Khatib Waheed has dedicated his life to achieving social justice, strengthening families and uplifting the African American community. He began the formal study of the Okinawa style of karate-do called Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu in 1986 under Sensei Ed Barron at Walbridge Community School in North St. Louis. Khatib had two goals for beginning his training: 1) developing and maintaining his health; and 2) increasing opportunities for African American children, youths and families to learn self-defense and non-violent conflict resolution.
In 1989, Khatib was able to start a program for at-risk children and families at Walbridge Community School called the Walbridge Caring Communities Program with resource support and funding from the Danforth Foundation, the Missouri Departments of Mental Health, Social Services, Education and Health and St. Louis Public Schools. In 1994, he was able to combine his commitments to social justice, families and community with his growing interest in the martial arts. That year, he expanded the Caring Communities Program by opening a Teen Drop-In-Center (TDIC) in the North St. Louis neighborhoods of Walnut Park and Mark Twain.
At the TDIC, families were able to enroll their children between the ages of 12-19 years old in programs and services designed to help prevent teen pregnancy and address drug and gang involvement. Three of those prevention programs included: learning how to box through the Police Athletic League (PAL); participating in a male and female Rites of Passage Program offered by the Simba Na Malaika Wa Changa; and learning karate from Sensei Ed Barron.
Khatib Waheed has five beautiful adult children, eight grandchildren and has been married to his lovely wife Loretta Waheed for over thirty-five years. He holds a M. Ed. from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a B.A. in History and Political Science from Webster University.
Khatib was promoted to Yon-Dan (fourth degree) in 2002, by Sensei Ed Barron and received his certificate for Yon–Dan in 2008 from Osensei Takayoshi Nagamine.