Grand Master Clarence “Daddy-O” Smith currently resides in Arlington, Texas. Clarence recently resided in Los Angeles, California for 7 years.
As a martial arts enthusiast, Master Smith earned and was awarded his title of Grandmaster in 2004 after practicing Tang Soo Do for 35 plus years. Most of his teachings and competitions were on the Texas state circuit where he was mentored by Grand Master James Cummings. Grand Master Smith competed on the state, national, and international levels. He received many accolades including: Four-time Instructor of the Year, Three-time School of the Year, 2003 and 2006 Competitor of the Year, and was also inducted into the National Hall of Fame by the International Martial Arts Council in:
2003 -“Most Distinguished Master”
2007 – “Most Distinguished Grandmaster”
2008 – “Lifetime Membership Award”
2008 – “Silver Life Award”
2010 – “Golden Life Award”
2011 – “Excellence in Teaching Award”
Grandmaster Smith was recently named to the Directorship of Southern California.
Grand Master Smith was the proprietor of the Karate Institute, a state of the art training facility in San Angelo, Texas and produced well-accomplished martial artists such as Walter (Putt-Putt) Bryant, Clarence (Juice) Bowman, Jim (JR) Ross and Mike “Wolfman” Jones (also instructed by Grandmaster Balmos). Some of his protégés went on to compete nationally and internationally.
In February 2008, Grandmaster Smith attended the Annual Kyusho International Training Course. He achieved his Level certification for Kyusho Tactical Applications. The course consisted of three dimensions:
Rigorous training of the constant training environment, with gun handling, safety and dynamic live fire sequence training.
Rapid Fire and controlled targeting to assure accurate shooting skills from concealed and tactical position.
Rapid blade work working with multiple angle and cutting method.
Defensive Tactical capabilities of both Bladed Weapon and Firearms
In his spare time, Clarence enjoys reading, music, movies, and playing golf. Clarence is a true family man and enjoys spending time with his family.