International Combat Martial Arts Encyclopedia
Who is Who in the International Combat Martial Arts
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Anthony (Tony) Teel
My martial arts training started at the age of 7 in the art created by Mr. Bill McDonald of Greenville NC called Goju-Shorin, where I trained off and on between my instructors Matthew Ward and the Super Lightweight Kick Boxing Champion at that time Tony Lopez till the age of 15 and earned my green belt.
After leaving Greenville, NC and moving to Martinsville, VA and graduating high school I joined the US Army where I got orders to Seoul Korea and restarted my training for 2 years in Taekwondo. I earned my 1st Dan in WTF Taekwondo but never received certification due to orders back to the US.
I then started receiving instructions under Master Don Meyer of the United Martial Artist Association and earned my 1st Dan in Taekwondo & Hapkido (1993) & 2nd Dan in both (1994).
Still in the military I received orders for Ansbach Germany. While at a martial arts tournament I met then Master Klaus Schumacher who allowed me to be a student and earned my 3rd Dan (1996) also I earned my 3rd Dan from Grandmaster Kang Rhee of the World Black Belt Bureau also (1996).
After 5 years in Germany I returned back to the US where I wanted to continue training and sought an instructor who trained in the WTF Taekwondo System which I did. I trained and received my 4th Dan (2002) from Master Brent Fuller of the World IL Do Kwan Federation and also from Grandmaster Andy Davies also of the World IL Do Kwan Federation and Grandmaster Kang Rhee of the World Black Belt Bureau (2004).
In (2006) I was inducted into the World IL Do Kwan Federation International Martial Arts Hall of Fame for “Outstanding Devotion to Youth”.
After demonstrating the techniques required for 5th Dan I then received certification for that rank from The USA Martial Arts Dan Registry under the USADR Board President Grandmaster David Shultz & Grandmaster James Ray and Master Michael M. Dunn (2009).
Upon continuing to pursue my strengths in Olympic Style Taekwondo I met Grandmaster Freddie McNeil at a martial arts tournament in my home town of Martinsville, VA. I approached Grandmaster McNeil and asked if I could become a student of his and with open arms he excepted me and excepted my rank at 5th Dan and in (2010) I was promoted to the rank of 6th Dan in Olympic Taekwondo by Grandmaster Freddie McNeil. During this time I was introduced to Shihan Ronnie Williams a member of the DMAA whom I trained under and received 1st & 2nd Dan in Shotokan Karate (2010)
Now a member of the Diversity of Martial Arts Association and still a student of Grandmaster Freddie McNeil the President of the DMAA I also became a member of the World Korean Martial Arts Association where I received my 7th Dan certification and the title of Grandmaster in February 2012 under Grandmaster Dafyd Haase president of the WKMAA and the International Jidokwan Association.
I currently own and operate Teel Martial Arts Academy in Martinsville, VA where I am the Grandmaster Instructor.
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