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HP Moo-Do Club (1973)
The AMK started with 3 students as part of the HP (Hewlett-Packard) Moo-Do Club in 1972. Technically, Master Amsell is considered student #1. But the first 3 students after him were Don Maxwell, Terry Harris, and A. Lyle Sorensen. On this page, we take some time to get to know or Legacy or Heritage Members. These are the students and/or instructors who walked the Path before our current students and made it possible for them to receive the level of training they get today. Please take the time to get to know the most influential members in our AMK History. For more on our history please visit our History Page e.g. Chronological & Newsletters.












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Don Maxwell
#2 Don Maxwell (1972) Don originally joined when he saw Master Amsell practicing outside during lunch and wanted to join in. He started at HP-North Hollywood. He was promoted to 8th Kub, Yellow Belt. He is known as the very first AMK student.


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Master Amsell & Don

#3 Terry Harris (1972) Terry originally joined when he saw Master Amsell practicing outside during lunch and wanted to join in. He started at HP-North Hollywood. He is known as the second AMK student.

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A. Lyle Sorensen
#4 A. Lyle Sorensen (1972-1973, 1996) Lyle originally joined when he saw Master Amsell practicing outside during lunch and wanted to join in. He started at HP-North Hollywood. He is known as the third AMK student. He is also know for supporting test boards when his wife, Mary, and two children, Ian and Amy, joined the class in 1991.

Where is he now? He occasionally visits our test boards and is Master Amsell's best friend. He was the Best man at Master Amsell's remarriage.




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The good old days! (training on asphalt)
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Master Amsell & Lyle
















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Vicky A. Tanner
#103 Vicky A. Tanner (1978-1988) Vicky originally joined with GM Kim in Artesia before coming over to the AMK. Since Master Amsell was GM Kim's senior student and he and Vicky both worked at HP, it was an easy transition. Vicky became the first member of our school to make it to the rank of 1st Kub, Red/Black (Brown/Black back then).

Where is she now? We have never really lost contact with her over all these years. In 2008 she visited our test board for the first time in 20 years. Since then, she has be a fixture at our test boards, beach training, and End of the Year parties.



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Vicky doing WSD (1981)
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Vicky holds the stick for Master Amsell to jump over
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Vicky showing a picture from 1981 (2009)

















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HP Moo-Do Club (1981)

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Lynda K. Amsell
#105 Lynda K. Amsell (1980-1988) Lynda SBN is Master Amsell's oldest daughter who did the majority of her training the the Oriental Moo-Do School (OMS) while Master Amsell was still the senior instructor there. Even though she was forced into martial arts, she made the most of it and excelled in several areas. She was known for doing the flying side kick over numerous people and was often featured in demos. She also took some publicity photos with GM Kim for the newspaper and as advertisement.

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Lynda throws GM Kim (1981)
Where is she now? The rule in the Amsell household was that she could only quit after becoming a Black Belt. She did that shortly after receiving her Black Belt. She was still involved in some administrative areas from 1993-1996. She made a visit to our 3rd Quarter Test Board in 2010 after a 14 year absence.

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Lisa S. Amsell
#106 Lisa S. Amsell (1980, 1986-present) Lisa SBN originally joined when she was 3 and thought it was fun. She soon got bored and quit. In 1986 she was forced to rejoin due to bad grades in school. She also had the same rule that she could only quit after becoming a Black Belt. She made sure everyone knew she hated being there and tried to find a way to quit before Black Belt. It never happened. She was one of four AMK students to become the AMK's first Black Belts in 1991. After promotion to 2nd Dan in 1993, she turned the corner and actually enjoyed the class and focused a lot of attention expanding her knowledge by teaching 6 days a week 4 hours a day and still make room for school & homework. She has also made use of her knowledge in printing, graphic design, photography, & videography by making AMK shirts, all printed material for the AMK, photographs of every AMK event, and the End of the Year videos. She was also active in the AMAC Referee Program and was the Referee Director.

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Lisa SBN prepares for the Fire Break (2010)
Where is she now? She teaches class at La Palma on Tuesdays and Thursdays and with Master Amsell on Saturdays. She handles the majority of the administrative areas, teaching the soft styles, and maintains the AMK website. For more on Master Lisa, please visit her public page Main Menu>Instructors>Senior Instructor or her private page Member Section>Instructors>Lisa SBN

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Marcus does a side kick (1989)
#107 Marcus A. Krieter (1987-1992, 2007-present) Marcus SBN originally found out about the class when he worked for HP when he saw them training during lunch. He joined the class at the YMCA and was a permanent fixture at the YMCA until he became one of four AMK students to be promoted to Black Belt in 1991. He was known for his intensity & unlimited energy & spirit when in the class. It was always very noticeable when he wasn't in class because of how much the chemistry of the class changed when he was involved.


