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Grandmaster Frank E. Sanchez
10th Degree Black Belt

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Article June 2020 Budo International Magazine

One of the true modern day Sokes (Founders) of martial arts in AMERICA, Professor Sanchez's system of SAN-JITSU is GUAM’s (a U.S. Pacific Island Territory) first Internationally recognized martial art style. Born April 21, 1948 in the Village of Tamuning, he was made an Honorary Ambassador-At-Large for Guam in 1976. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Great Plains Baptist College in South Dakota. A student of martial arts since age 11, Sanchez  holds Black Belts in Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate and a Red Sash in Jing Jow Pai Kung-Fu. As a successful street fighter in his youth, he also studied boxing from his Father, Francisco Sanchez who was a Boxer with the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet, as well as wrestling to supplement his martial arts training. His most famous instructors include Hawaiian born Professor Siegfried Kufferath who was one of the legends of the popular worldwide Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Jiu-Jitsu System and Yushitoshi “Moon” Watanabe, former all Hawaiian Islands Judo Champion. His system of SAN-JITSU which was formulated in the Village of Toto, Guam in 1971 has received worldwide attention in magazines and seminars as one of the more brutal and unique styles of Jiu-Jitsu practiced today.

Articles on Sanchez and his SAN-JITSU system have appeared in International publications such as BLACK BELT, INSIDE KUNG-FU, BUDO INTERNATIONAL, INSIDE KARATE, KARATE/ KUNG-FU ILLUSTRATED, THE WORLD OF MARTIAL ARTS, BUDO DOJO, THE KARATE VOICE, FULL CONTACT, TAEKWONDO TIMES, THE KARATE STAR (from India), CINTURON NEGRO (from Spain), KAMPFKUNST INTERNATIONAL (from Germany), COMBAT (from England), LATTE/ GUAM Magazines (from Guam), etc. His book on the subject of  SAN-JITSU written in 1976, can also be found in the Reference Section of Guam’s Libraries, the Pacific Islands Collection of the University of Guam, the Guam Museum and England’s Cambridge University Micronesian Center. Sanchez’s picture & bio can also be found in the  R.O.S.S. Martial Art Museum in Russia. He has also appeared nationally and internationally on TV and is featured in various videos in Russia, Canada & the U.S., including the film documentaries; AMERICAN MASTERS & CHAMPIONS OF THE MARTIAL ARTS and THE GATEWAY. He is also mentioned in the book, AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF MARTIAL ARTS IN AMERICA – 1900 TO PRESENT written by martial arts historian, Emil Farkas and in the book, THE WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL written by Don Warrener of Rising Sun Productions in California.

In constant demand for personal appearances and seminars all over the world, Professor Sanchez has been inducted into martial arts Halls of Fame both nationally and abroad for his work in the arts, garnering “Living Legend” and “Most Distinguished Grandmaster” Awards for his lifetime of service to the martial arts.

Sanchez's personal website: www.San-Jitsu.com