The Jukido Academy, in Palm Coast, is the longest-standing martial arts school in Flagler County.
Palm Coast recently played host to a who’s-who in Jukido Jujitsu.
Sensei George Rego began learning the martial art of Jukido Jujitsu at age 8. One of Rego’s instructors since a young age was Master Paul Arel — the founder of the sport. Arel is a former U.S. Marine who began training in Jukido Jujitsu in 1950. Arel practiced nonstop until his death in January 2009. Rego’s second instructor is Master Greg Howard, who is the current Jukido Jujitsu master as a seventh-degree black belt.
Over the weekend of Friday, Dec. 3, Howard, along with many other top students of the sport, were in Palm Coast for the seventh-annual Florida Jukido Jujitsi Seminar, held at Rego’s dojo.
A total of 108 participants — children and adults — practiced the art during the three-day seminar, taught by some of the sport’s highest-achieving athletes.
“This was the largest Jukido Jujitsu seminar attended in Florida and the second-largest Jukido Jujitsu seminar attended in 2010,” Rego said.
According to Rego, there were eight black belts from his dojo here in Flagler County, seven black belts from Connecticut, two from California, three from Missouri and many non-black belt students from those states and Washington.
Rego founded the dojo in October 1999, in Flagler County. He said it has been the best-rated martial arts school in town for many years.
The difference between his and many others, Rego said, is the focus is on self-defense tactics.
“Our school is unique these days in that our focus is exclusively on the use of authentic martial arts for practical and realistic self-defense situations,” Rego said, “as opposed to schools that focus entirely on teaching martial arts as a competitive sport to accumulate trophies.”
Rego is a fourth-degree black belt in jujitsu and a second-degree black belt in karate.
He’s been studying the art for nearly 20 years, and he said his school — which has more than 100 students attend classes weekly — is the most-attended Jukido Jujitsu dojo in the world.
For more information about classes, call 445-8754 or go to www.floridajukido.com.