Cliff Brunetti (Menkyo Shihan of Hakkoryu Jujutsu – retired. Currently Shihan-Dai of OkuGake Jujutsu) was first introduced to Hakkoryu by Captain John C. Bokeno (USAF Ret. Deceased) while stationed at F.E. Warren AFB in Wyoming as an Air Force Security Specialist. Brunetti became a Black Belt in 1987 under Master Bokeno – menkyo kaiden shihan of Hakkoryu Jujutsu in Aurora Colorado. Brunetti-sensei trained with Dennis Palumbo, Yasuhiro Irie, Michael LaMonica, and other high ranking masters. After 25 years of study and personal instruction by the headmaster of Hakkoryu Jujutsu, Brunetti became a licensed master instructor in that art..
Spending a military tour of duty in Korea as an E.S.T. (Emergency Services counter-terrorism Team) member during the ’88 Olympics, and earning the Air Force Achievement Medal for meritorious service, Brunetti took terminal leave to train in Japan with the highest ranking masters of jujutsu. Once back in the states Brunetti-sensei opened his first dojo – The Gainesville Budokan. Moving to Sarasota Florida in 1996, Brunetti founded the KaZoku Dojo (ka-zoku is commonly translated as “family.”)
Family and Personal: Brunetti is married to Patricia, a dentist, and is a father of 4. Brunetti is an accountant who holds a MBA in Accounting and Finance, is the president of Cotswolds Cottages rental homes, instructs at the Sarasota military academies, is licensed in Shiatsu therapy, and maintains licensure as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer and as a Registered Vascular Technologist.
Brunetti enjoys Japanese swordsmanship, European fencing, rock climbing, hiking, travel, art, and heraldry.
On the Fall equinox of 2014, Brunetti was granted an honorary coat-of-arms by letters patent from Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.