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Our Black Belt Instructors

GM William Shelton

Dojo Grand Master

9th Dan Black Belt

Mr. William Shelton’s passion for the martial arts began early in the 70’s. He has trained in Tae Kwon Do, Kung fu, Judo and Japanese karate as well as Kobudo, the Okinawan art of weapons. He has trained many regional, state, national and world champions as well as being a champion himself and still competes when he has the opportunity. Currently he holds an 8th Degree Black Belt in American Taekwondo and holds black belt rank in Genjikai Japan Karatedo under Sensei Makio Nishida, and has been awarded the title of Sheehan in the Dai Ni Goju Ryu from Grand Master Charles Bouton. Mr. Shelton is a High Dan Board member of the American Karate Black Belt Association Chin Sook Hage Kwan founded by the “Father of Texas Blood and Guts Karate” Grand Master Allen Steen. Mr. Shelton has appeared in TV commercials and TV shows such as Walker Texas Ranger and Dallas

Master Robert A. Wilcox III

Dojo Owner

5th Dan Black Belt

Mr. Robert Wilcox's passion for Martial Arts started in the early to 2000's. He received his 1st Dan Black Belt from GM Troy Dorsey in Mansfield, Texas in 2012. In the summer of 2012 Robert began training at the American Karate Dojo. In June 2019 he received his 3rd Black Belt. Robert has competed in several tournaments across the United States. Robert holds 3 State Championships in multiple organizations across the state.

Robert Is the Owner of the American Karate Academy.

Robert attends Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX

He is currently EMT and Certified Nutritionist.

Darryl Lacey

Assistant Black Belt Instructor

2nd Dan Black Belt

Jasen Downs

Junior Black Belt Instructor

1st Dan Black Belt

Master Byron Schaffner

Assistant Instructor

6th Dan Black Belt

Joshua-Ryan Wilcox

Dojo Co -Owner

2nd Dan Black Belt

Joshua started his journey with karate with GM Troy Dorsey about 12 years ago. He earned his Blue Belt with a Black stripe through GM Dorsey. In 2014 Joshua started his training at the American Karate Academy of Duncanville. Joshua received his Black Belt in July 2019. Joshua holds to State Championships back to back in the Armature Organization Karate league. Joshua began instruction with the American Karate Academy in the fall of 2019. Joshua is one of the co-owners of the American Karate Academy with his brother.

GM Erik Wiedeman

Sparring Instructor

7th Dan Black Belt

Wesley Toler

Assistant Instructor

3rd Dan Black Belt

Learn how to build a stronger you.

Here at American Hero Martial Arts Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Indomitable Spirit have been our tenets and goal for over 30 years. We believe the character of each individual can be improved by developing a strong mind combined with a strong body. By developing the mind and body our students will achieve self-motivation not only in the Dojo but in life. “The only place you will find success before work is in the dictionary”

Gichin Funakoshi said it best

“The ultimate aim of Martial Arts lies neither in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.”





Indomitable Spirit

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