How We Got Here (our history)

Wilcox Karate in Independence Missouri

Founded in 1992 by Billy Wilcox, Shihan, the Wilcox Karate Academy is a family-oriented school teaching authentic traditional Martial Arts and real self -defense, focusing on anti-bullying and character development.

Master Wilcox has trained since 1973. He has trained in a unique system that includes Okinawan, Chinese and Korean styles since 1975.

From 1982 to 1992 while in the military he lived in Japan, travelled extensively and trained in many different styles of Martial Arts.

After returning to the United States, in keeping with his teachers tradition, he took the best from the various systems he has learned and combined them into one very powerful and effective style which is taught today at Wilcox Karate Academy.

It is a very effective and powerful martial arts form that requires each student’s desire, effort and commitment to excel.
Here are just a few career highlights that reflect the professional achievements of Master Billy Wilcox.

  • Started in martial arts in 1973, at the age of 10
  • Began training at Northern Dragon under the esteemed Jon David Natan in 1975
  • Started teaching at the Academy of Ryukyu in 1977 under Mr. Natan.
  • Trained under Grand Master Seiyu Oyata under Mr. Natan’s guidance
  • Served in the US Navy as a Surface Search & Rescue Swimmer from 1982 to 1992
  • Awarded the title Kyoshi by the late Larry Leon Williams under the ISKKC
  • Awarded a Daishihan Menjo (Master Instructors License) by Jon David Natan under the RKKKR

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