The Chayon-Ryu Masters

The Chayon-Ryu Black Belt is not easy to obtain. Reaching 1st Dan Black typically takes 5 years of continuous, active training in the system.

All students are required to start helping with classes as assistant instructors and attending Instructor Clinics when they reach 5th Gup (Blue Belt), and to begin attending Black Belt classes when they reach 2nd Gup (Brown Belt).

All Black Belt promotions require submission of a written thesis on a topic assigned by Grandmaster Kim Soo.

Master status is awarded at 5th Dan Black (reflecting a 15-20 year commitment to the system).

Master Santiago Rangel
8th Dan Black Belt

Promoted Dec - 2009

Chief Instructor,
Rosenburg Chayon-Ryu

Master Sean Kim
8th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec - 2009

Chief Instructor,
Chayon-Ryu World Headquarters
Master Kim Geary
8th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec - 2010

One of the highest ranked American woman in USA.
Co-founder: Austin Chayon-Ryu
Master David Mitchell
8th Dan Black Belt

Promoted Jun - 2011

Chief Instructor,
Kim Soo Karate of N. Carolina

Master Yang-il Kim
7th Dan Black Belt

Master Yang Moon
7th Dan Black Belt

Master Conrad Pickens
7th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec - 2006
Master Rick Fine
7th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec - 2006

Master Charlotte Hwang
6th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec - 2006

Kim Soo Karate of Tucson, AZ

Master Benjamin Lew
6th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Apr - 2008

Chief Instructor,
Clear Lake Chayon-Ryu

Master David Reed
6th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Apr - 2008
Master John Stephens
6th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Apr - 2008
master van cleave Master Kit Van Cleave
6th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec - 2010

Kingwood Karate Chayon-Ryu

North Harris College Chayon-Ryu
Master Don Martin
6th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Apr - 2010

Kim Soo Karate of Tucson, AZ
Master Travis Willis
6th Dan Black Belt
Promoted May - 2011

Central Florida Chayon-Ryu

Master Moises Diaz
5th Dan Black Belt

Promoted Dec - 1987

Master Henry "Jack" Jackson
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec - 1987
Master Gary Wortham
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Jun - 1994

Chief Instructor,
Woodlands Chayon-Ryu

Master Mark Wise
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec - 1999
Master Carl Frost
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec - 2003
Master Miguel Salamon
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec - 2003

Master Robert Knott
5th Dan Black Belt

Promoted Feb - 2005

Chief Instructor, Japan Chayon-Ryu

Master Raymond Nelson
5th Dan Black Belt

Promoted Dec - 2006
Master Gary Schroller
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec - 2006
Master Lane Graham
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Apr - 2007

Chief Instructor,
Ellis Park and Cleveland Elementary
Master Uyen Le  Pham
5th Dan Black Belt
 
Promoted Jun - 2007
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Master Lawrence Lee Robinson Jr.
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Feb - 2008

Chief Instructor,
Galveston Chayon Ryu

Reginald Hughes
Master Reginald Hughes
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Oct - 2009
Photo Robert McLain Master Robert McLain
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec - 2009


Arlington Chayon-Ryu
Photo Mark Newkirk
Master Mark Newkirk
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec - 2009
Photo Joseph Sullins

Master Joseph Sullins
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec - 2009

Photo Mathew Keith Master Mathew Keith
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Apr - 2010
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Master Rick Crose
5th Dan Black Belt

Promoted Sep - 2010

Darell Rochte

Master Darrell Rochte
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec- 2010

Kim Soo Martial Arts of Austin

Anthony Segura

Master Anthony Segura
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Dec- 2010

Kim Soo Martial Arts of Austin

Anthony Segura

Master Richard Griffin
5th Dan Black Belt
Promoted Apr - 2011

Wimberley Chayon-Ryu

Master Richard Crose Master Richard Crose
5th Dan Black Belt

Promoted Jan - 2012
Master Richard Crose

Master Lawrence Lawyer
5th Dan Black Belt

Promoted Jun - 2013


. Master David Akahane
5th Dan Black Belt

Deceased: One of Grandmaster's first Masters;
He studied with (then) Master Kim and got his first black belt in Korea.

Master Frank Jaubert
Honorary 5th Dan Black Belt

Deceased: One of Grandmaster's first students here in America. He contributed a tremendous amount to the CYR System including the creation of this web site.
. Master Doug Kenny
5th Dan Black Belt

Deceased.