I owe a huge thanks to my wife and kids who have never quite understood my fascination with the martial arts. Thank you to everyone in my life, past, present and future, for your support in my passionate pursuit of a dream come true!

As always, I will still continue in providing quality martial arts instruction to children and personal defense to adults as much as my time on earth allows.

About Clyde Arnold

Top Flight Gymnastics Martial Arts Program Director, Owner Arnold Martial Arts

  • October 28, 1983 – Began Martial Arts training at age 13 in Moo Duk Kwon Tae Kwon Do under instructor David Marshall and assistant instructor Trevor McDonald in Southport, NC
  • Joined United States Army in 1987, straight out of high school
  • While stationed at Fort Hood, Texas trained under Golden Gloves boxer in Western Boxing for approximately 6 months (over 100 hours of intensive but fun training! Then my musical and acting talents pulled me in another direction!)
  • Member of EKU Karate Club (acquiring various experiences in Judo and Shaolin-Do Karate)
  • December 1994 Graduate of Eastern Kentucky University – B.A. Public Relations, minor in Broadcast Communications
  • Black Belt in Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do, American Martial Arts Institute, David L. Carmen (of Indiana), June 13, 1995
  • Black Belt Certified Instructor of Karate, American Martial Arts Institute, David L. Carmen, June 13, 1995
  • Community Self Defense Instructor since 1995
  • Founder, Combat Self Defense & Close Quarters Combat Self Defense (CSD & CQCSD), July 1995
  • Member – International Combat Taekwondo Federation (ICTF), June 1996 – 1997
  • Member – International Federation of Ju-Jutsuans (IFOJJ), April 1, 1997 – November 22, 1998
  • IFOJJ recognition for 1stDan, Tae Kwon Do, April 1, 1997
  • Member – Federation United Martial Artists (FUMA), July 1996 – December 1998
  • Self Defense Instructor Certification – Self Defense / Defensive Tactics course, Steps to Success program, July 17, 1997
  • Member – International Comabt Hapkido Federation (ICHF), August 1996 – 1999
  • National Association of Professional Martial Artists (NAPMA), Certified Cardio Karate Instructor – March 14, 1999
  • Member – Tony Blauer’s Self-Defense System , Februry 1997
  • Sole Proprietor, Part-time Instructor, Arnold Martial Arts Academy, May 1997 – November 1998
  • Sole Proprietor, Owner / Chief Executive Instructor, American Martial Arts Academy, November 1998 – February 2003
  • Member – W. Hock Hockheim’s Scientific Fighting Congress, January 2000 – August 2003
  • Founder of F.A.T.E. Self Defense Program for Women (Fear Awareness Training & Empowerment), January 1998
  • Use of Force and Defensive Tactics training, Deputy Scott Norman, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Dayton, OH (& Representative of Nine Lives Training Center), February 21, 2004
  • National Security Alliance, Kid Safe Network Division, Agent Grade First Level, February 27, 2004
  • Member – Martial Arts Teachers’ Association, May 2006 – August 2008
  • July 1, 2007 – Retired – United States Army Reserves – Operation Enduring Freedom VI (Afghanistan) Veteran
  • Mixed Martial Arts Instructor Certification, Defensive Services International – May 18, 2010
  • Independent Taekwondo Association Member – May 18, 2010
  • Member FAST Success Association (Fear Adrenaline Stress Training) – December 2010
  • Martial Arts Program Director & Coach/Instructor at Top Flight Gymnastics – August 2007 – Present
  • 1st Dan Black Belt, Combat Hapkido, International Combat Hapkido Federation – August 2, 2013

Coach Bill Lauterwasser started his martial arts training in 2003 doing MMA specializing in submission grappling in Philadelphia, PA. He moved back to NKy and trained at Cincinnati MMA for 4 years then at Son of Siam for another 2 years. Focused on self-improvement with a specialty in no-gi grappling, he still attends seminars and workshops to continue his studies. He has a young daughter and works as a Home Care Health Aid. He has always wanted to work with kids and share his passion for the martial arts. He has been teaching at Top Flight Gymnastics under the banner of Arnold Martial Arts since September 2014.

“It is a great pleasure and pride to me to be able to provide such valuable instruction to youth that will lead to a highly enhanced ability of personal defense, as well as physical conditioning, mental conditioning, and self-confidence and respect in our world. Thank you for your interest in Arnold Martial Arts and I look forward to the possibility of meeting and providing the best instruction and rewards to your kid(s)!” – Coach Bill