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John Pellegrini

John Pellegrini
  • Over 35 years of Martial Arts experience
  • 8th Dan Hapkido – Korea Ki-Do Hae
  • Founder “Combat Hapkido” - President “International Combat Hapkido Federation”
  • 8th Dan TaeKwonDo – ITA
  • Founder / Chairman of the “Independent TaeKwonDo Association”
  • Kukkiwon (WTF) Certification
  • Master Instructor Certification in Hosinsul (Self Defense) US Martial Arts Institute
  • Instructor Certification in Jeet Kune Do
  • Founder / President of the “World Martial Arts Alliance”
  • Founder / President of “Self Defense America, Inc.”
  • Founder / President of the “International Police Defensive Tactics Institute”
  • Member “Hapkido Examination & Deliberation Committee” Korea Ki-Do Hae
  • Member Board of Directors “Int. Aiki Arts Certification & Accreditation Board”
  • Member Board of Directors “International Disabled Self Defense Association”
  • Member “American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers” (ASLET)
  • Certified Instructor Monadnock Expandable Baton
  • Member “Law Enforcement Alliance of America” (LEAA)
  • Member “Police Martial Arts Association”
  • Member “Jeet Kune Do Association”
  • Lifetime Member “United States Martial Arts Association”
  • Member “American Women Self Defense Association”
  • March 1990 Cover feature “TaeKwonDo Times” Magazine
  • April 1994 Cover feature “TaeKwonDo Times” Magazine
  • June 1995 Cover feature “Martial Arts Business” Magazine
  • July 1995 Cover feature “TaeKwonDo & Korean Combat Arts” Magazine (UK)
  • August 1995 Feature “Cinturon Negro/Budo International” Magazine
  • July 1997 Cover feature “TaeKwonDo Times” Magazine
  • June 1999 Cover feature “Martial Arts Professional” Magazine
  • October 1999 Feature in the “Wall Street Journal”
  • September 2000 Cover feature “Artes Marciales” Magazine (Central/South America)
  • Featured in numerous articles in newspapers and Martial Arts Magazines Worldwide
  • 1988 “Instructor of the Year Award” – US Korean Karate Association
  • 1991 Featured on “ESPY-TV: World of Martial Arts”
  • 1992 “Who’s who in the Martial Arts” – Karate International Magazine
  • 1995 Inducted in the “World Martial Arts Hall of Fame”: “Diamond Life Achievement Award”
  • 1996 Inducted in the “WHFSC International Martial Arts Hall of Fame”: “Golden Life Achievement Award”
  • 1996 Inducted in the “Florida Martial Arts Hall of Fame”: “Pioneer Award”
  • 1997 Inducted in the “WHFSC International Martial Arts Hall of Fame”: “Grandmaster / Soke (Founder) of the Year Award”
  • 1998 Inducted in the “Martial Arts Masters, Pioneers & Legends Hall of Fame”: “Founder of the Year Award”
  • 1998 “Seminar Sensation” at the Chuck Norris Martial Arts Expo.
  • 1998 Inducted in the “World Karate Union Hall of Fame”: “Outstanding Contribution to the Martial Arts Award”
  • 1999 Inducted in the “United Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame”: “Outstanding Contribution to the Martial Arts Award” 
  • 2000 Inducted in the “United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame”: “Founder of the Year Award”
  • 2001 Inducted in the “Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame”: “Outstanding Contribution to the Martial Arts – Grandmaster”
  • April 19, 1997 Declared “Grandmaster John Pellegrini’s Day” in Anchorage, Alaska by Mayor’s Proclamation
  • October 10, 1998 Declared “Grandmaster John Pellegrini’s Day” in Seaside, California by Mayor’s Proclamation
  • July 15, 2000 Declared “Grandmaster John Pellegrini’s Day” in Waco, Texas and Bellmead, Texas
  • October 7, 2000 Declared “Grandmaster John Pellegrini’s Day” in Nacogdoches, Tx.
  • 1996 Awarded Commission in the “Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels”
  • Honorary Fellow of the “National Law Enforcement Academy”
  • 1980 & 1983 Editions of “Who’s Who in American Law Enforcement”
  • 1982 Edition of “Who’s Who in Professional Security”
  • Certified Firearm Instructor (NRA) - Certified Fitness Instructor (FAU)
  • Recipient of numerous awards from Martial Arts schools, Organizations, Police Depts. and Military Bases throughout the World
  • If you would like to contact Grandmaster Pellegrini, you can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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