Bestia Martial Arts
"As you train , so shall you fight"


Frank Guerra Sr., Head Coach and founder of Kiai Judo Club, of San Antonio, TX began studying Judo in 1971 at the age of 12 in Richmond, California.  He is a former United States Army Special Forces veteran. He retired from the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, NC after 20 years of service in 1996.  From the 1970’s to the present he competed and won numerous medals at the local, state, regional, and national levels. In 2006 and 2012, Frank received a Gold medal at the USA Judo National Championships in the Masters Heavyweight division. Frank earned Bronze medals at the 2005, 2007 and 2009 USA Judo National Championships.  Frank is ranked as Sandan (3rd degree) Black Belt and is a member of the United States Judo Association. He lives with his wife Jackie and son Vicente in San Antonio. Frank Jr., is also a black belt ranked judoka. 



Judo comes to us from the fighting systems of feudal Japan. Founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano, Judo is a refinement of the ancient martial art of Jujitsu. Dr. Kano, President of the University of Education, Tokyo, made a comprehensive study of these ancient art forms and integrated the best of their techniques into what is now the modern sport of Judo.

Judo, which is often called “the gentle way,” prescribes the principle of “flexibility” in the application of technique. This is the flexible or efficient use of balance, leverage, and momentum in the performance of Judo throws and other skills. Skill and timing, rather than the use of brute strength, are the essential ingredients for success in Judo play.

Judo training can improve an individual’s aerobic capacity, speed, power, strength, agility, and flexibility. As a sport that has evolved from a fighting art, it develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflective action. Above all, it develops a sharp reacting mind well-coordinated with the same kind of body. Judo utilizes virtually every muscle of the body and is an excellent overall conditioner.

The final aim or goal of Judo, as expressed by Dr. Kano, is self-perfection or “The harmonious development and eventual perfection of human character.” Simply stated, the true goal of Judo is to make a person the best that they can be.

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