American Karate System









In Memoriam



Ernest H. Lieb 10th Dan A.K.S.
1940 - 2006

Founder:
American Karate Association - 1964
American Ji-Do-Kwan System - 1965
American Karate System - 1973

Academy of Masters, Masters Hall of Fame
Post humus Inductee - 2009



Ernest H. Lieb Foundation - 2016

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Mr. Lieb's passing, the AKS will be establishing an Ernest H. Lieb Foundation.  In 2017, the first Ernest H. Lieb Award was established and presented to Michael A. Sullenger and Dave Thomas for their dedication and service to furthering Ernie's dream for the American Karate System.

Ernest H. Lieb


AKS Current Registration Black Belts

 
Fred Reinecke Frederic A. Reinecke  9th Dan A.K.S.   AKS Chief Instructor / AKS Board Advisor
  2012 A.K.S. Special Recognition

  Chief Instructor Muskegon Community College Karate Club
email:  far.photo.fred@gmail.com  (231) 777-1996   3695 Cline Road, Muskegon MI 49444
 
Mike Sullenger Michael A. Sullenger  9th Dan A.K.S.  AKS Chief Instructor Emeritus  /  AKS Board Advisor
  2017 Ernest H. Lieb Award Recipient
  2010 A.K.S. Special Recognition
  2008 Academy of Masters, Masters Hall of Fame Inductee
  

email:  kick2aks@yahoo.com  (956) 453-9443
   Se habla Español.
 
John Folsum John Folsom  8th Dan A.K.S.  /  AKS Board Advisor

  Chief Instructor Salem Karate Club Salem, West Virginia
  (304) 782-3756   118 Lakeview Terrace Drive, Salem, WV 26426
 
Dave Thomas Dave Thomas  8th Dan A.K.S.
  2017 Ernest H. Lieb Award Recipient

  Chief Instructor American Karate Club
email:  AksDaveT@aol.com  (231) 206-3279   3871 Highgate, Muskegon MI 49441
 
E. Jude Gore E. Jude Gore  7th Dan A.K.S.  /  AKS Board Advisor
  2010 Academy of Masters, Instructor of The Year
  2009 A.K.S. Black Belt of the Year

  Chief Instructor  Mountaineer Karate Club, Lumberport, WV 26386
website  www.mkc-aks.com
  Assistant Instructor  Salem Karate Club
email:  jgore@citynet.net  PO Box 502, Clarksburg, WV 26302-0502
 
Robert Debelak Dr. Robert Debelak  6th Dan A.K.S.  /  AKS Board Advisor

 
Rand (Skip) Palmer Rand (Skip) Palmer  6th Dan A.K.S.  /  AKS Board Advisor
2010 Academy of Masters, Instructor of The Year

  Chief Instructor  West Toledo YMCA Karate & Self-Defense Program
email:  rand.palmer@benchmark-usa.com
   20674 Liberty Hi Road, Bowling Green OH 43402  
 
Steve Thurkettle Steve Thurkettle  6th Dan A.K.S.  /  AKS Board Advisor

email:  aks1stinok@aol.com   Mustang, OK 
 
Brian Greynolds Brian K. Greynolds  5th Dan A.K.S.  /  AKS Board Advisor
  2013 A.K.S. Black Belt of the Year

  Assistant Instructor  Salem Karate Club, Salem, West Virginia 26426
email:  bricklayerwv@gmail.com   141 West High Street, Salem, WV 26426
 
Debra Roy Debra Roy  5th Dan A.K.S.
   2010 A.K.S. Black Belt of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  American Karate Club, Ross Park Elementary School
  Muskegon, MI 49441
 
Jim Roy James Roy  5th Dan A.K.S.
   2010 A.K.S. Black Belt of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  American Karate Club, Ross Park Elementary School
  Muskegon, MI 49441
 
Ray Sinclair Raymond Sinclair  5th Dan A.K.S.

  Assistant Instructor  Tri-Cities Family YMCA - AKS Karate Club, Grand Haven, MI 49417
email:  AKS7400@aol.com
 
Andrew Eckhart Andrew Eckhart  4th Dan A.K.S.
   2012 A.K.S. Black Belt of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  West Toledo YMCA Karate & Self-Defense Program  Toledo, OH 43613
email:  aeckhart77@gmail.com
 
Brian Fox Brian Fox  4th Dan A.K.S.

