10th Dan Black Belt
Mr. Larry Wheeler, a "legitimate" 10th degree Black Belt, is a product of the Allen Steen Chung Do Kwon style Tae Kwon Do System. He received his Black Belt from Mr. Steen's Texas Karate Institute in 1971. The Allen Steen system was one of the most highly respected and feared Tae Kwon Do school systems during the 60's and 70's. During this time, the Allen Steen system produced more respected, national tournament champions, and Black Belts than any other school systems around. Mr. Wheeler has carried on this champion tradition in his school, winning numerous tournaments in addition to producing an impressive Black Belt Champion Family Tree.
Mr. Wheeler's blend of training from a rawer, older era, mixed in with modern concepts is excellent. He is continually stressing quality training over quantity belts. The Black Belts he has produced are among some of the best ever seen. He continually reminds his students that "the man makes the belt, not the belt makes the man". He pushes his students to strive to obtain the awesome power and speed that it took to survive the Blood and Guts Texas Era of martial arts.
Grand Master Wheeler's Career Highlights:
* Founder and president of the
United States Amateur Kick Boxing Association
* Former Executive Board member of the Amateur Organization Of Karate (AOK)
* Vice-President the American Karate Tae Kwon Do Association (A-KATO)
* Founder and Publisher of the Texas AOK Sport Karate Insider Magazine
* Producer of the Texas Cotton Belt Karate Championships
* President of the Texas Chung Do Kwon Tae Kwon Do Association
* 1994 Dallas Golden Gloves High School Coach of the year (tied Curtis Cokes)
* Head Instructor Texas Black Belt Karate Academy
* Inducted into the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 1998
* Instructor of 5 Golden Greek Award Recipients
GRAND MASTER WHEELER'S BLACK BELT FAMILY TREE
WILLIAM SHELTON 8TH DAN
MARGARET PARRY 8TH DAN
WENDY ROSS 7TH DAN
ROSE WHEELER 6TH DAN *
MADGE SCHRUP 5TH DAN
TAMMY RICE 5TH DAN
DAWN MAUER 5TH *
JENNIFER SCARBROUGH 5TH DAN
SYLVIA HUFFER 4TH DAN
J.R. WALKER III 3RD DAN *
COREY GRIMM 3RD DAN
JORGE ELIZONDO 3RD DAN
CARLY GEIGER 3RD DAN
BILLY McCOY 2ND DAN
ROBERT WAGNER SR. 2ND DAN
TERRY SMITH 2ND DAN
LUCY McGARITY 2ND DAN
ROBERT HOLDEN 2ND DAN
CHARISSE GRIFFIN 2ND DAN
SAMANTHA MURRAY 2ND DAN *
JERRY SMITH 2ND DAN *
ROBERT WAGNER JR.
SHALA LEE LOPEZ
* Denotes AOK Golden Greek Winners
"I am very fortunate to know and have the respect of
Grand Master Larry Wheeler.
He and I have a mutual friendship and respect for each other that will not fade. We both share a love for the martial arts and very high standard of excellence for karate. This standard includes dedication and work ethic on the student's part, as well as commitment from the instructor. Knowing those are major keys to success, they remain a high priority for us in order to meet our goals and help others excel and meet their goals
with karate and with life.
We accept the never ending learning curve and strive to be positive contributors of the lifestyle and the sport. We both understand the importance of passing on the martial arts in a positive way and leading by example. It is tradition and responsibility of our rank,
those issues are taken seriously.
Earning a Black Belt is a worthwhile goal to set and reach but being one with character is much more complex and demanding. We can reap what we sow, it is our job to keep sowing the seeds of respect
in the community and in our own lives."
Wendy Ross, Texas Black Belt Karate, March 1, 2008