"For the past 40 years, I have dreamed without hope that the martial art would be unified. Now with the advent of the WorldBlackBelt.com website, my dream has a chance of coming true. I hope every martial artist who loves the martial arts as I do will not let this chance slip by without getting involved."
9th Degree Black Belt Master & film maker Pat Johnson was introduced to the Korean art of Tang Soo Do while serving as a US Army Chaplain’s Assistant while stationed in Korea.
Following his stint in the army, Pat met Chuck Norris while competing at various karate tournaments on the East Coast. At Chuck’s suggestion, Mr. Johnson moved to California in 1968 where he eventually became Chief of Instruction for the Chuck Norris chain of karate studios.
Mr. Johnson was named Captain of Chuck Norris’ Black Belt Team which went undefeated for seven years, racking up more than 33 National and International titles in the process. Master Johnson’s personal competition record was 196-1-1. In 1975 & 76 he also received a Golden Fist Award as “Outstanding Karate Referee.”
Master Johnson’s film career began when he was hired by Bob Wall to work in the Bruce Lee classic, “Enter The Dragon.” Then Mr. Wall employed him in “Black Belt Jones”. This entry into the magical world of Hollywood put the celebrated black belt on a path that would eventually make him one of the most sought after action film choreographers in the business. His credits include: The Karate Kid series, Ninja Turtle series, Mortal Kombat I & II, and Batman & Robin to name but a few.
Master Johnson has been inducted into Black Belt Magazine’s Hall of Fame, the Ocean State Hall of Fame and the NASKA Hall of Fame. Adding to his growing resume of accomplishments Master Johnson was voted one of the 25 most influential martial artists of the 20th century by Black Belt Magazine.