Meet our TKI Instructors

All of our instructors are certified by the American Karate Black Belt Association.

Master Kathy Gonzales

7th Degree Black Belt - Head Instructor & Co-Owner of Texas Karate Institute

Kathy Gonzales a 7th Degree Black Belt. She has been associated with Texas Karate Institute since the summer of 1989. Prior to entering the Martial Arts, she enjoyed playing softball and some bowling. She worked as a Human Resources Generalist for Tyco Fire Products for 34 years retiring in December 31, 2014.
Besides her assisting teaching at TKI, she elected to use her blocking and kicking skills to help develop a set group of movements to assist Parkinson’s Patient in a sitting atmosphere. She worked with YMCA out of the Plainview Center, to help set up a one (1) year karate after school program at Oak Grove Elementary, Brownfield, Texas.
Specialty Weapon: Chinese War Fan

Greg Blankenship

5th Degree Black Belt

Greg Blankenship, 5th Degree Black Belt, is a seventeen year native to Texas Karate Institute. Blankenship is also the Owner and President of Endeavour Enterprises.

Specialty Weapon: Nunchakus

David Liles

4th Degree Black Belt - Instructor and Co-Owner of Texas Karate Institute

David Liles, 4th Degree Black Belt, is an instructor at Texas Karate Institute. Liles, has been a member of Texas Karate Institute since 2009 and has enjoyed training during his time at TKI.

Master Liles served for 17 years within Lubbock ISD as a Theatre Arts teacher at Hutchinson Middle School and the Technical Theatre teacher and director at Lubbock High School. He now works at Texas Tech University in the School of Theatre and Dance.

Specialty Weapon: Sais and Nunchakus

Judith Johnson

4th Degree Black Belt

Judith Johnson, 4th Degree Black Belt, competed in Texas State Championships 2015 and placed 3rd in the state for Kata & Sparring. Master Johnson is now retired after 30 years in the nursing field.

Specialty Weapon: Bokken/Katana

Robert Woolever

4th Degree Black Belt

Robert Woolever's journey into the world of martial arts commenced in 1991 when he
first stepped onto the dojo floor, igniting a passion for Karate that would shape much of
his life.
Robert tested his skills in over 30 Karate tournaments, where triumphs were celebrated
alongside the lessons learned from defeats. His search for challenge led him to the
unforgiving arena of full-contact American Kickboxing from the ages of 15 to 17 where
after a few wins’ injury halted his progress. He continued his training in Karate where he
was promoted to the rank of 4th Dan Black Belt in December of 2022.
Beyond the realm of martial arts, Robert finds fulfillment in his roles as a devoted father
to two remarkable children and his career as a Crop Insurance Adjuster.

Kevin Lusk

3rd Degree Black Belt

Kevin Lusk, 3rd Degree Black Belt, instructs Kickboxing and Self Defense at Texas Karate Institute. Lusk is also the Coordinator of Operations, Safety and Security at Women's Protective Services.
Specialty: Combative Techniques

Mike Morales

3rd Degree Black Belt

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Specialty: Hapkido

Billy Devore

2nd Degree Black Belt

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Marcos Zamora

1st Degree Black Belt

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William Jackson

1st Degree Black Belt

William started his Martial Arts journey in 2013 through our karate satellite programs at Maxey Community Center. William received his Black Belt in May 2023 and is the first of our students to receive his Black Belt through TKI who started through the Lubbock Parks and Recreation karate programs. William is currently a student at Lubbock High School and is actively involved in Band and Robotics.
Specialty Weapon of choice - Staff

Shane Robnett

1st Degree Black Belt

Shane began his Martial Arts journey with our satellite programs at Hodges Community Center in 2016. Shane is the second student to be promoted to Black Belt that started at our Lubbock Parks and Recreation Community Center Programs. Shane is currently a student at Lubbock High School and is active in several extracurricular activities. Shane was promoted to Black Belt in May 2024 and plans to continue his teaching and training.
Specialty Weapon choice - Nunchaku

Master Larry Phillips

7th Degree Black Belt - Adjunct Instructor

Master Larry Phillips is retired from the United States Air Force (USAF), and retired Texas Peace Officer. He has over 45 years in the study, practice, and instruction of Taekwondo-Hapkido Martial Arts. Certified with the World Taekwondo Headquarters (Kukkiwon) in South Korea; Moo Duk Hae Association USA, and World Taekwondo Masters Association (WTMA). Received numerous awards and citations for martial arts achievements.

Lubbock Local

Since 1968

Texas Karate Institute opened its doors in March 1968 and has been training Lubbock, Texas and surrounding communities in the Martial Arts since its grand opening.  Texas Karate Institute of Lubbock is the last remaining location with this name in the state of Texas and is currently the longest consecutively running martial arts school in the country.