Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro

[Ralph Castro]

Biography: Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro

Great Grandmaster, Shaolin Kenpo. 69 Washington Street, Daly City, CA 94014. (650) 755-8996.

Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro's background, experience and contributions to the martial arts approach legendary proportions.

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Great Grandmaster Castro's training began with the late Great Grandmaster William K. S. Chow who brought him up into the black belt ranks.

In the early 1960's Ralph Castro moved to the U.S. mainland settling in the San Francisco Bay Area where he began to teach and spread Shaolin Kenpo Karate producing many top blackbelts who became masters in their own right.

In the intervening years, Great Grandmaster Castro also promoted numerous tournaments and demonstrations.

Ralph Castro's accomplishments did not go unnoticed. In 1982, for instance, he was entered in the Inside Kung Fu Yearbook. In 1985 his story was told in Official Karate and he was pictured on the cover. He was featured on the cover of Karate Kung Fu in 1987. Black Belt Magazine placed Ralph Castro on its June cover in 1988 and entered him into its Black Belt Hall of Fame that same year. In 1989 Great Grandmaster Castro was entered in Black Belt Magazine's yearbook.

Great Grandmaster Castro's organizational involvement is also impressive. He was an AAU vice-president as early as 1971 - 1972. In addition to this he maintained active membership in the International Kenpo Karate Association from 1958 to 1982.

In 1981 Ralph Castro founded the International Shaolin Kenpo Association of which he is the current President. He was also active within ATAMA since 1984, serving as the National Board's Vice-President in 1985 and President in 1986-1988.

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