GGM Al Tracy - "Last Man Standing" 2017 Instructors:
Great Grand Master Al Tracy
Grandmaster Al Tracy and his brother Jim began studying Kenpo with Ed Parker and James Ibrao in 1957 and each were promoted to black belt in 1962. Over time the Tracy brothers developed a close relationship with Mr. Parker, and soon began teaching all the beginner and intermediate classes. The Tracy brothers would also run Mr. Parker's studio when he would periodically return to Hawaii.
The Tracy brothers created belt manuals (which contained 40 techniques per belt at that time) and gave the techniques names, like Attacking Circle, Raising the Staff, etc. Ed Parker turned the Kenpo Karate Association of America (KKAA) over to the Tracy brothers and then formed the International Kenpo Karate Association (IKKA). The Tracy brothers then agreed to join the IKKA, on the condition that they could keep the standards of teaching for their own students. The Tracy brothers later opened schools throughout California, as well as other states, and formed the Tracy's International Studios of Self-Defense. More on GGM Al Tracy...
GM Ted Sumner
Ted Sumner began his martial arts training with the Tracy Brothers in San Jose, California in November of 1963. He received extensive training as an instructor and began teaching for the Tracy's at their San Carlos Street dojo in San Jose in October of 1967. He was awarded his Black Belt on October 11, 1968, one week before his 18th birthday. Ted moved to the Tracy's Santa Clara school where he served as Head Instructor until 1975. During that time Ted trained such notable students as Jay T. Will, Ray Arquilla, Doug MacLeod and Mark Tracy. More on GM Ted Sumner...
GM Roger Greene
During my over 50 years of Martial Arts study, I have been
repeatedly asked "what is the best way….?", or some other
formulation of the same question. There are literally thousands of
answers to that question, yet the answers are virtually all the
same. The best way is the way that works.
I remember the frustration that I experienced during my early years as a martial arts student when I asked my Sensei should this be done this way or that and he would answer "both ways are good". Why wouldn't he tell me the RIGHT WAY? His answer slammed me right back into the question. STUDY IT YOURSELF, YOU HAVE THE ANSWER! More on GM Roger Greene...
GM Bart Vale
World champion shootfighter Bart Vale is one of the pioneers of mixed martial arts in the United States. Vale began his training in kenpo karate in Miami in 1970 with the Al Tracy organization. He currently holds a 10th degree black belt in Chinese Kenpo. He has competed in Shootfighting, kickboxing and no-holds-barred matches in Japan, the United States and Russia for the UWF, Fujiwara Gumi, Rings, K-1 and Extreme Fighting and also promoted the first professional shootfighting matches held outside of Japan.
One of the only martial artists ever featured in Sports Illustrated, Vale has also been the subject of magazine articles in Men's Fitness and Muscle & Fitness as well as appearing on MTV and CNN. The author of the book, Shootfighting: The Ultimate Martial Art, he has appeared in several movies including Invasion USA. His Miami-based organization, the ISFA, has over 20 affiliated gyms and martial arts schools around the world to help promote the sport of Shootfighting.
GM George Lim
Born in Yokohama, Japan and trained in Hawaii, Sōke George Lim has been exposed to the best. With over 40 years of martial arts experience, he represents the teachings, training and techniques of Professor Marino Tiwanak and Grandmaster Allen Abad.
Grandmaster Lim has traveled and taught nationally, as well as internationally & is able to fuse the traditional and contemporary in a way that defies your wildest expectations. The tide goes in and out everyday but some things happen once in a lifetime. Don't miss a unique opportunity to learn from such an inspirational teacher!
GM John Patrick Nieto
Chuan Fa America
John Patrick Nieto, President
A Kenpo organization based in Albuquerque, NM and Las Vegas Nevada.
HQ address is P.O.Box 4279 Albuquerque NM 87196
A member in good standing of the Tracy organization.
My training started in 1959 in Riverside California with the Masutatsu Oyama folk, getting my Black Belt in Kyokushinkai. More on GM JPNieto...
GM Rich Fescina
Grandmaster Fescina has trained over 6,000 students in the art of Kempo. He has promoted over 100 students to the rank of Black Belt and is one of the most highly respected Masters in the Martial Arts. Grandmaster Fescina was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2001. He is the Master Instructor and the co-creator of the Kempo White Tiger System taught at Kempo Martial Arts Dojos. More on GM Rich Fescina...
