Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) - Jukido Jujitsu

Jukido Academy of Martial Arts - Palm Coast, FL

Ms. Ellen Scherr began her Kokondo training in the art of Jukido Jujitsu in October of 2003 under the instruction of Sensei Rego. Ms. Scherr began her training as a member of a special program within the FJJA created specifically for home schooled students. Since that time Ms. Scherr has been a key member of both the dojo's youth and adult divisions as a student and assistant. In addition to regular training at the home Palm Coast dojo in the arts of Jukido Jujitsu and Kokondo Karate, Ms.Scherr is also a regular attendee of the annual International Kokondo Martial Arts seminar, as well as the annual Florida Kokondo Martial Arts Seminar lead by Shihan Paul Arel (founder) and Master Gregory Howard.

Ms. Scherr's progression as a martial artist is an example to many within the FJJA. Sensei Rego, FJJA Chief Instructor & IKA Florida Supervisor states, "Ms. Scherr is the manifestation of 'Jukido Spirit!' Her genuine excitement each and every single time she works out is not only an inspiration but it's contagious. She is a loyal and dedicated student and I'm honored to have her as a student and among the black belt's of our dojo. Everything she's earned has been through her own hard work and extraordinary fudoshin (indomitable spirit)."

In July 2007, Ms. Scherr (along with Mr. Alex Greutman and Mr. Vadim Belinskiy), was promoted to the rank of probationary shodan (1st degree black belt) in the art of Jukido Jujitsu at the largest Kokondo function of the year – the International Kokondo Martial Arts seminar. Ms. Scherr and her peers were only the 2nd group of FJJA members to be promoted to the rank of black belt. Ms. Scherr's testing for black belt began in December 2006 at the 3rd annual Florida Kokondo Martial Arts Seminar in Palm Coast; under the eyes of Sensei Rego, Sensei Joaquin Betancourt (IKA U.S. National Associate Jukido Director), Master Robert E. Robert (IKA U.S. National Jukido Director), Master Gregory Howard (7th dan, IKA International Associate Director), and Kokondo's founder Shihan Paul Arel (10th dan and IKA International Director). During the 1st half of 2007 Ms. Scherr was tested directly by FJJA Chief Instructor and IKA Florida Supervisor on five occasions – all tests focusing on various areas of self-defense at length. Finally, after over 7 months of black belt evaluations, Ms. Scherr had her final test in July 2007 at the International Kokondo Martial Arts Seminar. At the end of the first evening session, Ms. Scherr was promoted by Sensei George Rego, Master Gregory Howard, and Shihan Paul Arel to the rank of black belt. In July 2013 she successfully tested and promoted to nidan (2nd degree black belt). She was also recognized as a certified instructor in jujitsu.

Around the dojo Ms. Scherr is known for her smile and absolute excitement for all things Kokondo. Additionally, she is known for 'throwing' herself into all area's of training – whether it is self-defense, kata, or assisting students on their own path as a martial artist. Her intelligence and joyful nature are among the qualities she's best known for.