Judan 10th Degree Black Belt
Golby started his Martial Art training in 1969 while attending
He was one
of the original students at the Kirkwood Studio. During
this period Tim left the seminary and later became an
instructor. The list of instructors whom Tim trained under
reads like a list of whoís who in the Martial Arts. The
major influences on Timís Martial Arts are Al Tracy, Joe
Lewis, Rodney Hard and Ken McGuire (his original teacher).
(1st Degree Black Belt) was awarded to him by Joe Lewis.
Joe Lewis developed a fighting system based on his training
with Bruce Lee. Joe Lewis personally trained Tim teaching
him the fighting principles that would later produce nationally
ranked fighters under Mr. Golby. Mr. Lewis also awarded
Tim the checkered gi. (The checkered gi was made famous
by Joe Lewis is the highest honor a fighter can receive
in the Tracy System.)
In 1972 Tim
took over the Kirkwood Studio. One of Timís top students,
Dave Hofer, was winning every tournament in the Mid West.
In a special banquet attended by Al Tracy and Joe Lewis,
Dave Hofer was awarded the checkered gi. Back in those
days Karate Tournaments were bare knuckle. The foam sparring
gear was still a few years away.
Timís next great fighter was Sid
Gee. Sid started his tournament career in the mid 1970ís
and later in the 1980ís became a nationally ranked fighter.
In 1976 Tim started training a visiting
European full contact fighter from the Netherlands Joop
Musterd. Over the next several years Tim made several
trips to the Netherlands giving seminars. Tim introduced
kick boxing to Europe.
Over the years Tim has promoted hundreds
of black belts and still continues to produce top fighters.
June 29th 2013 Mr. Golby was promoted to Judan 10th Degree Black Belt.
Pictured below is Tim Golby receiving his 10th Degree Black Belt certificate from Al Tracy in Chicago at the Gathering of Eagles.