John F. Ralph, the Shihan (Master Instructor) at the East Coast Koju-Kai Karate Center, is an 8th degree
Black Belt with over 34 years of Budo (martial arts) experience. This American Dojo (school) reflects the
proper etiquette and hard training of a traditional dojo found on the island of Okinawa, Japan. Located in
Aberdeen, New Jersey, in Monmouth County, the East Coast Koju-Kai offers the student a unique and
unforgettable journey through the world of Japanese-American martial arts.
Born in Longbranch, NJ, John Ralph is a long-time resident of Matawan and Keyport, NJ. He is a successful
businessman and sole owner of the East Coast Karate, and he is dedicated to the personal growth,
development and success of his students.
Shihan John Ralph has 20 years experience as a professional Protection Specialist (bodyguard) and
Private Investigator. He provides protective services including: one-on-one bodyguard; protective
entourage; protective chauffeur; family protection and security; advance work; and security counseling. He
has worked with U.S. Customs and county law enforcement in Miami and Jacksonville, Florida to track down
counterfeiters. He earned a college degree in Criminal Justice and was certified by the United States
Academy of Private Investigation, Beverly Hills, CA. Mr. Ralph has also served as a Martial Arts Instructor
for local police departments in New Jersey.
Ralph Shihan is affiliated with the International Martial Arts KoJuKai based in Farmington, CT, headed by
Dr. John Palais Hanshi (Grandmaster), a 10th degree Black Belt. He is also affiliated with World Champion
Master Kevin Thompson's Black Belt Karate Association based in Montclair, NJ. Ralph Shihan's diverse
martial arts background reflects a wide range of disciplines and "cross-training," including: Japanese
Goju-ryu, Kyokushinkai and Shotokan Karate-Do, Judo, Aikido, Aikijitsu; Muy Thai of Thailand; Korean Tae
Kwon Do and Hapkido; Brazilian Jujitsu; American Kickboxing and Shootfighting; and Philippino weapons
His combined experience includes standup fighting, takedowns, ground fighting and submission holds. As
of 2003, Ralph Shihan was the 1st Dojo Instructor in the state of New Jersey to be certified in Haganah
F.I.G.H.T. Self-Defense System, based on Israeli military hand-to-hand techniques.
Ralph Shihan has a long list of martial arts accomplishments, some of which include:
Recipient of "The Samurai Award" from "The International Federation of Jujutsuans (I.F.O.J.J.), Martial Arts
University; October 2006.
"Silver Achievement, Hall of Fame" 2000 Inductee, American Okinawan Karate Association (AOKA)
"Hall of Fame" 1996 Inductee, World Karate Union
"Most Outstanding Martial Artist" Award (1991), New Jersey Professional Karate League, Inc.
Black Belt Karate Fighting Grand Champion
Professional Kickboxing Coach, Trainer & Manager for FFKA & K.I.C.K.
Cornerman / Co-trainer, K1 Heavy Weight Andrew Sullivan; Brookdale
college, Kyokushinkai trained
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Master John Ralph (Shihan)
John Ralph Shihan in the air for a Flying Side Kick
against Matt Bozza, 5th Degree Black Belt.
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