Ryukyu Kyusho


We strive to provide a safe, fun, family-friendly environment with knowledgeable instruction for practical martial arts training for self-defense. Gaining confidence, self-discipline, and practicing a martial art gives adults and children alike valuable skills for life. Our experienced instructors are dedicated in their personal practice, setting an example for students and passing on the knowledge they have gained.

is the Japanese word that refers to the Okinawan Islands.
literally translated means “one second fighting” and is used to refer to the application of pressure point theory into self-defense techniques.

The pressure point theories and principles that we use come from a vast ocean of knowledge from Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the use of pressure points in special combinations are used to harmonize the body, unblock “stuck” energy, and bring the body into balance. In a martial application, these same principles can be used to stop or slow down an attacker with minimal strength, force and injury.

When learning the basics of how to combine these pressure points, two major theories are applied.

  1. Yin Yang Theory
  2. Five Element Theory

This is the inspiration for our logo.

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Ryukyu Kyusho Family Martial Arts was established by Grandmaster David Rhodes in 1993. It started with a small training group at the IUPD and has grown into a full martial arts school offering quality instruction for kids and adults alike in a contemporary supportive learning environment. In February of 2003 Ryukyu Kyusho Martial Arts opened its doors with a new dojo on North College Avenue. When that building was scheduled to be torn down in 2007, the dojo moved to its current location at Executive Park North on North Walnut Street. Classes have evolved and changed over time as additional instructors have come and gone, but Master Rhodes has been ever-committed to training and teaching martial arts throughout the years.


Master David Rhodes

Master David Rhodes has been involved in the Martial Arts for over 40 years. He have also been a police officer for over 30 years at the Indiana University Police Department in Bloomington, Indiana. He has an extensive background in Police Defensive tactics as a PPCT instructor and Police Survival Techniques instructor.

Grand Master Rhodes is the founder of Ryukyu Kyusho Martial Arts. He holds a 8th dan black belt in Ryukyu Kempo, a 3rd dan black belt in Isshinryu Karate, a 5th dan Master Level black belt in Small Circle Jujitsu and is currently training in Modern Arnis. Master Rhodes is also a level 2 Reiki practitioner.

Sensei Sarah Greene

Sensei Greene has studied martial arts for over 15 years. She holds a 3rd dan black belt in Ryukyu Kempo and 1st dan (Dayang Isa) in Modern Arnis. She has additionally trained in Small Circle Jujitsu,Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Brazilian Jujitsu.

She has taught Modern Arnis and childrens Classes at Ryukyu Kyusho Martial Arts since 2003. Sarah is a level 2 Reiki practitioner and is a Nationally Board Certified State Licensed Acupuncturist.

Bryan Robertson has been studying martial arts since 1982 and holds a 6th dan in the United Federation of Taekwondo Instructors and 4th dan in the United States Hapkido Federation.

Bryan's instruction began under, now retired, Indiana University Martial Arts Coordinator Mr. Don Burns at the Don Burns Martial Arts Academy. Bryan was fortunate to become an instructor at that school and, over the years, many other local clubs including IU-HPER classes and IU Taekwondo club.

Sensei Ian Lovan has studied martial arts for over 15 years and teaches Small Circle Jujitsu at Ryukyu Kyushu Martial Arts. He holds a 4th Degree Black Belt Small Circle Jujitsu and a 3rd Degree Black Belt Castoldi's Street Jujitsu. Sensei Lovan is a police officer for the Bloomington Police Department and is involve in many instructional aspects of the police force including:

  • Protective Training Services Close Combat Instructor
  • Pressure Point Control Tactics Instructor
  • Bloomington Police Department Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Handgun/Shotgun/Patrol Rifle Instructor
Michael Melfi

Michael Melfi has been training in the Bujinkan for 5 years and holds the rank of Sho(1st) Dan. He went to train at Hombu Dojo in Japan in the summer of 2012, where he recieved his Sho Dan rank.

He has been training in Muso Jikiden Eishinryu for 5 years under Dean Houser and Leonard Pellman Sensei. Along with his training in Bujinkan and Eishinryu, Michael has trained in Small Circle Jujitsu and Isshinryu Karate under David Rhodes Sensei, Modern Arnis under Sarah Greene Sensei, Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, and Tai Chi Chuan.

Michael is the primary instructor of the Bloomington Shizentai Dojo under the tutelage of Shidoshi Dean Houser. He also is a co-instructor of the Meditation and Qigong class along with Sarah Greene Sensei.

For more information about Sensei Melfi's class, see his website:

Jessie Wang

Jessie Wang is 25 years old and has studied martial arts since she was 12. She holds a 4th dan in the United Federation of Taekwondo Instructors and 3rd dan in Kukkiwon world Taekwondo Federation. She has additionally trained in Aikido, Judo, Hupkido, Kendo and Iaido. She started competing in forums and sparring when she was younger and won various trophies and awards. When Olympic Taekwondo multiple gold medal winner Chen Zheng came to Indiana University in 2010, Jessie trained with her and become her interpreter and teaching partner for a year. She is currently also a Cuban Salsa dance instructor for Indiana University.

Safety Rules

Number One

When your partner taps the mat, your body, or their own body more than once, release pressure but maintain the hold.

Number Two

They may yell maitta or "break", release pressure but maintain the hold with control.

Number Three

No horseplay in class.

Number Four

It is the responsibility of tori (the thrower) to make sure the mat is clear before throwing. It is the responsibility of uke (the faller) to help tori practice his technique.

Number Five

When you place on a joint lock, once the hold is tight, apply pressure slowly until your partner submits, then release pressure.

Number Six

Do not practice strangulation or choking techniques unless a qualified instructor is present.

Number Seven

Do not throw a beginner unless the instructor gives his consent.

Number Eight

Release the hold completely if your partner quickly moves or falls in the wrong direction of escape.