We often get requests for information on where people can go to train with the stars of our magazine, radio shows and TV Shows. Listed below are the schools and contact information of our World Martial Arts Media celebrities! They are listed below in alphabetical order by last name.
Learn Tai Chi with Sifu Cliff Black in Apopka, Florida. Tai Chi is called the Supreme Ultimate Fist and Sifu Black teaches it as a martial art. For class information or to book Cliff Black for a seminar call him direct at 352-455-1600.
Grand Master Glover is the Director of the US National Taekwondo Association and our World Martial Arts TV Show instructor. Grand Master Glover is one of the true pioneers of Taekwondo in America. He makes his home in Atlanta, Georgia where he runs the day-to-day operations of the US National Taekwondo Association’s National Training Center. You will find Grand Master Glover on the mat teaching the same traditional techniques that were handed down to him by his masters in Asia. Grand Master Glover is one of the few American Grand Masters to have personally lived the evolution of modern Taekwondo. He started in the 1960′s learning the traditional kwan styles of Taekwondo and then followed Taekwondo as it evolved into a modern Olympic Sport.
A FEW RANDOM FACTS ABOUT GRAND MASTER GREGORY GLOVER Grandmaster Glover received his training and status of First Degree Black Belt in Thailand while serving in the U.S. Air Force in 1971. With over 46 years of martial arts experience under his belt, Grm. Glover enjoys teaching all age groups. In April of 2005 Grm. Glover completed 20 yrs. of teaching Self-defense, Karate 1 & 2 courses and the coaching of John Jay’s college taekwondo team at John Jay College of Criminal of Justice in Manhattan, NY. Grm. Glover is now focusing his expertise in the national expansion of his Martial Arts Family as well as the development of the U.S. National Taekwondo Association. Objective: To consistently develop my attitude toward becoming a better person/martial artist. I work daily to also develop a national organization which will influence others to learn and grow within traditional Martial Arts, by instilling good basics for life. These basics will encourage respect, sportsmanship, pride, teamwork, harmony and the inner strength to say No. You can reach Grand Master Gregory Glover by e-mail at email@example.com or call his school in Conyers, Georgia at 770-679-4161.
Learn Taekwondo and Hapkido with Dr. Richard Hackworth in Orlando, Florida. Grand Master Hackworth is the Host and Director of
the World Martial Arts Radio and TV Shows. When it comes to the traditional military art form of Taekwondo in America, no figure has been more influential than Richard Hackworth. While others chased easy money promoting Taekwondo as a sport, Grand Master Richard Hackworth and a close circle of masters worked very hard to keep the classical form of Taekwondo alive in the U.S.A.
Born into a famous American military family, some say that the military arts are in his blood. Few can claim that they dedicate each day to learning, teaching and promoting martial arts, or that they were hand-picked by Korea’s highest ranking Masters to be America’s first true Grand Master. However, that is exactly what Grand Master Richard Hackworth has done. His enthusiasm, charisma and ability to communicate with people of all ages have made him America’s most sought after Taekwondo martial arts teacher.
Grand Master Richard Hackworth is a highly sought after professional Taekwondo trainer, teacher, historian and philosopher. His Taekwondo career began as an exchange student in Japan where he trained in Karate and Kendo. He also had some training in Aikido while preparing for a small part in a television mini-series. After finishing his schooling in Japan he returned to the US where he joined the US Army and was stationed in Korea. His time in Korea allowed him to train with the first generation of Taekwondo Martial Arts Masters in Korea who were trained after the Japanese occupation. Their specialty was the Military Arts forms of Taekwondo and Hapkido, not the modern Olympic sport Taekwondo of today.
Hackworth was the first of what is now called a “Multi-Arts Grand Master” having achieved Grand Master level ranks in Taekwondo, Hapkido, Yudo and TaeGukKwan. Grand Master Hackworth is the President of the United States National TaeKwonDo Association: the ONLY Associaltion in the US recognized by the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association.
Some of his past Taekwondo instructors include:
- Hong Chong Soo and Kim Yong Hon of MooDukKwan
- Lee Yong Woo of JungDoKwan
- Lee Suk Kyu of TangSooDo and YuSool
Having different Taekwondo teachers gave him a unique perspective on the finer points of the art and helped him evolve his training into a new Taekwondo form in itself. GunDae Taekwondo, which became an official Kwan of the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association in October of 2007 and the only official Taekwondo Kwan founded by an American.
