Gojo Ryu/Kenpo Karate
American Kenpo Karate Systems (AKKS)
Jeff Speakman's start as an entertainer and entrepreneur began
early in life. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, he once brought
down a house full of Masons by telling them a "knock-knock" joke
at the ripe old age of four. In grade school it is rumored that
Jeff would take the sack lunch his mother had prepared and sell
or trade it to other kids for a profit. While attending John Hersey
High School, Jeff achieved personal athletic success by becoming
an all-American spring board diver. Jeff not only broke records
in his high school's district and conference but did so without
ever having a coach!
Although successful as an athlete in high school, Jeff's grades
were "lacking" to say the least. Determined to go on
to college, he worked to pay for his own tuition. Six years later,
Jeff graduated with honors from Missouri State College earning
a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in biology.
Jeff feels above all qualities, integrity and compassion are the
most important to posses. Among Jeff's many passions, he is actively
involved in programs to help teenagers in crisis including such
organizations as The Challenge Program© and The Jeff Speakman Street
As an internationally recognized martial arts and action film
star Jeff has starred in over eight films including "The Perfect
Weapon", "Street Knight", "The Expert", "Deadly
Outbreak", "Escape From Atlantis", "Scorpio
One", "Land of the Free", "Memorial Day" and "Running
Red". Jeff confesses his start in the martial arts began
by watching the television series "Kung Fu". Twenty
years later with scores of awards and trophies under his belt,
Jeff continues to teach and communicate to others his knowledge
and interpretation of his art.
Jeff holds a 7th degree black belt in Japanese Gojo-Ryu and a
6th degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate. As head and founder
of the American Kenpo Karate Systems (AKKS) organization which
includes over one hundred thirty schools worldwide, Jeff travels
extensively around the globe teaching his Kenpo karate and spreading
his message: "Lead by example, Follow by choice". Jeff
also promotes the launch of his new international children's
outreach program entitled "Street Knight". Tailored
to meet the needs of each country and community. This program
has been designed to help bring kids at risk in to the respectful
and disciplined world of the martial arts.
MARTIAL ARTS and FILM RÉSUMÉ
completed the filming of "Hot Boyz", starring opposite
rap music's "Master P" and "Snoop Doggy Dog".
and hosted fourth annual "Jeff Speakman International
Kenpo Camp" at the Stardust hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. June,
1999 Largest attendance to date with over five hundred
martial artists from around the world.
and hosted third annual "Jeff Speakman International
Kenpo Camp" at the Stardust hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. July,
production of "Running Red", a PM Entertainment
project. July, 1998
Day", a Royal Oaks Entertainment production. November,
filming of "Land of the Free", costarring William
Shatner. October, 1997
and hosted second annual "Jeff Speakman International
Kenpo Camp". Held at the Stardust Hotel and Casino
in Las Vegas, Nevada there were over 500 attendees representing
seven countries worldwide. June, 1997.
One", a Royal Oaks Entertainment production. March,
from Atlantis" an Encore channel production in Hawaii.
release of "Deadly Outbreak" September, 1996
filming of "Plato's Run" starring opposite Roy
Scheider and Gary Busey.
into the Sokeship Head of Family organization.
and became head of international Kenpo organization, American
Kenpo Karate Systems (AKKS).
of "The Expert" as an HBO World Premier April,
Outbreak" in Tel Aviv, Israel.
into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Expert" in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as "Instructor of the
Knight" was released theatrically.
Knight" in Los Angeles, California, USA.
film "The Perfect Weapon" was released theatrically.
Perfect Weapon" in Los Angeles, California.
a four picture deal with Paramount Studios.
a protégé of Senior Grandmaster Ed Parker, at his request. During
my training with Senior Grandmaster Ed Parker, we worked
intensely to bring clarity to the vision of representing
Kenpo in films.
acting training to bring Senior Grandmaster, Ed Parker's
Kenpo Karate to the world, through films.
1st degree black belt in Kenpo Karate. Continued to each
and study in West Los Angeles.
with honors from Missouri Southern State College earning
a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology.
Moved to Los Angeles to study Kenpo Karate from Senior Grand-master,
Ed Parker on Master Lou Angel's recommendation.
introduced to 10th degree Gojo-Ryu Karate Master Lou Angel
and began martial arts training under his tutelage in Joplin,