Instructor Profiles

Grand Master Bonnie Welch


Master David W. Reed   6th Dan

While he received some informal martial arts training as a youth, Master Reed did not begin formal and intensive training until he was 45. He received his 1st Dan from Ms. Tami Rainbolt at the International Professional Martial Arts Federation headed by Master Steven Jon WhiteMaster Reed 2nd dan in 1998. His 2nd and 3rd Dan promotions followed in 2000 and 2003 respectively.

Master Reed was awarded his 4th Dan certificate early in 2007 from Grand Master Jae Joon Kim, making David one of the last practitioners to receive a Dan Certificate before Grand Master’s sudden passing.

Master Reed received his Master Instructor Certificate a year later, from Grand Master Saul M. Kim of the World Traditional Tang Soo Do Federation and has taught classes at United States Tang Soo Do since 2007.

Master Reed was promoted to 5th Dan and in 2012 to 6th Dan by the World Martial Arts Testing Authority under Grand Master Samuel Frazier III.

Master Reed has trained in several weapons including: Sword, Bong (staff), Nunchaku, Escrima, Sai, Tonfa, Kama, and Kuboton. In 2011 he conducted 2 eight week seminars on Long Staff (Jang Bong) and Nunchaku. He has promised that more weapons seminars shall follow soon.

Master Reed is founding Principal of David Reed, Landscape Architects, a long time and well respected Landscape Architecture firm in San Diego. The firm’s work can be seen in many of San Diego’s landmarks, including several major gardens in Balboa Park.


Master Randy Erickson, 5th Dan         

Master Randy Erickson started his martial arts training more than 25 years ago when he was in college. Since then, he studied Kempo, Coung Nhu, Judo, and Wing Chun before joining United States Tang Soo Do..

Master Erickson recently received his 5th Dan from Grand Masters Sam Frazier III and Bonnie Welch and is an instructor at United States Tang Soo Do.  His Thursday night classes are famous (infamous) for their physical conditioning and emphasis on forms and self-defense.

For Master Erickson, martial arts is a family practice. His son has obtained his 2nd Dan and his daughter recently tested for her 2nd Dan as well.

Mr. Erickson is an attorney and a partner at McDougal Boehmer Foley Lyon Mitchell & Erickson, ..Key practice areas include municipal and special district law, litigation, labor & employment, municipal finance, family, estate planning, and business and corporate law.


Master Mark Garrow, 5th Dan

Master Mark Garrow was born into a military family.  Until he settled in San Diego in 1980, he moved 12 times around the U.S. as well as to two European countries. Finishing high school in Stuttgart, he went on to the University of Maryland in Munich Germany for two years before returning to the US and San Diego.

Master Garrow briefly attended several martial arts schools at different duty stations while growing up, giving him a grounding in the basic concepts.  It wasn’t until joining Grand Master Frazier at his original school in Lakeside, CA in 1997 that he found himself excelling.

Master Garrow’s 1st DAN was awarded in Lakeside and signed by both Master Frazier and Grand Master Jae Joon Kim.  Grand Master Frazier and Grand Master Welch awarded him 4th DAN on March 31, 2012 through the World Martial Arts Testing Authority.

Master Garrow currently lives in Ramona, CA, managing his real estate business.  He continues to train and teach at United States Tang Soo Do in La Mesa, CA.