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Sijo Steve Muhammad

Birthdate: July 2, 1939


"Martial arts has brought me discipline, order, and control in my science for fighting"

​10th degree Black Belt, Great Grandmaster Steve Muhammad, is a co-founder of the Black Karate Federation (BKF) and the organization's first President. He is also one of the most dynamic and celebrated figures in the history of American martial arts. As a tournament competitor, he has an unrivaled championship record of being the International Champion nine times!


In high school, Steve was an outstanding athlete who excelled in football, baseball, and track. He later attended Kansas State University on a football scholarship before leaving to join the Marine Corps. In the military as a member of the Pathfinders, he received his first real exposure to the martial arts. Training with the Pathfinders was similar to training with the Green Berets - intense and highly disciplined.


During his military years, twice a week he drove to Los Angeles to train in Kenpo with Ed Parker. Steve’s training was eventually interrupted with a tour duty of Vietnam.


After his enlistment was over in 1963, Steve returned to California and immersed himself in the study of Kenpo with Ed Parker. He earned his first Black Belt three years later under Parker’s instructors Dan Inosanto and Chuck Sullivan.


As a tournament competitor, Steve became a member of the West Coast Karate Team. During those early days of sport karate, he faced renowned fighters such as Joe Lewis, Al Dacascos, Chuck Norris, and Benny Urquidez. Many tournament veterans called Steve Sanders “The fastest hands in karate.” He later received the ultimate tribute from the late Bruce Lee, who said Steve Sanders had the ‘fastest hands I had ever seen.’


In the decades following Steve’s magnificent tournament career, he became interested in developing a more personal approach to fighting and began to introduce his own techniques in his training such as “Brain Sight” and the “Principles of Mathematical Fighting” which have revolutionized his art.


He created and founded his own Martial Science called KenWing TaiBa. He has been awarded the Golden Fist award twice by his colleagues and he has been nominated for the Black Belt magazine Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to the martial arts. He is co-author of “Championship Kenpo,” “The God Side of Kenpo” and “Brain Sight.”


In 1984 Steve Sanders join the Nation of Islam and changed his last name to Muhammad. He later converted to Islam. Steve Muhammad has also found time to appear in films. His most notable role was in Enter The Dragon (1973). In the classic Bruce Lee movie, Muhammad played the role of Jim Kelly’s instructor. Additionally, Steve Muhammad has worked with actor Wesley Snipes for several years as his bodyguard and accompanied him throughout his film career.

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