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Shihan Jack Comer

Shihan Jack Comer

Shihan Jack Comer

Shihan Jack Comer began training in the martial arts at the age of 26. He first began his training with the Golden Dragon Ryu Ju jutsu in South Bend, IN.

In 1982, he was introduced to his current teacher, Soke Thomas Burdine and began training in the arts of Aikido. Today, 28 years later, he has achieved the rank of Roku Dan or 6th degree Black Belt.

His training still continues with Soke Burdine today, driving to Lafayette every other week.


Shihan’s Lineage

Soke Thomas Burdine

Soke Thomas Burdine

Soke Burdine, founder of the Kokon Ryu Aikido Remmei

Soke Thomas Burdine is a former top instructor of Aiki forms for the Juko Ryu International Martial Arts Association.  Soke Burdine has trained and demonstrated nationally and internationally, and has worked with many esteemed Martial Arts Masters, such as Kenji Tomiki, Ed Parker, Aaron Banks, and Prof. Frank DeFelice. In addition to his recognition as an Aikido Grand Master, Soke Burdine also holds high black belt ranks in Judo, Ju Jitsu, Karate, and Tai Jutsu, as well as in other various Japanese, Chinese, and Okinawa disciplines.

In 1983, Soke Burdine retired from a twenty-one year career with the Lafayette City Police Department. During this time he gained expertise in riot control, was a juvenile detective for one year and received periphery law enforcement training in the United States of America and in England. Prior to his Law Enforcement employment, Soke Burdine served four years in the United States Navy.

Soke Burdine, in addition to his recognition as an Aikido Grand Master, is also the head of his own Aikido System (Kokon Ryu Aikido/Aiki Jutsu), and he is the head of the family Kokon Ryu BuJutsu Renmei International. He is also the developer of the Burdine Aikido System Law Enforcement Control, a unique marital arts training system for law enforcement personnel.


Isao Takahashi

Isao Takahhashi

Soke Burdine with Isao Takahashi

Soke Burdine with Isao Takahashi

(1912-6 February 1972). 7th dan Aikikai [awarded posthumously]. B. Maui, Hawaii. Lived in Japan from age five to ten. Attained high rankings in kendo and judo. Takahashi was one of the first to study aikido under Koichi TOHEI in 1953 in Honolulu and became a pioneer of the art in Hawaii. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1960 to become the chief instructor of the Los Angeles Aikikai. He later moved to Chicago to serve as chief instructor of the Illinois Aikido Club. Takahashi was a major force in the early development of aikido in the western United States.


Koichi Tohei

Koichi Tohei, Founder of the Ki Society

Koichi Tohei (藤平光一 Tōhei Kōichi?) (born January 1920) is a 10th Dan aikidoka and founder of the Ki Society and its style of aikido, officially Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido (literally “aikido with mind and body unified”), but commonly known as Ki-Aikido.

Koichi Tohei is known for the principles of the coordination of mind and body as taught to him by his teacher, Tempu Nakamura.


Morhei Ueshiba

Founder of Aikido

Morihei Ueshiba (植芝 盛平 Ueshiba Morihei, December 14, 1883–April 26, 1969) was a famous martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido. He is often referred to as Kaiso (開祖?), meaning “founder”, or Ōsensei, “Great Teacher”.

“Aikido is not a technique or a way to fight with or defeat the enemy. It is a way to reconcile the world”

“Aikido is to resolve conflict without resorting to violence”