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Mr. Bob Burbidge was born in East Hartford Connectic in March 1949. He began martial arts training his senior year in high schools. He has trained with three world champions – Chuck Norris, Mike Stone, and Joe Lewis. He is rated by three martial arts magazines as one of the top fighters in the U.S. – Karate Illustrated, Official Karate Magazine. Professional Magazine.
Mr. Burbidge has been a member of the first Professional Karate Organization. A member of the USA All Star Team headed by world champ, Mike Stone.
He has also won the world famous Internationals three times. The National Western U.S. Championship. Colorado State Championship, the Four Season Championship, and many more.
Mr. Burbidge received his black belt from middle weight world champion and movie star, Chuck Norris.
He trained many celebrities: Steve McQueen, Priscilla Presley, Danny Bonaduce – The Partridge Family. Jeb Adams – Ba Ba Black Sheep, Chris Hillman – The Byrds rock group, Bernie Leadon –The Eagles rock group, Emory Gordy – Neil Diamond, and Olivia Newton John. He also appeared in the T.V. series Room 222, the movie short The New Gladiators, and many radio interviews. Bob Burbidge's first Karate school Since his retirement from competition Mr. Burbidge focused his attention to the training of young Karateka across the U.S. Three of his students won International competitions.
A consummate professional Mr. Burbidge considers all aspects of Karate important, and introduced videotape playback as a training Mr. Bob Burbidge has been involved in the martial arts for nearly 30 years. He was awarded his Black Belt from World Champion and star Chuck Norris.
During his early years of training , he learned from some of the most notorious martial artists in the world. Legends such as Chuck Norris, middle-weight world champion and star. Joe Lewis , heavy-weight world champion and heavy-weight world kickboxing champion. Mike Stone light heavy-weight world champion. Benny"The Jet" Urquidez light-weight world champion. Howard Jackson welter-weight world champion. John Natividad international grand champion. Ralph Alegria international champion and Chief Referee for all ESPN kickboxing matches. Cecil Peoples are just a few of the Masters who have worked with Mr. Burbidge over the years.
After a courageous fight against cancer, Mr. Bob Burbidge left this world on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 25, 2004. Services were held December 2, 2004 in Chatsworth, California. In an incredible display of brotherhood, Mr. Burbidge was remembered by martial artists, students, peers, friends and family from all over. Many Black Belts attended dressed in full uniforms. Fighting champions Mr. Howard Jackson and Mr. John Natividad spoke at the funeral, recalling many of the elusive qualities that made Mr. Burbidge both a great man and a consummate martial artist. One theme that ran through the service was that the memory of Mr. Burbidge's life, his love of his art and the things he taught are his legacy, that will live on as long as we continue to honor the traditions he loved so much.