Carter Hargrave

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Carter Hargrave
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Carter Hargrave
Born Carter R. Hargrave
(1961-12-29) December 29, 1961 (age 52)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nationality United States American
Style Kenpo
Jeet Kune Do
Kodokan Goshin Jutsu
Tae Kwon Do
Kuk Sool Won
Kung Fu
Rank      10th degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate
Master Instructor Jeet Kune Do
Years active 1991-present
Occupation Martial artist
Notable school(s) Hargrave Martial Arts
Tulsa Martial Arts

Carter R. Hargrave is an American martial arts educator and author, the founder and CEO of the World Jeet Kune Do Federation, the Bruce Lee System Organization,[1] and World Kenpo Karate Association. In 1993 he was one of the 50 certified Jeet Kune Do instructors worldwide.[2] In 2001, United States Martial Arts Association in California recognized Hargrave as a grandmaster.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Carter was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mastering Martial Arts[edit]

After the years of training, he currently holds a total of seven Black Belts[4][5] in Tae Kwon Do, Kodokan Goshin Jutsu, Ju Jitsu, Kempo, Kung Fu, Arnis.

Hargrave is on the board of the World Budo Alliance,[6] and is listed as a notable Master with the International Kung Fu Federation.[7] He is the producer of several films, including over 20 in martial arts education.[8][9][10]

In 2001 he was one of 10 instructors to receive the title of Grand Master of the Year from the United States Martial Arts Association.[11][12]


World Jeet Kune Do Federation[edit]

In 1992, Hargrave founded the World Jeet Kune Do Federation, the largest international JKD association with over eight thousand members worldwide,[13] distributing over 12 instructional films, and certifying instructors and schools ensuring uniform quality of instruction. JKD Federation's goal is to organize and disseminate the original teachings of Bruce Lee and to help bring students and teachers together in cooperation and good will.

In 1993, he was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall Of Fame as Jeet Kune Do Instructor Of The Year.[14] He also received honors from the organization as Founder Of The Year, and finally Best Martial Arts School In The United States.

World Kenpo Association[edit]

In 1992, Hargrave founded the World Kempo Association to bring Kenpo and Kempo styles together and to inject hard-hitting combat techniques into sport Kenpo to allow them to better handle street violence. This association distributes educational films and materials from his system that he founded and recognized worldwide as Grandmaster of Kempo Karate.[15][16]

American Combat Kenpo[edit]

Hargrave traveled to Ohio to present his new system for evaluation by the Soke or Grandmasters Board of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He submitted copies of his books, and did demonstrations to the board of Grandmasters during the day, and upon request demonstrated techniques. He was awarded the title of Soke or Founder of an entirely new system.

Before that day he had named his art Combat Martial Arts or Combat Kempo.[15] The style is a mixed martial art that Hargrave highly modified the styles of Karate, Jujitsu, and Kobujitsu (weapons). He is also on the board of Soke[16] and World Grandmasters Council.[17]


Carter Hargrave is the author of three martial arts books. The Japanese Kempo Karate Manual, which is the system outline of his style of American Combat Kempo. While he had been teaching his Kenpo system for several years, and had promoted several students to black belt, he had never had any black belt students proficient enough for his second martial arts book that was released in 1993.[citation needed] The Japanese Kempo Karate - Entrance To Secrets Manual is for advanced students training for their black belt ranks 2nd Dan black belt through 8th Dan black belt. The Original Jeet Kune Do Training Manual is a book written by Hargrave on the Bruce Lee style of Jeet Kune Do. The Original Jeet Kune Do Training Manual is an international best seller.[citation needed]

Hargrave Martial Arts School[edit]

At his private school Hargrave Martial Arts students must apply for a position. Background checks are conducted on all applicants as not to let his teaching fall into the wrong hands and be misused on the innocent. He teaches his American Combat Kempo and the Kung Fu style of Jeet Kune Do. Neither style taught has any sporting aspects and is intended to render an attacker inert in the shortest amount of time possible. In 1996 Hargrave was honored by both the United States Senate and Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating for having the best school in the United States.[18][19][20]


