Jason May Kyoshi is Kaicho (founder/chief) of the Nan Sho Budo system and director of Southern Pine Institute of Martial Arts. Since stepping on the path of martial arts education in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1985, he has been fortunate to find teachers of various styles to broaden his skill set and enhance his teaching style.
Kyoshi holds advanced rank in multiple systems and continues his studies in Gow Ren Lu Kempo Gung Fu, Progressive Arnis, Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Seiho-ha Iaido, Common Sense Self Defense (C.S.S.D), Inner Wave Pencak Silat and Morin Kun Tao Silat.
He is an active member of the Gow Ren Lu Kempo Gung Fu International Association, Progressive Arnis and Kamishinkai International. In years past, he instructed in officer survival tactics for Kentucky Department of Corrections C.E.R.T members and Greensboro Police Department. Currently, he continues as a guest instructor at seminars around the United States, Spain and Portugal.
He earned an Associate of Arts from Guilford Technical Community College, a B.A. in Psychology, a B.S. in Business Administration and a Disciplinary Honors Certificate in Business Administration from Lloyd International Honors College at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Current Titles & Rank:
Soke-Dai – Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido Seiho-ha – August 2020
Kyoshi – Promotion under Hanshi Ron Carlson – October 2018
Renshi – Promotion under Kyoshi Troy Price – August 2015
Nan Sho Kempo Jujutsu – 6th Degree Black Belt (Hanshi Ron Carlson)
Gow Ren Lu Kempo Gung Fu – 6th Degree Black Belt (Hanshi Ron Carlson)
Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido Seiho-ha – Shodan (Outer Tradition) and Chudan (Middle Tradition) (Sensei Michael Sullivan)
Progressive Arnis – Lakan (Black Belt) (Guro Chad Bailey)
Progressive Arnis – Paga Pagturo Certification (Advanced Instructor) (Guro Chad Bailey)
C.S.S.D – Modular Blade Instructor Level 1 (Grand Master Bram Frank)
C.S.S.D – Presas Bolo Instructor Level 1 (Grand Master Bram Frank)
Modern Arnis – 1st Degree Black Belt (Lakan Antas) (Jon Douglas)
Kamishinkai Aiki-Jujitsu – Provisional 1st Degree Black Belt (Hanshi Don Phillip)
Kirin Kempo – 1st Degree Black Belt
Tae Kwon Do – 1st Degree Black Belt (Master Michael King)
Inner Wave Pencak Silat – Permission to share basic forms and applications (Guru Daniel Prasetya)
UMAA Excellence in Instruction Award-2018 (Professor Robert Austin)
Kentucky DOC Commissioner’s Silver Service Award for Superior Performance – 2015 (Commissioner LaDonna Thompson)
Kentucky DOC Commissioner’s Gold Service Award for Superior Performance – 2014 (Commissioner LaDonna Thompson)