Sensei GACITA holds 45+ years of Martial Arts Training
2020- Received Rank of Okugi Sandan from Shihan Hiroo Iida
2018 - Received Rank of Sandan (3rd Degree Black-Belt in Daito-Ryu Muden Juku) from Shihan Hiroo Iida
2016 - Received Rank of Ni-Dan (2nd Degree Black-Belt in Daito-Ryu Muden Juku) from Shihan Hiroo Iida
2015 – during a one-week intensive training course under Shihan Hiroo Iida and his top Black Belt students in Sapporo, Japan my abilities were tested by Shihan Iida and his senior Black Belts. Upon completion of this exciting and eye-opening experience I was honored and humbled to receive authorization by Shihan Iida, founder of the new Ryu-Ha, the Muden Juku http://muden.jp/to to represent Daito-Ryu Muden Juku in the US.
2014 – during a Black Belt two-day seminar in Olathe, Kansas at the dojo of Terry Stanton, I met and trained with the MASTER HIROO IIDA, one of the few remaining Shihan's having trained directly under HORIKAWA KODO. While on the mat with Shihan Iida, the sky opened for me when I felt, for the 1st time in all my years of training, "AIKI-NO JUTSU." Even more astounding was the fact that I had found a Shihan willing to share with me the secrets of Daito-Ryu Aiki Jujutsu. At the end of this seminar I was invited by Shihan Hiroo Iida to travel to Sapporo, Japan to study directly with Shihan Iida and his students.
2006 – studied Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu Roppo Kai under Howard Popkin and Brogna in Long Island, NY. I was fortunate to attend several seminars where I was able to train directly with Shihan Okamoto Seigo, founder of the Roppo Kai.
2001 – studied Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu Kodokai under Roy Goldberg. - here while training with Hayawo Kiyama Shihan I experienced “a connection”, a force that I could not see but I could “feel.”
1988 – studied Daito-Ryu under Sensei Jose Garrido; proud to encompass a small circle of Black Belts from this ryu; throughout my time here I was fortunate to have an introduction to several arts that included but were not limited to:
Ve Arnis Jujutsu, under Professor V & Michael DePasquale Sr. of the Yoshitsune Jujutsu system
Daito-ryu Aiki-Jujutsu – Kodokai
1985 – studied Jujutsu at the Nihon Goshin Aikido School in Guttenberg, NJ headed by Richard Bowe. Primarily a self-defense school it combined the arts of Karate and Aikido.
1980 - studied “Fu-Jow Pai Kung Fu” under Sifu Paul Vizzio. This was primarily a kick-boxing school as Sifu Paul Vizzio was P.K.A. world champion at the time.
1973 - Sensei Ray Gacita started his martial arts training under Bob Long’s School of self-defense. Under the tutelage of “Amdo,” an organization headed by Pete Siringano Sr. in Jersey City, NJ.