C. Michial Jones

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Curtis Michial Jones
Born (1973-02-15) February 15, 1973 (age 49)
Marion, Indiana
ResidenceSwayzee, indiana
StyleGoju-ryu Karate and Ufuchiku Kobujutsu
Teacher(s)Curt Jones, Glenn Keeney, Robert Tias, Koshin Iha and Kiichi Nakamoto
Rank8th dan (degree) black belt

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Curtis Michial Jones is an American martial artist[1], author, Television personality and law enforcement officer. He was born in Marion, Indiana in 1973 and was raised in nearby Gas City, Indiana. He began his study of the martial arts in 1977.[2]

Early Influences[edit]

In 1977 Jones began training in Goju-Ryu karate under the direction of his father Curt E. Jones, himself a student of Glenn R. Keeney. [3] In 1982 he began training directly under Glenn R. Keeney. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1985 and began training under Robert Trias, Jiro Shiroma, and Al Sadler. By 1989 he was back in Indiana training under Larry Davenport. During the 1990's he continued to study with Lloyd Johnson, Eiichi Miyazato, Koshin Iha, Phillip Koeppel, Roy Hobbs, as well as several other masters, traveling around the USA and to Okinawa for further instruction.[4] From 2000-2012, he was a direct student of Koshin Iha. Since 2010 he has been the North American Representative for Kiichi Nakamoto, a direct student of Chojun Miyagi[5]


Jones began assisting at his father's dojo in the early 1980s. In 1990 he helped his father open the Komakai Academy of Karate Marion.[6] In 1993 he also helped his father open the Komakai Academy of Self Defense in Indianapolis. from 1992-1994 he was the Chief Instructor for the Komakai of Marion.[7] In 1994 he founded his first independent karate school, the Yushikan[8], which is still in operation today. Jones has also traveled around the country teaching martial arts seminars.[9] In law enforcement, Jones is an Indiana State certified Instructor in a General Law Enforcement areas and psycho-motor skills, with additional certifications in multiple Defensive Tactics systems, O.C. Spray, PR-24, baton, collapsible baton and edged weapons.


Jones began competing in USKA tournaments in 1978 and has continued to compete since then. He has competed all over the USA in associations such as the United States Karate Association, United States Karate-do Kai, Professional Karate Commission, United States Karate Alliance, UWMAS, USAMA and AAU. He has won numerous State, Regional and National Championships. He was the 1989-90 USKA National Champion, 1989-90 USKK National Champion, 2002 US-Okinawan Kata Chamipon.[10] He won a Gold Medal in The AAU Indiana tournament in 2017.[11] In kickboxing from 1992 to 1996, Mike was the UWMAS Feather Weight World Kickboxing Champion five times.[12]

Law Enforcement Career[edit]

In his professional life, Jones, like several other Gojuryu instructors before him, was a law enforcement officer and training instructor. Mike began his law enforcement career with the Jonesboro, Indiana police department. He also worked for Fairmount Police Department and Madison County Sheriff's Department. He is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. In 2005 he began working for the Swayzee Police Department. He was promoted to Chief Deputy in 2006 and Chief of Police in 2012[13].[14][15][16] Mike retired in 2014. He is still the most decorated officer in the department history and has received multiple awards and commendations for valor and bravery. In 2008 he was America’s TOP COP and NAPO’s Citizens Choice Award Winner. He was also declared as an Indiana Hero by then Gov. Mitchell Daniels.[17] In addition he is a certified defensive tactics instructor with multiple instructor and master instructor certifications in several DT methods.

Media and Published Works[edit]

In the media, he has been featured in several newspapers, not only for being named USKA National Kata Champion for 1988-89, but also for the numerous heroic acts performed in the line of duty, such as saving three children under the age of three from a fully engulfed house fire.[18][19][20] [21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30]and news television programs. As an author, he has written numerous articles on various aspects of the martial arts for a variety of periodicals, including the Seibukan Journal, and Traditional Karate Magazine[31], he has written several law enforcement training manuals and is the internationally published author of:

  • Entering Through the Gateway of Gojuryu[32]
  • Yushikan: Entering Through the Gateway of Gojuryu[33]
  • Goju-Ryu Futari Geiko[34]
  • Okinawan Martial Arts Center Student Manual[35]
  • Goju-Ryu Okinawakan Handbook[36]


Jones was a weekly guest host on the Crazy Connie's Variety Hour children's show from 1990-1992. His segments aired on Saturday mornings and taught self defense techniques to viewers and studio audiences.[37]. He has also been featured on news programs regarding his law enforcement career, he was awarded the Indian Hero's Award during half-time at an Indiana Pacer's game in 2008.[38]

