Nathan R. Carson
(joined on 1-19-00)
Primary Style: Tae Kwon Do - 1st Degree Black Belt
Location: Practitioner / Springfield, MO
Affiliations: United States Tae kwon do Union (USTU)
     & World Tae kwon do Federation (WTF)
Training: started when I was 12 years old.
"I found Jesus as my Savior when I was a very young child.  However, a lot of things changed once I became a teenager.  My focus was not Christ anymore.  My focus was turned to sucking the pleasure out of life, no matter what came in my path or whether it was moral or not.  I found myself to be feeding my immoral ways, any way that I could.  My immoral ways for fun for a season, until I started to think about the eternal ramifications for my actions.  Everything that I had learned as a child started coming back to me, and haunting me like a manifested nightmare.  I looked up to the heavens and the thoughts that filled my mind were about all the love that Jesus had for me, mixed with the fear of the wages of my sin.  I decided to rededicate my life to Jesus, and to look for Him and His healing touch that he had for my broken life.  I pushed away from the friends that brought me down, and looked to the local church for help.  I am now glad to say that I am completely different from what I was when I was a teenager.  I now attend two Bible institutes, and hope to bring Christian martial arts ministry into an interplaying spectrum with Christian drama ministry, using a variety of methods to reach a people we call the lost."

Norman E. Lane, II
(joined on 10-19-99)
Primary Style: IKCA Chinese Kenpo, Orange Belt
Location: Practitioner / Springfield, MO
Affiliations: IKCA
Training: started when I was 7 yrs old off and on
"I've been a Christian for over 25 years (I'm only 29!)"

Rev. Clay McGranahan
(joined on 9-4-99)
Primary Style: Shorin Ryu Karate Do,  2nd Degree Black
Secondary Styles: Aite Imasu Do, 1st Degree Black (Dr. Michael Barnes)
Shun Lum Chuan Kung Fu, Black sash with gold trim
School: Instructor / (Home dojo) Joplin Karate Association, Joplin, MO
Master Kal Rooks, 7th degree Shorin Ryu
(Personal dojo)  Impact Karate Studio, Rogersville, MO
Affiliations: Christian Black Belt Association, Grayling, MI
SWAT Tournament Circuit
Training: Began in martial arts 1985. Began in Shorin Ryu in 1991.
 Karate Titles:  1997 #9 in world demo team, Arnold Classic World Demo Team Competition, 1998 Swat Weapons Champion, 1997 SWAT Weapons Champion,
1998 SWAT #5 Rated Fighting,  1997 SWAT #5 Rated Fighting,
1991 PKL #4 Weapons Region 5, 1987 OKA Top Ten Kata
Website: www.angelfire.com/mo/impactkarate

"I came to know Jesus as personal savior at age of 8 and surrendered to ministry at age 18. I have been a staff youth pastor for 9 years. Travel nationally with the Impact Karate Team ministering to schools, churches, and camps." 

Nathan D. Murphree
(joined on 6-4-00)
Primary Style: 1st Dan, Kenpo Karate
Secondary Style: Tae Kwon Do
School: Instructor / Murphree's Kenpo Karate - "Kickin 4 Christ"
Location: Branson, MO
Affiliations: International Karate Connection Association (IKCA)
Training: I began my training in the martial arts at the age of 10, in August 1992.
"I have grown up in a good Christian home and had the advantage of two loving
parents who supported me in my desire to want to learn Karate.  For years I
have felt that I needed to use my talents to help the Mission (spreading the Good News).  I found that being able to share my faith through martial arts has helped me greatly spiritually.  I am now 18 years old and am currently a Certified Instructor of the I.K.C.A.  and hold private lessons with a strong Christian influence.  I am working on starting a Youth Outreach Program at my local church in the near future."

Jeb Pein
(joined on 9-28-99)
Primary Style: Lung-Fu-Do Karate - 2nd degree brown
Secondary Styles: Ryukyu Kempo, Pai-Lum Kung-fu.
School Location: Practitioner / Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Training: began in 1972
Website: http://members.xoom.com/mhurshman

David L. Taylor Sr.
(joined on 10-4-99)
Primary Style: I am a ShoDan in Budoshin Jujitsu - of the American Jujitsu Association. My Instructor was Dr. William Fromm - co-founder of the AJA with George Kirby
Secondary Style: Aikido
School: Instructor / Just recently re-started teaching - using a local church facility and I have not come up with a school name yet.
Location: " Word of Faith " Church Dittmer, Ridge Rd., Dittmer, MO
Training: I started training in 1982 in Kempo Karate - however my interest always was in the grappling arts. In 1983 I started training in Jujitsu earning my blackbelt in 1986.  I also studied Aikido in the that time period ( the instructor was trained in the New York style Aikikai.(traditional Aikido) I also attended
Aikido classes taught by Dave Lowery _-(noted swordsman). I  additionally have had instructions in Okinawa - te   (karate)  and in the tonfa, and hanbo (short-staff). I am a 17 year veteran police officer, I have received several commendations and awards while in the police service.
Click here to see David L. Taylor, Sr's personal testimony!

Mark Wilson
(joined on 10-1-99)
Primary Style: 2nd degree blackbelt (Tai kwon Do)
Secondary Style: Jeet Kun Do
School Location: Instructor / Aurora, Missouri
Affiliations: AKA
Training: started in 1982
 Website: www.web-tec.freeservers.com

"I came to know the LORD in 1971...I was 10 years old...and I was so distraught by the whole ordeal...that I thought I wouldn't be able to live up to GOD's expectations of my life that I became physically sick...I have NEVER forgotten that...I STILL to this day have such a FEAR of GOD n a conviction that i know I WILL till the day I go to be with him in heaven!! The one thing i want to see most in this life...or do that is...is I want to be the ONE to lead my 2 sons...Colby (5 years old) n Colin(pronounced Collin)(1 year old) to the LORD...that would be THE MOST gratifying day of my life...so pray for me that I get that opportunity...for only GOD knows what is in store for their young lives ahead of them...also...if anyone needs praying for...feel free to contact me at...mrwilson@dialnet.net. Walk with GOD :)"

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