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Biography

Grand Master Wadley is currently the president of the United Taekwondo Alliance. He holds multiple rankings with various organizations. He has been inducted into the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame. GM Wadley travels and teaches all over the world helping grow the art of Taekwondo.

GM Wadley was promoted to 9th Dan by Taekwon-Do pioneer, GM Park Jong Soo of Toronto Canada. GM Wadley’s 9th Dan promotion has been recognized by the ITF Union, Pioneers, GM Kim Bok Man, Lee You Son, and Kong Young Il. He also holds 8th Dan Chung Do Kwan and Moo Duk Kwan as well as 7th Dan through the Kukkiwon.

GM Wadley’s current instructor is GM Clinton Robinson of Sacramento, California, the president of the United World Taekwondo Association.

Grand Master Wadley’s Current Positions

  • President of the United Taekwondo Alliance
  • Vice President of the Independent Taekwondo Schools of Great Britain (Master John Swift)
  • Vice President of the ITF Union (GM Don Dalton)
  • Vice President of the International Taekwon-Do – Home (GM Lee You Son)
  • Vice President of the World Chunkuhn Taekwondo Federation (GM Kim Bok Man)

Belt Promotions and Accomplishments

1977
Begin Boxing and Karate
1980
Begins Taekwon-Do Training in Little Rock, Arkansas with his family Farren, James, Darren, Lee, and Mother, Kay.
1983
Earns 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-Do (age 15) by GM H.U. Lee
1984
Earns Taekwon-Do Instructor Certification through The American Taekwon-Do Association (ATA)
Ranked #2 in the USA in the ATA national point standings.
1985
Earns 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-Do
ATA National Champion
Opens first Taekwon-Do club in Otter Creek, Arkansas
1987
Promoted to Chief Instructor at Lee’s TKD in Little Rock, Arkansas
Becomes certified instructor in pressure point control tactics
Earns 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-Do
Appointed Regional Chief of Instruction by the ATA
Appointed Regional Director of Louisiana and Mississippi
First trip to train in Korea as part of the American/Korean demo team
Starts training in Kung Fu and Aikido
1989
Wins second national championship from the ATA
Earns black belt in Karate
Awarded “Most Prestigious Instructor” award Grand Master H.U. Lee of the ATA
Promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt Taekwon-Do by Grand Master H.U. Lee
1990
Started training with GM Scott McNeeley of the US Taekwon-Do Federation (USTF) and GM Park Jung Tae
1991
Wins Gold Medal at the Pan-American games in Buenos Aries, Argentina
1992
Wins silver medal for sparring at the first Global Taekwon-Do Federation (GTF) World Championships in Oslo, Norway.
1994
Wins gold medal at the GTF Goodwill Championships in North Little Rock, Arkansas
Wins gold medal at the USTF/GTF World Championships in Moscow, Russia
USTF National Champion
Appointed Board of Directors USTF
1995
Becomes Vice President of Martial Arts Management Systems
Wins bronze medal at the European GTF World Championships in Sardinia, Italy
Earns 1st Degree Black Belt in Weeping Willow Style Jiu-Jitsu
Wins gold medal at the GTF World Championships in St Louis, MO
Promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-Do by GM Park Jung Tae
1996
Wins gold medal at the GTF/USTF Goodwill Championships in North Little Rock, Arkansas
Earns instructor certificate in spontaneous knife defense course through Martial Arts Research Systems (MARS)
1998
Appointed regional director of South Texas by the USTF
2000
Earns 2nd Degree Black Belt in Jiu-jitsu
Promoted to 6th Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-Do by GM Park Jung Tae
2002
Coach of the USTF/WTA competition team
Presented with the USTF Ambassador award
Inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame
Won the National Leadership Award from the USTF
2003
Appointed Secretary General of the USTF (1 year term)
Awared Instructor of the Year by the USTF
2004
Inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame
Promoted to 3rd degree Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu
2005
Appointed Vice President of the United Jujutsu Alliance
Formed Black Belt Management consulting firm
2006
Appointed to Membership Director of the USTF
