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Hugo M. Rojas, II                                                                   Founder & Chairman
Hugo Rojas began the “Youth Karate Club” in 1989, and incorporated the CYKC in 1994. Rojas was recently elected to the Hawthorne School Board of Trustees, and has been a Youth Commissioner for the City of Hawthorne since 1993. As a Martial Arts Master with a 5th Degree Black Belt in “Chinese Kenpo Karate,” Rojas has held many records and titles, and most recently, captured the 2001 IMAC World Karate Championship. As a teacher, he lends his efforts to many other civic and private groups, as when he recently joined forces with the “United Peace Officers Against Crime” to develop a one week “self-defense and safety awareness course” for “Camp UPAC,” a camp for over 300 inner-city children Co-Sponsored by the LA County Sheriffs Department.

Joe Alegria                                                                                                    President
With a 3rd Degree Black Belt in “Lima Lama,” Joe Alegria is a Martial Arts specialist, but his specialty is organizing Martial Arts Events. Alegria is the promoter and coordinator of the “California Youth Karate Nationals,” an annual event held at the LA Sheriffs Academy; he built the “California Dragon Awards Celebrity Benefit” in Hermosa Beach in 2000; and he coordinated the “California Youth and Karate Masters Celebrity Benefit” in Century City in 1999. When Alegria isn’t organizing Martial Arts Events or teaching at either the East LA “Salesian Boys and Girls Club” or the “East LA Community Center”.

Chris Young                                                                                           Vice-President
Chris Young has been involved with martial arts for over 30 years, 20 styles and a few black belts to his name. Chris met Hugo Rojas in the late 80's and helped him run with Hugo's idea of forming the California Youth Karate Club, keeping kids out of gangs and drugs by teaching the self respect and discipline of martial arts. Since 1994 Chris has been the Vice President and had the honor of bringing in a family friend as the first chair person, the late Tom Reddin who was the Police chief of Los Angeles in the 60's. Through the years Chris has worked under Hugo and has helped bring in some other amazing martial artists friends like Michael Dudikoff from the movie American Ninja and the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend Rigan Machado, as well as Lee Reherman (Hawk) from American Gladiators to become the CYKC treasurer. Chris was a Commissioner for the city of Redondo Beach for 8 years and was awarded by the Mayor, Police dept. and Fire dept. for his good work, when he left. He did make sure that the city was in good hands though and recommended good friend and CYKC fellow black belt Kevan Hill to take his place as a Commissioner for the city of Redondo Beach. Chris is now a Commissioner for the City of Indio and always strives to move forward in anyway he can to help his community and the youth in it.

Lee Reherman                                                                                               Treasurer
Lee Reherman has been a recognizable entertainment personality for more than a decade, now boasting Acting and Hosting credits in over 50 Television and Feature Film projects; his broad On-Camera resume includes everything from playing wacky theatrical roles for Disney to hosting hard edged “Muscle Car Shows” for Speed Channel. But in recent years, Reherman’s economic expertise and TV experience have been sought to host financial content on Television Shows such as “PLAN B” for CMT and “THAT YIN YANG THING” for TLC. In 2010, Reherman will be a series regular on SHOWTIME’S new series “LOOK,” & will Guest Star on FX’s new series, “TERRIERS.” In late 2009, he will Guest Star on “HANNAH MONTANA” on DISNEY, and “PRISON BREAK” on FOX.

Elizabeth De La Fuente                                                  IT Manager\Board Member

Elizabeth De La Fuente has been a member of our organization for over 8 years. Contributing her time and effort in designing, creating, and updating our tournament applications packets and website. She is also supporting the executives in keeping up to date on their IT devices. 

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