Profile of Presenters
Master Chris DuFour – 6th degree
Master Chris DuFour is the founder and master instructor of the PTSDA Karate. He has enjoyed teaching traditional Tang Soo Do in the Gulf Coast area since 1996.
His martial arts training began in 1984 in Bushinkai Karate. After the eight week course, he took his first lesson in Tang Soo Do under the direction of Master Lee King. She trained directly under Grand Master Jae Joon Kim. In 1987, he had the privilege of testing for Cho Dan in front of Grand Master Kim. Upon achieving Ee Dan, Master DuFour moved to Pensacola, Florida to attend college. Unfortunately, Master King closed her school, Kim’s Karate, around the same time.
Without an Instructor, he continued to train on his own. In 1996, while still attending college, he fulfilled his childhood dream of opening the PTSDA Karate. After a year in operation, he knew that he needed direction in not only his martial art, but also with running a school.
An old friend and classmate, Master Lee Clarkson, referred him to Grandmaster C.S. Kim, founder and president of the I.T.F. (International Tang Soo Do Federation). Under Grandmaster C. S. Kim, he earned his 3rd Degree in 1998, 4th Degree in 2002, and 5th Degree in 2007. He serves on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the I.T.F. Master DuFour has enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to assist his Instructor with teaching seminars in the United States and abroad.
Master DuFour has enjoyed Martial Arts competition since 1987. He has achieved Grand Champion in both Forms and Sparring. Winning Gold in Master’s Forms at the 2008 International Tang Soo Do Federation World Championship was a highlight in his Martial Arts Career.
He strongly believes that having the home court advantage is so important in life. His home court advantage is his family. When he is not busy teaching and training full time, he thoroughly enjoys spending quality time with his wife and four children.