Joseph J. Truncale has been involved in the martial arts for more than forty-five years. He began with wrestling and boxing in 1956 at the Chicago Park District programs. In 1959, he joined the U.S. Navy. While he was stationed in Japan aboard the U.S. Okalahoma City in 1961, he began training in Judo and Karate. While in the Navy, he continued his martial arts training whenever possible. He was honorably discharged in November of 1963. He joined a Shotokan Karate club in Chicago, where the Chief Instructor was Mr. Sugiyama, Sensei, of the Japan Karate Association.
In 1965, he joined the Glenview, IL Police department and studied Judo at the Glenview area Judo club at that time. He also continued his Karate training under Mr. Copland, Sensei, who was also a student of Mr. Sukiyama. When Mr. Copland moved from the area, Mr. Truncale continued his training with Mr. Loren Rogers, Sensei, also a student of Mr. Sukiyama. Mr. Truncale also attended numerous law enforcement defensive tactics courses and became officially certified as an instructor in many police tactics systems. He has been involved in the martial arts for more than 45 years, studying many combat and weapons systems under numerous excellent police and martial arts instructors.
He has earned Black Belts in Jujitsu (Kudan), Karate (Rokudan), Judo (Godan), and Kobudo (Sandan). Even though Mr. Truncale was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame as a Master in 2002, he still considers himself merely a lifetime student of the martial arts. After many years of Tai Chi training with Laurie Manning, the Ching Ying Tai Chi Kung Fu Association awarded him an official teaching certificate in Tai Chi.
In 1973, Mr. Truncale founded the first Karate club in Glenview (Glenview Karate club), and was one of the first karate clubs on the entire north shore of Chicago at that time. He also founded the first Jujitsu club in Glenview at the Glenview Naval Air Station around 1980, as well as the first Jujitsu club at the Glencoe park district around the same time.
Though Mr. Truncale has worked in many areas of law enforcement, his special expertise is in the police defensive tactics and police weapon fields. He has designed several police survival courses and has taught police and security officers from all over the world at international police training seminars. He is a certified International Instructor in the PR-24 Police Baton, the Straight (MEB) expandable baton, the Monadnock Defensive Tactics (MDTS) System, and is the creator of the Mini-Baton (Short Stick, Yawara stick etc) program for police and security officers. He is also a Master Instructor in the CLAMP, GRASP and OC Spray. He has had the honor of being a student of some of the most talented martial artists and police instructors in the world.
He is the founder (Soke) of Bushi Satori Ryu; a Jujitsu/Karate style that combines the traditional Samurai arts with modern reality based combat methods. Sixteen martial art weapons and twelve police weapons are part of the Bushi Satori Ryu System. Mr. Truncale is also the creator of Samurai aerobics, The Pro-Systems Mini-Baton Course, Police Weapon Retention Course, the Knife Handling and Knife Defense Course for police and security officers.
He has more than 2000 papers (articles, essays, reviews, poems) and more than 50 books/manuals published. He also used to write several columns in professional journals, as well as writing and publishing his own newsletter (The Samurai Heart). He is one of the founding directors of ASLET. He was also on the advisory board of ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association) and the Illinois Police Instructor Trainer Association (IPITA).