Jim Haymore, Owner and Head Instructor of United Karate Studios Gainesville, GA
Jim Haymore began his martial arts training in 1973 under Mr. Ben Kiker. Mr. Kiker is recognized as one of the founding fathers of modern-day kick-boxing. Mr. Haymore earned his black belt in 1977 at Mr. Kiker’s studio in Dalton, Georgia. In 1980, he opened the Gainesville branch of United Karate Studios as a premier martial arts school which focuses on traditional martial arts. Mr. Haymore actively competed for fifteen years, earning national and regional recognition as a competitor in fighting, forms and weapons. He ended his competitive career in 1995 with an .800 win percentage in fighting. Mr. Haymore continues to actively train under Mr. Kiker, and is the Executive Vice-President of the United Karate organization with over thirty years experience on the Executive Board of Directors. Mr. Haymore currently holds a seventh degree black belt in karate and has studied many other martial arts such as Jiu-Jitsu, Hapkido, and Filipino stick fighting.
Mr. Haymore received his BS degree in physical education in 1979 from Georgia Southern and is an adjunct professor at Brenau University.