Marty Knight (SC)
Mr. Knight would go on to earn his black belt in 1975 while training under Keith Vitali and Mike Genova. He has travelled the world to compete in such countries as Trinidad, China, and was named most valuable competitor of the Chuck Norris team that travelled to Russia. Additionally, Mr. Knight has served as a body guard for well-known entertainment icons including Garth Brooks, Guns N’ Roses, and Bon Jovi.
Mr. Knight opened his first karate school in 1978 and has been teaching ever since. His training has produced other world champion fighters such as Rick Lee and Nicki Carlson Lee. In his own words on his profession: “I love my life. I love going to work. I love the lifestyle I lead. It keeps me physically fit and around wonderful people.”
In February of 2016, Mr. Knight wouldn’t even let a knee-replacement surgery keep him off the mats. Coaching from a chair, he continued to drill his students until he was back on his feet again, delivering his famous lightning-fast back-fists. Teaching the importance of dedication, diligence, and self-discipline, Marty leads by example and continues to produce champions.