IKU Branch Chief – Arizona
990 N. Us Hwy 89
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
Sensei Bob Layton
In June of 1982 Sensei Layton began his life long study of human combatives, by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17. In 1983 at the MCRD Parris Island he was taught basic “hand to hand” combat training. In 1984 he received formal instruction as a Marine Embassy Guard by the USMC, US State Dept and FBI to be physically and mentally capable of enduring a direct counter-intelligence and combat environment, master interior guard procedures, be proficient with security, anti-terrorism, and counter espionage tactics. He received specialized training in law enforcement techniques, small arms handling and employment, emergency first aide, force continuum, lethal and non-lethal application, and entry control procedures.
After his 1st enlistment ended with the Marine Corps in 1986, he had a brief stint as a Deputy Sheriff, after successfully passing all academy requirements, with the Monmouth County Correction Facility, Corrections Division, Freehold, New Jersey.
From 1990-93 Sensei Layton lived in Yokosuka, Japan where he studied Seishi-Juku karate under Sensei Takashima for 3 continuous years, leaving with rank of Ni-Dan. He also cross trained under Sensei Muramatsu learning Judo for 2 continuous years receiving rank of 1st class brown belt.
In 1994 after moving back to the U.S. (Springfield, VA) Sensei Layton studied under Mr. Robert of “Robert’s Karate” learning Tang Soo Do a Korean style of martial arts.
In 1995 he met Kancho John (Kuma) Farrell teaching Kyokushin karate in his home. (Springfield, VA).
1995-96 he lived on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. It was at this time the US Marine Corps
revolutionized its "hand to hand" combat training with the LINE System (Linear Infighting Neural Override Engagement) technique. He was able to learn & complete the entire system during this time. While off-duty he cross-trained with a class of students learning Shorin-Ryu karate.
In 1999-02 he then moved to Guam and studied under Sensei
Joaquin S. Pangelinan continuing formal instruction in Kyokushin karate. Sensei Pangelinan is the current Branch Chief of Guam for I.K.O.
Sensei Bob Layton has been practicing Kyokushin since he was first introduced to it in 2009.
In 2010 The International Kyokushinkai Union honors me with the rank of San Dan. My dojo – "U.S.A. Kyokushin Karate Academy – Arizona" is located in Chino Valley, AZ. (100 miles north of Phoenix) we are nestled comfortably in the mountains of central Arizona, our elevation in 4750 feet. Sensei Layton is currently the IKU branch chief for Arizona.