Located in North Port, Florida, Nokido offers quality martial arts instruction in a safe and fun family environment.
If you’re looking for a great method of self-defense and to learn about all aspects of the martial arts, then Nokido Ju-Jitsu, Judo, and BJJ is for you. Our curriculum is designed for all ages, genders, and physical abilities. Students practice real-world techniques under watchful instruction. Nokido training is a year-round activity and a life-changing experience. Come join the fun and be a part of our family!
First Lesson Is Free
We encourage you to visit our dojo to observe class and speak with our friendly, professional staff. Once your questions are answered, you may try a full lesson before enrolling. If you know of a friend who is interested, please feel free to invite them as well.
Nokido Jujitsu, Judo and BJJ is a certified affiliate of Wolpack BJJ under Professor Charles Dos Anjos.
Beginners and those with previous training are welcome.
We look forward to seeing you on the mat!
JUNIOR BEGINNER JU-JITSU AND JUDO
M-W 5:00PM-6:00PM, T-Th 5:00PM-6:00PM
Our beginner class for anyone age 10 through 16. Students learn fundamental techniques that apply to real-world self-defense scenarios.
ADULT BEGINNER JU-JITSU AND JUDO
Our beginner class for anyone age 16 or older. Students learn fundamental techniques that apply to real-world self-defense scenarios.
ADVANCED JU-JITSU AND JUDO
Our advanced class for any age. Students learn self-defense techniques that build upon the fundamentals learned in the beginner classes.
LIL SAMURAI BJJ
Children age 4 through 10 learn to compete in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Anyone age 10 through 16 learns to compete in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
ADULT BEGINNER BJJ
Anyone age 16 or older learns to compete in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
ADULT ADVANCED BJJ
Anyone age 16 or older trains advanced techniques in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
LIL SAMURAI BEGINNER JU-JITSU AND JUDO
Our beginner class for anyone age 4 through 10. Students learn fundamental techniques that apply to real-world self-defense scenarios.
LIL SAMURAI ADVANCED JU-JITSU AND JUDO
Our advanced class for anyone age 4 through 10. Students learn self-defense techniques that build upon the fundamentals learned in the beginner classes.
Open mat is an opportunity for any student to voluntarily practice any aspect of their martial arts training with like-minded partners.
What is Nokido Jujitsu?
no-ki-do (pronounced: no-key-doh) (Japanese) literally translates in English as “of spirit way” which means “the way of the spirit”.
ju-jit-su (pronounced: joo-jit-soo) (Japanese) – noun – a method developed in Japan of defending oneself without the use of weapons by using the strength and weight of an adversary to disable him.
While the true origin of Ju-Jitsu/Jiu-Jitsu/Ju-Jutsu is not clear, the practice of Ju-Jitsu methods can be dated before Christ. Many different theories exist about Ju-Jitsu originating in India, China, and Japan. Japanese Ju-Jitsu grew during the Feudal era of Japan and was expanded by the Samurai Warriors. There are hundreds of different Ju-Jitsu styles that have been documented and are practiced even today, one of which is our style of Ju-Jitsu, Nokido Ju-Jitsu. Ju-Jitsu has also produced many other styles of Martial Arts including Judo, Aikido, Aikijutsu, Russian Sambo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Ju-Jitsu, the Samurai’s Martial Art is said to be the father of all Japanese Martial Arts.
For a more in depth look at the history of Ju-Jitsu check out the article on Wikipedia.
Nokido Ju-Jitsu can be traced to the Nokido Shrine in the town of Kamo-Cho located in the Tsuyama prefecture, just as the Shinto Yoshin Ryu style of Ju-Jitsu can be traced to the Shinto Shrines. It is currently unknown how long Nokido Ju-Jitsu has been in existence.
