Grandmaster Larry Ritchie was inducted into The Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame

May 15th, 2004 Waco Convention Center, Waco TX


Grand Master Larry Ritchie was inducted into the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame on May 15th in Waco, TX.  Along with his induction into the hall of fame, Mr. Ritchie was surprised by Grandmaster Pat Burleson when he made a special presentation promoting Mr. Ritchie to 8th Dan, Grandmaster rank.  This made a very special day even more so.

Many current and former students and instructors of Mr. Ritchie attend this well deserved induction to show honor and appreciation for his years of service in the arts.

Mr. Ritchie will join his sensei Grand Master J. Pat Burleson, Father of Texas Karate Grand Master Allen Steen, Grand Master Skipper Mullins and many other great Texas martial artist in the hall.

Some of Master Ritchie's  many accomplishments in the martial arts include:

  • 40 years in martial arts

  • 20 years of tournament competition

  • 35 years of teaching martial arts

  • Instructed many great Texas fighters that include Carol Long, Ricky Williams, Kevin Scott, Don Mullins, Shelly Taylor Walrath and many more fine competitors.

  • Received Black Belt ranks from George Minshew, Joe Lewis and J. Pat Burleson.

  • Chief Instructor and owner of West Houston's oldest martial arts school.

More information on Master Ritchie came be found at:

American Black Belt Academy History

Mr. Ritchie's Martial Arts Autobiography

More information on the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame can be found at:

Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame


Fellow hall of fame inductee, Professor Gary Lee   interviews Mr. Ritchie for Black Belt TV

Master Danny Passmore, President Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame presents Grandmaster Larry Ritchie with his induction plaque.

Grandmasters J. Pat Burleson and Ed Daniel present Mr. Ritchie with his 8th Dan, Grandmaster ranking certificate

Mr. Ritchie with fellow inductees , Mr. Victor Cheng and Grandmaster Richard Jenkins

Mr. Ritchie with some of his students & staff who attended the induction

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