History of Family Christian Martial Arts


        The foundation of what is now Family Christian Martial Arts goes all the way back to the 1970’s and a small business known as Sidekick Printers. Sidekick Printers was a pre-Kinko’s print shop owned by John Robertson—a training partner of Chuck Norris—and intended to be a street ministry toward young men who were in gangs. Mr. Robertson hired at-risk youths and tried to turn their lives around by teaching them karate in his spare time in his backyard. Through the Sidekicks Printers ministry, Mr. Robertson produced approximately 15 black belts, while serving as a mentor to countless others. After many successful years at Sidekick Printers, Mr. Robertson moved the martial arts ministry to Scott Memorial Baptist Church, (a.k.a., Scott West) where Sergio Fernandez taught a martial arts class for men, and a self-defense class for women. The ministry continued to grow for many years under Mr. Fernandez until he was no longer able to run the ministry due to his work commitments. In the late 80’s, Mr. Robertson assisted Dr. Willie Martinez in bringing the ministry to Shadow Mountain Community Church (then known as Scott East).

       When the ministry started at Scott East, Arthur Hull was the head instructor of the El Cajon Karate Club, (as it was then known) and Dr. Martinez made sure that Christ remained the focus of the ministry by teaching a bible study in between the first and second class.
In the mid 1990’s the church changed its name to Shadow Mountain Community Church and this ministry followed suit and changed its name to Shadow Mountain Karate. About that time, Mr. Hull received a grant to work for NASA and moved out of state.

       Dr. Martinez resumed his duties as head instructor and continued running the ministry for the next 7 years. Eventually the 90 minute drive to and from class took its toll on Dr. Martinez, and the ministry was turned over to David Gamble.

       Under Mr. Gamble’s leadership Shadow Mountain Karate soon outgrew the facility at SMCC and began looking for a new home. In 2006, God opened the door and the ministry moved to Calvary Chapel of El Cajon. CCEC provided a room that was perfect for the ministry’s needs until the church sold its buildings to a local charter school in the summer of 2010.

       In God’s perfect timing, an opportunity opened to move the ministry to Casa De Oro Baptist Church. With the move to CDO, the ministry, under the leadership of both David and Ryan Gamble, changed its name to Family Christian Martial Arts in 2010.

       Since its inception at Scott West in the 1980’s, this ministry has produced 41 black belts. (as of 2011). More importantly, this ministry has been used y God to train many to actively serve in God’s kingdom.



What is Chun Kuk Do?

       Chun Kuk Do™ (CKD) is a Korean based, American martial arts style, evolved from Tang Soo Do by Chuck Norris. Mr. Norris thought it would be a good idea to be a more balanced (and perhaps more unpredictable!) fighter during his competition career, so he sought out training in other styles and disciplines that would complement and enhance his original Tang Soo Do training, which he received while in the United States military, stationed in Korea. Through these and subsequent innovations, CKD has come to include elements of jiu-jitsu, judo, and traditional Japanese karate.

       For those new to CKD, it is sufficient to describe the style as a bringing together of different complementary styles into one. For more discriminating martial arts minds, it is perhaps more accurate to describe Chun Kuk Do as a style with a deeply-rooted traditional foundation of its own – now unique and different from its Tang Soo Do predecessor – into which various other elements that complement its fundamentals have been integrated. The success of the concept of openness to innovation, while remaining true to tradition, was proven in the ring as Mr. Norris enjoyed an extremely successful competitive career.

       The name Chun Kuk Do was introduced in 1990. The Korean name – which describes perfectly the traditional-yet-open nature of the system – literally means, “The Way of 1,000 Lands,” or “The Way of Many Lands.” For its purposes, UFAF renders the phrase as, “The Universal Way.”

       Chun Kuk Do is (and always will be!) a living art. To keep up with it, we need to stay 100% involved and remain students no matter our rank or position. Chun Kuk Do has come to emphasize self-defense, competition, weapons, grappling, fitness, and more. With Chun Kuk Do, the martial arts world is an open door.

Article reprinted by permission of UFAF
Chun Kuk Do Magazine, Spring 2010



What is UFAF?

       The United Fighting Arts Federation™ (UFAF) is an increasingly worldwide martial arts organization founded by Mr. Chuck Norris. Members of the organization – all ranks, white belt through black belt – practice the style of Chun Kuk Do (“The Universal Way”), UFAF is the governing and sanctioning body for the Chun Kuk Do style, providing technical standards for instruction and advancement in the system. Black belts in Chun Kuk Do receive certification of their rank from Mr. Norris himself. UFAF is a membership organization, which provides its member students, instructors, and schools with Chun Kuk Do rank certification, educational opportunities, Chun Kuk Do news, special events, online community access, and other services.



United Fighting Arts Federation Mission Statement

       The United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF) is dedicated to providing and facilitating quality martial arts instruction, leading to the most prestigious black belt ranking certifications in the martial arts world.

        Through the disciplined, internal growth of its membership and the development of world class teaching ability and leadership within its ranks, UFAF seeks to make Chun Kuk Do one of the most recognizable and respected martial arts styles in the world.

       Building on these principles, UFAF is committed to assisting its member schools in providing a quality martial arts training experience to every student of Chun Kuk Do, and to enriching and serving the communities in which it is represented by cultivating high character in the lives of its members.

Article reprinted by permission of UFAF
Chun Kuk Do Magazine, Spring 2010