Grand Master Tearney has been in the Martial Arts for over 50 years and was a Black Belt National & International Champion. He fought in the Heavy Weight Black Belt Divisions from 1966 to 1976. His nickname was "Big Monster", a moniker given to him by
his fellow dojo Black Belts and confirmed by his opponents in the ring. Grand Master Tearney came out of retirement in 1977 to fight in the first full contact event in Upstate New York, hosted by Hidy Ochiai in Vestal, NY. In 1979 Master Tearney again
came out of retirement to compete in Kata and Weapons. His Kenjutsu sword form won several Grand Championships in the United States and Canada. He competed with the likes of Pat Mc Carthy, Ceasar Borkowski, Vince Grace, Rick Ianuzzo, Brian Ricci and
others all of whom became great competitors, as well as friends. Grand Master Tearney also trained many National Karate Illustrated Champions including Judy Modafferi - Tearney, Denning Davis, Rande Lawrence, O'Dell Willis, Vince Grace, Esteban Trotman,
Sam Roberts and many more.
Hanshi Tearney has been operating a Dojo since 1969 and is our Chief Instructor. Grand Master Tearney holds Black Belt ranks in Goju-Ryu -- 10th Dan, Shorin-Ryu -- 8th Dan, Shotokan -- 4th Dan, & Kobu-Jutsu -- 1st Dan. Boxing, Aikido, Jui Jitsu, Arnis,
Gracie Jui Jitsu, Kenjustu, Krav Maga, Taekwondo and Judo are just a few of the many systems he has trained in. In 1986 he developed "The Winning Point" instructional video (done with Grand Master Ceasar Borkowski) which taught tournament fighting
concepts and techniques. Grand Master Tearney is a Senior Executive Board Member with EFC and is a member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame. He is considered by many to be a pioneer in American Karate with lineage in both Okinawan & Japanese Karate.
Grand Master Tearney is also the President of the Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kokusai Renmei (International Alliance). He is the founding Soke of the International Grand Master Instructors Association for Okinawan and Japanese Master Instructors 5th Dan and
above. He has also graced the cover of numerous publications including NAPMA Martial Arts Professional, The Eagle Express, Official Karate, EFC All Star International, Martial Arts Success Magazine, Who's Who in American Karate Pioneers, Urban Sports
Hall of Fame of Syracuse, and the Nottingham Wall of Fame. 2013 Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame Inductee.
- 10th Dan Degerberg Mixed Martial Arts Association
- 10th Dan Okinawan Goju Ryu under Grand Master Frank Van Lenten
- 10th Dan American Nisei Goju Ryu under Grand Master Peter Urban
- 8th Dan Okinawan Shorin-Ryu under Grand Master Frank Hargrove
- 4th Dan Shotokan under Grand Master Fredrick Hamilton
- 1st Dan Okinawan Kobojutsu under Grand Master Frank Van Lenten