"Those who dare to teach must never cease to learn!"
Mr. Clint Hughes
Hughes began his training as a teenager in Minnesota. As most people
in the Midwest, his first art was Tae Kwon Do. While training at John
Worley's National Karate schools in Minneapolis, Mr. Hughes began looking
into the other styles available. He cross trained at an Inosanto certified
Kali group, offering a great deal of variety in multiple disciplines.
When he was a green belt in TKD, Mr. Hughes found Kenpo. It was an instant
conversion. Although he still earned his black in TKD from Lay's Martial
Systems in Sioux City, Iowa, Kenpo took over the bulk of his training.
Training six hours a day and six days a week, Mr. Hughes soon was searching
for more knowledge and began traveling.
After getting married directly following his graduation, Mr. Hughes moved to Lafayette, Indiana; leaving his Storm Lake program in the hands of senior students. Mr. Hughes opened Universal Kenpo Karate Dojos (UKK) in Lafayette, Indiana soon after moving. It was in 1998 also that Mr. Hughes first had the opportunity to train with Mr. Richard "Huk" Planas. He has worked to get all the training opportunities possible since, deciding Mr. Planas is the person with the knowledge and skills he wishes to possess. Together with his student Mr. Joshua Meredith, Mr. Hughes helped form The KenpoNet, which today is one of Kenpo's largest online resources. UKK Indiana in its first years grew to have almost 150 students and holds seminars with many excellent Kenpoists such as Mr. Planas, Mr. Zach Whitson, Mr. Dave Hebler, Mr. Ed Parker, Jr, Mr. Martin Wheeler, and more.
Mr. Hughes was promoted to 3rd Degree Black Belt in January of 2002 in the CKF step examination overseen by Mr. Planas. Then, on March 25, 2006, Mr. Hughes was promoted to 4th Deg. Black Belt by Mr. Planas at a seminar weekend in St. Louis, MO, surrounded by students and friends. Now on his quest for 5th degree Black Belt, Mr. Hughes pledges to continue training every moment possible, and teach using all his knowledge as a Kenpoist and as an educator.
In the summer of 2004 Mr. Hughes relocated to Boise, Idaho with his wife Wind. Idaho's new UKK location makes the 6th location in the fifth state. The proudest part of all the success is knowing that our education standards have stayed second to none, and always continue to improve. In 2006, Mr. Hughes is relocating back to Storm Lake, where his wife will teach at their old alma mater, Buena Vista University.
Mr. Hughes writes articles on the subject of martial education for the KenpoNet, other on-line sources and magazines, and strives to use his teaching skills to bring Ed Parker's Kenpo to any who wish to learn. Mr. Hughes is often searched out by many for his Kenpo knowledge, and he teaches seminars in Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin. Mr. Hughes is very proud to be the leader of such an excellent group of students and teachers.