Dr. Jim Webb is an 8th degree black belt in both Kodokan Judo and Jiu Jitsu. He began training in the martial arts in 1963 and went on to win the junior national judo championship, the senior judo championships of four different states, and the national master’s judo championship on three occasions.
He holds a second degree black belt in Shotokan Karate. His initial jiu jitsu training was of a more practical nature as he served as a Special Forces Officer upon his graduation from West Point and eventually trained numerous Ranger and Special Forces units when he was not deployed on a mission.
His jiu jitsu was refined over 30 years following military service by his long time sensei Vince Tamura in the Heike-Ryu style. He has since been recognized as an eighth degree black belt by the US Ju Jitsu Federation and the World Ju Jitsu Federation. His 8th degree black belt in judo was awarded by the International Judo Federation.
Dr. Webb has served as the President of the 30,000-member Olympic-affiliated US Judo Association and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the US Olympic Committee National Governing Body and the USA national judo promotion board.
He is a Professor at Southern Methodist University.