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Hanshi Carlos H. Montalvo Founder
Hanshi Carlos H. Montalvo: Founder
Rank: 10th Degree

Parting the clouds...Finding the way.


Hanshi Carlos H. Montalvo 10º

      He began his career in the Martial Arts during his early middle school years in the City of San Sebastian, Puerto Rico where his father was the former City Police Chief. He practiced first Karate and Tae Kwon Do (1969) for a short period of time at the 4-H Club near his house. Later he practiced the Chinese style of Shaolin Tsu Kempo. His only brother began practicing Okinawa Kempo Karate Do under Sempai Luis Camara and Sensei Edwin Hernandez (a direct student of Toshimitsu Kina, Naha, Okinawa). During this time, Hanshi Carlos H. Montalvo practiced Boxing under Silverio Yeyo Kid Salas, former City Major of his adopted hometown of San Sebastian. Hanshi Carlos H. Montalvo joined his (oldest) brother Miguel and both practiced Okinawa Kempo Karate-Do under Master William Hernandez. Under the supervision and guidance of Master William Hernandez both brothers were tested and promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt from the Shigeru Nakamura lineage.

      On January 1974, the Montalvos brothers decided to open their first Dojo in San Sebastian, P.R. Said dojo still remains open. By this time Hanshi Carlos H. Montalvo was already competing in Full Contact /Kick Boxing events in the island making him one of the pioneers of this modality. In 1980, Master William Willie Hernandez and now Hanshi Montalvo met and became students of Hawaiian Kempo Karate Master Cecil Peoples (a direct student of Bill Ryusaki, Van Nuys, California). Under Master Peoples, Hanshi Montalvo obtained 2nd and 3rd Degree Black Belt.

      From 1974 to 1978, 80  81, Hanshi Montalvo became the Inter-American University, San German Campus (Puerto Rico), Physical Education/Martial Arts Professor, Team Coach and IAU Karate Team Captain. In 1978 to 1979 Hanshi Montalvo traveled to study at Yale University and the University of Connecticut, Psychology Post-graduate School. During that time, he taught Karate and Full Contact seminars at the Eastern Connecticut State College and the Windham Youth Center (for disturbed youngsters).

      Upon his return to Puerto Rico, he competed on most of the major tournaments and established himself as one of the top fighters in the Caribbean winning Grand Champions Title in sparring. He was interviewed by many sports magazines and acted as Body/Personal Guard of several celebrities during their visit to the island of Puerto Rico. Some of the celebrities included: Rocks Star Peter Frampton, Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, Latin Singers Jose Feliciano, Jose Jose and Menudo (Ricky Martin) among others. Hanshi Montalvo competed in 385 black belt tournament winning in 365 of them. His Full Contact/Kick Boxing career was of 36 fights, winning 33 and 31 by way of Knock Out.

      On April in 1984, he moved to Miami, Florida to work as a Special Agent for the U.S. Treasury Department. During this time he began a long-lasting friendship still carried today with Grand Master Manny Saavedra, founder of Sansei Goju Ryu World Karate Organization. Master Saavedra was a direct student of Peter Urban - Father of American USAGA Goju Ryu.

      Under the direction and guidance of Grand Master Saavedra, Hanshi Montalvo was tested to the ranks of 4th, 5th Degrees and the Title of Renshi and 6th Degree and the Title of Shihan , then later promoted to the 7th Degree in the City of Carrizales, Venezuela, and 1999 Hanshi Montalvo was promoted to the 8th Dan in the City of San Juan, Puerto Rico and the Title of Kyoshi by Hanshi Manny Saavedra. He continued competing winning most of his fights and was considered as one of the Best Middle Wt Fighters in the history of the FBBA. He also competed in the first US Open Orlando, Florida Championships in 1980 and celebrated his 50th birthday by competing in the 2006 US Open again. In both occasions he placed in the top three positions.

