PHIL HEADER

As chief instructor for the Budokai, Sensei Phil Ortiz has studied martial arts for over 40 years. Beginning his career in Shorin-Ryu Karate under Sensei Ansei Ueshiro and Sensei James Wax, Shotokan Karate under Sensei Kurt Blackwood and Judo under Sensei Carl Jameson.

He began to study iai under Otani Sensei in 1972. Currently he holds the rank of Shichidan (7th degree black belt) in Muso Shinden Ryu and Rokudan (6th degree black belt) in Ryushin Shouchi-ryu under Yahagi Sensei.

He also has a teaching license in Kyudo under Kanjuro Shibata Sensei. He also is a student of Kybado (horseback archery) and Jodo.