Grandmaster Walter Goode



Teaching Kids To Master Themselves

Behind the humble façade on Jefferson Blvd. you will find a humble man with a big name, Grandmaster Goode, founder and owner of World Championship Karate Sports Academy.

But the self-effacing Walter Goode has every reason to crow. He holds black belts in four karate techniques, is an inductee of the National Black Belt League Hall of Fame and elite Ninja Ryu Club, and 2007 Grandmaster of the Year, among other distinctions.  Considered one of the #1 karate schools nationally,  the walls of Goode’s studio are lined with his and his students’ numerous trophies from hundreds of tournaments.

Grandmaster Goode could have set up shop anywhere in Los Angeles and command large fees but he was on a spiritual mission. He wanted to give kids in underserved communities an alternative to gangs and wrong choices. It is his countless community awards that are most impressive.

Originally from New Jersey, Goode moved to L.A. in the 1980s to find  greater opportunities and ended up on Venice Beach performing amazing brick-breaking techniques.  He went on to open his own karate program in 1990 infusing his practice with Christian principles.

More than a martial arts instructor, Goode is also advisor and friend to his students, expecting to see the kids’ report cards, encouraging college attendance, and even visiting schools if his students are in trouble.


One of Goode’s adult students Connie White, an L.A. Police Officer, explains that Goode lets in many kids who can’t afford the academy tuition.  “He has lots of respect from the community.  Lots.  He will even drive his students home if needed.”   

Another pupil Latonya Edwards studies kickboxing at the studio while her two children, Jaedeh and Khaliah,  take other martial arts classes:  “It feels more like a family here than a studio.  Grandmaster took time to bring my daughter Khaliah out of her shell.  Now her self-esteem is constantly rising.”

“He’s just a big-hearted guy -- huge heart.  He cares, he truly cares,” commends Officer White.

Goode’s mission is simple  “To teach kids and adults greater wisdom and knowledge”  This dedication has been honored by too many city, county and state awards to cite here but here are some examples...for “commitment and dedication to youth”, for “outstanding achievement,” for  “community service”, for “pioneering accomplishments,” for “honors youth program,” and simply as “hero.” 

When Goode is not teaching at the Academy, he instructs at the neighborhood Holy Name Catholic church school, and also serves as a celebrity bodyguard. Another bright Star in our community.


The World Championship Karate Sports Academy is located at 1994 W. Jefferson Blvd, phone (323) 620-1003







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