Kevin Rhodes, USNTA Membership Committee Chairman

KwanInNim (Master) Kevin Rhodes is a Martial Artist, Professional Wrestler and World Traveler. He began his journey with American Freestyle Wrestling at the tender age of eight where he often had to wrestle boys between ten and twelve years old because there was no one else in his age division. He wrestled on his school teams for Junior High School and High School in Deer Park, Texas. In the ninth grade he noticed one of his friends, who is Korean, wearing a t-shirt with a martial arts kick figure on it. Kevin asked him if he did Karate and his friend laughed and said “No, I’m Korean I do TangSooDo and Hapkido.” His friend invited him to come to a class that was taught by an older man from the local Korean Baptist Church named Yong Hon Park who was a 4th dan level master of both martial arts. The classed were held in an old warehouse building owned by Mr. Park and his class was made up of teens and young men from his church. He allowed Kevin to attend a class in the blistering heat of that metal warehouse with no air-conditioning or fans. They opened a few windows for ventilation and practiced on the painted concrete floor. After impressing Mr. Park with his efforts and positive attitude, Kevin Rhodes became the first non-Korean student in that class. Master Rhodes trained with Mr. Park for five years attaining a first degree black belt in both TangSooDo and Hapkido. Shortly after achieving his black belts he moved to Orlando, Florida where he began to focus on a career in the professional wrestling industry.

You could say that Kevin Rhodes was born into the Pro Wrestling business as a member of the legendary Rhodes Wrestling Family of Texas. Kevin Rhodes has shown himself to be pound for pound the toughest member of this Iconic family of Texans. A master of the figure four leg lock and the bionic elbow, Kevin has used his unique family trademark moves to earn himself three World Championships and more than ten national level titles.

After a highly successful high school and college wrestling career Mr. Rhodes decided to join the ranks of his already famous relatives and become a real professional wrestler. He took two approaches to learning his skills. One, he joined the pro wrestling school of Cousin Junior in Orlando and then the school of Brett Sawyer near Tampa, Florida to learn the same in-ring skills most old school pro wrestlers have such as Catch wrestling and American Pro Wrestling. The second approach was to learn martial arts. He returned to training in martial arts under the direction and mentorship of Grand Master Richard Hackworth where he went on to earn a Black Belt in the Military Style of Taekwondo from the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association and has gone on to earn progressing black belt ranks in Taekwondo and Hapkido.

In 1996 he attended the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association Instructor Certification Course to earn his Taekwondo Instructors License. Then the following year he attended the Hapkido Instructors Course and earned his Hapkido Instructors Certification. He currently holds a fourth degree master level belt in Hapkido the Korean martial art of self-defense that is taught to the US Secret Service, FBI and CIA and a forth degree black belt in Taekwondo as well. In 2000 he went on to attend the Masters Training Course and Graduated for both Taekwondo and Hapkido.

After graduating from wrestling school he began traveling the Southeastern United States performing on shows in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. He went on to wrestle internationally on television in Mexico and Costa Rica.

Kevin retired from the ring after a near fatal motorcycle accident which left him with a damaged shoulder and broken knee. The accident happened late one night while he was riding home to Houston, TX after having wrestled earlier that night in Dallas. A woman ran a red light and broadsided his motorcycle as he was going through the intersection.

Recently he has returned to the ring on a few occasions to battle his ring enemies like Uncle Jed and has performed as a tag team partner with former WCW superstar Glacier. In all of these matches he wrestled without wearing any knee brace. He is now one of the leading wrestling promoters in the United States as President of Zero 1 Pro Wrestling Fit USA, an official branch of Pro Wrestling fit international. He promoters a monthly show out of his television studio and training center in San Saba, Texas.

He is now an active full-time professional martial arts instructor in San Saba, Texas where he teaches children, adults and families. It is his goal to help each student reach their full potential and experience the many benefits of the martial arts lifestyle.

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