Heather Madden, Ph.D.
Karate – 8th Degree Black Belt
Ju-jitsu – 7th Degree Black Belt
Judo – 2nd Degree Black Belt
Aikido – 1st Kyu Brown Belt
Heather Madden started her Martial Arts studies at age 5 and attained her Black Belt in 1981 at the age of 16, which is when she began teaching. She is a partner with her father, Soke Don Madden in the AKJU Karate and has several of her own Dojo’s in various Ohio cities, teaching students from age 3 to adult.
Heather is a multiple inductee into the Eastern USA International Black Belt Hall of Fame.
In November 2009, Heather was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from the College of Advanced Education and Martial Arts Studies, through the Eastern USA International Martial Arts Association.
Heather has competed successfully, both on the National and International arena. Below is a summary of her achievements:
- Placed 4th in the World Cup in Ju-jitsu, Denmark 1993
- Placed 5th in the World Championship in Ju-jitsu, Italy 1994
- Placed 1st in Ju-jitsu and Ju-jitsu mixed duo, Goodwill Games, St. Petersburg, Russia 1994
- Ten times plus, AKJU All American
- Gold Medal winner in Karate fighting, Ju-jitsu fighting and Duo Ju-jitsu 3 consecutive years (1996-1998) at the Irish Cup in Dublin, Ireland
- Placed 1st in Karate fighting, Ju-jitsu fighting and Duo Ju-jitsu at the Atlanta Nationals, 1997
- Gold Medal winner and Grand Champion in Ju-jitsu fighting every year since 1996
- Heather has competed internationally since 1993 and is ranked in the top ten in Ju-jitsu in the world.
- Heather has produced over 30 AKJU All Americans, to include a Mother-Son pair who won two years straight.
- Heather coached the first 5 Women fighting team to victory at the 3rd Irish Cup in Dublin, Ireland.
- Teaches Don’t Talk to Strangers for the Girls and Boy Scouts since 1995
- Has taught Women’s Self Defense classes every year since 1995
- Has taught multiple seminars with her father, Soke Don Madden in places like California, Washington, Georgia, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, and many more.