Dr. DAVID L. GROSSCUP, PhD M.A.
PRESIDENT Maryland Professional Karate Association
Began training in 1967 in Kenpo Karate under the Ed Parker system
2. Received 1st Dan Black Belt in Chin-na, Ju-Jitsu and Judo from Dr. David Rix in 1971, President of the Defenders Club.
3. Received 1st Dan Black Belt in Chinese -American Karate from Grandmaster Hans Kliemisch in 1972.
4. Received Shodan Rank - 1st Dan - International Kenpo Karate Association - Grandmaster Edmund Parker - Pasadena, California.
5. Received 3rd Dan Black Belt in Mu Du Kwon in 1974 under Grandmaster Francisco Estaban Conde.
6. Continued to receive advanced degrees from 4th
Dan to 9th Dan from Dr. Rix and Grandmaster Conde and others from 1975 to
7. Earned 8th Dan Black Belt and the title of Professor in 1994 for Dr. Rix - President of the American Chin-na Association.
8. Recognized as 8th Dan by the World Combat Association, April 1, 2001.
9. Recognized as 9th Dan by the Eastern United States International Martial Arts Association, 2001.
10. Promoted to Judan Rank - 10th degree Black
Belt in 2001 and earning his PhD Degree from two organization with
recognition from three other world organization.
b. American Chin-na Association
c. Recognized by the United States Head of Family Martial Arts Association
d. Recognized by the Cloud Forest Lions Roar Martial Arts Association - Certificate of Duan Rank
e. Recognized by the United States Martial Arts Association
11. President of the Maryland Professional Karate Association, one of Maryland's largest Martial Arts Organizations.
12. Opened his first martial arts dojo in 1971 on Harford Road in Baltimore City.
13. Opened up the main dojo at 6707 Holabird Avenue in 1977 in Baltimore City .
14. Taught self-defense classes for Bethlehem Steel Corporation.
15. Taught private classes for members of the Baltimore County Police Department.
16. Inducted into various halls of fame.
a. World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Ohio, 1999
b. Greater Dundalk Sports Hall of Fame, Maryland, 2000
c. World Combat Arts Federation 2001, Maryland
d. Worldwide Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Fulton, New York, 2001
e. North American Black Belt Hall of Fame, Baltimore, Maryland 2001
f. The U.S.A. International Black Belt Hall of Fame, Pittsburg Pa., 2001
g. Action Magazine Martial Arts Hall of Fame, New Jersey, 2002
h. Virginia World Black Belt Hall of Fame, Norfolk, Virginia 2002
i. Action Magazine Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 2003
j. Worldwide Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Alexandria Bay, New York, 2002
k. Action Magazine Martial Arts Hall of Fame, New Jersey- 2003
l. Worldwide Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Alexandria Bay, N.Y., 2004
m. Legends Champions Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Baltimore, Maryland, 2004
n. Action Magazine Martial Arts Hall of Fame, New Jersey 2005
o. Worldwide Martial Arts Hall of Fame, New York 2005
p. Legends of Champions Hall of Fame, Baltimore, Maryland. 2005
q. Action Magazine Martial Arts Hall of Fame, New Jersey 2006
r. United States Head of Family Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame, Maryland 2006
s. Legends of Champions Hall of Fame, Baltimore City, 2007
t. World Martial Arts League Hall of Fame, Wilmington, Delaware, 2007
u. United States Martial Artists Association Hall of Fame, Frederick, Maryland 2007
v. United States Head of Family Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame, BWI Airport, Maryland 2007
w. United States Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame, Frederick, Maryland 2008
x. Pioneer Awards Hall of Fame, Glenarden, Maryland 2008
y. United States Martial Artists Association Hall of Fame, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, 2009
z. Pioneer Awards Hall of Fame, Glenarden, Maryland 2009
z. United States Head of Family Hall of Fame, Hanover, Maryland 2009
z. Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 2010
z. United States Martial Artist Association Hall of Fame, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, 2010
z. Simba Dojang Hall of Fame, Capital Heights, Maryland 2010
