Earl Weiss is a 9th dan black belt in the ITF style of taekwondo. He was one of the last people to test for master's rank under Choi Hong Hi. Weiss is a prolific author on the topic of taekwondo and is a frequent contributor to publications such as Totally TaeKwonDo magazine.

Biography Edit

  • 1971 - 1973 Judo at Niles North High School, Skokie, Illinois
  • 1972 - 1988 American Taekwon-Do Institute, Morton Grove, Illinois - Under the direction of Dr. Gregg Youstra VI Dan. ITF # A-6-13
  • 1974 - Ju Jitsu Self Defense training under Sensei Ben Bergwerf - Now head of the Tori Ryu Ju Jitsu School in Northbrook, Illinois and Chairs the United States Judo Association Ju Jitsu Committee.
  • 1975 - 1977 Taekwon-Do and Hapkido under the direction of Kyun Suk Park, Miami, Florida
  • 1976 - 1988 Instructor American Taekwon-Do Institute
  • 1976 First Degree Black Belt
  • 1979 Second Degree Black Belt A-2-2371
  • 1981 "Sereff's Camp Taekwon-Do," Rye, Colorado
  • 1982 "Sereff's Camp Taekwon-Do," Rye, Colorado
  • 1983 Third Degree Black Belt A-3-148
  • 1985 - 1993 Illinois State Director - United States Taekwon-Do Federation
  • 1986 - 1987 Instructor - Taekwon-Do; Yeshiva High School, Skokie, Illinois
  • 1987 Fourth Degree Black Belt A-4-101, USTF Class B Referee. ITF Class B Umpire No. 229 Member of United States Taekwon-Do Federation Constitution Committee First Place Belt Sparring American Taekwon-Do Institute Tournament, Center Referee - Corner Judge-- Production of Cable TV segment for an Evanston, Illinois Cablevision program, "The Friday Club," Taekwon-Do American Stytle" Camp Promotion.Director and Instructor "Youstra's 1987 Midwest Taekwon-Do Camp"
  • 1988 - Present -- C.E.O. and Instructor: National Taekwon-Do Academy, Inc, Des Plaines, Illinois.
  • 1990 ITF International Instructors Course taught by General Choi Hong Hi, International Taekwon-Do Federation Instructor No. 487 "Sereff's Camp Taekwon-Do," Grand Lake, Colorado
  • 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 Hosted Midwest Taekwon-Do Tournament
  • 1992 Fifth Degree Black Belt A-5-58
  • 1993 "Sereff's World Camp" and two day Seminar with General Choi Hong Hi
  • 1993 - Present -- USTF Region 5 Director for the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Minnesota PPCT Pressure Point and Control Tactic course and certification
  • 1994 Ju Jitsu Shodan United States Judo Association PPCT Spontaneous Knife Defense Course certification International Taekwon-Do Federation Class "A" International Umpire No. 547 Judge at the USTF National Championship, Las Vegas Nevada ITF International Instructors Course taught by General Choi Hong Hi, Odessa, TX
  • 1995 "Small Circle Ju Jitsu" Seminar, Prof. Wally Jay, Instructor "Gracie Ju Jitsu" Seminar (10 hours) - Royce Gracie, Instructor
  • 1996 Rickson Gracie Ju Jitsu Seminar Oak Park / Chicago, IL 4 days - 16 hours Reylson Gracie Ju Jitsu Seminar Wheeling IL 2 days - 10 hours ITF Technical Conference conducted by General Choi Hong Hi, Canada ITF International Instructors Course taught by Master C.E. Sereff, Miami, Florida USTF Knife Defense Course taught by Mr. Fred Akard
  • 1997 Sixth Degree Black Belt A-6-39 Judge: ITF Xth World Championships, St. Petersburg, Russia Seminar by General Choi Hong Hi, Arizona (Dec.)
  • 1998 ITF International Instructors Course taught by General Choi Hong Hi, Jamaica, Certificate # 148-59 Promoter - 1998 Authentic Taekwon-do Tournament, Des Plaines, IL Chuck Norris KDOAA Seminars - Twenty Seminars - 3 days, Chicago, IL
  • 1999 ITF International Instructors Course taught by General Choi Hong Hi, Colorado, Certificate # 153-13 Co - Promoter: Midwest tournament
  • 2000 Host, ITF International Instructors Course taught by General Choi Hong Hi, Illinois, Certificate # 167-1
  • 2001 ITF International Instructors Course taught by General Choi Hong Hi, Newfoundland, Canada, Certificate # 178-46
  • 2002 ITF International Instructors Course taught by Grand Master C.E. Sereff & General Choi Hong Hi, Colorado, Certificate # 187-14 7th Degree Black Belt, Master Instructor # A-7-28 Member International Taekwon-Do Federation Legal Consultative Counsel
  • 2009 8th Degree Black Belt USTF - 8- 10
  • 2016 9th Degree Black Belt USTF - 9 - 7

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