Grandmaster Gary Keller has studied and practiced martial arts for more than three decades.Relocating from Chicago, bringing his unique style to the Valrico/Brandon area. His current style or philosophy of Martial arts is based primarily on Hapkido but he also brings skills from other Art's that he feels are the most effective. Taking elements from Jiu-Jitsu, Escrima,boxing, kickboxing, law enforcement tactics, Sambo, ground fighting, grappling and other arts he feels are combat ready.The GM is looking for 20 dedicated adult students for the Brandon location, and he's also available to other schools for seminars,private and semi private lessons etc. Similar programs available in Clermont/Lakeland under GM Billy Lee Burchett,(www.hapkidobrothers.com)
Some of his specific accomplishments include:
Green Dragon Society (age 16) 1973-1975. Chi Tao Chuan Gung Fu, soft style based on the on the fighting style and spirit of the "animal system" including the Tiger, Eagle, Praying Mantis, Leopard, Cobra, Crane and Panther. The school was involved in the infamous Ken Fu Wars of the 1970's. Very brutal "old school - no-rules fighting". No protective equipment. Invaluable training as a beginning martial artist.
K.S. Hyuns Hapkido- Head instructor 1975-1989.
Cook County Department of Corrections 1978 -1988. - Instructor
Naval Intelligence Investigative Unit – Instructor,5 years.
Law Enforcements Concepts - 5 years 1993 - 1998. Law Enforcements Concepts was Mr. Keller's own company where he taught certified courses to law enforcement agencies and private security companies.
Mr. Keller has also been featured on:
1. Warner Saunders Show. NBC TV Chicago. Hapkido - The art of coordinated power
2. Telemundo. Children's self defense - abduction and prevention.
3. NBC News. Training tactics for correctional officer candidates/cook county jail.
4. Rock on Chicago. Music video show, with Hapkido segments between videos.
5. CBS Good Morning. Women's self defense.
And has been written about in:
1. Chicago Reader - General article on Hapkido and how it has saved people's lives.
2. Chicago Sun Times - Article on the training academy and Mr. Keller for the Cook County Department of Corrections.
3. Chicago Magazine - Chicago Treasures feature.
4. Tae Kwon do Times - How to use the common belt as a tool in self-defense.
5. Street Zebra - Two articles - the first was about kickboxing with Keller and the second was coverage of the Ironheart crown.