Century’s Director of Sporting Goods Michael Kramp has always been a guy in pursuit of the next physical challenge. Even after wrestling in high school and, later, joining the military, Kramp still wanted to keep pushing himself. Martial arts, he says, was the natural path.
Kramp is a Shodan (1st Degree) black belt in Kyokushin Karate, 4th degree black belt in taekwondo, and is a certified Level 3 Krav Maga instructor under the United States Krav Maga Federation.
He says that his martial arts background was the “single biggest reason” he sought out a job at Century. Kramp says he enjoys getting to work with martial arts products, alongside martial artists, and the environment at Century.
In addition to working at Century, Kramp is also the owner and chief instructor at CORE Martial Arts in Yukon, which he opened in 2013. He was chosen for induction into the United States Martial Artist Association Hall of Fame as the 2014 Instructor of the Year.
Despite working and running a business, Kramp remains active in competing and in the martial arts community. In 2014 he was the Oklahoma State Champion in Kata, and he serves as an Executive Board Member on Oklahoma’s premier tournament circuit, the Oklahoma Karate Association. He is also a member of the Martial Arts Association of Masters.
“I have 25 years of experiences with a number of schools and instructors, and I have learned as much what not to do, as what to do,” Kramp says. “I have had the opportunity to train under some great people, but the best experience I have had as a student and as an instructor is training under Master Dillard.”