FishHawk Martial Arts Academy

Dojo Staff

Shihan James R. Jones, MS, NCC, CCMHC

Dojo Cho - Head Master

Shihan Jones is a Doctoral candidate in psychology and is the founding father (Kaicho) of Mushin no Shin Aikijujutsu Do and owner of the illustrious Fishhawk Martial Arts Academy. The academy is a traditionally based environment that best suits the precepts of the warrior spirit. Shihan Jones has studied and performed a variety of martial arts for over 42 years, studying Goju Karate, military close quarters combatives, Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, and Shintoyoshin-kai (American combat jujitsu). In addition, he is a certified self-defense weapons (Kubaton) Instructor for the Florida Sheriff’s and Municipal Police organizations. He possesses a Master’s Degree in Psychology and is a certified Reiki Master, as well as being an active member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association. As a career U.S. Army Special Forces Officer with multiple combat tours, he is a recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze Star for combat operations in Afghanistan, as well as being awarded the Legion of Merit for 31 years of service. He has instructed martial arts/combat defense to Law Enforcement Agencies, Civilian schools, US and Foreign Military units. He is currently the Aikijujutsu and Self-Defense Instructor at the Summerlin Military Academy located in Bartow, Florida. Shihan Jones is a recognized lecturer in Life Skills, Mindfulness, and Communications training. He also specializes in instructing Women's and Seniors self-defense in addition to training in the mental state of combat and defense. Shihan Jones is a Military Liaison Officer (MLO) for American Budokai International and is a member of the American Budokai Society.

Sensei Jason Rock

Chief Instructor

Sensei Jason Rock is a retired career active-duty U.S. Army Special Operations Officer, with an extensive background in Psychological Warfare and Counter Terrorism, as well as being a former Military Law Enforcement and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare specialist. He is a recipient of the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals and the Combat Action Badge as a result of multiple Special Operations' combat tours of duty in support of our nation’s interests. Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Rock has studied various martial art systems for over 24 years, including U.S. Military combatives, American Kenpo and close quarters combat (under Grand Master Mike Pick), Shintoyoshin-Kai combat jujitsu and Tai Chi Chuan (under O'Sensei Steven Roensch), and Mushin no Shin Aikijujutsu Do (under Shihan James Jones). Sensei Rock is the Director of Training and Chief Instructor for the Aikijujutsu, Self-Defense and Tai Chi Chuan practitioner programs at the Fishhawk Martial Arts Academy in Lithia, Florida. He is also the Aikijujutsu and Self-Defense Instructor at the Summerlin Military Academy located in Bartow, Florida. Furthermore, he is an internationally certified Tai-Chi Chuan instructor through American Budokai International and REIKI Master from the International School of Reiki. He has instructed close quarters combat and hand-to-hand defense to U.S. and Foreign Military units as well as Law Enforcement agencies around the world during his tenure in the Department of Defense. He has an extensive background in teaching youth athletics with over 14 years of coaching experience in the fields of competitive Football, Basketball, and Baseball. LTC (R) Rock is the Military Liaison Officer (MLO) and a life time member of American Budokai International. Furthermore, he is a life time member of the esteemed American Budokai Society and Taoist Tai-Chi Society.

Sensei James Sjovall

Chief Instructor - Juniors

Sensei James Sjovall is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel and current employee of the Department of Defense at the MacDill Air Force Base where he manages medical services program for the US Central Command. He has 15 years of experience in martial arts and is a certified Decond Degree black-belt in traditional Japanese Aikijujutsu. He is also rated in Aikido, Shintoyoshin-Kai Combat Jujitsu. Sensei Jim is the Chief Instructors of the Junior practitioners and a trainer for Lil' Samurai population at FHMAA.

Ms. McKenna Lynn

Nidan -2nd Degree Black Belt
Junior Instructor

McKenna is a black belt and has been training since she is 9 years old. She is the first female black belt in the art of Mushin no Shin Aikijujutsu Do. McKenna assists in both the junior and little samurai classes. She is currently a Junior at Newsome High School.

Mr. Stephen Nardoni

Nidan -2nd Degree Black Belt


Steven is a Nidan in Mushin No Shin Akijujitsu and also Shotokan Karate, and has been training martial arts for over 20 years.   He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. .