GM Patrice Lim
Grandmaster Hanshi Patrice began her training in Hawaii Kenpo in 1983 under Sōke George Lim. Promoted to black belt in 1991 by 'Chief' Al Tejero, CHA-3 Kenpo Karate Brotherhood Club of Hawaii, San Diego Chapter & GM Julian Generalao.
After falling in love with the most beautiful islands, people and culture on earth, Patrice Lim's goal is to enrich other people with the same love of Hawaiian culture. I can never repay my teacher, Sōke George Lim for the truly precious gifts he has given me. I pay it forward. Learning Hawaii Kenpo is parallel to knowing him well and finding that rare treasure we all search for in life. More on GM Patrice Lim...
GM Nick Chamberlain
GM Chamberlain began training in the late 1970's and opened his first school in 1981 in Massachusetts. In 1997, Grand Master Cerio promoted Dr. Chamberlain to Fifth Degree Black Belt in both Nick Cerio's Kenpo and American Kenpo Karate. Dr. Chamberlain has trained under Master Ed. Parker in American Kenpo; Master Tadashi Yamashita in self defense; Professor Wally Jay and his son Leon Jay in Small Circle Jiu-Jitsu; Master P. Chan in Wah Lum; Master Rick Beauchamp in Wah Lum and Kenpo; Master Joe Lewis in Technique, Master Carlos Machado in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Martial Traditions and Bo under Fumio Demura, Shihan. Dr. Chamberlain holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in traditional Heike-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu under the head of the system, Sensei Vince Tamura, and a first degree Black Belt in traditional Kodokan Judo under Sensei Tamura and sensei Jim Webb, the past president of the United States Judo Association.
Professor Chamberlain is excited to bring the "Last Man Standing" event to Dallas, Texas and looks forward to a great weekend, tell your friends! More on GM Nick Chamberlain...
GM Jefferson Davis
Grandmaster Jefferson Davis has been a part of the Tracy family since he joined the Kirkwood school in St. Louis in 1974. Before that he took three years of Judo in College, and took karate from Master Bob Yarnall in the summer of 1966. Before that he actually did a self-study using one of Ed Parker's first paperbacks on Kenpo (which he still has in his library). That was in 1963-64. He fell in love with Kenpo Karate and became an ardent student. GM Davis received his Shodan in 1980 and Nidan in 1982 at the Kirkwood location. In 1983 he became a student of GGM Al Tracy. While working on his Masters Degree in History at Southwest Missouri State University from 1975 to 1977 GM Davis had the fortune to train and work under Doctor Roger Greene and his sensei Joe Lewis. GM Davis attributes his successful fighting career to them. In 2016 he really understands how lucky he was to have been in this association. Roger and his wife Karen are part of GM Davis's family to this day! More on GM Jefferson Davis...
GM J. Pat Burleson
Pat Burleson, founder of the American Karate system holds a
10th degree black belt. Pat began his study of the
martial arts in Japan in 1957, a competition career in
1963. In addition to regional championships, he claimed the
first US National Championship in Washington D.C. in
Pat started boxing as a youngster, eventually going to the golden gloves championships while still in high school. He joined the Navy in 1955 to "see the world" and while stationed in Asia this stocky seaman became a traveling boxing champion for the USN, fighting at bases throughout the Pacific basin. Being a fighter from the United States, he naturally came in contact with the fighting arts of the Orient. His original martial arts training came in the wado-ryu style in 1957 in Iwakuni, Japan. Burleson trained with several schools of karate and Chinese boxing in Japan and Hong Kong before he came back to the states in 1959. More on GM J. Pat Burleson...
GM Roy Kurban
Due to his unique experiences and background, Grandmaster Roy Kurban brings more to his seminars than any other martial arts seminar currently available today:
Grandmaster Roy Kurban's knowledge, abilities and credentials are recognized worldwide by a variety of accredited Taekwondo and Martial Arts organizations. He is widely respected and well-known in both the martial arts and business/law enforcement arenas. He has and continues to work closely with other prominent martial artists which includes, but is not limited to, individuals such as Grandmaster Won Chik Park, Grandmaster Jim Harrison, Grandmaster Chuck Norris, Grandmaster Mike Stone, Grandmaster Steve Fisher and many others who look to him, because of his tremendous individual character and professional excellence, for advice as well as personal friendship. More on GM Roy Kurban...
