Sensei Jesse Boyd is the founder and head instructor of Catawba Valley Martial Arts, a Cheonjikido dojo in Catawba County, North Carolina. He holds a 6th-degree black belt in Cheonjikido (formerly Teashikido) with two decades of teaching experience. He also retains a 3rd-degree black belt in Carucado that is officially recognized by the Carolina Karate Association, a 2nd-degree black belt in traditional Chang Moo Kwan, and a 2nd-degree black belt in Aikido. Additionally, Sensei Boyd has informally studied Shotokan, Longfist Kung Fu and Kyusho-Jitsu. He has traveled to more than 40 countries as a Christian missionary, and has labored peacefully with his wife and three small children in many dangerous and hostile contexts.
In November of 2014, Sensei Boyd was appointed to the office of General Secretary for the National Aikido Alliance and continues to serve in that capacity. In January of 2016, he was recognized for his creativity as a martial artist by being awarded the designation of Master Instructor in the art of Happon Soo Do.
Sensei Boyd’s Rokudan rank in Cheonjikido was presented to him on April 18, 2015 in San Pedro, California by Grandmaster Jon Wiedenman (9th Dan) and with the support of an assortment of high-ranking instructors with direct ties to the patriarchs of both the Chang Moo Kwan and Aikido traditional roots of Cheonjikido. This honor was bestowed in the Wiedenman dojo the day following a grueling Chang Moo Kwan black belt test which included the demonstration of 18 forms, an open presentation of the art of Cheonjikido, including both Chang Moo Kwan and Aikido principles, and the submission of a 192-page thesis before a panel of nine judges, four of whom were the last students of Chang Moo Kwan patriarch Nam Suk Lee who has his place near the top of the Cheonjikido yudansha lineage. This bequeathing was done in the stead of the late Sensei Larry Beal and in recognition of the efforts made by Catawba Valley Martial Arts to preserve and promote his heritage.
To this day, Sensei Boyd, is and remains a STUDENT, not a master, of the marital arts.