Professor Rick LeClair, Shodai Soke began his martial arts training in 1976, in Kempo Karate. Throughout his earlier years of martial arts training and teaching, he earned various Dan Ranks in Kempo and Tae Kwon Do. He has also studied Hakkoryu Jujutsu, Tai Chi, and other Chinese and Japanese martial arts. Over the years, Professor LeClair has studied with many impressive martial arts masters that have included: Soke John Rubiano (Kumiuchi Ryu Jiu Jutsu), Gunshi John Williams (Saigo Ha Daito Ryu Aiki Jutsu), Professor Nicholas Cerio (Nick Cerio’s Kenpo), Soke Thomas Burdine (Kokon Ryu Aikido), Shihan Larry Garron (Hakkoryu Ju Jutsu), and Shihan Michael Pabst (Tomiki Aikido).
In March of 1997, Professor LeClair was appointed Soke-Dai of the Kokon Ryu Kempo System. This designation is an extremely prestigious title in the martial arts world and recognizes Soke-Dai LeClair as an inheritor of that system, next in succession from the current Grand Master, Dr. John Rubiano, Shodai Soke. Professor LeClair was awarded the rank of GoDan (Master) and acknowledged as a Shihan in October of 1992, by the Kokon Ryu BuJutsu Renmei International. This same organization acknowledged Shihan LeClair as a Professor in November of 1994. In 1994, Professor LeClair was inducted in the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Master Instructor of the Year. In 1999, the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame further honored Professor LeClair with the awards of Head Founder of the year (Kindai Inazuma Ryu Kenpo) and Soke-Dai of the year (Kokon Ryu Kempo). The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame also bestowed upon Soke LeClair in 1999 its highest and most distinguished honor, the title of Doctor of Martial Arts. The World Head Founders/Head Families Council, then under the direction of Dr. John Williams, Soke, also acknowledged these ranks and honors. On October 9, 1998, Professor LeClair’s Martial Arts system, Kindai Inazuma Ryu Kenpo, was recognized and sanctioned as a unique martial arts system by The World Head Founders/Head Families Council. Professor LeClair was awarded the rank of Seventh Degree Black Belt and was awarded the title of Soke, appointing him as the Head Founder and Grandmaster of the Kindai Inazuma Ryu Kenpo System of Martial Arts. As a result of the ongoing evolution of his system, Soke LeClair’s art was recognized in 2001 as the system of Kindai Inazuma Ryu Tai Jutsu.
Firmly vested and accredited in the traditions of Tai Jutsu, Kempo/Kenpo Karate, Jiu Jutsu, Aikido, Tae Kwon do, and Kung Fu, Soke LeClair’s continued thirst for knowledge has resulted in a diverse range of training in various martial arts disciplines. Soke LeClair is a member of the Executive Soke Council of the International Society of Headfounders/ Headfamilies and has served as the Associate Chairman on the Executive Council of the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame. In September of 2008 Soke LeClair was honored and awarded his Tenth Degree Black Belt in Kindai Inazuma Ryu Tai Jutsu and Ninth Degree Black Belt in Kokon Ryu Kempo by the Board of Directors of the International Society of Head Founders/Head Families.
Professor LeClair is a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and a former auxiliary Police Officer. Soke LeClair is certified by the Massachusetts State Police as a Firearms Instructor and is also a certified Pistol, Personal Protection, Home Firearm Safety, and Shotgun Instructor and Range Safety Officer for the National Rifle Association, as well as, a certified instructor in Law Enforcement Correctional Aerosol Defense Sprays.
Professor LeClair is also a professional educator and counselor. He is completing a graduate degree in psychology, counseling and education. Professor LeClair has also served on the Board of Directors and a professional consultant to the Fireside Center for Psychological and Educational Services in Leominster MA. Professor LeClair is also a Licensed Social Worker in the State of MA.
Soke LeClair continues to contribute to the martial arts world, and the community at large, through his Dojo, The Budo Kai Martial Arts Institute, formerly, Rick LeClair’s School of Self Defense in Leominster, MA. The Budo Kai Martial Arts Institute espouses the traditional martial arts principles along with fundamental Christian values, enriching the students and promoting the higher ethics of the martial arts. In following the philosophies of our Institute, Professor LeClair and his staff, regularly sponsor on-going professional training seminars, that include training Police Swat Teams and other Law Enforcement Organizations. The Institute also sponsors frequent Personal Self-Defense and Anti-Rape Seminars to women’s organizations, and other civic affiliations.
Founder/Owner Budo Kai Martial Arts Institute, Kindai Inazuma Ryu Tai Jutsu