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Chief Master Richard E. Anderson, 2013 AR Black Hall of Fame Inductee

Anderson’s Taekwondo Center Camp Positive is a nonprofit martial arts school which runs a high profile program with about 120 members.
From the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame:

Anderson’s Taekwondo Center Camp Positive is a nonprofit martial arts school which runs a high profile program
with about 120 members. We offer a program to inner city youth and their families which strengthen them through
the moral standards of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA); we emphasize our motto, “Go to Church On
Sunday; Practice Free On Monday”. Chief Master Richard E. Anderson, the highest ranking African American out
of almost 400,000 members of the ATA, WTTU and STF organizations, is the pulse behind “Camp Positive”.
He has been involved with Taekwondo and the ATA for over 39 years.

Chief Master Anderson has dedicated his life to helping inner city youth. “Camp Positive” is a program that
reaches out to children from all walks of life. His school is mainly students who come from single parent homes,
raised by grandparents or guardians with little or no income. He provides them with a positive path to gain self
confidence in them and a stable support system in their lives. He does this by implementing the well known motto
of “Each One, Teach One”. He also believes “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”.

Chief Master Anderson and the instructors at Anderson’s Taekwondo Center (ATC) reach out to one child, youth
or family and give those individuals life lessons. These individuals are then able and willing to teach other children,
youth and those around them that there is a positive alternative than the streets.

Chief Master Anderson and his staff specializes in “at risk” youth. That is any child with discipline attention, selfesteem
or low school achievement problems. Chief Master Anderson teaches discipline through Taekwondo and he
stresses the importance of academic achievement by encouraging good grades and a “Yes I Can” mindset.

Not only are we concerned with a child graduating from high school but setting our sites on seeing the students graduate
from college and becoming an active contributor to society and their community.
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