A long history of tradition
Lou Anne and Kim Yee
Karate West was Kim Yee's dream that grew through his college years and that he started to take action on in the summer of 1978. After college graduation, Kim and Lou Anne married and moved to Fort Collins, CO for Lou Anne to attend graduate school and Kim started Karate West. Lou Anne had plans for a different career, but as Karate West grew, Kim and Lou Anne found that their teamwork made the dream work.
Karate West was born in 1978, and has continued as the family business for over 45 years now. Kim has studied under many teachers, in numerous styles. His primary instructors since moving to Colorado have been Mr. Steve Fisher of Hawthorne, CA, Mr. Richard Bustillo of Torrance, CA, Mr. Roy Kurban of Strawn, TX, and Mr. Amal Easton of Boulder, CO. Kim has earned his 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Mr. Easton, and has reached 7th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do under Mr. Kurban. Lou Anne has earned her 6th degree black belt under Mr. Kurban.