a. Distinguished Alumni, Dundalk High School, 1998
b. Nominated as one of Baltimore's best by the Mayor's Committee, 1983
c. Diamond Life Achievement
d. Silver Life Achievement [Three times]
e. Grandmaster of the Year [Three times]
f. Diamond Life Time
g. Silver Pioneer
h. Continuance of Excellence
i. Board of Directors, WMAHAF
j. Legend Pioneer Award
k. Elite Grandmaster of Honor
l. Supreme Elite Platinum Warrior of Honor
m. Elite Head Founder of Honor
n. Diamond Karate Studio Outstanding Achievement A ward
o. Outstanding Grandmaster of the Year
p. American Karate Diamond Lifetime Spirit Award
q. Spirit Award
r. Lifetime Dedication to the Martial Arts
s. Presidential Sports Award
t. Golden Pioneer Award
u. Rhode Scholar of the Martial Arts
v. Grandmaster of Honor
w. Inspiration of the Year
x. Cloud Forest Lions Roar Spirit Martial Arts Award
y. Martial Arts Icon
z. Greatness Award
z. State of Maryland House of Delegates Recognition Certificate - 1995
z. State of Maryland House of Delegates Recognition Certificate - 1998
z. State of Maryland House of Delegates Recognition Certificate - 2001
18. Elected to “Special Unit Instructor Academy” - American Chin-na Association, 1994.
19. Inducted into the Greater Dundalk Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 - Soke and his wife are the only two martial artists and the only husband and wife team to be so inducted.
20. Has published three Technical books.
a. MPKA Red Book Beginners Manual - 195 pages.
b. MPKA Blue Book Instructors Manual - 340 pages.
c. Riding the Wind Philosophy/Success Book - 272 pages.
21. Has taught at 45 MPKA locations.
22. Conducts four tournaments yearly.
23. Students have won over 9700 trophies and awards in open competition as of 2010.
24. Twelve students have fought under the once popular Professional Karate Association in full contact ring fights.
25. Association Memberships
a. Maryland Professional Karate Association, Inc.
b. International Kenpo Karate Association.
c. Oriental Defensive Arts Association.
d. Special Unit Instructor's Academy
e. American Chin-na Association
f. Defenders, Inc.
g. Karate Self Defense Association
h. World Martial Arts
i. World Combat Arts Federation
j. North American Black Belt Association
k. World Wide Martial Arts Association Board
l. World Black Belt, Inc.
m. The Eastern U.S.A. International Martial Arts Association
n. United States Police Defensive Tactics Association
o. American University Sokeship Council
p. World Martial Arts League - Frankfurt, Germany
26. Has published 15 Books on CD.
a. The Martial Arts Educator
b. Kicking Kids.
c. The Successful Martial Artist
e. The Secrets of Yin Chuan
f. The Spirit of the Martial Arts
g. Basic Concepts Training Manual
h. Green Belt Training Manual
i. Brown Belt Training Manual
j. Black Belt Training Manual
k. For black Belts Only - the Inner Arts
l. The Healthy Martial Artist
m. The Healing Martial Artist
n. Learn From the Darkness
o. God's Infallible Truth
27. Board Member, World Martial Arts League, President, Klaus Schuhmacher, Frankfurt, Germany.
28. Maryland State Representative for the United States Martial Artists Association.
29. Past President Elders Council, Head of Family Martial Arts Association .
30. Cover picture on Action Martial Arts Magazine & feature article - World's Second largest martial arts magazine - October 2010.
Non Martial Arts Activities
1. Eagle Scout Troop 356 - 1952
2. Gold Palm 1953
3. Order of the Arrow - 1954
4. 33 Merit Badges
5. Graduated from the University of Maryland - 1978
6. Elder Presbyterian Church - 1970
7. Maryland Air National Guard - Crash Rescue Squad -1956-1962
8. Correspondence Courses from Moody Bible College - Chicago, Illinois
9. 6th Degree Rosicrucian Order of Philosophy, San Jose, California
10. Past Vice President Dundalk Chamber of Commerce
11. Member Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society
12. Member Dundalk Renaissance Corporation
13. Past Committee Member House of Delegates for Jacob Mohorovic
Professor David D. Rix
10th Degree Black Belt
The Defenders Club
The Father of Karate in Maryland
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