GM Donny Meadows
April 6, 1956 – January 9, 2022
Sa Bom Nim Meadows is a career martial artist with over 44 years experience in the Korean Martial Art of Tang Soo Do. He has owned and operated full time studios for over 40 years. Master Meadows has personally worked with thousands of students of all ages many of whom have worked their way to “Black Belt” level, as well as several who have reached Master level. Below is a brief chronology:
1973—Began Training in Tang Soo Do
1978—Promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt
1978—Instructor for Martial arts at San Angelo Recreation Centers
1979—Opened Meadows Tang Soo Do studio in San Angelo, Texas
1980—Promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt
1983—Promoted to 3rd Degree Black Belt
1984—Region 6 Team member at USTSDMDK National Championship at West Point
1987—Opened Satellite studios in Eldorado, Christoval, Eden, Menard,
Sterling City, Santa Anna, Bronte and Winters, Texas.
1989—Relocated to Austin, Texas
1989—Opened “The Karate School” in Austin, Texas.
1989—Pioneered After School Martial Arts Program in Austin.
1992—Opened second location in Pflugerville, Texas
1995—Promoted to 4th Dan, Master Instructor Level
1997—Promoted to 5th Dan
2000—Opened “The Karate School” Wichita, Kansas
2002—Promoted to 6th Dan
2002—Chartered United States Tang Soo Do Alliance
2005—Relocated Family to Bramwell, WV— As domestic Missionaries.
2005—Opened “The Karate School” Bluefield, West Virginia
2007—Promoted to 7th Dan
2015—Promoted to 8th Dan
2017—Inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame
2018—Promoted to 9th Dan
Master Meadows has operated full time Martial Arts facilities since 1978. He has worked with numerous military and law enforcement personnel, including; Texas DPS, San Angelo Police Dept, Tom Green County Sheriff Dept. , Pflugerville Police Dept., Austin Police Dept., Travis County Sheriff Dept., Harris County Sheriff Dept., Goodfellow Air force Base in San Angelo, Camp Mabry in Austin, and Camp Pendleton in San Diego, to enhance the performance of their respective duties. Master Meadows trained with Grand Master James Cummings Jr. to Chodan. Between 1979—1995 he trained under the guidance of Master Lloyd Francis of San Diego, and re-ceived instruction from Senior Master Hyun Chul Hwang as well as Tang Soo Do Founder Grandmaster Hwang Kee. Master Meadows served the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Federation in the capacity of a Regional Examiner, overseeing the promotion of hundreds of Black Belt level students.
Master Meadows was accepted as a student under Grandmaster Chun Sik Kim with the International Tang Soo Do Federation in 1995. He again served as Regional Examiner with the I.T.F. and also as a member of the National Testing Board for promotion of senior level Black Belts, between 1995 and 2002.
Along with several of his Black Belt studio owners, Master Meadows formed the United States Tang Soo Do Alliance in February of 2002. He currently presides over the U.S. Tang Soo Do Alliance and it’s member schools, working with Senior Black Belts and low-er rank students on a private and semi-private basis.
Master Meadows and his family moved to West Virginia in March of 2005 to serve as do-mestic missionaries and continue to minister to the people of Appalachia as well as around the country and the world. The Meadows family have led countless mission teams and trips to provide services and ministry to families devastated by natural disaster, economic crisis, and debilitating disease.
The U.S. Soo Bahk Do Federation and the International Tang Soo Do Federation have rec-ognized Master Meadows with numerous commendations for his service to his community as well as to the organizations. He has worked with school age children from pre-school to college age, performing demonstrations and conducting seminars on personal safety, rape defense, stranger awareness programs, etc. He has conducted rape prevention seminars and personal safety clinics in universities, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, as well as at local churches, private corporations and numerous civic events.
Master Donny Meadows has worked with numerous students with learning and physical disabilities. Students with autism, epilepsy, Down’s syndrome, Cerebral palsy as well as hearing and sight impaired students. Over the span of Master Meadows career he has had great success in working with students with focusing and learning disabilities as well. Many of the students who participated in the programs had issues with ADD, ADHD, and ODD. The structure of the program helped many of these students develop positive learning habits and become productive individuals in their own right. Master Meadows has developed “Anti-Bullying” and “Stranger/Danger” programs that are still impacting students and their families decades later.