(Ricky) Wayne Brown Jr.
(joined on 7-25-00)
I am 1 dan black belt in American Taekwondo
Association (ATA). But I have studyed various martial arts including
Wing Chun, 5 animal kung fu, tiger crane kung fu, karate, aikido, ninjutsu,
chin na, pakua, qigong, and tai chi through various materials (videos,
Practitioner / I am not an instructor
except to my friends who share their knowledge with me, therefore the school
I practice in (My taekwondo instructor passed away recently so there is
no more school here in town), is my backyard/living room/kitchen, or anywhere
else I am at the moment.
"I've walked with Christ since I was 6 years
(joined on 3-7-00)
Kenpo, 2nd Dan.
Secondary Style: American
Instructor / I have been teaching law enforcement officers only, and competing
from time, to time; however, I am now looking for a storefront building
where I can teach to the general public. I am thinking of calling my personal
style, 'Celtic Kenpo', mixing traditional Western martial arts like 'Highland
Wrestling' and 'Boxing', with the Asian styles. I think that it is important
to remember and respect the Combat skills of our Indo-European Forefathers.
The Celtic Gaels, for instance, had many forms of armed and unarmed combat
and there are several groups who study the famous 'Fianna' (soldiers in
time of war, and a national police force in time of peace). Can you tell
that I'm Irish-American?
Arbor Place # 2425, Fort Worth, Texas 76132
in the 1970's
"I went to a small rural
Southern Baptist Church called Harmony Baptist from an infant, up until
I enlisted in the military (Army, then Marines), I was saved at vacation
bible school at age 10 and was baptised in the name of the Father, the
Son and the Holy Spirit. I have preached that same Gospel as the Lord gives
occasion. It's still mindblowing when the Lord sends someone to me, out
of the blue, who is asking me how to be saved and I do'nt know them from
Adam! God did all the work, I just have to pray with them. WoW! I began
studying American Karate in 1974 under Bob Nuttall, originally, because
I was bullied at school for being too goody-goody (I carried a bible to
school and shared the gospel. Many of my classmates found the Lord.) I
have continued to study the Bible and Theology is my passion. Currently,
I am studying the early Church Fathers,Orthodoxy, Cannonization of the
Holy Scriptures, councials and creeds, all areas that I am sadly lacking
credible knowledge in.
I took a lot of slack
from my Christian Bretheren over the fact that I studied Asian Martial
Arts (I was advised that it was an Eastern Occultic Art) and I would drop
out for long periods of time, only to find myself back in one dojo or another,
and feeling somewhat guilty. I continued to study and
practice at home and
spent all my extra money on martial art books and magazines. I heard of
Karate for Christ and began to see the value of the martial arts as a tool
for the Gospel.
I studied Hapkido from
Master Kim in Tacoma, Wa. while stationed at Fort Lewis. I also studied
Taekwondo from one of my Sgt.'s who was stationed in Korea for many years.
I used the martial arts to attract kids to vacation bible school during
Marine bootcamp where I taught classes, it resulted in many conversions.
I have had the oppertunity to study under J. Pat Burleson while acting
as an assistant instructor for his Y.E.S. Program (Youth Enrichment Studies)
and have found that the martial arts are one of the oldest and best ways
to instill discipline and self-esteem within an individual, military, or
civilian. Armed with the Gift of the Gospel as well, and one may fear no
(joined on 8-22-99)
Taekwondo (1st Dan Black Belt)
Instructor / we call our school Yesunim-Do (The Way of Jesus) TaeKwonDo
UMA, USNTF, WTF
Started in 1986
I came to Christ while
driving to and from work in 1995. I was listening to a radio preacher and
had not realized the relevance that the Word of God had in my life. I realized
that everything in the Bible was God breathed (2 Tim 3:16) and therefore
inspired by God. I realized that I had to start learning more about God
and His character. Since then I have become babtized and have surrendered
my life to the ministry. I am seeking to attend seminary and eventually
becaome a full time minister. God has led me to incorporate the teachings
of Jesus into my personal martial arts style. Our style emphasizes concentration
on spiritual self-defense (everlasting through Jesus), and less of an emphasis
on our bodily selves. We could be killed every day in a variety of ways,
whether in a street fight or in a car accident. But by God's grace we have
the opportunity to celebrate the victory over that death through the ultimate
(joined on 5-16-00)
Tae Kwon Do; 1st degree Black belt
Instructor / TEXAS TAE KWON DO, INC.
as a teenager- 2 years Karate; as adult- 2.5 years Tae Kwon Do
"Born and raised in
the Lutheran church. About 2 years ago became friends with a rather famous
Christian musical artist and started growing closer to the Lord at that
time. About then is when I got the desire to start living for Christ and
searching for ways to help people while demonstrating HIS love."
(joined on 6-16-00)
Kyu Shin Ryu Judo and Jujitsu--Sandan
Secondary Style: Flowing
Instructor / Victoria, Texas
"When my instructor told
me to seek truth in Martial Arts, I began to apply it to religion. Several
weeks later, one of my sisters called and invited me to church. I figured
I would try it to see if it was truthful. I continued going for about a
month before I accepted Jesus as my Saviour. This was in November, 1996.
although I was pretty skeptical, I answered an altar call to receive the
Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I remember praying there at the altar that
if this was not of God, I did not want it. Once they prayed over me, the
power of the Holy Spirit came over me and has completely taken over my
Currently I am in a
mentoring type of program with my Pastor to go into the Street Evangelism
ministry. My wife and I are youth worship leaders and Sunday School teachers
for Jr Highschool students. I am also on the board of Deacons at our church
which is Family Worship Center Assembly of God in Victoria, Texas, USA."
(joined on 9-30-99)
Filipino Martial Arts / 3rd degree Blackbelt
Instructor / Muñiz Arnis
World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee 1995/1996
Arts Hall of Fame 1997
at Castro's Kenpo Karate - San Francisco, California - 1968
Northern Shao-lin Kung Fu Black belt,
Brown Belt, Kenpo (IKCA) Green Belt, Arnis
Instructor / Bryan, Texas
Started training at age 19, I am now 47
"I grew up in the church.
I took Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of 9. I grew
and I am growing in my understanding of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
I have been a Minister of Youth and a Pastor. Now I am a Registered
Nurse working in ICU and a deacon in the church."
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