Eric Stieg began his training in martial arts in 1984 after seeing the movie Karate Kid. Being from the Midwest, traditional Korean and Japanese arts abound. Initially starting his training in traditional Tae Kwon Do (way of the hand and foot) and Hapkido (way of coordinated power), he eventually focused his training on the latter.
After obtaining his first degree black belts in both arts in 1992, Eric graduated from college and moved to California. While in Los Angeles, he continued his study of Hapkido while also training at the Kali Academy in Whittier, CA. In 1994, he received his second degree black belt in traditional Hapkido while studying at Cho’s World Hapkido Federation Black Belt Academy. Realizing cross-training was needed to become a proficient martial artist, Eric combined his study of Jeet Kune Do (way of the intercepting fist) and traditional kicking and throwing arts with Muay Thai kickboxing and Wing Chun kung fu in 1998.
Most recently, Eric received his third degree black belt from the World Hapkido Federation (License #5908254) in March, 2003. Today, he teaches a combination of the arts mentioned above to students throughout Northern California.
In April of 2003, Eric began teaching Christian-based martial arts using the lessons found throughout this book. Realizing traditional martial arts instruction leaves much to the imagination, the author developed this book to help martial artists realize how closely knit the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control) is related to one’s personal goals and training in the arts.