Swords are sharp…and cutting. The word “Shuto” is defined as a hand
used like a sword in striking. Jerry “Shuto” Alston,
the 28th Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu (1994), not only used his hands as
cutting implements on his opponents but he also used his mind as a cutting
instrument to whittle his adversaries down to size.
In fact, one of Shuto’s greatest assets, if not his greatest asset, is his
mind. Jerry Alston is smart, sneaky smart, and he has won many competitions
and matches using his number one weapon—his intellect.
In this pictorial collage we get a glimpse of Jerry’s prowess, skill which led
him to many competitive championships in martial arts kata, group performance,
and self-defense events. He, no doubt, would have had more championships if
Whitefire, lacking control, had not knocked him out a couple times during
practice and even bounced his (Shuto’s) head off the floor during a
self-defense competition, which they won no less! I guess bouncing heads off
the floor influenced the judges enough to give Shuto and Whitefire the
Posing with Jerry in this 1987 photo taken at the Karate Institute of America
in Lake Forest, CA, are Genny “Cougar” Edge (blue
belt) and Rose “Renegade” Hoberg (then Guck;
green belt). (Photo is owned and copyrighted by Genny Edge)
Jerry and his wife, Dawn, have been married for 19 years. Dawn is
multifaceted, her interests centering around art in its many forms. She has
run a small antique business and is currently studying fashion design.
Jerry is now Senior V.P. of Central Engineering at QLogic Corp where he has
worked for 30 years. QLogic makes high speed networking infrastructure
products for fibre channel and Ethernet, with a focus on host adapters,
switches, ASICs and boards.
One of Jerry’s hobbies is music engineering. In fact, he and fellow Black Belt
Steve Vertun (KIA Black Belt #39) will be
publishing a music CD soon, so be looking for it. Pretty creative these KIA
For fun, Shuto has taken up golf and plays every Saturday and Sunday! He
belongs to the local Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club. His favorite golf
courses are Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill.
And get this…Jerry “Shuto” Alston is such an accomplished golfer
(thanks to his KIA martial arts training, of course), that he has a
“Hole-in-1” to his credit! Well, maybe not because of his martial arts
training, but maybe a just a little. His fabulous “Hole-in-1” serendipitously
occurred on his 54th birthday (5 March 2011)! Need proof? Check out the
following photos, the second of which is Jerry picking up his now famous
“Hole-in-1” golf ball from its cup.
How sweet it is and&hellp;how very rare! Great job, Shuto!
As you can see, Shuto is still looking very young while the old guy in the red
shirt is aging quite rapidly. Yet, we can still walk, laugh, and enjoy
memorable times together.
As always, it is absolutely wonderful to reconnect with Karate Institute of
America students. We were all such a dynamic part of everyone’s life during
that time of our lives, and it was, indeed, a memorable, positive and worthy