Mr. Yoder Founder / Grandmaster Tai Shu Do

NAME: Bob Yoder 10th Dan Grandmaster/Founder Tai Shu Do
SCHOOL NAME: Bob Yoder’s Kung Fu & Kickboxing Academy
ADDRESS: 2048 Sondra Lane Grove City, Ohio 43123 USA
PHONE: 614-649-5971
DOB: 06/24/1971


  • Certified Unarmed Combat Instructor
  • Certified Disabled Martial Arts Instructor
  • Certified Disabled Self Defense Instructor
  • Certified Senior Citizen Self Defense Instructor
  • Certified Rape Prevention Self Defense Instructor


COPY OF RANK CERTIFICATION(s): Please ask if needed.


  • Founder Iron Tiger Fighting Society – ITFS
  • Founder Golden Dragon Fighting Society – GDFS
  • Founder International Tai Shu Do Association – ITSDA
  • Founder Peaceful Tiger Martial Arts Federation – PTMAF
  • Member of the Bei Shaolin Quan Italy – BSQI
  • Member of the Modern Samurai Society – MSS
  • Representative for Ohio Eagle Federation – EF
  • Member of the Kajunkenbo Ohana Association – KOA
  • Member of the American Style Nunchaku Federation – ASNF
  • Representative USA Diversified League of Martial Artists – DLMA
  • National Representative USA International Sifu Organization – ISO
  • Member Judges’ Panel International Chinese Martial Arts – ICMAC
  • Member of the International Modern Combat Association – IMCA
  • Representative USA International Modern Combat Association – IMCA
  • Representative for U.S.A. Ko Ryu JuJutsu Federation Europe – KRJFE
  • Representative State of Ohio Madison Martial Arts Academy -MMAA
  • Board Member United States Traditional Kung Fu Federation – USTKF
  • Member Board of Directors Martial Arts Masters Association – MAMA
  • USA Representative International Simmey-Do Karate Federation – ISKF
  • Representative for State of Ohio-USA Martial Arts Police Methods – MAPM
  • USA Representative of Ohio Kaminohenshi-Ryu Karate Association – KRKA
  • USA Representative of the Amateur Ashitedo Akhada, Association , India – AAAA
  • International Representative of USA for the International Budoshindo Federation – IBF
  • U.S.A. State Representative for the State of Ohio Valadez Kenpo Association -VKA
  • National Representative USA Wakazamurai World Martial Arts Association – WWMAA
  • USA Direcetor World International Martial Arts Association & Organization – WIMAAO
  • Official Representative USA International Gojitsu-Ryu Karate-Do Orgnanization – IGKO
  • Official American Combined Arts Federation Representative for the state of Ohio – ACAF
  • Official Representative U.S.A. International Martial Arts Sciences Organization – IMASO
  • Official Representative Ohio, United States World Kyongchar Moosul Federation – WKMF
  • Representative for Ohio – USA International Hapki-Do Police Methods Federation – IHPMF
  • Representative for Grove City, USA International R’GUIBA-DO SHIN KI Academy – IRDSA
  • Representative of the British & International Kickboxing & Martial Association – WKMA/BIKMA
  • USA Chairman International Kyokidoki Karate & Mixed Martial Arts Federation – IKKMMAF
  • Offical Representative for Ohio in the Country USA of the Absolute Karate Federation – AKF
  • Official American Disabled Self Defense Federation Representative for the State of Ohio -ADSDF
  • Official American Disabled Martial Arts Federation Representative for the State of Ohio – ADMAF
  • Official Code Red Unarmed Combat/Self Defense Training International Representative -CRUC&SDTI