Developed the Executive Black Belt Program
Earns certification in Homeland Security level III
Promoted to 7th degree Black Belt in Taekwon-Do by GM Nam Tae Hi, GM Kong Youg IL, GM Scott McNeely, GM Kong Young Ilad, and Great GM Nam Tae Hi
1998
Becomes Director of Training and a Technical Adviser for the United Taekwon-Do Alliance
Formed Homeland Defense Tactics
Authored three books on defense tactics for the Executive Black Belt Program
2008
Becomes President of the United Taekwon-Do Alliance
2009
Becomes licensed body guard through the state of Texas
2010
Head Coach for the UTA/USA World Taekwon-Do Team traveling to England
2011
Head Coach for the USA/UTA Taekwon-Do Team for the USA Event in Tulsa, OK.
2012
Earns incident response to terrorist bombings instructor certification through New Mexico Tech University.
Head coach for the USA/UTA Taekwondo Team traveling to Scotland.
Promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt in Weeping Willow Style Jujutsu
Promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt in Moo Duk Kwon by GM Clinton Robinson, GM Lee Jong Wang, and GM Jae Kyu Chon
2013
Featured on the cover of the September issue of Taekwon-Do Times magazine
Coached UTA/USA Team in Kirkaldy Fife, Scotland to Gold Medals
Earned 7th Dan in Kukkiwon
2014
Travels to Vietnam, Korea, and all over the United States teaching
Inducted into the Grand Master Hall of Fame
Becomes a member of the United States Grand Master’s Society
Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Universal World Martial Arts Hall of Fame
Coach of the USA/UTA Team at the Goodwill Team Championships in Orlando, Florida
Featured in Taekwon-Do Times magazine as Master of the Year
Is a founding member and executive board member of the ITF-Union
2015
Earns 8th Dan promotion through the Korea Chung Do Kwan by GM Park Hae Man
Becomes UWTA State Director
Teaches special seminars in Ireland
Becomes ITF Union Vice President of their USA Division
Becomes certified Kukkiwon test examiner
Featured on cover of Taekwondo Times magazine
2016
Became Vice president of the International Taekwondo Federation
Co-Authored Bullyproof: Unleash the Hero Inside Your Kid, Volume 4, a bully awareness book, with Alex Changho
Rank recognized by Grand Master Lee Yoo Sun of the International Taekwondo Federation
Earned citation from Grand Master Lee Yoo Sun the International Taekwondo Federation
Earned Meritorious service award in Moo Duk Kwan by Grand Master Jae Kyu Chon
Traveled to Korea as part of a special project for the International Taekwondo Federation
Traveled to Tulsa, Chicago, Atlanta, Reno, Dallas, Memphis, Clinton, Iowa, Bossier City, and Birmingham, England for promotion of the UTA
Promoted to Kukkiwon Master Class III
2017
Elected president of the United Taekwondo Alliance for a 2nd Term
Promoted to 9th Degree Black Belt by International Taekwon-Do Federation Union and Grand Master Park Jong Soo
Becomes a certified master in Kukkiwon 2nd class
2018
Promoted to 9th Dan by Supreme Grand Master Kim Bok Man
Promoted to International Vice President of the ITF-Union
Promoted to International Vice President of the World Chung Kuhn Taekwon-Do Federation
Recognized as 9th Dan by GM Lee You Sun of International Taekwondo Federation
2019
Inducted into the Official Taekwon-Do Hall of Fame in Bangkok, Thailand
Featured in the book “Who’s Who” of martial arts
Host of the 2019 UTA Grand Nationals in Shreveport, LA.
Host of Korean Cultural Tour
Head Coach of the USA/UTA International Team in Kidderminster, England
Promoted to 9th Dan by Pioneer GM Kong Young Il
Becomes Vice President of the Independent Taekwon-Do School of GB.
Special Guest instructor for Siem Reap Taekwondo Club in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Special Guest at the TAGB Taekwon-Do Championships in Worcester, England.
Lead Korean Cultural and Taekwon-Do tour in South Korea
Promoted to Seargent First Class of the Texas State Guard

Memberships

  • US Grand Masters Society
  • United Taekwondo Alliance
  • Kukkiwon
  • Moo Duk Kwan
  • Chung Do Kwan
  • Oh Do Kwan
  • United World Taekwondo Association
  • Allied International Taekwondo Council
  • Young Brothers International
  • International Taekwon-Do – Home
  • World ChungKuhn Taekwondo Federation
  • AAU / USAT