THOMAS E. KELLY 9th DEGREE BLACK BELT "MASTER OF THE ART" in KENPO KARATE Over 44 years of Martial Arts Teaching Experience. Karate Tournament Competitor for 18 years (112+ Tournaments) 1971 3rd PLACE HEAVYWEIGHT "1st NATIONAL ALL-BLACK-BELT" CHAMPION. 1971 HEAVYWEIGHT "NEW MEXICO STATE" CHAMPION. 1971-72-73 HEAVYWEIGHT "ALL-AMERICAN KARATE" CHAMPION. 1972 HEAVYWEIGHT "CALIFORNIA STATE" CHAMPION. 1972 HEAVYWEIGHT "INTERNATIONALS" CHAMPION. 1998 HEAVYWEIGHT (OVER 50) "INTERNATIONALS" RUNNER-UP. Instructor for: Priscilla Presley, John Ritter and Peter Cetera (Chicago). Taught the children of : Buddy Hackett, Anthony Quinn, Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Bill Cosby, Robert Gulp and Robert Mitchum. Provided Security for: Elvis Presley, Freddy Hart, Sonny James, Robert Culp and Bill Cosby. 1970-1980 Tournament Director for the "Internationals", the Worlds Largest Karate Tournament (averaging 4,600 competitors per year). 1972-1981 Vice President of the International Kenpo Karate Association. 1981-1999 Accredited Self-Defence Class at the University of Utah. 1991-1997 P. E. Faculty Staff for Combative Courses at Wichita State University. 1992 National rated Head Referee (A.A.U. Chinese Martial Arts Division) with Six 1st place Nationally Rated Champions. 1993 National rated Head Referee (A.A.U. Chinese Martial Arts Division) with fifteen 1st Place Nationally Rated Champions and Four All-American team members. 1993-1996 Co-Founder of Chinese Martial Arts Circuit (Four State Circuit). 1994 Elevated to the rank of 9TH Degree Black Belt by 24 (4th Degrees or Higher) Black Belts from the "ED Parker Kenpo System" along with Steve La Bounty. 1995-1996 Co-President of the American Kenpo Senior Council. 1997-1998 President of the American Kenpo Senior Council.
Implement the business procedures we all use today. (1969) (Mr. Parker had some of the material, but no one to implement it) Start wearing a Black GI. (1969) Put the Yellow Belt into his Kenpo System. (1970) (Originally Tom Kelly wanted it for a Youth Belt only) Developed the Large Black Belt Diplomas. (1979) (I have the first Diploma (1001) printed) Developed the I.K.K.A. Colored Belt Chart. Make the Universal Pattern Patch. (Originally used for our four Universal Pattern Tournaments) Started putting tips on Black Belts. (To show the rank of the individual) Suggested the “5” Red Brick Black Belt Designation Suggested the “Red Piping” on the uniform for Black Belts Started the I.K.K.A. Testing Board. (To insure quality and to keep instructors training and updating) I originated Kicking Set #1 in the "Ed Parker Kenpo System". (1970) I originated the Leg Exercise Set in the "Ed Parker Kenpo System". (1970) Richard Planas and I helped Mr. Parker put together the original Yellow, Orange and Purple Belt Manuals of which I have the originals. (1969) The second Kenpo Black Belt to win the Heavyweight Division at the "Internationals". Greg Baines (1969), (1972 fought 7 matches and then lost to Joe Lewis for Grand Champion in a close match) The second Kenpo Black Belt to win their weight division (same year) at the "Internationals" and the California State Championships. (1972) (Steve Saunders was the first) A member of the original "Undefeated" I.K.K.A. Black Belt Team. (1975) (Steve Saunders - Lou Oliva - Chris Armstrong - John Henderson - Tom Kelly) The first Kenpoist to fight on an "Open Black Belt Team" (Undefeated) in Europe. (England and Belgium : 1975) (John Nativada - Ron Marchini - Darrnel Garcia - Benny "The Jet" Uriqudez - Tom Kelly) The Team Fights were made into a Movie "The Young Gladiators".
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