Sam Bowley began his karate training as a family activity at age 6 in Midland, TX. The first few years were studying Tae Kwon Do, but in 1986 moved to Ed Parker’s American Kenpo. His instructor at the time was Mr. Curtis Abernathy, and continued there until moving to Celina, TX in 1989.
Out of all karate, Sam Bowley started training again in 1991 with a few other high school students. One of whom was Damian Wilson. In late 1991, Sam and the other students began training Kenpo Karate with Mr. Brant Hickman in Anna, TX. He continued there until graduating high school in 1993.
As is often the case, life happened and Sam got married, had kids, and lost focus on Kenpo. But in January 2009
Damian Wilson called and asked for help to train for his black belt. So began the path once more. Mr. Wilson came to the Bowley house two to three times a week to teach the Bowley girls and practice for his upcoming test. It was in October 2009 that Mr. Wilson accomplished his black belt and reopened his school in Edmond, OK.
In November 2009 Sam Bowley began instructing his daughters and taking them to test under Mr. Wilson at Disciple Martial Arts. This system continued for nearly a year. With the blessing of Mr. Wilson and Mr. Brian Duffy, head of the American Kenpo Federation, Bowley Kenpo Karate began taking new students in August 2010. Currently a 1st degree black belt, Sam Bowley continues to teach new students in the dojo located in the garage of his home.