A native of Canton, Ohio, martial arts instructor and President of the Mahoning Valley Karate Association,David Buker holds a 9th Degree black belt in Kenpo karate. He founded American Karate Studios of Boardman, Ohio.
Mr. Buker’s competition record includes 148 First Place Fighting Championships
- North American Open Championships in 1976-1979-1980
- Pro-Am Karate Championships in 1975-1976-1977
- Ohio Open Championships in 1973-1974-1975
Mr. Buker was also a P.K.A. kick boxer from 1974 through 1976.
During his career, Mr. Buker has had the honor of teaching and coaching over 60 State champions and 25 National champions. He is currently the State Chairman for Referees and Judges for the P.K.C. (Professional Karate Commission).
AKS hosts the March Madness Karate Championships each year in the Mahoning Valley during the month of March.
List of Special Awards:
- Who’s Who in American Martial Arts 1984-1985
- PKC Best Tournament Official 1993
- PKC Award of Excellence 1998
- Land of Legend Black Belt Hall of Fame 1998
- PKC Black Belt Hall of Fame 2000
- Dragon Warrior Karate Championship Most Outstanding Referee
- PKC Elite Society Inaugural Member
Dave Buker in 1973