Master Garwood's Biography

Master Richard Lee Garwood began training in the art of Tae Kwon Do at the age of 15. Under the direction of Master Carol PrPich and Master Josh Henkel, he went on to achieve his black belt by the age of 17 in June of 1993. Soon after achieving his 1st Degree Black Belt he was offered a small school in Cashmere WA, where his dream of teaching the martial arts was first realized. During his tenure in Cashmere, Master Garwood was promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt in January of 1995.

In 1996 Master Garwood purchased a larger school in Wenatchee WA, where he continued to teach and study Tae Kwon Do. Master Garwood was then promoted
to 3rd Degree Black Belt in January of 1998.

In October of 1999 Master Garwood was awarded a Letter of Merit by Grandmaster C.S. Kim for his teaching and furthering
the art of Tang Soo Do. Master Garwood was then promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt and Master in September of 2000.

Master Garwood moved to Fort Worth TX, and opened a new school in February of 2003. Starting with zero students Master Garwood quickly formed a loyal base of over one hundred. The school continues successfully.

In October, 2005, Master Garwood received his Fifth degree black belt.  and his 6th degree in October of 2010

Following the retirement of Master Carol PrPich, Master PrPich advised Master Garwood to seek out her original instructor, Grandmaster C.S. Kim, to further his training. Master Garwood accepted the advice of his Sa Bom Nim (Master Instructor) and began training in the art of Tang Soo Do. Grandmaster C.S. Kim, President and Founder of The International Tang Soo Do Federation, having great respect for Master PrPich welcomed Master Garwood and worked directly with him during his transition to Tang Soo Do. With its similarities to Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do was a fairly easy transition.