Sensei GACITA holds 45+ years of Martial Arts Training
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.
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.
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.
1988 – coming full circle – studied at the Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Goshinkai under Sensei Jose Garrido, head of NY Branch of the Daito-ryu Aiki-Jujutsu main line under Kondo Katsuyuki Menkyo Kaiden. I am proud to be part of a small circle of Black Belts that encompassed this “ryu.” During my 12 years at this “ryu” I was also introduced to a number of other 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
of all the arts Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu was the one that I found the most fascinating
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.”
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.
2014 –was accepted to a Black Belt course in Olathe, Kansas at the dojo of Terry Stanton, to study during a two day seminar with the MASTER HIRO IIDA, one of the few remaining Shihan's having trained directly under HORIKAWA KODO. While on the mat with Shihan Iida, the sky opened up for me when 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. At the end of this seminar I was invited by Shihan Hiro Iida to travel to Sapporo, Japan to study directly with Shihan Iida and his students.
2015 – Attended a one-week intensive training course under Shihan Hiro Iida and his top Black Belt students in Sapporo, Japan. Throughout the one-week training 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 New Jersey.