GRANDMASTER FRANK E. SANCHEZ
GRANDMASTER FRANK E. SANCHEZ is a 10th Degree Black Belt and one of the true modern day Sokes of martial arts in America. His system of SAN-JITSU is Guam's first Internationally recognized martial art style. Born April 21, 1948 in the Village of Tamuning, he was made an Honorary Ambassador-At-Large for Guam in 1976. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Great Plains Baptist College in South Dakota. A student of martial arts since age 11, Sanchez holds Black Belts in Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate and a Red Sash in Jing Jow Pai Kung-Fu. He also studied boxing as a youth from his Father, Francisco Sanchez who was a Boxer in the Pacific Fleet & learned wrestling to supplement his martial arts training. His most famous instructors include Hawaiian born Professor Siegfried Kufferath who was one of the legends of the popular worldwide Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Jiu-Jitsu System and Yasutoshi “Moon” Watanabe, former Hawaiian Sumo and Judo Champion. His system of San-Jitsu which was formulated in the Village of Toto, Guam in 1971 has received worldwide attention in magazines and seminars as one of the more brutal and unique styles of Jiu-Jitsu practiced today.
To whom it may concern,
Grandmaster Frank Sanchez is a unique martial artist and a very special human being. Besides being a famous Grandmaster of his art, he has created the World Grandmaster Council which well known worldwide. I personally have known Grandmaster Sanchez for over ten years. He is a decent, principled and honourable man.
I am sure that Guam, his country must be very proud of all his great talents and skills. He has changed the course of martial art history and has furthered world peace.
I have no hesitation in recommending him in everyway to any person or group. If you require any more information please contact me at anytime.
Grandmaster Gary Wasniewski
Founder TYGA International
AWARDS, CERTIFICATES AND HONORS - click here for photos
August 12, 1976 – Awarded Honorary Ambassador-At-Large Certificate by the late Honorable Ricardo J. Bordallo, Governor of Guam (Guam’s highest elected Official) – Agana, Guam
1977 - Produced publication entitled “The New Devastating Fighting Art of the Marianas San-Jitsu - training manual of basic techniques” – published in Tamuning, Guam
1992 - Featured in “Who’s Who in the Martial Arts Elite” – Karate International Magazine – Publisher, Shihan Michael DePasquale Jr. – New York
1993 – International Tao of the Fist Fraternity – presented membership in this secret society – member registration no. 28891146 – Director, the late Grandmaster Sid Campbell – California
September 11, 1993 – Awarded Letter of Leadership “in appreciation for great leadership skills and dedicated service to the development of true leaders in the martial arts” – Global Martial Arts Federation – Director, the late Dr. James Dussalt - Florida
1994 – World Christian Martial Arts Hall of Fame – presented with Golden Life Achievement Award – Founder, Grandmaster Ron Malone – New Jersey
May 1, 1994 – Universal Martial Arts Federation - presented with an Honorary Degree in Isshinryu Karate - President, the late Grandmaster Gary Castanza – New York
1995 – American Bujinkan Dojo (organization designated by Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi to speard the art of real Nin-Jutsu and Budo Taijutsu throughout the world) – presented Honorary lifetime membership by Grandmaster Richard Van Donk – California
1995 – Florida Hall of Fame – presented with “Outstanding dedication to the Martial Arts” Award – Publisher, Shihan Vasilios Katsaitis – The Karate Voice News - Florida
September 23, 1995 – WHFSC Annual Hall of Fame and Annual Achievement – presented with “Leadership” Award – signed by Hall of Fame Committee Members, Grandmasters Alan Goldberg, Vincent Marchetti, Jonathan Stewart and Head Coordinator, Grandmaster Peter A. Ticali – New Jersey
October 28, 1995 – Action Portrait Studios Martial Arts Gallery of Fame – Award given “in recognition of dedication and contributions in the martial arts” – Director, Mike Berger – Ohio
1996 – World Martial Arts Alliance – presented letter of appointment for Advisory Council – President, Grandmaster John Pellegini – Arizona
