Publication: Cheka Ryu Jujitsu by Greg Carmichael, Sr.
Combat Cheka Ryu jujitsu is an invisible weapon. The curtain
of secrecy has only recently started to lift from this
previously strictly confidential weapon. Cheka Ryu Jujitsu is
constantly in the possession of the one who has mastered it.
This dangerous technique, whose chief criteria are simplicity
and reliability, was refined for many years. The techniques of
combat Cheka Ryu jujitsu are applicable both on the street and
in the forest, day and night, winter and summer, There are no
eye- catching leaps and fanciful poses, flowing body
displacements, or rituals. On the outside it presents rather
unattractive, but most effective, techniques .
One unique man stands at the source of Cheka Ryu Jujitsu.
Victor Afanasievich Spiridonov was an officer of the Russian
army who fought in the Russo-Japanese War in Manchuria.
Spiridonov was an expert in applied military gymnastics. He
was a strong and agile man who quickly appreciated Japanese
jujitsu’s merits and applications in combat.
Russian Revolution in 1917, Spiridonov took an active part in
the creation of a system of combat training for employees of
domestic affairs organizations i.e. the KGB.
In 1922, Felix Dzerzhinsky, head of the state security
service (known as the Cheka; its agents were called “chekists?,
put before the Cheka the task of constantly perfecting their
shooting and physical training. These qualities would not only
ensure their success in their operations, but even to a
certain degree safeguarded the Chekists?lives in dangerous
situations. They quickly formed an athletic society- Dynamo.
Dynamo united athletes from the Cheka, border guards, and
police officers. The Dynamo section soon became the Soviet
Union center for the development of self- defense technique,
strategy, and teaching methodology. It fell to Victor
Spiridonov to begin this activity and direct its future
course. The techniques he developed became the foundation for
Cheka Ryu Jujitsu and combat Sambo.
Greg Carmichael, Sr., the
Headmaster for Seven Dragons Martial Arts Academies and Nevada
County Judo, has recently completed and copyrighted his text
on Cheka Ryu Jujitsu. Greg, Sr. has studied, taught and
applied martial arts in France, Africa, Southeast Asia, Asia,
Eastern Europe and the United States. He has achieved rank in
various forms of martial arts including Judo, Jujitsu, Karate,
Fencing, Arnis, Escrima, Police Defensive Tactics, and
Personal Self Defense. Greg is the past Vice President of
Nevada Judo Inc. the governing body for Judo in the State of
Nevada. A biography and resume of his qualifications are
www.nevadacountyjudo.com Seven Dragons Martial Arts Academy has been in continuous
operation since 1992 when Greg returned to United States from
South East Asia where he studied in Vietnam, India, Thailand,
Peoples Republic of China and the Philippines. Greg
completed the Cheka Ryu Jujitsu text recently while
serving in Iraq and Ethiopia both former Soviet influenced
countries during the Cold War. Greg holds a lifetime full
California Community College Teaching Credential to teach
health and physical education classes. He is also a former
San Francisco Reserve Police officer and a graduate of the
P.O.S.T. academy. Seven Dragons was certified by the United
States Judo Federation (USJF) in 1993 and by the American
Federation of Jujitsu (AFJ) in 2004.