great  humility...
Randall K. flaherty
10th  Degree  black  belt  (F.K.K.A. - grandmaster)
A quote from grandMaster Flaherty's father: 

“Son, no matter how big (Good) you get, there is always someone better.”    
                                             G.G.M. Robert Flaherty
Karate  is  a  way  of  life...
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Grandmaster - Randall K. Flaherty (10th Degree Black Belt)

Martial arts Occupation:
Revised: December 26, 2017

Over 38 years of Teaching Experience.
Over 27 years of Martial Arts Business Ownership.
Instructor of the International Martial Arts Academy (from: 1980 to 1989).

Hall of Fame Inductee:

 2004 / Master of the Year.
 2006 / Pioneer Award.
 2008 / Silver Life Award.
 2012 / Kenpo Grandmaster of the Year.
 2017 / Grandmaster of the Year.

favorite style:

 F.K.K.A.  /  Kenpo Karate

martial arts studied:

Kenpo Karate, Kung-fu, Judo, Wrestling, Aikido, Tai-Chi, Arnis, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, and Kick-Boxing.

influential martial arts Instructor’s, mentor’s, and helper’s:

Robert Flaherty Sr. (Father / Kenpo)
Rudy Jr. and Rudy Sr. (The DOJO)
Angel Martial (Kenpo Karate)
Bruce Crary (Sparring / Karate)
Roland Gonzalez (Kenpo Karate)
Ed Parker Sr. (Directed me in learning)
John Sepulveda (Kenpo)
Larry Tattum (Kenpo / Videos)
Chuck Sullivan (Kenpo / Videos)
Bill Superfoot Wallace (Kick-boxing)
Benny “The Jet” (Kick-boxing)
Master Jin Sun Ding (Wushu Kung-fu)
Charllotte Hargrave (Tai-Chi)
John Holland (Tae Kwon Do)
Miguel Hartado (Tae Kwon Do)
Ruban Ruiz (Kenpo Karate)
Dan Anchetta (Arnis / Stick Fighting)
Mr. Bart (The Old Man’s / Aikido)

black belt degree:

10th Degree Black Belt - (F.K.K.A. Kenpo Karate - Grandmaster)

1980’s nickname:

Bullet - based on tournament sparring & human-speed (Black Belt Division).

Personal Motto:

“Building Strength and Character One Student at a Time.”

f.k.k.a. photos:

Kenpo karate offers:

Building Confidence.
Opportunity for teaching.
Practical and realistic self-defense for the streets.
It’s great for studying motion, logical principles, and physics entwined into a comprehensive martial arts system. 
Kenpo includes stand-up fighting, throws, grappling, hand and foot striking, nerve attacks, joint locks, and more.
It’s designed for men, women, and children of most age groups.
 It deals effectively with multiple attackers.
 Kenpo offers weapon insights (such as, defenses against clubs, sticks, and knives).
 Kenpo provides a work-at-your-own-pace environment (people study Kenpo for deferent reasons).
 PEOPLE LOVE KENPO BECAUSE - it’s a self-defense systems that works well with everyone.file://localhost/Master%20&%20Cantrelle-678.pdf
This “Brotherhood of Arnis” Logo 
is property of the FKKA.



Grandmaster Parker’s Studio, LA
(One of a kind Photo)
“Mr. Flaherty had private talks with Senior Grandmaster Parker within his Academy Office.”

- Parker’s Studio -

Mr. Flaherty took this picture during a training night (One of a kind photo)  Los Angeles, CA

Legendary  Wallace:
Undefeated  Middle Weight World kickboxing Champion 1974 - 1980
Grandmaster Flaherty Learned from Bill Wallace privately, LA.

Randy Flaherty learned kickboxing skills from Benny “The-Jet” privately, LA.