1996 – Florida Hall of Fame – presented with “Founding Pioneer” Award – Publisher, Shihan Vasilios Katsaitis – the Karate Voice News – Florida
January 27, 1996 – Kurokawa Martial Arts Foundation 25th Anniversary Honors Banquet – Awarded “30 Years Medal of Honor” – Kurokawa Martial Arts Foundation – Director, Teruko Kurokawa – Brooks / Chairman, Dr. Timothy Brooks – Florida
June 14, 1996 – presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities by Great Plains Baptist College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
May 25, 1997 – Awarded C.C.S. – 10th Degree – Independent Career Sensei as Supreme Soke for the WHFSC – American Institute of Advanced Studies in Martial Combatives and All Their Cognates conferred at Fanshua Monastery – by Maestro Peter Urban – New Jersey
1997 – Presented Medal of Honor award from Dennis Survival Ju-Jitsu – Founder, Dr. Dennis Hanover – Israel
June 9, 1997 – Presented with a Recognition award from the International Karate Ju Jitsu Kobudo Association – President, Maestro Paolo Colla – Italy
November 17, 1997 – Representative for Ultimate Fighting Alliance (affiliated with UFC)– Membership no. S054 – Commissioner, Art Davie – California
December 7, 1997 – Florida Hall of Fame – presented with “Largest Organization of Martial Artists” Award – The Karate Voice News – Publisher, Master Vasilios Katsaitis – Florida
1998 - East Coast Gathering – seminar leader – presented award for “dedication to preservation and unification of the martial arts” – Host, Shihan Jeff Driscoll – Pennsylvania
1998 – American Teachers Association (ATA) martial arts award “in appreciation for dedication to the unification of the martial arts” – President, Grandmaster Rick Alemany - Pennsylvania
October 10, 1998 – The Gathering – Recognition Award for “Dedication in seeing all martial artists unite” – Martial Arts Collective Society – Founder, Hanshi Bruce Juchnik – California
October 10, 1998 – The Gathering – given Senior Advisor appointment – certificate signed by Hanshi Bruce Juchnik, Master Robert Ito, Grandmasters Bing Fai Lau, Ming Lum, Al Novak, Michael Young, Jack Wheat, Ian Cyrus, Tony Troche, Paul Yamaguchi, Lyle Ho, Bob Maschmeier, Jamie Bazquez, Jose “Cherry” Ortega, Rick Alemany, Lucky Luciano, Robert Bowles and Olohe Solomon Kahaiwalu – Martial Arts Collective Society – Founder, Hanshi Bruce Juchnik – California
November 21, 1998 –International Black Belt Hall of Fame – presented with Grandmaster of the Year Award – E.U.S.A.I.M.A.A. International – Executive Director, Grandmaster John Kanzler - Pennsylvania
December 5, 1998 – Florida Hall of Fame – Awarded “International Achievement Award for Guam’s martial art of San-Jitsu – The Karate Voice News – Publisher, Kratios Master Vasilios Katsaitis - Florida
1999 – Featured in the publication, “The World’s Martial Arts Elite” - published by the World Head of Family Sokeship Council - Florida
1999 – East Coast Gathering – seminar leader – presented with award “for dedication to the preservation and unification of the martial arts” – host, Shihan Jeff Driscoll – Pennsylvania
1999 – The Gathering – seminar leader – presented with award “ in appreciation for your dedication to the teaching of old” – Director, Hanshi Bruce Juchnik – California
March 1999 – 12th Annual K.J.J.B.A.G.B. Open Self-Defense Seminar – presented award for teaching seminar – Director, Hanshi Peter Browne – England
April 4, 1999 – Awarded lifetime membership in Common Sense Self- Defense/ Street Combat Association – Director, Grandmaster Bram Frank – Florida
August 18, 1999 – United States Black Belt Society – presented Special Achievement Award – United States Black Belt Society – President, Grandmaster Robert Hoe – Maine
October 9 -10, 1999 – presented Meritorious Achievement Award – United States Black Belt Society – President, Grandmaster Robert Hoe – Maine
November 27, 1999 – Cosmopolitan Florida Hall of Fame - recognized and presented an award for being “Guam’s Patriarch for the Martial Arts” – The Karate Voice News – Publisher, Kratios Master Vasilios Katsaitis – Florida
2000 – Cosmopolitan Florida Hall of Fame – presented with “Golden Life Achievement” Award – The Karate Voice News – Publisher, Kratios Master Vasilios Katsaitis – Florida
