Hachidan in Danzan Ryu Jujutsu
He has been actively involved in martial arts since 1976. Mike was born in Germany, and immigrated to the US at the age of 12. Months after arriving in the United States, he began learning Jujutsu under Professor David Bellman. Other Jujutsu Professors, instrumental to his education, are Prof. Tony Muran, Prof. Tim Lynch, Prof. Dom and Helen Carollo. He is equally grateful for the many years of Aikido and Toyama Ryu Battodo instruction he received from Obata Kaiso in those arts. Michael Esmailzadeh is also thankful for having studied the Inayan system of Eskrima under the direction of Mangisursuro Mike Inay, Suro Jason Inay and Masirib Guro Jena Inay. He also wants to thank Shihan Russ Rhodes for the teachings he has provided in that system.
Mike has also trained in a variety of other martial arts/sports, including fencing, wrestling and Iaido. He trained and taught within the Chinese Gung Fu schools of Tai Mantis (Kam Yuen) and Wu Tang (Jason Tsou). He is currently continuing his education in Chinese Martial Arts by studying Bagua Zhang under Maija Soderholm.
In 1990 he left Los Angeles for Oakland, and founded the Suigetsukan Dojo. Suigetsukan now consists of 1700 sq./ft of mat space, and living quarters for Mike and five others. Mike currently teaches Toyama Ryu Battodo, Aikido and Jujutsu. He also co-teaches women’s self-defense classes.
|Sensei Jonathan Largent has studied martial arts and Danzan Ryu Jujitsu for over 25 years He began his martial arts career at the young age of 7 years old with Shihan Richard Pietrelli at the Fusuikan Martial Arts Center where he eventually became the Senior Youth Instructor. Once finishing his college studies, Sensei Largent moved to the Bay Area in 2003 and began studying DZR with Professor Michael Esmailzadeh at Suigetsukan Dojo, where he has studied for the past 9 years. In 2007 Sensei Largent co-founded the Kiriishi Kai dojo in Arcata, California and served as the President of the Kilohana Martial Arts Association from 2010 through 2011. He has also cross trained in various other martial arts over his lifetime.He holds the rank of Godan in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu|
|Rebecca Wong has been training at Suigetsukan Dojo since its founding in 1991. She is an instructor and Board member of Suigetsukan, and has a 3rd degree Black Belt (Sandan) in Aikido as well as in Danzan Ryu Jujutsu. She also holds a rank of Nidan in Toyama Ryu. She teaches with ASAP – an API collective teaching awareness and self-defense for Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls. She also serves as an active Board member for Girl Army women’s self defense collective.Rebecca works in a community mental health services program providing case management and money management services to the homeless in San Francisco.|
|Jorin Bukosky began his training with Mike Esmailzadeh Sensei in 1991 when Suigetsukan opened in Oakland. When Suigetsukan could house students, Jorin saw this as an excellent opportunity to further his training and teaching skills and leapt at the chance to become an uchi-deshi. After nine years as an uchi-deshi Jorin left the program, but continues to train and teach at the Dojo. Jorin has trained in all the arts offered at Suigetsukan and holds the rank of Godan in Danzan Ryu Jujutsu, Sandan in Aikido, Sandan in Toyama Ryu Battojutsu and is a Level 3 Apprentice Instructor in Kadena de Mano.|
Gina Rossi Rehal began training martial arts at Suigetsukan in 1992 and has been teaching at Suigetsukan since 1999. She holds the ranks of Yondan in Danzan Ryu Jujutsu, Sandan in Aikido, and Yondan in Toyama Ryu Battodo.
She was born and raised in Oakland, California.
|David Wilson started serious martial arts training in 1987, studying Wado-Ryu Karate under Hidetaka Abe Sensei. He got Shodan rank in 1990 and Nidan rank in 1994. It was a great honor for David to receive his Nidan certificate directly from the head of the Wado-Ryu style, Hironori Ohtsuka Soke, during one of Hironori’s rare visits to the U.S. David is the head instructor for the Albany YMCA Youth Karate Program.David was fortunate to study under Miyako Tanaka Senseiin Tendo-Ryu Naginata from 1991 to 1992. David started training in Sword with Mike Esmailzadeh Sensei.David is currently one of the instructors at Suigetsukan Dojo in Oakland and holds the rank of Sandan in Toyama Ryu Battodo.|
|Sam Larson has been studying at Suigetsukan since 1995, and the rank of Yondan in Danzan Ryu Jujutsu and a Sankyu in Aikido.Sam is originally from North Carolina, and moved to the Bay Area in 1991.|
|Alexander Ang-Angco holds the rank of Sandan in Aikido, Sandan in Toyama Ryu Battodo and Gokyu in Danzan Ryu Jujutsu. He began training Danzan Ryu Jujutsu at Suigetsukan in 1996, then Aikido and Sword in 1997. Since then, he has participated in various demonstrations for Suigetsukan with Professor Mike Esmailzadeh. He continues to train and teach.Alex was born in the Philippines and spent his childhood in Papua New Guinea. He moved to California in 1995.|
|Timothy Sheehan began his martial arts training under Mike Esmailzadeh at Suigetsukan in 1997. Jujutsu became a larger part of his life over the years, culminating in an extended stay in Japan from 2006 to 2007, where he studied traditional jujutsu and sword-drawing. Upon returning to the US, he refocused his efforts on his Danzan-ryu studies, and currently supplements his jujutsu practice with explorations into Chinese martial arts. Tim holds a sandan in Danzan-ryu and the rank of shomokuroku in Sosuishi-ryu.|
|Ocean Mottley began training martial arts at Suigetsukan in 1999. He found the dojo through the Free Skool at the Long Haul (Berkeley). He took his first class as a requirement for a women’s studies class [Politics of Sexual Violence] at City College of San Francisco that he was enrolled in along with Sensei Tim Sheehan. He has trained in Danzan Ryu Jujutsu (Sandan) at the dojo as well as Muay Thai (Four smokers), Judo (Sankyu), and Brazilian Jujitsu at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Modern Combatives (Berkeley). He began teaching classes in 2006 and has also worked with Girl Army.|