Carter Hargrave is an original second generation Bruce Lee School lineage instructor, and is the current president of the World Jeet Kune Do Federation the largest Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do Association in the world.
His training started early at age seven under the instruction of Goju Ryu Karate Master Lou Angel while he lived at his north Tulsa residence in the late sixties. While he still had a deep interest in the arts he found at this age he just was not ready for the rigors of long term training. He vowed to some day return. This return came when he was in high school in Texas where he had friends who were active in the martial arts. Hargrave continued with his interest in martial arts upon his return to Oklahoma in the late seventies.
In 1992 Hargrave founded the martial art style known as American Combat Kempo (Has also bee referred to as Combat Martial Arts in reference to the name of Hargrave’s first school). American Combat Kempo has been formally recognized as a system through numerous organizations worldwide, and many of its techniques were copied for US Marines training center program. Hargrave is known as Soke or founder of ACK and has the tile of Grandmaster. He is also Grandmaster in two other styles, Kung Fu and Ju Jitsu.
Also in 1992 Hargrave became the director of the World Jeet Kune Do Federation whose goal is to organize and disseminate the teachings of Bruce Lee and to help bring students and teachers together in cooperation and good will. He also became the leader of the World Kempo Association to help further combat aspects of the art worldwide.
Carter Hargrave is the author of three martial arts books. “Japanese Kempo Karate Manual”, which is the outlined system of American Combat Kempo, “Japanese Kempo Karate Entrance To Secrets Manual” for advanced training, and “The Original Jeet Kune Do Training Manual” for the Bruce Lee style. While all have been very successful, the Original Jeet Kune Do Training Manual is an international best seller.
In 1995 Hargrave was the youngest person to be promoted to Professor of martial arts and he received the Instructor of the Year award for his teaching in Karate. In 1996 he received the award for Best Martial Arts School in the United States, and was recognized by U.S. Congress and the United States Senate for this achievement. In his spare time he volunteers teaching medical missionaries who go to hostile countries to administer emergency life services.