2000 – U.S. Martial Artist Association Hall of Fame – presented with “Supreme Grandmaster of the Year – San-Jitsu” Award – Director, Grandmaster William A. Rankin – Maryland
September 2, 2000 – United States Isshinryu Karate Association – given Honorary Lifetime Membership ( as a non Isshinryu practitioner) – President, Grandmaster Phil Little – South Carolina
October 28, 2000 – Kilohana Martial Arts Association recognizes Professor Frank E. Sanchez as Soke of San-Jitsu – certificate signed by Professor Imi Okazaki- Mullins, Great Grandmaster Ming Lum, Grandmaster Bob Maschmeier, Professor Russ Coelho and Kilohana President, Professor Hans Ingebretsen – California
2000 – East Coast Gathering – seminar leader – presented with award “for dedication to the preservation and unification of the martial arts” – host, Shihan Jeff Driscoll – Pennsylvania
2001 – MartialArtsBusiness.com – Top 200 Schools Award 2001 – Orlando, Florida
2001 – United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame – presented with “Most Distinguished Grandmaster” Award – Executive Director, Professor Marty Cale – Arkansas
2001 – Appreciation plaque “for someone who will walk with you throughout life’s passages, to give incentive to the truth, in your best of values – Puerto Rico says thank you!” – signed by Senseis Carlos Rolon, Ivan Hernandez and Jimmy Riversa – Puerto Rico
2002 – Capital Conquest 02 – award for participation as seminar leader – World Kobudo Federation – President, Professor John Therien – Canada
2002 – U.S. Isshinryu Karate Association - presented with “The Grandmaster Innovator of International Martial Arts 2002” Award (non Isshinryu practitioner) – President, Grandmaster Phil Little – South Carolina
2002 – Hawaii Martial Arts Society Hall of Fame – inducted into Hall of Fame – President, Professor Jaime Abregana Jr. – Hawaii
May 25, 2002 – Chinese Athletic Arts Academy - Hawaii – presented with “Martial Arts Legend” Award – Dean of Academy, Professor Randal T. Choy – Hawaii
June 1, 2002 – Worldwide Martial Arts Hall of Fame – appointed member of W.W.M.A.H.O.F. Board of Directors 2002 – 2003 – President, Master Tom Merritt – New York
June 1, 2002 – Worldwide Martial Arts Hall of Fame – Awarded “Grandmaster of the Year – San-Jitsu” – President, Master Tom Merritt – New York
June 29, 2002 – The Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Inc – certificate of membership – President, Professor Silverio Guerra – Texas
August 24, 2002 – International Martial Arts Federation (I.M.A.F.) Europe – Branch Germany – appointed International Honorary Advisor Self –Defense
October 12, 2002 – International Association of Martial Artists 2002 Hall of Fame Awards – awarded “Outstanding Martial Arts Promoter Emeritus” Award – I.A.M.A. President, Grandmaster Gary Alexander – New Jersey
2003 – Cosmopolitan Florida Hall of Fame 2003 – presented with Diamond Award – Publisher, Kratios Grandmaster Vasilios Katsaitis – The Karate Voice News – Florida
2003 – International Association of Martial Artists 2003 Hall of Fame – presented with award for “Founder of WHFSC - contributions to the growth and comradery of martial artists worldwide” – President, Grandmaster Gary Alexander – New York
2003 – Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame and Spirit Awards – presented with “Outstanding Contribution to the Martial Arts as a Grandmaster” Award – Publisher, Grandmaster Alan Goldberg – New York
July 12, 2003 – Hawaii Martial Arts International Society – presented with “2003 Legend” Award – President, Professor Jaime Abregana Jr. – Nevada
August 2, 2003 – Masters 2003 Hall of Fame – presented with Grandmaster Award – CEO, Grandmaster Steve Spry – California
August 25, 2003 – Proclamation for creation of San-Jitsu and the World Head of Family Sokeship Council – presented by the honorable Mayor, John Peyton – Jacksonville, Florida
2004 – Award of recognition from students in Germany presented by Sensei Jens Fricke
October 15, 2004 – Gold Coast Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame – presented with “Legend” Award – President, Grandmaster Joseph Williams – Florida
2005 – Budo International America Hall of Fame – presented with “Legend” Award – Editor, Grandmaster Bruce Elmalem – Budo International America Magazine – New York
