Grandmaster Troy L Smith
Grand Master Smith started his training 36 years ago ( 1978) in Cha Yon Ryu in Houston, Texas with Grandmaster Kim Soo. Moving to Illinois in 1984 GM Smith changed styles to Tae Kwon Do under Grandmaster Han Cha Kyo, 9th Dan Tae Kwon Do under Gen Choi Hong Hi. GM Han founded the Universal Tae Kwon Do Federation. GM Han passed away in 1996, but his high ranking students continue to operate the UTF. While studying Tae Kwon Do Master Smith started his training in Kenpo and Hapkido. Master Smith studied Kyuki-Do and Hapkido with Grandmaster Ok Hyung Kim, 9th Dan founder of the American Kyukido Federation and Grand Master Greg Whipple.
Grand Master Smith competed in numerous local, state tournaments while living and training in Illinois.
Master Smith has trained with some top martial artist over the years. Having trained in Villari's Kempo with Master Hugh McLaughlin, Hapkido with Master Greg Whipple and Ok Hyung Kim, Tae Kwon Do with Grandmaster Ki Hong Kim, 9th Dan, Grandmaster Andrew Davies, 9th Dan, Grandmaster Brent Fuller, 8th Dan Tae Kwon do and 9th Dan founder of the Taeken-Jisu system, Grandmaster Thomas Perry, 8th Dan, Grandmaster William Valdes, 9th Dan and Arnis Instructor, and Grandmaster Duk Gun Kwon, 9th Dan Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido.
Master Smith is the founder of the United Martial Arts Society founded in 1999 with the sole purpose of forming a non-political organization for all stylists. Grand Master Smith has promoted numerous "Masters" since 2004 (see the UMAS Dan Registry) within in the UMAS with numerous black belt certifications in various arts.
GrandMaster Smith also founded the Ko Shin Kwan Hapkido system. The first Hapkido organization GrandMaster Smith founded was the Universal Hapkido Federation in 2001 however when the official Kwan was changed to Ko Shin Kwan the organization changed it's name in 2004 to Universal Hapkido Society. Ko Shin Kwan Hapkido is recognized by the Jae Mu Kwan Hapkido Assoc., and the World Il Do Kwan Federation. Ko Shin Kwan is not a new martial art or a new form of Hapkido. It is based on new theories and approaches to teaching and learning Hapkido. Ko Shin Kwan translates to “School of the Open Mind" meaning we acknowledge the traditions handed down by the founders, but we believe things have to change to adapt to modern times.
Grandmaster Smith is the State Director (Texas and Louisiana) for the America Moo Moo Kwan Hapkido which is affiliated directly with the Korea Moo Moo Kwan Hapkido Association.
GrandMaster Smith continues to teach classes and seminars while keeping up with the growth of the United Martial Arts Society and the Universal Hapkido Society. Grand Master Smith continues to train in Tae Kwon Do, Kenpo, Hapkido, Hankido and other arts.
Appointments and Awards:
2002 Master of the Year, World Wide Martial Arts Hall of Fame
Texas State Director – Jae Mu Kwan Hapkido Association – 2005 to current
Ko Shin Kwan Hapkido recognized by Jae Mu Kwan Hapkido Assoc., 2005
Ko Shin Kwan recognized by World Martial Arts Union, 2005
Ko Shin Kwan recognized by Worlld Jug Tai Association, 2007
Ko Shin Kwan Hapkido recognized by United Sokeship Alliance International, 2011
Recognized as "Dojunim" Founder of Ko Shin Mu Sool Hapkido, 2011
Seminars attended or Hosted:
Grandmaster Remy Presas – Modern Arnis 1990 -1992 in Illinois
Grandmaster Geroge Dillman, Ryukyu Kenpo, Pressure Points 1990-1992
Grandmaster Wally Jay, Small Circle JuJitsu, 1990-1992
Grandmaster J.R. West, Hapkido, 2003, 2004
Grandmaster George Petrotta, ISA Hapkido, 2006
Chief Master Marlin Sims, Kuk Sool, 2006
Hosted Master Mike D'Aloia of the Jung Ki Kwan, 2011
Hosted Senior Professor Rich Hale and Sean Kelley, American Kenpo
Hosted Grandmaster Ian Cyrus, 9th Dan, Hapkido, 2012, 2013
Hosted Dojunim,Ji Han Jae, 10th Dan Hapkido, 2013
Master Smith's Black Belt ranks and certifications:
8th Dan Tae Kwon Do
8th Dan Ko Shin Kwan Hapkido
7th Dan Korea Chang Moo Kwan # 287
7th Dan Korea Moo Moo Kwan Hakido
6th Degree White Tiger Kenpo Karate
3rd Degree American Kenpo
4th Dan Kukkiwon
2nd Dan Kyukido
1st Dan Tang Soo Do