Carter R. Hargrave is an American martial arts educator, author and the founder and CEO of the World Jeet Kune Do Federation, the Bruce Lee System Organization, and World Kenpo Karate Association, that conducts teaching seminars, distributes training materials, and ranks students, teachers, and schools globally.
Early life and education
Carter was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1961 and resided in North Tulsa. As he was being smaller than the other kids, he often found himself in fighting situations. It was then he began his interest in the martial arts. His interest grew more as Bruce Lee made his debut in feature films, and was sealed by a gift from a family friend of a set of real nunchukas like Lee had used in Enter The Dragon. Soon his parents took him to Gōjū-ryū classes with Master Lou Angel at the age of seven. A few years later following the family to Indiana, he took a break from karate.
The family then moved to Texas, where his he started up his interest in the martial arts. Upon return to Oklahoma he began training in Tae Kwon Do, a sport art but had difficulty understanding the Korean teacher with a heavy accent. He dropped out vowing not to return until he found an American Master.
His training continued when he found the Oklahoma Karate Academy, where he learned and taught Tae Kwon Do and a form of Korean Ju Jitsu known as Kuk Sool. It was at this school that one day a student of the Bruce Lee School in California showed up to speak his instructors. During that meeting Hargrave approached the visiting instructor and expressed an interest in the teachings of Lee.