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Master Paul Barker

 

Master Barker is a retired Montgomery County Police Officer from Maryland and has taught karate programs to all types of people and groups. He has run a successful karate program for children and adults sponsored by Montgomery county Department of Police, The Montgomery County Department of Recreation, Montgomery County Housing Opportunity Commission and Montgomery County Public Schools since 1985 including the Scotland Karate Program, The 124 Karate Program and the Einstein High School Karate Program.

Since earning his black belt Master Barker has trained the following Black Belts:

2nd Degree Black Belts: Joelle Mensah,  Paul Moreland,

1st Degree Black Belts: Jerilyn Mensah,  Shannon Gyles,  Arturo Gyles Jr., Patricia De Leon, Brenda Santana, Darwin Ciefuentes, Celson De Leon, Cecila De Leon, Azusena Rivera, Jordan Diaz, Mia Garcia, Dante Massaglia, Joshua Kulbeth, James Kulbeth, Sally Farrell, Liam Farrell, Zoe Farrell, Elijah Pestana,  Arlett Morales, Areli Morales, Samuel McCullough

 

 

 

Accomplishments:

* 2010 – Awarded “County Executive Certificate” for serving the children of Montgomery County MD and working with the At-Risk      children with your karate program – State of Maryland

* 2010 – Awarded “The Governor’s of Merit” for a crime prevention program – State of Maryland

* 1987 – United States Secret Service Certificate of Appreciation, 1991 – The Bronze Medal of Valor from the Police and Fire Rescue Services Meritorious Award, Montgomery County, Maryland

* 1994 – Honorable Mention Award from the Police and Fire Service Meritorious Award, Montgomery County, Maryland

* 2003 – Bernard D. Crooke Jr. Police Community Service Award, Montgomery County, Maryland,

* 2003 – Police Officer of the Year Damascus of the American Legion

* 2004 – Police Officer of the Year Montgomery County Council of the American Legion Department of Maryland,

* 2004 – Community Policing Award from Montgomery County Housing Opportunity Commission

* 2006 – Chief’s Appreciation Award, Montgomery County Department of Police

* 2006 – President of the United States Certificate,

* 2006 – Chief’s Service Award, Montgomery County Department of Police

* 2006 – Optimist International Law Enforcement Award – National Capital Optimist Club

 

Studied Under:

* Grand Master Jhoon Rhee –  Taekwondo (Maryland)

* Grand-master Ki Whang Kim  – Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan (Maryland)

*  Master Darrell Ross -Taekwondo (Louisiana)

* Master Michael Tull – Taekwondo (Maryland)

*Thomas Patire  -CDT Training (New Jersey)

 

Master Barker received his  1st- 4th degree black belt from Master Michael Tull and is still training under Master Tull today. Master Barker received his 5th degree black belt from Grand master Tull December 7, 2012 at the two year celebration of Champion Karate west.

 

Years of Training

Our team has dedicated most of their lives to martial arts to get the best training possible. With continued education, you know you are getting the very best.

Innovative Ideas

The staff at Champion Karate West are always training with other masters from other styles and using the new techniques to teach or students to become better martial artist.

 

Advanced Technology

The staff at Champion Karate West is always searching and training with new techniques and technology to help our students learn martial arts.

Clear Communication

The staff at Champion Karate West always has an open door to all students and parents to discuss the progress of each student.

 

Accomplishments:

* Became top rated competitor in Maryland, Virginia and DC in 1987

*  Won first forms grand championship in competition with Charles Tull in 1987.

* Head Instructor for Kim’s Karate of Alexandria, VA and Camp Springs, MD 1989 and 1990

* Head Instructor of Mid Atlantic Karate of Gaithersburg, MD 1991

*  Won first sparring grand championship in 1991.

* Became co-owner of Champion Karate with Young Bedell in 1995

*  Coached Champion Karate to 6 Master’s Cup tournament victories between 1995 and 1999.

