The Bio of Roy Kurban

The following is from the previous work I did with the American Blackbelt Academy in the mid-2000's. Roy Kurban has since retired from martial arts and no longer holds the domain or the former website I generated for him.

Roy Kurban began his martial arts training in 1965 under Texas Karate greats Allen Steen and Skipper Mullins; earning his black belt under Skipper Mullins. He also sought out other Tae Kwon Do masters and trained with Park Hee Deok, and spent a full year in Korea training with Won Chic Park . He currently holds a Grand Master title, but at the time of this writing, he held a Seventh Degree Black Belt from the World Tae Kwon Do Federation, and is one of the very few Americans to receive a Master Instructor Certificate from the WTF.

Master Kurban's abilities and credentials are recognized worldwide by a variety of accredited martial arts organizations. He is widely respected and well known in the business and martial arts worlds. He works closely with other prominent martial artists such as Grandmaster Won Chik Park , Grandmaster Byong Yu, Master Jim Harrison, Chuck Norris, Steve Fisher, Mike Stone, and many others who look to him for professional excellence as well as personal friendship.

Roy Kurban at the International Karate Championships 1989 His competitive career began in 1966 and continued until 1977, during which time he won one hundred and seventeen awards in national and international competitions. Just a few of his titles include:

  • 1970 Southwest Black Belt Champion
  • 1971 Central North American Champion
  • 1972 United States Champion
  • 1973 All American Grand Champion
  • 1974 Member of the International Championship Team
  • 1975 Four Seasons National Champion
  • 1976 US Tournament of Champions Heavyweight Champion
  • 1989 First Place International Karate Championships in Los Angeles

Other honors Master Roy Kurban has earned include:

  • Ranked in the Top 10 fighters in the U.S. for 5 consecutive years
  • Among the Top 10 in the World for two years
  • Official Karate Magazine named him as their "Man of the Decade" in their 1980 Legion of Honor
  • Karate Illustrated Magazine chose him as the Outstanding Tournament Referee in the U.S. in 1980
  • Black Belt Magazine inducted him into their Hall of Fame as the "1981 Man of the Year"
  • Inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 1981

Roy Kurban has served as an instructor for the U.S. Army, National Guard, Great Southwest Police Academy , and for U.S. Treasury and FBI agents. He also established an ongoing accredited karate course for the University of Texas at Arlington Physical Education Program. He is the Rules Commissioner for the Karate International Council of Kick Boxing and serves as a referee for world championship Kickboxing matches.

In addition to his outstanding career as a martial artist, Master Kurban has had a tenure as a law enforcement officer, Justice of the Peace, and County Judge . He is author of Kicking Techniques for Competition and Self Defense. He has also been a competitor, supporter, and coach for the Police Olympics.