Since 1976

Historical Photos
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1964, back, Allen Steen, George Mattson, Ed Parker, Tsutomu Ohshima, Robert Trias, front, Pat Burleson, Bruce Lee, Anthony Mirakian, Jhoon Rhee.

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Jhoon Rhee breaks a brick in the early 1960s.

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1969, Skipper Mullins kicks Ron Marchini in the head at the US National Team Championships.

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1966, Keith Yates as a blue belt. Note the half dyed belt required of juniors in those days.

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James Toney (as ist dan) and Keith Yates (as first brown) in 1968.

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Harold Gross and Fred Wren demonstrate at the Texas Karate Institute. In the back are James Toney and Keith Yates.

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Yates charges an opponent in a 1970 tournament match.

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Sparring Demtrius (the Golden Greek) Havanas at a black belt class in 1970.

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1970 Winning Texas Competition Team, Candy Simpson, Demetrius (Greek) Havanas, Skipper Mullins (coach), Keith Yates.

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Bryan Robbins eyes a kick from Keith Yates at the Hillcrest Avenue Texas Karate Institute.

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Yates as a second black in 1972.

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Yates jumps at Royce Young at the Texas Karate Institute school on Webb Royal in Dallas in 1972.

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Allen Steen from a Offical Karate Magazine spread in the mid 1970s.

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1974, Larry Wheeler, Bob Woerner, Paul Hinkley with Keith Yates behind, at the JoAnn's School of Dance in North Dallas.

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Tony Tempesta and Tony Kaufman observe Keith Yates's instruction in 1974.

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Yates with Chia Sirisute and Dan Inosanto in 1981.

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Yates instructs NFL offensive lineman Brian Baldinger at a Dallas Cowboys mini camp in 1981.

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1987, Keith Yates, Joe Lewis and Jon Alster.

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Richard Shoffit, Eric Lee and Keith Yates.

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A 1987 story on Keith Yates in the Dallas Morning News.

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Caroline Goodspeed was the 1993 AKATO Instructor of the Year.

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Mike Proctor and Jon Baughman helped to start the AKATO kobudo classes in 1993.

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1995, Keith Yates, coach of the American team and Chung Park, coach of the Korean team pose at the dedication of the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C.

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The demo team in D.C. in 1995.

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1995, Jhoon Rhee and Keith Yates after a 6 AM workout.

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Randy Miller, Caroline Goodspeed, Keith Yates and Kelly Cox after a 1996 exam.

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1997 Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Kim Soo, Keith Yates, Troy Dorsey.

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1999, Tom Thompson, Keith Yates, film star Clarence Gilyard and Howard Jackson at the AKATO banquet.

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Marian and Jack Erickson started the Dragon School of Taekwondo.

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Royce Young, Bob Woerner, Duane Ethington, Keith Yates, Alan Schrieber, Dick Strom, Jon Alster at the '98 banquet.

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Keith Yates, Ed Daniel and Dennis Cox.

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Howard Jackson, Tom Thompson, Bill Wallace, Jhoon Rhee and Keith Yates in 2000.

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John Corcoran, Keith Yates and Joe Lewis at the first ever Nationally Certified Instructor Training at the Cooper Institute in 1999.

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Jack Hwang, Mrs. Rhee, Keith Yates, Jhoon Rhee and David Moon at Allen Steen's 60th birthday celebration in 2000.

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Keith Yates, Allen Steen, Jim Harrison.

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Roy Kurban, Chuck Norris, and Keith Yates at a KickStart fundraiser in Houston in 2002.

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2004, Chuck Norris thanks Keith Yates for being the chairman of a Kick-Start event at Dallas Fair Park.

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2004, Keith Yates with Bong Soo Han at the Martial Arts History Museum dedication in Los Angeles.

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2006, Allen Steen, Keith Yates, Skipper Mullins and Pat Burleson at the AKATO's 30th Anniversary banquet.

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Yates with the Honorable Ambassador of South Korea.

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Old School Black Belts at Jhoon Rhee's 80th birthday party in D.C. in 2010.

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Mike Proctor and Kelly Cox demo at the 2011 AKATO banquet.

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Pioneers of Taekwondo at the TKD Grandmasters Society banquet in 2012.

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Mike Proctor, Allen Steen and Keith Yates inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Art Camacho, Don Wilson, Keith Yates and Cynthia Rothrock.