Bill Packer’s History & Tree

Bill Packer, President A.K.K.A.

Bill Packer (January 18,1946-August 19, 2005) William (Bill) Packer was born on January 18, 1946 in Columbus, Ohio. Three months later his family moved to Tucson, Arizona, where, later in life and after many moves he would begin studying Kenpo Karate. His father was a career military man and was transferred to Fairchild AFB in Spokane, Washington in 1953. Later, after a short stop in Ohio, the military sent the family to Puerto Rico. It was here that Mr. Packer was first introduced to Boxing and Judo. Bill also majored in baseball, basketball, and swimming while on the island. Another military transfer moved the family to Springfield, Massachusetts where Mr. Packer resumed boxing around his first passion – baseball. The Vietnam War stalled extended efforts in baseball as Mr. Packer entered the military. Before and during the military, Mr. Packer had confined and limited experience in Okinawa-Te, Wing Chun, Tai Chi, and Tae Kwon Do. Boxing, however, was his most extensive prior training. After completing the military tour, Mr. Packer moved back to Tucson, Arizona and began training with Jay Huff, Sr., at TRACO International Schools for self-defense. Motivated and dedicated, Mr. Packer moved toward career training and became manager of the TRACO So. 6th Street school in Tucson. After a short stop at the Tucson Headquarters School, working directly under Mr. Huff, Mr. Packer was transferred to Globe, Arizona to open and manage that location and start direct training with Mr. Connor. Quick success moved Mr. Packer to greater opportunity in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Another success promoted him to Regional Director in the TRACO Organization. After opening another school in Flagstaff, Arizona, TRACO transferred Bill to Glendale, Arizona. The Glendale School became his home office as Regional Director for TRACO. As Southwest Regional Director, he interacted with a great number of schools, including managers, instructors and students. This gave him invaluable experience and insight as both a teacher of Karate and of the business at every level.

After establishing AKKA, Mr. Packer resolved to broaden the scope of his system. Early on, Mr. Packer was well aware of a variety of principles common to all Martial Arts (mind set, pressing, pushing, skill enhancement techniques, physical training, etc). Although the physical level seemed superior, he felt inadequate in that part beyond the physical. Mr. Packer started by researching the history, philosophy, and meaning of the animals, elements and colors associated with Kenpo. He incorporated the various beliefs, according to belt, into the system. To insure the incorporation of traditional Chinese and Japanese ideas, Mr. Packer had a notable professor of Chinese Philosophy teach Martial Arts Philosophy classes to his instructors and student body. Most of AKKA’s findings and developments can be found in the original AKKA manual.

Concurrently, with the advancement of the system was the outburst of AKKA Kickboxing. After viewing the first World Karate Association (WKA) Championships, Mr. Packer knew, at that time and with prior boxing experience, the missing link was conditioning. In 1974, with these thoughts in mind, he moved forward to build AKKA Bad Company Fighting Team. Together they accomplished the following:

  • 136 World Rated Fighters
  • 20 World Titles
  • 9 North American Titles
  • 10 U.S. Titles
  • Premier Inductee of International Instructors Hall of Fame
  • 1982 International Kickboxing Trainer of the Year

In 1978, Bill Packer and Master Thomas Connor agreed the system could be even more balanced by integrating more Wushu elements of circularity and continual motion, movement chains, theory, concept, principle, iron palm, and seizing and striking the vital areas of the body. This constituted the following new and advanced forms annexed into the system: Tiger Hunt, Monkey, Leopard, Advanced Staff, Whispering Winds, and Enter the Temple. Forms not listed are appended in the same frame.

Master Packer passed away on August 19th , 2005 after a long fight with cancer.  He is greatly missed by all who knew him.


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Canzonieri, Salvatore. “The Story of Traditional Martial Arts,” Han Wei’s Wushu Issue No. 22, March, 1996.

Corcoran, John, et al. The Original Martial Arts Encyclopedia: Tradition, History, Pioneers. Los Angeles: Pro-Action Publishing, 1984.

Golub, Arnold M. “The History of Kenpo,” 10th Anniversary Edition-Black Belt Magazine. Kuoho, Sam. Current President of and 10th Degree Black Belt in Kara-Ho Kenpo, Interview, May, 1996.

Man, Yip. “Wing Chun History-The Origin of Wing Chun,”, June, 1996.

Mitose, J.M. What Is Self-Defense? California State University, 1980. Parker, Edmund. Secrets of Chinese Karate. 1963.

Tindall, Dr. James A. “History of American Kenpo,” May, 1996.

This History has been provided by the hard work and research of one of my black belts

Chris Jones 

Bill Packer’s Black Belt Tree

Ruben Abeyta Brian Allen Gary Allen Robert Arellanes
Amy Armstrong Vicente Ayala Steven Baca Pat Baker
Ed Bame * Santiago Barela Adam Bower Tom Buchanan
Fernando Calleros Alejandro Candelaria Bill Davis Bruce Davis
Hoai Thu Doan Quy Thu Doan Craig Fossett Rick Gibbins
* Phil Gilbert Joe Goudy Luie Goudy Frank Holloway
Jeremy Howden *Michael Keschinger * Shawn Knight Tom Koa
Aaron Kravitz Alton Loony * Denise Maggard * Michael Maggard
Leroy Mathews Jr. Leroy Mathews Sr. Eric McEnaney John Michaud
*Gerald (Jerry) Miller Saul Montoya Jake Morgan *Enrique Nuñez
John Nieto Mort Packer David Perea * Jon Phan
* Kien Phan Robert Porras Byron Queen Don Roberts
Pat Romero Rick Sanchez Lee Sprague Mike Temple
* Katrina Thibault Brett Thomas Mariel Tribby Joe Valle
Joseph Viers Phil Webber *Michael Whaley Steve Willard
Mark Williams Shelee Williamson Mike Winklejohn Len Yarmer

* The asterisk means that the student received their first degree black belt under another person in our organization, but later became a student of Mr. Packer.

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