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Kyoshi Robert Austin

Professor "Kyoshi" Robert Austin

Master Instructor

Based in Fort Collins, Colorado USA, Professor Robert Austin is the Master Instructor and founder of International Black Belt Academies Inc.

He is also the current President of the United Martial Arts Alliance. Professor Austin is known internationally as a talented, energetic and professional Martial Arts Instructor who has been training in a variety of martial arts since the mid 70’s. Over his career he has achieved Advanced Black Belt and Instructor Ranking in a variety of martial arts including Kenpo, Jujitsu, Kuntao Silat, Escrima, Go Shin Jitsu and TaeKwonDo. He calls the synthesis of these arts International Kenpo Karate Jujitsu and he now teaches his expression of "his teachers’ arts" at seminars around the globe. Professor Austin trains under some of the top Grand Masters in the world and often brings them into his schools. He and his schools have been featured in various martial arts publications both in the US and the UK including the covers of both MA Success and MA Pro magazines. What does all this mean to his students? Simply put, Professor Austin's success comes from truly caring about his students and their personal growth, not just as martial artists, but in their whole lives. This philosophy has been handed down to all the Black Belt Instructors that teach for him. Professor Austin's fun, energetic teaching style is infectious and is mirrored by all the instructors he inspires on a daily basis. The lessons he shares are full of variety and depth and are challenging and always a lot of fun! Professor Austin has been changing lives on and off the mat for years and has a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of those he serves.

Robert Austin with Grandmaster Ed Parker Robert Austin with Grandmaster Ed Parker
Kyoshi Robert Austin with Grandmaster Ed Parker

Renshi James W. Denning

Renshi James Denning is a 6th Degree Black Belt in International Kenpo Karate Jujitsu under Professor Robert Austin. In addition, he is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Shorin ji Tetsuken do Kanda ha Kamishin Ryu Aiki JuJitsu under Soke Don Phillip. Renshi Denning is the Chief Instructor at the Greeley IBBA School. Mr. Denning is a 3rd generation Greeley native and has trained under Professor Austin since 1992. He is committed to teaching a developmentally-based curriculum which teaches not only useful self-defense skills, but also provides an uplifting and family-oriented environment with an emphasis on character traits, self-discipline, courtesy, respect, self-control, goal setting and personal safety. “After 20 plus years, it is still a pleasure to be a part of a wonderful team of encouraging staff members as well as this wonderful family of students! I am very glad to be the lead instructor at the Greeley school!”

Renshi James W. Denning DJ Skipwith Instructor

Mr. Demitris Skipwith

Mr. Demitris Skipwith has been a student at Mountain States International Black Belt Academy for many years. He is now a 2nd Degree Black Belt and an instructor at the Greeley school. “When I started here I was a very shy, timid child. I would be that person who kept himself out of all the fun and adventurous activities that life has to offer because of low self-esteem. If you had told me when I first started that I would one day become an instructor, I would have said you were crazy. Now I love what I do so much that I could not imagine doing anything else.” Over his time at International Black Belt Academy, Mr. Skipwith has grown into a more confident person and says he owes it all to the fantastic instructors and training partners he has met here over the years.

Blaine Smith

Mr. Blaine Smith

Mr. Blaine Smith has been training at Mountain States International Black Belt Academy since May of 2007 under the authority of Professor Robert Austin and Renshi James Denning. He was 14 when he started training and only 15 when he determined that he wanted to train to be an instructor. He immediately began participating in instructor training classes and volunteering at the dojo. After years of hard work, he finally saw his dream of being an instructor become a reality. Mr. Smith is now a 2nd Degree Black Belt in International Kenpo Karate Jujitsu and has a passion for sharing the knowledge that has been passed down to him from his teachers. “I can’t think of a more morally advancing and fulfilling job. I love seeing the improvement, both mentally and physically, from myself and students while training. This dojo feels like a second home to me and I am truly blessed to be where I am today. I wish to thank Kyoshi Austin and Renshi Denning for this amazing opportunity.”

Carissa Morris

Carissa Morris

Carissa Morris has a 2nd degree Black Belt in International Kenpo Karate Ju Jitsu and a 1st degree Black Belt in Kanda Ha Kamishin Aiki Ju Jitsu. From the time she was a blue belt, she knew that she wanted to become an instructor and has been teaching in the Fort Collins school since 2010. She has a passion for sharing the art that has changed her life. “When I started taking classes, I had no confidence in myself. I thought, how can an overweight mother of four train with these young people. After years of hard work, I know that the only person who can stop or restrict me is me. And now I can move with the best of them!”

Carl Bachenberg

Carl Bachenberg

Mr. Carl Bachenberg has been training at International Black Belt Academy for 14 years. He has earned a 2nd degree black belt In International Kenpo Karate Jiu Jitsu under Professor Robert Austin, and is now a full time instructor and Assistant manager at the Fort Collins Location. He is committed to teaching health and wellness, as well as moral values and personal growth and development, through martial arts training. “Being able to change lives and to help people is what this program is all about,” he says. “I am proud to be a part of a place with such wonderful staff and students.”

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Debbie Smith
Paula Grzenia
Mike Klusman
Lauren Newman
Ft. Collins Receptionist
Debbie Smith
Director of Client Services
Paula Grzenia
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Mike Klusman
Instructor
Lee Urton
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Phil Jauch
Haylee Williams Receptionist
Phil Jauch
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Kailyn Smith
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Haylee Williams
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