* Recipient of Governor’s Award for Scotland program 1999

*   Member of Six National Competition Teams, DKT Force One National   Karate Team, Team Prestige National Karate Team, Team Rhee Max National Karate Team, Bull On the Beach National Karate Team, Represented US Fighting Team against Germany in 2003.  US won 17-14

*   Currently a member of Team Universal National Karate Team, North American Sport Karate Association’s #4 Rated Men’s Fighter 2000, Triple Crown Threat (Multiple 1st place winners in forms, weapons and sparring completion), Created blueprint for invitational karate tournaments for Universal Productions 2006, Became founder of the  for teens 2006.

* Grand Master Tull Formed partnership with the City of Gaithersburg 2007. Recipient of awards of appreciation from Montgomery County Police and H.O.C for support of karate programs in Scotland and 124 communities April 12, 2008

* Grandmaster Tull joined with Master Greg Maye and created Positive Impact Martial Arts Gaithersburg Maryland. Where he is the President and head instructor.

* Joined the CVC 2008.  Champion Karate Teen Group, a non-profit organization designed to create community service projects.

*   Member of Six National Competition Teams, DKT Force One National   Karate Team, Team Prestige National Karate Team, Team Rhee Max National Karate Team, Bull On the Beach National Karate Team, Represented US Fighting Team against Germany in 2003.  US won 17-14

*   Currently a member of Team Universal National Karate Team, North American Sport Karate Association’s #4 Rated Men’s Fighter 2000, Triple Crown Threat (Multiple 1st place winners in forms, weapons and sparring completion), Created blueprint for invitational karate tournaments for Universal Productions 2006, Became founder of the  for teens 2006.

* Grand Master Tull Formed partnership with the City of Gaithersburg 2007. Recipient of awards of appreciation from Montgomery County Police and H.O.C for support of karate programs in Scotland and 124 communities April 12, 2008

* Grandmaster Tull joined with Master Greg Maye and created Positive Impact Martial Arts Gaithersburg Maryland. Where he is the President and head instructor.

* Joined the CVC 2008.  Champion Karate Teen Group, a non-profit organization designed to create community service projects.

Grand Master Michael Tull

He has been studying martial arts for over 40 years.  He received his black belt from Dr Shockey from Virginia. He continued his study under his brother Master Charles Tull.  He received his 5th degree black belt from Master Ibrahim Abdulla.  Mr. Tull earned his 6th degree under Master Bob Maloney.

Mr. Tull is the owner and operator of Positive Impact Martial Arts(old name Champion Karate Inc) located at 263 Muddy Branch Rd Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Grand Master Tull is well known in the Martial Art world for his school and participating in Martial at tournaments himself.

Sensei Jordan Diaz

has studied martial arts since age 5 years old. He holds a 4th degree black belt in Ronin Dragon Karate from California. This style is a mixture of Hawaiian, Japanese and Korean styles. Sensei Diaz runs our demo teach and teaches classes at Champion Karate West part time. Sensei Diaz runs a local branch of Ronin Dragon Karate in Lehi Utah. Sensei Diaz is training with Master Barker and has earned his 1st degree black belt with Champion Karate West on September 30, 2014. Sensei Diaz will test for his black belt in Shotokan Karate.

 

Mr. Vinh Bedell

Worked for Mr. Ibby Abdullah in Rockville Maryland at Mid Atlantic Karate. Mr. Bedell & Grand Master Michael Tull open Champion Karate in 1995 in Gaithersburg Maryland. In 1998 Mr. Bedell moved to Hawaii where his wife was from. In 2006 Mr. Bedell opened Ohana Taekwondo. In January 2016 Mr. Bedell move to Provo Utah and started teaching at Champion Karate West

 

Mr. Sergio Barker

Has been studying martial arts since 1992. Mr. Barker earned his 1st Degree Black Belt under Mr. Michael Tull at Mid Atlantic Karate and is still training under his father Mr. Paul Barker. Mr. Sergio Barker has worked for Bar-T after school programs working as a counselor organizing the children’s activities. Mr. Sergio Barker is part owner of Champion Karate West.

 

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