Shihan John Mayer is the Grandmaster/Founder of PROMAA.
A nationally recognized instructor & leader that demonstrates his expertise in both the martial arts and law enforcement arena. He has had the opportunity to live, train and travel throughout the U.S. & Asia. He serves as a master instructor of Arnis at Karate College in Radford, VA. He has written a book titled American Arnis Concepts, availible on Amazon and B&N. However, he also has a vast knowledge in the areas of traditional martial arts, pressure points, aiki-locks, contemporary weapons, traditional forms and modern systems.
Title of Grandmaster
Shihan - Teacher of Teachers
8th Degree Black Belt - Taikipo-ryu Karate-Jitsu
Kyoshi - 8th Dan - Goshin Jitsu
7th Degree Black Belt - Ho Shin Sul (Korean Arts)
5th Degree Black Belt - Tai Jutsu
Senior black belt ranks in numerous Japanese & Korean Arts
Chief Instructor - American Arnis Concepts
Chief Instructor - 3PC Self Defense Programs
Federal LEO Firearms Instructor
Federal LEO Defensive Tactics Instructor
Federal LEO Fitness Advisor
Master of Criminal Justice - Boston University
Doctoral Candidate - Psychology/Criminology
Shihan was influenced in the martial arts by his father, who had earned a black belt in Judo. Shihan's path begin in 1984 training with friends. Eventually, he earned his first black belt in 1988. This was followed by his teaching credentials in 1990 and began instructing his first club later that year. He was honored as Instructor of the Year by the United States Martial Arts Association in 2000. He was promoted to the title of Master in 2006. At that time, he was actively teaching his own club and became an instructor at the world famous Karate College in Radford, VA. Shihan then had the opportunity to travel and train in Asia for three years. He continued to teach, mentor and guide other black belts and instructors through the creation of PROMAA. This organization was designed to bring different martial artist together regardless of style. He was awarded the Chun Moo Kwan Founders Award in 2014 for his outstanding contribution to the Martial Arts. Because of this desire to bring out the best in others and pass on his knowledge without politics, in 2015, a board of 9th and 10th Dans promoted him to 8th Degree black belt and granted him the title of grandmaster. This was followed in 2016 when Shihan was granted the title of Kyoshi in Goshin-Jitsu by Grandmaster Rick Jessee and now serves on the Grandmasters Council of Rick Jessee's Martial Arts providing advice and inspiration of the next generation of Masters.