Bill Clark


Chief Master William Clark began his martial arts career in 1968 in Omaha, Nebraska, then joined Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee's first martial arts school in 1969.
After achieving second degree black belt rank, Master Clark opened his first academy in Jacksonville in 1971.
Master Clark earned the title of American Taekwondo Association instructor of the year in 1974 by setting trends and methods that are now standards in the martial arts business. At this time Master Clark was also involved in full contact competition in the Professional Karate Association, and became the PKA fighter of the year in 1976.
Now an Eighth Degree Black Belt, Chief Master Clark is an innovator of martial arts teaching, competition, and business techniques. His over 30 years of experience in the martial arts has allowed him to be a mentor for countless students and instructors.
Master Clarks first Karate America academy is still open today at 7235 Atlantic Boulevard in Jacksonville.

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7/6/2013 10:34:21 AM | Congratulations Master Clark! Sincerely, Barbara McMasters (1st Degree), Student of Mr. Infantino

Barbara McMasters

6/28/2013 6:11:43 PM | Master Clark thank you for all your dedication to bring our industry to a higher standard. Your success inspires and motivates!

Cliff Lenderman

6/27/2013 8:15:11 PM | There are people, who are good businessman and there are people, who are good martial artists. Master Clark is one of the ones who are good in both. I have never had an honor to work with him directly but have always could see the positive effect of his initiatives in Martial Arts industry .

Vahid Shababi

6/27/2013 8:11:15 PM | Congratulations Master Clark on being this years "Lifetime Achievement Award"recipient. Your never ending commitment in teaching the Martial Arts and Martial Arts Business has inspired so many of us over the years. You are an "ICON" in this industry and I want to thank you for all you"ve done for our industry.

Tommy Lee

6/27/2013 10:49:46 AM | Dear Master Clark,
Congrats and well deserved.
All the best Sir.
Kind regards,

Garland Johnson

6/27/2013 10:48:43 AM | Chief Master Clark,
A Big congratulations to you on the MAIA Lifetime achievement award. You have joined a notorious group of us that have been on the cover of MASuccess! I couldn"t think of a more deserving martial artist to get this amazing Lifetime award! You have had a huge impact on my business for over 25 + years with your innovations. I have to attribute much of my success and lifestyle to your influence on the industry. You have had more positive impact on my schools than you can know. Thank you and I wish you continued success and "good skill" !

Professor Robert Austin

6/27/2013 9:10:09 AM | Master William Clark is everything an American pioneer ought by rights to be -- an inspiration, a fountain of knowledge, and still a rough opponent for anybody unwise enough to misunderstand the gray in his hair and overlook the fire in his belly.

Herb Borkland

6/27/2013 7:44:00 AM | Osu Master Clark,
Is a pleasure and honor to have you as a mentor to me and the rest of the martial art world you are inspiration to all of us and a great leader Congratulation and thank you for all you do for the martial art world.

Horenstein Moti

6/27/2013 7:41:54 AM | Congratulations Senior Master Clark. I trained with you in several seminars when I was only 19 years old. I credit a lot of my business "mindset" to you. Thank you for being an inspiration to not only me, but the industry as well!

Melody Shuman

6/26/2013 11:10:02 PM | Thank you for all of your help and selfless generous help. you have opened your door to me and I will always consider you a part of The Pit family.

John Hackleman

6/26/2013 10:45:48 PM | As a best friend to me for more than 3 decades, I can say unequivocally that Master Clark is one of our truly unique leaders. He has unselfishly helped so many others that there is a mountain of good karma stacked to flow to him in this second half of his time on the planet. Congratulations to a Battle of Atlanta Centurion and Joe Lewis Eternal Warrior for another Award so well deserved!

Joe Corley , Atlanta

6/26/2013 10:45:14 PM | Master Clark was a fantastic competitor and is a fantastic leader. The award is well deserved.

Bill Superfoot Wallace

6/26/2013 3:53:34 PM | Congratulations Master Clark for a well deserved Award! You Continue to set new standards for us in the Martial Arts!
You have been a Pioneer, Leader and a Friend.
Thank you for all you have done and continue to do!

Jeff Smith

6/26/2013 3:04:29 PM | Master Clark, I want to congratulate you on the prestigious award &, Many blessings from all of us at Mac"s Kungfu Institute.

Stephen McDonald

6/26/2013 12:27:43 PM | Master Clark:
The martial arts world needs people like you who inspire, motivate and teach everyone to aim and reach their highest potential.
Congratulations on a well deserved award.

Emil Farkas

6/26/2013 12:27:10 PM | Master Clark,
Congratulations team sport Muay Thai Arena obey the Islamic Republic of Iran
Founder of the Islamic Republic Muay Thai Arena

meghdad kamrani

6/26/2013 11:22:29 AM | Dear Grand Master WILLIAM CLARK,
my great budo friend Hi from IRAN, congratulations to you for this big case, I wish best health for you.
Founder & director of International Perfect Karate Organization (IPKO)

Abolfazl Askarian

6/26/2013 9:28:45 AM | Congratulations on all of your success and achievement. Thank you for helping to raise the martial arts industry. Wishing you the best always.

Hung Tran

6/26/2013 9:27:49 AM | Master Clark,
I want to extend my congratulations for being honored with the MAIA Lifetime Achievement award. I have sat in many of your sessions over the years at the MAIA conferences, and have always walked away with new insight and ideas that have helped my business partner and I along the path to opening up our own school last year. I can see why so many martial artists, school owners, and your students have nothing but respect and admiration for you, sir. Thank you for all your contributions to the martial arts.