Leadership and Founder[edit]

Jones has held numerous martial arts association leadership positions. In 2010 he was appointed as North American Representative for Grandmaster Kiichi Nakamoto[39], at which time he was the first person to introduce the Okinawakan style branch of Gojuryu Karate-do to the United States of America. In 2016 He also founded the International Karate Kobudo Association.[citation needed]

Law Enforcement Honors[edit]

  • Indiana Governor's Heroism Award - Awarded by Gov. Mitchell Daniels[40][41][42][43]
  • 2008 America's Top Cop - awarded by the National Association of Police Organizations[44][45][46][47]
  • 2008 Citizens Choice Award Winner - NAPO[48]
  • Indiana Hero's Award - awarded by the Indiana Pacers[49][50][51][52]
  • 1st ever Colts Anthem Angels Award[53][54]
  • Swayzee Fire Department Merit Award[55][56][57]
  • United States Congressional Commendation - Sen. Luke Kenley and Rep. Dan Burton (2008)[58]
  • Life Saving Award x4[59][60]
  • Global Award - Indiana Volunteer Fireman's Association (2008)[61]
  • Plaque of Appreciation - Swayzee Lions Club (2008)
  • Lifetime Service Award - President George W. Bush (2006)[62]
  • Patriot Award - Swayzee Police Department (2006)
  • Certificate of Appreciation - President George W. Bush (2006)[63]
  • Distinguished Service Award - Swayzee Police Department (2010)
  • Gold Volunteer Service Award - President George W. Bush (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
  • Certificate of Commendation - Jonesboro Police Department (2003)
  • Certificate of Meritorious Service - Jonesboro Police Department (2003)
  • Certificate of Recognition for Dedicated Service -National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (2009)
  • Traffic Officer of the Year - Swayzee Police Department (2006, 2007, 2008, 209, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Nominated: Presidential Medal of Valor (2008)
  • Nominated: All Star Award - America's Most Wanted / Jon Walsh (2008)