  Assistant Instructor  American Karate Club, Ross Park Elementary School
   Muskegon, MI 49441
 
Brian Wolffis Brian Wolffis  4th Dan A.K.S. / 4th Dan A.K.A.

  Offering Self-Defense for Realtors in Las Vegas, Nevada
email:   brian@showingvegashomes.com       Las Vegas, Nevada
 
Father Jim Wyse Fr. James Wyse  4th Dan A.K.S.

  American Karate Club, Ross Park Elementary School
  Muskegon, MI 49441

 
Robert Essenberg Robert Essenberg  3rd Dan A.K.S.
  2009 Academy of Masters, Instructor of The Year


  Assistant Instructor  American Karate Club, Ross Park Elementary School
email:  ressenb818@aol.com   (231) 798-7768   Muskegon, MI 49441

 
Sandra K. Gore Sandra K. Gore  3rd Dan A.K.S.

  Assistant Instructor  Mountaineer Karate Club, Lumberport, WV 26386
email:  skgore@gmail.com   PO Box 502, Clarksburg, WV 26302-0502
 
Kristyn Reinecke Kristyn Reinecke   3rd Dan A.K.S.
   2014 Competitor of the Year
   2012 A.K.S. Student of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  Muskegon Community College AKS Karate Club
  Muskegon, MI 49441
 
Mark Soderstrom Mark Soderstrom  3rd Dan A.K.S.
   2015 A.K.S. Black Belt of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  American Karate Club, Ross Park Elementary School
  Muskegon, MI 49441
 
Rhonda Bailey Rhonda Bailey  2nd Dan A.K.S.
   2010 A.K.S. Student of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  American Karate Club, Ross Park Elementary School
  Muskegon, MI 49441
 
Brent Chalko Brent Chalko  2nd Dan A.K.S.

  Assistant Instructor  American Karate Club, Ross Park Elementary School
  Muskegon, MI 49441
 
Michael Grupp-Verbon Michael Grupp-Verbon  2nd Dan A.K.S.

  Assistant Instructor  West Toledo YMCA Karate & Self-Defense Program
email:   Michael Grupp-Verbon   Toledo, OH 43613
website:  www.queenofharps.com
 
Mark Hainen Mark Hainen  2nd Dan A.K.S.

  Assistant Instructor  West Toledo YMCA Karate & Self-Defense Program
  Toledo, OH 43613
 
 
Ron Kolbe Ron Kolbe  2nd Dan A.K.S.
  2009 A.K.S. Student of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  Tri-Cities Family YMCA - AKS Karate Club
  Grand Haven, MI 49441
 
Laura J. Werner Laura Werner  2nd Dan A.K.S.

  American Karate Club, Ross Park Elementary School
  AKS Webmaster
email:  werner.lj@gmail.com    Grand Haven, MI 49417
 
Sameer 'Sam' Abed Sameer 'Sam' Abed  1st Dan A.K.S.

  Assistant Instructor  West Toledo YMCA Karate & Self-Defense Program
  Toledo, OH 43613
email:  samirabed@att.net
 
John S. Billie John S. Billie  1st Dan A.K.S.

  Assistant Instructor  Mountaineer Karate Club, Lumberport, West Virginia
email:  
 
Aaron Bremer Aaron Bremer  1st Dan A.K.S.

  Assistant Instructor  Tri-Cities Family YMCA - AKS Karate Club
  Grand Haven, MI 49417
 
Kim Bremer Kimberly Bremer  1st Dan A.K.S.
  2011 A.K.S. Student of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  Tri-Cities Family YMCA - AKS Karate Club
  Grand Haven, MI 49417
 
JB Bryant JB Bryant  1st Dan A.K.S.

  Assistant Instructor  West Toledo YMCA Karate & Self-Defense Program
  Toledo, OH 43613
email:  rusty3194@bex.net
 
Miki M. Gain Miki M. Gain  1st Dan A.K.S.
  2011 A.K.S. Student of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  Salem Karate Club, Salem, West Virginia
email:   mikitta@hughes.net
 
Brandy Lee Galicic Brandy Lee Galicic  1st Dan A.K.S.
  2013 A.K.S. Student of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  Mountaineer Karate Club, Lumberport, West Virginia
email:  
 
Ethan David Galicic Ethan David Galicic  1st Dan A.K.S.
  2016 A.K.S. Black Belt of the Year
  2013 A.K.S. Student of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  Mountaineer Karate Club, Lumberport, West Virginia
email:  
 
Ethan David Galicic II Ethan David Galicic II  1st Dan A.K.S.>
  2016 A.K.S. Competitor of the Year
  2013 A.K.S. Student of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  Mountaineer Karate Club, Lumberport, West Virginia
email:  
 
Tom Hippchen Tom Hippchen  1st Dan A.K.S.

