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GRANDMASTER LINDA DENLEY

BLACK HISTORY IN SPORT KARATE

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The 1980s and 1990s women’s fighting crown on the open sport karate circuit was pretty much in her hands. During the 1980s and 1990s, Linda Denley from Texas dominated the open sport karate circuit and held the women's fighting crown. She won all major tournaments in the USA and, in 1985, became the first American woman to win a semi-contact kickboxing world title at the WAKO World Cup in London's Wembley Centre. Linda repeated this achievement by winning the championship again in 1987 in Munich, Germany, and then again in 1990 in Mestre, Italy, becoming the first woman ever to hold three consecutive kickboxing world titles. 

This is a record that still stands today. Linda Denley of Texas dominated the ring, winning all major tournaments in the USA. In 1985, she became the first American woman to win a semicontact kickboxing world title at the WAKO World Cup in London’s Wembley Centre. She repeated her world title performance by winning the championship again in 1987 in Munich, Germany, and then again in 1990 in Mestre, Italy, becoming the first woman ever to hold three consecutive kickboxing world titles. A record that still holds.

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GRANDMASTER VICTOR MOORE

BLACK HISTORY IN SPORT KARATE

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Victor Moore (born August 23, 1943) holds a 10th Degree Black Belt in Karate and was one of the late Robert Trias' Chief Instructors of the Shuri-ryū Karate system. Moore was one of the first ten original members of the Trias International Society and also studied and trained with William J. Dometrich in the style of Chito-ryu. Moore has studied martial arts for over 50 years, and is a four-time world karate champion.

  • One of the first African-Americans to win a major karate competition (1965 USKA Grand Nationals).

  • First kickboxing championship (1971 U.S. Kickboxing Championships) with Jim Harrison.

  • Introduced kickboxing to America with Joe Lewis in 1973 on Merv Griffin.

  • Black Karate feature with Jim McLain and Robert Trias

  • Formed the WKA organization in 1974

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