Westlake Family Martial Arts




GrandMaster Summers


Master Robert Summers was born in Tonawanda , NY , September 12, 19 58.

  Master Summers started his Martial Arts career training Tae Kwon-Do in 1973.

 He began working part time teaching the art he was falling in love with.

 He was invited to work full time teaching for Master J.S. Park in Toronto ,

  Canada , which he did from 1979-1985.

  Master Summers moved from Toronto to Buffalo , NY

 so he could open his own schools. In 1987, he had the pleasure

 to travel to Portugal and North Africa to share his art by teaching

 and demonstrating there. His schools in Buffalo grew quickly from 1986 - 1990

 when he again moved. This time to Charlotte , North Carolina .

  Master Summers now franchises or consults for a total of 12 schools,

 with over 600 Black Belts under his guidance.


Fact List of Achievements:

Grand Champion Fighting - Can Am Open Championships 1987, 1980.

Canadian National Tae Kwon-Do Champion - Fighting - 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987.

Canadian National Tae Kwon-Do Champion - Forms - 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988.

Represented Canada as their National Team Captain - 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987.

Grand Champion Fighting - North American Championships - 1985.

Grand Champion Fighting - American Martial Arts Championships - 1985, 1986.

Grand Champion Fighting - Open Martial Arts Championships - 1986.

Grand Champion Forms - Open Martial Arts Championships - 1986.


Special Recognition for Spirit, Leadership,

 Achievements and Contributions

 to the Martial Arts by such notables as:

Canadian Government - 1983, 1984, 1985.

Grand Master Il Jo Kim of Akron , Ohio - 1984, 1985, 1986.

Grand Master Chun Sik Kim of Pittsburgh , Penn. - 1985, 1989, 1993, 1995.

Grand Master Ki Whang Kim of Washington , D.C. - 1985.

Grand Master Park Jong Soo of Toronto , Canada - 1986.

1992 Hall of Fame and Instructor of the Year.

All Martial Artists Hall of Fame - 2001

Martial Artist of the Year - 2001


As Master Summers mentions, the highlight of his career so far was on March 3rd, 1991

 when he had the pleasure to test for one of his Degrees

 in the presence of Sosho Durant (10th Dan ) and Hanshi Cavalier (9th Dan ).

 Because winning tournaments only takes but a couple of good techniques,

 he considers it a higher achievement to be tested on all levels

 and on all techniques not just by other Black Belts,

 but by true Masters of their prospective arts.



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