2005 – Police Tactics Instructors of America – Life membership - membership registration no. 2217-2005 – Director, Grandmaster Vincent Marchetti – New Jersey
2005 – The International Association of Martial Artists (I.A.M.A.) – presented with “2005 Pioneer Leader in American Martial Arts” – President, Grandmaster Gary Alexander – New Jersey
2005 – Cosmopolitan Florida Hall of Fame – presented with” Platinum Award of Excellence” – Publisher, Kratios Grandmaster Vasilios Katsaitis – The Karate Voice News – Florida
August 15, 2005 – United States Police Tactics Association - awarded with “Honorary Police Tactics Trainer” certificate – Director, Grandmaster Ric Black – Florida
September 23, 2005 – Gold Coast Martial Arts Association – presented with “Organization of the Year” Award – President, Grandmaster Joseph Williams – Florida
2006 – Action Magazine Martial Arts Hall of Fame and Spirit Awards – presented with “Outstanding Contribution to the Martial Arts as a Grandmaster” Award – Publisher, Grandmaster Alan Goldberg – Action Martial Arts News – New York
2006 – London International Hall of Fame – presented with “Excellence in Martial Arts” Award – Director, Grandmaster Gary Wasniewski – England
2006 – International Martial Arts Federation Europe – presented with “I.MA.F. Medal of Excellence 2006 – Martial Arts Spirit” Award – I.M.A.F. President, Master Jens Fricke
August 9, 2006 – Seibushin Kai of the Martial Arts Association – International – presented with “Certificate of Honour – Golden Warrior” Award – Germany
August 9, 2006 – Martial Arts Association. - International – presented with “Active Lifestyle” Award – Germany
August 9, 2006 – Martial Arts Association - International – presented with Ehrenauszeichnung der Martial Arts Association award - Germany
August 9, 2006 – Martial Arts Association – International – presented with “Mind Control” Award - Germany
September 23, 2006 – Gold Coast Martial Arts Association – presented with “Grandmaster of the Year” Award – President, Grandmaster Joseph Williams – Florida
October 21, 2006 – International School of Martial Arts Hall of Fame – given appointment to Board of Trustees – President, Grandmaster Santiago Sanchis – Spain
2007 – Featured in the publication, “An Illustrated History of Martial Arts in America” – Author, Grandmaster Emil Farkas – California
2007 – Russian Union of Martial Arts (representing 52 National Federations) – Certificate awards for leadership and 15th year Anniversary of World Head of Family Sokeship Council – Head of R.U.M.A., S.G. Suvorov – Russia
2007 – Cosmopolitan Florida Hall of Fame – presented with “Outstanding Leader and Dedication in the Martial Arts” – Publisher, Kratios Grandmaster Vasilios Katsaitis – The Karate Voice News – Florida
2007 – London International Hall of Fame – presented with “Excellence in Martial Arts” Award – President, Grandmaster Gary Wasniewski – England
2008 – Featured in the publication, “Peter Urban – America’s 1st Karate 10th dan” – published by Grandmaster Don Warrener’s Rising Sun Productions – California
2008 – Featured in the publication, “The World Head of Family Sokeship Council” – published by Grandmaster Don Warrener’s Rising Sun Productions – California
2008 – London International Hall of Fame – presented with “Pioneer” Award – President, Grandmaster Gary Wasniewski – England
May 24, 2008 – American Board for Certification in Homeland Security – plague awarded “in recognition of his contributions to Homeland Security through the advancement of the combat arts” – CEO, Dr. Robert L. Block – Kansas
November 15, 2008 – International Association of Martial Artists Hall of Fame – appointed to 2008 I.A.M.A. Associate Member Senior Black Belt Board of Directors – Director, Grandmaster Gary Alexander – New Jersey
2009 – World Martial Arts Magazine and Action Radio Network Hall of Fame – presented with “Platinum Life Achievement” Award (50 yrs in the martial arts) – Director, Dr. Richard Hackworth – Florida
2009 – London International Hall of Fame – presented with “Pioneer” Award – President, Grandmaster Gary Wasniewski – England
2009 - Mentioned in the Island of Guam's official website of Guam called Guampedia under the biographical link www.guampedia.com/martial-arts-profile-frank-e-sanchez for martial arts & www.guampedia.com/chamorro-music-2 for music, as one of its top entertainers/ recording artists.
