Professor John Congistre

Professor John Congistre, Judan, began his martial arts training in 1952 with Professor Ray Law in Oakland, California, and practiced there until the dojo closed in 1969.

His martial arts training includes Judo, Karate, Kendo, and massage. His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California Berkeley, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Santa Clara.  Professor Congistre is employed as a senior design engineer and is a retired Air Force Reserve Lt. Colonel.  He is married to Cathy Congistre and has two children and three grandchildren.  He spends his spare time teaching martial arts, traveling, judging kata tournaments, skiing, hiking, biking, and enjoying his family.

In 2009 the AJJF promoted Professor Congistre to the rank of Kudan and made him part of the Senior Professor’s Council along with Professor Jane Carr.  Along with that duty he is also the Treasurer and CFO of the AJJF.  Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai recognizes Professor Congistre’s Kudan degree and has made him a life member.

Professor Congistre demonstrating a technique at the 2011 Shoshin Ryu Reunion.