Staff Instructors

Master Mark Gridley

• Over 30 years of Martial arts experience

• Senior Master Instructor in Combat Hapkido (World Ki-Do    Federation certified)

• Founder / Director of the Combat Hapkido “Tactical Pressure Points” (TPP) Program
Author of the book “Tactical Pressure Points” (2009) & the Combat Hapkido “Tactical Pressure Points” DVD series (2012)
• Faculty Instructor of the International Police Defensive Tactics Institute (IPDTI)
• Faculty Instructor Military Combatives Association (MCA)
• 6th Dan Black Belt Ryukyu Kempo & “Menkyo” (License) Certification
• Master Instructor Dillman Karate International & Kyusho Jitsu Kenkyukai
• 4th Dan Black Belt / Instructor Israeli Kavanah & World Survival Hisardut
• Instructor TaiJi Qigong (Peng You TaiJi Quan)
• Black Belt / Instructor TaeKwonDo (Kukkiwon Certified)
• Senior Instructor Combat Hapkido “Ground Survival” Program
• Senior Instructor International Disabled Self Defense Association (IDSA)
• Associate Instructor Martial Blade Concepts
• Master Instructor in the Self Defense Rescripted Program
• Certified Firearms Instructor & Training Counselor (USCCA)
• Guest Instructor in Police Defensive Tactics at ILEETA Conferences
• Guest Instructor in Military Combatives for the IDF Golani Brigade (2013)
• Inducted - 2004 WHFSC International Martial Arts Hall of Fame
Inducted – 2005 Budo International Magazine Hall of Fame
• Inducted – 2006 Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame
• Inducted – 2006 World Karate Union Hall of Fame
• Inducted – 2008 IAMA Hall of Fame
• Inducted – 2010 European International Martial Arts Hall of Fame
• Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Budo Masters Council (2016)
• Sworn Fire & Police Commissioner (Member IFPCA)
• UWM – College of Health Sciences Academic Faculty (2004-2010)
• Board Certified Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives
• Honorably served 7 years active duty as Combat Medic & NCO –US Army

Master Trina Pellegrini

• Over 25 years of Martial Arts experience
• Master Instructor in Combat Hapkido
• Black Belt in TaeKwonDo
• Certified Instructor in Tai-Chi
• Founder / Director of the “TRU” System – Personal Protection for Women
• Internationally recognized Seminar Leader & Lecturer on Women Empowerment / Self Defense / Safety & Security
• 2010 Inducted in the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame
• Author of the book “Legacy - Journey of a Martial Arts Pioneer” (2013)
• September 2015 Feature article in Budo International magazine
• 2016 Appointed to the Board of Director of the “Budo Masters Council”
• March 2015 feature article in TaeKwonDo Times magazine
• January 2016 Cover feature - Budo International magazine

• September 2017 - Inducted in the WHFSC Hall of Fame "International Woman of the Year"

Master David Rivas

• Over 35 years of Martial Arts experience.
• Senior Master Instructor Certification - Combat Hapkido
• Founder/Director ICHF “Ground Survival” Program
• Authored the Budo Intl./DSI production DVD series Combat Hapkido "Ground Survival" (2012)
• President - Defensive Tactics & Consulting Enterprises, Inc.
• Faculty Instructor “International Police Defensive Tactics Institute” (IPDTI)
• Staff Instructor “Military Combatives Association (MCA)
• "Hanminjok Hapkido Association / The World Ki-Do Federation" certification
• 2001 - WHOFSC Hall of Fame: “Instructor of the Year”
• 2005 - “Budo International” Magazine Hall of Fame: “ Outstanding Achievement in the Martial Arts”   

• 2007 - “Action Martial Arts” Magazine Hall of Fame: “Outstanding Achievement in the Martial Arts”

• 2007 - “Artes Marciales en Accion” Magazine Hall of Fame: “International Master Instructor”
• 2007 - “International Martial Arts/Budo” Magazine Hall of Fame: “Gold Life Achievement”
• 2010 – “World Karate Union” Hall of Fame, “Lifetime Achievement”
• Featured in the November 2001 issue of the official Air Force Magazine “Airman”
• Featured in the Budo International DVD production: “Combat Hapkido Ground Survival” (2010)
• Featured chapter on Ground Survival in the book: “Combat Hapkido: Intelligent Self Defense” (2009)
• Featured in several articles in Budo International Magazine
• Instructor Certification in Russian Combat Sambo
• Black Belt in TaeKwonDo
•Training in Karate, Judo, Aikido, Boxing & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
• Member of the 1998 Air Force TaeKwonDo Team
• Former Defensive Tactics Instructor for “HSEC Caribe” Corporation
• Honorably retired after 20 years of active duty as a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.
• Currently detention officer for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office


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