Born in Sacramento, California Dr. Grant Patrick Smith started his martial art career in 1980 at the age of 10. His School was the Modesto Society of Self Defense where he studied 8 years under Master David Spinella. In 1988 at the age of 18 he left the MSSD and traveled to Stockton, California where he discovered Master Mark L. Tierney’s Korean Martial Arts School, also known as the Yun Moo Kwan.
Master Smith studied at Yun Moo Kwan until 1990 where he was accepted into the San Francisco College of Acupuncture. Ironically, San Francisco was home to Grand Master D.K. Shin and the Hwa Rang Kwan. Master Mark Tierney was Grand Master Shin’s first student.
After a year and six months the SF College of Acupuncture closed its doors. It was a crucial decision to make, whether to stay in San Francisco or go back to the Central Valley. So Master Smith returned to Yun Moo Kwan in Stockton while finishing up his studies to enter Chiropractic College. Upon graduation with his Doctorate in Chiropractic Dr. Grant Smith achieved his 4th Dan Certificate in Tae Kwon Do from the Kukiwon in Seoul, Korea.
After college Master Smith was a touring racquetball pro for a number of years. In 2004 following the death of his brother, Dr. Smith shifted gears to the sport of triathlon. Just like every other sport he had played Grant was soon finishing around 20 races a year including 2 Ironman finishes and a spot on Team USA for the 2009 World Aquathlon Championships in the Gold Coast, Australia. Soon after that, Master Smith received his 5th Dan Black Belt Master’s Certificate and Hwa Rang Kwan of Arizona was opened in Fountain Hills, under the guidance of Grand Master D. K. Shin.
Shortly after the Hwa Rang Kwan of Arizona School was opened, Master Mark L. Tierney awarded the Yun Moo Kwan franchise to Master Smith in hopes of continuing his legacy of Korean Martial Arts instruction and making a difference in many communities all over the world.