In 1956, Jhoon Rhee arrived in Texas for military training by the USAF. While there, he taught what may have been, the first American class in Tae Kwon Do. Allen Steen, karate pioneer in the American Southwest, studied karate under Jhoon Rhee in 1959 at the University of Texas. He earned his black belt in 1962, and in 1963, he promoted his first black belt. In 1966, he was a member of the victorious U.S. National Karate Team in Hawaii. That same year, he won the International Karate Championships in Long Beach, beating out both Chuck Norris and Joe Lewis.