Of course Allen Steen, the AKBBA Founder and President Emeritus would be the first individual listed. See his complete profile under A Martial History.
Next would be one of the AKBBA/CSHK founders, Ronny Cox. Master Cox was one of the greatest fighters in the karate circuit of the ’60s and ’70s winning many tournaments across the region and the nation (including the United States Karate Championships). He was one of the original instructors in Steen’s Texas Karate Institute. He was a tremendous teacher who touched many students’ lives. He gave honor to his badge as an Addison, Texas Police Officer, in how he conducted himself as a martial arts master, and how he gave honor to the American Karate Black Belt Association/Chin Sook Hage Kwan. Mr. Cox was our first Association Secretary and very instrumental in creating what we are today. He was shot and killed during a drug operation of the Addison and Dallas Police Departments in December of 1986. He has been greatly missed and continues to be missed by the Board and membership of this association. Eternal be his memory.
Grandmaster James B. Toney, 10th Dan, Chairman Emeritus
Grandmaster Toney, served with distinction as our Chairman from 1997 to 2011. He was one of the original board members of the old Southwest Karate Black Belt Association and of the original AKBBA. He retired from a career as a research geologist at the University of Texas at Arlington. He began his karate training in the early 1960s at the Texas Instruments Karate Club (TEXINS), which served as the flagship for the development of the Allen Steen Texas Karate Institute Empire. Mr. Toney passed away in 2015.
Many champion fighters of the early era called Mr. Toney their sensei. Several went on to become instructors or school owners, carrying with them Grandmaster Toney’s lessons and insights so that they could be passed onto others.
Today there are tournament divisions for “over 35” but in the 1960s a forty year old had to face 20-year-olds and in Texas that usually meant a 20-year-old nationally ranked fighter. Most 40-year-olds simply didn’t compete. But there were notable exceptions, such as Mr. Toney.
Grandmaster Toney, always considered himself a student, achieving black belts in Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan, Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan, Okinawan Dai Ni Gojuryu, and Jujitsu. He was named Shihan for North America by the Kokusai Dai Ni Gojuryu Karate Kyokai.
In 2000, Grandmaster Toney was inducted into the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame and in 2011 was inducted into the Karate Masters Hall of Fame. He was a true Texas and American Karate pioneer, and much of what made karate in the Southwest the toughest and fastest growing in the nation, can be attributed to James B. Toney.
Grandmaster Royce Young, 10th Dan, Vice Chairman Emeritus
Grandmaster Young is a Texas Karate pioneer who served the High Dan Board as its Vice-Chairman from 1997 through 2011. He was one of the earliest students of the pioneering TEXINS karate club, begun by Allen Steen at the Texas Instruments plant in Dallas and went on to be the head instructor there for the decades of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and 2000s . He was also a Charter Member of the old Southwest Karate Black Belt Association and the original American Karate Black Belt Association.
Royce Young was born in Memphis, Texas on February 25, 1938, and was a Golden Gloves Champion when still in high school. While working at Texas Instruments he attended the first karate demonstration Allen Steen gave there. He signed up for classes in the Texins gym in 1964. Mr. Young received his black belt in Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan from Mr. Steen in 1969 and in 1970 he became the Chief Instructor of that TEXINS Karate Club, which is one of the oldest continuously operating karate clubs in the United States at the same location (over 45 years) and still oversees it through his many black belts. It was from the roots of this legendary club that the Allen Steen Texas Karate Institute empire grew.
Grandmaster Young placed in and won in many tournaments against some of the best competitors in fighting and forms. His self-defense demonstrations have been the highlight of numerous tournaments. He has taught many state and national male and female champions in kata, point, and full-contact matches, with some rated multiple years as Regional and U.S. Top-Ten Black Belts; including a 4-years running U.S. Karate Championships 1st place winner. Several of his students have gone on to become karate school owners and teachers.
Although retired Grandmaster Young continues to teaches seminars and special self-defense courses offered through Texas Instruments and Dallas area public schools. His instruction ability is phenomenal and he is in great demand for his Smart Defense Seminars and Stranger-Danger classes. Recently, he added kickboxing classes to his curriculum. He is an inductee into the 2000 class of the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Grandmaster Young, unquestionably another Texas and American Karate pioneer, continues to train some of the finest black belt practitioners and teachers in Texas at this unique and long-tenured Karate Club. Mr. Young was promoted to 10th Dan in December of 2001 upon nomination from Allen Steen, Pat Burleson, James Toney, and Keith Yates, and by vote of the High Dan Board.
