Professor William Fischer

Professor Bill Fischer began his martial arts training in 1965 in Kodokan judo under Sensei Bill White.  In 1966, he helped organize a Shotokan Karate club under sensei Robert Buschelman at Loyola High School, Los Angeles, the first of its kind in the nation. It is still in existence.

Following high school in 1967, he attended St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, and joined the college judo team under its chief instructor, Clyde Zimmerman.  He was appointed an assistant instructor in 1968 and, upon sensei Zimmerman’s graduation in 1969, assumed the position of the team’s Chief Instructor until 1971.

He moved to Fountain Valley, California, in 1971 to attend Pepperdine Law School in Santa Ana.  He began training under Professor Mike Chubb shortly thereafter.  He was awarded his first degree black belt in Danzan Ryu jujitsu in 1977.  He is currently a kudan, ninth degree, in Danzan Ryu.

Prof. Fischer has served on the board of directors of the Southern California Jujitsu Association, the American Jujitsu Institute, and Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai. He has been involved in a number of projects, including the formation of the Ohana weekends, the AAU National Jujitsu Championships, and the Danzan Ryu Jujitsu Hall of Fame. He has received service awards from several Danzan Ryu organizations and was the first two-time recipient of the Luciani Service Award, Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai’s highest honor.

Professor Fischer is a practicing attorney in Southern California.

Professor Wally Jay and Professor William Fischer at the 1995 Shoshin Ryu Reunion in Long Beach, California

Professor William Fischer in 2011.