In 2012, Hargrave attempted a pro se lawsuit against Bruce Lee's estate and family with a trademark infringement claim regarding Bruce Lee's fighting style, Jeet Kune Do. In an attempt to wrest control of the domain from its owners, a limited partnership in which some heirs of Lee are principals, Hargrave claimed that the defendants were cybersquatting on the domain and infringing on his interests pursuant to the trademark of Jeet Kune Do. The court found that Hargrave did not, past or present, own rights of any kind to the trademark of the martial art, and therefore did not have the legal grounds necessary to pursue the case he opened. Despite attempts to continue the lawsuit, the case was summarily thrown out of court and dismissed with prejudice, barring him from filing this claim against the Lees again.[21]


Carter Hargrave has been involved in many political campaigns, such as Oklahoma Governor David Walters. In July 2010, Tulsa District Judge Candidate Jon Patton, confirmed Carter Hargrave as his campaign chairman.[22]

Carter Hargrave worked in his father's, Senator George Hargrave, public office campaigns before he became a Federal Judge, as well as in campaigns by his brother Rodney Hargrave, uncle Jerry Hargrave, and sister-in-law Rebecca Hamilton Hargrave. According to Oklahoma House of Representatives archive, Carter’s relatives have held more elected positions than any other family,[23][24] including Representative Bob Hargrave, and Supreme Court Justice Rudolph Hargrave.


He formed the Carter Hargrave Foundation that operates an educational website to bring awareness and to generate donations for worthwhile charities and non-profits that assist the helpless, and those in need.[25]

Hargrave also teaches free self-defense seminars to Christian and Jewish mission volunteers, as well as being involved in women's safety and anti-bullying campaign's.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Barry Lewis (1994-09-22). "Hargrave Teaches Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do - Without The Kicks // Tulsan the `Doctor of Self-Defense' - Tulsa World: Archives". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  2. ^ Mitchell, Martin (7 February 1993). "Jeet Kune Do - Carrying on Bruce Lee's Legacy". Broken Arrow Ledger. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Barnaby, Jacqlyn (21 February 2001). "Martial arts instructor receives top honor". Tulsa World. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Barnaby, Jacqlyn (March 28, 2001). "Fighting his way to the top". Tulsa World. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Sykes, Kimberly (June 14, 1995). "Two-Time Honoree // South Tulsa Martial Artist Enshrined Again". Tulsa World. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "World Budo Alliance - Executive Directorship". World Budo Alliance. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "IKF Masters". International Kung Fu Federation. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Biography of Carter R. Hargrave. Celebrity photos, biographies and more". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  10. ^ The Carter Hargrave Foundation (21 May 2010). "The Carter Hargrave Foundation Chooses Three Charities For Donations and Public Suppor". Online PR News. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "USMA International Hall of Fame". United States Martial Arts Association. 2001. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Barnaby, Jacqlyn (February 21, 2001). "Hargrave recognized as Grandmaster". Tulsa World. Retrieved 27 August 2013. [dead link]
  13. ^ Wong, Hao (November 28, 2008). "Interview with Prof. Carter Hargrave - President of the World JKD Federation and of the American Combat Kempo Association". -Martial Life. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Martial Arts Hall Of Fame". WMAHF. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "USMA International Board of Martial Artists". WWMAA. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Urbin, Mark (November 11, 2012). "Kempo/Kenpo Grandmaster List". Urbin. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Notable Soke". Soke. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Carter Hargrave Governor Commendation". 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  19. ^ "School Wins Award". Tulsa World. June 12, 1996. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Carter Hargrave U.S Senate Recognition". 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  21. ^ "Exit the Dragon: Tenth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Cybersquatting Claim on Bruce Lee’s “Jeet Kune Do” Mark Brought by Non-Owner Martial Arts Instructor". McDermott Will & Emery. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  22. ^ "District Judge Candidate Confirms Carter Hargrave As Campaign Chairman" (Press release). Online PR News. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  23. ^ "All members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives". Oklahoma House of Representatives. 16 November 2012. p. 16. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  24. ^ "All members of the Oklahoma Senate". Oklahoma House of Representatives. 16 November 2012. p. 5. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "Carter Hargrave Charity". Carter Hargrave Foundation. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 

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