"Only the strong survive"
The East Texas American Society of Karate was initiated in January 1992 by Mr. Robert La Mont, a student of Mr. Bill Gray of Houston, TX. E.T.A.S.K. finds its' roots in traditional Japanese martial arts but does incorporate American boxing style with other Asian tactics. Mr. La Mont's goals: To provide an affordable, yet practical public martial arts program for children and adults, ages 5 & up. To train students in the art, sport and self defense aspects of karate, to recognize and teach the ever changing strategies of numerous martial arts disciplines, both traditional and non-traditional and to establish and maintain an environment of discipline with exemplary attitudes in educational pursuits and family values.
E.T.A.S.K. sponsors include Kilgore College, LeTourneau University, Longview Parks and Recreation, Tyler Parks and Recreation, Marshall Parks and Recreation, Jacksonville Parks and Recreation, City of Gilmer, and Rusk County Recreation Association. Evening classes are held Monday - Friday in eleven locations between the hours of 6 - 9 PM. College credit classes are held Mon and Wed 8 - 9 PM for Kilgore College & Tues and Thurs 12 - 1 PM at LeTourneau University.