Soké (or founder) Karl Marx, has been involved
with self-defense for more than 60 years. His fascination with self-defense
began at age 9.
Soké Marx has personally trained only 50 Black Belts but
is already in the 4th generation genealogy. In fact, Keichu-Do students
have won over 100 world Championship titles including 2 gold and
3 silver medals in the Junior Olympics held in Chicago in 1985.
Soké Marx has said an American system needed to be designed
for American people.
The Keichu-Do system was un-officially started in 1945 and began
being taught to the public in 1960. In about 1974 after 5 years
of scrutinizing, Soké Marx's original Keichu-Do was accepted
into the United States Karate Association by the late Grandmaster
Robert Trias as an legitimate fighting system and recognized Soké Marx
as a 6th Dan. In 1982 Soké Marx was recognized as an 8th
Dan in Karate by the U.S.K.A. Also in 1982 Soké Marx was
rated #1 in Fighting, Kata, and Weapons by a World Karate Organization.
He won the State Championship's in Louisiana, and Texas, and the
National Weapons Championship in the Masters Division.
In 1997 Soké Marx was inducted into the U.S.K.A. Hall of
Fame. In 1974 Soké Marx was the first American to be recognized
as a 10th Dan by the International Black Belt Association. Keichu-Do
is the 1st purely American Martial Art created totally from scratch.
Soké Marx is considered to be the "True Father of American
Karate" since he never studied Karate from anyone, or earned
a Black Belt in a Karate style with an oriental background. It is
without a doubt that Keichu is the 1st Cajun Karate and Ju-Jitsu
style from Louisiana.