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Shihan Lemuel Muhammad
Born in Chicago, Illinois on September 14, 1971, Shihan Lemuel Muhammad is the 4th of 12 siblings. He began studying and training in the martial arts in 1985 at the age of 14. His first formal teacher was Sensei Gregory Myrick a 5th Degree black belt in Shorin Ryu Karate. Sensei Myrick was instrumental in young Lemuel’s developing a sound foundation in martial arts. Shihan Lemuel Muhammad later studied briefly with Shihan Larry Tankson now Hanshi Tankson. In 1994 he met his master, then known as Professor Anthony Muhammad, now Grandmaster Abdul-Azziz Muhammad–whom he affectionately refers to as “GM”, and immediately became his disciple. Shihan Lemuel Muhammad has been a devotee of VSK Jiujitsu for the last 28 years.
Through dedicated and consistent training, Shihan was able to achieve a black belt in VSK Jiujitsu in 1999 after only 4 years of study. Five years later, in 2004, he was promoted to 4th degree black belt and soon after, the master’s title of Shihan was conferred on him. Shihan Lemuel Muhammad is the founder of the VSK Jiujitsu Institute of Self Defense and a 10-time Black Belt Grand Champion in Self Defense. In 2011 he was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame, an honor he’s received again 2019. In September of 2019, after many years of exemplary work in promulgating the system of VSK Jiujitsu, Shihan Lemuel Muhammad was promoted to 6th degree black belt by his teacher, Grandmaster Abdul-Azziz Muhammad in the presence of Soke Lil. John Davis.
Since beginning his training with GM, Shihan Lemuel Muhammad has trained more than 1000 students, founded a school, written two books and produced over 10 outstanding training DVDs. He oversees the day to day operation of Martial Arts World and is available for self defense and security training consultations.