Master Ken Daugherty

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Master Ken Daugherty – 7th degree

Master Ken Daugherty began his martial arts journey in 1983 then started training Taekwon-Do in 1985 at the age of 13. He was awarded his Black Belt in 1989. He has trained in various martial arts but focused primarily on Taekwon-Do.   Mr. Daugherty was a Secretary General in 2 different International Taekwon-Do (ITF) Organizations.  Having almost 40 years in the martial arts, and being a very approachable person, he always makes time to mentor and help people in martial arts whenever he can.  He has many contacts worldwide and loves to mentor and pass down the knowledge of Taekwon-Do as listed in the Encyclopedia’s by General Choi.

Mr. Daugherty is a Certified International Instructor, a Certified International Umpire Class A, a 7th Dan Black Belt in Traditional Taekwondo, and a 6th Dan in ITF Taekwon-Do from  the ITF HQ out of Korea.   Having competed in various tournaments over the years while placing and or/winning several including Power Breaking, Sparring and Patterns.  Won silver medals in both Sparring and Patterns at several international events including an open tournament in the Master’s division against several different styles of martial arts.

He is listed in “The World’s Greatest Martial Artists – Volume 20” and in the “Who’s Who of Martial Arts – Special Tribute to Chuck Norris” as an ambassador.  He was also inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2021.


Mr. Daugherty is also influential in helping to achieve a merger between two different ITF organizations, a first in the world to promote unity between the various ITF organizations.  He is currently the ITF HQ-USA Alabama State Representative, ITF HQ-USA Director of Business Affairs, an Ambassador & Historian General for the Sports Karate Museum for the House of Korea.

He tells people quite often “The most important person that walks into the room is the beginning student who has a love of martial arts.  Without them, our art dies, and the legacy of what we teach disappears.   It always comes full circle when you teach someone as a youth, and you make a positive difference in their lives with martial arts.  Making those positive differences in their life is more important than our own…and that’s what it’s all about!”