Guest, Master Dave Garrison

Guest Name: 
Master Dave Garrison
Master Dave Garrison
Guest Occupation: 
Owner Barrington, Illinois Tiger Academy, Martial Arts Hall of Famer, Weapons Champion
Guest Biography: 

Owner of Barrington, Illinois Tiger Academy, Martial Arts Hall of Famer, Weapons Champion.



Professional with over thirty three years experience instructing martial arts.  Disciplines include Kimudo, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Kyuki-Do, Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Kobuto, Shaolin and Kali Weaponry,  Wing Chun Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Ninjitsu, and WISE Women’s Self Defense. 


  • 7th Degree Kimudo Black Belt, 5th Degree Hapkido (includes ranking in Kyuki-Do & Tae Kwon Do)
  • Owner & Operator of Barrington Tiger Academy, Barrington’s most traditional martial arts school.
  • Full responsibility for training and instructing 200+ martial arts black belt students. Instruction includes needs assessments, personal skills development, performance reviews, and competition coaching.
  • Developed and instructed “Air Safe” program for 300+ airline personnel post-911 & Fusion Weapons
  • Estabilished AKF Hapkido training curriculum & requirements (2003)
  • Strong track record of Barrington community involvement with demonstrations, parades, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of America, St. Anne’s Church, assorted Barrington schools.




  • Inducted into Asian Martial Arts Hall Of Fame(2016),World Mudo Federation Hall of Fame(2006), and USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame (2008), 100’s of black belts promoted by Master Garrison
  • Eleven open US National Titles for free-fighting, weapons forms, Karate Open forms
  • Seventeen American Kyuki-Do Federation Grand Championship Titles
  • One of the original creators of the Kyuki-Do forms/weapons MMA system (1999)
  • 1996 AKF Black Belt Man of the Year; 2007 AKF Hapkido Instructor of the Year, AKF Weapons Black Belt Man of the Year 1981, 1985, 1987, 1989; AKF fighter of the year 1982
  • Featured in diverse televised martial arts events (ESPN, SportsVision, Discovery Channel, Consumer Electronic Show, World Games)
  • Keynote international weapons demonstrator at events in Beijing, Mexico City and Seoul/ Pusan (Young-In & Dong-A Universities, National Korean Sports Center)



Barrington Tiger Academy • Barrington, Illinois Fall 1984 – Current

Instructing classes in Tae Kwon Do, Hapki-Do, Jujitsu, Kickboxing, Women’s Self Defense, Individual Instruction.


Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts • Los Angeles, California Summers 1982 – 1991

Trained with Sifu Dan Inosanto in Wing Chung Kung Fu, Kali, Muay Thai, Pentjak Silat.


Kim’s Black Belt Academy  • Elgin, Illinois             Spring 1974 – 2014

Training with Grand Master Ok Hyung Kim, Master Yun Hyung Kim and Master Wilfried Schultz. Began instructing at Kim’s Black Belt Academy in 1980.

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