Grandmaster Keith Yates and Grandmaster Mike Proctor
Mr. Starnes hold a 7th Degree Black Belt in American Karate and in Tae Kwon Do and a 1st Deg black belt in Japanese weapons.
Mr. Starnes was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Aug. 2014 and inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame in June 2016
Who is Stephen Starnes first and above all Stephen is a born again follower of Jesus Christ. In March of 1998 Stephen repented (turned of his sin) and put his full trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Stephen’s life was radically changed that morning. Stephen’s desire now is to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ to a lost world and to teach martial arts. Stephen preaches at many different churches on the topic of evangelism. Stephen also is a street preacher and a collage campus preacher.
Stephen began training in the Martial Arts at age 7 in Shin-Toshi Karate in 1985 and received his gold belt. In 1987 at age 9 he started training in American Karate with Mr. Darrel Sander at North Texas Karate in Bridgeport , Texas. Stephen recieved his 1st degree black belt at age 12. Stephen taught karate throughout his teenage years for Mr. Sanders. Presently, Stephen is continuing to train under Mr. Billy Smith 9th degree black belt in South Ft.Worth. In Nov. 2007 Stephen opened a Martial Arts School in Bridgeport, Texas “North Texas Karate Academy”.