Charles Onaje Lucas – Dojo-Cho

Life-time studying martial arts:

Charles is the founder and owner of the Rukasu Budo Dojo. He has been studying martial arts most of his life; he was first introduced to martial art by his father William E. Lucas III.

Charles trained many different martial arts off and on over the years, before coming to the Bujinkan Dojo.

He began his studying the in the Bujinkan Dojo in summer of July 14th 1992 at New York Budo under the direction Jean-Pierre Seibel, Shidoshi. He also studies Budo & Ninpo Taijutsu at City university of New York’s Hunter College between classes at the Shinobi Warriors Arts Club.

He first starts teaching in 1995; he was admitted into the Nine Gates Institute/ Shadows of Iga Society: Marishi-Kai instructors guild; as an assistant instructor he taught warm-ups and Kenko Undo, in late 1995 he was asked to take over the Hunter College training group. In the spring of 1997, he was promoted by Jean-Pierre Seibel to shodan (1st degree) & in 1998 was promoted to Nidan By Jean-Pierre Seibel, Shidoshi. He was awarded the junior teaching license Shidoshi-ho (Junior Instructor) by Stephen & Rumiko Hayes, Shihan, An-shu and in 1999 he found the Rukasu Budo Dojo 1999 (upon the retirement and closing down of New York Budo in 2000.

He closed his a school down from 2003 to 2004 training off and on with many instructors. He quit training in in Martial Arts from 2004 to 2010 to focus on work and his career and shugyo (Self-Training). In 2010 he return training at the Tanjiki Dojo in Manhattan and start under Anthony M. Lucas, Shihan and the different instructors teaching of Tanjiki Dojo space at the time from 2010 to 2013.

Charles was promoted to 2012 to Sandan (3rd degree), Yondan (4th degree), In recommended 2013 for Godan (5th Degree), 2018 to 2021 he is recommended for Rokudan (6th degree), Shichidan (7th degree), Hachidan (8th degree), Kudan (9th degree) by Anthony Lucas, Shihan.

Japanese teachers, Isamu Shiraishi, Shihan, Toshiro Nagato, Shihan, and Yukio Noguchi, Shihan s as well as the Bujinkan Dojo Soke, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi.  

His American instructors that has training with over the years, carol ceramicoli stefula, Sensei, Jean-Pierre Seibel, Shidoshi, Stephen & Rumiko Hayes, Shihan (No Longer in the Bujinkan and founders of Toshin-do), Joe Maurantonio, Shihan, Jack Hoban, Shihan, Sean Askew, Shihan, Jeff Christian, Shihan, Paul Masse, shihan, Duncan Stewart, Shihan, Alex Meheen, Shihan, Moti Nativ, Shihan, and Anthony Lucas, Shihan.

On January 18th, 2013 he was recommended for the Sakki Shinsa by Isamu Shiraishi, Shihan and passed Sakki Shinsa and was awarded Godan and the title of full Shidoshi. He continues to train and study budo and ninpo taijutsu, by attending workshops, seminars, and classes throughout the year with many Bujinkan dojo teachers and instructors to get a full picture of Hatsumi, oke teachings, art, and Budo Taijutsu. 

Charles Lucas is an active member of the Bujinkan Dojo, International and he is a member of the Bujinkan Dojo, international’s Shidoshi-Kai (Instructors Association). Charles has trained with a number of Bujinkan dojo instructors over the years. He returned from the Japan and started training and teaching again in his home in his living room and in 2014 starting on the 3rd of his home a training space to teach martial arts and life-skill to others.

Life-time Study of Japanese healing arts:

Charles began his exploration of Japanese healing arts as a way to balance out his training in Japanese Martial Arts it was a requirement for a New York Budo and the Bujinkan Kasumi-An training.

Charles studying Shiatsu the 1990’s as part of his training in martial arts. He has been practicing shiatsu off and on since 1995. He began his study of Japanese Shiatsu under Shirley Roberts, she was a student of New York Budo and Graduate of both the Ohashiatsu Institute and at the Swedish Massage Institute in New York City; Charles continues his education in shiatsu under Kumiko Kanayama.  Charles’ explore Japanese healing arts was a way to balance out his training in Japanese martial arts; during his time at New York Budo.

He also learning First Aid and CPR was a requirement from Shodan (First Degree, Black Belt, and A requirement for instructors), along with learning traditional Japanese resuscitation techniques.

Currently; Starting in 2013 after return from Japan and earning his Godan (5th degree); Charles decide continue training, study, and practice of Japanese healing traditions, Shiatsu, Kampo, and Reiki and complete is these certifications.

Charles began seeing a connection between touch and wellness and want to explore and find a connection between shiatsu and Reiki and under how ki moves through the body in and out.

He is completing his Reiki Master Certification under Michelle Shinagawa.  

Charles is the study and completing his shiatsu certification under his teacher Kumiko Kanayama.

He is a Black Belt:
Charles a Shihan (Licensed Instructor) currently holds in the Bujinkan Dojo rank is Judan (10 degree).

He is Still a White Belt, you must keep the beginner’s mind:

He is a white belt student in, Aikido, Aikijutsu, Judo (kodokan & Kossen), Shorinji Kempo, shuriken-jutsu, kenjutsu, iaijutsu/Iaido, Jo, kyudo, naginata, and bokkendo.

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