Hanshi Andrew Gruenwald was the Director of Nokido Ju-Jitsu in the United States until the year 2000 when he passed away from a brain tumor. Hanshi Gruenwald studied the Martial Arts while stationed in Japan serving in the U.S. Army Special Forces. Sensei Gruenwald made frequent trips back to Japan to continue his studies after returning to the United States to pursue a career in Law Enforcement. Hanshi Gruenwald opened two Martial Art schools in the Chicago Area. Hanshi Gruenwald was a Hachidan, (8th Degree Black Belt) in Nokido Ju-Jitsu and Isshin –Ryu Karate and a Shichidan (7th Degree) in Judo. Hanshi Gruenwald was posthumously promoted to 9th Degree Black Belt by Nokido Ju-Jitsu in 2010, ten years after his death. Hanshi Gruenwald improved Nokido Ju-Jitsu by blending the best techniques from all of the different styles of Martial Arts that he studied.
Before Shihan Gruenwald passed away, he advised his Senior student Shihan Earl DelValle that it would be up to him to continue the teachings of Nokido Ju-Jitsu in the United States. At that time Shihan DelValle was a 5th degree black belt and had learned most of the Nokido system from Hanshi Gruenwald. Unfortunately much of the Japanese history of Nokido Ju-Jitsu was lost upon the passing of Hanshi Gruenwald. Since 2000, Shihan DelValle has continued to improve Nokido Ju-Jitsu by adding effective techniques from the different styles of Martial Arts he has studied such as Judo, Aikido, Shito Ryu Karate, Defensive Tactics and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In 2001 Nokido Ju-Jitsu was certified by the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation and International Ju-Jitsu Federation. Since 2001, Nokido Ju-Jitsu has produced many Judo and Ju-Jitsu champions, including National Champions. Nokido Ju-Jitsu is also certified by the USJA, Wolf Pack BJJ, and Jujitsu America. Nokido Ju-Jitsu continues to move forward through its students and teachers. As they progress and improve, so will the style of Nokido Ju-Jitsu, “The way of the Spirit”.
Shihan Earl DelValle is the current director and head of Nokido jujitsu. He currently resides in North Carolina.
Shihan Earl DelValle’s martial arts journey began in 1987 after wrestling in high school. Shihan DelValle began studying Judo at the Sarasota Academy under Rene Duchesne until November of 1990, when he enlisted in the Navy. While stationed in San Diego, California, Shihan DelValle continued his Judo and Ju-Jitsu training as a member of the All Navy Judo team.
In 1991, after a transfer to the Great Lakes Naval base, he met Shihan Andrew Gruenwald, who taught Judo and Nokido Ju-Jitsu. Despite a subsequent transfer to Virginia Beach, Virginia, Shihan DelValle continued to train under Shihan Gruenwald, while also studying Karate and teaching Judo and Ju-Jitsu at the Kyoshinkan Karate School, under Lenny Jordan.
Upon his discharge from the military in 1994, Shihan DelValle returned to his hometown of Sarasota, Florida, and continued to study and teach Judo, Ju-Jitsu and Karate, eventually opening his own school in 1995 under the direction of his instructors.
In 1996, Shihan DelValle began a law enforcement career with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department. Shihan DelValle continued his Martial Arts studies and his teaching of Ju-Jitsu and Judo at his school, until 1998 when he transferred to the Sarasota Police Department to become a Patrol Officer.
In 2000, Hanshi Gruenwald passed away from a cancerous brain tumor. Hanshi Gruenwald named Shihan DelValle his successor to Nokido Ju-Jitsu and the United States Director of Nokido Ju-Jitsu.
In 2001, Shihan DelValle began to formally study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Wolfpack BJJ. This year also saw Shihan DelValle and Nokido Ju-Jitsu officially certified by the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation (USJJF.)
In 2002, Shihan DelValle taught Ju-jitsu, Judo and Karate at the Sarasota Alliance Church. He was also promoted to Vice President of United States Ju-Jitsu of Florida, and also became a member of the Special Operations Division-Explosives Material Unit for the Sarasota Police Department.
In 2003, Shihan DelValle was promoted to Detective for the Sarasota Police Department, and also awarded the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation’s Instructor of the Year Award. Shihan DelValle assisted teaching Judo and Ju-Jitsu at the Y.M.C.A. in Sarasota and Defensive Tactics to police officers, as well as study Brazilian Jiu-jitsu with Professor Charles Dos Anjos.