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Marcus & Lisa doing Poomsae at testing (1990)
Where is he now? Marcus SBN returned to our class after a 15 year absence to continue his training. For more on Marcus SBN, please visit hispublic page Main Menu>Instructors>Assistant Instructors or his private page Member Section>Instructors>Marcus SBN

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Marcus SBN testing for 2nd Dan (2009)













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Curtis Drever holding for Greg Tucker (1990)
#110 Curtis Drever (1987-1990) Curtis started at the same time as Marcus SBN. He was a co-worker of Marcus SBN. He became part of the first core of students at the Fullerton YMCA and became one of the first students under Master Amsell to advance to an advance rank of 2nd Kub, Red Belt.

#111 Michael E. Brown (1986-1988) Mike brown has had a long history with the AMK. He used to work with Master Amsell at Hewlett-Packard. Arguably, what he is best known for is the creator of our AMK patch that we used to this day.

Where is he now? We recently reconnected with him on Facebook. He earned a Black Belt in another style and has expressed interest in paying the AMK a visit in the future. We look forward to welcoming him at anytime.










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Bill kicking during a demonstration (1989)
#112 Bill Wurhman (1988-1990) Bill was another employee at HP. He was a fixture at the AMK during our early years. He could always be counted on for demonstrations, Women's Self-Defense attacker and anything else we might need. He left in 1990 to Europe to enjoy the fruits of life.

Where is he now? We recently reconnected with him on Facebook. He currently lives in Pennsylvania.










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Jonathan & Christopher sparring (1990)
#113 & #114 Jonathan & Christopher Dunne (1988-1990) Jonathan & Christopher became our first junior members. They became the core of or Saturday Kids' Class. They were often counted on for demonstrations and examples in the class since they achieved the highest rank of all of our juniors except for Lisa SBN.

#115 Phillip Flukas (1988-1989) Phil was one of our core members in the early day. He was known for being very quiet and never wanting to take testing! He participated in numerous demonstrations for our school as well as become a regular "attacker" for the Women's Self-Defense class.

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Nila & Master Amsell in the newspaper - January 10, 1990
#116 Nila Welker (1988-1992) Nila came from another school to our school as a Red Belt. When she came as a Red Belt, the only other Red Belt we had was Vicky (who left shortly after). Nila remained our only Red Belt until 1989 when Lisa SBN became a Red Belt as well. Nila was often chosen to be featured in demonstrations especially for Women's Self-Defense. She was a permanent fixture at the YMCA and became one of four AMK students to be promoted to Black Belt in 1991. She was studying at the So. CA Optometric College in Fullerton and upon graduating moved up to Davis, CA to take care of her mother. It was a very sad day for the AMK when she left.

Where is she now? Lisa SBN was able to find her through a search engine on the internet. She currently lives in Elk Grove, CA. They have spoken on the phone a few times and almost met up in 2006 when Master Amsell & Lisa SBN went up north. Unfortunately, they were not up there long enough to make time for the visit.

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Greg (1st time we had a photo in the newspaper) - 1990
#117-#119 Gregory (1988-1989), Robert (1988-1990), & Kathryn Tucker (1988-1989) The Tucker family became very important in the early development of our school. They were a part of all of our demos (and often featured). Greg had two photos of him make the local newspaper. It was more publicity than any student had ever received. All three were also featured in our AMK Newsletter in the form of pictures and poems. Barbara Tucker (mother/spouse) never joined our class, but was a regular attendee of our Women's Self-Defense program. Katie left after she gained other interests and Greg left shortly after, but Rob stayed an additional year and made it to the rank of 4th Kub, Blue Belt.
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Rob at our 3rd Quarter Testing - October 14, 1989







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Larry doing the Y flying side kick (1992)
#125 Larry Skipworth (1989-1993) Larry became an instrumental figure in our early years. He was always present for demonstrations and testings. He was our official AMK assistant at our Dodgers Demo in 1991. Lisa SBN gave him the nickname "Mr. Buff" because if his chiseled physique and several high flying techniques he was able to do with ease. Marcus SBN has a different memory of him. two of Marcus SBN's injuries came while sparring Larry. One time he landed on his foot wrong and broke his ankle and another time Larry went to do a high kick and in the clash his knee accidentally hit Marcus SBN in the face and he needed stitches. What most people (even today) wonder about him is why he is in so many picture with no uniform? The answer is because he often came to our testings to watch. At this time, it wasn't required for ALL students to take testing whether they were testing for a rank or not. Master Amsell often asked Larry to jump into the test from the stands and he did so that's why he doesn't have a uniform. Subsequently, in all of those tests that he performed it, he also received Battlefield Promotions each time as well.

To Be Continued...5/20/11
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