Brad Hughes began his martial arts training at the age of 14, on the west side of Chicago under Russ Meeks Sensei and Matilda Haywood at the Dravidian School of Karate.
In 1968 he began studying Shorei Goju Karate under Preston Baker Grand Master at SearsYMCA also located on the west side of Chicago.
At 16 yeatrs of ageBrad showed maturity and a willingness to help others excel, so he was allowed to assist other students with self-defense. In 1973 Brad was promoted to First Degreee Black Belt under Preston Baker Grand Master (Sensei at that time).
As he continued to progress to second, third, and then achieving his Fourth Degree Blacl Belt in the late 70's, he began teaching classes at the Hyde Park YMCA.
A love for the Art and the desire to pass these sacred gifts to others motivated him to continue on to achieve his Fifth Degree in 1981, Sixth Degree Black Belt in 1986, he began to teach at the Midwest Community Center.
Brad was recognized as one of the top fighters in the nation in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Brad has traveled all over the city of Chicago teaching classes and giving demonstrations of the art he devoted his life to.
In 1998 he received his Seventh Degree and sought to take teaching the Martial Arts to a larger audience.
Brad acquired a teaching position as Martial Arts & Self-Defense Instructor at Malcom X College in 1999. There he felt he could show thousands of city college the life saving skills martial arts offers.
He taught several hundred students ranging from ages 4 to 83 years old. Brad has alwaysbeen the type of Instructor who can recognize the will to learn and put together a class the fits all shapes, ages, sizes and financial situations.
In 2007 he achieved his Eighth Degree Black Belt and continued to teach at Malcom X College. He was also asked to train security officers at Kates Detective Agency on the south side of Chicago where he taught Hand To Hand Combat Self-Defense, Speed Cuffing & ASP Baton Training.
In 2013 Brad retired from Malcom X College as the Instructor and is currently in his 30th year with the Chicago Board of Education as psrt of the Security Staff.
"Dedication is a trait that makes a great teacher as well as a great leader and Brad Hughes Master has shown a lifelong example of these, giving 48 years to the Martial Arts Community and 30 years to the Chicago Board of Education."
This Bio is an excerpt taken from "A Salute To Brad Hughes" which took place Saturday, February 15, 2014 at The Life Center C.O.G.I.C. where Rev. T.L. Barret, Jr. is Pastor, Min. Otis Baker GrandMaster, Associate Minister.