May 23, 2009 – Guardian Angels Award – presented for “distinctive leadership, character and civil responsibility” – Founder, Curtis Sliwa / Director of Operations – Dallas, Texas, Rafael Arredondo
May 29, 2010 - Awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Martial Arts Science; Professorship in Martial Arts Science & appointment to the Board of Advisors for the World Academy of Martial Arts Philosophy and Science in Malaysia during special presentation - 17th Annual WHFSC convention in Orlando, Florida
May 28, 2011 - Awarded Patma Ratna - highest martial conscious force award by Grandmaster Sri Dinesh, Chairman of Gati Chi International - India; awarded Life Membership and recognition of San-Jitsu in Italy by W.A.S.C.A. International President, Grandmaster Alfredo Bassani of Italy; appointed Consigliere/ Advisor to the U.S. - Italian Martial Arts Alliance by its President, Master Alfredo Torella and Co-Director, Professor Gary Dill during 19th Annual World Head of Family Sokeship Council event held in Orlando, Florida.
June 2, 2012 - Received Scroll of Appreciation from Armed Services Judo & JuJitsu Academy signed by Director, Dr. Harold G. Robinson; Award from the Unione Nazionale Veterani Dello Sport Associazione of Italy; and Award from the R.O.S.S. Organization of Russia during 20th Anniversary festivities of World Head of Family Sokeship Council held in Orlando, Florida
2012 misc - Featured on the cover of The Martial Directory 2012 by Allen Woodman; San-Jitsu Book featured in Hawaii Karate Museum; Featured in Guam Pacific Daily News interview & podcast on 10/10/12 while on Guam
Feb. 13, 2013 - Guam Museum accepts for display in new museum - photo of Sanchez along with gi (uniform), letters of praise from Guam notables, books mentioning Sanchez and a copy of Inside Kung-Fu Magazine featuring an article on San-Jitsu
June 15, 2013 - Given Legend Award by London Hall of Fame in London, England
June 2013 - Awarded membership in "Enlightened Warrior Society" by GM Richard and Master Linda Van Donk for "Outstanding Contribution to a Better World"
June 2013 - Presented African Warrior necklace by Dr. Germon Miller-Bey for martial arts achievements
June 2013 - Inducted into International Martial Arts Times Magazine Hall of Fame as "Supreme Grandmaster of the Year 2013"
September - October 2013 - Featured on cover of Sept - Oct issue of International Martial Arts Times Magazine Feb 2014 – Inducted into National Sport Karate Museum, 3222 Burk Rd, Pasadena, TX (uniform, picture with San-Jitsu/ WHFSC books in museum) & made History General by museum Founder, Professor Gary Lee
June 2014 – Presented with certificate award from WASCA of Italy
February 2015 - Made into cartoon character "Master Green-San" in a new cartoon series called "The Karate Whisperer" created by Don Castillo, Professor Gary Lee & the National Sport Karate Museum - Featured in an article in the Malaysian martial arts publication, Seni Beladiri entitled "Guam's Pride & Joy, Grandmaster Frank Sanchez"
September 2015 - Awarded Founder’s award for creating World Head of Family Sokeship Council; 2015 Admiralship from the Honorable Governor, Pete Ricketts of Nebraska; and given award from WASCA of Italy.
November 2015 - 1st part of a 2 part article on San-Jitsu entitled "Knife Control Advantage with San-Jitsu’s Hornet’s Loop – Part one" in TaeKwonDo Times Magazine.
January 2016 – 2nd part of “Applications of San-Jitsu Hornet Knife Techniques” appears in TaeKwonDo Times Magazine.
February - March 2016 - Featured in article "FRANKly SPEAKING" - Black Belt Magazine.
April 2016 – Resolution No. 334-33 (COR) from Speaker of the House, the Honorable Judith Won Pat & the 33rd Guam Legislature presented to Senior Grandmaster Frank E. Sanchez on 4-21-2016 honoring him for founding Guam’s first internationally recognized martial art of San-Jitsu & for his other martial arts accomplishments, including the creation of the World Head of Family Sokeship Council.
August 2016 – Featured in article "Frank E. Sanchez - Martial Arts Pioneer from Guam 'Where America's Day Begins" - Budo International Magazine (American/Canadian edition)
May 2017 – Featured in article “People Judge You By the Company You Keep: The 25th Anniversary of the World Head of Family Sokeship – TaeKwonDo Times Magazine; Featured in the book “Ted Gambordella’s Martial Arts Tributes: The Grand Masters of the Martial Arts – Vol. I” by Dr. Ted Gambordella