  • USA Martial Arts “Hall of Fame” Induction Category: Instructor of the Year 2007
  • WOMA Grandmaster of the Year 2009
  • Member United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2011
  • Martial Arts Health & Fitness Association Inducted into the 3rd International Hall of Fame 2011
  • Diversified League Of Martial Artists Hall of Fame 2013
  • Featured in the Martial Artists World Book Volume 4
  • Awarded the Humanitarian Award from the American Combined Arts Federation / Code Red Unarmed Combat & Self Defense Training International.
Bob Yoder is the founder of Tai Shu Do “The Way of the Supreme Art”. He has over 37 years of experience in the martial arts and has taught thousands students to include Corrections Personal, Law Enforcement Officers, Security Officers, Bodyguards, Bouncers, and even members of the United States Military. He was a registered Unarmed Self-Defense instructor for the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. He instructed Basic and Advanced Unarmed Self Defense for the State of Ohio Corrections and Franklin County Corrections. He also served in the U.S. Air Force as a Security Forces Member.He created Tai Shu Do after studying various styles of martial arts for many years and achieving various ranks to include black belt / instructor rankings in several styles of martial arts. He continues to study the martial arts to this day and believes that a true martial artist never stops studying.A favorite quote of his is: Blend all tactics and skills. The more one knows, the better, for it is far better to have the knowledge and not the need, than to have the need and not the knowledge. But.. also, if knowledge is power, then the power of knowledge is truth. Seek it!

Many of his students that have studied under other instructors before coming to him have said that they have learned more from him in their first month than they did in several months of training they received from other previous instructors. That is because he trains his students in a no nonsense easy to understand manner. It is up to the student if they want to train in a traditional martial arts uniform or sweats. The student has the option of receiving traditional training where they progress through belts and receive certified ranking or if they wish to study in a strictly self-defense manner.

Besides Martial Arts Mr. Yoder is also a Certified Sports Performance Coach, Personal Fitness Trainer, Senior Fitness Instructor, Certified Life Coach, a Tai Chi / Chi Gung, Yoga Instructor, and CPR AED FIRST AID certified through NHCPS. He also belongs to a wide assortment of martial arts associations, councils, confederations, federations, organizations, and societies. He is a Christian as well as a Theo-Centric Martial Arts Chaplain. He is also a Freemason of the Neoacacia Masonic Lodge No. 595 Free & Accepted Masons.  He has always believed that it is my God given calling to unite as many open minded martial artist as I can so that we may share our knowledge with each other!!!

For more information about the Bob Yoder’s Kung Fu & Kickboxing Academy staff or training programs, please contact us at 614-649-5971 or by clicking here

So that you can know me a little better I’m including below an article that I recently wrote for a military martial arts website and was also published by an international combat martial arts website in their who is who section. I’m including it because it also acts as an in-depth bio.

Recent Article:

I recently came across your website. Let me congratulate you on such a fine site. The military and martial arts have been a great part of my life. I stated studying the martial arts when I was 7 years old in 1978 and served in the United States Air Force for 12 years from 1996 to 2008. I enlisted as a Security Police/Security Forces member. While serving I deployed numerous times and in 2001 was called to active duty. While on active duty I was awarded THE AIR FORCE COMMENDATION MEDAL for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT 11 September 2001 to 15 September 2003 as a Security Forces Member with the 121st Security Forces Squadron, 121st Air Refueling Wing, Rickenbacker International Airport, Columbus, Ohio. During this period, my outstanding professionalism and leadership directly contributed to the effectiveness and success of Air Force missions supporting Operation NOBLE EAGLE, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation FUNDAMENTAL JUSTICE. I deployed in support of the 89th Security Forces at Andrews Air Force Base and served as part of an enhanced homeland security operation. I supervised the increased force protection and anti-terrorism measures essential in the protection of assets vital to our nations war fighting capability. In addition, I served as member of a Quick Reaction Team dedicated to the strategic airlift of dangerous Al-Qaeda and Taliban Detainees from the Afghanistan combat zone to the internment facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. My continued commitment to excellence during this wartime activation set the standard for my fellow Non-Commissioned Officers to follow. My distinctive accomplishments reflected great credit upon myself, the Air National Guard and the United States Air Force. I was also awarded the ARMY ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL for my OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS and service from 14 January 2002 to 30  September 2002  as a member of the Force Protection Task Force assigned following the terrorist attacks on America, myself, the Ohio National Guard and the United States Armed Services. In addition I received a Certificate of Achievement for my attention to detail and professional conduct during the September 10, 2004 security detail attached to Air Force One. During that time period, homeland security levels were elevated and my actions directly resulted in a higher level of security for the Commander in Chief, George W. Bush. I also received a Certificate of Achievement recognizing me for my attention to detail and professional conduct during the September 8, 2006 security detail attached to the Ohio-Serbia Partnership. During that time period, homeland security levels were elevated and my actions directly resulted in a higher level of security for President Tadic of Serbia. I held the rank of  TSgt E-6 when I existed the military in 2008. I’m still a member in good standing of the 121st Security Forces Alumni Association. 