Brandon Florian

6/26/2013 6:59:42 AM | On behalf of the Martial Arts History Museum, I would like to extend our congratulations to Mr. William Clark on his upcoming Lifetime Achievement Award from MAIA.
By playing a primary role in the success of the ATA and the leaderships skills he continues to share to enhance the martial arts community, he has been able to impact this and future generations.

Michael Matsuda, museum president

6/26/2013 6:59:06 AM |  Congatulations!!!

Bob Yoder

6/26/2013 6:58:42 AM | Congratulations Master Clark a true leader in the business industry and Master in the martial arts.Thank you for setting the example.

Lamon Kersey

6/26/2013 6:58:17 AM | Master Clark, We humbly bow to you on your Lifetime award. From all the members of Samurai Karate Do for Christ in Trenton, NJ.

Renshi Steven Jackson

6/26/2013 6:57:42 AM | Congratulations Senior Master Bill Clark on your MAIA Lifetime Achievement Award. Your impact on my life and others is far more reaching than you will ever know. I have learned much from you in both the industry and in martial arts. Thank you for your courageous leadership, generosity and important role in our industry.

John Nottingham

6/25/2013 9:58:48 PM | Congratulations. Well deserved.

Ron Dolce

6/25/2013 9:58:23 PM | Congratulations Master Clark on a very well deserved award. I am honored to be included as part of this elite team to have the opportunity to congratulate you.

Sara Soheila Zamhariri

6/25/2013 9:57:52 PM | Although Master Clark and I have not met, I"d like to take a moment to congratulate him on his Lifetime Achievement Award. It is so important for all of us in the industry to support each other in a kindred spirit of brotherhood. Much success, Master Clark

Sijo Khadi Madama

6/25/2013 9:57:29 PM | Congrats Master Bill!
I guess this latest award is just another example of what comes naturally when you are the Captain of Our Industry!
See you in Vegas, Sir.

John Corcoran

6/25/2013 8:35:16 PM | I began my ATA career at Chief Master Clark"s school in Jacksonville Fl in 1987. It was a decision that has changed the course of my life. I cannot think of a better candidate to receive a lifetime achievement award than Bill Clark. He has revolutionized martial arts training not only for the ATA but for all other organizations and styles!

Anthony Hubble

6/25/2013 8:34:49 PM | Master Clark,
Thank you for your friendship and the great advice you halve given me over the years. Congratulations to you Sir.

Dave Kovar

6/25/2013 8:33:07 PM | Master Clark, thank you for your dedication, commitment and teaching in the martial art community . You"re a Great Martial Artist. Kwang hang nim Edwards

Silvester Edwards

6/25/2013 8:32:39 PM | You are a true pioneer in the Martial Arts Industry. Congratulations on the Life Time Achievement Award. Thank you for paving the way.

Eric Johnso

6/25/2013 8:32:10 PM | Congratulations Master Clark. This honor is greatly deserved.

John Oliver

6/25/2013 8:31:47 PM | Master Clark - Congratulations on receiving your the MAIA Lifetime Achievement Award. You have brought much to professionalize the Martial Arts School Industry. I am grateful for your contributions.

Chris Rappold

6/25/2013 8:31:07 PM | Congratulations to CM Bill "Balls" Clark. I remember when you were a lot younger and you have done well for TKD in general.


6/25/2013 8:30:41 PM | Congrats to Master William Clark and for the future ous!!

Ralph Parris

6/25/2013 5:19:21 PM | Congratulations Master Bill Clark on your"Life Time Achievement Award".It is well deserved for all your contributions and inspiration you have gave the martial arts community.

John Beluschak

6/25/2013 5:18:44 PM | Congratulations Master Clark. I applaud you for your dedication and contributions to the matial arts.

Gary Stevens

6/25/2013 5:10:15 PM | Master Clark has pioneered many of the Martial Arts Business Principles our Training Center still uses today. Master Clark"s Innovation and Contribution"s to our Industry is well known. The Lifetime Achievement Award is much deserved and long over due. Congratulations Sir with Respect and Honor I wish you and your Family continued Success, Health and Happiness. Ooss!

Dan Anderson

6/25/2013 5:03:08 PM | Congratulations and Thank you for your never ending inspiration

Fari Salievski

6/25/2013 5:01:33 PM | Master Clark, Thank you for being a great Martial Arts Teacher, Motivator, School Owner and most importantly helping our industry to be where it is today!
Thank you,

Farid Dordar

6/25/2013 4:58:49 PM | Master Clark, Thank you for being a great Martial Arts Teacher, Motivator, School Owner and most importantly helping our industry to be where it is today!
Thank you,

Farid Dordar

6/25/2013 4:55:09 PM | Congratulations Chief Master Clark on an honor well deserved. You have been an incredible inspiration, leader and mentor to me over the last 13 years. You are a true visonary and I thank you for all your love an support throughout the years. Your Student, Mike Chat - XMA

Mike Chat

6/25/2013 3:58:09 PM | Master Clark - Thank you for all you have contributed back to our Martial Arts community.
Your Fighting spirit inspires us all.
Your Friend,

Mike Swain

6/25/2013 3:55:09 PM | Master Clark, Thank you for being a Role Model of Mastery. Teaching the Martial Art World, How To Become Masters Of Martial Arts and Masters Of The Art Of Business. You"ve definitely transformed from our tournament days back in the 80"s!
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