Grand Master Lewis

Robert “Master” Lewis’s life is sort like the martial arts he teaches; every move, and every strategy. Robert is the owner and founder of 5280 Karate Academy with branches in Lakewood and Westminster, Colorado. He was introduced to the martial arts in 1985, when one of his daughters was being bullied in the first grade. She would come home with slap marks on her face. It was suggested by a neighbor to put her in the martial arts. Not knowing much about the martial arts, he felt that he would be creating another bully. However, he decided to try it anyway, and the bullying stopped. After about 18 months of watching class he decided to join with his two girls. In 1998, he began to seriously adhere to training and studying the martial arts, and was particularly drawn to the mental and spiritual aspects of the training. However, like most men with a passion of owning their own business he found himself embracing the idea of owning his own martial art school. He approached Stephen Oliver about opening his own martial arts school; he opened the door to make that happen. He is both proud and deeply honored to have been given the opportunity to open his own martial arts school in the affiliation with Mile High Karate. The goal was to bring the beauty of the martial arts to his community and those who choose to step on the path of his instruction. “We grew very quickly and were very successful,” he says. “I was very lucky in that I came in at the right time.” He teaches martial arts to students in after-school programs in Lakewood, Littleton, Denver, and Englewood, Colorado. This caused a huge influx of young children and adults to join the martial arts. Robert “Master” Lewis is a 7th Degree Black Belt, he has train with such notable martial artist as: Joe Lewis, Grand Master Jhoon Rhee, Grand Master Stephen Oliver, Grand Master Jeff Smith, Grand Master John Chung, and Superfoot Wallace. In addition to Roberts’s achievements in the martial arts world, he served two years in the Military; he also received his B.A., in Business Management, from Wiley College, B.B.A. in Personnel Management, from the University of Texas, and his M.B.A. from Regis University. For over 20 years he was employed in the restaurant industry where he held the position Vice-President of Popeye’s Fried Chicken, Regional Manager for Long John Silver’s, Regional Manager for Winches Donuts, and Assistant General Manager for Macaroni Grill. Robert “Master” Lewis teaches today out of the pure love he has for the martial arts, as well as the joy and satisfaction he receives from the students he work with. He plans on continuing teaching the martial arts as long as there are student interested learning.