GM Jefferson Davis
Grandmaster Jefferson Davis has been a part of the Tracy family since he joined the Kirkwood school in St. Louis in 1974. Before that he took three years of Judo in College, and took karate from Master Bob Yarnall in the summer of 1966. Before that he actually did a self-study using one of Ed Parker's first paperbacks on Kenpo (which he still has in his library). That was in 1963-64.
He fell in love with Kenpo Karate and became an ardent student. GM Davis received his Shodan in 1980 and Nidan in 1982 at the Kirkwood location. In 1983 he became a student of GGM Al Tracy. While working on his Masters Degree in History at Southwest Missouri State University from 1975 to 1977 GM Davis had the fortune to train and work under Doctor Roger Greene and his sensei Joe Lewis. GM Davis attributes his successful fighting career to them. In 2017 he really understands how lucky he was to have been in this association. Roger and his wife Karen are part of GM Davis's family to this day!
GM Davis became an avid competitor in tournaments from 1974 until he retired in 2000, winning many state, regional, and national honors in both forms and fighting. His philosophy regarding students is simple: When they come to him to learn, they are putting their lives in his hands. He stands as a man of honor and respect to all his fellow black belt brothers and all students.
Other stuff: GM Davis still teaches and practices Kenpo with his top black belt Billy Dalton at his Troy, Illinois school; GM Davis retired from teaching high school social studies after 16 years in the City of St. Louis; and retired from the US Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel in Military Intelligence and Special Operations.
He is looking forward to a great event in Dallas!