As we have done for the last two years, the AKBBA/CSHK will be conducting a higher-degree black belt promotion ceremony on Friday, June 22, the evening before the big United States Karate Championships at the Mesquite, Texas convention center and Hampton Inn. By now all applicants for promotion have gotten in their paperwork to Association headquarters and are hard at work on their presentations. Most of the High-Dan Board of the AKBBA/CSHK will be present as will several special guests including Texas karate legends Allen R. Steen and J. Pat Burleson. Mark your calendar now so you can attend this once-a-year event and don’t forget to be ready to compete at the U.S. Championships on June 23.
After our High-Dan Board Meeting on January 21, hundreds gathered at Steve Selby’s Dallas Martial Arts Academy to honor our retiring HDB members, James Toney (Chairman), Royce Young (Vice Chairman), Richard Jenkins and Tim Vought. Three of the original founders of the association were present to add their thanks. Allen Steen, Pat Burleson and Ed Daniel joined the current High-Dan Board in the activities. Chairman Keith Yates and Executive Director Charles Bouton presented plaques to the honorees and several members of the crowd shared their memories of the four gentlemen. In additional GM Yates made “Karate Master Hall of Fame” induction presentations to Mr.s Young, Vought and Jenkins (Mr. Toney was previously inducted). Of course plaques and paper certificates cannot adequately express our appreciation to these outstanding martial artists who have served so diligently for so many years on the board of the AKBBA. Go to the gallery page to see photos of this historic event in the life of the American Karate Black Belt Association/Chin Sook Hage Kwan.
It is rare for anyone to be promoted to grandmaster ranks let alone several at once and all world champions at that! On June 25, 2011, the AKBBACSHK promoted Al Garza, David Archer, Jimmy Tabaras, Steve Doss, Santae Wilson, and Jim Chote to eighth degree black belt grandmasters. Grandmasters Allen Steen and Pat Burleson also awarded the very rare ranks of 9th degree black belt to Raymond McCallum and the 10th degree black belt to Roy D. Kurban.
The promotional board was a who’s who of American karate. Besides Misters Steen and Burleson, the “fathers” of Texas karate, the panel included AKBBACSHK high dan members, James Toney, Keith Yates, Royce Young, Richard Jenkins, Charles Bouton, Robert Smith and Steve Selby. Other notables in attendance included Ed Daniel, Johnny Nash, Steve Fisher, Mike Proctor, Larry Ritchie, Ted Gambordella and a host of other grandmasters. An overflow crowd filled the hall at the Mesquite, Texas convention center and they were rewarded with outstanding demos of kata and sparring by the participants. Congratulations to all these icons of American karate.
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