Christian Martial Arts Council

A Professional Organization for Faith-Based Martial Artists


John Enger started his private martial arts training in Minneapolis, MN at 16 years old under Tom Simons (1st Dan – Tae Kwon Do). After several months of private training he was brought to his Sensei, Master Byung Yul Lee, at the Korean Karate Institute where he studied the art of Tae Kwon Do obtaining a rank of Brown Belt.

John left the Institute and later became a Police Officer for the University of Minnesota Police Department for a period of 22 years, retiring in 1997 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

During his career he trained with numerous martial artists with various backgrounds and also received many Defensive Tactics Instructors Certifications, Classroom, Firearms and Tactical Baton Instructor Certifications at the State level as well as being certified as a Defensive Tactics Instructor from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). John has instructed many law enforcement officers, corrections officers, security officers and private individuals in how to defend themselves on the street. During his career John received numerous Commendations as well as 4 Citations for Heroism in the line of duty. John has also been a Verbal Judo (Tactical Communications Instructor) with the Verbal Judo Institute for many years, receiving Instructor Level Certification from Dr. George Thompson. John was issued the first Black Belt rank in Verbal Judo/Tactical Communication by Dr. Thompson.

Rev. John Enger

FL State Director


John’s primary study in the Martial Arts over the years has been in Kenpo in a variety of styles – American, Chinese and Combat. John was honored after years of study in this style his 6th Dan Certificate of Grade in the style of Shinja Buke Ryu – Kenpo, by the European JuJitsu Union under the seal and signatures of President Dr. Javier Galan Vaquez and Dr. Pablo Pereda Gonzales, M.D., after testing and review of Dr. Jason Hunt, 10th Dan. John has also studied the art of Hapkido receiving his 1st Dan after testing and review of Dr. Jason Hunt, 10th Dan and Master Nigel May of the National Korea Martial Arts Federation of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. John holds Dan rankings in Kanshu Kenpo under Master John Cozatt, Valadez Kenpo Ryu and Reality Street Survival Valadez Kenpo Combat under Master Lawrence Valadez, Lung/Long, Liung Shaolin Kenpo under Sifu/Guru John Lopez. John has also studied Shorikenjitsu Kenpo and American Tiger Jujitsu under Master Brett Ernest and has ranked (1st Dan Black Belt) in both of these arts.

John has been an ordained minister for many years and a Certified Master Chaplain with the International Conference of Police Chaplains. He was the first Police Chaplain to start an effective Chaplains program in a major state university. John was also the Chief Chaplain for the Sarasota Police Department for a period of three years and was awarded the "Civilian of the Year Award" for his work as a Judicial Liaison and Chaplain for the department. John has also worked in the field of corrections for a period of three years as the Assistant Director of a high risk juvenile offender program under the supervision of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

He has helped start two churches as well as having done ministry work in the beautiful county of Jamaica. He is a Pastoral Counselor holding earned Graduate Seminary Degrees culminating in earned doctoral degrees in Ministry, Pastoral Counseling and Theology, as well as a Specialized Associates degree in Paralegal Studies and a B.S. degree in Commerce and Social Studies. He has authored the book titled “The Prevailing Prayer of a Peace Officer.” John has written many Theological, Counseling and Biblical study courses for several Seminaries and Bible Schools and has been awarded several honorary degrees for his work in these areas.

John also holds a State of Florida Private Investigator License and has worked as a Private Investigator in the State of Florida. He is also the Chaplain with the Masters College of Martial Arts and is also the Co-founder of the martial Arts System known as as "Reality Street Survival Valadez Kenpo Combat" and the Founder of the "Shinja Buke Ryu Kenpo" system of self-defense.   In 2007 John was inducted into the Valadez Kenpo Association "Hall of Fame" and honored with the association's highest award of "Order of the Dragon."

John is a Certified Instructor in the "Defender" self-defense tool developed by Master Peter Brusso. Master Peter Brusso founded Anjing Banfa in the early 1970's after having returned from Vietnam. His observation was that martial arts lacked realism and needed to be well rounded. Existing styles focused on ground fighting only or stand up fighting only. These skills needed to be cross-trained as we are seeing today. Weapons and all weather fighting techniques also needed to be incorporated into a system that produced results. Thus, Anjing Banfa was born and has flourished over the last 30 years.

Master Peter Brusso writes...

"I have asked John Enger Sensei to review my material, which is for sale. I found Enger Sensei via the Internet and he has a very impressive background in the arts and law enforcement. I thought it natural that I ask him to review my material from an 'outside' point of view. I also wanted an honest opinion for the material as I think it important to include other styles 'thoughts' into the purchasing decision."

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