Remembering  a great Texas Martial Artist pioneer, competitor and teacher

 Mr. Chuck Loven

Funeral services will be held Saturday October 23, 2004 in Fort Worth. There will be a reception following the service.   For more information please contact Mr. Pat Burleson at 817-448-9877 or Shelly Loven, Chuck's daughter, at 316-264-7218.

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Allen Steen's 1970 US Championships, Dallas 

(from left to right), Robin Boyd, Jim Butin, Billy Watson, Pat Burleson, Chuck Loven, Terry Hestilow, Kenny McDowell


Mr. Loven was one of Grandmaster Pat Burleson's first black belts. He was a well known and respected tournament fighter back in the beginning of American karate in what is refereed to the as the "blood & guts" days.   Mr. Loven was nationally rated competitor by Black Belt Magazine in 1970 and 1971.

Mr. Loven ran one of Mr. Burleson's many karate schools in the Fort. Worth area in the sixties and trained many well know martial artist that include Grandmasters John and Pat Worley, Mr. Gary Hestilow, Mr. Larry Carnahan, Mr. Jim Butin and Mr. Ritchie. If you or your sensei trained under any of the masters listed then Mr. Loven is part martial arts lineage. 

Mr. Loven moved from Fort. Worth to Las Vegas to open his own karate school and later moved to California to start a private business.  Funeral services will be held in Fort Worth. 

From Mr. Ritchie's autobiography

About the time I made blue belt, the classes were taken over by Mr. Chuck Loven. Mr. Loven was (and probably still is !) one tough black belt. His classes were brutal. He and Mr. Burleson had many things in common, but one thing stood out above all the others. They were extremely tough men, and they thought everyone was like that. Some of us were not!! But, never-the-less, we were pulled along as if we were as tough as they. I donít think Mr. Burleson or any of his black belts were intentionally cruel to us. I do think that they were clueless as to what a bunch of near-sissies they were trying to turn into Texas Black Belts. I think any review of U.S. Karate history will show that they did a pretty damn good job.

I remember well, one evening when Mr. Loven gave me a particularly bad thumping. As Mr. Gary Hestilow was helping me off the floor, Mr. Loven shouted down to me, "I may never make you into my best brown belt, but by God Iíll make you the meanest s.o.b. (he didnít abbreviate) in town!" I have heard it said that he kept his word. I know he sure tried.

Mr. Ritchie's autobiography


by Grand Master Richard Jenkins

It was around the middle 1960s, that I first met a young, aggressive, and enthusiastic Chuck Loven at Pat Burleson's Korean Ways school in Ft.Worth, Texas. I used to stand ringside and watch in awe and amazement as Chuck fought and brutally thumped his opponents in the U.S. Open in Dallas and the Texas Championships in Ft.Worth. Anytime you were facing Chuck Loven across a fighting ring, you knew you had better have your A-Game working just to survive the good-licking you were sure to get. He has always stood out in my mind as the atypical top-notch Texas karateka and fighter, and was one of the most recognized figures around. He carried himself with upright stature, full dedication, and the highest confidence in capability. As it is said in Texan, "There was zero 'wimp' in Chuck Loven!"
Chuck's hardcore and serious methods of teaching and fighting epitomized the spirit of Texas martial arts and are legendary in Texas karate lore to this day.
To my mind, he was one of the premier and most notably outstanding black-belts of the many that J.Pat Burleson turned-out. However, due to his personal brand of humility, he avoided the spotlight and seldom received the recognition and notoriety he truly deserved, as many did that were more outward about their accomplishments.
Regardless, it was always a thrill, an influence, and a true inspiration to watch him kick some butt with real authority in those days. Everyone respected Chuck Loven as a man, a teacher, and as a fellow competitor. Fortunately for my body (although, no doubt it would have been a memorable lesson), I never was paired-up against him in competition.
Chuck, and those double-tuff Texans he trained with, taught, and inspired ... such feared and respected names as: John and Pat Worley, Larry Ritchie, Gary Hestilow, Ron Moffit, Phyllis Evetts, Steve Stavroff, Bill Watson, Jim Butin, etc, just to name a few ... stood-out in the ranks of the most feared and respected fighters in America in those early days.
Chuck will always be listed in Texas Karate Annals as one of our genuine "Tex Kwon-do" pioneers and lasting influences.
Chuck Loven is truly one of the unique Texas-Greats. For his longtime contributions to martial arts and the positive influence on his many students' lives, we are forever grateful. His loss will be long felt by those that knew and respected him -- The Outstanding Man! The Outstanding Martial Artist!

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