All classes at the Baltimore Academy of Defense are taught by David “Dai” Andrews, a lifetime martial artist with more than a decade of experience teaching.
Andrews is also a multiple Guinness World Record holding performance & visual artist who often includes traditional martial arts demonstrations as a feature in his internationally renown stage performances.
First studying Tae Kwon Do as a youth, and later Wrestling, & Classical Italian Fencing as a teenager, in 1996 Dai began studying the Tien Shan Pai, and Yang Style Taiji Quan styles of kung fu in the lineage of Master Huang Chien Liang, however he rapidly changed the focus of his practice to Xingyiquan and Baguazhang when he became the private student of Master Huang in 2000. He was granted formal permission to teach in 2008.
Awarded the rank of First Tuan (Degree) by The World Kuoshu Federation in July of that same year. He was promoted to the rank of Second Tuan in July 2010. He qualified for promotion to Third Tuan in 2014 but has not sought formal promotion.
Currently Andrews continues to deepen his study of Xingyiquan & Baguazhang with renown teacher Tim Cartmell, as well as traditional Chinese Wudang swordsmanship, tui shou, and nei gong with Scott M. Rodell.
Besides teaching Kung fu, and Chinese, & American swordsmanship, Andrews regularly engages with the martial arts community performing and participating in tournaments, fundraisers, and seminars to continuing to deepen his knowledge and understanding of the martial arts.