18860 Woodfield Road, Suite H, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MASTER JOE DUNPHY

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Shifu Joe Dunphy

REMEMBERING MASTER JOE DUNPHY

IFC Martial Arts and Fitness has been under the instruction and direction of former World Champion and multi-system, Black Belt-Sash, Master Joe Dunphy. Our Tien Shan Pai school name is a tribute to our legendary teacher and his given nickname “Iron Fist”.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Master Dunphy had studied Martial Arts for several decades with Black Belt-Sashes in various systems. His primary training and allegiance was to Grandmaster Huang Chien-Liang, and the Tien Shan Pai system.

Master Dunphy was one of the elite Instructors in the nation to be a certified Tien Shan Pai Instructor with Lei Tai (Self Defense with Full Contact Sparring, Grappling, and Combat Suia Jow (Throwing Arts) experience. Under his tutelage, the school has won many awards for quality and service, competition, and is a testament to the skills passed from him to us, as his students since his first school opened in 1984.

CERTIFICATIONS AND AWARDS
  • Holds Black Belt-Sash (9th Degree)
  • 1986 Certificate of Achievement (for Winning the World Championship in Lei Tai, from the Chinese Kuo Shu (Kung Fu) Worldwide Promotion Association)
  • 1989 Certificate of Merit for Distinguished Martial Arts Displayed at World Tournament (from the President of the International Chinese Kuo Shu Federation)
  • 1990 Referee Certificate (for Passing the International Kuo Shu Referee Clinic)
  • Appointed to Assistant Referee in Chief, Full Contact Fighting by the United States Chinese Kuo Shu 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 Kuo Shu by the Chinese Kuo Shu Federation of Americas)
  • 2001 Certificate of Membership (for being Inducted into the Kuo Shu Hall of Fame û USCKF)
  • 2003 Certificate of Appointment (Appointed to the Position of Executive Committee Member by The World Kuo Shu Federation û TWKSF)
  • 2003 Certificate of Participation (for being a Judge at the 1st World Kuo Shu 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 Recognition (for Outstanding Efforts in Promoting Kuo Shu -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)
His kindness, wisdom, and generosity will be dearly missed by all.

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