  Assistant Instructor  American Karate Club, Ross Park Elementary School
email:   wiz68@yahoo.com  Muskegon, MI 49441
 
Jeff Johnson Jeff Johnson  1st Dan A.K.S.

  Chief Instructor Oklahoma AKS Karate
email:   blackbeltjej@sbcglobal.net  Mustang, OK
 
Jeffrey L. Merritt Jeffrey L. Merritt  1st Dan A.K.S.

  Assistant Instructor  Salem Karate Club, Salem, West Virginia
email:  
 
Joseph Mollenkopf Joseph Mollenkopf  1st Dan A.K.S.
  2010 A.K.S. Student of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  West Toledo YMCA Karate & Self-Defense Program
  Toledo, OH 43613
 
Gloria Moore Gloria Moore  1st Dan A.K.S.

email:   MorningGloryFlor@aol.com  Muskegon, Michigan   (231) 730-0874
 
 
Don Riffle Don Riffle  1st Dan A.K.S.
  2009 A.K.S. Student of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  Salem Karate Club, Salem, West Virginia
email:   rif01@me.com
 
No Photo John Talbot  1st Dan A.K.S.
  2015 A.K.S. Student of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  American Karate Club, Ross Park Elementary School
email:   john.talbot88@gmail.com  Muskegon, MI 49441
 
William Way William Way  1st Dan A.K.S.
  2012 A.K.S. Student of the Year


  Assistant Instructor  Mountaineer Karate Club, Lumberport, West Virginia
email:   billway@cebridge.net
 
James E. Wise James E. Wise  1st Dan A.K.S.

  Assistant Instructor  Salem Karate Club, Salem, West Virginia
email:   roninxero2ba@aim.com
 
Randi Zattlin   1st Dan A.K.S.

  Assistant Instructor  American Karate Club, Ross Park Elementary School
  Muskegon, MI 49441



A.K.S. Associate Members


 
David Hayes David Hayes  8th Dan Shorin-Ryu

  Williamston, MI 48895
 
Tom Twining Tom Twining  7th Dan Chi Do Kwan Karate Do  /  7th Dan AKA

  Muskegon, MI 49441



Past  A.K.S.  Members


 
Guessler Normand Guessler Normand Ph.D. 6th Dan A.K.S.  -  Retired from AKS in 2000


Deceased Past  A.K.S.  Members


 
Ernest H. Lieb Ernest H. Lieb 10th Dan A.K.S.  -  Deceased: September, 2006   Muskegon, MI 49441
    Founder:
      American Karate Association - 1964
      American Ji-Do-Kwan System - 1965
      American Karate System - 1973

    Academy of Masters, Masters Hall of Fame Post humus Inductee - 2009
 
Charles C. Krum SPC Charles C. Krum 5th Dan A.K.S.  -  Deceased: September, 2006

   Christian Fellowship Karate Club   Buckhannon, West Virginia 26201   

 
Mattheas Augustijn Mattheas Augustijn 1st Dan Shotokan   -  Deceased: September, 2006

   A.K.S. Student   Lathen, Germany   

 
Dagmar (Daggi) Wichterich Dagmar (Daggi) Wichterich   -  Deceased: September, 2006

   A.K.S. Student   Lathen, Germany   

 
No Photo Available Ed Baessler 3rd Dan A.K.S.  -  Deceased: January, 2013

  Muskegon, Michigan   

 
No Photo Available Shannon Thomas 2nd Grade Brown A.K.S.  -  Deceased: January, 2015

Shannon was responsible for naming our "Punchline" newsletter.
  Muskegon, Michigan   

 
Roger Wenzel Roger Wenzel 6th Dan A.K.S.  -  Deceased: January, 2015

  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma   

 
No Photo Available Sanford MacKenzie 3rd Dan A.K.S.  -  Deceased: October, 2016