Master Jin Sun Ding (Center)
Ricardo Chaverri (Left)
Randy Flaherty (Right)
(Chaverri and Flaherty’s Wushu Teacher)

Randy Flaherty

Promoted a “Superfoot” Seminar

Independent High School

This “Association” - Logo 
is property of the FKKA.
The  “Jet “  Center
Flaherty (Center)
Phillips (Right)
(Early 1980’s)
Randy Flaherty studied the Joe Lewis old school fighting concepts from Bruce Crary.
San Jose,  CA.
1980  - 1982
World  Legend...
~ Respectfully ~
S.G.M. Ed Parker
World  Legend...
Frank Trejo (Left) 
Ricardo Chaverri
Randy Flaherty
Steve (Right side)
(One-of-a-kind  photo)


Dr. Jim Thomas (Right)
(Hall of Fame Founder)

Master Flaherty (Left)
Randy, “Keep The Force.”
Signed by:  
Bill Wallace &
Joe Lewis

KCRA 3 A-List Reports:

“Ranked in the top “5”
schools of 106 for
 Martial Arts.”
Professor Bruce Crary’s
Workshop / Seminar
Best of the Best
U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame
Howard Johnson Hotel
Los Angeles, CA.
May 20, 2017
~ Inducted Members ~
A few FKKA Instructors: 
Grandmaster Flaherty (Center)
Barbara Griggs (Left)
Ben Alarca (Right)
Joe Lewis
I was introduced to Kenpo Karate when I was 8-years old by my father Great Grandmaster Robert Flaherty. I remember sitting on my father’s knee outside of our country home (in Kentucky) while listening to Army stories about his Asian friend. As the story goes - back in 1951 my father was observing  his friend being harassed by a GI for several minutes; my father recounted, “I couldn’t even blink an eye,” and the Asian friend reached into the big GI’s rib cage with incredible hand-speed, and popped it out using his finger-tips (Kenpo Karate in action). Well, needless to say, stories like this one motivated me to learn.

Besides the childhood stories, I’m thankful that my father introduced me to Kenpo, guided me in learning with his pearls of wisdom, encouraged my steps, and offered his unselfishness for me to learn in the world of Martial Arts. Moreover, my mother and father positively influenced my life’s direction by keeping me in school, having me attend church services, and supporting me in sports activities such as, football, baseball, basketball, tennis, track, wrestling, and of course, Martial Arts.

Profile dedicated to my father for his unselfish guidance, wisdom, and excellent martial arts enthusiasm by providing me the workable knowledge of school ownership to carry on a family tradition handed down from generation to generation.

Significant dates in the profession include:

Dad encouraged me to broaden my horizons by searching for answers within the Martial Arts Industry, Kenpo Karate specifically.
Introduced to Wrestling in school.
Became involved with school sports (activities), such as, baseball (fast pitch), basketball, football, and track.
Dad joined me into my first official karate school ("THE DOJO") - a classic fighting / sparring school (located in Bowling Green Kentucky).
Trained at "THE DOJO" under Marty Senior and Marty Junior (father & son team) for a short while.
Moved to San Jose California.
Early 1980 - Joined Kenpo, Karate, Kung-fu, and Judo classes at "The International Martial Arts Academy.
Late 1980 - Teaching new students privately for the International Martial Arts Academy (Academy Owner: Angel Martial).
 Received the title - “Junior Instructor."
 Kenpo & Self-defense Assistant Instructor - for the Academy's Senior Instructors & Chief Instructor (Mr. Angel Martial).
Leader of the I.M.M.A. demonstration team.
Trained under one the best martial arts Fighting Instructor and Tournament Coaches (Black Belt Instructor - “Mr. Bruce Crary”). 
 Joined the "Guardian Angels" with Coach Crary (only this year).
 Presented the nick name as “Bullet” (by: Mr. Bruce Crary).
Studied old school fight principles, theories, and concepts directly under Bruce Crary for two consecutive years. Mr. Crary studied directly under Joe Lewis for two years (including: old school material for learning).
Introduced to Jeff Thorbs -- Became close friends and sparring partners (Jeff Thorbs was an Olympic Track Competitor that suffered a minor ankle injury).
I asked Dan Ancheta to help me learn Arnis (A Filipino Martial Art of stick, knife, and dagger fighting) and was often told “NO,” because I was an outsider and not an insider (a member of his family). As Ancheta explained, “The Brotherhood of Arnis is only taught to family members.”
Participated in sparring matches at Lee's Martial Arts ("Friendship Meet").
I continued to quest to learn the Art of “Arnis” by asking its founder, Dan Ancheta, many times throughout the year, only to repeatedly be told NO because I was an outsider (not a family member).
Dan Ancheta accepted and welcomed me into the Brotherhood of Arnis as a good friend and family member (an insider). At this point, I was introduced to Dan’s sister, Clara Stone and many other family members. I was also invited to attend family parties and gatherings, and became known as “brother.” 
Received my "First Degree Kenpo Black Belt" under two Kenpo Schools and group of expert Instructors - First Black Belt received at the International Martial Arts Academy under Angel Martial (Mr. Martial had received his Black Belt under Lee Thompson of "Lee's Martial Arts"), and the second - "First Degree Black Belt received was under the roof of the "Twin Dragon Academy (Owned by twin brothers - "Ruben and Roger Ruiz").
Top Kenpo, Kung-fu, and Fighting Instructor of the International Martial Arts Academy. In addition, Rated #1 - Martial Arts Fighter (Competition: Sparring Division).
 Became a silent partner (subcontracted space or lease) from official business owner "Angel Martial" (DBA-International Martial Arts Academy (San Jose California).
 Took on the business name as "Golden Dragon" Martial Arts (due to my blond hair).
 Official Tournament Judge. 
Studied the art of “Aikido” from Instructor Bart (Bart's Instruction was under the direct supervision of "The Old Man"), within the Philippines. 
Became the Sales Manager/Trainer for the International Martial Arts Academy (New owner: SIFU Ricardo Chaverri).
 Perform Martial Arts for a local newspaper & Spanish television commercial with Mr. Ricardo Chaverri.
Student of Wushu Kung fu (Instructor: Master Jin Sun Ding). 
Special Guest Appearance at the San Francisco WuShu Tournament.
Trained with Top fighters, such as, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, and Benny “The Jet”, and others.
Assistant Promoter to the Bill "Superfoot" Wallace Seminar (in San Jose, CA.).
A visit with Frank Trejo’s studio (Los Angeles, CA).
A meeting with Grandmaster Ed Parker Sr. - (Los Angeles CA.). 
Became a student member of the International Kenpo Karate Association (I.K.K.A.).
Introduced to Don Alves (a former “Crazy Dragon” Tournament Fighter). In addition, I had the privilege and good fortune to spar with Mr. Alves and instruct him in Kenpo Karate.
Study of Tae Kwon Do under Instructor John Holland.
Opened Kenpo Karate Business (DBA – Flaherty’s Kenpo Karate). 225 La Pala Dr. - San Jose, CA. 95127 
Earned a place on the ED Parker's I.K.K.A Family Tree (4th Degree Black Belt).
Learned IKKA material from John Sepulveda (“A top leading Master Instructor for the I.K.K.A. family”).
San Jose Chamber of Commerce Member (as written in the Commerce Paper).
Creator & Director of a Low Cost Youth Outreach Program for local school districts.
Studied "Tai Chi" from a Val Pak Advertising Representative Ms. Charlotte Hargrave (a veteran in Chinese Philosophy).
Flaherty's Kenpo Karate demonstrated over 20 exhibitions at the "Fair Grounds and other" - with self-defense and breaking.
Introduced to TaeKwonDo Master CJ Stewart (a respected member of the local San Jose Community, and other). Master Stewart trained and mentored Ronnie Lott (Black Belt, NFL player, and Hall of Famer).
Received a 5th degree Black Belt trophy from Daniel (Owner) of Golden Circle Martial Arts Supplies.
Instructor of Women's Week / Self-defense at San Jose State University (Over 50 Women were in attendance).
Instructor of Excellence "verbal recognition" within a small group seminar at Flaherty's Kenpo Karate Academy by World Renowned "Kenpo Master Larry Tattum."
Joined the Larry Tattum's Kenpo Karate Association (L.T.K.K.A.).
Flaherty's Kenpo Karate performed demonstration at the Santa Clara Fair Grounds and the Cinco-de-mayo Parade.
California’s Bay Area Tournament / Seminar Partner and Promoter under the International Martial Arts Academy with life long friend SIFU Ricardo Chaverri (Academy Owner).
In House Tournament & Seminar Promoter (involving other Bay Area Local Martial Arts Schools) - - International Martial Arts Academy, Gonzales's Kenpo Karate, and West Coast Athletics are to name a few.
Featured in Bay Area Magazine
Continuation of Tae Kwon Do Training under Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing Instructor Miguel Hurtado (Owner of West Coast Athletics).
Flaherty's Kenpo Karate Demonstration at the San Jose's Rose Garden.
Completed the fighting training with Black Belt Student Victor Phillips (Nickname "Quick Vic"). Mr. Phillips was known for his flexibility (Chinese Splits) and incredible human speed. In addition, Mr. Phillips is a college student in Nashville Tennessee (majoring in General Medicine). 
 Member of the United World Karate Association (U.W.K.A. Owner: Kenpo Master Roland Gonzales).