GM Gabriel Jesus Sandoval Chavez
Jesús Aurelio Chávez (born Jesus Gabriel Sandoval Chavez, November 12, 1972) is a Mexican former professional boxer in the lightweight division. He is the former NABF, WBC Super Featherweight and IBF Lightweight Champion. He fights with the nickname El Matador, meaning "The Killer", in honor to his first gym, Tom O`Shea's Northwestern Settlement Matadors in Chicago. He is a gifted fighter and trainer and runs the Maple Street Boxing Club in Dallas, Texas. He will be teaching hand techniques, training tips, mit drills, and other skilled training routines that will improve your fighting skills... Don't miss this one!
GM Richard Morris
Richard Morris became Fort Worth Police Officer in 1978 and has served in many capacities. He retired from the FWPD in 2014 as the Gang Intelligence Sergeant. As the Fort Worth Police Department's Gang Intelligence Sergeant in the Tactical Investigations Division, Richard supervised Gang Intelligence Officers and Detectives, as well as Gang Intervention and Prevention officers. He worked closely with the FWPD Homeland Security Intel Unit, Criminal Tracking Unit, Human Trafficking Unit, SWAT, Zero Tolerance, and Narcotics. In this role, Richard worked synergistically with several state and federal law enforcement agencies for investigations and prosecution of narcoterrorism and other organized crime by Criminal Street Gangs, Security Threat Groups and Mexican Drug Cartel Organizations. He served on the DEA Task Force, and on the Homeland Security Investigations Task Force. Richard Morrison represents the teachings of GM J. Pat Burleson. More on GM Richard Morris...
GM Joe Yuhashi
GM Joe Rebelo
Joseph P. Rebelo II is the Senior Instructor of Rebelo's Kenpo Karate (which includes the NINDORYU FUDOSHIN KOBUKAI and the DRAGON MASTER KUNG FU ACADEMY - Lung Si Gung Kung Fu Kwoon). He has been involved in, and at, the Martial Arts for over 37 years. More on GM Joe Rebelo...
Master Henry Childers
Henry Childers (7th degree black belt) is an accomplished martial arts instructor with over forty years of hands-on experience in the field of self defense. Mr. Childers has trained individuals from various professions and backgrounds including the film industry, law enforcement, and military. More on Master Henry Childers...
Master Bill Parker
Parker sensei will be covering throws from Kodokan Judo that apply to Kenpo and close quarter self defense. He will be co-teaching the "Knock 'Em Down and Drag 'Em Out" workshop with GM Chamberlain on Saturday.
Master Kiyoshi Takeuchi
In 1985 Shihan Kiyoshi Takeuchi started
Karate at the Saitama branch of the International Karate
Organization Kyokushinkaikan (Now called as the headquarters of
Kyokushin Kratedo Renmei, Kyokushin-Kan International). He learned
Karate directly from Kancho Royama as well as senior students who
were eventually going to be Shihans at Kyokushin. Shihan Takeuchi
has acquired a Karate black belt at Kyokushin. He has also obtained
a Judo black belt at Kodokan and the first dan of Battodo at the
headquarters of the International Battodo Federation, Nakamura Ryu
Battodo. In 2004 he was appointed Shihan by Fuji Ryu Taijutsu
Butoku-Kai. In 2007 he came to New York by himself to disperse Fuji
Ryu Taijutsu throughout the United States and European Countries.
on Kiyoshi Takeuchi shihan...
Master John Deluca
Master John DeLuca is the owner and head instructor of DeLuca's Martial Arts, in West Springfield, Massachusetts. His school specializes in teaching the martial art of Kenpo for personal development and self defense. He has been studying Kenpo for over 43 years, and he is trained and ranked by Grand Master Al Tracy. Master DeLuca holds a 7th degree Black Belt and has been a featured instructor at the Gathering of Eagles in Las Vegas and Chicago for every event since 1999. In 2007, he was inducted as a charter member into the Kenpo Hall of Fame. More on Master DeLuca...
Master Roger Lee
Roger Lee (7th degree black belt) started his martial training from an early age consisting primarily of freestyle wrestling and Judo. His passion led him to the Tracy's school of martial arts in Louisville KY, where he trained with Jim Stewart and Gary Avery until he reached instructor status.
