Allen Wheeler was a yard foreman and oldest man of seniority list when he retired from Southern Railway. He served in the U.S. Army (infantry) during World War II in the European theatre.
He began studying Isshin-Ryu Karate three months before his forty-second birthday. He was promoted to Sho Dan, May 17, 1965, the same day his first grandchild was born. He has been an inspiration for many older people as well as an example for younger people and children.
Mr. Wheeler opened his first dojo in June of 1971 in Powell, Tennessee, and has been in continuous operation since that time making it one of the oldest dojos in the Knoxville area. At one time, three generations of Wheelers were teaching in the Powell dojo. Allen and his wife, Ruth, his daughter Carolyn Vineyard, and grandson Allen Vineyard. Also, sons Ben and Neil helped to make it a family affair.
Sensei Wheeler has authored and co-authored six books on Karate and self-defense. He is presently working on his seventh. He has also produced several video tapes on karate and self-defense. He is past president of the IIKA and the OKU, and was twice chosen by his peers as Instructor of the Year. He has also been inducted into the World Martial Art Hall of Fame, and The college of Yudansha.
He still has the same principles of being a Christian karate instructor and student, and living by those principles every day.