Friday, June 20, 2014

Day 6: Guest Instructor Sergeant Major Mayfield

We have the privelege of training with SgtMajor Mayfield this morning. Here's the SgtMajor's biography:

Coach E. L. Beshimentob Mayfield, Sergeant Major, United States Marine Corps, Retired is Co-Founder, Head Sensei (Teacher), and Head Coach of Males of the United States Military Outreach Judo & Jiu Jitsu Organization (MOJJJO), Incorporated. He is Shichidan (7th Degree Black Belt) in Judo, a Hachidan (8th Degree Black Belt) in Neko Ryu Jiu Jitsu, 4th Dan in Okinawa Kenpo Karate, and a Judan (10th Degree Black Belt) and Founder of "Combat Jiu Jitsu". He holds a Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Sociology from Chapman University and a Masters Degree of Social Work (MSW) from Eastern Carolina University (ECU), Class of 2002.

He was wounded three times in combat in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. He was also a Drill Instructor, a Hand-to-Hand Combat Instructor, and an All-Marine and Inter-Service Judo competitor and champion from 1964-1970. From 1970 until 1979, both he and Mrs. Mayfield have worked side-by-side for Veterans, Students and Human Rights.  In 1979, he returned to active duty and to actively coaching and competing for the Marine Corps. In 1984, he coached along with Lieutenant Colonel Paul Mauriyama, United States Air Force, Retired, the CISM (Council du International; Sports Militaire) and again in 1985, along with Gunnery Sergeant, USMC, Retired, Francisco "Chico" Ramirez (his student). In 1985, he successfully coached the most successful All-Marine Judo Team in its entire history which culminated with his personal coaching of Captain Douglas Berliner, USMCR, to the coveted Biddle Trophy for the All-Marine Grand Championship. He later, in 1996, was on the Sports Information Team at the Atlanta 100th Anniversary OLYMPIC GAMES. He also served USA Judo as a "Volunteer" member of the Ethics Committee, Coach Liaison, and as an organizer, teacher and leader of coaching and managing trainees.

He has served as the "VOLUNTEER MILITARY REPRESENTATIVE and Advocate" for USA Judo, and all other Judo organizations assisting military judoka in America since the inception of United States Judo, Incorporated (USJI), Dba, USA Judo. The Sergeant Major is noted for having the longest continuous competitive record of any military competitor. He competed for fifty-one (51) continuous years (1959-2010) before being sidelined due to numerous back and total hip replacement surgeries needed to address the three Purple Heart injuries he received in combat in the Republic of Vietnam. After back fusion in 2010 and his 4th total replacement on his right hip in May of 2011, he is already back on the mat and is moving well with his students as he prepares them for their future in the sport of Judo while he deals with the ravages of Combat Related PTSD.

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