Tang Soo Do
Joe Corley was the first challenger to participate in a full-contact karate world-title fight. On May 3rd, 1975, Corley met world middleweight champion Bill “Superfoot” Wallace in nine rounds of furious exchanges and lost by a ninth round TKO.
Among other titles, he won the National Karate Grand Championships (1969, 1971, and 1972), the 1967 Southeast Grand Championship, and the 1969 Southern U.S. Open. He was twice named amon the top 10 fighters in the nation by Black Belt Magazine.
Corley, a black belt in Tan Soo Do opened Atlanta’s first karate studio in 1967 then in 1972 formed his own curriculum, and created Joe Corley’s American karate system. Corley soon expanded his operation and eventually had the largest chain of martial arts schools in the Southeast. Now a 9th degree black belt in American Karate, Corley has taught more than 25,000 students in his chain of Atlanta based studios.
In 1970 Corley founded The Battle Of Atlanta, now considered the largest and most prestigious open karate tournament in the world. Recognized, as one of the pioneers in the promotion of martial arts Corley also became the voice for American Karate on national television for numerous shows and documentaries on the sport. Corley has also worked as analyst and host for PKA Karate world championships on network, cable and pay per view.