Hanshi Jack Buckley - 9th Dan
Master Buckley began his training in 1967 in Ishyn Ryu Karate by Master Tom Voelker. He continued his training with Bando Boxing from 1968-1973 under various instructors in Pittsburgh and Ohio, and earned his certification in 1975. Then in 1973, he trained under Sifu Joe Lemon in the art of Muay Thai Kickboxing and continued training this style until 1977. During this time, he was also training in Chinese Kempo with the same instructor. Master Buckley met Sensei Peter Whitehouse in late 1979. At this time, he started training in Aikido and Kempo. During his training in these styles, Master Buckley was struck with a great idea, and the beginning of American Streetwise Karate was created. In 1980, Master Buckley began teaching Streetwise Self-Defense and started training in Tae Kwon Do from Steve Meinert. In 1983, he earned his Black Belt.
The first American Streetwise Karate school was opened in 1983 in Pittsburgh, Pa. In 1990, he met Master Gulasky and finished his training in Kempo and received his Black Belt in 1992. At a tournament in 1989, Master Buckley met John Kanzler and began training Traditional Japanese Shotokan. Then in 1992, he revieved his Sho Dan. By 1985, the first full mixed Martial Arts A.S.K. was formed in Pittsburgh. It blended the systems of Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Bando Boxing, Ju Jitsu, Aikido, and Chinese Kempo. Master Buckley has trained and taught over 10,000 students in one-day seminars, at CCAC classes, boys and girls clubs, private lessons, and group classes in his own seven different schools.
He has been very fortunate to train, meet, and even teach with famous Martial Artists including Chuck Norris, Brandon Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Lei, Grandmaster Wally Jay, George Dillman, Glen Kwan, Myaung Gyi, Gary Bennett, and Mike Gulasky. Master Buckley has just started his 47th consecutive year in the Martial Arts, both teaching and training. His school has been ranked by three international Martial Arts associations as “Hall of Fame School” and ”Hall of Fame Instructors.” “One of my best friends said to me, ‘Sensei, do you know what is a Black Belt? …The one who stayed.’ I am hoping to see and make 50 years (2017) in the Martial Arts. I have the best family and students.”