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Grandmaster Ishmael Robles Promoted to 10th Degree Black Belt
September 29, 2017
See highlights of the event :
GM Robles spars Troy Dorsey, 5 time World Kickboxing Champ, 2 time World Boxing Champ
GM Robles performs 'Beauty of Mexico'
GM Robles spars Joe Gillum, nationally ranked competitor
Grand Master Robles biography from the event:
My name is Ishmael Robles and I began training in 1968 in Galveston. My first instructor was James Stevens who not only introduced me to the art but to the sport. 2 weeks after joining I entered my first tournament and took a 1st place in the white belt division. So it began! I would like to thank those who helped, coached and taught me along the way including Grand Masters Fred Simon, Les Armentor, Ernie Smith, Larry Caster, Demetrius Havanas, Jim Choate and GrandMaster Jhoon Rhee.
In my sport karate career I am most proud to have won the lightweight divisions in the 1977 and 1979 United States Karate Championships and the 1978 and 1980 Ft.Worth Pro-Am. I was the captain of the Texas karate team which won 3 consecutive titles at the U.S. team matches and I was rated the number 1 lightweight in sport karate by the World Journal of Martial Arts.
In professional kickboxing I fought on the first professional kickboxing team in Texas the Dallas-Ft.Worth Texans and we defeated the highly favored L.A. Stars in 1975. I won the PKA and WKA U.S. welterweight titles and KICK world welterweight title. I finished my career in 1985 with a record of 27 victories 3 losses and 19 wins by knockout.
I helped organize and establish the Amateur Organization of Karate in Texas and promoted the Hurricane Nationals which became one of the largest events of its kind and was classified as a national tournament by the National Black Belt League.
I have worked hard in the Galveston community and was recognized twice by the Galveston Chamber of Commerce as the "Man of the Year" and served the city as the Director of Parks and Recreation for 5 years.
Of all the good things I've done professionally and personally, my greatest satisfaction has been the impact I have made on my students in the past 42 years. I have seen kids grow in spirit and confidence while learning to care about themselves, their families and their community. I have been able to motivate scores of children and adults alike in the martial way of living that promotes mind, body and spirit.
I could have accomplished nothing without the support of my family, my friends and studio. Thank you to Gary Lee and the Living Legends, to the AKBBA and chief examiner Judge Roy Kurban for making this possible. I would also like to give special thanks today to my son and daughter for being here, to my mother and my students and training partners. And of course none of this would have been possible without the blessings of Almighty God. THANK YOU