Grand Master Tran

Grand Master Tran
Grand Master Tran
Grand Master Tran
Grand Master Tran
Grand Master Tran

Grand Master Tan Tran, a certified master martial artist with more than 50 years of experience, began his martial arts studies in his native Vietnam. Today, he teaches in his adopted homeland of the United States and continues to train with other masters and grand masters in the U.S., Vietnam, Korea, China, Thailand and around the world.

A U.S. resident since 1979, Grand Master Tran has taught in several martial arts schools around the country. He is a certified instructor in Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Vo Tu Do (Free-Style Kickboxing), Vo Binh Dinh (Traditional Vietnamese Kung Fu), Tai Chi Chuan, Hapkido, Haidong Gumdo (Traditional Korean Sword Art), Seven-Mountain Spiritual Kung Fu, Vo Thieu Lam Nam Quyen (Southern Style of Shaolin Kung Fu), Qi Gong and Ki-Healing.

Grand Master Tran is also an award-winning, Olympic-style martial artist who offers specialized training in Olympic-style competition combat, yet he focuses the majority of his teachings on traditional, authentic Asian martial arts and practical, real-life self-defense.

Born during the Vietnam War, Grand Master Tran displayed a natural affinity for martial arts as a toddler. His parents encouraged his passion for training as a means of self-defense and survival during wartime, often taking him from master to master to further his martial arts acumen. Much of his training at that time was underground, as martial arts studies were forbidden under communist rule.

Grand Master Tran escaped from Vietnam in 1979, and adopted the United States as his new homeland. Upon arrival, he quickly sought out new training grounds to continue his martial arts pursuits in both soft and hard styles. He travels frequently around the country and abroad to further his studies and to share his knowledge with his students.

Grand Master's Biography

  • 8th Dan Grand Master:   Taekwondo
  • 7th Dan Grand Master:   Hapkido
  • Grand Master:  Traditional Muay Thai
  • Master Instructor:  Taichi, Qi Gong, Yoga, Haidong Gumdo, Southern Shaolin Kung Fu and Traditional Vietnamese Kung Fu Styles
  • Certified by Kukkiwon –  World Taekwondo Headquarters (Korea)
  • Certified by USA Taekwondo (Official National Taekwondo Governing Body in Colorado, USA)
  • Certified by World Taekwondo Masters Association
  • Certified by International Martial Arts Federation
  • Certified by International Hapkido Federation (Korea)
  • Certified by Global Hapkido Association
  • Certified by Korea Hapkido Federation of Moo Moo Kwan (Korea)
  • Certified by World Haidong Gumdo Federation (Korea)
  • Certified as B-3 class referee by International Hapkido Federation
  • Certified as D-2 Class Referree by USA Taekwondo
  • Former Secretary General, World Hapmudo Federation
  • Regional Representative for GHA, IHF & WTMA
  • Vice President of Ohio Taekwondo Association (2015 – 2016)
  • Commisioner of USA Taekwondo – Martial Arts Commission
  • Hall of Fame Recipient – “Master of the Year” Award – 2010
  • International Hall of Fame Grand Master Inductee of 2012
  • Named Hall of Fame Senior Hapkido, Taekwondo Master of 2015 by Battle of Columbus Committee
  • 1st Place Grand Champion in Gumdo Competition at the World Hapkido Championship in Seoul, Korea 2015
  • Founder & Chief Instructor of Grand Master Tran’s Martial Arts Academy
  • Affiliated with:  World Muay Thai Association (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Over 50 years of experience in over 10 different martial arts