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Master Gregory Shepherd


Gregory is a current WAKO US kickboxing national team member, currently ranked 17th in the world in the K-1 -91kg category  by WAKO. Gregory began his martial arts journey over 20 years ago with Olympic WT taekwondo at the age of 7 in Ellicott City, Maryland Under Grand Master Jong C Jang. Started scholastic wrestling at age 11, And boxing at the age of 13. A veteran of the US Army (2004-2018), and a former world ­class taekwondo competitor in the All Army/Armed forces sports program. As a youth Gregory has Lived abroad on 2 different occasions(South Korea) and Traveled to numerous countries to study, train,and/or compete in martial arts . In his 20 years of consecutive martial arts training. Gregory has cross trained and studied many different systems most notably Jow Ga Kung Fu and Krav Maga. Gregory believes martial arts and combat sports is a lifelong metaphysical journey to help cultivate oneself as a human being mentally, physically, and spiritually.


5th Dan black belt Taekwondo

1st Dan black belt Hapkido

USA Boxing level 1 coach

ISMA/AAAI Certified Personal Trainer

CPR/AED first aid certified



2019 WAKO US national team kickboxing team member

2018 WAKO Pan American championship K-1 Kickboxing silver medalist

2018 WAKO USA national Kickboxing team member

WKA North American Kickboxing champion

IKF World classic Muay Thai 2nd place


3x US military national team member (2010,2011,2012)

3x All Army Taekwondo member (2010,2011,2012)

4x US national and collegiate championship medalist (2006,2009,2010,2011 senior nationals)

Competed at the 2010,2012 world military championships and 2011 world military games


Mr. Raymond Friedman


Raymond is currently an amateur mma fighter with one mma fight under his belt. This Taekwondo & Hapkido Black belt has 15 years experience in martial arts. He has competed at an elite national level in the Olympic sport of Taekwondo for several years. Raymond is also a blue belt (nogi) in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and has competed regionally on the grappling circuit. He believes that martial arts and combat sports is a never ending journey where you're constantly learning new things.