- “Real leaders relish in responsibility and take pride in steering the vision, knowing full well just over the next wave can be a deadly chunk of ice ready to capsize the dream!” – Master Rick Rando
Master Rick Rando is Owner and President of Kick Masters Karate, LLC, head facilitator at www.facebook.com/randospeaksmd, and CEO of Adron Enterprises (a land developing company in Western Maryland). A traditional taekwondo practitioner for the past 31 years, Rando owns one of the largest, open-space martial arts schools in the country. He is currently a seventh degree black belt endorsed by martial arts legend, Grandmaster Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, and has been featured in Black Belt Magazine, MASuccess Magazine, and Lifestyles in Annapolis Magazine as a Motivational Master Instructor/Business Professional.
As a keynote empowerment speaker, Rando has conducted thousands of demonstrations/presentations in the school system, and in the business community at large. He’s been the keynote/featured speaker at hundreds of events, and has worked with various distinguished companies such as Columbia Gas/NiSource, Flagship Rehab, The Boys Scouts, The Belt Group, Frostburg State University, Garrett College, Charm City Cakes (from Food Network’s hit show, “Ace of Cakes”), and Chick-fil-A to name just a few. Most recently, Rando has been featured on several business Podcasts including MATalk with Cliff Lenderman, the 10 Minute Teacher with Vicki Davis, and The Real Deal with Jason Silverman.
Rando is currently a member of MAIA (the Martial Arts Industry Association) and a member of the Allegany County Schools “Character Counts” Program. He recently graduated from the Disney Institute: Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence program, and has earned the “Gold/Platinum Level Mark of Excellence Award” by Century Martial Arts for the past ten consecutive years. An accomplished author, Master Rando has penned five cover articles featured in MASuccess Magazine and has appeared on the cover of both Allegany and MASuccess Magazines respectfully. He’s been featured in 5 MAIA Monthly Instructional DVD’s, teaching instructional skills to martial arts school owners around the world, and was named one of Allegany County’s Top 10 Most Fascinating People in February 2013. In 2004 and 2006 he was awarded the Dream Catcher Award through the Arc of Frederick for working with persons with disabilities, and in 2007, conducted two taekwondo seminars/demonstrations in Thailand as part of a cultural enrichment program.
Master Rando is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Frostburg State University where he has achieved a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Political Science, with a minor in Sociology. A member of the Phi Eta Sigma and the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Societies, Rando was a two-time Maryland House of Delegates Scholarship Award winner. As a college senior, he earned the first ever Maryland Sheriff’s Institute Scholarship at FSU, earned the highest award in Criminal Justice at the Convocation Award Ceremony, and worked for Maryland State Senator John J. Hafer as a student intern. Additionally, Rando is a Board Member of the Vicki Via Dotson Leukemia Foundation, an honorary Fireman with the City of Frostburg, a former high school freshman basketball coach, an Eagle Scout, a former independent percussionist with a drumstick endorsement from world-renowned stick manufacturer Silverfox Percussion, a marathon runner, and is only one of three people from his Congressional District to earn the “Congressional Award” for community service.
Most importantly, Master Rando is happily married to wife Julie, and father to his son Lawson and daughter Dylan.
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Gold/Platinum Award Winner
Century Martial Arts 2008 – Present
Appeared on the Cover of MASuccess Magazine
Appeared on the Cover of Allegany Magazine
2009 Special Edition
Training DVD Feature
Featured in 5 MAIA Monthly Instructor DVD’s
“Allegany County’s Top 10 Most Fascinating People”
Allegany County 2013
Featured in Lifestyles in Annapolis Magazine
Lifestyles in Annapolis Magazine – “A Modern Day Motivational Speaker” Article
Featured in Black Belt Magazine
Black Belt Magazine – “What They Want + What They Need” Article
Disney Half Marathon, Tower of Terror 10-Miler, Rock and Roll – St. Jude Country Music Marathon
2013 – Present
Martial Artist Hall of Fame
2018 United States Martial Artist Association Hall of Fame Inductee
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2019 Frostburg State University’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award