  1. Jones, Curt. "Yudansha". Komakai Academy of Karate. Komakai academy. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  2. Jones, C. Michial (2011). Entering Through the Gateway of Gojuryu (1st ed.). Lulu Press. ISBN 9781257979387. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. Roorbach, Doug (June 28, 2016). "Okinawan Martial Arts offers traditional training". Good News Ventures, Inc. The News Herald.
  4. Hobbs, Roy (March 2002). "Seidokan Karate History". Traditional Karate Magazine. 15 (7).
  5. Nakamoto, Kiichi. "Okinawakan History". Okinawakan North America. Okinawakan. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  6. Jones, Curt. "About Komakai Academy". Komakai Academy of Karate. Komakai Academy. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  7. Jones, Curt. "About Komakai". Komakai Academy of Karate. Komakai academy. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  8. Jones, C. Michial. "Sensei Biography". Yushikan. Okinawan Martial Arts Center. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  9. Bryant, Andrew J. (6 January 2010). "2009 All Japan Budo Federation Indianapolis Seminar and Instructors". Seibukan Journal. 2 (1).
  10. Nohara, Koei. "2002 U.S. -Okinawan Open International Championship". Ryukyukan International. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  11. Roorbach, Douglas (March 10, 2017). "Jones Wins the Gold". The News Herald.
  12. Bradley, Charles (1992). "Jones World Kickboxing Champion". Chronicle Tribune.
  13. "New Swayzee Marshal" (27 January 2012). Chronicle Tribune. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  14. "Swayzee Police Department". USA Cops. USA Cops Magazine. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  15. Wright, Michelle (27 January 2012). "Jones: New Swayzee Marshal to focus on Community". Chronicle Tribune Newspaper.
  16. Penticuff, David (28 January 2012). "Chief Mike Jones". Chronicle Tribune Newspaper.
  17. King, Cindy (16 July 2008). "Governor Honors JOnes" (Vol. 31, No. 29). The Oak Hill Times. Oak Hill Times.
  18. Hirsch, Andrea (6 June 2009). "Police say Woman fired shots at school". Chronicle Tribune.
  19. Colley, AJ (29 December 2007). "Swayzee Officer Jones Rescues Kids". Chronicle Tribune.
  20. Wright, Michelle (2 June 2011). "Police seek safe summer". Chronicle Tribune. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  21. Wright, Michelle (23 January 2016). "Police will be focusing on technology". Chronicle Tribune. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  22. "Man airlifted after acciden". Chronicle Tribune. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  23. "Burglary leads to chase, crash". Chronicle Tribune. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  24. "Cheers for Swayzee Police Office Mike Jones". Chronicle Tribune. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  25. "Swayzee Police train with celebrities". Chronicle Tribune. 2 December 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  26. Wright, Michelle (13 June 2012). "Police Crack down on curfew". Chronicle Tribune Newspaper. Chronicle Tribune.
  27. Wright, Michelle (29 August 2008). "Burglary Leads to chase, crash". Chronicle Tribune.
  28. Wright, Michelle (5 April 2006). "In Focus: Officer Mike Jones". Chronicle Tribue.
  29. Burchick, Donna (4 March 2007). "Jones Trains wtih Erik Estrada". Indiana News Group.
  30. Hirsch, Andrea (3 March 2007). "Swayzee Police Train alongside celebrity". Chronicle Tribune.
  31. Hayhurst, Donald (2010). Okinawa Seidokan Tome Volume 1: History. p. 117. ISBN 9781257629596. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  32. Jones, C. Michial (2011). Entering Through the Gateway of Gojuryu (First ed.). Yushikai Press. p. 207. ISBN 9781257979387. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  33. Jones, C. Michial (2011). Yushikan: Entering Through the Gateway of Gojuryu. Yushikai Press. p. 260. ISBN 9781257954872. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  34. Jones, C. Michial (2015). Goju-Ryu Futri Geiko (First ed.). Yushikai Press. p. 242. ISBN 9781329747098. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  35. Jones, C. Michial (2015). Okinawan Martial Arts Center: Student Training Manual. Yushikai Press. p. 136. ISBN 9781312878389. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  36. Jones, C. Michial (2017). Goju-Ryu Okinawakan Karate-do. Yushikai Press. p. 136. ISBN 9781387214310. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  37. "Crazy Connie". Chronicle Tribune. Chronicle Tribune News.
  38. Towles, Kelli (2 February 2008). "Mike Jones: Indiana's Hero". Indiana Pacers. The New Game Day Magazine.
  39. Nakamoto, Kiichi. "Jones Sensei". Okinawakan International. Gojuryu Okinawakan Karate Association. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  40. Burchick, Donna (23 January 2008). "Jones honored". Indiana News Group.
  41. "Swayzee History". Town of Swayzee. Town of Swayzee. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  42. Hirsch, Andrea (18 January 2008). "Jones awarded for bravery". Chronicle Tribune.
  43. Burchick, Donna (20 January 2008). "Heroes answer duty's call day in, day out". The Oak Hill Times.
  44. "America's Top Cop Award". NAPO.
  45. "Jones Presented Award by Joe Walsh". Chronicle Tribue. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  46. "2008 NAPO Winners" (PDF). National association of Police Organizations. NAPO. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  47. Burchick, Donna (12 May 2008). "Jones chosen as Top Cop". Indiana News Group.
  48. "Curtis Michial Jones selected as TOP COPS Award winner by the National Association of Police Organizations". Chronicle Tribune. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  49. "Indiana Hero's Award". Indiana Pacers NBA.
  50. "Pacers honor Swayzee Chief Deputy Mike Jones as an Indiana Hero". Chronicle Tribune. 2 March 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  51. Byrd, Larry. "heroes extraordinary acts guided by human nature" (PDF). Indiana Pacers. Indiana Pacers NBA. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  52. Burchick, Donna (3 February 2008). "Jones Indiana Hero". Indiana News Group.
  53. "Colts Anthem Angel". Indianapols Colts.
  54. Hillman, Robert (16 September 2008). "Jones honored as Anthem Angel". Chronicle Tribune. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  55. Hall, Brian (27 January 2008). "Jones honored by Swayzee Fire Dept". Chronicle Tribune. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  56. "Bragging Rights". Chronicle Tribune. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  57. Hirsch, Andrea (27 January 2008). "Jones Receives Merit Award". The Chronicle Tribune.
  58. Burchick, Donna (8 February 2008). "Jones Receives Special Congressional Commendation". Indiana News Group.
  59. Burchick, Donna (23 January 2008). "Jones honored for saving three lives". The Oak Hill Times.
  60. Hirsch, Andrea (19 January 2008). "Jones honored by Council". Chronicle Tribune.
  61. Ketchem, Larry. "Jones Goes Above and Beyond". IVFA Region A-8. Indiana Volunteer Fierfighters Association. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  62. Neel, Andrew (6 October 2006). "Jones appointed by President". Chronicle Tribune.
  63. Burchick, Donna (12 October 2006). "President Honors Swayzee Officer". Indiana News Group.

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