Allen Steen

Allen Steen

STEEN, ALLEN ( born 1940 ) American karate instructor, pioneer, competitor, and promoter. Beginning his karate training in 1959 under Jhoon Rhee, Steen received his black belt in 1962 — one of only six of 184 original students to reach that level of proficiency. He has trained more nationally rated fighters than any other instructor except Chuck Norris. His students include Pat Burleson, Skipper Mullins, Fred Wren, and Mike Anderson. Entering his first tournament in 1963, Steen became one of the premier fighters in early American karate history. Winner of over 30 titles, he defeated both Joe Lewis and Chuck Norris on the way to a grand championship victory at the 1966 Long Beach Internationals. A member of the Who’s Who in the Martial Arts, he is founder of the U.S. Karate Championships, held annually in Dallas since 1964.

Allen Steen (left) with his student Mike Anderson celebrating their participation at the 1963 world championships in Chicago.
German Karate Championship
Steen (right) with Klaus Vierthaler in Garmisch Partenkirchen promoting the first German Karate Championship.