Weatherford Democrat


March 23, 2014

42 years in business


In a world of “here today, gone tomorrow” businesses, seeing one that has been in Weatherford 42 years is very refreshing.

Bob Nuttall, owner of The Karate University, 301 W. I-20, started his 43rd year in business March 15. Nuttall said he had been taking karate classes in Fort Worth and had trained under Grand Master J. Pat Burleson and decided to open his business in downtown Weatherford at 315 N. Main St. The climate in town wasn’t exactly conducive to opening such a business.

“This town has changed dramatically since 1972,” Nuttall said. “Some people at the time said karate was a mystic science and was very misunderstood.”

Over the years, the community has gotten to know Nuttall and become more accepting of the martial arts as a whole. Nuttall said he could never give back to Weatherford as much as what the residents of the area has given to him.

He managed to make it work and kept the business going. In 1985, he expanded to what is the current location. With the expansion of space, Nuttall also opened a health club, Fit Now, inside the facility with his longtime friend Richard Wood now running the facility.  Both men say having the two businesses inside one building, which are open 24 hours a day, has helped immensely and allows for the family to stay together.

“We are definitely a more family oriented gym, which is definitely what we wanted,” Wood said.

“We find that when the kids come to class, the parents will stay and work out, which benefits everyone involved,” Nuttall said.

Times and people have changed over the years with the martial arts being more accepted as a way to stay in shape and defend yourself using tried and proven techniques.

“I can say I’ve trained three generations of some families,” Nuttall said. “I’ve trained grandparents, parents and now their kids. People have thanked me for saving their lives and I tell them they were the ones that did it.”

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