihan DelValle also became a registered purple belt under the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.

In 2012, Shihan DelValle coached 20 Members of Nokido Ju-Jitsu to become the Jujitsu America National Champions in fighting and self defense. Shihan DelValle taught at the National Convention and was recognized by Jujitsu America.  Shihan DelValle was also certified by USA Judo in Visually Impaired Coaching.

In 2013, Shihan DelValle was promoted to Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

In 2014, Shihan DelValle was awarded Instructor of the year from Jujitsu America.  Professor Charles Dos Anjos promoted Shihan DelValle to Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  The IBJJF also promoted Shihan DelValle to Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

In 2015, Shihan DelValle’s Godan rank in Judo was recognized by the United States Judo Association and USA Judo.   Shihan DelValle also became a Master Examiner in Judo.

In 2016, Shihan DelValle was promoted to Black Belt Instructor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Dos Anjos. Shihan DelValle was also given a Coaching Award for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Professor Dos Anjos.  USA-TKJ also promoted Shihan DelValle to Rokudan in USA Traditional Kodokan Judo.

Despite the fact that Shihan DelValle is physically disabled, he chooses to focus on his abilities and continues to serve Nokido Ju-Jitsu and his students with his instructional ability, coaching, refereeing, technical training, and management and likes to just be called; Sensei. Shihan DelValle continues to Mentor is students and is the Director/Head Instructor at Nokido Ju-Jitsu, Judo, and BJJ in North Port, Florida.

Shihan DelValle’s Ranks:

Ju-Jitsu  – Rokudan – Renshi – U.S. Ju-Jitsu, Nokido Ju-Jitsu, WJJF, JA-Jujitsu

Judo –  Rokudan – USA Traditional Kodokan Judo, Godan – USJA

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Black Belt, Instructor – Wolfpack BJJ, IBJJF

Kyoshinkan Karate – Godan – Shihan – Kyoshinkai

 

 

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