In 2004, Shihan DelValle was promoted to Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Professor Dos Anjos.
In 2005, Shihan DelValle relocated his Ju-Jitsu and Judo class to the YMCA in Sarasota. This year also saw promotions to Godan (5th degree black belt) in U.S. Ju-Jitsu and Nokido Ju-Jitsu, and Yondan (4th degree black belt) in Karate and USA Traditional Kodokan Judo.
In 2006, Shihan DelValle was certified by USA Judo, the national governing body for Judo, and also certified as a USJJF Referee. Tragically, Shihan DelValle was also severely injured in the line of duty, an event that precipitated several months of physical therapy. It was during this time that Shihan DelValle started the Internet Crimes Against Children unit for the Sarasota Police Department.
In 2007, Shihan DelValle was appointed to the USJA Technical Official committee, certified as a Judo Referee, and awarded a meritorious service medal by the SPD. Shihan DelValle began to teach full time at the current North Port Nokido Ju-Jitsu location.
In 2008, Shihan DelValle was promoted to Yodan for USJA Judo and purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. However, he was also forced to retire from his law enforcement career due to the injury received in the line of duty.
In 2009, Shihan DelValle was promoted to Shihan (Master) in Kyoshinkan Karate. At the USJJF awards banquet, he was recognized for leadership in the state of Florida, and coached the 2009 U.S. Ju-Jitsu National Championship. This year saw his promotion to Rokudan (6th degree black belt) in U.S. Ju-Jitsu and Nokido Ju-Jitsu by the USJJF, and Godan (5th degree black belt) in USA Traditional Kodokan Judo. Shihan DelValle became an Instructor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Nokido Ju-Jitsu became a certified Wolfpack Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu affiliate and training center.
In 2010, Nokido Ju-Jitsu was recognized by Jujitsu America. Shihan DelValle was recognized by the United States Judo Association’s Ju-Jitsu Division as a Rokudan and Master Examiner in USJA Ju-Jitsu. He was also recognized by USA Judo, as a Yondan. 2010 also saw Shihan DelValle and the Nokido Ju-Jitsu Yudansha posthumously promoted Shihan Andrew Gruenwald to Kudan (9thdegree black belt) in Nokido Ju-Jitsu.
In 2011, Shihan DelValle was recognized by the International Judo Federation and the Pan American Judo Confederation. Shihan DelValle also became a registered purple belt under the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.
In 2012, Shihan DelValle coached 20 Members of Nokido Ju-Jitsu to become the Jujitsu America National Champions in fighting and self defense. Shihan DelValle taught at the National Convention and was recognized by Jujitsu America. Shihan DelValle was also certified by USA Judo in Visually Impaired Coaching.
In 2013, Shihan DelValle was promoted to Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In 2014, Shihan DelValle was awarded Instructor of the year from Jujitsu America. Professor Charles Dos Anjos promoted Shihan DelValle to Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The IBJJF also promoted Shihan DelValle to Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In 2015, Shihan DelValle’s Godan rank in Judo was recognized by the United States Judo Association and USA Judo. Shihan DelValle also became a Master Examiner in Judo.
In 2016, Shihan DelValle was promoted to Black Belt Instructor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Dos Anjos. Shihan DelValle was also given a Coaching Award for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Professor Dos Anjos. USA-TKJ also promoted Shihan DelValle to Rokudan in USA Traditional Kodokan Judo.
Despite the fact that Shihan DelValle is physically disabled, he chooses to focus on his abilities and continues to serve Nokido Ju-Jitsu and his students with his instructional ability, coaching, refereeing, technical training, and management and likes to just be called; Sensei. Shihan DelValle continues to Mentor is students and is the Director/Head Instructor at Nokido Ju-Jitsu, Judo, and BJJ in North Port, Florida.
Shihan DelValle’s Ranks:
Ju-Jitsu– Rokudan – Renshi – U.S. Ju-Jitsu, Nokido Ju-Jitsu, WJJF, JA-Jujitsu
Judo – Rokudan – USA Traditional Kodokan Judo, Godan – USJA
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Black Belt, Instructor – Wolfpack BJJ, IBJJF
Kyoshinkan Karate – Godan – Shihan – Kyoshinkai
Sensei Chris Ritchie is the current owner and operator of Nokido Jujitsu in North Port, Florida.
