Karate Club Cel­e­brates 45th An­niver­sary!

Black Belt - - EDITOR'S NOTE -

On May 1, 2018, the Karate Club at Rad­ford Univer­sity (Vir­ginia) cel­e­brated 45 years of ac­tive in­struc­tion. It was founded by Black Belt eall of camer arK gerry Beasley in 1973 while he was a se­nior ma­jor­ing in phi­los­o­phy at nearby Vir­ginia Tech. Beasley earned a Mas­ter of Science and a doc­tor­ate from sir­ginia qech in part by writ­ing and de­fend­ing both a the­sis and a dis­ser­ta­tion on mar­tial arts ed­u­ca­tionK eav­ing earned the nec­es­sary aca­demic cre­den­tialsI Beasley be­came a pro­fes­sor of health and hu­man per­for­mance at Rad­ford Univer­sity, where he su­per­vised the harate Club and headed the Asian mar­tial arts mi­norK

The Karate Club was first cer­ti­fied by the Amer­i­can Taek­wondo As­so­ci­a­tion but quickly con­verted to full-con­tact karate when the -hoon Rhee Safe-T gear be­came avail­able in 1974. In 1983 the club be­came af­fil­i­ated with the leg­endary goe iewisK qhat same yearI kali and jeet kune do con­cepts were added to the cur­ricu­lum as Beasley trained with aan fnosanto and iarry eart­sellK

fn NVUU the harate Club hosted the now-famous harate Col­legeI bring­ing to­gether world cham­pi­ons -oe Lewis, -eff Smith and Bill tal­laceK lver the en­su­ing yearsI it or­ga­nized sem­i­nars by no­ta­bles such as cumio ae­mu­raI -hoon Rhee, Benny Urquidez, -i Han -ae, An­thony 'e Longis, Wally -ay, Renzo Gra­cie, Michael 'ePasquale -r. and Sr., Stephen K. Hayes, Kathy Long, Steve An­der­son, Remy Pre­sas, Willie -ohn­son and Mark Cole­man. It also launched a series of ´orig­i­nal jeet kune do” camps fea­tur­ing Ted Wong that ran from 1993 to 1998.

harate Club mem­bers have gone on to work in law en­force­ment, psy­chol­ogy, fit­ness, medicine, busi­ness and other fields. Alumni in­clude ac­tor/writer -ason Wil­liam McNeil, ac­tor Rich Man­ley, ex­pat jour­nal­ist/au­thor Keith Vargo and Black Belt editor Robert W. Young.

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