our instructors

chief of instruction

Master Randy Edwards, 8th Dan

Master Edwards began his study of Taekwon-Do as a senior in high school and has been teaching martial arts for 40 years. He has the experience needed to teach children with love, but still instill discipline and respect in their lives.
Master Edwards has traveled both nationally and internationally to compete in Taekwon-Do competitions.  He is a 5-time world champion and has been rated as one of the top competitors in the United States.  Master Edwards is also an international instructor.

Mr. Edwards has traveled nationally and internationally in Taekwon-Do competition. In October of 1993, Mr. Edwards, as a member of the USA Taekwon-Do team, won a gold medal in power breaking at the Taekwon-Do World Championships in Moscow, Russia. That is the most coveted medal in a martial arts event to be the most powerful kicker! Mr. Edwards also placed second in team forms competition and team jump kicking in Russia.

In May of 1995, Mr. Edwards received a gold medal in the high jump kick competition. This world championship was held in Caglari, Italy. Mr. Edwards jumped 9 feet 7 inches and broke a wooden target. At that time, the world record was 9 feet 8½ inches. He also received medals in team forms and sparring in Italy. Mr. Edwards has been rated the number two 18 to 35 year old third degree and above black belt competitor in the United States Taekwon-Do Federation from 1993 until 2001. 2001 and 2002 he became the number one Taekwon-Do competitor.

In July of 2002, Mr. Edwards and several of his instructors and students traveled to Toronto, Canada to compete in the 2002 Taekwon-do World Championships. Mr. Edwards was chosen to be the team captain for the mens USA Taekwon-Do team. Mr. Edwards brought home a gold medal in power kicking, another gold in forms, a silver in forms, and a bronze in team sparring. He tried out and made the current USA Taekwon-Do team which competed in Orlando in July of 2004. The team brought home three gold and one silver medal. Mr. Edwards also won two gold medals in the individuals and got the tournament MVP by winning the most gold medals of anyone in the tournament.

He was the team martial arts instructor for the U of A Football (2000-2007), Shiloh Christian Football (2009-2011) and Fayetteville High School Football. Mr. Edwards works with the football team to increase their mental focus, hand speed, coordination, flexibility and explosive strength.

Master Edwards and his wife, Darcy, have operated Fayetteville Martial Arts Academy since 1989. They have five daughters, three granddaughters and a grandson.


  • 8th Dan under the highest authority in the world, Grand Master Nam Tae Hi (pictured below) and Grand Master Kong Yong Il
  • Current International Taekwon-Do Federation USA Member
  • Certified FAST Defense International Instructor
  • Current American Martial Arts Alliance President
  • World Taekwon-Do Alliance Member
  • United Taekwon-Do Alliance Member
  • Chong-Sil Taekwon-Do Federation Member
  • United Fighting Arts Member
  • 2011-2012 Fayetteville HS Football
  • 2009-2011 Shiloh Chrisitan HS Football
  • 2001-2007 University of AR Football

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community involvment
  • Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Member 2003-Current
  • Diplomatic Committee
    Member 2003 to present
    Chair 2011 to 2013
  • Education Committe
    2011 to present
    Chair 2011 to 2015