celebrating 50+ years
f = fighter
The BKF's founders and its earliest black belts earned their trophies, championship titles, and magazine headlines by fighting their way to the top. Yes, BKF stands for Black Karate Federation, but it could just as easily stand for Black Karate Fighters.
A martial arts philosophy
Our mission is to create a greater sense of awareness of both physical and mental health, to assist individuals, including at risk youth, in reaching their potential and expanding their social consciousness by establishing goals, building confidence and developing a strong self concept.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization with an all-volunteer leadership team dedicated to serving our communities. We owe special thanks to co-founders Jerry Smith, Cliff Stewart, and Ron Chappelle who gave so much to this noble, non-profit cause.
From humble beginnings to generations of world champions
BKF earns respect
Generations of BKF fighters owe the instant respect they now receive to the work of the founders: Jerry Smith, Cliff Stewart and Ron Chappelle and those who stood with them in the early days.
This is a scene from Bruce Lee's 1973 movie Enter the Dragon. BKF's Steve Muhammad and Donnie Williams shown leading the class while Jim Kelly enters the scene.
our fists are black. A docu-series by erik anderson
You are IN on the secret. The BKF is the subject of a docu-series called "Our Fists are Black" by filmmaker Erik Anderson. We are excited that our story will be documented for the ages. Click HERE to visit the website.