Grand Master Charles Graham
Born in 1951, Grand Master Charles Graham began his martial arts training in 1966 at Fort Dix, New Jersey, when he was fifteen years of age. He received his Black Belt on January 10, 1971 under Grand Master Forrest Blair and Grand Master Eugene Perceval, founder of Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan USA. Grand Master Charles Graham holds the rank of 10th Dan Black Belt in American Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan, 8th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan USA and Black Belt in the Norway Kung Fu Association.
Grand Master Charles Graham enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps directly after graduating from High School, where he spent the next four years serving his country. While in the USMC, he started his long journey to refined and enhanced his martial arts skills, knowledge and teaching by training and studying with practitioners in various styles and systems of martial arts some of which are: Shotokan, Goju Ryu, Judo, Aikido, Kung Fu/ Wu Shu, Modern Arnis de Mano, Tae Kwon Do (ITF, WTF & American), Tang Soo Do and Hapkido. Over the years, Grand Master Graham cultivated an instructional methodology that allowed him to integrate the best attributes of the various martial arts in a unique fashion his traditional beliefs and the American way into American Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan system of the United States of America.
In 1977, GM Charles Graham founded the American Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan, “Korean-American Karate.” In 1992, he founded the American Moo Duk Kwan Federation. Over the past 50 years, Grand Master Graham’s organization has grown to 10 Schools, both in the United States and Norway. Grand Master Graham has produced 8 Grand Masters, 25 Masters and over 150 Black Belts.
On July 15th, 2017 Grand Master Graham was awarded 10th Dan by a distinguished board of Martial Artists including GM Gene Perceval, Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan USA, GM S.L. Martin, Green Dragon Kuo Shu Kwan, GM George Elmer, American Chinese Kenpo, GM William Brown Sr, Zen Nippon Kudo, GM Ozzie Wright Jr, Chang Moo Kwan, and Hanshi Tony Lingo, Nisei Ryu Karate Do.
Grand Master Graham believes in giving back to the community. He regularly donates his time & classes to youths & adults less fortunate. Some of his other highlights includes: After school martial arts programs, (1970’s – 1980’s); Instructed scores of Women Awareness/Self Defense Seminars for Colleges, Hospital’s Staff, Public School Systems, Women Programs, etc…, in New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland. In 2003 Grand Master Graham was inducted into the American Asian Hall of Fame. Grand Master Graham has taken an active role in the martial arts evolution of today while maintaining the traditional values, teachings and fundamentals.
For the past 42 years, Grand Master Charles Graham has been employed as the Director of Hospital Security at several hospitals in Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland. He has earned college degrees in Criminal Justice and Emergency Preparedness along with numerous other certifications.
Besides him being exceptionally proud of his two son’s and all his students, he has produced International, National, Regional, and Local Champions, in Weapons, Forms, and Fighting. He has also been instrumental in helping his students start their own businesses that are known all across United States and Europe. Grand Master Graham is blessed to have his students continue his teachings of American Tae kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan!