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Jeff Speakman

Jeff Speakman

Blackbelt Magazine's 1993 Instructor of the Year

A native born son to the city of Chicago Illinois Jeff started his athletic career very early in life. Training and competing as a gymnast during the school year and as a springboard diver in the summer consumed much of his young life. Jeff’s talent as a springboard diver blossomed in high school where Jeff set new records in the conference and district and earned the honor of being named All American with out the assistance of a diving coach. Waiting for the bus at 5:30 a.m. every morning in the winters of Chicago to practice at the neighboring high school’s pool ultimately gave Jeff the discipline and the drive to succeed.

Working his way trough his undergraduate studies at Missouri Southern State University Jeff was able to complete his degree in general psychology with a supporting area in biology. During his college years Jeff began his martial arts career by earning a black belt in Japanese Goju-Ryu Karate from the legendary master Lou Angel in 1980. Upon Jeff’s graduation from college Mr. Angel told Jeff to move to California to study Kenpo Karate from master Ed Parker if he wanted to make martial arts his life. Selling his car to pay for the U-Haul truck Jeff was off to Los Angeles to follow his dream and feed his passion. Two years after arriving in Los Angeles Jeff was invited by Mr. Parker to join three other people at Mr. Parker’s house in Pasadena California to become what would be known as his last group of protégés. Jeff began studying acting at the same time with the same dedication he had approached everything else in his life. After five years of workshops, auditions and small bit parts here and there Jeff got his break with his first feature film with Paramount Pictures called “The Perfect Weapon”.

To date Jeff has starred in 10 feature films such as “Perfect Weapon” ( Paramount), “Street Knight” (Warner Bros.) “The Expert”(MGM) and “Escape from Atlantis”(Universal). According to the internationally recognized web site www.martial-arts-network.com Jeff is now rated as the most popular martial artist in the world. Jeff is the only martial artist rated higher than Bruce Lee who is second and Chuck Norris third. In addition Jeff is a certified Defensive Tactics Instructor (DTI) for the Department of Justice, teaching DEA, FBI, Homeland Security and Special Teams, and the “sharp edge weapons instructor” for the California Department of Corrections teaching at Pelican Bay and Folsom. Currently Jeff resides in Lake Arrowhead California where he oversees the largest Kenpo Karate organization in the world the AKKS and operates the Jeff Spreakman’s Kenpo Karate franchise schools now in 21 counties.

Joseph Conway

Joseph Conway

Joseph Conway enjoys many athletic activities.  He participates in community basketball leagues and can often be found playing golf on one of Albuquerque’s municipal golf courses.  Of all the activities that he does, he is most passionate about Kenpo Karate. Mr. Conway has taught kenpo for over 15 years and was asked by Jeff Speakman to run the Albuquerque Training Center in 2004. Joseph holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt in the Kenpo 5.0 system, and received his Level 4 in the Balintawak Arnis Stick Fighting System - directly tested by Grand Master Bobby Taboada.

Mr. Conway also manages a local home health care business (Professional Home Health Care).  He is a loving husband and father.  After graduating from Santa Fe High School, Mr. Conway joined the United States Army were he served as a Combat Medic at Fort Lewis, Washington.  After receiving his Honorable Discharge he returned to New Mexico and got his degree in Business Management.  He has worked for PHHC for over 25 years.

 

Dion Ulibarri

Dion

 

 

Dion Ulibarri directs the Universal Kids Program here in Albuquerque. Along with Mr. Conway, he has helped develope and continues to enhance the After School and Summer Camp Programs. Mr. Ulibarri trains with Mr. Conway in the Kenpo 5.0 System. Mr. Ulibarri enjoys working with children and helping them develop their personalities into strong confident and repsectful people. He always makes himself available to all of the K-5.0 Academy students as well as thier families. He believes that strong community programs and strong families help make strong individuals. From 1996 -2001 he was the program director of the Inez Elementary After School Program, then was the Summer Youth Sports Director at Horn YMCA from 2001-2010.

 

 

Dante Gurule

 

 

 

 

Dante Gurule received his Universal Black Belt and is currently working towards his Adult Purple in the Kenpo 5.0 System. Dante assists Mr. Ulibarri in the Universal Kids Program.