Robert Joseph Layton
INTERNATIONAL KYOKUSHINKAI UNION – ARIZONA
990 N. Us Hwy 89, Chino Valley, AZ 86323
In June of 1982 I began my life long study of human combatives, by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17.
In 1983 at the MCRD Parris Island, I was taught basic “hand to hand” combat training.
In 1984 I received formal instruction as a Marine Embassy Guard by the USMC, US State Dept and F.B.I. to be physically and mentally capable of enduring a direct counter-intelligence and combat environment. To master interior guard procedures, be proficient with security, anti-terrorism and counter espionage tactics. I received specialized training in law enforcement techniques, small arms handling and employment, emergency first aide, force continuum, lethal and non-lethal application, and entry control procedures.
After my 1st enlistment ended with the Marine Corps in 1986, I had a brief stint as a Deputy Sheriff, after successfully passing all academy requirements, with the Monmouth County Correction Facility, Corrections Division, in Freehold, New Jersey.
From 1990-93 I lived in Yokosuka, Japan. I studied Seishi-Juku karate under Sensei Takashima for 3 continuous years, leaving with rank of Nidan. I cross trained under Sensei Muramatsu learning Judo for 2 continuous years receiving rank of 1st class brown belt.
In 1994 after moving back to the U.S. (Springfield, VA) I studied under Mr. Robert of “Robert’s Karate” learning Tang Soo D, a Korean style of martial arts.
In 1995 I met Kancho John (Kuma) Farrell teaching Kyokushin karate in his home. (Springfield, VA).
In 1995-96 I lived on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. It was at this time the US Marine Corps revolutionized its “hand to hand” combat training with the LINE System (Linear Infighting Neural Override Engagement) technique. I was able to learn & complete the entire system during this time. While off-duty I cross- trained with a class of students learning Shorin-Ryu karate.
In 1999-02 having then moved to Guam, I studied under Sensei Joaquin S. Pangelinan continuing formal instruction in Kyokushin karate. Sensei Pangelinan is the current Branch Chief of Guam for the I.K.O.
In 2009 I was introduced to the International Kyokushinkai Union while my son was training in the San Diego California area.
In 2010 the International Kyokushinkai Union honored me with the rank of Sandan.
In 2012 the International Kyokushinkai Union has honored me once again, with the rank of Yondan. My dojo – “International Kyokushinkai Union – Arizona” is located in Chino Valley, AZ. (100 miles north of Phoenix) we are nestled comfortably in the mountains of central Arizona, our elevation in 4750 feet. I am currently the I.K.U. branch chief for Arizona.