James Grady (1946 - 2016)

  • "I just learned of Mr. Grady's passing. To his family,..."
    - Louie Raynor
  • "You meant more to me than you would have ever known, Jim. ..."
    - Mike Tittle
  • "Cindy, Just learned of Jim's passing, we are feeling grief..."
    - Erv & Donna Limberg
  • "Uncle Jimmy I hope you are dancing with the rest of the..."
    - Danielle Bunyi
  • "Auntie Cindy , I'm so sorry for your loss! I truely wish we..."
    - danielle Bunyi

James Grady, 70, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, with his wife and friends by his side. A celebration of life and potluck will be held on Nov. 19, 2016, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at 8100 Arctic Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99518. Jim was raised in Stockton, Calif., and it was there he began his martial art career. In 1968, Mr. Grady attained his black belt in Renbukai from Mr. Marchini. In 1969, at the request of Mr. Ed Parker - the father of American Kenpo - Mr. Grady was asked to compete as a member of the USA Karate team. In 1976, Mr. Grady moved to Alaska, where he has trained many law enforcement officers and also taught at a variety of schools in Anchorage. In 1986, he opened the Anchorage Martial Arts Academy that later became Renbukai of Alaska in 1995. He was Renbukais Chief Instructor USA, Director of Renbukai of Alaska. Jim was a certified self-defense instructor and control tactics instructor. In 2010, he was an Inductee into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame. His martial art legacy will be an unforgettable impact. He positively affected many lives through his instruction and mentorship. His memory will be forever cherished by those fortunate enough to know him, and he will be greatly missed. Jim's other great passions included fishing, hunting, camping, baseball and his fur babies: Sammy, Alley, Tomas and Kitty Girl. He is survived by this wife, Cindy Grady; a beloved aunt; numerous cousins; and many friends and family.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Nov. 10, 2016