Karate Club Celebrates 45th Anniversary!
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.