Sensei Chris Ritchie was born in Bangkok, Thailand and moved to the United States at a young age. Sensei Ritchie grew up playing competitive organized sports and enjoys competition. Sensei Ritchie started his martial arts journey when he moved to Florida in the beginning of 2005. Some of Sensei Ritchie’s passions include, cooking, hunting, fishing, and anything martial art related. Sensei Ritchie is married and his wife also practices Nokido Ju-Jitsu and Judo. Sensei Ritchie and his wife were founding members of the Special Team of Role Models (Storm Team).
Sensei Ritchie began to study Martial Arts at the North Port Family YMCA with Sensei Paul Lockwood, a certified Black Belt under Shihan DelValle. Sensei Ritchie instructed classes at the YMCA as an orange belt when Sensei Lockwood moved to Sarasota to pursue a law enforcement career. Sensei Ritchie taught at the YMCA until Shihan DelValle agreed to help Sensei Ritchie continue teaching classes in North Port. Sensei Ritchie is an excellent instructor and is continuing his education in Martial Arts while teaching classes with Shihan DelValle. Sensei Ritchie has studied Nokido Ju-Jitsu & Judo and continues to pass on his knowledge of Nokido techniques in their purest form.
Sensei Ritchie is nationally certified by the USJJF, Jujitsu America, Wolf Pack BJJ and the USJA. Sensei Ritchie accomplishments include, 2007 Disney Martial Arts Festival Gold medalist in Gi Grappling, 2008 Disney Martial Arts Festival Silver medalist in Sport Ju-Jitsu, 2009 Gold medalist and National Champion for the U.S. Ju-Jitsu National Championships in Niagara, New York. Sensei Ritchie was awarded the Ohana award by Jujitsu America at the 2010 Jujitsu America convention. Sensei Ritchie is the first of Shihan DelValle’s Black Belts to reach Nidan, second degree black belt.
In 2012, Sensei Ritchie was promoted to Nidan by Jujitsu America and was certified as a National Coach for Judo. Sensei Ritchie was promoted to Purple belt by Professor Charles Dos Anjos and Shihan DelValle. Sensei Ritchie became the first independent owner of a Nokido Ju-Jitsu chartered dojo and continues to lead Nokido Ju-Jitsu into the future.
In 2013 Sensei Ritchie attended the Gracie Immersion Camp and was promoted to Nidan in Judo by the USJA.
In 2015, Sensei Ritchie was promoted to Sandan in Nokido Jujitsu, JA and U.S. Jujitsu. Sensei Ritchie also received his third stripe on his Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Sensei Ritchie’s Certifications:
United States Ju-Jitsu (Sandan, Instructor, National Champion – Ju-Jitsu fighting Gold medalist, Nokido Ju-Jitsu & Judo Instructor, and Kata Certified in Ju-Jitsu & Judo, Sandan USA-TKJ)
Jujitsu America (Sandan, Ohana Award, National Champion – Self Defense Silver medalist, 2016 Instructor Of The Year)
United States Judo Association (Nidan, Instructor, Judo & USJA Ju-Jitsu, Technical Official, Referee, Kata Certified, National Coach, VI Coach.)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (IBJJF, Brown belt, Self Defense Instructor, under Charles Dos Anjos)
Nokido Jujitsu Yudansha
This Nokido Jujitsu Yudansha list is current with those certified under Nokido Jujitsu. Individuals that made rank under Shihan Andrew Gruenwald before his passing in 2000 are not included on this list. Nokido Jujitsuka past/present outside of the United States of America are also not included on this Yudansha listing. For more clarification please contact the current National Director of Nokido Jujitsu – Shihan Earl DelValle.