The first two F.K.K.A. Black Belts: (Gary Schoolcraft              and Monica Teixeira).
Organizer and developer of the “Northern Style.” (i.e., The Chow System).
Developer of successful Martial Arts Programs (for local School Districts).
Revamped Flaherty’s Kenpo Karate Association (F.K.K.A.).
Developed the "Tiny Tigers Youth Program."
Met with Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro and his “Thunderbolt” team and Academy. 
Promoter of the Master Class Workshop/Seminar – Guest speaker and performer "Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro," and his Black Belt Instructors (including: his son "Grandmaster Rob Castro").
Developer of the Low Cost Instructor Payment Program.
U.S.A. Martial arts Hall of Fame Inductee (“Master of the Year”) – Presented by Dr. Jim Thomas.
Joined the San Jose’s Better Business Bureau (B.B.B.). Earned an A+ rating!
Promoter of the Master Class Workshop/Seminar – Guest speaker and performer "Grandmaster Chuck Sullivan."
Businessman of the Year - of Washington D.C. (Congress). 
National Leadership Award & Honorary Chairman (Business Advisory Council) - of Washington D.C.
U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame "Pioneer Award."
Congressional Order of Merit Award from Washington D.C.
 Member of -- U.S. National Martial Arts Team / Official Letter of Appointment (presented by Dr. Jim Thomas on March 1, 2006).
Opened karate studio in Stockton, CA.
In May - Received the "Silver Life Award" from the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
In September - Grandmaster Alfredo Bandalan Sr. (World Renowned) performed a workshop/seminar at Flaherty’s Kenpo Karate.
Saturday - November 24, held a “Sparring Event” in San Jose (based on tournament competition, footwork, maneuvering concepts, and sparring drills. 
Joined Stockton’s Academy up with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). A+ Rating! 
Received distinguished Service to California Award - (From the State Capital  /  State Board President  /  Sacramento, CA).
N F I B - “The Voice of Small Business” (Member)
Voted #1 - “Best of San Joaquin County  /  (Stockton Ca.).
 April 28th: Inducted into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame (i.e., Kenpo Grandmaster of the Year).
Re-connected with Bill “Superfoot” Wallace after 23 years (Superfoot - is my Kickboxing Instructor).
 Recognized within Tiger Claw Magazine.
 September, Friday 21 & Saturday 22, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace instructed a super-workshop/seminar at Flaherty’s Kenpo Karate, Stockton CA.
April, Wednesday the 10th, developed a new Kenpo form (aka: Short Zero).
August 06, Flaherty’s Kenpo Karate Association receives 2013 “Best of Stockton Award.” (Presented by the Stockton Award Program. Nationwide, only 1 in 70 (1.4%) 2013 Award recipients qualified as Two-Time Award Winners.) 
January 16, received a Professional Manager License (approved By: The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). CSAC letter of approval states that, “this approved manager directs or controls the professional boxing or martial arts activities of any professional boxer or martial arts fighter).”
May 15, received Business of the Year awards for three consecutive years (plaque & trophy).
December 27, created new FKKA forms (aka: Short #4, Short #5, and Short #6).
May 23, KCRA 3 A-List Reports: Voters Love Flaherty’s Kenpo Karate (Ranked in the top “5” schools of 106 for Best Martial Arts.
July 16, Mrs. Mariana Flaherty received her 3rd Degree Black Belt (i.e., Head Instructor status).
Finalized and completed the “Arnis Set.”
Celebrated 25 years in business. 
Finalized and Completed “SAI Set One.” 
May 20, received “Grandmaster of the Year”. And, Mrs. Mariana Flaherty received “Kenpo Instructor of the Year”. 
December 16, established the FKKA “Student/Instructor Code of Conduct” pages.
March 12, added a new bow and beginning material to the “Mass Attacks” form/kata, and other. Great Improvements !!! 


Angel Martial (Bottom Center)
Randall Flaherty (Top Left)
Randall Flaherty
Ricardo Chaverri