Cliff Brunetti, 師範ブルネッティー奥崖, is Shihan-Dai (head master) of OkuGake Jujutsu and Menkyo Shihan (Licensed Master / Retired) of Hakkoryu Jujutsu.
Brunetti was first introduced to Hakkoryu by Captain John C. Bokeno (USAF Ret./Deceased), a menkyo kaiden shihan of Hakkoryu Jujutsu, 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 in Aurora Colorado. Brunetti-sensei also trained with headmaster Okuyama Ryuho, menkyo kaiden shihan san daikichu; Dennis Palumbo, Yasuhiro Irie, Michael LaMonica, and other ranking masters. After 25 years of study and personal instruction, Brunetti became a licensed master instructor in Hakkoryu Jujutsu.
Brunetti, a Security Specialist, spent a military tour of duty in Korea as an E.S.T. (Emergency Services counter-terrorism Team) member during the ’88 Olympics, and earned 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 家族道場 (ka-zoku is commonly translated as “family.”)
Family and Personal:
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 is married to Patricia, a dentist, and is a father of four with five grandchildren so far.
Brunetti enjoys Japanese swordsmanship, European fencing, rock climbing, pistol and rifle shooting, hiking, travel, art, and heraldry.
On the Fall equinox of 2014, Brunetti was granted an Honorary Coat-of-Arms by letters patent under the authority of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
In the Fall of 2017, Brunetti was styled an Honorary Knight Commander of the Royal Equestrian and Military Order of Saint Michael of the Wing, and an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of Merit of the Royal House of Portugal by the authority of the H.R.H. Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Bragança.
In the Fall of 2015, Brunetti received the accolade of knighthood in Chivalry-Now a progressive organization emphasizing character development, honor, and valor.