Karate Instructor Earns National Respect
By Jaclyn Shambaugh
Correspondent – Fayetteville Observer
Bill Logan took a circuitous route to becoming a karate instructor.
The Fayetteville resident started early in the sport as a youth in his native Ohio, but left the martial arts entirely for nearly a decade before returning to Tang Soo Do-style karate.
Now, as a second-degree black belt and instructor of six classes, Logan is working to pass knowledge of the sport to students in the Fayetteville area, working at Pine Forest, Eastover and E.E. Miller recreation centers.
In 2007, Logan was inducted into the Hall of Honor of the U.S. Head of Family Martial Arts Association, recognition reserved for black belts for their contributions to the community through martial arts.
And last year, the organization recognized Logan with the award for Kyo Sa Nim, or instructor of the year.
“It was a great honor to be alongside some of my own role models,” Logan said.
Logan’s program of instruction is called Combat Academy of Tang soo do and Self-defense, or C.A.T.S. Karate. Logan has been teaching the style for seven years.
Logan first took up karate in the early 1970s in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, and trained until he reached the age of 15, when he suffered a broken hip while performing a karate exhibition.
He got sidetracked from the sport while attending college and through four years of military service. Despite getting married and having a daughter, and working at a civil service job, Logan realized after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, that something was missing from his life.
“After that, I just felt like I needed to get my edge back,” Logan said.
Still a brown belt from his last stint in martial arts, Logan began training at Pine Forest Recreation Center until he himself was teaching others.
“Martial arts offers a structured way of training and discipline to students,” Logan said. “Through it, children become more self-aware and more aware of their environment.”
Logan adheres strictly to the techniques laid out by the National Tang Soo Do Federation and his own grand master, Steven Allen. But while Logan says he has a healthy respect for other forms of martial arts, he’s taken a somewhat rebellious attitude to the organizations that govern those styles.
“Not to disrespect any of the other forms of martial arts out there,” Logan said, “but there are kids who come in here and don’t know anything, and they’re wearing some really big belts.”
C.A.T.S. Karate will be holding a tournament Oct. 24 at Pine Forest Recreation Center. But for Logan, the goal of his classes isn’t for students to do well in competition or to earn belt after belt.
Logan says his classes are geared toward self-defense.
“For me, teaching is about knowing that somebody that I’ve taught will have learned something that will save their life someday.”