Historical Overview

Grand Master Delford Fort started Martial Arts in 1967, after the riot in Detroit, Michigan.  His mother wanted something to keep him off the streets and to stress discipline. In those days, everyone was learning from soldiers returning from Vietnam.  They taught Korean Karate (now known as Tae-Kwon-Do).  Several youth centers were teaching some form or another of Gung-Fu (Kung-Fu, Wu Shu).  Mr. Fort was taught Wing Chun under Master Hotz (a 70 year old brick layer), who saw something special in Mr. Fort.  Master Hotz closed his class and only instructed Fort in the way of longevity.

After receiving a black belt at an early age and the death of Master Hotz, Fort began training where he could.  His mother enrolled him into a Tae-Kwon-Do Ji-Do-Kwan school under Mr. Tommy Cummings, who studied the martial arts while stationed in Seoul, Korea earning a black belt.  He later learned from the greats such as:  Howard Jackson, Michael Jones (a student of the great Moses Powell).  Grandmaster Fort has studied over the years AiKi Ju Jitsu, Judo, Shotokan, Wrestling, and currently holds the title MKU (Master) under the Alkebu-Lan Martial Arts Federation.  By combining these disciplines, Master Fort created his own system called Yochin-Ryu (Devastation and Immobilization). 

The Yellow Tigers have existed since 1973, solely as a volunteer organization.  A variety of programs at countless churches, civic and community centers have been offered over the years.  In 1991, a building was donated and that is when the Yellow Tigers School of Martial Arts opened on James Couzens St. in Detroit. The school grew progressively for two years when the building was sold for future development. In 2016, we relocated to our new home on 3364 Michigan Ave.