Clyde Stanley is a lifelong resident of Minden, Louisiana. He began his Isshinryu Karate training under Master Harvey L. Kennedy on July 5 1972, and later became the senior student of Master Joel Chandler of Atlanta, Georgia.
Sensei Stanley cross-trains in many systems including, Ju-Jitsu, Sambo, Judo, Catch-Wrestling, boxing and was a charter member of the “American Freestyle Grappling Association”. He was the co-founder of Half-Circle Ju-Jitsu and has authored instructional videos and dvds on the system. He is also the author of the series, “Stand-Up and Ground-Fighting Submission and Finishing Tactics” that has been sold worldwide.
Sensei Stanley regularly travels from coast to coast teaching martial arts seminars. He is considered a “close quarter combat consultant” by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and regularly conducts tactical training with them. Over the years he has trained FBI, SWAT teams, police, sheriff’s deputies, and National Guardsmen on defensive tactics. For a number of years he was the chief officer-survival instructor for the “National Association of Certified Interdiction Officers”.
Sensei Stanley is constantly seeking to improve and learn. He has trained with some of the very best martial arts instructors in America. In 1990 he was one of the first twelve martial artists inducted into the Louisiana Black Belt Hall of Fame. In 1995 “Cultural Crossroads of Louisiana” chose him the “Outstanding Performing Artist”.
In his city and state, Mr. Stanley has conducted countless fund-raisers for St. Jude, The March of Dimes, the Humane Society and others. He was elected president of the Downtown Business Association in 1996 and served two terms.
Sensei Stanley is the current president of the “Tatsuo-Kan Society”, an organization that promotes traditional Isshinryu Karate. He has been featured in several “Who’s Who” publications as well as “Black Belt” magazine. In 1998 be was inducted into the Isshinryu Hall of Fame.
His gym, “Clyde Stanley’s Karate and Self Defense” has been named one of the top 100 martial arts schools in North America, and in 1998 was chosen by the Isshinryu Hall of Fame as the “Dojo of the Year”.
“When I walked into that first dojo in 1972, I had no idea of what to expect. Soon, the martial arts became “my thing” and my life would never be the same again. I have provided security for many famous entertainers, been able to travel far and wide, and gained many lifelong friends. I even met my wonderful wife Trish, through the martial arts. Never, in my wildest dreams, could I have imagined the impact Isshinryu Karate would make on my life.”