Elam King has been involved in martial arts for eighteen years. He began studying martial arts under Sensei Ed Barron and has attained the rank of San Dan (3rd degree black belt) under the guidance of Sensei Khatib Waheed. Elam became involved with martial arts for two reasons. The first was to receive the health benefits that it affords from being in good physical condition. The second was to develop the discipline that it requires to know when, where and how to use it when necessary. Elam is currently retired, after working in the field of social services for thirty years. During that time he held numerous positions of which two he is most proud to acknowledge:
• Assistant Director Caring Communities Program; and
• Executive Director of the Prince Hall Family Support Center.
Elam has been married for twenty five years to his beautiful wife Pat and they have two sons. He is a graduate of Webster University where he attained a B.A. in Sociology and Education. Currently, Elam teaches History and Social Studies part-time at Alton High School and works as a tutor/counselor in the Upward Bound Program at Lewis and Clark Community College.