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|About||I have been a Self Defense instructor and Life Coach for over 40 years, Serving in the Southeast US and Vancouver "Beautiful British Columbia" Canada.|
|Mission||I live to Serve - changing lives for the better since becoming a self-defense and personal growth teacher in 1974. (FB and I are getting everything updated on both my business page (Wallace Progressive Kenpo) and my personal page.)|
On this page I have uploaded over 400 photographs - the ones I still had left - from over four decades of martial arts experience. Most of these were posted when I was living in Vancouver BC (Beautiful British Columbia!) back in 2012 for my old students in Atlanta to download. Guys who were 6 to 16 years old back then and now have children that age themselves. I hope you all enjoy them. I've enjoyed writing "caption info" for the ones I've had time to address - the others will take more time.
Sadly, the file box full of my favorite photos (and a dozen video tapes of my grandson from 1997-2001) was in the trunk of my car that was stolen in 2010 - hate that! Those were the best shots students had taken of me tournament fighting in the 80's, a file on Ken McGuire, Studio photos, Staff Photos, etc - gone for good now. Anyway - some brief history for those who are new: Formerly as "Robert Ray" in Atlanta, I sold my school ("Robert Ray Kenpo Karate") and my "birth name" with it in 2003 to live and Serve in Columbus, NC. My new legal name became Robert Michael William Wallace, and I began teaching William Wallace Kenpo Karate at Spartanburg Martial Arts in 2004.
My legal name given at birth was Robert Edward Ray, and I mention this because of the hundreds of historical photographs posted here from my tournament fighting days (1973-1983), along with the seven schools I operated in Atlanta over a 27 year period (1976-2003), and then my eight years of training Carolina students (2004-2012). All throughout this photo history you will see the names “Yoo Jin Kim Institute of Karate” (late ‘70s), “North Georgia Black Belt Academy” (1980-81), “Robert Ray American Karate” (1982-1992), “Robert Ray Kenpo Karate” (1993-2003), “William Wallace Kenpo Karate” (2004-2013), and "Wallace Progressive Kenpo" (2013-present) – and therefore the reason for the “name change information” provided here.
With thousands of students coming through my programs in Atlanta, “Robert Ra
*Black Belts in 3 different systems, plus training in
RUSSIAN SYSTEAMAH and Filipino Escrima/Kali/Pekiti Tirsia.
*267 Fights 1973-1983 Elimination Tournaments (trophies)
*Highest Honors from Master Instructor Lee Wedlake, Jr for my 13DEC2014 "Wedlake Kenpo Thesis on Curriculum Development"