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Shi Fu Joe Dunphy Karate Instructor

Shi Fu Joe Dunphy in Gaithersburg - US Martial Arts and Fitness

Shi Fu Joe Dunphy

For over 25 years, US Martial Arts Center has been under the direction of former World Champion and multi-system, Black Belt-Sash, Shi-Fu Joe Dunphy.

Shi-Fu Joe is a natural born educator and continues to serve the community by teaching essential skills for both adults and children.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1957. He has been studying Martial Arts for 36 years with Black Belt-SashÆs in various systems. The bulk of his training has been under Shi-Ye Huang. He is also one of the elite Instructors in the nation to be a certified Tien Shan Pai Instrctor with Lei Tai (Self Defense with Full Contact Sparring, Grappling, and Combat Suia Jow (Throwing Arts) experience. Joe opened his school in 1984.

Under the tutulage and guidance of Joe Dunphy, the school has won many awards for quality and service to it’s students throughout the last three decades.

Joe Dunphy is one of the few people in the country to earn his Black Belt-Sash in Tien Shan Pai (a Northern Style of Kung Fu). At the time that he recieved his Black Belt-Sash there were less than 50 people in the country to have the distinghused honor of having earned the rank of Black Belt-Sash. This is even more impressive given JoeÆs age. He is currently the oldest instuctor to have taken the Tien Shan Pai 5th Degree Black Belt-Sash Exam. He is currently the highest ranking non Asian teacher of this style. He is honored to have been tested by Tien Shan Pai Head of System, Chief Instructor Shi-Ye Huang.

CERTIFICATIONS AND AWARDS

  • Holds Black Belt-Sash (4th Degree)
  • 1986 Certificate of Achievement (for Winning the World Championship in Lei Tai, from the Chinese Kuoshu(Kung Fu) Worldwide Promotion Association)
  • 1989 Certificate of Merit for Distingushed Martial Arts Displayed at World Tournament (from the President of the International Chinese Kuoshu Federation)
  • 1990 Referee Certificate (for Passing the International Kuoshu Referee Clinic)
  • Appointed to Assistant Referee in Chief, Full Contact Fighting by the United States Chinese Kuoshu Federation ( USCKF)
  • Appointed to International Referee, Referee General, East Region Director, Vice President - USCKF)
  • 1993 Certificate of Membership (for being Inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame)
  • Appointed to European Cup International Referee, Tournament Director, and Director
  • 1996 Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (for Dedication to Promote the 1996 USCKF Tournament)
  • 2000 Certificate of Appointment (Appointed to the Position of Executive Committee Member -USCKF)
  • 2001 Certificate of Recognition (for outstanding efforts in Promoting Chinese Kuoshu by the Chinese Kuoshu Federation of Americas)
  • 2001 Certificate of Membership (for being Inducted into the Kuoshu Hall of Fame û USCKF)
  • 2003 Certificate of Appointment (Appointed to the Position of Executive Committee Member by The World Kuoshu Federation û TWKSF)
  • 2003 Certificate of Participation (for being a Judge at the 1st World Kuoshu Championship)
  • 2003 Certificate of Appointment (Appointed to the Position of Member of Ranking Committee -TWKSF)
  • 2005 Earned Black Belt-Sash (5th Degree)
  • 2006 Certificate of Appointment (Reappointed to the Position of Vice President -USCKF
  • 2006 Certificate of Appointment (Reappointed to the Position of Member of Executive Committee -USCKF)
  • 2006 Certificate of Appointment (Appointed to the Position of Hall of Fame Committee -USCKF)
  • 2010 Certificate of Recogntion (for Outstanding Efforts in Promoting Kuoshu -TWKSF)
  • 2011 Certificate of Appointment (for Reappointment to the Position of Executive Committee Member by the United States Kuo Shu Federation -USKSF)
  • 2011 Certificate of Appointment (Reappointed to the Position of Vice President -TWKSF)
  • 2011 Certificate of Appointment (Reappointed to the Position of Ranking Committee -TWKSF)
  • 2011 Certificate of Appointment (Reappointed to the Position of Executive Committee-TWKSF)

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