Grandmaster Billy Smith
Member of the Master's Hall of Fame, USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame
About Billy Smith American Karate
Grandmaster Smith was 19 years old when he started training in Martial Arts. He started training with Grandmaster Larry Richie who was an instructor and student of Grandmaster J. Pat Burleson. Grandmaster Richie moved to Houston. He then started training with Grandmaster Billy Brammer who taught for Grandmaster Burleson at the Fort Worth YMCA. He trained with Grandmaster Brammer and tested for 1st Degree Black Belt in December of 1974 under Grandmaster J. Pat Burleson. In 1975 he fought on the Professional Full Contact Team as a Light Heavy Weight for Grandmaster Burleson. He achieved several promotions through the 70s, 80s, and 90s and was presented with his 10th Degree in October of 2010. He accepted this honor from his teacher and mentor, a man that has “been like a father to me”, Grandmaster Billy Brammer.
It was such a humbling experience. I was surrounded by so many of my own students, my family and friends.
I was honored to be inducted into the Masters Hall Of Fame. I would like to point out that I have also been honored to help train and be part of the lives of some of the most extraordinary people. I thank God every day for the help and support of some very fine Black Belts. I am so privileged to be able to do what I love to do. I have always thought that if my students and their parents appreciated what we have been able to do for them, that’s enough for me.