I began my martial arts training in Kodokan Judo in 1996 at the Jiu Jitsu Institute located in Chicago. I am a retired police officer. I have combined service with the Chicago Housing Authority Police Department and DuPage County Sheriff's Office.
I have trained at several schools in the Chicagoland area such as the Chicago Police Judo Club, Kokushikan Judo Academy and Yorkville Judo Club. I started training at the age of 36. Judo has given me a channel to improve my character and way of life. It has also been a great tool for self-protection in law enforcement and civilian life. I believe that anyone at any age can benefit from martial arts training.
I am currently an instructor at the Takeo Ryu Self Defense Academy under the leadership of Shihan Kenneth Keith. I also teach at Beverly Pagoda Martial Arts Academy and Far Eastern Arts Academy.
I hold a 2nd Dan in Kodokan Judo.Some of my highest achievements in martial arts are placing 1st in two divisions at the 2000 Midwest Judo Championships, 1st in the 2011 Orlando North American Grappling Championships and most importantly becoming an instructor.
Shihan Keith has been a great inspiration to my martial arts career. He has inspired me to become more well-rounded and open-minded in my approach to all martial arts. His is a great example as a leader by encouraging his students and instructors to give back to the community by volunteering time, effort and martial arts instruction to those that cannot afford it. Being at Takeo Ryu Self Defense Academy has given me a greater perspective to serve others.
Sensei Lazeric F. Hudson