L.C. Collins, Jr., Founder/Chief Instructor of the East Tennessee School of Taekwondo/Karate, started Karate
in 1966 at Lockbourne Air Force Base, Columbus, Ohio under T/Sgt. Dubuque, an Oakinawan stylist. While stationed in Ohio,
Alaska, and Sumter, South Carolina, he was fortunate to train in different systems of the Martial Arts. Over the years he
has trained in Jujitsu, Judo, Boxing, Hapkido, Karate, and Taekwondo.
On May 7, 1994, Mr Collins was inducted
into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame for his dedication and training in Martial Arts. In May, 1995, Mr. Collins was asked
to be on the Executive Board of Directors of the W.M.A.H.O.F. by President/Founder Professor E.A. Moore, to be the Tennessee
Representative. Upon accepting this position, he was reviewed for rank promotion. He was awarded the title of Professor of
Martial Arts and the rank of "KUDAN", 9th Degree Black Belt under the International Shorinji Ryu Kempo Combined
Headquarters. Mr. Collins also holds a 5th degree Black Belt under the Universal Taekwondo Association.
June 26, 2004, Professor Collins was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as "Grandmaster of the Year"
in Kempo Karate.
Professor Collins has been teaching Taekwond/Karate in Kingsport since March 1969, and continues
to workout and teach today. Lord willing, he personally oversees every class.