Mr. Lee moved to southern California and studied Yoga and Tai Chi, while becoming heavily involved with hands-on competitive martial arts. He later returned to Louisville and reached a rank of 2nd degree black belt in 1979. He decided to take his skills to the ring as a professional kick boxer in the early 80s (PKA and WKA). More on master Roger Lee...
Master John Bain
John Bain was born in the mid 50's in Fayetteville, NC and moved
to Bowie, MD in the early 60's. The spark that started John Bain's
martial arts fire was the TV show, "The Green Hornet". This show
co-starred the world famous martial artist Bruce Lee as Kato. This
led him to his introduction to Tae Kwon-Do by Master Soo Young Cha
at the age of 12 (1969). When money became an obstacle he trained
with friends in the backyard. Some years later, while serving in
the U. S. Navy (1977 - 1983), his serious martial arts
instruction began at the Chuck Norris Karate Studio in Norfolk, VA.
It was because of the quality instruction and the personal
relationship developed with the instructors, that a burning desire
was instilled in him to research and learn as much as possible
about the martial arts.
Check out www.KICKSTARTKIDS.org More on Master John Bain...
Master George Thibault
Shihan George Thibault, owner and head instructor of Dracut
Kenpo Karate, has been training in the Martial Arts since 1983 and
has been teaching martial arts since 1985. In addition to teaching
at Dracut Kenpo Karate, Shihan George also has taught the
Curriculum Plus or After School programs at the Campbell, Greenmont
and Brookside Elementary schools in Dracut. He started
teaching martial arts at Nick Chamberlains's School of Self Defense
in Chelmsford in 1985, taught at the Courthouse Health Club in
Chelmsford, and Images Health Club in Dracut. A sixth degree black
belt, Shihan George continues to pursue his Martial Arts training
under Professor Nick Chamberlain of Dallas, TX. Seminars and
national Kenpo gathering work shops round out his yearly
educational regimen. Shihan George Thibault has been involved in
tournaments as a competitor and judge in Kata, Weapons Kata,
Sparring and Self Defense. He took 1st place in the Self Defense
Category at the 1995
World Kempo/Kenpo Tournament held in Boston, MA. More on
master George Thibault...
Master Rollend Nery
Shihan Rollend Nery was born on November 17, 1972 in the Micronesian islands of Ulithi. Shihan Rollend grew up on the islands and split his time between Mogmog and Falalop, which is where he attended high school. Growing up, Shihan Rollend explains that he had many interests. "I fished a lot but that was a part of everyday living there. Most of the boys in my family were very artistic. Drawing, painting, building, song writing, cooking, creating...There were no clubs so I started a team of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris acting amongst my friends. If you ask them, they will most likely say several more that I might have conveniently forgotten about." More on master Rollend Nery...
Master Mike Bush
Sensei Mike Bush was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and after moving around throughout his young life settled in Southern California, where he first found his love for the martial arts.
In 1989, Sensei Mike began his training in Shaolin Kempo Karate under Master Russell Streff.In 1992 he was promoted to 1st degree black belt by Grandmaster Fred Villari and then to 2nd degree Black Belt in 1994 by Master John Fritz Soon after, he became the chief instructor of both the Laguna Niguel and Dana Point locations for Fred Villari's Studios of Self Defense, where he continued to train under Master Russell Streff. More on master Mike Bush...
Master Dave Hopper
Mr. Hopper began training in the martial arts in 1985 under the instruction of Mr. Russ Costello of Kanzen Gojuryu Karate, earning a 3rd degree brown belt before Mr. Costello transferred jobs.
In 1991, he began training in Tracy's Kenpo under Steve Finn at the Tracy's National Headquarters in Lexington, KY.
On September 16th, 1991, Mr. Hopper became a certified instructor of Tracy's Kenpo Karate and began teaching kenpo at the National Headquarters, becoming the studio manager in 1992. On October 8th, 1993, he earned his Shodan (1st degree black belt) from Steve Finn. More on master Dave Hopper...
Master Stuart Gavin
Sensei Stuart Gavin has been involved in the martial arts for over 30 years, starting his training in Shotokan during the early 1980's. He is the founder of the Scottish Budo Association and currently teaches classes in Kempo, Ju-Jitsu, No Gi Grappling, Wing Chun, Iaido and Arnis.
Stuart has taught at 3 of Grand Master Al Tracy's Gathering of Eagles, including the 2013 event when he was inducted into the Kenpo Hall of Fame and was certified as a Kenpo Ambassador. More on Master Stuart Gavin...
