Sensei Rick Parlante

Rick Parlante has been involved in martial arts for over 31 years. Along with his family, his real estate business, and his Jeunesse distributorship, martial arts is one of his true passions. Rick has achieved the rank of Shodan in Wado Ryu Karate and, at the age of 50, earned the rank of 1st Dan in Niseido Ju Jitsu. He has since been promoted to Yondan (4th degree black belt).

Over the past 31 years Rick has trained with some of the best martial arts instructors in the world including Professor Rick Riccardi, Professor Wally Jay, Professor Remy Presas, Morio Higaonna Sensei, Hanshi Steven Roensch, Terauchi Kazuo Sensei, Shihon Jack and Renshi Pam Morris, Sensei Ozawa, Sensei Butch Balingit, Sensei Bill “Super Foot” Wallace, Sifu Mark Seidel and others.

Of that most recent achievement, Rick says “Many hurdles came at me during the process, including several injuries. By flipping the energy of each of these barriers, they could not hinder me; they could only propel me forward. This may be the most valuable technique we learn as students of Niseido Ju Jitsu.”

Indeed Rick carries this philosophy into all areas of his life. To share his passion and his experience of personal and physical achievement, Rick started the Naples Niseido® Ju Jitsu Academy. Here he is Sensei, or teacher, to children and adults, showing them how to discipline and defend themselves, to know what it means to face their individual hurdles head on, and to overcome these barriers.

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