Grandmaster Richard W. Jenkins, 10th Dan, Board Member Emeritus
Grandmaster Jenkins, also a Texas Karate Pioneer, a Charter Member of the old Southwest Karate Black Belt Association and original American Karate Black Belt Association. He was born in 1942. Training, originally, in Shotokan Karate while in the U.S. Navy, he attained his black belt rank at the age of 19 in 1961. He holds dan rankings in Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan, Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan, Ni-Gojuryu Karate, and Judo. On January 3rd, 1991 he was appointed a Shihan in North America by the Kokusai Dai Ni Gojuryu Karate Kyokai. He has studied aikido, jujitsu and kobudo
In 1965 Mr. Jenkins settled in Dallas, as manager of the Adam & Eve Health Resort where he encountered member Allen Steen. Steen was just beginning to establish his Dallas area Texas Karate Institute schools. After an extended discussion, including a sparring session, Steen asked Jenkins to come and work as his business manager and to run the Texas Karate Institute Hillcrest school. Due to Allen Steen’s, James Toney’s, Fred Wren’s, and Keith Yates’s generous help (along with others), coupled with his former Shotokan training, Jenkins quickly adapted to the Texas Karate Institute methods.
Much of Mr. Jenkins’ managerial skill and personal charisma went into what resulted in a very dynamic and rapid growth of Steen’s Dallas organization into a Texas-wide chain of successful and profitable schools. Richard Jenkins is a motivator. He can motivate people in their business and personal lives, and has been responsible for helping many people establish very successful business ventures. He is always willing to unselfishly help anyone he can (even a competitor). The list of those he’s advised includes Jack Hwang, Hee Deok Park, George Minshew, John Liles, and more.
After helping establish a firm foundation for Allen Steen’s karate empire, Jenkins moved with Fred Wren and Mike Anderson to the center of the country where they opened and operated several successful schools, the Black Belt Karate Association, in Oklahoma City and St. Louis. Jenkins later moved to Florida, with student Walt Bone, and established a highly successful chain of schools, the Florida Karate Academies.
Grandmaster Jenkins had a successful tournament career, placing in or winning numerous regional and state titles, as well as being a champion at Jack Hwang’s All American Open, one of the key national tournaments in that day. He is also a highly skilled teacher utilizing his ability to motivate his students and to attain goals they would have thought impossible. He was awarded the AKBBA–CSHK Instructor of the Year in 1988. Many of his students have become national and state champions while others have gone on to be instructors and school owners.
In May of 2004, Grandmaster Jenkins was inducted into the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame during ceremonies conducted in Waco, Texas. He lives in Houston and is the owner and operator of the Orange Grove Water Company, which provides water utility to the North Houston community. He has never given up his willingness to share his experience and skill with anyone. He served the AKBBA–CSHK as its Secretary and as the Secretary for the AKBBA-CSHK High Dan Board from 1986-2000. He retired as an Emeritus member in 2011.
Grandmaster Tim R. Vought, 9th Dan, Board Member Emeritus
Grandmaster Tim Vought is a first generation student of AKBBA co-founder Ed Daniel and is Mr. Daniel’s senior student. He is acknowledged as founder and chief instructor of the art of Shorin Aiki Budo by four international martial arts organizations, and is a 9th degree Black Belt with 50+ years experience. He began practicing martial arts in 1959, while a student at Louisiana State University. He is recognized as Shihan (Master Instructor) by two international martial arts organizations and holds black belt rankings in Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate, in Shorin Aiki Budo and in Aikido, and has extensive training in Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Asian weapons and kickboxing.
A retired Dallas police officer, Vought Sensei was the 1972 National Police Olympics Karate Champion. In 1974 he co-founded the Texas Police Athletic Federation, an organization dedicated to promoting athletics and comradery among law enforcement personnel. The TPAF hosted the 1998 World Police Games, which were held in Dallas, with over 3600 contestants representing five nations. Grandmaster Vought served as Head Official for the Karate competition.
In association with his instructor, he co-authored “Common Sense Self Defense” in 1967 and has authored a book on Police Arrest and Control Tactics. He has developed street combat and survival tactics training programs for law enforcement agencies and was Head Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Dallas Police Department. Vought Sensei has also been a licensed private investigator, licensed personal protection officer, and is currently an NRA certified Firearms Instructor.
As a licensed Lay Reader and Chalice Bearer, Vought Sensei remains active in his church and extends his lay ministry both into his secular and martial arts life. He remains the eternal student and continues to teach traditional martial arts classes as well as those which are specific to the needs of the law enforcement community, operating under his Texas corporate name “Aikido and Karate of Carrollton, Inc.”
In recognition of his position as a Texas martial arts pioneer he was inducted into the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame in May of 2000. He retired from the High-Dan Board at the end of 2011.
