PHILIP ORTIZ SENSEI (柳海) – SHIHANDAI
As the chief instructor for the New York Budo Association, Sensei Phil Ortiz has studied martial arts for over 40 years. Beginning his career in Shorin-Ryu Karate under Sensei Ansei Ueshiro and Sensei James Wax, Shotokan Karate under Sensei Kurt Blackwood and Judo under Sensei Carl Jameson.
He began to study iai under Otani Sensei in 1972. Currently, he holds the rank of Shichidan (7th-degree black belt) in Muso Shinden Ryu and Rokudan (6th-degree black belt) (Shihandai) in Ryushin Shouchi-Ryu under Yahagi Sensei.
He also has a teaching license in Kyudo under Kanjuro Shibata Sensei. He also is a student of Yabusame (流鏑馬) (horseback archery) and Jodo.