Michael Seamark Hanshi 8th Degree Black Belt (Hachidan) KoKoDo JuJutsu Brown Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Owner and Chief Instructor KoKoDo JuJutsu Sadohana-Kai Head Instructor Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver
His students and peers have come to know him as a wicked technician, one that is able to easily transmit Ju-Jitsu concepts with a great sense of humor and love for the art.
Michael fell in love with grappling martial arts in the 1980's through wresting and Aiki-bujutsu, and began JuJitsu in the 1990. He squeezed out 4 years of Diploma studies in Geology and GeoScience and roamed our great globe for a few years doing geological exploration. All the while finding wrists to bend and bodies to grapple. After years of direct study under the Headmaster of KoKoDo, Irie Yasuhiro Soke, Michael was the first student of KoKoDo to receive the teaching recognition and title of Kyoshi or Professor of KoKoDo.
Currently Seamark is 1 of only 2 in the world to be promoted to the rank of 8th degree black and Hanshi in KoKoDo and has received the branding of JIKIMON (extremely rare) from Soke for 10 years straight. He is considered to be one of Soke’s most trusted and relied upon students.
Michael has also received every technical level available in KoKoDo which include: Shihan , Renshi Shihan, Menkyo Kaiden Shihan, Renshi Kaiden and lastly KoGyoku. The KoGyoku level which includes Soke’s Shin Tai Gi and San Dan Kichu is so indeepth that Michael has went back to review this level every years since he received it in 2011. Then in 2017 He received KoKoDo JuJutsu's highest rank and title of Hachidan Hanshi - Jikimon (8th Degree Blackbelt)
Michael regularly travels to assist Soke during JuJutsu seminars in Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Japan and to conduct seminars for his Affiliates.
In 2012 Michael received a special certificate of appreciation from the Japanese Government for his special teachings of Goshin-jutsu to Japan Probation Officers
Michael was first Introduced to BJJ in the 90’s and often attended seminars and camps and would bring what he learned into his self-defense. He has trained with notable Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts; Rodrigo Pagani, Royce Gracie, Xande Ribeiro, Saulo Ribeiro and Master Pedro Sauer.
Currently, Michael is a fully certified instructor and a brown belt in Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu / Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Saulo Ribeiro. Michael currently teaches a successful JuJutsu Program at Sadohana where he focuses on sound basics and keeping the self-defense mindset.
Sadohana is owned and operated by Michael and Diane Seamark. They have blended their love for arts, bujutsu/budo and creating a simpatico community while raising their kids together since 1997!With the help of the many Shihan and Instructors at Sadohana, we have grown to become one of the most successful Japanese JuJutsu gaining respect and recognition world wide.