Master Gary Wilson

Master Gary Wilson – Founder of American Family Kenpo Karate

Mr. Wilson began his studies of Ed Parker’s American Kenpo Karate in January 1986, at Lemon Grove Kenpo Karate under the direct supervision of Darby Lee Darrow, a first generation and a 4th degree Ed Parker Black belt. Mr. Darrow was a San Diego Police officer and then became full time S.W.A.T.

Mr. Darrow instructed Mr. Wilson for 11 years earning Mr. Wilson his first and second degree black belt. Mr. Wilson received all of his material through 4th black from Mr. Darby Lee Darrow. Mr. Wilson taught for Mr. Darrow at the Lemon Grove dojo for over 10 years

Mr. Wilson achieved his first-degree black belt on June 12, 1993, from the International Kenpo Karate Association (IKKA) under the direction of Darby Lee Darrow. He was a member of the IKKA from 1986 until the demise of IKKA.

Mr. Wilson trained hundreds of San Diego police officers out of the Lemon Grove Dojo. He taught them not only Martial Arts but also arrest and restraint procedures.

He has also studied such styles as Aikido, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Kali and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for approximately seven years. In 1994 Mr. Wilson founded a company called California Self-Defense, where he taught personal protection and women’s self defense. Mr. Wilson taught these courses all over southern California until August of 1997.

In July 1996, Mr. Wilson began studying under Professor Willy Steele, a first generation Ed Parker Kenpo Black Belt. Associate Master Willy Steele promoted him to 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th degree Black belt. He was promoted to 7th degree Senior Professor on May 31, 2012. He joined Senior Grandmaster Hebler’s Kenpo Karate Association in 1996 and was the second school to come on board with Grandmaster Hebler’s OAKKA Original American Kenpo Karate Association in 1997. He really loved the association and training with all the members. Grand Master Hebler made him operations director for OAKKA in 1998.

Mr. Wilson opened his first commercial karate school on September 15, 1997 called American Family Kenpo Karate, which was located at 6788 University Avenue, in San Diego, where he taught Ed Parker’s American Kenpo Karate, personal protection, self-defense workshop courses and seminars to men, women and children. He also teaches private lessons for men, women & children at their businesses, churches and homes.

In October 2004, Mr. Wilson moved his school to a much larger facility a few blocks down the street located at: 6525 University Avenue, San Diego, Ca 92115, where the dojo is to this date. Mr. Wilson has taught thousands of students the arts of American Kenpo Karate and self-protection. He is the founder of American Family Kenpo Karate, Kenpo 4.46 System, Extreme Self-Defense, MMA Tactical, Women’s Awareness & Self-Protection (WASP), Children be Safe (CBS) program and Street Observation & Survival (SOS). He has taught Men, Women, and Children from ages 3 and up. These students include military, law enforcement, navy seals, national security, bouncers, border patrol, US customs, homeland security and average people from teachers, lawyers, doctors, secretaries, construction workers, etc. Mr. Wilson also travels to do seminar all over the US and is available for all types of seminars and workshops.

Mr. Wilson is an ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce. He has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), he is a Certified National Referee for the Mr. Wilson was a center referee for the Original Ed Parkers International Karate Championships (I KC) several years in a row and is a center referee for the San Diego Grand Nationals and the American Open. He has been featured in Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA) magazine several times. He was a member of Dave Hebler’s Gift of Power and one of the first schools on board with Dave Hebler’s Kenpo Karate Association and is a current proud member. He can be reached by cell phone at 619-871-2022.

He feels that martial art is not just a hobby or a business but also is a way of life in which he takes very seriously. With his new Kenpo 4.46 System he is able to teach quality Kenpo not quantity, taking Kenpo to a new higher level of training in modern day practicality.

Karate. Under the direct supervision of Darby Lee Darrow, a 4th degree Kenpo Black belt in the Ed Parker’s system.

He has also studied such styles as Aikido, and Brazilian Jujutsu for approximately seven years and several other systems. He achieved his first-degree black belt on June 12, 1993, from the International Kenpo Karate Association under the direction of Darby Lee Darrow.

In 1994, Mr. Wilson, started a company called California Self-Defense Courses, where he taught women’s self defense. Mr. Wilson taught these courses all over southern California until December 1997.

Mr. Wilson opened his first commercial karate school on September 15,1997 called American Family Kenpo Karate, located at 6788 University Avenue in San Diego , where he taught American Kenpo Karate and Self-Defense courses and seminars to men, women and children. He also has had private lessons for men, women & children at their businesses, churches and homes.

In July 1996, Mr. Wilson began studying directly under Professor Willy Steele, a first generation Ed Parker Kenpo Black Belt. Subsequently, Professor Willy Steele promoted him to 5th degree Black belt in 2002.

In October 2004, Mr. Wilson moved his school to a much larger facility a few blocks down the street at 6525 University Avenue . Mr. Wilson was promoted to 6th degree black belt by 8 th degree black belt, Senior Professor Willy Steele on May 20,2006.

Last promotion By His Instructor Senior Grandmaster Hebler to 9th Degree Master of the Art Gary Wilson is a second generation Ed Parker black belt.  

Master Wilson is also the previous presedent of Senior Grandmaster Dave Heblers Kenpo Karate Association.

He is one of seven of the highest ranking black belt in the world under SGM Hebler.

He just recently the school was relocated to:

9621 Campo Rd.

Suite L

Casa de Oro/Spring Valley California 91977

Master Wilson feels that martial arts is not just a hobby or a business; it is a way of life to which he takes very seriously.

He can be reached at: 619-871-2022 Call or text

Founder – Original Kenpo Karate Association
Promoted to 8th & 9th Degree Black Belt by Senior Grand Master Dave Hebler