Photo: Master Ron Troutman (right) received the Ken Knudson Memorial Award and was inducted into the Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Courtesy Photo
HOMEWOOD, Ill.—Master Ron Troutman received the Ken Knudson Memorial Award and was inducted into the Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame at a ceremony and dinner held at the Balagio Restaurant in Homewood, Ill. on Feb. 18.
This award is given to the martial artist who exhibits the highest standard of martial arts dedication and service to the martial arts community and who have made a profound impact on the sports of martial arts.
Master Ron, who was honored by receiving these prestigious awards, was accompanied by his wife of 53 years, Revann, son Master Rocky, daughter Darla and other family members, plus black belts from Rocky’s Dojo & Gym in Sugar Grove. The ceremony also included top martial artists from throughout the state.
Master Rocky was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2009—the only father and son to do so.
Ron Troutman, JuDan or 10th Degree black belt, was introduced to Isshin-Ryu Karate in 1960 by Jim Chapman, known as the “Fighting Sensei.” Later Troutman studied under Jesse Gallegos, who was a student of Chapman. Chapman studied under Don Nagle.
In 1974 Troutman, with his son Rocky, then a 14-year-old black belt, founded Champion Karate Studio in Aurora.
In 1984, the Troutman’s expanded by designing and building Rocky’s Dojo & Gym, Inc. in Sugar Grove. The complex is a unique design that features 5-foot octagon windows and a 6,400 square foot multi-level including a dojo, complete weight room, boxing ring with bags, showers and lockers with all the amenities.
In 1988, Master Troutman more than doubled the size of the complex to 15,200 square feet. Known as the Octagon Center, it includes 11 businesses and four living quarters. The multi-million dollar complex is a showplace for Isshin-Ryu Karate, kickboxing, boxing, mixed martial arts, weight training, kettlebell, Zumba, etc.
Master Troutman has promoted over 100 students to black belt since 1974, and has held over 125 open Karate tournaments. In 2009, he was promoted to 10th degree black belt by the I.C.O.B.B. (International Council of Black Belts), which he now heads up along with Master Jane Gallegos. He was also promoted to 10th degree black belt by the United Black Belt Council of Phoenix, Ariz.—a group of his fellow karate-kas from Illinois who moved to Arizona many years ago.
Master Troutman, at age 71, still teaches at least three days per week at the dojo and loves the camaraderie with the students. He has also been devoted to the mental and spiritual aspects of the martial arts and positive thinking.