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Shihan Phillip Legare

Phillip Legare Shihan is the senior instructor and founder of the Bujinkan Taka Seigi Dojo, headquartered in Westminster, Maryland. Legare Shihan started his martial arts training in 1969 under SiLum Kung Fu Sifu Jerry Gibson. He started training in the Bujinkan in 1982 and has been a personal student of Soke Hatsumi since the summer of 1987. He is currently a Judan-Go (15th degree black belt) and licensed master instructor of Budo Taijutsu, in the Bujinkan Dojo, under Soke Masaaki Hatsumi. Soke Hatsumi also awarded Mr. Legare a Judan Menkyo Kaiden (master's license) in Shinken Taijutsu (modern warfare).
Shihan Legare

Shinken Taijutsu is modern combat techniques created from Budo Taijutsu by Soke Hatsumi and Legare Shihan. It is offered to select individuals with a need for specialized training. Legare Shihan also serves as the Director and head of the Board of Examiners of Budo Taijutsu and Shinkenjutsu for the United States Martial Arts Association (USMAA). His experience in various martial arts spans more than 30 years and continues to this day. He has trained with such diverse instructors as Dan Inosanto and Stephen K. Hayes of the United States, Doron Navon of Israel, Wilderness Survival and Tracking Instructor Tom Brown, the late KuKenpo Soke Shoen Fukuda, and many of the senior Bujinkan Dojo instructors of Japan. Legare Shihan has a Rokudan in Judo, awarded by Grandmaster Philip S. Porter and a Sandan in Kukenpo from Soke Fukuda.

Mr. Legare was the Athletic Director for the University of Alaska, Aleutian Islands Branch, from 1988-1990. During his tenure at U of A, Legare Shihan taught Budo Taijutsu and other martial arts as part of the University's athletic program. In August of 1993, he co-hosted Soke Hatsumi for the highly acclaimed Washington TaiKai. In December 1993, he earned his first Bujinkan Golden Dragon medal, the Bujinkan's highest award, in recognition of his contributions to better the art of Budo Taijutsu. In 1996, Soke Hatsumi was recognized by the prestigious USMAA and Legare Shihan was appointed the Bujinkan's senior representative and chief examiner to the USMAA. Legare Shihan was awarded a second gold medal for his work with the USMAA. In September 1998, he co-hosted Soke Hatsumi for another highly successful TaiKai, this time in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Legare Shihan was awarded his third gold medal in December of 1998, for creating Shinken Taijutsu and teaching it to personnel who travel to high threat environments for the U.S. Government.

In 1998, Legare Shihan was named Master Instructor of the Year and then in 2000, Senior Master Instructor, by the USMAA-Martial Arts Hall of Fame. In 2001, Legare Shihan hosted Hatsumi Soke for a 3rd TaiKai, this time in Washington, DC. This event stands out as the first time Hatsumi Soke has shown his warrior art collection outside of Japan. Members of the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum, as well as famous art critic Bruce Helander and former FBI Director Robert Sessions were on hand to review Soke's artwork. The Washington TaiKai 2001 training video earned Legare Shihan an award from the Japanese Art and Film Society for best sports film of the year. Also in 2001, Legare Shihan was awarded an unprecedented fourth Bujinkan Golden Dragon medal.

Mr. Legare's Apache Warrior name is Deleecho, meaning Great Hawk. He is fully licensed to teach and accept apprentices in Warrior Initiation training by founder Jeffrey Nadza. Warrior Initiation is an ancient, mystical discipline, practiced by persons of many faiths to transcend the physical and spiritual boundaries modern society places on our potential by rediscovering what most cultures lost centuries ago: traditional spiritual pathways to native chivalry and womanpower. Phillip Deleecho has taught 5 complete Warrior Initiation cycles and trains numerous apprentices.


Mr. Legare has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from New York State University. He has written numerous articles that have appeared in several martial arts related magazines. He is a sought after speaker and lecturer on personal protection and the Warrior Ethos. He has lectured at the US Naval Academy on several occasions and will be featured in an upcoming documentary on the Modern Warrior. Legare Shihan has authored a Budo Taijutsu Instructor Manual as well as produced numerous video training tapes available through his web site, www.shinkentaijutsu.com.

A combat veteran, Master Sergeant Legare retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1996, with more than 22 years of honorable service. Mr. Legare now works for the U.S. government. He is married to the former Ms. Joanne Thacker and has twin boys, Matthew and Joshua. They reside in Tokyo, Japan

References provided upon request.