Mr. Vadim Belinskiy
1st Dan/Black Belt – Jukido Jujitsu
Youth Assistant Instructor; Jukido Academy of Martial Arts – Palm Coast, FL
Mr. Vadim Belinskiy began his Kokondo training in the art of Jukido Jujitsu under the tutelage of Sensei Rego in mid 2001 at the age of nine. Since that time Mr. Belinskiy has been an exceptionally active Jukido student and an example of dedication. Mr. Belinskiy is among the most senior students in the FJJA not only in rank but also in longevity as a member of the dojo. In addition to regular training at his home Palm Coast dojo in the arts of jujitsu and karate, Mr. Belinskiy is also a regular Florida attendee at 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.
In his experience, Mr. Belinskiy has been a key member of the Florida Jukido Jujitsu Academy in assisting in youth instruction and leadership, as well as demonstrations dating back to 2001 promoting the art of Jukido in Florida, specifically in Palm Coast. Mr. Belinskiy continues to not only dedicate himself to regular and black belt level training but also assisting in both youth and adult classes within the dojo.
In July 2007, Mr. Belinskiy (along with Mr. Alex Greutman and Ms. Ellen Scherr), 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. Mr. Belinskiy and his peers were only the 2nd group of FJJA members to be promoted to the rank of black belt. Mr. Belinskiy’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 Mr. Belinskiy 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, Mr. Belinskiy had his final test in July 2007 at the International Kokondo Martial Arts Seminar. At the end of the first evening session, Mr. Belinskiy was promoted by Sensei George Rego, Master Gregory Howard, and Shihan Paul Arel to the rank of black belt.
Around the dojo Mr. Belinskiy is known for his quiet demeanor, yet very witty humor and warm personality. Sensei Rego describes Mr. Belinksiy as a student who truly understands that being a “black belt” is an important landmark but also understands that in reality this special landmark is the beginning of the road as it relates to a lifelong martial arts training. As Mr. Belinskiy pursues academic and other life goals, he continues to keep his Jukido training as a central and critical part in his life.