Meet our Instructors

Chuck Cory, Head Instructor


45+ years martial arts experience

Chuck Cory holds numerous awards, is listed in Who’s Who, and continues to travel worldwide for training and teaching. With over 39 years of Martial Arts experience, he holds Black Belts in over 10 Martial Arts (instructor rank in 4). Mr. Cory has taught the ‘Art of Safety’ at a federal level, military level, college level, and to women & children. His school in Irvine, CA. continues to teach classes for the blind, deaf, injured, mute, students in wheelchairs, children with autism, ADD, Aspergers Syndrome and more. Having been featured internationally on the History Channel, he continues to teach physical, psychological & emotional self-defense through Bujinkan Budo.

Holds an Instructor Rank in

•    Tang Soo Do
•    Hwa Rang Do
•    Northern Shaolin Kung Fu
•    Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu

Also Holds Black Belts in

•    Kung Fu San Soo
•    Brazilian Ju-jutsu
•    Five Animal Forms of Kenpo
•    Shotokan Karate
•    Tae Kwon Do
•    Aikido
•    Pa Qua
•    Haak Lung Chuan

Chuck Cory has taught the Art of Safety…

At a Federal Level

•    Federal Law Enforcement Agencies including: FBI, DEA, and regional law enforcement agencies through out the United States, Europe, Central and South America, an Asia.
•    Agents at various federal facilities throughout the Unites States.

At a Military Level

•    Training Special Operations and Tactical Divisions since 1979
•    The equivalent of our U.S. Special Forces in Spain, Germany, and Holland

At a college Level

•    Instructed Campus Security at the University of California in Irvine, Florida State University, and the Colorado School of Mines

To women and children

•    The National Association for Battered Women
•    The Self Protection and “Streetwise” programs for Big Brother
•    Children of the Court
•    The National Association for Missing Children
•    Chuck Cory has taught (and continues to teach) classes for the blind, deaf, injured, mute, students in wheelchairs, children with autism, ADD, Aspergers Syndrome and more.
Chuck Cory has over 45 years of martial arts experience, and has spent…
•    5 years as a professional bodyguard-he was trained in the same systems as used by the Secret Service and various national law enforcement agencies.
•    3 years as backstage security for the promotional industry-responsible for transporting rock and roll headliners from the airport to their venue, security during concerts, and maintaining security arrangements for several days to weeks as necessary.


He has been recognized with numerous awards by the President of the United States, acting as an advisor for the committee with the Presidential Task Force for Homeland Security, advising a committee for several of the airlines security forces, and has been a chairman and co-chairman of numerous business advising committees regarding
•    Financial federal security
•    Transportation and safety
•    Economics around the world, directly related to the U.S. and its place in global economy

His accreditations include but are not limited to:

•    The National Rifle Association: Expert Marksman
•    The National Association of Firearms
•    The National Security Association
•    CDT training

He has been working with the not-for-profit organization KidSafe911 since 2002.

Kidsafe 911 is accredited by the following:
•    Code Amber Alert
•    National Security Alliances Kid-Safe Network
•    Safety N.E.T. Kids
•    Tom Patire’s Training for Life, CDT, and LRT
•    The National Association of Missing Children



Cathy Lewis, Instructor

30+ years martial arts experience

Cathy - head shot photo

Cathy was born in the year of the fire monkey.  Having been involved in martial arts for over 30 years, she began her training in Kung Fu San Soo, and is now a Jugodan entering her 25th year with the Bujinkan.   She has traveled nationally and internationally to taikai since 1991, and continues to study in japan bi-annually under the auspices of the Bujinkan’s soke, Dr. Massaki Hatsumi.  While in Japan, she attends additional classes, studying with other Shihan such as Oguri Sensei, Senou Sensei, Noguchi Sensei, Shiraishi Sensei, and Nagato Sensei.

Experienced in…

•    Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu
•    Kung Fu San Soo


Ms. Lewis is certified in the National Security Alliance for Child Safety and is a licensed instructor in the CDT/TFL system; she incorporates this in women’s self-protection courses, sharing her knowledge and encouraging everyone to further develop their awareness and intuition, which is crucial to one’s safety.  With the personal protection tool of SafetyHands, it is her goal to travel more extensively teaching self protection, advocating the mental attitude of self reliance and Always Aware.
With a deep understanding that the Bujinkan system is a life changing art which is very influential to all aspects of our lives, she continues to further her own training in Japan each year.