Master Roger Jarrett has over 48 years experience of studying, teaching, training, and competing in the martial arts. Throughout those years, he has sought out and trained with some of the foremost martial arts experts in the world. A former National Champion and Karate All-American himself, he has trained numerous national, international, and world karate champions. He now travels the world refereeing, coaching, training, and teaching.
Shihan Jarrett's training has led to many ranks and certifications. Among them are:
9th Dan Tae Kwon Do - Kwan Jang Nim (Sabum Nim)
9th Dan Karate Do - Hanshi
8th Dan Judo - Shihan
8th Dan Jujitsu - Shihan
7th Dan Aikido - Kyoshi
7th Dan Iaido - Shihan
Jarrett Sensei is also the President and Chief Instructor for many martial arts organizations including:
USA Martial Arts Training Centers
USA Martial Arts Federation
Chong Shin Tae Kwon Do Karate Association
USA Aikido Association
USA Judo/Jujitsu Association
USA Iaido Shoshin Ryu
International Iai-Tate Do Federation
United International Martial Arts Federation
North American Karate Federation
Mr. Jarrett also travels the world as a karate referee and coach. He is a National an International Referee for the United States, and holds a Pan American Referee License with the Pan American Karate Federation and a World Karate Federation Judge A License. He has also served as a senior coach for the US Karate Team.
Master Jarrett is not the only Black Belt of the Jarrett family. His wife Linda is a 5th Dan and a retired Karate Champion. Daughter Ashley is a 5th Dan and Junior World Karate Champion. His son Chris is a 4th Dan and a National Karate and Iaido champion. Martial Arts is truly a family affair for the Jarrett's.
Hanshi Jarrett is a Senior Representative for the:
USA National Karate-do Federation
USA Karate Federation
United States Judo Association
United States Martial Arts Association
Chudokai Aikido Federation International
United States Jujitsu Federation
United States Traditional Kodokan Judo Federation
International Yoshinkai Aikido Federation
World Kobudo Federation
World Tae Kwon Do Chang Moo Kwan
Pan American Karate Federation
World Karate Federation
In August, 1997, Mr. Jarrett was inducted into the USA Karate Hall of Fame in Akron , Ohio . He was awarded this honor because of his many contributions over the years to the Martial Arts in the United States . He was particularly honored for his work in getting Karate recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and getting Karate into the Pan American Olympic Games.
In September, 2006, Mr. Jarrett became President of the USA National Karate-Do Federation which is the National Governing Body (NGB) for Sport Karate as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee. In addition, Mr. Jarrett will be hosting the USA National Karate Championships in Charleston , WV . Over 4000 competitors will participate in this event.
Master Jarrett gives demonstrations and motivational talks for schools, businesses, and churches throughout the country. He ran a series of self defense tips for WCHS TV8, which aired for a year on “Good Morning West Virginia”. The USA Karate Hall of Fame selected Master Jarrett as the 2001 “Man of the Year.” He was also promoted to the rank of 8th Dan, Grandmaster. In 2010 he was awarded the rank of 9th Dan, but refused to accept the promotion until April 2013.
Jarrett Sensei has trained in traditional Aikido since 1974. He began his Aikido training with Fumio Toyoda Shihan. Mr. Jarrett served as the North Central Regional Director of the Aikido Association of America for many years. He is now a student under Kevin Blok Hanshi and is Blok Sensei's most senior black belt. Hanshi Blok, in September 2014, promoted Mr. Jarrett to the rank of Nanadan (7th Dan) and awarded him the title of Kyoshi (Senior Master Instructor) in Aikido.
Jarrett Sensei is currently the President and Chief Instructor for the USA Aikido Association representing the Chudokai Aikido Federation International.
Judo and Jujitsu Information
Shihan Jarrett holds the rank of 8th Dan in both Judo and Jujitsu. He is a Life Member of the United States Judo Association (USJA), a member of the US Martial Arts Association under Shihan Phil Porter, and is a Founding Life Member of the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation (USJJF). He is the President and Chief Instructor of the USA Judo/Jujitsu Association. Shihan Jarrett is the Vice President of the US Jujitsu Federation and is the Technical Chairman of the US Traditional Kodokan Judo Federation.
Jarrett Sensei holds the rank of 7th Dan in Iaido. He has studied many styles of Iaido, Iai Jitsu, and Ken Jitsu including Kashima Shinto Ryu, Katori Shinto Ryu, Omori Ryu, Eishin Ryu, etc. He is the President and Chief Instructor of the USA Iaido Shoshin Ryu. In June 2004, Shihan Kiyoshi Yamazaki retired his position as Chief Instructor of the International Iai Tate Do Federation to Shihan Jarrett.
Goals and Philosophy
Master Jarrett's goal is to constantly perfect his character through his Martial Arts and his Christian beliefs and to help others develop the confidence and focus to be the best that they can be, and enjoy this wonderful life that God has given us. He strives to teach the “True Spirit” of the Martial Arts with an open mind and a trusting heart.
“Believe in yourself and others will believe in you also.”