Michael Calandra began his training in 1979. He is the Dai-Shihan of Seito-Sosuishitsu-Ryu. He has trained in Japan with and was certified "Kancho" by the 16th Headmaster of Sosuishitsu-Ryu, Shitama Manzo. In 2003 he severed ties with Shitama Sensei and started the Seito-Sosuishitsu-Ryu line. He is currently the President of the International Seito-Sosuishitsu-Ryu Jujutsu Assn. His article " A Matter of Principle, Sosuishitsu-Ryu withstands the Test of Time", appeared in the September 1993 issue of Martial Arts Masters Magazine. In 2002 he was featured in an episode of "Insomniac" with Dave Attell on Comedy Central. He holds the rank of 6th Dan ( Renshi-Go) in Isshin-Ryu Karate. He is a direct student of Master Kichiro Shimabuku, 10th Dan present head of the Isshin-Ryu system. In 1997 he led the Isshin-Ryu demonstration at the grand opening of the Budokan in Naha, Okinawa.  He is presently the Administrator of the IWKA webpage. He holds the rank of 3rd Dan in Okinawan Kobudo (Ancient Weapons) and is the "Shibucho" (branch director), for the New York branch of the Okinawa Kobudo Doushi Rensei Kai, headquartered in Okinawa, Japan. He is a direct student of Yoshiaki Gakiya, 8th Dan, President of the O.K.D.R.K. He also holds the rank of 3rd Dan in Seitei-Gata Jodo, certified by the All Japan Kendo Federation. In December of 2003 he was   accepted as a "Disciple", of Master Chen Zhonghua. He is authorized by Master Chen to teach the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method of Hong Junsheng. He has had the honor of training with R. Choji Taiani, 8th Dan  Goju-Ryu ,an expert in Bunkai ( analysis of kata ) and the Bubishi on the deeper principles of martial arts. Kancho Calandra has been a member of the NYPD for 17 years. He currently works anti-crime patrol in the Transit Bureau. He is a certified FBI defensive tactics instructor and graduate of the FBI officers survival school. He has trained numerous law enforcement agencies and has also traveled throughout Japan and North America teaching various arts. He is the founder of the P.C.C.T. Institute for Police Control and Cuffing Techniques. Some of the other arts Kancho Calandra has studied are; Iaido, Kendo, Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu, Judo, Naginata, and Escrima.

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