Gregory V. Glover, C.O.O. US National Taekwondo Association


Grand Master Gregory Glover / 8th Dan: Preserving the Traditions of Taekwondo

Grandmaster Glover is one of the true pioneers of Taekwondo in America. Recently moving from New York, Grandmaster Glover now makes his home in Atlanta, Georgia where he runs the day-to-day operations of the US National Taekwondo Association’s National Training Center. On any given day you can find him on the mat with his students, teaching the same traditional techniques that were handed down to him by his Masters in Asia. Grandmaster Glover is one of the few American Masters to have personally lived the evolution of modern Taekwondo. Starting in the 1960’s Grandmaster Glover learned the traditional kwan / school styles of Taekwondo and then followed Taekwondo as it evolved into a modern Olympic Sport.


Grandmaster Glover received his training and status of First Degree Black Belt in Thailand under Master Ahn while serving in the U.S. Air Force in 1971. While serving in Thailand he had the pleasure and honor to meet and compete in the tournament of Grandmaster Dong Keun Park. Internationally known for his traditional methods of teaching Taekwondo, Grandmaster Park was selected as the 1992 USA Olympic Taekwondo team Head Coach. Today, Master Glover is still in touch with Grandmaster Park where he owns and operates a school in Jersey City, New Jersey.
With over 50 years of his life devoted to martial arts, Grandmaster Glover still enjoys teaching all age groups. In April of 2005 he completed 20 years of teaching Self-defense, Karate 1 & 2 courses and the coaching of John Jay’s college Taekwondo team at John Jay College of Criminal of Justice in Manhattan, New York. In the future you will see Grandmaster Glover focusing his expertise in the national expansion of his Martial Arts Family, as well as the development of the U.S. National Taekwondo Association.

Personal Objective:
To consistently develop my attitude toward becoming a better person and martial artist.
“I’m working daily to develop a national organization which will influence others to learn and grow within traditional Martial Arts, by being an example and instilling good basics for life. Good basics will encourage respect, sportsmanship and pride, teamwork and harmony, and the inner strength to say No.”

Jan. 31 1978 A.A.S. (Associate in Applied Science) Staten Island Community College

115 credits completed toward B.A. (College of Staten Island)

July 2002 Graduate of the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Assoc. Masters Course

Apr. 1995 Vice-Chairman, NYS Tournament Committee

May 1997 National Board of Directors (KMAIA)

Oct. 1997 Co-Chairman, Referee Committee (INCTA)

Dec. 1998 to Dec. 2000 Public Relations Chairman (NY State TKD Association)

Jan. 2003 Executive Director, U.S. National Taekwondo Assoc. (USNTA)

Aug. 2003 Board Member, Ivey Northeast Collegiate Taekwondo League (INCTL)

Apr. 2005 Executive Board Member, Korean Martial Arts Instructor Assoc. (KMAIA)

Martial Arts Experience:
Currently, since 2010 / Owner, Universal School of Art Inc.

Sept. 08-May 2010 Owner, US Academy of Martial Arts, LLC

Aug. 2005 / Instructor, Sunset Lake Community Center (FL.)

Sept. 2001-Present / Director, Public School-18 After School Martial Arts Program

Aug. 2000 Coach, Maccabi Games (Jewish Junior Olympics)

Jan. 2000-Present, Owner/Big Apple Taekwondo Center, New York

Jan. 2000 Tournament Director, Big Apple TKD Gold Medal Classic

Nov. 1999 Tournament Director, NYS Governor’s Cup TKD Championship

Mar. 1995 Class A-1 Referee Certification

Aug. 1993 Co-Director, N. E. Military Taekwondo Championship

Apr. 1990 Tournament Chairman, 16th NYS Taekwondo Championship

Aug. 1990 Tournament Director, Pro-Specs Taekwondo Championship

Apr. 1989 Gold Medalist, New York State Taekwondo Championship

Sept. 1989-1999, Instructor/Jewish Community Center of Staten Island

Sept. 1985-Apr. 2005 Adjunct Lecturer, Instructor, Team Coach, Faculty Advisor

(John Jay College of Criminal Justice / New York, NY)

Aug. 1982-1991 Instructor, New York Institute of Martial Arts

Oct. 1980-1982 Instructor & Owner, Richmond Martial Arts

Sept. 1980-1983 Instructor, Wagner College Taekwondo Club

Sept. 1979-1982 Instructor, St. Johns U. Taekwondo Club (S.I. Campus)

Oct. 1978-1980 Instructor, Staten Island Community Corporation

Sept. 1974-1978 Instructor & Partner, A & G Taekwondo Club Inc.

Sept. 1971-1974 Instructor, United Order of the Elks (Children after School TKD Program)

Martial Arts Affiliations:
Korea Ji Do Kwan

Korea Tae Kwon Do Association (KTA)

Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association (KMAIA)

Korea Jung Do Kwan Association

Korea Hapkido Federation Hae mu Kwan

Korean Hapkido Federation (KHF)

Korean Yudo Federation (KYF)

U.S. National Taekwondo Association (USNTA)

World Han Moo Kwan Hapkido Association

International Chung Tong Yudo Association

USA Taekwondo Association

World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF)

Community and Martial Arts Awards:
1963 Eagle Scout Award
1963 Amos Alonzo Stagg Award
1971 Ji Do Kwan, Letter of Appreciation
1991 American Women’s Self Defense Association
1992 City Council Citation
1997 Hall of Fame (World Martial Arts)
1997, 2008 Hall of Fame (International Martial Arts)
World Head of Family Sokeship Council
1999 Jung Do Kwon TKD Citation
2004, 2006 Hall of Fame (Martial Arts World)
2006 Life Time Member, Korean Martial Arts Instructor Association
2006 Certificate of Outstanding Leadership
2008 Hall of Fame (Battle of Florida)
2009 Hall of Honors (Action Martial Arts)
2009 Hall of Fame, Leadership Award
2012 International Hall of Fame / FL.
2012 International Public Relations

Military Experience:
12/1967 – 1971 U.S. Air Force
8/1971 Honorable Discharge

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