Since 1976

From the past year
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Karate legends Jim Harrison, Keith Yates, and Bill "Superfoot" Wallace at the American Karate Black Belt Assoc's huge promotional event on November 16. Mr. Yates is also the Chairman of the Board of the AKBBA.

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Ginny Tyler and her proud students at the 2019 AKATO Championships.

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Stephen Starnes always brings an enthusiastic group to the tournament.

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The new black belts and judges and instructors from the October 26, 2019 examination.

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Jihane Tahiri, Allen Meijia, Alvin Tang, and James Trimmell.

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Dan Cohen, Jihani Tahiri, Tim Meeks.

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Dan Trimmell and James Trimmell.

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Ken and Lianne Buckley earning 2nd dan.

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Mr. Yates with Don Mullins and proud big brother Skipper Mullins.

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Dr. Tedd Mitchell was promoted to 5th dan black belt by Tom Thompson, Allen Steen, Mike Proctor and Keith Yates on 10/24/19.

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Jimm McMurray, Karen Eden Herdman, Keith Yates at the Korean Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame in July 2019.

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Mr. Proctor and Mr. Cox promoted several students on July 13. Michael Burer earned his first dan, Warren Wortell and Katherine Weber made second, and Shane Small was promoted to third. Kelly Cox promoted Jeremy Ledesma to first black belt. Congratulations to all.

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Mr. Yates receiving his "Legends" award for 50 years in the arts, June in Las Vegas.

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In Las Vegas with Mr. Yates, Tayari Cassel, Jeff Smith, Joe Corley, Dennis Brown.

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Mr. Yates with Ninjitsu legend Stephen Hayes and Jessie Bowen at the Hall of Fame awards.

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The 2019 seminars were a great success thanks to Master Chris Folmar.

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AKATO Students of the Year awards

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More Students of the Year awards

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The 2019 Tenets awards

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Higher Black Belt promotions, March 2019

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Keith Yates, Bob Woerner, Tony Tempesta, Mike Proctor, Larry Wheeler and Tony Kaufman celebrate Mr. Woerner's 50 years in the martial arts.

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Keith Yates with other martial arts pioneers and champions, Roy Kurban, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, and Jeff Smith, at a special weekend in Durant, OK, in February 2019.

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Dick Strom receives his 9th Dan from Mike Proctor, Keith Yates and Larry Wheeler.

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Proud group pose with their new black belt certificates.

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Arriving in DC, on a private jet for Jhoon Rhee's memorial service. Jamie Cashion, Keith Yates, Allen Steen, Gina and Chuck Norris, Pat Burleson, Ted Gambordella.

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Chuck and Gina Norris pose with Keith Yates before the service for Jhoon Rhee.

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Mr. Yates with Mr. Norris and Mr. Steen on May 5, 2018.

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In March, Mr. Yates presented Dr. Merrill Matthews (Buddy) and Timothy Looney with a seventh degree black belt promotion.

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Mr.s Kurban, Yates, and Steen at the 2018 AKATO Banquet

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Black Belts line up to honor Mr. Yates