Valentino, Kyoshi, Chief Instructor
With over 40 years of experience in the martial arts, Kyoshi
Valentino holds a 7th-degree black belt in Chito-ryu Karate
and a 2nd-degree black belt in Koseido-ryu Jiu-Jitsu.
Valentino's training began informally under the guidance or
his father Anthony "Val" Valentino who was both
a student of Koseido-ryu Jiu-Jitsu founder Dewey Deavers and
a hand-to-hand combat instructor for the U. S. Navy during
World War II.
Valentino's formal training began in 1972 under Hanshi Joseph Hedderman,
10th-degree black belt in Koseido-ryu Jiu-Jitsu, 9th-degree black
belt in Chito-Ryu Karate and head instructor of the Allegheny County
Budo-kai in Pittsburgh Pa. He has also achieved the Chuden level
in Koseido-ryu Jui Jitsu and in 2004 began the study of Tongbei
Quan ,Xingyi and Bagua Zhang with the Yin Cheng Gong Fa.
Valentino was the 1986 National Champion of the United States Chito-ryu
Karate Federation, and the co-captain of the U.S. Team in the 1987
Chito-ryu World Championships held in Kumamoto, Japan. He is the
vice chairman emeritus of the United States Chito-ryu Karate Federation
and is a former member of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, Japan's oldest
martial arts society. He was awarded the title of Renshi (master
of training) in 2002 and Sensei of the Year Award at the 2002 and
2004 Chito-ryu National Banquets.
Valentino has also taught self-defense classes to the community
and developed and helped institute a martial arts curriculum for
high school students.
addition to his martial arts skills, Kyoshi Valentino holds a Master's
Degree in Counselor Education and has served as a high school counselor
for the past 25 years in the North Allegheny School District. He
is also a former recipient of the North Hills Jaycees Outstanding
Young Educator of the Year Award.
Renshaw , San-Dan, Assistant Instructor
Mr. Renshaw holds a third-degree black belt in Chito-ryu Karate
and has studied karate and Koseido-ryu Jiu-Jitsu with Kyoshi
Valentino for over 18 years. He is one of the assistant instructors
for adult classes, coordinates the children's karate program
and helps manage the general operation of the dojo. He holds
Bachelor of Science Degrees in Communications and Psychology
from the University of Pittsburgh and is the Vice President,
Education Programs at Quantum Simulations, Inc., an education