Mark Lynn taught an Arnis stick fighting class during the 2017 AKATO festivities.
Jon Alster and Lyman Roark.
GInny Tyler and Vivica McNeil.
The day also saw the examination of Terry Heronime, Ken Terrill, Fadi Khoury, and Ricardo Ponte to second dgree black belt.
Sam Perez, owner of Denison Family Karate, was presented with his 8th dan black belt at the 2017 AKATO Awards Ceremonies.
Larry Wheeler was awarded with his tenth degree black belt.
The RIchardson YMCA was one of the teams demonstrating at the ceremonies.
All 6 of the demo teams who performed on March 25.
Ginny Tyler of DMD Tae Kwon Do is the 2017 Instructor of the Year.
Congratultions to Ginny Tyler and her Disciples Making Disciples Karate Program in McKinny. The exam on January 28, 2017 was a great success.
Black and Brown belt promotions on 12/10/16.
Kela Grotefend breaks two boards with a front kick on her way to black belt.
Diego Rocha shows he can handle a knife attack as he earns his black belt.
Michael Khoury shows excellent form as he earns his black belt.
Rian Morris and Mateo Almazan earning their black belt from Sam Perez on 11/19/16.
Cecily Bradford is elated to receive her black belt from Mr. Perez and Mr. Yates.
Tre White, Nick Edwards, Savana Bishop, Cecily Bradford, Rian Morris, and Mateo Almazan testing for black belt at Denison Family Karate.
Savannah Bishop shows her form on her black belt exam on 11/19/16.
Nathaniel Dick performs his Kata in the 2106 tournament on October 29.
Nick Samuel shows his winning form.
Scott Dover takes it to his competition.
Miguel Jaimes winning his brown belt division.
Andrew Poulton demonstrates his speed.
Nizar Tahiri blasts through his opponent.
Nick Samuel scores with a side kick.
New black belts as of July 23, 2016.
After the exam with Mr. Yates, Amelia Poulton, Flor Castellanos, Jonathan Castellanos, and Clay Servin.
Mr. Yates visited Mrs. Merhout's Hands On Karate on July 15.
Jon Alster, Trevor Mangram, and Keith Yates at Mr. Alster's Karate Club in Los Angeles.
Mr. Yates meets up with two of his California black belts, Thuy Pham and Jon Alster in July 2016.
Michael Matsuda of the Martial Arts History Museum in Los Angeles greets Mr. Yates at his induction into the museum's Hall of Fame.
Mr. Yates with karate legend Pat Johnson, a fellow inductee into the MAHM Hall of Fame.
Mr. Yates with martial arts icon and film star Cynthia Rothrock.
James Lew and Keith Yates at the Dragonfest 2016.
Jon Alster and Keith Yates with Gerald Okamura at the 2016 Dragonfest in LA.
Keith Yates teaching at the special black belt workout to start the 40th anniversary weekend.
Justin Davis and Colin Wee seemed to enjoy the workout.
Black belt workout on Friday before the big seminars.
Lauren McPhail breaks a board during Kelly Cox's seminar.
Colin Wee (from Perth, Australia) demonstrates on Stephen Starnes.
Larry Miller and Mike Bilderbeck taught a fighting strategy seminar.
Jon Alster shared Brazillian JuJitsu.
GMs Pat Burleson, Keith Yates and Allen Steen at the evening banquet.
Film director Art Camacho, martial arts movie star Don Wilson, Mr. Yates, and film star Cynthia Rothrock at the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth in 2015.
1-9-16 Renbudo Karate exam at the Cooper Center.
New black belts Jesse Hancock, Sydney Palis, Shane Small, James Battino
New 8th dans, Mark Lynn, Forrest Littlejohn, David Wollard, Vince Ortiz, Tony Tempesta.
Old friends - David Wollard, Forrest Littlejohn, Gary Mayes, Ralph Carrington
The class Christmas parties are always a hit.
December 19, 2015 brown belt exam.
12-5-15 new black belts, (front) Alyssa & Lauren McPhail, Abbie & Amiee Cisnero, (back) Joel Jenkins, Julie Royal Grotefend, Angel Perez.
Henry Reddick on his way to first place in the October tounament.
Francisco Rocha shows off his two first place trophies.
Sumeesha Gupta (3rd), May Grotefend (2nd), Audrey Reed (1st) in their kata division.
Naveed Papari's sword kata at the 2015 championships.
Karate legends George Minshew, Keith Yates, Pat Burleson and Allen Steen at the 50th anniversary of the American Karate Black Belt Association gala on September 19.