Kyoshi Randy Word’s Martial Arts career spans over two decades. As a child in rural Kentucky, Kyoshi Word always knew he wanted to dedicate his life to the Martial Arts. He began by studying Tae Kwon Do at the age of 13. After earning his Black Belt in the discipline, he began studying Sil Lum Kung Fu, where he attained a high brown sash after four years of study. When the Kung Fu school shut its doors, Kyoshi Word began studying Tang Soo Do under Kyoshi Sam Hunter and eventually received a Black Belt in 1996. From there, Kyoshi Word began the study of Goju-Ryu Karate under Sensei Ken and Sensei Marty Eubanks. By then a highly accomplished competitor, he won the Triple Crown in 1996, placing 1st in Fighting, Weapons, and Forms on the Regional Sport Karate Circuit (RSKC). In 1997, he was ranked #2 in the country by the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) finishing 1st at the Mile High Classic in Denver, CO and at the London-Ontario National Championship in Canada. He also finished 2nd in the Battle of Atlanta, New England Open, and U.S. Capitol Classic.
After moving to California, he earned his 3rd Degree Black Belt from Kyoshi Jason David Frank in June 2005 after a rigorous 3-day test. He was also honored with the prestigious EFC Instructor of the Year Award for 2005. Kyoshi Word strives to inspire every student to become self-reliant, to do their best, and to instill in them that perseverance leads to success.