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Master David Stephens

This Journey began in 1984 under Sensei Craig Mitchel in Shaolin-Do Karate and continued through age 16 with Shotokan instructor Frank Thomas and 1st level Black belt achieved in 1993 in Shaolin Chuan Fa Kung-Fu under Si-Fu Gary Thomas. And I'm still on the Journey ...

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Background and Accomplishments

  • 40 years of martial arts experience 

  • Owner and Headmaster of Shaolin Concepts School of Martial Arts for 18 years 

  • 6th Generation disciple of Jook Lum Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu under 5th generation World Master Gin Foon Mark

  • 9th Master level  Black Sash and inheritor of the Golden Monkey Kung Fu School lineage from Master Don Averitt 

  • 8th level honorary black sash in Shaolin / Northern Mantis Kung Fu By Grandmaster James Cook

  • 7th level Gradmaster in George Dillman Karate international pressure points 

  • 6th Master level in Shaolin Kung Fu / Jakari-Do by Grandmaster Tom Pardue 

  • 5th Master level in Ng Family Style Gung Fu by Great Grandmaster John Winlock Ng 

  • Member of the Black Dragon fighting Society, a fraternal order of the international fighting arts Association. Inducted by patriarch and good friend Frank W. Dux whose life story was turned into a blockbuster movie called "Bloodsport" featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme 

  • 32 degree Master Freemason 

  • Founder and Original Member of The Water Phoenix Society est. 1994

  • U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of fame inductee 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012

  • 2009 - Master of practical martial arts application

  • 2010 - Master martial artist, diamond life award

  • 2011 - Kung Fu Master of the Year

  • 2012 - Distinguished Chinese martial arts Master of the Year

  • U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame Alliance lifetime member since 2012

  • 2012 U.S.A.  Hall of Fame Tournament Grand Champion 

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