8th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do
5th Degree Black Belt in Wei Kuen Do / Jeet Kune Do
2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do / Jeong Jin Kwan
Instructor in Tai Chi Chuan
Grandmaster David L Reed has over 48 years in the Martial Arts and 34 years as a Black Belt. He began martial arts training in 1970 in Judo and Jujitsu. From 1975 until 1979 he studied Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu /Wing Chun and Jeet Kune Do. In 1979, he began his study of Tang Soo Do with Master Jeff Scott and Master James Edwards. He tested for 1st Dan under Chuck Norris in 1984, and Grandmaster Jeong Sook Lee in 1985 and 2nd Dan in 1987. He ran Lee's Tang Soo Do / Jeong Jin Kwon and later met and began teaching part-time for Grandmaster Ho Sik Pak at Pak’s Tang Soo Do. He re-tested and was promoted to 1st and 2nd Dan in US Tang Soo Do Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan (29476) wherein re-testing was required with Federation membership.
He was in Black Belt Magazine in May 1989 "Tang Soo Do: It Can Sweep You Off Your Feet" and Tae Kwon Do Times in March 1990 "How To Handle Multiple Attacks" in 1989, 1990 and 1992.
Grandmaster Reed and Master Lady L. Reed (his wife and student) as R.A.M.A. also appeared in Tae Kwon Do Times Magazine Nov 2016 and Voyage LA Magazine March 2017.
He also competed in multiple tournaments winning championships.
In 1993, he started training with Chris Kent at Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do and was promoted to advanced level. In 1994, he also cross trained in Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong under Randy Lyons and Dale Chen. In 2000, he co-founded United American Tang Soo Do Association with Master Mike McPherson. In 2005, he helped co-write "Complete Tang Soo Do Master Manual: From 2nd Dan to 6th Dan Vol with Grandmaster Ho Sik Pak.
He co-founded and opened Reed's Active Martial Arts and Wellness Club in Germany and in California 2012 with Master Lady L. Reed.
He was appointed Vice-President to the newly formed United Martial Arts Alliance in 2014, was appointed president of West Coast International Tang Soo Do Federation of Korea by Grandmaster In Do Nam in 2015 and promoted to 6th Dan in World Dang Soo Do Union under S. K. Kim.
He was promoted to a 8th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do by Grandmaster Darryl Khalid and a member of the Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance.
In 2015, he was inducted into the Masters Hall Of Fame and the USA Martial Arts Hall Of Fame in 2016 and 2017.
He is a 5th Dan in Wei Kuen Do / Jeet Kune Do under Grandmaster Leo Fong and the Wei Kuen Do Association. Known for his broad knowledge, vision, loyalty and strength, he shares with us his specialties i.e. Tang Soo Do, Jeong Jin Kwon, Tae Kwon Do, Judo / Jujitsu, Jeet Kune Do principles and concepts, Wei Kuen Do, Tai Chi Chuan Kung Fu, 24 and 108, Qi Gong, Escrima/Kali.
He is also an ordained Minister, Energy and Aura Balancing, Reiki Master.
As an Actor, he worked in Films: Shadow Dream 1989 - 1996, Greens on Arthur 2, On the Rocks, Winter People, TV Ohara with Pat Morita, Night Court. and Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood, BBC TV, Co-Staring in a Music Video with GM Eric Lee "Amazing Grace" 2017, and as an extra on Stolen Breath: The Truth Revealed, The Grand Master (TV Series), Holy Whores and Heretics the Secret Life of Mary Magdalene, Dragon to Dragon, Stop Hit, Stop Hit Part 2. Co-writer on Eric Lee Design (Video short).