3rd Dan HwaRangKwan, 3rd Dan Hapki-Do, 3rd Dan Kyuki-Do
In 1996, just after he turned 18 years old, Eric Conley had spent a few months looking for the right Dojang to train in . After finding the one that caught his attention the most, he began training under Wayne Hull, at Wayne Hull’s School of Kyuki-Do in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was always Mr. Conley’s personal goal to become an Instructor and one day open his own Dojang. After 3 years of training and hard work, in May, 1999, Mr. Conley reached his first big goal of 1st Dan Kyuki-Do Black Belt. Mr Conley started teaching as a co-instructor under Wayne Hull, learning how to be a great and caring instructor. In the mean time, Mr. Conley also gained rank in Hapki-do.
“My main goal, is to give the gift I have been given by my Instructor Wayne Hull, the ability to spread the love of Martial Arts, the teachings and lessons you get out of it, to as many individuals as possible.
In 2000, Mr. Conley moved to Pensacola to open the 1st Kyuki-Do Dojang in Florida. In March 2001, Eric Conley Started building a committed Kyuki-Do school, teaching in a local Park, in North East Pensacola. After only five months, in August of 2001, Red Dragon Kyuki-Do opened it’s doors inside the University Mall. In October of 2002, the Dojang was moved to the Bayview Community Center. In 2008, Red Dragon Martial Arts was opened at its current location at 6301 N 9th Avenue #10 and is going strong today. In 2010, Red Dragon knocked down the walls and expanded to the next unit door, doubling the workout area.
Mr. Conley has reached many goals with Martial Arts and has many more to reach, but, with lots of hard work, time, and support from friends, family, students, and other Instructors, they will be reached. Mr. Conley says, “My main goal is to give the gift I have been given by my Instructor Wayne Hull, the ability to spread the love of Martial Arts and the teachings and lessons you get out of it, to as many individuals as possible. I have seen Martial Arts change the lives of many people including my own. I want each and every one of you to see what it can do for you, if you stick with it, and take it to heart.”
Mr. Eric Conley’s Martial Arts Resume:
– Nov, 1996: Started training under Wayne Hull in Salt Lake City UT.
– May, 1999: Received 1st DAN Black Belt in Kyuki-Do (American Kyuki-Do Federation)
– Mar, 2001: Opened Red Dragon Martial Arts in Pensacola FL.
– Nov, 2004: Received 1st DAN Black Belt in Hapki-Do (AKF)
– Apr, 2006: Received 2nd DAN Black Belt in Kyuki-Do (AKF)
– July, 2011: Received 3rd DAN Black Belt in Kyuki-Do (AKF)
– May, 2013: Received 2nd DAN Black Belt in Hapki-Do (AKF)
– Nov, 2015: Received 3rd DAN Black Belt in Hapki-Do (Wayne Hull) – May, 2016: Received 4th DAN Black Belt in HwaRangKwan (Wayne Hull)
W.A.P.S. & Self Defense Instructor
WAPI was founded by Steve Mattutat, in response to the worldwide epidemic of sexual and physical assaults on women of all ages. Steve is a certified black belt in World Tae Kwon Do, which is the only registered form of martial arts to be included in the Olympic Games. Steve was trained by Jong C. Jang, who is a world renowned Master of World Tae Kwon Do. In addition, Steve has worked for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections and has trained many women in assault prevention.
WAPI has designed a seminar that increases self-esteem and empowers women by teaching them how to minimize the possibility of being sexually and physically assaulted. The seminar is based upon simple but effective techniques that each woman can utilize upon completing the seminar. This is not a self defense class but a unique seminar to empower women.