Re: All right, I'll askJanuary 6 2009 at 4:44 AM
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|Carol Kaur (Login CarolKaur)|
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Response to All right, I'll ask
He seems to be all over the place. His website www.flahertykenpo.com starts as referring to his father as "grandmaster" then mentions several other instructors (including Parker.
Curiously, the bio on his website doesn't exactly match the bio posted on his old website (karatetoday.com) which is cached over at archive.org. He seems to have dropped the PhD from his credentials.
Master Randall Flaherty has over 30 years of experience in the field of Martial Arts. Master Randall Flaherty dedicates this web site to his father - Senior Grandmaster Robert Flaherty and all participating Black Belts within the FKKA. Master Flaherty holds three Hall of Fame awards; (1) 2004 - "Master of the Year" (2) 2006 - "Pioneer Award", and (3) 2008 - Living Legend Award." In addition, Master Flaherty is a proud graduate of the University of Asian Martial Arts Studies ("Doctorate of Martial Arts Philosophy; Ph.D.").
Master Randall K. Flaherty Sr. was born in 1964 at the French Hospital in San Francisco, California. At 4 years of age, Master Flaherty became interested in martial arts by his father, Robert Flaherty.
In 1970, the young Master Flaherty became more interested in martial arts, Kenpo Karate specifically. Robert would bounce the little Master Flaherty on his knee while telling Army stories of Kenpo. Robert would explain that "a small oriental friend one day moved on a big man (GI) with excellent accuracy, speed and power. He moved so fast and dangerous that the big man was taken down before he knew what had happened." This goes without saying that stories like this intrigued the young master.
In 1983, the young Master Flaherty earned his 1st Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and Kung Fu from the International Martial Arts Academy, located in San Jose, California. During his young training days at the academy, Master Flaherty acquired interest in tournament sparring. The top fighting instructor of the academy (Bruce Crary) presented the sparring nickname "Bullet" to Master Flaherty because of his incredible speed. While participating in tournaments or at the academy, the nickname (Bullet) had been proudly displayed and challenged. Students from other Karate academies and international instructors would seek advice of sparring manuevers from Master Flaherty.
Since the inception of Master Flaherty's martial arts career, he has had the extreme good fortune of working out with other great martial artists. Master Ed Parker, Bill "Super Foot" Wallace, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Bruce Crary, Angel Martial, Roland Gonzales and others not mentioned have contributed to the knowledge of Master Flaherty. A special thanks to all the Black Belt Fighters not mentioned, "For the road of hard knocks."
In 1990, Master Flaherty opened his first martial arts academy in the Bay Area of California, located in San Jose. Upon opening his first school, Master Flaherty decided to promote martial arts and to become a local or international tournament judge. During this period, Master Flaherty stopped tournament fighting and started concentrating more on helping other people reach high martial arts levels. People from all walks of life joined the academy to learn the art of self-defense from a top leading Black Belt.
In 1990, Master Flaherty was promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate. His commitments and passion of helping other people in need of learning self-defense continued to grow. In addition, Master Flaherty became accomplished in other fields of the martial arts. Kenpo Karate, Kung fu, Judo, Arnis, Tae kwon do, Aikido, Boxing and Kick Boxing to name a few.
In 1997, Master Flaherty reached the high level of 7th Degree Black Belt. At this time, the only art being taught was the Western Style of kenpo. Upon realizing that simplicity needed to be added to offer balance, the Northern Style of self defense was formed. The Northern Style (Kempo) was developed to offer confidence to all students by promoting each member to Black Belt Level at a faster rate. Master Flaherty became more enthusiastic of the Northern Style and developed additional programs to assure quality with all Flaherty's Kenpo Karate Students.
In 2002, Master Flaherty was ultimately promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt (Associate Master). After his promotion to 8th degree, he decided on implementing another program and introducing Flaherty's Kenpo Karate Association (F.K.K.A.). The Masters Program is a once a year training workshop led by a top master in his or her field of expertise in the martial arts. The F.K.K.A. is an association that was formed to reduce the cost of martial arts supplies and to provide a self-defense system that is both practical and realistic. In addition, the Flaherty's Kenpo Karate Association was developed to provide revenue building programs for the martial arts business owner.
Besides Master Flaherty's commitment to the martial arts, karate studio (F.K.K.A.), the general public at large and his students, he is a family man. Master Flaherty enjoys family outings such as camping, hiking, watching movies or just hanging out with his wife and kids. Master Flaherty enjoys spending his extra time reading, writing in his journal, taking care of his wife's "Honey do list" and working on projects around the house.
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