Shihan David Cannon, a 6th degree black belt, has been training in martial arts for over 20 years. He currently has black belts in Arnis, Taekwondo, Karate, and Gaiden Kai. He started training in 1988 under George Johnson at the age of 13. In 1990, he transitioned to Taekwondo under instructor Steve White. In 1993, Mr. Cannon earned his 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo. In 1994 he met Kirk Bullock who taught Kenson Ryu Karate and he began training with him until he moved off to college in 1996. During his years of college he studied Juijitsu, Judo, and more Taekwondo until his graduation in 2000. In 2001, Mr. Cannon moved back to Alexandria and restarted his training with Mr. Bullock. After receiving his 2nd college degree, he decided to open his own dojo. In 2004 Mr. Cannon opened his school and started teaching a mixed martial arts called Gaiden Kai which combines all his previous training. In 2007 he met Master Bruce Chiu who teaches Arnis and fell in love with the art. Mr. Cannon now trains with Bruce Chiu 7th degree black belt and George Johnson 9th degree black belt, while he focuses and improves on Gaiden Kai and Arnis.
Sensei Paula Cannon has been training since early 2013 in martial arts. She has trained in Gaiden Kai and Arnis. She received her blackbelt in June 2016 under Shihan Cannon and soon after started assisting with teaching. Sensei Paula also has a doctorate in Pharmacy that she received in 2006 years before she started martial arts. She continues to train and learn anything she can to help improve what she truly loves.