Black Karate Federation
The origins of the Black Karate Federation (BKF) has many stories, but the true history lay in the vision of three young warriors and visionaries: Jerry Smith, Cliff Stewart and Ron Chapel. The 1960's was a time a racial strife in the United States and the martial arts world was not exempt. The B.K.F., although maybe not the intentions (or maybe it was), found itself being the Civil Rights Movement for the Karate Tournament Circuit. It became the voice for so many fighters of color to get a fair shot in competition. One of the most explosive fighters at the time was Steve Sanders (Muhammad), who martial arts historians say, famous match between him and Chuck Norris was the catalyst that ignited the fire that would bring Smith, Stewart and Chapel to start the planning for something to shake up the Martial Arts World. The three along with their students began the organization of the BKF. Steve Muhammad was presented the idea and he was ready, he was soon voted to be the first President of this new group of warriors. Along with Muhammad and his students was also Donnie Williams and his students.
Each Warrior (Smith, Stewart, Chapel, Muhammad and Williams), along with their students began training throughout the South Los Angeles parks, community centers, high schools, taking street kids and turning them into warriors not only in martial Arts, but in life.
The Black Karate Federation has produced fighting schools since its birth in 1968. Creating Champions like: Kraiguar Smith, Carvis "Wildman" Baldwin, Robert Temple, Carl Scott, Michael Holmes, Al "Hot Dog" Harvey, Alvin Prouder, Sammy Pace, Earnest Russell, KC Jones, Ray Wizard, Lenny (Abdul Latif) Ferguson, Sharon Floyd, Cynthia Prouder, Graciela Casillas, Anthony Bell, and many more who have paved the way for so many.