As for my martial arts achievements well as I stated I started studying the martial arts when I was 7 years old so it has been over 36 years now. My uncles studied martial arts and got me interested. I began studying with them every chance I could. I also studied with a man who lived down the street from us. He taught Shotokan Karate to a few of us neighborhood kids in his backyard during the summer. I studied with him only one summer but it gave me the basics of that art. I went on to study Tae Kwon Do at the Oriental Martial Arts College under Supreme Grandmaster Joon P. Choi for a year but I felt that it was geared more towards competition and not actual street fighting. I also trained with Master S.S. Kim during that time in Korean Praying Mantis Kung Fu.  I then went on to studying at Jay T. Will’s Kenpo Karate Studio as my uncle had studied there as well. I studied there until Jay T. Will was arrested for drug possession in 1985. I continued to study with my uncle and earned my Shodan in Kenpo Karate. I then went onto study Shaolin Iron Tiger Kung Fu and Kickboxing under Mr. Greg Greene Founder of  the Shaolin Iron Tiger Kung Fu System who trained under Grandmaster R.A. Greenlee in Shaolin Tiger Kung Fu. Grandmaster R.A. Greenlee is responsible for bringing Shaolin Tiger Kung Fu to the United States. Mr. Greg Greene had earned his Black Sash under Grandmaster R.A. Greenlee and developed his own style of Kung Fu which he named Shaolin Iron Tiger Kung Fu. It was a realistic street fighting art. I liked it very much it is also where I got my creativity from. Well there and of course from Bruce Lee. I’m a very big fan of Bruce Lee and even attended Bruce Lee Eve each year. I even got to meet Larry Hartsell one year. Almost every year from 1983 until 2000, Robert Blakeman, one of the world’s best known Bruce Lee memorabilia collectors, held an annual Bruce Lee tribute event called, Bruce Lee Eve. Robert Blakeman was a friend of mine and I still have original editions of The Associates of Bruce Lee Eve newsletters, produced by Robert Blakeman and Darin Waugh. The newsletters included many exclusive pictures and interviews from Bruce Lee friends and students. Robert Blakeman passed away and Sr. Grand Master Joon P. Choi now has the collection. Anyways I earned my 2nd Degree Black Sash under Mr. Greene and even studied under one of his Iron Shadows Bill White when he opened his academy down the street from my home. Mr. White’s academy unfortunately did not operate for very long. After that I kept studying on my own with family and friends. One friend of mine from high school was Sok P. Long he was Cambodian I would practice with him and his family in Muay Thai, Bokator, and Pradal Serey. After high school he moved back to Cambodia. During high school I began teaching some friends and even some of their parents in my garage and basement. In 1989 I entered into the Army as an MP but was later discharged due to damage to my knees. I immediately began strength training to build up the muscle around my knees.  In 1992 I developed Tai Shu Do “The Way of Ultimate Techniques” and in 1993 I officially opened Bob Yoder’s Kung Fu & Kickboxing Academy. I operated the academy for a few years and then went into the Air Force in 1996 as an SP. Again we learned basic hand to hand combat but also some Aikijutsu in Tech School at the Joint Law Enforcement Academy located at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. I graduated from Tech School in 1997 and was stationed in the Air National Guard at Rickenbacker ANGB. While there I participated in numerous deployments a few are listed above.

