Master Roberts began dabbling in martial arts in 1974, but really began his training in the Chuck Norris Karate System in 1976 after completing his tour as a Sergeant in the Marine Corps. After six months he sustained an injury and stopped training until he started college at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia in 1977. During his attendance, he studied a Japanese style of martial arts, Karatedo (Dai Nippon Butokukai) under Dr. Hiroyuki Hamada (Hanshi) and obtained the rank of 3 Kyu Brown.
Shortly after graduation from the university in 1979 with his Bachelor degree in Business Administration, he worked in Radiation Protection. Master Roberts’ job afforded him the opportunity to travel for several years. He visited/trained in many schools of Karate Doh on the East Coast, and then settled in Pottstown, Pennsylvania in 1985 where he found his home in the blend of the hard and soft style of Tang Soo Do.
Master Roberts studied under Master Chuck Vaughn (then a Sam Dan), in a local gymnastics studio. It was there under Master Vaughn’s tutelage he learned his fundamentals in Tang Soo Do. Beginning in this studio allowed him the atmosphere to start his family within the World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA). Master Roberts has expressed how important it is to establish and maintain friendships as he has with several other students who began their training at the same time. “The attitude Master Vaughn conveyed was an open place for anyone to train. Daily training would begin with the importance of remaining loyal to our instructor, school, organization, and most importantly to Grandmaster Shin. Master Vaughn taught me the need to learn softness in fighting and the necessity of commitment.”
Master Roberts trained with Master Vaughn until 1987 when he was tested and promoted to blue belt only weeks prior to moving to Phoenix, Arizona. Moving to Phoenix moved him into Region 2 and is there where he trained Master Darryl Khalid. Master Khalid was very influential during his growth as he trained and tested for Cho Dan (1st Degree Black Belt) to Sam Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt). Master Khalid provided Master Roberts an excellent opportunity to hone his Tang Soo Do material and his instructor skills. His training with Master Khalid included teaching at Khalid’ Martial Arts Academy for about 5 years (1989-1994). Master Khalid taught him many lessons, for which he is eternally grateful.
Master Roberts has also had the opportunity to train with Masters John and Carla Bennett, previous and current Regional Directors for the WTSDA “I was fortunate to train with the Masters Bennett, gaining much from their friendship and technical abilities.” Master Roberts was the Regional Director for the World Tang Soo Do Association for two years (2003&2004).
“I started Arrowhead Martial Arts Academy in Glendale, Arizona in March of 1994. The school was started as a satellite in our garage that was converted into a small studio complete with equipment and mirrors. But it wasn't long before the number of students exceeded floor space and expanded into the living and family rooms. After about 2 years in my home, I went into partnership with the Peoria/Glendale, Arizona YMCA. My Black Belts contribute to the community by providing periodic Self-Defense/Awareness classes for children and women at the studio and on location. The studio’s operation and continued success is attributed to the support of my wife and the Black Belt Instructor staff. Mrs. Roberts acts as the chief administrator for the studio and is the glue that holds the studio together. Second in command, Mr. Pacini (Sam Dan) gives freely of his time and talent and Ms. Roberts (Sam Dan) instructs and assists in the administrative efforts of the studio. Additional instruction is provide by Mr. and Mrs. Sipes.”
“Without my wife’s and children's support, I would not be able to teach classes. Without the continued support of the students and families there would be no school. THANK YOU to ALL of the parents and students for their efforts to make OUR school a success.”
The studio’s name, Arrowhead Martial Arts Academy, was first initiated by Master Roberts’ immediate family and later completed with the help of the existing students. The name was changed in 2004 to Arrowhead Tang Soo Do because of administrative requirements. Arrowhead represents the strength of the Indian warriors who settled within Arizona and is a local name. The Yellow circle represents the 115-120 degree temperatures cooking the greater Phoenix, Arizona climate. Of course, centered in the logo is the universal concept of the Tang Soo Do Practitioner, including the whole person concept for developing mind, body, spirit and the additional social importance.
“I am currently retired from Arizona Public Service, from Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station Aug 2012 and moved to Thomasville, North Carolina to be close to my father. I am semi-retired and currently contracting as an instructor for Nuclear Station General Employee training and maintaining Arrowhead Tang Soo Do LLC operating in Glendale Arizona.”