GRAND MASTER LOU GRASSO
Grand Master Lou
Grasso holds a 9th Degree Black Belt
in the art of TaeKwon-Do and is President,
Founder and Grand Master instructor of Lou Grasso’s
Universal TaeKwon-Do Federation. He received
his 9th Degree Black Belt from the world famous Hae Yong Kim, President
and Founder of the Hae Yong Martial Art Association and is the first
and only non-Korean to receive a 9th Degree through this world-wide
Grand Master Grasso began
studying martial arts at the age of 12 and studied various styles
of martial arts including Judo, Masutatsu Oyama Kyokushin Kaikan style of karate, White Crane Kung-Fu, Aikido,
Hop-Ki-Do, Tang-soo-do, Chong Do Kwan, Oh Do Kwan, and Ji Do Kwan
(a specialty style which involves many self-defense techniques)
in Korea, along with TaeKwon-Do and is a weapons expert. He studied
the World TaeKwon-Do Federation style as well as the International
TaeKwon-Do Federation system for which he became an internationally
certified instructor and judge.
Grand Master Grasso also had the distinct honor of being a personal
student of the founder of modern TaeKwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi.
Grand Master Grasso is also featured in General Choi Hong Hi’s
15 volume TaeKwon-Do encyclopedia and was his personal aide during
his sojourn to Santa Barbara, California. Grand Master Grasso has
also been featured in several leading martial arts magazines including
Black Belt Magazine, Karate Illustrated, etc.
Grand Master Grasso opened the first TaeKwon-Do studio in Reno,
Nevada in 1968 and has had branch studios abroad and currently has
four studios in Nevada.