3rd Degree Black Belt
Mr. Hayes’ martial arts career began in
1974 when he had the honor of training in
the Shotokan system with the legendary Don DePree. In 1979, however, he
began to feel
that he needed more versatility than the Japanese style had to offer.
He entered into
“a quest...a crusade to find an art that offered the widest scope
of movement...the most comprehensive focus on the ‘what ifs’ of street
“I sat through training sessions in virtually
all of the major styles,” says Mr. Hayes. “From Tae Kwon Do to Hapkido
to Tang Soo Do. I
tried observing other Japanese styles beyond Shotokan, and I looked
into several Chinese arts. Finally, I discovered the Kenpo studio of
Robert Perry in Garden Grove, California. Mr. Perry was one of Ed
Parker's direct students, and is mentioned in Mr. Parker’s book
Infinite Insights Into Kenpo: Vol. 1. After one private intro lesson
with Mr. Perry, I knew I had found a home.”
On April 19th,
1984, Bill was awarded the
rank of Black Belt by Mr. Perry.
Since Mr. Perry's retirement from teaching and
his subsequent untimely death, Mr. Hayes has been privileged to train
like Bill Neff, Dr. Jerry Erickson, John Barnett, and John Sepulveda.
After three decades of martial arts training,
school co-founder Mr. Hayes is proud to be the “old, wizened master” of
Old School Kenpo. He appreciates the opportunity to share his knowledge
and experience with a new generation of martial artists.