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Grandmaster Phil Peplinski

Grandmaster Phil Peplinski

Phil Peplinski proudly served 8 years with the US Air Force. His duties there included Law Enforcement and Criminal Investigation, Autopsy, Accident Investigation, and In-Flight Photography. His more than 25 years of martial arts, tactical weapons, and defensive tactics training is extensive. He worked Emergency Room Security with Tampa General Hospital where he took control of prisoners for medical clearance, controlled psychiatric patients, and maintained a secure environment in the Level 1 Trauma Center. He has since provided training in tactical weapons and defensive tactics, instructed a SWAT unit, and nightclub security (including the largest night club in Tampa). Phil Peplinski is a Certified Abduction Prevention Instructor and was a presenter at the Central Florida Tactical Conference 2010, 2011, 2012. He is the owner and Head Instructor of US Taekwondo Hapkido in Seffner, FL and is the Chief Combatives Instructional Officer with Marshall Protection & Investigation/Marshall Services. Phil Peplinski holds black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Torite-jutsu, In fact, his school boasts the largest concentration of Torite-jutsu black belts in the country. Phil Peplinski is on the Board of Directors of the American Hapkido Federation, is the recipient of the 2006 World Head of Family Sokeship Council Black Belt Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year Award, the 2010 WHOFSC Black Belt Hall of Fame Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts Award, and is a Featured Dragon Society International Certified Instructor. Master Phil is the Korean Arts, Tactical Combatives, and Advanced Pressure-Point Theory and Application Advisor for The Willow-Oak Martialist Academy. In 2014 became a certified NRA pistol instructor. Phil Peplinski is also the founder and creator of Practical Hapkido and is recognized by the WHOFSC as such.


  • Tactical weapons and defensive tactics training.
  • Private security Specialist for Tampa General Hospital
  • Black Belts in: Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Torite Jutsu
  • Board of Directors American Hapkido Federation
  • World Head Of Family Sokeship Council “Instructor of the Year”
  • World Head Of Family Sokeship Council “2010 Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts Award.”
  • Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Weapons and Hand to Hand Tactics Instructor
  • Private Security Hand to Hand Instructor
  • Kid Safe Network “Certified Abduction Prevention Instructor.
  • 15 years extensive study of street level confrontations
  • Founder and creator of Practical Hapkido

Ranks & Certifications:

  • 9th Dan Practical Hapkido
  • 6th Dan Taekwondo
  • 4th Dan Torite Jutsu
  • Certified School Attacker Response Course instructor
  • Certified Abduction Prevention instructor
  • Certified NRA pistol instructor