A Brief History of Miyama Ryu
Shinan Antonio Pereira
Combat Jujutsu in WWII
The origins of combat jujutsu stretch back over half a
century. In 1942 Antonio Pereira, a young American soldier, was participating in
a hand-to-hand demonstration. When ordered to punch one of the instructors in
the face, he complied, only to find himself whipped around into a chokehold.
During World War II, Pereira learned as much as he could about
specialized combat methods. He continued to experiment and practice with the
techniques, refining them sometimes under life and death situations.
A Warriors Quest for the Ultimate Martial Art
After the war, his warrior's quest for additional knowledge
took him to many schools in search of martial prowess. In 1950 he began a formal
study of judo with the Lefcoker brothers. He began to research how victims of
crime were attacked and devise methods of practical defense.
Responses Against Real Street Attacks
In 1960 he opened a martial arts school on Tremont Avenue, in
the South Bronx, New York. He called his rough-and-tumble method of fighting
Combato. But the puzzle was still not complete.
In 1962 he embarked on a journey to Japan. His plan was to
study from the source, and perhaps to gain a better sense of the martial
Training in Japan with the World's Best
As he observed the practice at the Aiki Kai (Aikido school),
Pereira recognized similarities to what he had been doing all along. Pereira set
out to learn the more refined methods.
His fierce resolve and dedication won him many honors. Among
them were, a teaching certificate from O-Sensei Ueshiba (son of the founder of
Aikido), and a Ni dan in Judo from the Kodokan (the birth place of Judo).
Pereira returned to the United States and resumed teaching at
the Tremont School. Periera would later earn a San Mokuroku in Sosuishitsu Ryu
Jujutsu, a Koryu (Jujutsu), from the then current Headmaster Professor Shitama.
Samurai Self-Defense Refined For You
Knowing that the Western life style and philosophy differs
from the Eastern, he adapted the physical techniques and mind set of the Samurai
Warrior to the culture of the dangerous streets of the modern, urban South
In effect, he created one of the few combat methods suited for
today's streets. He combined elements of Judo, Aikido, Koryu Jujutsu, Karate,
Boxing, and the less organized, but no less effective element of Western
In 1964 he formalized the name of his eclectic method Miyama
Ryu Jujutsu, which means School of the Three Mountains in English, or Tremont in
French. This was the avenue on which the school was located.
In 1973 Pereira researched the classical ranking system of
Japanese systems. He decided to use the ranking structure and nomenclature of
the Japanese martial arts, both classical and modern. He took the title of
Shinan, which means originator.
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Shinan Pereira died in 1999. The original Bronx, NY school had closed after his death but was re-opened by one of Shinan's original students - Shihan Medina, who is continuing the legacy at the original
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Not only is Miyama Ryu Combat Jujutsu taught to civilians, but
it has been used in the design of courses for United States Federal agents and
taught at police and law enforcement academies across the world.