Directions to the Dojo

Children's Class
Alpha UPKUDO Karate and Fitness was founded in 1999 in Tallahassee FL. The school has become the main office for the UPKUDO International Karate Federation which was started by Grand Master Gary Baker, the man who founded the style of UPKUDO.

Over the years our competition team has won over 3,999 trophies in sparring, kata and weapons. Our students range from ages 4 up to adults. We have an on going philosophy that there is no age in UPKUDO. Once you start identifying yourself as a number you fall into the traps of either : not old enough or too old to do something. Therefore all UPKUDO students train with the positive mindset of " Love Always Wins" and "Positive In is Positive Out." Both these philosophies are Grand Master mottos he lives by and has taught them to me and I teach them to my students. But there is more to our style of karate than winning trophies.

Self Defense Class
The power of UPKUDO comes from family and love. Loyalty means a lot to members of UPKUDO especially at Alpha.The school was created to not only honor Grand Master Baker but to have a place where traditional karate can flourish without getting caught into the debates of other styles. I am a Christian and while I do not preach in the classroom, the life values of honor, love, loyalty, and respect are taught to all those who attend.

As a 6th Degree Master Instructor and student for over 25 years with Grand Master, I have seen thousands come through the doors and still happy to say some who started with us still remain since the school was started. Those who have moved out of town or the country still remain loyal to UPKUDO. Once you are family -you are always family. My reward comes when a young adult comes up to me and says I remember when you taught me.....They are grown now but they still remember the lessons.

Grand Master Baker demonstrates a hook kick.
Self Defense has always been my first love in karate. I teach personal safety seminars and stop bullying seminars to many people each year. A lot of people just want to know how to protect themselves and not really want to train in karate. Children need to know they have the right to stand up for themselves when being picked on but never to be rude or disrespectful to others. Life is so crazy, things get out of balance. It is in discovering your strengths , your weaknesses and how to balance your life, that happiness can take root.

Another precious moment is when you see a student's eyes light up because they learn something about themselves. I never grow tired of hearing the little ones say "I love me" and the adults "I am happy with who I have become". Then I know they are truly discovering the way of UPKUDO. True traditional karate heals, not kills and preserves life. Alpha UPKUDO Karate, a journey of one in the martial arts way to discover life and how to enhance the lives of others.
Certified Instructors: (* - Additional Certifications)
    Chief Instructor:
  • Master Anne Radke*
    • 6th Degree Master Instructor
    • President of the UIKF
    • Life Coach
    • Personal Safety Specialist
    • 8 Time Hall of Fame Inductee
    • Master Fitness Instructor
    • Senior Fitness Instructor
    • Aqua Zumba Instructor
    • Youth Fitness Trainer
    • Sports Nutritionist
    • Kickboxing Instructor

  • Assistant Instructors:
  • Renshi Lisa Roddenberry*
    • 2 Time Hall of Fame Inductee
    • 2nd Degree Black Belt
    • Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
    • Certified Kickboxing Instructor
  • Sensei Anthony Reeves
  • Sensei Debbie Tully*
    • Certified Kickboxing Instructor
  • Sensei Liz Tatum*
    • Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Physiology (FSU)
    • Certified in Strength & Conditioning
    • Certified Kickboxing Instructor
  • Sensei Gary Womble
  • Sensei Bryon Dalton
  • Sensei Barnie Ross
  • Ms. Maria Harbin*
    • Certified Fitness Trainer
  • Mr. Jeremy Whatley
  • Mr. Paul Stonecipher
  • Mr. Sammie Hayes
  • Mr. Matt Sexton*
    • Bachelor's of Science in Psychology (FSU)
  • Ms. Kim Streb
  • Ms. Lesley Holt
We Offer:
  • Personal Training
  • Youth Fitness
  • Nutritional Consulting
  • Tournament Training
  • Childrens After School Programs
  • Self Defense Training
  • Kickboxing
  • Grand Master Seminars
  • Children & Adult Classes
  • Lil Kickers Club (ages 3 & up)
     Alpha UPKUDO and all affiliated schools of ALPHA UPKUDO are registered members in good standing with the UPKUDO INTERNATIONAL KARATE FEDERATION.


Words from Black Belt Brandon Keefer on UPKUDO

     The definition of Sensei to me is to be a teacher of the Martial Arts. One who has put the time into studying the arts, learning the arts, living by the principles and philosophies of the arts and then returning all of the knowledge, wisdom, techniques and lessons to those willing to adhere by the lifestyle of the Martial Artist.
     A sense of spirituality overcomes one who wishes to become a Sensei. This spirituality helps guide the Sensei in his ability to teach others with love and patients. A Sensei not only teaches lessons of true form and proper technique but in most cases a Sensei’s role is to teach life lessons such as kindness, love, patience, trust, teamwork, goals, respect, discipline, patience and peace.
     UPKUDO Senseis in your system must have the ability to to teach the mission that “love always wins“ and “positive in is positive out“. Senseis should protect the weak. I believe in those philosophies. I live by those morals everyday and repeatedly teach them in my classes. I am not one that can write countless pages of essays and not fulfill my promises that I have sworn in on oaths. This is real to me. I believe in UPKUDO.
     When I came to the UPKUDO system I defined the standard of Sensei by what I saw and admired in my Renshi. My now Master Anne Radke. And by the honor of Grand Master Gary Lee Baker, the man who had the ambition and ability to form his own Martial Arts system after everyone doubted him. I have taken in several great years of knowledge, wisdom and guidance from those in which I have the up most respect for.
     Black belt humbled me and made me realize that I had only merely been crawling. Now I will begin to learn how to walk. Walk with pride and the confidence in my abilities, rank, teachers and system and my Grand Master. For if I show any doubt it dishonors what I represent. I do not doubt!!!!
     All I know is that I love this system enough to have branded my body with the words UPKUDO. These words I live by. The most important lessons that I have been taught have been by my Master, my Mother, my Friend, Master Anne Radke. She has taught me that you have to focus on your targets to be able to hit your targets. This has proven to be true not only in UPKUDO, but in life as well. She has also taught me courage. That no matter what the circumstance we must always have the courage to go forward even if we feel uncertain. We must always be courageous enough to stand up on the inside. She has taught me respect. Not only respect for our system and other people, but to respect myself. To have the respect for my abilities, my belt, my system and everyone who has helped me achieve it. And last she has taught me honor. And that is the lesson I intend to pass onto every man, woman and child that I come in contact with in regards to not only in our UPKUDO system but in life. Because the way I see it, I have come to die for what I believe in. UPKUDO is not a hobby to me. It is a lifestyle. A way of living that I take great pride in and wish to pass it’s lessons onto anyone seeking knowledge and wisdom.
On May 21st, 2002 The UPKUDO International Karate Federation was assigned document number T12000000860 with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. The trademark is held by Grandmaster Gary L. Baker. Alpha UPKUDO is a certified school in the UPKUDO International Karate Federation #99-01. Neither Black Lion or Gallop's Karate are associated with UPKUDO. Only the schools listed on this site are recognized as authorized UPKUDO schools.