I attained my black belt October 16, 1999. It had been a long term goal of mine to make black belt by age 40--I beat it by 1 1/2 years! Terry Gay, my instructor was instrumental in attaining this goal. Terry is a 6th degree black belt certified by Joe Lewis Karate Systems. He also holds several other black belt certifications in other martial arts schools.
Super 'T' Karate: This is the website for Terry's school in Grand Rapids.
Here's a picture of me with Joe Lewis, Terry's instructor, taken after a seminar in October 2000. He has a website. Joe was one of Bruce Lee's original students.