Renshi Joseph W Walker II started his martial arts training around age 5 and studied throughout his childhood and into adulthood with his father in Peoria Illinois. He has gone to seminars and competed nationally throughout his life. He was promoted in 2012 to Yondan (4th degree black belt) by Hanshi Michael Ceballos, as well as a team of other black belts, including Kuma Warner. In February of 2019 Sensei Walker went before a distinguished board in Jackson Tennessee to test for his Godan, or fifth degree black belt. He was promoted by such distinguished martial artists as Grandmaster Craig Hamm (10th degree, World Budoshin White Tiger Hopkido Federation) Grandmaster Kirk VanDegrift (10th Degree, Yamatora Ryu Combatives), Kioshi Sherwin Moore (6th degree, Fudoshinka Dojo, Kempo Karate), Sensei Nick Franks (6th Degree, Goju-Ryu Karate) as well as a panel of other distinguished martial artists. He was also accepted into both the PROMA and Tenbukan associations and given the title of Renshi in June of 2019.
Renshi Walker has competed in traditional karate tournaments and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights alike. The MMA fighting has given him a more realistic understanding of self-defense. He says that the history and tradition of traditional karate should be respected and admired. However, the more real-world approach of the MMA fights can not be ignored either. If a person trains only in the complete control of the dojo, how can they be ready for a real self-defense situation? But if you only train to fight, there is so much you miss out on in how the martial arts can improve your life. It is balance to practice both kata, kumite, and bunki, traditional and modern is much the same.
Renshi Walker teaches at his small dojo in Hanna City Illinois, as well as being invited to teach at multiple seminars all over the country, such as the Kobudo Martial Arts seminar in Jackson Tennessee, and the Tenbukan Summer Camp in Etowah, North Carolina. He holds tournaments and Seminars as various times of the year, bringing the BEST in martial arts to central Illinois.