Martial Arts the Old-Fashioned Way
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Having always held an interest in combat sports like boxing and wrestling, he was intrigued when a friend invited him to a school that taught a Korean fighting style called kang duk won.
“My �irst class, they had me sit in a low horse stance for an hour,” Greene said. “In those days, the hardcore schools would give you something dif�icult to do the �irst time to see if you could take it. And if you could, then they’d let you train there.”
The reaction to that kind of testing differs depending on the person, Greene said. “Some people are not interested. Some people just get hooked.”
That was 53 years ago, and Greene is still active in the arts. I guess you could say he was one of the ones who got hooked. AFTER EARNING his kang duk won black belt under Bob Babich, Greene began training in kenpo under Al Tracy, the father of the modern franchise system of martial arts schools. Greene eventually received a black belt from Tracy, too, and he was offered a chance to open a Tracy franchise in Oklahoma.
“Grandmaster Tracy realized there were a lot of young men that loved martial arts but didn’t have the business acumen to open a successful school,” Greene said. “Knowing about things like location and advertising is crucial. Grandmaster Tracy said, ‘We’ll help you with that.’ He was the �irst one in martial arts to really do this for people.”
While operating his facility, Greene got an opportunity to study with full-contact karate champ Joe Lewis, who was national karate director for the Tracy organization. “I got professional help in running my school, and I got the world