Grandmaster Fred Wren, Board Member Emeritus
One of the early Texas Karate champions, Mr. Wren earned the nickname “Whirlwind Fred” because he came after opponents like a tornado. The winner of almost every major tournament in the 1960s, Wren helped to establish Texas, and the American Karate Black Belt Association as one of the “hot spots” for sport Karate. One of this greatest wins was over Jim Harrison at the 1968 United States Karate Championships for the Grand Champion trophy.
And original black belt of Allen Steen, Fred became the head instructor at the famed East Dallas TKI dojo and all who entered saw the sign at the back of the room that proclaimed “House of Wren.” Master Wren was truly one of the great fighters who put Texas on the Karate map. See more about Mr. Wren at our Hall of Fame page.
Grandmaster N. Jack Erickson, Board Member Emeritus
Along with his wife Marian, Jack Erickson went from some of the earliest black belts instructors for Allen Steen to found their own system and school, the “Dragon School” of Tae Kwon Do in 1976. Training not only under Mr. Steen but also under Jhoon Rhee and Ye Mo Ahn, Mr. Erickson earned high level black belts in Chung Do Kwan and Moo Duk Kwan. Ever the gentle giant, Grandmaster Erickson inspired a whole generation of martial arts practitioners in Texas.
Grandmaster Rick Moneymaker, 9th Dan
Grandmaster Rick Moneymaker was elected to the High Dan Board in April of 2000. He holds the rank of 9th dan in Torite Jutsu, 8th Dan in Okinawan Kempo, 5th Dan in Isshinryu, 5th Dan Aikibudo, and 2nd dan in Japanese Gojuryu Karate. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of 6th Dan in Tae Kwon Do and joined the lineage of Allen Steen “Texas Blood ‘n’ Guts” black belts.
Grandmaster Moneymaker, along with Grandmaster Tom Muncy, is co-founder of the Dragon Society International which has thousands of members world wide. The organization conducts research into and develops practices in Tuite and Kyusho Jutsu (pressure point fighting). Grandmaster Moneymaker was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 1999; awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Martial Arts; has been featured 3 times in “Who’s Who in the Martial Arts;” has been inducted into the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame; has appeared on the cover of two international martial arts magazines; appeared 5 times in national martial arts magazines and 9 times in international martial arts magazines; co-authored two books on tuite and kyusho jutsu; produced over 50 videos on the same topic; and has traveled throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and 8 foreign countries giving seminars in his Torite Jutsu pressure point fighting system.
As one of the foremost authorities on the application of Traditional Chinese Medicine to pressure point fighting as found in the martial arts, Grandmaster Moneymaker is in constant national and international demand for teaching and seminars. He resides in Stuart’s Draft, Virginia where in his rare off-time he teaches with Grandmaster Tom Muncy in their Tori Karate Institute.
Grandmaster Moneymaker serves the High Dan Board as an international ambassador keeping in touch with our international affiliates and members as well as developing new AKBBA–CSHK programs world wide.
Grandmaster Thomas P. Muncy, Jr., 10th Dan
Grandmaster Muncy was elected to the HDB in April of 2000. He holds a 10th Dan in Torite Jutsu, 8th Dan in Okinawan Kempo, 5th Dan in Aikibudo, and 3rd Dan in Japanese Gojuryu Karate. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of 6th Dan in Tae Kwon Do and joined the lineage of Allen Steen “Texas Blood ‘n’ Guts” black belts.
With Grandmaster Rick Moneymaker, he serves as the head and co-founder of the Dragon Society International, with thousands of members world wide, which researches and documents technical aspects in the arts of pressure point fighting (Tuite and Kyusho Jutsu) as found hidden in kata based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. Grandmasters Muncy and Moneymaker have authored two books and over 40 videos on the topic.
He was elected to the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as “Man of the Year” in 1990 and 1999. He has been elected to the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Martial Arts, presented the 20th Anniversary National Leadership Award by the Society of Distinguished American High School Students in 1988, presented the Certificate for Outstanding Contribution in International Education and Understanding by the American Intercultural Student Exchange in1988, received the John R. Kirk Honors Institute Certificate of Educational Merit from Northeast Missouri State University in 1990, listed in Who’s Who In American Education from 1992-1993, listed in Marquis’ “Who’s Who In the South and Southwest,” and featured in “Who’s Who In Karate” in 1983 and 1984.
A retired High School principal, Grandmaster Muncy now tours both nationally and internationally giving seminars in Torite Jutsu (pressure point fighting), being one of the few authoritities on the subject, and continues to teach in his and Grandmaster Moneymaker’s Tori Karate Institute in Virginia.
Grandmaster Muncy serves the High Dan Board in the capacity of an international ambassador both spreading and keeping contact with the Associations foreign affiliates and members.