Biography on Professor Burt Vickers


Biography – Burt Vickers

Active Black Belt from 1981 to Present

Burt Vickers was born in Abilene Texas. He Started His Martial arts Training at the age of 15, in Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate, similar to Tae Kwon Do) in Abilene Texas, with Master Lane Barry and Dave Jackson.
He moved to the Dallas Fort Worth area at the age of 18 and continued his martial arts education in Chun Do Kwon- Tae Kwon Do under Two of Jack Simpsons Black Belts - Christy Moss and Bobby Stovall from Grand Prairie Texas all under the Great “Blood n Guts "T.K.D. Master Alan Steen’.

After reaching the rank of Black belt Mr. Vickers began training in full contact kickboxing with Bobby Stovall. Mr. Vickers enjoyed the amateur contact competition and fought over a 4 year period with a record of 7 wins and 3 losses. Burt Vickers retired from amateur Kickboxing at the age of 22. Mr. Vickers began the study of Aikido and Judo between 1987 - 1989 reaching only the mid-level color ranks within Aikido and Kodokan Judo. (Dallas Aikido and Vince Tamura Judo Center Bachman area)

In September of 1989, he met the instructor that was to shape his martial arts career from then to this day. The man was a quiet, unassuming instructor from California via Hawaii, and invited   him to train under his system of Kajukembo. This man was Professor Richard L Peralta, who was a Black belt student under Grand Master Aleju Reyes, who in turn was one of the first group of Black belts out of the legendary Palama Settlement of Hawaii under SIJO A. D. Emperado, the founder of the Kajukenbo system.

To determine his level of commitment, Professor Peralta attempted to discourage Mr. Vickers with the brutal workouts (the “old Hawaiian way”) in the Hawaiian lingo “to Bust m up good”. Recognizing the skill and ability of his instructor Mr. Vickers persevered and became a devoted student to the art of Kajukembo / Kajukenbo under Master Richard Peralta. Mr. Vickers trained hard, continues to become a Black belt, and was awarded the rank of Black belt in the fall of 1993.

Mr. Peralta and Mr. Vickers ran several seminars in Puerto Rico, California and Las Vegas during the years 1993 to 1998.During this time Mr. Vickers Started a school in Irving Texas at West Park Recreation Center. Mr. Vickers moved to Lubbock, Texas in 1998 and started a part time school teaching Kajukembo Self Defense. After 8 years as a first Degree Black Belt. Professor Peralta promoted him to his 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Degree Black Belts in, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. Mr. Vickers ran the school in Lubbock until the spring of 2005 at which time he transferred jobs to the Dallas Fort Worth Area.

On moving to Dallas, Mr. Vickers was invited to stay with Mr. Peralta with the goal of starting a full time school. Unfortunately these plans came to an abrupt halt with the untimely death of Mr. Peralta in October of 2005. Mr. Vickers and the remaining members of the Kajukembo Self Defense systems, band together and formally created the Kajukembo Self Defense Systems International Association.

In the Fall of 2006 Mr. Dan Frazier “KSDS foremost Senior black belt 9th Degree black belt “along with the KSDS board–promoted Mr. Vickers to the title of Sigung and the Rank of 6th Degree Black belt, and In the Summer of 2011 G.M. Dan Frazier promoted Mr. Vickers to the Rank of 7th Degree Black belt and inducted into the United States Martial arts Hall of Fame.

Mr. Vickers last promotion was held on  August 15th 2015 Mr. Vickers was promoted to the Rank of 8th Degree Black Belt with  title of Professor at the 2015 Richard Peralta Memorial Seminar and Luau event by the council members of the Kajukembo Self Defense Systems International Association - G.M Dan Frazier 9th Degree Black Belt, G.M. Edward Shepard 9th Degree Black Belt ,  Sigung Israel Gonzales 7th Degree Black Belt , SGM- Manuel Arcos 9th Degree Black Belt, additional Grand Masters SGM Emil Bautista 9th Degree Black Belt  SGM Joe Davis 9th Degree Black Belt , G.M George Jackson 9th Degree Black Belt  all signed in agreement of the promotion. In addition Mr. Vickers received an additional document Confirmation of Rank promotion from SGM Emil Bautista and SGM Joe Davis - confirming my 8th degree promotion from the Nothern California Headquaters {NorCal} of the Kajukenbo Self-Defense Institiute Board of Advisors.

Mr. Vickers moved in the fall of 2007 to Houston Texas, where he is teaching today from his home and studio school location. He continues to keep the memory of Richard Peralta’s KSDS system alive.

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