Mr. Jose "Big Ram" Ramirez4th Degree (Master) in Taekwondo, 3rd Degree Black BelT in in American Tang Soo Do, and Maestro in Derobio Style Escrima
Master Jose “Big Ram” Ramirez was born in Puerto Rico in Oct 1972, but moved to San Antonio, TX at the age of 13. Master Ramirez always had a passion for martial arts and at the age of 17, he began studying Tang Soo Do under Master Art Lopez (TKA), located at Randolph AFB. Due to Master Lopez having to take orders to another base, Mr. Ramirez was forced to continue his martial arts journey by himself. In 1991 Master Ramirez graduated from high school and immediately decided to move to Waco, TX to enroll in a technical school where he was studying electronic science.
In Dec 8, 1993, Master Ramirez joined the United States Navy and while in the Navy, Master Ramirez continued training and enhanced his martial arts by learning other disciplines including Kenpo, Jujitsu, Hapkido, Escrima and Taekwondo becoming proficient in each.
While stationed in Japan, Mr. Ramirez met his wife, Kayo, and together they welcomed their son Gio into the world in 2003. Soon after, in 2004, the Navy transferred him and his family to Hawaii where the entire Ramirez clan would begin their formal Taekwondo training which would lead to earning several black belt degrees for each of them and which would lead into founding martial arts studio Christian Taekwondo League which Master Ramirez and his family now run in San Antonio teaching men, women and children.
Christian Taekwondo League is a faith based martial arts facility which teaches a blend of Taekwondo and American Tang Soo Do, as well as, Wing Chun based self-defense and Escrima based weapons techniques
Master Ramirez is continually seeking ways to learn and keeps his programs current by attending and supporting tournaments as a judge, promotes and attends seminars yearly in addition to presenting his own seminars in Taekwondo, weapons and self defense. Master Ramirez conducts promotion tests semi-annually and is sought after to sit on other boards throughout Texas and other states which attests to his mastery in helping preserve the integrity of the martial arts.
In addition to running a dojang, Master Ramirez continues training for his own belt promotions, attaining the rank of 3rd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo in 2014 and 4th degree Black Belt (Master) in Taekwondo in July 2018. Currently holding the rank of Ea Dan under GM Johnny Thompson, Master Ramirez is currently working on his 3rd Degree in American Tang Soo Do.
Master Ramirez was inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame, awarded Martial Artist of the Year, TKA Black Belt Instructor of the Year in 2016/2017, awarded TKA School of the Year 2017, promoted to “Maestro” (Filipino for “Instructor”) under his Escrima (Filipino Martial Arts) Instructor Tony Tanare in 2017, his Dojo was inducted by the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Faith Based School of the Year award 2018, in Oklahoma City, OK. And in Sep 2018, Master Ramirez was selected to become a Sport Karate Museum, History General Award.