This week's guest, Phillip Koeppel, is a true American Karate Pioneer. Sensei Koeppel has been practicing martial arts for over 60 years. Starting in 1956 in Yokohama Japan under Toshio Kawaguchi and Richard Kim, then moving on to Hawaii to train in Kajukembo with Adriano Emperado, before returing to Illinois and joining Robert Trias and the USKA. His many credits include opening the first karate school in Illinois, organizing the first tournament in the midwest, and founding the United States Karate-Dp Kai. He has been involved with every stage of karate's development in the US.