Pat Munk Bio
Posted by Zoran

Martial History

Mr. Pat Munk began his training in Kenpo, at the Louisville, Ky. Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Studio in 1976. Mr. Munk was awarded his Shodan (1st Degree Black) by Gary Avery, the owner of the Studio, in mid 1979. Mr. Munk started teaching private Kenpo Karate Lessons in 1979, and personal training in self defense, and did so until the spring of 1992 at which time Mr. Munk opened Munk’s Kenpo Karate in Georgia. Mr. Munk taught women’s self defense classes for Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Georgia from 1992 until 1994.

Mr. Munk was a member of the Georgia PKC (Professional Karate Commission) Board of Directors and was the first President of The Georgia PKC Board of Directors. Mr. Munk was the first PKC Full Contact Kick Boxing Referee to be certified in Georgia and he is a Class “B” Kick Boxing Official & Judge. Mr. Munk is also a certified PKC point fighting referee and official. In 1985 Mr. Munk was Nominated PKA (Professional Karate Association) Instructor of the Year.

Mr. Munk worked as a Police Officer from 1982 to 1992. Mr. Munk was certified to teach Law Enforcement Officers in 1985. In 1988 Mr. Munk was assigned to a Regional Police Academy (North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy) in Marietta Georgia where he was responsible for and taught defensive tactics, PR-24 Baton, Firearms, Straight Baton, Expandable Baton, Tactical Handcuffing, and other basic courses. Mr. Munk was awarded the Peace Officer Standards & Training Senior Instructor Trainer Certification in 1989 and Master Instructor Trainer Certification in 1994. After having heart surgery in the early part of 1995, Mr. Munk had to close his studio.

Mr. Munk Today:

Mr. Munk has continued to study and work out in Kenpo since 1995 and promotes Kenpo through seminars and personal training. Mr. Munk has received his Sandan, Yodan, Godan, & Rokudan promotions from Grandmaster Tracy.

Mr. Munk is also an advocate for the Gathering of Eagles.

Update September 2005:

On July 12, 2003 Master Pat Munk was honored by being Inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the Man of the Year – Kenpo.

On July 24, 2004 Mr. Munk was inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame a second time as the 2004 Outstanding Master.

On July 30, 2005 Mr. Munk was again honored by induction into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the 2005 Master of the Year – Kenpo

In January 2005 Mr. Munk was promoted by Grandmaster Al Tracy to Shichidan 7 Degree Black Belt.

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