Vladimir Djordjevic, Chief Instructor
5 Time's "U.S. Martial Arts Hall Of Fame"
Vladimir Djordjevic was born on January 23, 1973 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He holds 6.DAN in Real Aikido & Jujitsu, 7th Degree Black Belt in AikiJujitsu and 6. DAN in Daito-Ryu-Aiki-Bujicu. Vladimir started Karate training at the age of seven under the instruction of his late father. At the age of thirteen he starts training in Taekwondo with the teacher Vlada Savic. During that time he is active in European handball playing for his elementary and high school and later for his city team and professionally for "IMR- Rakovica" BG, & "Partizan"- Belgrade.
In late eighties he becomes focused only on Martial Arts starting with Full Contact and Savate Box, while in early nineties he becomes focused on Kickboxing and Thai box. He becomes a member of state team Red Star, Belgrade, coached by Neven Dondur and Nebojsa Milosevic. During this period he competes in many Kickboxing championships.
Vladimir serves army from March 1991 to May 1992. First six months he is in army police force, but for the reminding time he is a part of Anti-terrorist-diversant force. During this time, together with his superiors he trainees other soldiers in martial arts. Besides Kickboxing, Savate and Thai box with which he has already mastered he come in contact with Aikido, JuJitsu and Judo.
After the army, he returns as a team member of Red Star, Belgrade. In 1993 he opens his own school for Kickboxing, together with Kickboxing Federation of Yugoslavia he organizes State Junior Championship in Kickboxing. During this time he gets introduced to Grand Master Ljubomir Vracarevic owner of aikido school in Vracar, Belgrade. He becomes a major turning influence in Vladimir's outlook on martial arts. Vladimir becomes more aware of importance of self defense presented in Aikido and JuJitsu. In the same year Ljubomir Vracarevic opens a school for new form of aikido called Real Aikido. This form focused on using highly flexible and wildly incorporated set of self-defense techniques taken from the knowledge of Japanese sensei's, excluding the elements of religion and philosophy. Using this as a base and adding the elements from different martial arts techniques Ljubomir formed a style that Vladimir will devote himself to completely.
Vladimir started training under Ljubomir Vracarevic, his talent obvious from the beginning. That's why soon after, under the supervision of his trainer, because of high popularity of Real Aikido, Vladimir opened his own school for real aikido called "School of Real Aikido Djordjevic". Immediately after opening sensei Zoran Petkovic becomes a main instructor, while Vladimir and Nikola Ognenov become his assistants. During this whole time Vladimir still trainees in World Center of Real Aikido under sensei Ljubomir Vracarevic. He attained his master title in 1997 in Real Aikido.
In 1998 he comes to West Palm Beach, Florida. Immediately he starts training in the academy of Mat Birov (five times undefeated championship in Open style: KickBoxing, ThaiBox, Judo, JuJitsu). After couple months of training Vladimir becomes an instructor in the same academy. In 1999 Vladimir has a match with Mat in open style. After 48 minutes of fighting the match was pronounced "No Winner".
After the match Mat announced:" I thought that because of his speed and powerful low kick, if I knock him down on the floor I will win, but once we were down on the floor I couldn't get him of me".
At the end of 1999 Vladimir moved to Chicago where he continued his training in several clubs throughout the area. He focuses mainly on his own advancement, mostly in club "Shidokan Karate USA". In January of 2001 he opened his own school "Ultimate Martial Arts Academy". In June 2002 under the guidance of his sensei Ljubomir Vracarevic, Vladimir opened first school of Real Aikido in America called " United States Center of Real Aikido ".
• Vladimir is currently finishing his first book " Our Way - Real Aikido " , that should be coming out at the end of 2008.
• He is intensively teaching Real Aikido techniques for self defense used by: law enforcement agencies, bodyguard schools, security companies.
• He produces fight scenes for movies scenes located in Midwest area.
• He was inducted into " 2002 Hall Of Fame "
• Action Martial Arts Magazine's Hall Of Fame 2003 - " Excellence in Teaching of the Martial Arts ".
• US Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2003 - " Distinguished Master Instructor of the Year ".
• Martial Arts Association - International - " Ambassador of the MAA "
• Lifetime member of United States Martial Arts Association, World Center of Real Aikido, Combat Martial Arts Practitioners Association, NAPMA, International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association...
• 11th USNTF International Championship 2003 - Adult Champion
• Arnold Martial Arts World Games 2004 - Gold Medallist (Self Defense)
• IMACOF - Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor
• US Martial Art Hall Of Fame 2004 - " Most Distinguished Law Enforcement Trainer Of The Year "
• AKA GRAND Nationals & WSKF 2004 - BB Divisions-1st.Place (Self-Defense)
• Head Referee for Self-Defense, Jujitsu and Kick Boxing Styles in numerous associations & federations, nation & worldwide. ( WAKO, USNTF, AKA, WSKF, Arnold MAWG, CMAPA, WKA, AJA, ...)
• CBS 2 Chicago, The Best Rape - Prevention Instructor. ( video clip )
• US and Illinois Head representative of KIAI, JJFS, ISCA, SBC, EJJU, ...
• US Martial Arts Hall Of Fame 2005 - Training Camp Instructor - Rape Prevention
• US Martial Arts Hall Of Fame 2006 - Training Camp Instructor - Self Defense
• US Center Of Real Aikido Seminars in USA, Canada, South America 2000-2008