Grand Master Joe Cayer is a 9th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and has practiced the martial arts for 44 years. He achieved his 2nd degree black belt in Krav Maga (IKI) and his 5th Dan in Kajukenbo & and recently his black belt in Combat Jujitsu under Master Michael DePasquale, Jr.
Sensei served as a Police Officer with the Ft. Walton Beach Police Department and is a certified Law Enforcement Combat Tactics Instructor. In 2003 Joe won the 7th Irish Cup Grand Championship in the Randori division with Soke Don Madden.
In 2007, Joe was awarded The President’s Bronze Volunteer Service Award by President Bush for his years of volunteering to his community and the local Police & Sheriff’s Office.
He was given a special award by the U.S. House of representatives for his free protection seminars and community service. Grand Master Cayer reached a career milestone in 2016 of having taught over 26,000 registered women via his free self-protection clinics and thousands of children in his bully-protection seminars. He was honored with the Florida Crime Prevention Leadership Award. Grand Master was also honored by the Governor of Florida for his volunteer efforts with SEAL Team Six, the US Army Rangers and also with helping with the Wounded Warriors’ project. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office also awarded Joe with the Volunteer of the Year award.