Youn Wha Ryu Tae Sool Martial Arts

One Mind, One Body, One Spirit, One Family

Instructor Biography

Senior Instructor, Mr. Steve DiFiore

I began my official martial arts training in karate in 1974 at the age of twelve under Sensei Nick Adler in the style of Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do at the Bay Shore Jerome Mackey Karate Studio in Long Island New York. Sensei Adler was a direct student of Karate pioneer Don Nagle.

I was Promoted to 0 Dan Black belt in Isshin-Ryu Karte-Do in 1977
I was Promoted to 1st Dan Black belt in Isshin-Ryu Karte-Do in 1979

In September of 1980 at the age of 18, I joined the U.S. Military.  

In 1983 while stationed overseas in the UK, I started training in Tea Kwon-Do under Master Oliver, and Master Don Atkins.  Tae Kwon-Do is a Martial Art developed by the Korean Military during the 1950′s to improve the fitness of its soldiers and provide them with unarmed combat skills.  It is based on Tae Kyun, an ancient Korean foot fighting art and Karate – as a result of the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1910.  In 1983 the TAGB (Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain) was founded to promote Tae-Kwon-Do in the UK and develop a national grading standard. Grandmaster C.K Choi was one of the original pioneers of Tea- Kwon-Do.


In 1986, I came back to the States and was stationed at Nellis AFB Las Vegas where I continued with my Tae-Kwon-Do training under Grandmaster D.S. Kim with the Air Force Tae-Kwon-Do.

Promoted to 0 Dan Black belt in Tea-Kwon-Do in 1986

Promoted to 1st Dan Black belt in Tea-Kwon-Do in 1987

Promoted to 2nd Dan Black belt in Tea-Kwon-Do in 1989

 

In Sept of 1991, I was stationed at McGuire AFB New Jersey, where I continued with my training in Tae-Kwon-Do under Grandmaster Kim

Promoted to 3rd Dan Black belt in Tea-Kwon-Do in 1992

Promoted to 4th Dan Black belt in Tea-Kwon-Do in 1995

In 1995, I was honorably discharged from the U.S. Military, but still continued with my Tae-Kwon-Do Martial Art training. 

 

In 2004 I moved to North Carolina and here is where I call home.  At that time my two sons Steven and Nicholas started training in Youn Wha Ryu with Master Derek Ratliff.  I would go watch them train every week and was very impressed with them and their Instructor Master Derek.  January 2006 I started actively training in Youn Wha Ryu under Master Derek.
Promoted to 0 Dan Black belt in Youn Wha Ryu in 2008

Promoted to 1st Dan Black belt in Youn Wha Ryu in 2009

Promoted to 2nd Dan Black belt in Youn Wha Ryu in 2011
Promoted to 3rd Dan Black belt in Youn Wha Ryu in 2013


In September 2013 I was introduced to Grandmaster Troy Trudeau and started actively training under Grandmaster Trudeau.  In October 2013 the Youn Wha Ryu Martial Arts Academy became part of the World Tae Sool Won Association, making us the Youn Wha Ryu Tae Sool Martial Arts Academy.  Grandmaster Troy Trudeau is Founder of the Tae Sool Won Association. 
In September 2013 Grandmaster Troy Trudeau took me on as one of his personal student's.
Promoted to 4th Dan Black belt in Youn Wha Ryu Tae Sool in 2014

 

Together with Grandmaster Troy Trudeau we will bring the Youn Wha Ryu Tae Sool Martial Arts Academy and its students to great achievements through commitment, dedication and the love of Martial Arts. 

One Mind, One Body, One Spirit, One Family.


One of my greatest achievements was becoming a Black Belt and being able to incorporate it into who I am.  Being a black belt is not what I wear around my waist, but it is who I am.  I carry the Black Belt spirit in my heart and soul.  I thank God every day that I am able to pass this energy of life along to those who need to be the best they can be in every facet of their lives.  I still get excited about meeting a new student or teaching a student a new technique.  Some people make black belt and stop, because that’s all they wanted was the belt.  I teach my students that Black Belt is truly the beginning of their Martial Arts training.  I feel to become a true Martial Artist takes hard work, commitment and dedication.