E.L. Beshimentob Mayfield

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E.L. Beshimentob Mayfield
StyleJudo, Neko Ryu Jiu Jitsu, Okinawan Kenpo Karate, Combat Jiu Jitsu
Rank7th degree Judo, 8th Neko Ryu Jiu Jitsu, 4th Okinawa Kenpo Karate, 10th Combat Jiu Jitsu

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E.L. Beshimentob Mayfield[1] is a retired US Marine and a 7th degree blackbelt in judo.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Mayfield currently resides in North Carolina.[3] He also is instrumental in the donation of canned goods which benefit many people.[4] He teaches judo at Jacksonville, North Carolina at Tarheel Judo.[5] He is married to Maisha Mayfield.[6] While in the Marines he received a purple heart.[unreliable source?][7]

Martial Arts Training[edit]

He started judo in 1959,[3] while at Xavier University. Mayfield formally started training in judo, while being stationed in Okinawa with the Marines in 1960.[8] In 1966 and 1967 he was deployed to Vietnam. He quickly earned two purple hearts.[citation needed] He earned a third one in 1970 before he was discharged.[8] He founded the Freedom Fighters Judo, Karate and Self Defense School in 1967 and Mayfield’s Martial Arts Academy in 1970. He opened six schools.[8] He shut down his schools in 1979, enlist in the Marines, and go back to Okinawa.[8] After this he trained with Watanabe in Yokosuka. In 1997, he was officially discharged from the Marines.[8] He reached the rank of Sergeant Major.[9] In 2005, he served on the team staff for the US Olympic Judo Team.[10] He additionally served as the US National Team Manager.[7]

Martial Arts Coaching[edit]

He also holds a Hachidan (8th Degree Black Belt) in Neko Ryu Jiu Jitsu, 4th Dan in Okinawa Kenpo Karate, and a Judan (10th Degree Black Belt) and Founder of "Combat Jiu Jitsu".[11] He is the US Armed Forces Judo Coach, USA Judo Coach, USA Judo Referee Liaison, 1996 Atlanta Olympic Sports Information Coordinator[12] He additionally served as the Coach Conseil international du sport Games & All Marine Judo Championships.[7] He currently hosts the "2014 Sergeant Major Mayfield’s Open Tournament, Patriotic Tribute, and National Referee Examination and Certification"[13] by 2012, This tournament was in its 7th year of existence.[14] In 2011 he organized the 1st Annual Emerald Coast Military Judo Championships[15] In 2015, he organized the Sergeants Major Mayfield's 1st Annual Gunnery Sergeant Ernest C. "Judo" Jones Open Judo Championships & Military, Police, Fireman & Firewomen Open Judo Team Championships, Blind & Low-Vision Championships[16]

Community Service Activities[edit]

Mayfield participates in a number of community service activities including the clean up of military cemeteries.[17] He is the founder of MOJJJO, the United States Military Outreach Judo & Jiu Jitsu Organization. The stated purpose of this organization is to put a judo club in every US base around the world and send more US Soldiers to the Olympics. He uses judo as a way to help soldiers combat PTSD.[18] He believes that "whatever ravages one sees in his mind - they disappear when he fights. I know i've been there before, i've seen it happen.[19]


  1. http://www.myncji.com/documents/2014_Mayfield_Open.pdf
  2. "Greatest Camp Instructors". greatestcamp.com.
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://judoinfo.com/pdf/USJA/2008-3-AJ.pdf
  4. "The Daily News Mobile". jdnews.com.
  5. http://judoinfo.com/pdf/USJA/1999-4-C.pdf
  6. "25th and 26th JUDO GREATS Portraits Unveiled". myprogressnews.com.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Circle of 100 Members". Team USA.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "Inside The Circle". Team USA.
  9. http://onslowtimes.com/mma-academys-krueger-wins-again-earns-no-2-ranking-in-north-carolina/
  10. http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Judo/Features/2005/September/11/Taraje-Williams-Murray-Finishes-Ninth-at-Worlds?p=1
  11. "Meet the Co-Founders and Lead Sensei of MOJJJO". mojjjo.com.
  12. "MOJJJO International Judo Coach Certification". mojjjoonlinejudocoach.com.
  13. "Tournaments in February 2014 - Washington Judo Club - Yates Field House – Georgetown University". washingtonjudo.org.
  14. http://ncjudo.com/fliers/2012/Mayfields2012Shiai.pdf
  15. http://www.usja-judo.org/GrowingJudo/GrowingJudo2010_11.pdf
  16. "Sergeants Major Mayfield's 1st Annual Gunnery Sergeant Ernest C. "Judo" Jones Open Judo Championships & Military, Police, Fireman & Firewomen Open Judo Team Championships, Blind & Low-Vision Championships, Patriotic Tribute (Honoring all of our fallen heroes and heroines) and National USA Judo Referee Examinations and Certifications and Clinics". Team USA.
  17. WCTI12. "Current, former Marines pitch in to clean up neglected cemetery". WCTI12.
  18. "Camp Lejeune Marine combats PTSD with Judo - USJF.COM". usjf.com.
  19. Jesse Heath (December 1, 2011). "Masters of Judo's complex art form". The Globe. Military News. p. 6B.

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