PROFESSOR BOB MITCHELL
American Kenpo / United Martial Artists Fro Christ
Professor Mitchell took his fighting from the street and the knowledge that Mr. Nuuhiwa supplied, and started his career in American Kenpo, at Ed Parker’s IKKA Karate Studio ran by Bob Perry, in Garden Grove, Ca.
Mr. Mitchell During this time studied with the Top names of American Kenpo and with the help of Mr. Parker and Mr. Perry became a fierce competitor and respected Martial Artist. Mr. Mitchell received his Black Belt from Mr. Parker on September 11, 1971 and has continued to give back the Knowledge he has learned to many students through the years.
Mr. Mitchell was a very respected fighter of his time and was successful in taking his share of awards in State & International competitions. Professor Mitchell began competing in 1966, at the International Karate Championships in Long Beach, Ca. He was on the first IKKA team to take first place by defeating the Chuck Norris team in the finales. In that match, the IKKA team was down 3 points going into the final match when Mr. Mitchell defeated his man by 4 points to take the championships. In the 1970’s Professor Mitchell went on to be awarded “Fighter of the Year” at the IKKA awards banquet. In 1975 Mr. Mitchell was honored by Black Belt Magazine by being put on the cover of their annual yearbook edition. After retiring from competition Mr. Mitchell trained and bodyguard for some of the best street protection specialist in California. In 1983 Mr. Mitchell came out of retirement to fight along side of Mr. Bob White, Mr. Dave Brock, Mr. Pete Neil, and Mr. Rick Shanbrook, and took 1st place at the “International Karate Championships” in team competition.
Professor Mitchell is an outstanding Instructor and Coach. Although Professor Mitchell prefers the bare knuckle fighting done in the 1960’s and 1970’s his arsenal of inside fighting techniques has developed many of his students into the champions of today. Professor Mitchell states that his greatest achievement is teaching young kids. “Watching children develop out of their shells and giving them the confidence to achieve their goals make them champions in Life”.
Mr. Mitchell is the promoter of “United Martial Artists for Christ”, a fellowship that is close to his heart. Professor Mitchell feels there is only one true Master, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Mr. Mitchell resides in Garden Grove, Ca. with his wife Diane. He has two sons, Vincent and Robby.