Robert “Master” Lewis’s life is sort like the martial arts he teaches; every move, and every strategy. Robert is the owner and founder of 5280 Karate Academy with branches in Lakewood, Littleton, and a sister school in Westminster, Colorado. He was introduced to the martial arts in 1985, when one of his daughters was being bullied in the first grade. She would come home with slap marks on her face. It was suggested by a neighbor to put her in the martial arts. Not knowing much about the martial arts, he felt that he would be creating another bully. However, he decided to try it anyway, and the bullying stopped. After about 18 months of watching class he decided to join with his two girls.
In 1998, he began to seriously adhere to training and studying the martial arts, and was particularly drawn to the mental and spiritual aspects of the training. However, like most men with a passion of owning their own business he found himself embracing the idea of owning his own martial art school. He approached Stephen Oliver about opening his own martial arts school; he opened the door to make that happen. He is both proud and deeply honored to have been given the opportunity to open his own martial arts school in the affiliation with Mile High Karate. The goal was to bring the beauty of the martial arts to his community and those who choose to step on the path of his instruction. “We grew very quickly and were very successful, “he says. “I was very lucky in that I came in at the right time.” He teaches martial arts to students in after-school programs in Lakewood, Littleton, Denver, and Englewood, Colorado. This caused a huge influx of young children and adults to join the martial arts.
Robert “Master” Lewis is a 7th Degree Black Belt, he has train with such notable martial artist as: Joe Lewis, Grand Master Jhoon Rhee, Grand Master Stephen Oliver, Grand Master Jeff Smith, Grand Master John Chung, and Super foot Wallace.
In addition to Roberts’s achievements in the martial arts world, he served two years in the Military; he also received his B.A., in Business Management, from Wiley College, B.B.A. in Personnel Management, from the University of Texas, and his M.B.A. from Regis University. For over 20 years he was employed in the restaurant industry where he held the position Vice-President of Popeye’s Fried Chicken, Regional Manager for Long John Silver’s, Regional Manager for Winches Donuts, and Assistant General Manager for Macaroni Grill.
Robert “Master” Lewis teaches today out of the pure love he has for the martial arts, as well as the joy and satisfaction he receives from the students he work with. He plans on continuing teaching the martial arts as long as there are student interested learning.
Kim Kameha Slater was born June 10th in a small town called Placerville California. But grew up in a town called Nuevo California. At the age of 14 her family moved to Denver Colorado. She was enrolled at Denver West High School as a freshmen. She donated her time and volunteered at a local Boys and Girls Club to teach cheerleading to young girls, Donating 5 years.She Graduated High School in May of 2002, then went to college at College America for her Associates Degree as a Medical Assistant and finished in the fall of 2003. Shortly after Graduating she was blessed with a healthy baby boy In 2004. In 2010 she became a Program Director for Lakewood Mile High Karate. Where her and her family started to train for their Black Belts. In July 2011 she Married her best friend and boyfriend of 10 years. Then in September of 2011 she became the program director at 5280 Karate Academy. March 2013 she welcomed a new baby boy to her family and Recived her 1st Degree black belt May 2014, she is continuing her path to black belt training.
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To offer students the best in martial arts training, 5280 Karate Academy Martial Arts School was established to provide a place where one can learn and enjoy the art of Taekwondo. This happens while making the commitment to learn and improve one's self esteem, concentration, discipline, leadership skills, and self control. As students advance in rank from white to black belt they will gain the knowledge and experience that will last a lifetime.