Instructor Cyril Stearns began his martial arts training while working in law enforcement and wanted more specialized training in order to protect him and others.
In April 1994 in Saratoga Springs, NY he started training in Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo. He then moved to Plattsburgh, NY and studied Taekwondo Kukkiwon/WTF under now GrandMaster Hoen Ha (1980 Korean National Champion) and under his Master instructors: R. Stiles Collins and T. Jubert.
Stearns served in the United States Marine Corps from 1998 to 2003. While in the Marine Corps. he served with 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Marine Divisions. Most of his military time was with 2nd BN, 11th Marines (Atry) in S-4/ [Unit Chaser (prisoner transport)]. Combat Veteran in OIF 2003, part of RCT 5 (famous for the extraction of Jessica Lynch). While serving in O.I.F. he was (one of two) Col P. J. O’Leary’s bodyguard. Honorary Discharged in Dec 2003 as a Sergeant of Marines. Disabled Veteran with service connected disabilities.
While traveling in the Marines, Stearns continued his studies in Taekwondo at many Dojang’s under many talented Masters overseas and in the States. After he was discharged he moved to North Dakota and studied Taekwondo under GrandMaster B. Jordheim and Master M. Binstock. During his time in North Dakota he ran two TKD schools under Grand Master Jordheim’s and Master Binstock close direction. While living in North Dakota he worked in various law enforcement duties with DOI and tribal police department; most notably Director of Adult Probation.
He moved to Florida in 2007 to continue working in law enforcement with the DOJ. He also graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Achieved his 2nd Degree Black Belt through M. R. Thibodeau of World Class Taekwondo of Clermont, FL. He currently holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo with ITA and Kukkiwon/WTF under GrandMaster J. Pellegrini. Currently, Mr. Stearns is a Martial Arts Instructor for the DOJ also a BLS (CPR) Instructor for the DOJ and is continually training in Taekwondo and Combat Hapkido.
Vermont State Champion in 1996 and North Dakota State Champion in 2006 in TKD sparring.