BLACK BELTS


Audrey Robinson, 5th Degree Black Belt. March 19, 1935- September 26, 2016

Lexington, KY: Originally from New York, Audrey studied with Masters Hiang The and David Cubine for over 24 years, starting in 1992. Audrey taught Tai Chi, Tai Chi Sword, and other meditative arts over several years and had studied Zen meditation since 1967 including studies at Tassajara in California. Audrey received her 5th degree rank on December 14, 2008. Audrey was tireless warrior and a deep, insightful student of all aspects of the martial arts. She was an inspiration in both health and in her long battles with cancer. We miss her very much, but she lives on on all of our hearts. View her memorial slide show HERE.

Bird icon denotes completion of Tai Peng Bird 18 form system.

Audrey's partial Material List HERE


Gayle Sherrod,5th Degree Black Belt

Winchester, KY: Student of Grandmaster The. Received his 5th degree rank on December 14, 2008.


Tim Frances, 5th Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY: Student of Grandmaster The. Received 5th Degree Black Belt December 14, 2008


Ben Allen, 5th Degree Black Belt

Lexington/Cynthiana, KY: Ben began studying Shaolin Martial Arts with Master Larry Mattox in his hometown of Cynthiana in 1991. He currently lives in Lexington where he studies with Grandmaster Hiang The and Master Dave Cubine. His interests include the internal forms, meditation, pushing hands sparring, as well as the bird and drunken forms. Received 5th Degree Black Belt December 19, 2015.


Henry Roig, 5th Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY: Student of Grandmaster The. Henry Roig, is a 5th degree Black Belt, with over 30 years of experience. A long time UPS employee, Henry received his 5th degree rank on December 14, 2016.


Roy Watts, 4th Degree Black Belt

Winchester, KY


Brian Runyon, 4th Degree Black Belt

Brian Runyon has been practicing Shaolin since 1996. He is originally from Inez in Eastern Ky and moved to Lexington in 2000. Brian is a former elementary school teacher who now works in the wood veneer industry. Brian received his 4th Degree rank on December 17, 2005.

Email: sisuk@hotmail.com

Kevin Sullivan, 4th Degree Black Belt

Cynthiana, KY: Kevin is a fourth-degree Black Belt who has studied Chung Yen Shaolin martial arts under Master Larry Mattox since 1994. He practices with over 70 empty hand and weapons forms, and continues to train under Master Mattox and Grandmaster Hiang The. He is also an assistant instructor for Master Mattox in Cynthiana.

After serving in the Navy, he was hired to work in maintenance at Toyota in Georgetown and has been there for 21 years. Kevin received his 4th degree rank on August 13, 2011. Kevin's Material List HERE

Email: sullivankevin@bellsouth.net

Eddie VanHoose , 4th Degree Black Belt

Louisa, KY: Student of Grandmaster The. Received 4th Degree Black Belt December 12, 2012.


Cheryl Irwin , 4th Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY: Student of Grandmaster The. Received 4th Degree Black Belt December 12, 2012.


Leo Walker, 4th Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY. Student of Master Doug Byrum. Received 4th Degree Black Belt October 10, 2015.


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Erik Ackerman, 4th Degree Black Belt

From Lexington, KY. Student of Master Cubine. From Lexington, KY. Received 4th Degree Black Belt, December 19, 2015


Jason Russo, 4th Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY: Student of Master David Cubine. Received 4th Degree Black Belt December 19, 2015. Jason teaches at the North Family YMCA in Lexington.


Mark Lewis, 4th Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY: Received 4th Degree Black Belt December 14, 2016


Tom Covello, 3rd Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY: Tom Covello studied under Master David Cubine beginning in 1993. After spending two years as an assistant instructor for Master Cubine, Tom taught classes at North Lexington and Beaumont YMCAs. A former woodworker, Tom has made many of the weapons used in his training, including a collection of nunchakus he has turned out of exotic woods. Born near New York City, Tom graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. As a regular on the jazz scene in Lexington, Kentucky, he has played and recorded with a wide variety of performers with an emphasis on progressive and fusion jazz, including the Lexington Jazz Project. Tom now lives in San Francisco, CA

Email: tom@lexjazzproject.com

Kie Fallis, 3rd Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY: Student of Grandmaster The. Received 3rd Degree Black Belt April 1990


Jamie West, 3rd Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY: Student of Grandmaster The.


Steve Richie, 3rd Degree Black Belt

Cynthiana, KY: Steve has been an instructor for Master Larry Mattox in Cynthiana. Started in 1979 and has been very active since 1997. Weapons are a big interest.


Nicholas Richie , 3rd Degree Black Belt

Cynthiana, KY: Student of Master Larry Mattox in Cynthiana. Has been training from an early age with his dad, Steve Richie.


David Graves, 3rd Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY: Student of Grandmaster The. Received 3rd Degree Black Belt December 14, 2008


Ali Kpandja, 3rd Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY: Received 3rd Degree Black Belt December 17, 2011


Ben Houston, 3rd Degree Black Belt

Cynthiana, KY: Student of Master Larry Mattox in Cynthiana since 2003. Favorite styles include the drunken and internal forms. Received 3rd Degree Black Belt December 18, 2012.


Ray Dowd, 3rd Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY: Student of Grandmaster The. Received 3rd Degree Black Belt December 12, 2012. Ray is married with two children, Karina and Courtney, and is employed by the University of Kentucky College of Social Work.


Donna Byrum, 3rd Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY: Student of Grandmaster The. Received 3rd Degree Black Belt December 12, 2012.


Cathy Clement, 3rd Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY: Student of Grandmaster The. Received 3rd Degree Black Belt December 12, 2012.


Lee Stallard, 3rd Degree Black Belt

Lexington, KY: Student of Grandmaster The. Received 3rd Degree Black Belt December 12, 2012.


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JD Wright, 3rd Degree Black Belt

From Lexington, KY. Student of Master Cubine. From Lexington, KY. Received 3rd Degree Black Belt, December 2013


Ben Mawby, 3rd Degree Black Belt

From Lexington, KY. Student of Grandmaster The. Received 3rd Black Belt December 2013.


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Joe Graves, 3rd Degree Black Belt

From Cynthana, KY. Student of Master Larry Mattox. Received 3rd Black Belt December 2013. Enjoys a wide range of activities including guitar, outdoors and family. "Martial arts have helped me stay fit and enjoy life to its fullest."


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Jeremy Gyun, 3rd Degree Black Belt

From Lexington, KY. Student of Master Cubine. Received 3rd Degree Black Belt September 20, 2014


Kevin Sarkisian, 3rd Degree Black Belt

From Lexington, KY. Student of Master Doug Byrum. Received 3rd Degree Black Belt October 10, 2015.


Mark Duncan, 3rd Degree Black Belt

From Carlisle, Ky. Student of Master Larry Mattox. Received 3rd Degree Black Belt on September 23, 2017. Received 2nd Degree Black Belt on March 26th, 2016. Received 1st Degree Black Belt December 1993. Favorite styles are Drunken and Internal. Favorite weapon is the Bo.


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