Tony Young (martial artist)

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Tony Young
Born (1962-09-08) September 8, 1962 (age 56)
South Carolina, United States
Occupation Martial Artist

Anthony 'Tony' Young (born September 8, 1962 in Anderson, South Carolina) is an African American, martial artist, teacher, and practitioner of the Goju Ryu Karate style and founder of the Tony Young All-Star Karate Academy. He is considered by many as the most influential sport karate competitor[1] of the 20th century.


Tony Young began karate at the age of 12 and earned his Black Belt 4 years later. Tony Young is now an 8th degree[2] Black Belt in the Goju Ryu style of karate. Tony Young was named the National Super Light Weight Karate Champion for 19 consecutive years. Tony Young has won over 1000 championship awards and prizes throughout his career.[3][4][5] In 1997, Tony Young retired from international and national competition to focus on community affairs, business and tournament promotions. In 1985 Tony Young opened theTony Young All-Star Karate Academy. Young works with Public and Private Schools in the Atlanta area and developed working relations with Billy Blanks, who is the creator and owner of Tae-Bo Aerobics. Young is certified[6] by Billy Blanks to teach Tae-Bo Aerobics to children and adults.

Competitive fighter[edit]

Rated the National Superlight Weight Karate Champion for 19 consecutive years by:

  • The Regional Sport Karate Circuit
  • The North American Sport Karate Association
  • The All Star Karate League
  • World Association of Karate/Kickboxing Organization in the USA
  • The OTOMOX Grand Slam Series

World champion[edit]

  • World Champion, International Sport Karate Association 1996, 1997
  • World Champion, World Association of Karate/Kickboxing Team 1991 through 1997
  • First Superlight weight fighter in Karate History to be rated Number one for all weight division
  • US Open International World Champion, 1996
  • Winner, Grand Champion Professional Karate Association
  • Elected to Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame
  • Champion, North American Karate Conference
  • Grand Champion of Professional Karate League
  • First Superlight weight fighter in Karate history to win the overall fighting Grand Championship in a National Event
  • Three time overall Men’s National Fighting Champion
  • Winner of the most consecutive Karate championships in the History of Sport Karate



  • Multi NASKA World Champion
  • Multi WAKO World Champion inc.[8]
  • PKL National Champion
  • Karate Illustrated Champion
  • ISKA World Champion
  • PKC World Champion
  • PKA World Champion
  • DOJO Champion
  • SEKA Champion
  • NAKC Champion
  • IKC Hall of Fame [9]
  • Southern Representative of WKC in the USA[1]
  • Inducted into the Battle of Atlanta Centurion Club[10]
  • Established the All-Star Karate League (ASKL) in 1989[11]


  1. ^ a b Archived from the original on January 7, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ [1] Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Black Belt January 1998. Active Interest Media, Inc. 1998-01. p. 146. ISSN 0277-3066. Retrieved 2015-03-12. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Black Belt December 1994. Active Interest Media, Inc. 1994-12. p. 76. ISSN 0277-3066. Retrieved 2015-03-12. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Black Belt October 1996. Active Interest Media, Inc. 1996-10. p. 14. ISSN 0277-3066. Retrieved 2015-03-12. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ [3] Archived June 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "9th WAKO World Championship Results" (PDF). 17 June 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  9. ^ [4][dead link]
  10. ^ "International Karate Circuit". Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  11. ^ "All-Star Karate League - ASKL|Sport Karate| Martial Art Tournaments| Karate Tournaments". Retrieved 2015-03-12.

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