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Induction into The U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Dallas, TX.
Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors award, 2008. "Excellence in Teaching"
Cameron, Chad, Dr. Dan Netherland and Scott Murphy.
Master Wood takes time out with Steve Golden (Student of Bruce Lee) in Saint Louis.
Master Defensive Tactics course in Chicago.
Meets and trains in seminars of Paul Vunak in Dallas during The Hall of Fame.
Joe Lewis and Mr. Wood at U.F.A.F. convention.
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Master Wood has been training for over 30 years in the Martial Arts earning and promoting the following:

* Certified Krav Maga Associate Instructor under International Association of Krav Maga.

"2011", Goodwill Ambassador of The Martial Arts / Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors.

* Founder, President and Head Instructor of YI-DAN CHA GI Martial Arts Center, Inc. located in  North  Tonawanda, New York since it’s inception in 1994.

* Awarded Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors, “Excellence in Teaching The Martial Arts”, 2008

* Awarded, by The United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame, “Founder” for the style YI-DAN CHA GI Karate, 2006

* 9th DAN Black Belt in YI-DAN CHA GI Karate in the year 2009

* 6th DAN Black Belt in Tang Soo Do in the year, 2004.

* 5th DAN Black Belt in Chun Kuk Do in the year, 2000.

* New York State Director for The International Martial Arts Council of America, 2006

* New York State Director for The Tactical Application Association, 2006

* Master Defensive Tactics Instructor, 2006

* Advanced Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, 2005

* Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, 2004

* Certified MEB expandable baton, 2005

* Awarded the Certified Professional Martial Artist status from Master Chuck Norris (founder of the United Fighting Arts Federation) in 1994.

* Awarded The United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame “School of The Year”, 2005

* Inducted into the U.S.A. International Black Belt Hall of Fame, 2004

* Inducted into The United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame as “Master”, 2003.

* New York State Senator Mary Lou Rath introduced a resolution on Wood's behalf in Albany, NY.  The resolution was passed by the state for his standard of excellence in all his endeavors and his community involvement in July 2004.

* Master Wood has organized, promoted and ran Kick-A-Thon fundraisers for such organizations as The Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Kick Drugs Out Of America Program  (Jump Start), The American Red Cross and The Defend And Survive Program, Inc. raising thousands of dollars for these organizations through his efforts. 

Mr. John Hanni
Mr. John Hanni has been with YI-DAN CHA GI Martial Arts since the age of ten and became a 1st Degree Black Belt of YI-DAN CHA GI Karate in 2011. Mr. Hanni was awarded his 2nd Degree Black Belt in 2013. Mr. Hanni instructs the children and adults.  Also is fluent with the Tonfa.
Mr. Michael Simons
Mr. Michael Simons has been with YI-DAN CHA GI Martial Arts since 2008 and became a 1st Degree Black Belt of YI-DAN CHA GI Karate on Valentine's Day, 2013. He has been studying various martial arts since 2000. Mr. Simons primarily teaches in the Adult Classes with a focus on self-defense and the mental components of the martial arts. His weapon of choice is the Bo staff.

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Ms. Valarie Kobel
Ms. Valarie Kobel has been with YI-DAN CHA GI Martial Arts since 2002 and became a 1st Degree Black Belt of YI-DAN CHA GI Karate in December, 2013. Being involved with martial arts for over 13 years, Ms. Kobel enjoys teaching the younger students. She plans to go into the field of law enforcement, and put her martial arts skills to the test.
Mr. Veysal Mukhtasimov
Mr. Veysal Mukhtasimov has been with YI-DAN CHA GI Martial Arts since 2007 and became a 1st Degree Black Belt in December, 2013.
Ms. Adrianna Paar
My name is Adrianna and am proud to say that after 4 years of hard work I have obtained my Black Belt Certification from YI-DAN CHA GI Martial Arts Studio. I have trained from 2010 - 2014 instructed by Grand Master Wood. I plan to pursue a career in cosmetology and have my own Salon.