Dr. Johnson trains under Master Suzan Crochet and has lived in South Korea since 1999. He has spent over 31 years studying Korean martial arts. He runs a student club at Kyung Hee University and has taught ITF Taekwon-Do, Hapkido classes and/or workshops in Thailand, South Korea, and the United States. In 2015, he began teaching Taekwondo Etiquette and Self-defense courses for the World Taekwondo Federation/Kyung Hee University Partnership Athlete, Coach, and Youth Programs.
Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Sports and Taekwondo from Kyung Hee University and is a professor in the Humanitas College at the same University. He is a Co-Founder and Vice-President of iACT. He is the Executive Director for the International Association for Taekwondo Research (IATR), the copy editor for the Journal for the International Association of Taekwondo Research (www.jiatr.org), and a reviewer for two other international journals. He has published research articles on Taekwondo Philosophy and Education. In other academic work, Dr. Johnson has presented his research in South Korea, Mexico, Russia, the Czech Republic, and the United States. He was the International Relations Director for the Korean Hapkido Federation (KHF) and organized Hapkido demonstrations at US military bases, including the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. Dr.
Johnson was an assistant producer of the Fight Quest – Hapkido television show that aired on the Discovery Channel. He currently holds degrees from the Korea Hapkido Federation 6th dan [Eul Ji Kwan], ITF 5th dan, and Kukkiwon 4th dan).