I worked in Corrections as a civilian and was a state certified unarmed self defense instructor who taught both state and county corrections personal. My instructors were Rick Seeds Head Instructor, Dan Pfeifer, Mark Feison, Pam Means, Darrell Logan, and Mike Pierce.  I was called to active duty on 9/11/2001 to 9/11/2003. During that time I was a member of a Joint Anti Terrorism Task Force and Quick Reaction Team member tasked to conduct Detainee Ops in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay Cuba. I continued to conduct missions on a volunteer basis until 2007. I have also provided security for Air Force One and President George W. Bush as well as President Tadic from Serbia. I was also a state security officer for the Ohio adjutant general from 2003-2008. In 2008 I was diagnosed with PTSD and during this time we lost our home and had to move to Circleville, Ohio. We moved back to Grove City, Ohio in 2010 and my wife found me upstairs in our bedroom on the bed with what she thought was chewing tobacco beside my mouth. It turned out to be blood and she immediately rushed me to the emergency room. I then had to be put into a medically induced coma because I aspirated throwing up tons of blood that had been dripping from a erosion in my esophagus. I was in the coma for over 3 months and when I came to I was being kept alive with machines. I had to learn to breath or my own, eat, talk and walk again. I thought that I would never practice martial arts again but I never gave up and recovered fairly quickly. I thank god for my quick and full recover. In 2011 I reopened the academy in the basement of my Grove City home and have been teaching ever since. I’m also currently studying with Mr. Greg Greene learning all of his forms so that I can incorporate them into my system. I also attend martial arts seminars when I can afford it and have the time. I have also done online training and have completed numerous DVD home study courses as well as creating my own Tai Shu Do Home Study Course.
I have been awarded the following ranks: 6th Dan Dragon Fist Kenpo Karate, 3rd Dan Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 1st Dan Judo, Senior Instructor Universal Jeet Kune Do, and Full Instructor Krav Maga from Grandmaster Israel Velez III. 6th Dan Black Belt in American Kempo Jujitsu System from GM Brad Marshall. 5th Degree Black Belt Kali 9 Trios, Kali – Jun Fan, and Jeet Kune Do from Grandmaster Leonardo Panzardo. Jeet Kune Do Concepts Full Instructor, Kali Silat ,Senior Instrutor, Kali Silt Karambit System, and Dragon Shaolin Kenpo Karate Assoc. Prof. 5th Dan Black  Belt from Master/Sifu Jason Velez. Senior Instructor Pate Modern Martial Sciences, Senior Instructor Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Senior Instructor Progressive Combat Kali-Silat, and Level-4 Instructor Black Wolf Combatives from Founder/Headmaster Guru Chief Instructor Alvin L. Pate. Full Instructor Red Sash Golden Snake Kenpo-Gung Fu, Black Ops Krav Maga Senior Instructor-5th Dan Black Belt, and Black Ops Jeet Kune Do Level 3 JKD Specialist-Senior Instructor from Instructor Daniel Rivera. 3rd Dan Black Belt Yoshin Ryu Combat JuJitsu from Sensei Michael Carmiche. Sandan Black Belt 5th Dan in Krav Maga from the Soke Aaron Malone National Krav Maga Association. Master Expert Level 4 in Combat Street Krav Maga from Okitaekundo Martial Arts Systems. Rank of Instructor from System Combat Israeli KAPAP & Krav Maga Association. 1st Dan Black Belt Elite Freestyle Hapkido from Ryan Yarbrough. Ohio State Certified Unarmed Self Defense from the Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections.  2nd Degree Black Sash Shaolin Iron Tiger Kung Fu and Kickboxing from Mr. Greg Greene and still continue to study with him working on adding his forms to my art. I’m also an Official BDFS Anti-Bullying Certified Instructor for the State of Ohio.  I also hold ranks in other martial arts as well.
I’m also President/Founder of: The Golden Dragon Fighting Society, The Iron Tiger Fighting Society, The International Tai Shu Do Association, and of course Bob Yoder’s Kung Fu & Kickboxing Academy.
I’ve received a Professional Letter of Recommendation from Wayne Wiggins Senior Law Enforcement Officer of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. 
Bodyguard, Corrections, Law Enforcement, Military, and Security Credentials: Please ask if needed

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Believe and Achieve, 
Grandmaster Bob Yoder
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