Grand Master Gregory Washington
Born in Rochester New York
Grand Master Washington's dream was to be a Teacher and Coach. He Opened the Door's to USA Olympic Martial Arts Academy in Lockport in 2000. (Renamed USA Spirit Martial Arts Academy)
Having a tremendous Love for Life and The Art Master Greg Always wants his students to be connected to there Inner Spirit.
"Touch people with your Spirit not your feet or Hands" .
Let your Love and TaeKwonDo Spirit have a positive effect on everyone you interact with.
Live your life Respectfully, Loving and giving,and Always showing people "The Way".
This helps you to receive Favor from that Supreme Spirit that Protects us and wants us to have an Abundant Life.
Remember being a Champion or a Winner is the Process that brought you there.
"The Elevator to success is Broken; You have to take The Stairs One Step at a Time"
Brief Biography of Master Washington:
1974 Graduate of Oviedo HighSchool in Central Florida,HighSchool All-American in Football,All State Football/Track.
1974-1979 Indiana State University(B.S.in Health and Human Performance)Football Team Captain 1976 Def. Back MVP.
Met his Former wife at ISU(Linda Donald) married in 1977.
1979-1983 Employed at the Kennedy Space center for NASA as a production Scheduler for the first eight launches of the Space Shuttle(Columbia & Challenger).
1981-First Child Born Bianca Marie Washington (Feb. 3rd).
1979-1981 Member of the Florida Football League Orlando Cyclones(State Champions1981,League MVP 1981).
1982 - Invited to Miami Dolphins as a free Agent.
1983 - Second Child Born Devon Vernita Washington (Feb 3rd).
1983 - Member of the Orlando Americans of the AFA (American Football Association).
1984-2000 Employed at The Will County Health Department as Investigator,Epidemiologist,Manager,and Project Director.
1984-85 Member of the Blue Island Cardinals of the Metro Football League.
1986-87 Asst. Football Coach Joliet Jr. College.
1988-2002 BasketBall and Football Games Play by Play Announcer Joliet Jr. College.
1988 Member Joliet Chiefs AAA Pro Football Team (Retired with all league Honor's at Quarterback).
Owner of Greg's Cleaning Service 1988-2002.
1993-2003,and 12 Time Illinois State Taekwondo Champion .
Certified member of the WTF Kukkiwon Certified.
1996-1999 A.O. Marshall Elementary School Basket ball Coach(Joliet).
1997 Pan Am Cup International Taekwondo Gold Medalist.
1997 United Way Volunteer of the Year Award.
1998 Opened Club KTA(Martial Arts Club at A.O Marshall Elementary School and Gomper's Jr High School Joliet.
1999 Pro TKD Champion Chicago
2000 Indy Cup Gold Medalist.
2000 Gomper's Jr Highschool BasketBall Coach (Joliet).
2000 Certified Member of The World Haidong Gumdo Federation.
1996-2001 YMCA Instructor.
2000 Opened USA Olympic Martial Arts Academy lockport.
2001,2003,2004 Illinois Jr Olympic State Taekwondo Team Coach(Tampa,Orlando,and Atlanta USA Jr Olympics).
2001 AAU Central American Taekwondo Champion.
2002 Bronze medalist USTU Nationals Detroit Mich.
2002 Elected to Florida Highschool Hall of Fame (oviedo High).
2004 Appointed by State TKD President Master Bill Cho as Co-Director of Illinois state Taekwondo events.
2004 USA Olympic Martial Arts Acedemy recieves the Illinois State " School of The Year Award".
4 Time National Champion in TKD Circuit.
2004 Inducted into the Illinois State Combat Karate Organization Hall of Fame(Springfield Ill.)
2004 Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame(Milwaukee Wisc.).
2004 Opened 2nd Location at Lifetime Fitness Center in Burr Ridge,Ill.
2004 Opened 3rd Location at Lifetime Fitness in Orland Park Ill.
2004 Cast in the Miramax Movie "Derailed " with Jennifer Aniston And Clive Owen.
2004 Cast in the Fox production "Prison Break" T.V. Pilot due out Fall of 2005.
2004 Elected as Vice President of the Lockport Kiwanis Group.
USA TKD Member,Referee,Coach,Competitor.
USNTF Member /referee/Competitor
2005 Lifetime Member of the Illinois Combat Karate Org.
2005 Opened 4th Location at the newly Built LifeTime Fitness Center in Romeoville,Il
2005 Cast in The Movie "Stranger Than Fiction" with Will Ferrel, Dustin Hoffman,Queen Latifa Directed by Marc Foster.
2006 - Selected as a National Referee for the Jr Olympic TKD Championships in Atlanta Ga.
2006 Opened 5th Location in LaGrange Illinois
2007 Selected as "Master of the Year" by the Illinois Combat Karate Association. In a Ceremony Held in August in Springfield at the Hilton Hotel. Master Washington recieved a Hall of Fame Ring and Certificate from GrandMaster Carlos Diaz(President of The World Union of Sokes), GrandMaster Dr John Waldrop(Vice President of The World Union of Sokes, GrandMaster Darrell Cain and GrandMaster Bruce Gunderson.
2008- Awarded " Master of the Year" from the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in Richmond Indiana on April 12th at the Holiday Inn. 2016 Certified 7th Dan Black Belt...
Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity since 1975
May All of you Live a Blessed and Fullfilled
life and Don't be afraid to reach for your Dreams
and enhance the lives of all whom your
I Want to be remembered as a "Giver" , Just as
Jesus gave his life for all of us, I am here for
all of you, I give my Physical Life to all of
you that choose the path of Righteousness and
Integrity don't ever let a monetary situation
keep you from your Dreams. We have programs to
fit any financial situation So I Challenge all
of you to Reach and Believe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May Our Spirit Touch all who enter
I Thank all of my loyal Students and Parents and
may you live a Loving, Peaceful Life Squeezing it for Every DROP!!! God Bless You and Peace be with you Always...
During the Summer of 1976 my life forever Changed
both Physical and Mental.
I was involved in a single car crash,leaving the
campus of Indiana University in Bloomington.
I was the driver with four other fellow Indiana
State University Students on our way back to
My then Best Friend JAMES(Sanchez)WILLIS sat beside me.
My last words with him early that morning was
"Talk to me I'm getting sleepy"
He was killed in the crash as I apparently fell
asleep and veered off the road. To this day I
cannot remember what happened as I was told I
was the first person out and flagged down some
one to help.
All I remember is being in the hospital and
seeing James go by me on a stretcher.
(James and other Schoolmates had showed up at my apartment that morning at 6am (I had just went to sleep at 5am and was up all that Day and we decided to go to a Dance at I.U that night.)
My College Coach picked me up from the Hospital
a few days later and told me James had died.
A part of me also Died with him he was my friend,
Fraternity Brother,Martial Artist, I cooked him
his last meal.
A few weeks later an insurance investigator came
by to see me and said he wanted to show me
something. he showed me a picture of the car and
I will never forget what I saw. The entire front
drivers side roof had been leveled to the height
of the hood. He said how could anyone survive
that and he looked at me and couldn't believe I
was standing in front of him and he just walked
away and I never saw him again.
A person said to me recently that "wow you've
done a lot with your life"
My reply was I'm nobody, I have so much more to do so much more "GIVING to do.
I can never forget my friend "SANCHEZ"
He is with me as I continue to live out our
Martial Arts Dream and Finding Spiritual Freedom.