Mr. David L Smith
5th Degree Black Belt Kenpo
1st Degree Black Belt Judo
1st Degree Black Belt Kung Fu
Board Certified with:
International Kenpo Karate Association
Irish Kenpo Karate Federation
Mr. Smith began his martial arts training in the British Army at the age of 16. His chosen field in the military was music and studied at the Royal Military School of Music Knellar Hall in Twickenham, London where he qualified as a Bandmaster. During his 14 years as a Chief Petty Officer with the Royal Navy Reserve he got the opportunity of training with the Royal Marines and qualified as a Bandmaster. During his time in the military, Mr. Smith got the privilege of being the Queen’s personal trumpeter where he served for nine months. This is one of the proudest moments in his life.
During his time at Knellar Hall, Mr. Smith started studying Judo and Aikido under the instruction of Mr. B. Langton and Mr. J. Elkin. In 1962, Mr. Smith received his 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo and 1st Kyu Brown Belt in Aikido. He received these grades through the Amateur Judo Association and the Army Judo Association.
During his studies, he met Master Leong Fu. Subsequently, he began studying Kung Fu. In 1963, Mr. Smith received his Kung Fu 1st degree Black Belt.
After leaving the military in 1964, he met Mr. M Mahon. In 1968, Mr. Smith started training in Kenpo Karate. In 1972, Mr. Smith was recognized as the first brown belt in the Island Jersey under the guidance of Mr. M Mahon. Shortly after he took time out to start a family.
In 1986, Mr. Smith started learning Ed Parkers American Kenpo. He suffered a severe knee injury in late 1987 that put him out of training for over a year. Mr. Smith began training again in 1989. In 1992, Mr. Smith was promoted to brown belt. Two years later, he earned his 1st Degree Black Belt from the International Kenpo Karate Association (IKKA). In 1996 he received his 2nd Degree Black Belt from the IKKA. In 2000 he received his 3rd degree Black Belt from the IKKF. In 2004 he received his 4th degree from Mr G Lelliott.
Mr. Smith organized the 1993, 1994 and 1996 IKKA International competitions having top instructors from the USA to teach seminars. People from from all over Europe and the USA to compete. These weekends were always successful and pulled together the Kenpo community from many different countries.
Over the years, Mr. Smith has had the opportunity to train with some of the best Kenpo Instructors. Ed Parker Sr, Lee Wedlake Jr, Richard “Huk” Planas, Graham Lelliott, Maurice Mahon and Zach Whitson are just a few.
Mr. Smith originally started The Dragon’s Way School of Kenpo in 1996 at St Mary’s School on the Island of Jersey. After moving back to the USA November 2000, Mr. Smith left his brown belt in charge. In March of 2001, The Dragon’s Way School of Kenpo came to Carlisle and continues to grow.
Mr. Smith continues to study the art of Kenpo Karate under one of Mr. Ed Parker Sr’s 1st generation Black Belt, Associate Master of the art Mr. G Lelliott 8th Degree Black Belt Kenpo Karate. Mr. Smith’s goal is to continue teaching Kenpo Karate using Judo and Aikido to complement and enhance Kenpo teachings.