Master Joshua Ortega-Sheiner
Master Joshua Ortega-Scheiner currently holds a 6th degree black belt in Chuan Fa with a certification as a master instructor. He is a retired Albuquerque Fire Department Captain and paramedic, having been awarded two commendations for valor. Master Ortega-Scheiner has been teaching for the Department of Health Exercise and Sports Sciences at the University of New Mexico since 1993, is Chief Instructor of Personal Defense, and runs an MMA team through the same department. In addition he has coached amateur boxing, kick boxing and grappling. Most recently, Master Ortega-Scheiner fielded a team out of UNM to compete at NAGA this summer, winning two gold and two silver medals. More on master Josh Ortega-Sheiner...
Armando Salas-Amaro has been a member of
Tiger & Dragon (T&D) Kenpo Karate for over 20
years. He has trained the T & D competition team for
local, regional, state-wide, and national martial arts
In the early 1990's, Mr. Salas-Amaro managed a T & D Studio for Bart Vale in Miami, Fl (Sunset) and was also a senior instructor at the T & D Headquarter Studio in S.W. 8th St. He has competed and judged in tournaments hosted by the American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA), and Bart Vale's Battle of the Warriors (BOW) I (1988); BOW II (1990); BOW III (1991); and BOW (IV) 1992; BOW (V) 1993; BOW (VI) 1994; BOW VII (1995). More on master Armando Salas-Amaro...
Sensei Jimmy Mathis
Jimmy Mathis will be teaching the Combat Fitness workout each morning at 8:00am directly following Tai Chi. Come and learn a Kenpo/combat fitness class to take back to your dojo and get a great workout at the same time!
Master Landa Miller
Landa Miller's great passion is to share her knowledge and experience with the internal healing arts of tai chi and qigong. They are not just exercises but, rather, an integrated system for overall health, with a philosophical basis that can be applied to every day life.
While working in corporate America, Landa began studying tai chi following knee surgery in 1988. She instantly fell in love with tai chi. Her first teachers were the official lineage holders of the Lu Style and, with their encouragement, she began teaching in 1996. On her first trip to China in 1999, to teach two semesters of English and while on vacation from her work at PricewaterhouseCoopers, she was accepted as a student by tai chi and qigong masters in Shanghai--and continues to travel and study there periodically. Landa has had some unique "firsts" in China, including being designated the only person outside of China to teach Pan Gong, as a gift from Pan Lao Shi, and the first "foreigner" to perform Fan and Flower in the 1999 TongJi Village Summer Festival.
She is proficient in a number of tai chi and qigong styles, including: Lu 72 Tai Chi, Lu Sword, Lu Qigong, Yang 24, Yang Sword, Tai Chi Chuh (variation), Plum Flower Fan, Swimming Dragon, Spring Forest Qigong, Wisdom Healing Qigong, and Pan Gong. She used her arts as a foundation for healing from a severe motor accident in 2007, which made her determination to share these arts even more resolute. She enjoys the transformations her students experience as they acquire skills and bring out their innate potentials.
Landa teaches all ages, with a heartfelt specialization for bringing internal healing arts to the senior population. She currently teaches multiple classes at CCYoung in Dallas, "Where the Spirit Is Ageless" and her oldest students are in their late 90s; Parkview Senior Living, in Frisco; and the Overture, 55+ Active Adult Lifestyle, in Plano.
She is privileged with teaching in a variety of other settings, including corporate - Yum! Brands, Frito-Lay/Pepsi, Cisco Systems, and a Dallas law firm - the Integrated Center for Oriental Medicine, the Museum of Nature and Science (now the Perot Museum), recreation centers and Rancho La Puerta Health Resort, Fun Ed, the S'Cool, SpringPark Home Owners, AquaFit, and private classes that address special needs. A frequent speaker on internal healing arts, Chinese culture, and issues related to longevity, she also provided sessions at Texas Health Resource's Presbyterian Hospital for the trauma unit's Matter of Balance classes. Landa holds medals in regional, national, and international competitions and has officiated at the Tai Chi Legacy Tournaments for many years.
She will be teaching the morning Tai Chi and Qigong exercises on Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st mornings at 7:00 am. Get up early so you don't miss out on a beautiful way to start the day! More on master Landa Miller...