Since 1976

From the past year
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New black belts (Harris, the Buckleys) on 9/9/17. Kathy Rhine, Mark Harris, Liane Buckley, Kevin Buckley, Caroline Goodspeed, Keith Yates.

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At the Gathering of Eagles in August 2017. Keith Yates, Century Martial Arts founder Mike Dillard, Ishmael Robles, Allen Steen, Al Decascos.

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Mark Lynn taught an Arnis stick fighting class during the 2017 AKATO festivities.

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Jon Alster and Lyman Roark.

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GInny Tyler and Vivica McNeil.

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The day also saw the examination of Terry Heronime, Ken Terrill, Fadi Khoury, and Ricardo Ponte to second dgree black belt.

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Sam Perez, owner of Denison Family Karate, was presented with his 8th dan black belt at the 2017 AKATO Awards Ceremonies.

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Larry Wheeler was awarded with his tenth degree black belt.

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The RIchardson YMCA was one of the teams demonstrating at the ceremonies.

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All 6 of the demo teams who performed on March 25.

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Ginny Tyler of DMD Tae Kwon Do is the 2017 Instructor of the Year.

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Congratultions to Ginny Tyler and her Disciples Making Disciples Karate Program in McKinny. The exam on January 28, 2017 was a great success.

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Black and Brown belt promotions on 12/10/16.

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Kela Grotefend breaks two boards with a front kick on her way to black belt.

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Diego Rocha shows he can handle a knife attack as he earns his black belt.

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Michael Khoury shows excellent form as he earns his black belt.

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Rian Morris and Mateo Almazan earning their black belt from Sam Perez on 11/19/16.

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Cecily Bradford is elated to receive her black belt from Mr. Perez and Mr. Yates.

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Tre White, Nick Edwards, Savana Bishop, Cecily Bradford, Rian Morris, and Mateo Almazan testing for black belt at Denison Family Karate.

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Savannah Bishop shows her form on her black belt exam on 11/19/16.

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Nathaniel Dick performs his Kata in the 2106 tournament on October 29.

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Nick Samuel shows his winning form.

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Scott Dover takes it to his competition.

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Miguel Jaimes winning his brown belt division.

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Andrew Poulton demonstrates his speed.

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Nizar Tahiri blasts through his opponent.

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Nick Samuel scores with a side kick.

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New black belts as of July 23, 2016.

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After the exam with Mr. Yates, Amelia Poulton, Flor Castellanos, Jonathan Castellanos, and Clay Servin.

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Mr. Yates visited Mrs. Merhout's Hands On Karate on July 15.

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Jon Alster, Trevor Mangram, and Keith Yates at Mr. Alster's Karate Club in Los Angeles.

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Mr. Yates meets up with two of his California black belts, Thuy Pham and Jon Alster in July 2016.

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Michael Matsuda of the Martial Arts History Museum in Los Angeles greets Mr. Yates at his induction into the museum's Hall of Fame.

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Mr. Yates with karate legend Pat Johnson, a fellow inductee into the MAHM Hall of Fame.

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Mr. Yates with martial arts icon and film star Cynthia Rothrock.

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James Lew and Keith Yates at the Dragonfest 2016.

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Jon Alster and Keith Yates with Gerald Okamura at the 2016 Dragonfest in LA.

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Keith Yates teaching at the special black belt workout to start the 40th anniversary weekend.

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Justin Davis and Colin Wee seemed to enjoy the workout.

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Black belt workout on Friday before the big seminars.

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Lauren McPhail breaks a board during Kelly Cox's seminar.

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Colin Wee (from Perth, Australia) demonstrates on Stephen Starnes.

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Larry Miller and Mike Bilderbeck taught a fighting strategy seminar.

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Jon Alster shared Brazillian JuJitsu.

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GMs Pat Burleson, Keith Yates and Allen Steen at the evening banquet.

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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.

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1-9-16 Renbudo Karate exam at the Cooper Center.

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New black belts Jesse Hancock, Sydney Palis, Shane Small, James Battino

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New 8th dans, Mark Lynn, Forrest Littlejohn, David Wollard, Vince Ortiz, Tony Tempesta.

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Old friends - David Wollard, Forrest Littlejohn, Gary Mayes, Ralph Carrington

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The class Christmas parties are always a hit.

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December 19, 2015 brown belt exam.

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12-5-15 new black belts, (front) Alyssa & Lauren McPhail, Abbie & Amiee Cisnero, (back) Joel Jenkins, Julie Royal Grotefend, Angel Perez.

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Henry Reddick on his way to first place in the October tounament.

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Francisco Rocha shows off his two first place trophies.

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Sumeesha Gupta (3rd), May Grotefend (2nd), Audrey Reed (1st) in their kata division.

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Naveed Papari's sword kata at the 2015 championships.

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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.