      During his tenure in Florida he became a member of the internationally rated Miami Vice Karate Team and retired undefeated after four (4) years of sparring competition. Hanshi Montalvo was the Vice-president of the Sansei Goju Ryu World Karate Organization and was in charge of over 200 Black Belts from South America and the Caribbean. Later he was entrusted with the position of President of Sansei Goju with 400 Black Belts under his management worldwide. He competed in many tournaments becoming USA  AAU Champion and subsequently Sparring World Champion of WWKO.

      At the end of the year 2000, (The year of the Dragon) Hanshi Montalvo with Hanshi Saavedras blessing, left Sansei and founded Ronin Brotherhood LLC® composed of three based Martial Arts Organization to wit: A) Rônin Goju Ryu Kai World Karate Organization (a Japanese/Okinawa Goju Ryu based karate organization that believes in rescuing the traditional values and ancient combat techniques of Okinawan Goju, incorporating contemporary fighting methods in tune with todays challenges), the B) International Rônin Martial Arts Federation (a Federation composed of several different Martial Arts Styles & Organizations) and C) Rônin Police Defensive Tactics Association (the only World Association composed of Sworn Law Enforcement Officers, all Martial Arts practitioners and instructors of several LE Agencies and Military LE Organization, with the common goal to improve their tactical operations techniques through the proper use of Martial Arts and Street Survival Techniques). Presently there are more than 600 Ronin Brotherhood black belt members in 16 countries, including approximately 75 black belt members from the ranks of 5th Degree to 10th Degree Black Belts.

      Hanshi Montalvo belongs to several other martial arts organization as an advisor on their Excecutive Boards. Throughout his long and intense Martial Arts career, Hanshi Carlos H. Montalvo has been inducted in many re-known Martial Arts Halls of Fame. He has appears in the cover of many Martial Arts magazines and have written many martial arts and self defense articles. He just finished his Ronin Goju Ryu Kai handbook.

      Hanshi Carlos H. Montalvo is a U.S. Government Senior Special Agent for for the past 26 years and a Certified Instructor on Closed Quarters Combat, Safety & Survival, Street Alertness, Advance Undercover Operations Techniques. Special Response Team (SRT) and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Instructor, he is presently a Peer Support Team Member and an SRT Crisis/Hostage Negotiator with a U.S. Government Agency.

      Hanshi Montalvo as a Government Agent has provided protection to five (5) Presidents of the United States (Reagan, Carter, Clinton, Bush & Bush) and to the Presidents of Cuba, Panama and Nicaragua. He also provided protection to the Holiness POPE John Paul II (twice) during his visits to the USA. Hanshi Montalvo participated in Governments educational videos as well as in several US Customs Classified TV Episodes. Hanshi Montalvo had appeared in the cover of numerous martial arts magazines and books.

      On July 17, 2005, at the City of Fergus, Ontario, Canada, Hanshi Montalvo was promoted to the Kudan (9th Degree Black Belt) and the Title of Hanshi in Goju Ryu Karate Do by the Hawaiian International Martial Arts Society.

      On October 2006, Hanshi Montalvo competed in an International Championships in Colombus, Ohio, winning 1st places in the Masters Kata and Kumite Division.

      On August 2007, Hanshi Montalvo competed in the International Cosmopolitan Florida Championships in Orlando, Florida, winning 1st places in Masters Kata and Kumite Division and the Kata Overall Grand Champion.

      On November 2009, Hanshi Montalvo competed in a World Championship in Orlando, Florida representing the Puerto Rico Team winning a Silver Medal and a Bronze Medal in Team Overall competition.

      On March 28, 2010, at the City of Calusso, Italy, Hanshi Montalvo was promoted to the Judan (10th Degree Black Belt) and the Title of Professor by the Unione Palestri di Artis Marcialis.

      Hanshi Carlos H. Montalvo is also a loving family man who is dedicated to the service of his Country, Family and the Rônin Martial Arts Organizations. Hanshi Montalvo currently resides in a Southern State of the United States where he continues to live through the precepts of the Bushido as a true



      NOTE: Hanshi Montalvo appears in the Book of Steven Moores titled: Back from the Death


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