Hanshi Archie

About Hanshi, Alexander Archie

Grandmaster Alexander Archie is a 10th Degree Black Belt in the art of Goju-Shorei Karate.  He has been training in the martial arts since 1949.  He holds Masters Degrees in seven different styles of the martial arts:

  • 9th Degree Shudokan  Karate
  • 9th Kifaru Jitjitsu
  • 8th Degree American Kenpo Karate
  • 8th Degree Jujitsu
  • 7th Degree Tae Kwon Do
  • 6th Degree Judo

GM Archie has taught defensive tactics to law enforcement agencies throughout Nevada, California, Idaho, and Oregon.  He has also taught law enforcement defensive tactics courses for Truckee Meadows Community College. Mr. Archie specializes in weapon retention, knife defense, gun defense, club defense and restraint techniques, come-a-longs and hold breaking.  He also teaches and certifies the straight baton and tonfa (PR-24) and he teaches grappling.

Grandmaster Archie is a two-time National Seniors Karate Champion, International Seniors Karate Champion, recipient of the Instructor of the Year Award, recipient of the Competitor of the Year Award, Silver Medalist World Jujitsu Championship, World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee, Hawaii Martial Arts International Society Hall of Fame Inductee, and three times Golden Glove Champion.

Grandmaster Archie started his martial arts training in Kodakan Judo under the tutelage of Sergeant Peterson at Nellis Air Force base in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1954 Archie began training with Master Henry Yoda in Kodenkan Jujitsu and Kodakan Judo. After having competed in and winning a couple of local Judo tournaments, PFC Dale Hawkins introduced Grandmaster Archie to Goju-Ryu Karate.

In 1957, he branched off into Moo Duck Kwan TaeKwanDo under Moon Young Kim. From 1958 through 1967 Archie trained in several different styles of martial arts taught by various instructors such as: Mr. O’Brien, Mr. Roberto Martinez, Master Sanchez, and Mr. Reeves. In 1967 Archie began training in Chinese Kung Fu with Sifu Chuck Simpson. In 1968 Archie and Sifu Chuck Simpson attended a training session with Dr. Stanford McNeal in the art of Okinawan Shudokan Karate and they both became students of Dr. Stanford McNeal’s. Dr. McNeal became Mr. Archie’s big brother and very close friend as well as his instructor. Dr. McNeal is primarily responsible for Grandmaster Archie’s success in the karate tournament world.

Mr. Archie re-initiated his Moo Duck Kwon training under Master Kang and Master Byong Yu. A couple of years later Mr. Archie began training with Grandmaster Donnie Williams and Grandmaster Steve Mohammad in Kenpo Karate and Grandmaster Dave Hebler, American Kenpo Karate.

While teaching many of these arts after moving back to Northern Nevada, Mr. Archie continued his training in Kodenkan Jujitsu under Professor Lamar Fisher and embarked upon Professor Wally Jays “Small Circle” concept of Jujitsu. Grandmaster Archie’s Jujitsu training continued under the expertise of Professor LL Cary, who is still Grandmaster Archie’s primary Jujitsu instructor and very close friend.