Hanshi Andrew Gruenwald, 9th Dan (1942 – 2000)
Shihan Earl DelValle, 6th Dan (U.S. Director 2000 – Present)
Chris Ritchie, 3rd Dan (Certified Instructor)
Kaye DelValle, 1st Dan
Kierstin DelValle, 1st Dan
Jim Bobenchik, 1st Dan
Jim Conway, 1st Dan
Mike Morris, 1st Dan
Dave Kruger, 1st Dan (1964-2014)
Heather Langmann, 1st Dan
Jeff Conn, 1st Dan
Chris Rasmussen, 1st Dan
Paul Lockwood, 1st Dan
Randy Gonzalez, 1st Dan (Retired)
Nokido Jujitsu Ranking Structure
Almost every Martial Art has its own version of a belt system, with the Black Belt and White Belt being present in almost every style. The belt system concept has only been around since 1886, which is very recent considering Martial Arts training (formal and informal) has been around for as long as humans have walked the planet. Judo founder Dr. Jigoro Kano was the first person to signify martial arts ranking with a cotton belt. It should be noted that belts/ranks are not transferable between the different styles of martial arts and each art is vastly different with it’s requirements for rank advancement.
Our style of Ju-Jitsu follows a fairly common belt progression for under ranks and follows the Judo belt structure for the black belt ranks. Ranks are based on ability level of student, knowledge of required material, time in grade, age of the student, ability in randori/sport/grappling and commitment to Nokido Ju-Jitsu. Like in most arts each color belt up to brown represents a single level at the class (kyu) ranks. Junior Ranks are divided into the Solid belt with a black horizontal stripe. Brown belt has three levels and is considered an advanced level regarding skill in Ju-Jitsu/Judo.
Black belt is a substantial rank for the Nokido style and takes an average adult a minimum of five years to obtain with regular training. When an individual reaches 1st Degree Black belt in Nokido Ju-Jitsu they will receive ranking in both Traditional Ju-Jitsu (Nokido) and in Judo. At 4th Degree Black Belt one is considered an expert technician and may wear a black and red panel belt. Expert status comes after about 10 years of hard training at the black belt level. When one reaches 6th Degree Black Belt one may wear a white and red panel belt which signifies a master teacher. This follows the tradition of Judo.
Red belt is the highest rank in Nokido Ju-Jitsu and is awarded at 9th Degree Black Belt. Red belt represents Senior Master and one should expect to be involved with Nokido Ju-Jitsu for 50 years to obtain this status.
Below is a more detailed list of the progression and classification of each rank in Nokido Ju-Jitsu.
NEW STUDENT – White Belt (10th Class)
Student learns rules of class, class etiquette, base stances and movements, how to break fall, and is introduced to throws/ joint locks/grappling/hand strikes/kicks.
BEGINNER LEVEL – Grey/Yellow/Orange Belt (9th – 7th Class)
Student begins to use basic moves in randori (sparring) and starts to build knowledge base of throws/joint locks/chokes/grappling/hand strikes/kicks.
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL – Green/Blue/Purple Belt (6th – 4th Class)
Student continues to build knowledge base and begins to learn more complex moves and counters.
ADVANCED LEVEL – Brown Belt (3rd – 1st Class)
Student has a vast knowledge base and is learning how to use multiple counters/attacks in randori without exerting much effort. Brown Belts are held to a higher standard and must begin to assist with instruction.
SKILLED TECHNICIAN – Black Belt (1st – 3rd Dan)
Student has become very proficient with standing and ground combat. At this stage student is molding the art into their own personal style of Ju-Jitsu. A student must be at least 16 years old to be awarded black belt status.
EXPERT TECHNICIAN – Black & Red Panel Belt (4th – 5th Dan)
Student/Teacher has the majority of moves and concepts of the Nokido system and is still refining the art to his/her physical and mental abilities.
MASTER TEACHER – White & Red Panel Belt (6th – 8th Dan)
Individual has mastered the Nokido Ju-Jitsu system and is now responsible for spreading knowledge to the state and national sector.
SENIOR MASTER TEACHER – Red Belt (9th – 10th Dan)
Individual has reached the apex of the art and is responsible for spreading Nokido Ju-Jitsu across the world. Hanshi Gruenwald was the only person in the United States to be promoted to this level.