This is an online Resume/CV of Matthew Plewes. Also, current and past services.

About: Matthew Plewes: He is an American born and raised in Suffolk,Va.

Initially Matt certified and worked as an EMT-A, Ambulance Driver and Emergency Operator (911). He returned to night college and trained and has certifications and/or Diplomas in Business Management, Hotel Operations Management, Network Security, CAD and Industrial Engineering and Technology, Security Management and Investigations.

Matt owned and managed CAPS (Chuntian Academy Protection Services) in Japan for 20 years.
Whilst and after working in Emergency Medical Services, Matt worked in Industrial Engineering and has 17 years in Supervision and Management. For 22 years Matt was a successful business owner.
Matt has experience in inventory management, production and personnel handling and scheduling and management, as well as production/ process troubleshooting and expediter.
Matt has a co-patent for a design and build of an adjustable multi-headed feed, drill and auto eject machine. Matt also has more than 30 years experience in the design and production of corporate training videos.

Before moving to Japan, Matt worked for International Paper for 11 years as a papermaker, crew leader, firefighter, chemical control technician and microbiological tester. During this time Matt was also a Certified Virginia Private Investigator and worked part time in Loss Prevention and Investigations.

In 1992, Matt opened a Martial Arts Academy and Research School ( on W.Washington St. in Suffolk, Va.
There he had several active Police and Police training officers from the surrounding cities, as well as, military, corrections officers and security officers as students and contributors. A smart and effective system of advanced modern real world self defense and opponent control tactics, blended with ancient martial arts was born.

In 2001, Matt moved to Japan to research and later teach his martial arts-police-military hybrid system. He studied and visited in Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

The 1990’s Suffolk school already had investigations and bodyguard services, another reason to go to Asia was to gain knowledge to pursue an interest in starting a superior and elite security company. The goal of this security company was to produce officers that would be highly skilled in security, investigations, event and protection services, well above the required standards.

The stay in Japan was planned for 6 months. 911 happened and the return to the USA was delayed. Matt met his wife and married and had two children and traveled extensively in S.E. Asia. The original 6 months became 22 years.
Matt opened a Security Business in Japan and approved through the Japanese Government. The security company provided personal security and event security coordination and enforcement for several years in Japan.

In Japan, Matt was also asked to teach English and Martial arts. The money was very lucrative. Matt opened a successful martial art school and an English school in Shizuoka, Japan. Matthew also trained and was ordained as a missionary and performed nearly 1000 weddings and was the Chief Minister for 2 elegant mult-million dollar Chapels in Japan.

Matthew is a lifelong martial artist and holds an 8th Degree Blackbelt, and is a two-time hall of fame inductee (Grandmaster of the year and Ultimate Warrior) and has been featured on TV several times in Japan, including doing a promotional TV commercial for Jackie Chan.

Matthew is also good friends with the living legend and movie star, Ron “The Black Dragon” Van Clief.

In 2023, Matthew and his children returned to his hometown of Suffolk after 22 years in Japan. Matthew is a current licensed Security-Loss Prevention officer, with new certifications in Security management and Network Security.
Matt has provided management, security and Investigative services for over 30 years, both in America and Japan as an officer and a Owner/Manager.

As of 7/2023, Chuntian Academy Japan’s Security-Investigation Operations have shut down. Japan’s Kung Fu school  lessons are headed by Sihing K.Nakamoto with online assistance and guidance from Director Matt Plewes live from Virginia, USA.
Plewes is currently forming a new Kung Fu, Family Self Defense, Health and Longevity club. Matt is also working in Loss Prevention-Security in Virginia.

Professional Enhancement Training for Security, Corrections and Law Enforcement classes will be starting up soon.
Soft functional defense programs for kids, seniors and people with physical limitations are available. Health and wellness programs (Tai Chi, Qigong, TM) as well as Sport-hobby programs such as; Stick fighting and Iaido (Japanese art of drawing the sword) also coming soon!
Matt enjoys raising and spending time with his children. Matt is an avid woodworker, maker, Japanese Garden maker, masseuse and designs, implements and services several websites.

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(Pictured below) Event Security Manager, Kung Fu teacher, Iaido, Family Kung fu, Ron “The Black Dragon” Van Clief, Police And Security Consultant.


Plewes Center of Japan (2001-2023) was an umbrella organization of several services and businesses. Most services in Japan were provided by or supervised by owner Matt Plewes. Plewes Center was located in Shizuoka, Japan.
Matt also sponsored and funded a children’s charity in Indonesia.

Business Names: Liberty English Schools of Shizuoka (Now online only), PAST: In Japan- Matt’s Japanese Gardens, Chuntian Academy International – CAI Kung fu, Tai Chi and Qigong. CAI Security Services, Security, Investigations, Loss Prevention and Training. Shizuoka Wedding Pro. – Wedding Officiating over 950 weddings in Japanese and English, and Matt’s Homepage Design and Services.

Professional Services: Language Services, Self Defense, Martial Arts, Longevity Training – Tai Chi, Chi kung, Transcendental Meditation (TM) and Zen Meditation.
Matt Plewes worked as Event and Loss Prevention Security, VIP Protection, and Security Coordinator and Trainer for Hospitals, Hotels, Schools, Bars and is approved to operate in Japan by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).


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BEN PLEWES (AUTHOR) Matt’s Father (click banner below)


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