L. Sharp was born June 26, 1933 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. He became
interested in Martial Arts at an early age after buying a Judo book that
he saw advertised in a magazine. He decided then that he wanted to learn
Martial Arts. After graduating high school in 1952 he joined the United
States Air Force. He was stationed at Carswell AFB after basic training
and technical school. While at Carswell AFB he had the opportunity to
begin training in Judo, and trained with the Air Force club until being
assigned overseas. The Air Force instructors had just returned from the
Kodokan where they had received instruction in Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido and
Karate. Their job was to teach the Air Force bomber crews self defense.
Finding no Judo at his new station in Newfoundland, Sharp trained when
and where he could.
After an honorable discharge from the Air Force in
1956, Sharp returned to his home in Oklahoma and continued his training in
Judo and self-defense with his brother Jerry and a close friend Tom Lewallen.
Lewallen had studied Judo while in the Navy. Sharp, along with his brother
and Lewallen, joined the Tulsa YMCA and trained with the Judo class there.
He competed in a lot of Judo tournaments in Oklahoma and Texas in the late
50's, and in the early 60's he won several overall championships. Sharp
joined a Goju Ryu Karate class for three months while training at the YMCA,
but after receiving his yellow belt he knew that this was not his true
calling. While at the YMCA he instructed Judo classes and he also taught
local Explorer Scouts. He also taught self-defense classes to several
women's groups through the Tulsa Park System. In 1965 Sharp received his
Shodan in Judo from the United States Judo Federation.
In 1966 Sharp started Judo of Tulsa where he offered
instruction in Sport Judo and Jujitsu. Judo of Tulsa produced several State
Champions during its years of operation. He was one of the officers elected
at the beginning of the Oklahoma Judo Federation, serving as the treasurer
of the Federation. Sharp was elected as the third President of the OJF, and
also served as an Oklahoma AAU Judo Chairman. In 1969 he attended the
National AAU meeting in Miami Beach, Florida as Oklahoma AAU Judo Chairman.
He received his Nidan in Judo in 1970 through the United States Judo
In 1972 Sharp received a better job offer, closed
Judo of Tulsa and moved his family to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He found many
Martial Arts schools, and taught Judo at several of them. While teaching
Judo at a local Kung Fu school, Sharp joined their Aikido class. He joined
another Aikido school in 1986 and taught their Judo class for over a year
while continuing his training in Tomeki Aikido. During that time he received
his Shodan and Nidan in Tomeki Aikido as well as his Sandan in Judo. In 1990
Sharp started teaching Judo classes at Shobu Aiki Dojo while continuing his
study of Aikido. In 1991 he was promoted to Yondan in Judo through the
United States Judo Association. In 1993 he started Sharp Judo and Jujitsu in
his garage teaching Judo, Jujitsu and Aikido.
In 1995 Sharp was promoted to Rokudan in Judo and
Jujitsu while attending Camp Bushido in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He
served on the USJA Jujitsu Committee and Jujitsu Promotion Board until 2004
when he resigned from both positions after serving 10 years on the Jujitsu
Committee. In 2000 Sharp started putting his vast knowledge of Judo &
Jujitsu on videotape. Since that time he has produced and marketed 6 martial
arts videos covering self-defense techniques, Jujitsu throwing techniques
and grappling techniques. Each series contains two videos.
In 2001 the school was moved to a new commercial
location where it remained for three years. Sharp then decided to move from
that location and share a facility with a local Judo club.
In 2005 Sharp was promoted to Shichidan in Ju-Jitsu
and Traditional Kodokan Judo (TKJ) through the United States Ju-Jitsu
Federation (USJJF) and the International Traditional Kodokan Judo Program of
the Martial Arts International Federation (MAIF).
Martial Arts accomplishments:
- 7th degree black belt in Judo
- 7th degree black belt in Ju-Jitsu
- 3rd degree black belt in Aikido
- Senior Judo examiner
- Master Ju-Jitsu examiner
- Certified coach
- Produced and marketed a Martial Arts video tape
series on Judo, Ju-Jitsu & self- defense