Grand Master Praim's Resume

 
 

David J. Praim

 
 
Grand Master David J. Praim Credentials
 
 

 

 
 

Martial Arts Certification

 
 

April 2010

9th Degree Black Belt

June 1992

8th Degree Black Belt

April 1986

7th Degree Black Belt

April 1978

6th Degree Black Belt

March 1975

5th Degree Black Belt

May 1970

4th Degree Black Belt

October 1966

3rd Degree Black Belt

July 1962

2nd Degree Black Belt

October 1961

1st Degree Black Belt

1959-1962

Studied Martial Arts in Korea

 
     
 

Selected Special Awards

 
 

2014

Recognized by the Canadian Commonwealth
as an inductee (view photos)

2014

Inducted into the International Korean Martial Arts Master Hall of Fame as a living legend
(view photos)

2012

Leadership Award given by Grand Master Dr. Ibraham Ahmed

2010

Founding Member of the League of Grand Masters

2009

50 Years in Martial Arts Award

1992

One of the first Inductees in the Michigan Hall of Fame

1992

Letter of Appreciation for Outstanding Leadership - World Moo Duk Kwan Federation

1986

Appreciation Award - for contribution to the Martial Arts in Canada - Paddy Savage, Director

1985

Listed in: "Master, Founder, and Leaders of American Martial Arts"

1983

"25 years in Martial Arts Award"- Presented by Chuck Norris - National Testing & Awards Banquet

1982

Listed in Who's Who in American Martial Arts

1978

Letter of Appreciation - American Moo Duk Kwan Association

1975

Letter of Commendation - American Moo Duk Kwan Association

1975

Listed in Who's Who in the Martial Arts

1975

Listed as Instructor of Best Club in North America - by "Professional Karate Magazine"

1974

National Director's Award - Al Gene Caraulia, President, Karate Institute of America

1967

Appointed Director of Moo Duk Kwan for State of Michigan - by Grand Master Hwang Kee

1965

Commendation for furthering city culture through the teaching of Martial Arts - City of Warren, Michigan

 
     
 

Education

 
 

1991

Kepner Tregor - Managing Involvement

1990

Pressure Pointe Control Tactics Defensive Tactics (PPCT)

1978

Certified 6th Dan Master Instructor - American Moo Duk Kwan Association

1975

Certified 5th Dan Master Instructor - American Moo Duk Kwan Association

1972

Certified in Physical Training and Defensive Tactics - Michigan State Police

1972

Wayne State University, Physical Education

1972

Associate in Arts - Macomb Community College

1967

Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations

1966

Full Instructor Certification - Korean Moo Duk Kwan Association

 
     
 

Teaching Experience

 
 

1962 - Present

Tang Soo Do Grand Master
Over 50 Years of Instructing

1973 - 1992

Established and instructed "Instructors Certification" Programs in USA & Canada (retired)

1965 - Present

Established Martial Arts Courses at:
Marygrove College (1976)
Monroe Community College (1973)
Mid-Michigan Community College (1973)
Western Michigan University (1973)
Central Michigan University (1973)
Macomb Community College (1965)
Adult Education Programs
Youth Programs
YMCA
Parks and Recreation
Junior and Senior High Schools
Senior Citizens Programs

1972

Criminal Justice Center, Macomb Community College

 
     
 

National Workshop and Course Preparations

 
 

1.

Professional and Amateur Fighting Techniques

2.

Theories of Tournament Competition

3.

Forms (Kata) and Kicking Techniques

4.

Tournament Judging

5.

Teaching Methodology

6.

Women Self Defense Classes and Seminars

7.

Youth Self Defense Classes and Seminars

8.

Martial Arts Club Organization

 
     
 

Martial Arts Coaching Experience

 
 

1971 - Present

Karate Institute - Head coach, professional and amateur fighters (more then 5,000 victories in State, National, and International competition)

a. Professional World Rated Fighters

1. Everett Eddy (Heavyweight)
2. Johnny Lee (Heavyweight)

b. Professional Regional Rated Fighters

1. Robb Hogan (Heavyweight)
2. Mike March (Middleweight)
3. George Reynolds (Lightweight)

1972 - 1975

Michigan State Team Championship - Head Coach

1974

United States World Karate Team selected by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) as Head Coach (I respectfully rejected their offer).

1972

North American Karate Team - Head Coach

1971

Ohio State Karate Team Champions

 
     
 

Tournament and Special Events Experience

 
 

A.

1984 - 1987

Created KI National Scholarship Award Fund

 

1983

International Awards Banquet, Black Belt Testing & Tournament (Chuck Norris,
Guest of Honor) Promoted and Directed

 

1982

Professional Karate Association (PKA) Promoted and Directed three (3) full contact events, ESPN television coverage

B.

 

Tournament Director or Co-Director

 

1974-1977

Great Lakes Regional Four Season Karate Championships (4 tournaments per year)

 

1974 - 1976

Moo Duk Kwan National Championships

 

1974 - 1975

Battle of Atlanta (over 1500 competitors)

 

1973 - 1974

Grand National Karate Championships (over 1500 competitors)

 

1971 - 1977

Michigan State Karate Championships

 

1968

First National Karate Team Championships - Ford Auditorium

 

1968

First Midwestern Intercollegiate Karate Championship

C.

 

Tournament Chief Referee

 

1.

Michigan State University Karate Championship (6 years)

 

2.

Michigan Isshin Ryu Open (5 years)

 

3.

United States Karate Association (USKA)

 

4.

Top 10 Professional Karate Championship (2 years)

 

5.

Ohio State Karate Championship (2 years)

 

6.

Cleveland Karate Championship (2 years)

 

7.

Tae Kwon Do Championship (2 years)

 

8.

Hidy Ochial National Karate Championship

 

9.

North American Karate Championship

 

10.

World Moo Duk Kwan International Championship

 

11.

Mu Sa Duk Kwan Championship

 
     
 

Administration Experience

 
 

1986 - 1992

Executive Director, Karate Institute (retired)

1971 - 1986

National Director, Karate Institute Responsibilities:
a. Govern Martial Arts representative from numerous styles of Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Kendo and Aikido

1974 -1977

Michigan State Representative for the American Amateur Union (AAU) Responsibilities:
a. Promote and administrate karate competitions for the AAU in the State of Michigan

1965

Co-founder, American Tang Soo Do Association

1962 - 1971

Founder and Chairman, Korean Karate Clubs, Inc

 
     
 

Publication

 
 

1975

"Promotion Certification Manual"

1973

"Green Belt Manual"

1970

"Introduction to the Moo Duk Kwan"

 
     
 

Films

 
 

1974

"Karate"

1971

"Karate Action"

 
     
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