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Terry L. Owens SBN
Terry Owens was born on October 3rd, 1960 in Meridian, Mississippi, the seventh of eight children and the second half of a set of fraternal twins. A large, closely-knit family and typically village-like southern small-town neighborhoods taught him well the values of love, religion, respect, empathy and discipline. He didn’t really realize how modest (poor) his upbringing had been until many years later, given that all the basic necessities of life were provided. His experiences with hand-me-downs, home-made toys, walking long distances to school, using the “out-house”, taking baths in metal bins, sleeping 3-deep in small beds, etc, left him with a unique appreciation for all things. After getting over his disappointment of not seeing a movie star on every corner in Los Angeles, he soon adjusted to life in the big city and to 6th grade.

BEAC Demo - 2005
Junior high was an interesting time; of developing a new found appreciation of music and movies, prose and poetry, athletics and physical development, mathematics and science, of personal responsibility and competition, of avoiding gangs and developing friendships. It was a time of afros, large lapel shirts and bellbottom pants. Watching “Soul Train” on TV, playing tag football til the street lights came on and catching the bus to downtown L.A. to catch the latest “karate” movie were favorite pastimes. Homework was always done before any of the above could take place.

Flying Side Kick - 2007
Terry attended Alain Leroy Locke High School, a predominantly black, inner-city school, taking advanced, college-prep classes in most subject areas. He also spent the three years there learning and competing in gymnastics. He developed a sense of teamwork, leadership and camaraderie through the many hours of practice and highs and lows of competition. His prose and poetry blossomed, becoming quite useful for good grades as well as a good way to communicate for an otherwise reserved, bashful teenager. He graduated in 1978 near the top of the graduating class, having also been honored to be named among the “Distinguished High School Students”. After what seemed to be the shortest summers in history, he matriculated to USC to study Electrical Engineering. The curriculum was daunting. Pledging a fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, staying in one of the campus’ dormitories (animal houses) and participating in social functions didn’t make things any easier either. He graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, working most of the final year at Locke High as a Teacher’s Assistant. Turning down an opportunity to become a fully credentialed teacher, Terry accepted an engineering position at Hughes Aircraft Company (Raytheon Systems) in May 1983.

Throwing - 2007
Terry was first married in April 1988 and divorced in April 1999, a few months before becoming seriously interested in martial arts and deciding to join the Boeing/Raytheon/Direct TV Martial Arts class, a subset of the American Moo-Do Kwan on July 12, 1999 under the leadership of Master Jack Amsell.  Like most new students, his primary focus was on learning the increasingly difficult techniques and forms required for advancement through formal promotional testing. It would be many years later that he would finally raise his awareness and enlightenment to appreciate the value of a holistic, mind-body, philosophical, training regimen, deeply rooted in the oriental traditions. Through his training, he has personally gained in self-confidence, strength, endurance, power, flexibility, and discipline. Terry also improved his leadership and motivational skills and the ability to work within a team environment. His aspiration is to be a model student/teacher and to constantly improve his skills in a variety of martial arts styles. Beyond the significance of receiving a Black Belt within the AMK system and certification through the Kukkiwon, was an acknowledgement of trust in the designation of Sr. Instructor at BEAC by Master Amsell in December 2008.

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