Gary Stringer Soke

Gary Stringer Soke teaching martial arts
Gary Stringer Soke teaching at a seminar in Verona, Italy.

Gary Stringer is an Executive Board Member of the Kodo Butoku Remnei (Old Ways Martial Virtues Federation), an International Instructor for The World Street Combat Systems Organisation, a member of the World Association of Martial Arts Masters (Japan) and The World Sokeship Council – Seishinryoku Kai. His martial arts career spans five decades and he has trained with some of the world’s most famous martial artists and appeared in martial arts magazines. When interviewed by the then editor of ‘Combat’ magazine, Bey Logan, he was dubbed “one of the Uk’s most effective martial artists.”

Stringer Soke is the Chief instructor at MCSDA and founder of the Stringer Ryu JUKADO system.

His martial arts rankings are as follows:

  • 10th Dan Kempo Karate Goshin Jutsu (Stringer Ryu JUKADO)
  • 4th Dan Bu-Jutsu (Awarded by Soke Tom Baldwin – Deceased)
  • 3rd Dan Goshin Jutsu
  • 1st Dan Zen Aiki Jutsu
  • 1st Dan /Degree Tai Kyoku Ken
  • Associate Instructors Certificate Jun Fan Martial Arts (Larry Hartsell – Deceased)

Martial Arts Titles and Awards

  • Fellow of the Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences (I.M.A.S.)
  • Awarded Meijin Title by (Kodo Butoku Renmei (Old Ways Martial Virtues Federation)
  • 10th Dan Hanshi (Kodo Butoku Renmei (Old Ways Martial Virtues Federation)
  • 10th Dan Hanshi World Association of Martial Arts Masters (Japan)
  • 10th Dan Hanshi as recognised by Ruykyu Karate and Gung Fu Association
  • 10th Dan Hanshi as recognised by Sekai Shigaisen Karate Renmei
  • 10th Dan Soke as recognised by World Bu Jutsu Federation
Inosanto and Gary Stringer
With Guru Inosanto Circa 1984

He has previously provided training to the Tactical Firearms Unit of Derbyshire Constabulary and is an internationally recognised instructor, teaching in Europe and the rest of the world for various martial arts organisations. A recognised expert in the fields of Personal Safety Awareness and Self Defence he trained as a Personal Safety Trainer / Advisor for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. Whilst serving as a Police Officer with Derbyshire Constabulary, he conceived and ran the highly successful ‘Hands Off!’ Personal Safety Initiative, which featured on the Crimewatch TV programme, subsequently receiving a Chief Constables commendation for this work and recognition by The Safer Cities Partnership. He has provided Personal Defensive Tactics Training to several of the Midlands major employers including Rolls Royce, Benefits Agency Staff, Derby City Council and has also trained Security Staff at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary as well as at many other firms and locations in the UK. In 2016 he was inducted into the Martial Arts Illustrated Black Belt Hall of Fame. In 2017 Gary was awarded a Fellowship by the prestigious Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences. (I.M.A.S.)  

Rock Faye, Larry Hartsell and Gary Stringer
With Guru Rick Faye and Sifu Larry Hartsell circa 1988
Wally Jay and Gary Stringer in London
Wally Jay – World Ju Jitsu Championshps London. Circa 1985
Gary Stringer Soke for Kodosai 2013
Publicity Picture for KODOSAI 2013
Gary Stringer receiving MAI Black Belt Hall of Fame Award
Receiving MAI Black Belt Hall of Fame Award 2016
Gary Stringer, Stephen Grayston and Fumio Demura at Kodosai event 2013
Gary Stringer with Stephen Grayston and Fumio Demura at The Kodosai International Martial Arts Event 2015