As Grand Master Richard Hackworth has risen though the Martial Artist ranks he has made several outstanding achievements. He became the first non-Korean to be allowed membership into the prestigious Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association and today serves as the President of the International Chapter. He has earned an incredible eightteen Martial Arts Hall-of-Fame inductions. His studies in the Asian histories and philosophies have resulted in a Ph.D. in Asian Studies and a second Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine. These accomplishments make him one of the most qualified Grand Masters of his generation not only in the USA, but in the entire world. Richard Hackworth was invited to attend the Masters Course at Kukkiwon in Korea, and was the first American to graduate from that course.
Now making his home in Florida, Hackworth operates one of the world’s largest, most successful Korean Martial Arts Schools. The American Dragon Martial Arts Academies school is discreetly located in a small shopping center in Orlando, Florida where his personal clients range from business professionals, police officers and corrections officers to other Martial Arts school owners. Grand Master Richard Hackworth can be reached through his website at American Dragon Martial Arts Academies. For class times and locations or to book him for a seminar contact him at 321-443-8077.
Learn Taekwondo, Hapkido and YuSool with Master Shane Miller in Orlando, Florida. Master Miller is the Coach of the USNTA National Taekwondo Team and an instructor on the World Martial Arts TV Show. For class times and location or to book him for a seminar contact him at 407-923-5269.
Learn Aikido and Hapkido with Master Darren Norris in Etowah, North Carolina. Master Darren Norris was born in March of 1959 in
Hendersonville, NC where he still resides. He attended Etowah Elementary, Rugby Middle School and West Henderson High School. He attended Blue Ridge Community College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his study of the Korean self defense art of Hapkido in 1972 under Herschel Anderson who was trained in Korea while in the military. He studied at that school until Mr. Anderson closed the school.
In his thirties Master Norris returned to Hapkido training and began Aikido training with Grand Master Dennis Corn of Hendersonville. Grand Master Corn holds a 6th degree black belt in Hapkido, 2Nd degree in Aikido and 3Rd degree in Tae Kwon Do. Around 2002 Grand Master Corn retired and named Master Darren Norris chief instructor of his school: Aikido and Hapkido of Hendersonville.
In 2003 Master Norris met and trained with the president of the Korean Hapkido Federation, Grand Master Dong Kyun Kim and was named North Carolina State Representative for the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association. In 2004 Master Norris was honored as a Hapkido Instructor by the World Head Of Family Grand Sokeship Council and was inducted into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall Of Fame as Hapkido Instructor of the year.
In 2008 Master Darren Norris was voted onto the K.M.A.I.A. World Council. In 2009 Master Norris continued his accomplishments when he was inducted into the World Martial Arts Magazine Hall Of Fame as Hapkido Master Of The Year. The School he shares with his partner Master Travis Ginn (also inducted into the Hall Of Fame as Tang Soo Do Master Of The Year) was awarded Traditional School Of The Year at the ceremony in Clearwater Florida.
In 2010 Master Darren Norris was promoted to 5th degree black belt in HaeMuKwan Hapkido. Also in 2010 Master Darren Norris was promoted to United States Hapkido Representative for the K.M.A.I.A.. Master Darren Norris also became the first person in the U.S. certified to teach the K.M.A.I.A. Weapons Course in 2010.
In 2011 Master Darren Norris was asked to head up the North Carolina branch of The Korea Yusul Association and began teaching Yusul (Korean grappling). Also in 2011 Master Darren Norris was made United States Representative for Kyuk Kum Sool (Korean Sword) by the World Sword Arts Federation. In 2011 Aikido and Hapkido of Hendersonville became only the second school outside of Korea to receive the coveted Self Defense School of The Year from the K.M.A.I.A. In 2012 Master Darren Norris was made United States Representative for Hankido (a Korean self defense version of Aikido) because of his knowledge of both Hapkido and Aikido. Also in 2012 Master Darren Norris was named the first person in the state of North Carolina certified to teach the Korean C.O.P.S program, (Civilian Oriented Police System).
Master Darren Norris is a regular columnist for World Martial Arts Magazine and appears on World Martial Arts TV and Radio. He is also co-starring in the upcoming martial arts documentary “The Warrior’s Quest”. For class info or to book him for a seminar call Ph: 828-388-0635.
Learn Taekwondo and TangSooDo with Grand Master Fred Parks in Orlando, Florida. Grand Master Parks is the Host and Producer of the World Martial Arts Radio and TV Shows. For class times and locations or to book him for a seminar contact him at 352-638-8143.