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C.M. Smaby, 8th Dan - Japan Karate Association & 8th Degree Black Belt - US Karate Federation


Mr. Smaby has been in the Martial Arts for over 50 years.  He has been formally trained exclusively by Japanese Instructors and is one of the most senior students of world renowned Hitetaka Nishiyama, 10th Dan, JKA International.  Mr. Smaby is also is qualified to instruct Kyusho-Jitsu/Daito Ryu Jujitsu.  Additionally Mr. Smaby has created “Personal and Professional Safety for Women” self-defense classes.


Mr. Smaby received his first formalized training from Sensei Sugiyama in Chicago.  Instruction also included two years with Master Enoeda in England while in the Air Force.  In 1975 Mr. Smaby began his constant training with Master Nishyama.


Mr. Smaby also received instruction from the following high ranking masters.  Senseis Nakayama, Kanazawa, Shirai, Yamguchi, Kase, Ueki, Oishi, Kawazowe, Iida, Okazaki, Mikami, Obata, Tanaka, Yaguchi, Kato, Asano, Katsumata, Iwakabe, as well as Master Mabuni for Shitoryu style, and Master Seiu Oyata from RyuKyu Kempo Okinawan Karate.  Mr. Smaby is also trained in Judo, Bojitsu, Kendo, Iiado, and Aikido. 


In 2012, and again in 2015, Mr. Smaby participated in a 10 day training program in Okinawa and Japan with some of the world’s most senior Senseis.



LAW ENFORCEMENT: Mr. Smaby is the full time Police Training Specialist for the Cedar Rapids Police Department. Previously he had been Training Officer for the Sheriff’s Department for 27 years and 25 years with the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.


INSTRUCTOR OF: Defensive Tactics, Violence Intervention/Use of Force, Linn County Immediate Response Unit, Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, Defensive Tactics and Fitness, Cedar Rapids Police Academy, and Iowa State Patrol.


CERTIFICATIONS: ILEA Firearms Instructor, ILEA Chemical Munitions Instructor, F.B.I. Law Enforcement Fitness Instructor, ILEA Defensive Tactics, ILEA Fitness Instructor, TASER Instructor,  Certified Instructor of R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense), and Certified Instructor of NRA Refuse to be a Victim.


QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR OF: Straight Baton P.P.C.T. Systems, Edged Weapon Defense P.P.C.T Systems, Side Handle Baton P.P.C.T. Systems, Active Counter Measures Systems, Armaments Systems/Procedures, Inst. ASP Crowd Control - by  Monadnock Corp, Kansas City. Police Academy Weapon Retention Systems Defensive Tactics Instructor certified by Justice Training Association, Pressure Point Control Tactics Management Systems


UNIVERSITY OF IOWA: Masters Degree:Body Mechanics/Fitness Education.

MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY: Bachelor of Science: Fitness Education/Business Administration

National Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc.


MEMBER OF: International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA)


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