Read his bio below:
Edward Bryant Jr. was introduced to martial arts in 1973 in Brooklyn NY under the guidance of Sensei Wiggins. Mr. Bryant later moved to Baltimore Md. to start his new martial arts journey. His new martial arts journey earned him a black belt in 1982 from St. Gregory’s American Taekwondo under the leadership of Grandmaster James Boykins and Grandmaster Martin Jackson. After receiving his Black Belt, he went on to earn other Taekwondo certification from Kukiwon, World Taekwondo Federation under Grandmaster Jim Lashley, World Taekwondo Chang Moo Kwan under Grandmaster Nam Suk Lee, Yung Ho Taekwondo Federation Inc., under Grand Master Yung Ho Jun, World Korean Martial Arts Union under Grand Master Dr. Joe Parish and Grandmaster Chang H Park.
This nominee’s participation in the Herb Perez’s Taekwondo Olympic training camp, led to implementing Olympic Style Kicking to his students, and other Black belts in St. Gregory’s American Taekwondo Organization. This new style of kicking led to AAU national championships for both him and his student participating in the AAU national championships in Boca Raton Fl.
In addition to teaching martial arts for 33 years and starting the process for implementing a Christian Martial Arts Curriculum in 2005 using Christian Martial Arts 101 by Wendy Williamson, Mr. Bryant earned a B.S, degree from the City College of New York in 1977, and a M. Ed degree from Towson State University in 1986. His educational degrees led him to teach mathematics/computer science in the Baltimore City Public School system for 34 years.
When he is not teaching mathematics or martial arts, he plays the piano, works out in the gym, or fixes up house to keep in shape and to maintain his hand and eye coordination. He is currently fixing up a building for a karate studio and Youth Center.
Lastly, Edward Bryant Jr. currently holds a 3rd Dan in Hapkido from Rims Hapkido under the guidance of Jong Bae Rim, a direct student of the founder Young Sul Choi, an 8th Dan in Taekwondo and the awarded title “Grandmaster” by the World Korean Martial Arts Union on July 28, 2014. He holds other ranks from different organizations that are listed below. He can be reached for seminars, demonstrations, and speaking engagements at ebryant_jr@ yahoo.com
Grandmaster, Edward Bryant Jr., CPL, B.S., M.Ed.
Rims Hapkido, 3rd Dan
Rims Hapkido, Master Instructor Certificate (Only 5 people receive this certificate)
Kukiwon, World Taekwondo Federation 3rd Dan
World Taekwondo Chang Moo Kwan, 5th Dan
Yung Ho Taekwondo Federation, Inc, 5th Dan
St. Gregory’s American Taekwondo, 7th Dan
World Korean Martial Arts Union, Grand Master
World Korean Martial Arts Union, 8th Dan
Herb Perez Olympic training camp participant
AAU Olympic Style Tae Kwon Do National Champion, 1998
John David Emmett is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with an interest in movement and the Feldenkrais method. He teaches at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu in Baltimore.