Eugene A. Rife

After 4 1/2 years of ardent study, Gene earned his Black Belt. He continued his studies of the Martial Arts and currently ranks as a 4th Degree Black Belt.

Also in 2000, Gene was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as "Instructor of the Year." He was nominated for the honor by his teacher, Grand Master Rick Moneymaker of Virginia.

In 2002, Gene was inducted into the American Karate Hall of Fame for exceptional character, outstanding contributions, and inspiring service to the Martial Arts.

Joliet's Gene Rife found his career path later in life when he discovered a love of karate. He then turned his passion for the art of karate into a career.

Interested in finding a way to defend himself, Gene got involved in three different karate classess before he found a school that taught Ryukyu Kempo. This form of karate teaches you to defend yourself against anyone, any size by using pressure points.