Victor Marotta, Owner Of The American Karate Studio.
Victor Marotta, owner of The American Karate Studio, began his training in January of 1966 under master instructor Jun Seon Hyon, 9th Degree Master instructor from South Korea. He received his black belt from Mr. Hyon in September of 1968. From 1967 until 1971, Mr. Marotta competed in karate tournaments across the United States and Canada, winning or placing in tournaments held in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, and at Madison Square Garden, New York. By winning the 1968 U.S. Martial Arts Championships in Chicago, Mr. Marotta became Minnesota's first national level, open tournament black belt champion.
Mr. Marotta began teaching karate while a student at the University of Minnesota. It was here that he found his true calling in life, which is to share what karate did for him with others who wished to learn. He taught the U of M intramural karate club, the Phy Ed class, as well as at many local high schools. After graduating from the U in 1970, Mr. Marotta was drafted into the U.S. Army. While in the service, he taught karate to the troops at Ft. Bragg, N.C. and at Ft. Hood, Texas. After being discharged in 1972, Mr. Marotta resumed training under Mr. Hyon, in Minneapolis, waiting for a teaching spot at one of Mr. Hyon's schools. Finally, in 1974, he became the head instructor at the St. Louis Park Studio and has been teaching full-time professionally ever since.
In 1977 Mr. Marotta purchased the school from Mr. Hyon and renamed it The American Karate Studio. There are now three locations in the west suburban area.