David Curran

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt – Bok Fu Do
  • 2nd Tuan Black Sash – The World Kuoshu Federation 
  • International Referee B - The World Kuoshu Federation
  • Instructor Level 3 - International Bok Fu Do Association
  • Began Training: November 1996

 

Represented the United States Team in Forms and Weapons World Competition:

  • 2015 – 5th TWKSF World Championships, Argentina
  • 2012 – 4th TWKSF World Championships, Malaysia
  • 2006 – 2nd TWKSF World Championships, Singapore

Represented John Ozuna's KO Kung Fu In National Competition:

  • 2015 - International Kuoshu Championships, Baltimore, MD
  • 2014 - International Koushu Championships, Baltimore, MD
  • 2013 - International Koushu Championships, Baltimore, MD
  • 2012 - International Koushu Championships, Baltimore, MD
  • 2011 - International Koushu Championships, Baltimore, MD
  • 2010 - International Koushu Championships, Baltimore, MD
  • 2009 - International Koushu Championships, Baltimore, MD
  • 2008 - International Koushu Championships, Baltimore, MD
  • 2007 - International Koushu Championships, Baltimore, MD
  • 2006 - International Koushu Championships, Baltimore, MD
  • 2005 - International Koushu Championships, Baltimore, MD
  • 2004 - International Koushu Championships, Baltimore, MD

Awards & Recognitions:

  • World Champion, Mens Straight Sword - TWKSF World Championships, Argentina - 2015
  • Tournament director for numerous regional Kuoshu tournaments
  • Gold Medal - Mens Advanced Kung Fu Staff – TWKSF World Championships, Malaysia - 2012
  • Gold Medal -  Mens Advanced Black Belt Weapon – TWKSF World Championships, Malaysia - 2012
  • K.O. Kung Fu Karate “Outstanding Performance” – 2009
  • Gold Medal - Mens Advanced Forms – TWKSF World Championships, Singapore - 2006
  • Inducted into the Order of the Corbra - 2006 
  • Inducted into the Bok Fu Do Hall of Fame - 2006 
  • K.O. Kung Fu Karate Instructor of the Year – 2004


Brief Bio:

At the Shaolin Temple, China - 2010

David Curran started his training in October of 1996 at K.O. Kung Fu Karate under the guidance of his teacher, Master John Ozuna. At 11 years old, he had no idea how much it would impact his life. The more time he spent in the school with his teacher the more and more dedicated he became. David was one of the first children selected to be in KO’s Jr. Instructor Training program. This was the beginning of his path towards becoming a certified instructor at the age of 15. The responsibilities of this position made significant impacts on the choices he made in his life. Throughout his training, a high value has always been placed upon teaching and serving others. From the example set forth by his teacher and other Bok Fu Do mentors, David has committed himself to becoming a positive influence to those he teaches. As an acknowledgement to these efforts, in 2004, Master Ozuna presented David with K.O. Kung Fu Karate “Instructor of the Year” award. David’s hope is to pass on to his students the positive impacts that the system and his teacher have had upon him.

It is important that Bok Fu Do students become very well rounded in all aspects of martial arts. You must be strong in mind, body and spirit. The path towards David's Black Belt defined who he is today. In October of 2006, after 10 years of dedicated and focused training, David earned his 1st Degree Black Belt in Bok Fu Do. Earning his Black Belt was the result of accumulated knowledge and intense focused efforts. This was an exciting beginning of a new path in his martial arts career.

Executing a throw during a Lei Tai (full contact) fighting match - Baltimore, MD 2004

At the 4th TWKSF World Tournament, Malaysia - 2012 (Pictured with Grandmaster Lee, Master Buckley & Master Ozuna)

During his martial arts career, David has competed in local, national and World competition, achieving high placements in forms, weapons, and full contact Lei Tai fighting. The tournament experience was a way to challenge his abilities and learn how to face the pressures and fears of high-level martial arts competition.

During a very significant and memorable tournament in 2006, David was competing in the Lei Tai full contact division in attempts to make a spot on the national team. For this event he had lost a large amount of weight to be in the appropriate weight division. Ironically, he was paired up with someone far greater in size than he from a different weight class. Standing in the staging area ready to fight, David was extremely nervous looking at his competitor who was much greater in size. Fortunately Master Ozuna was there to focus David’s mind and prepare him regardless. He now knew that the challenge was really within himself. He ended up fighting a very strong fight and took 3rd place overall in his division. It had turned out that his competitor was over 40 lbs above his weight class! The lesson learned was that it is not the situation that you come across in life that matters, it is how you choose to handle it. In November of 2006 he went on to compete on an unofficial basis at the World Kuoshu Championships held in Singapore. He competed in forms and weapons and took a 1st and a 3rd place in his divisions.

In 2011, David took on the role of School Manager of KO Kung Fu Karate. The opportunity to develop a profession in martial arts has been extremely rewarding and humbling. It has led to a renewed commitment to the lifelong study of Bok Fu Do, and the promise to share and develop others within the same subject.