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What Makes Alpha UPKUDO Karate Unique?


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.

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.

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.