Chinese: 老师 – Lăoshī (teacher)
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.
He first studied Tae Kwon Do, and Wrestling as a youth, then Classical Italian Fencing as a teenager. In 1996 Dai began studying Chinese martial arts, learning Northern Style Kung Fu and Yang Taiji Quan. In 2000 his practice changed focus to Hebei style Xingyiquan and the Sun, and Dragon styles of Baguazhang when he became the private student of Huang Chien Liang.
Granted formal permission to teach in 2008, and 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, and qualified for promotion to Third Tuan as of 2014 but has not sought formal promotion.
Andrews continues to deepen his study of the Shanxi style of Xingyiquan, as well as Sun style Baguazhang with renown teacher Tim Cartmell, as well as traditional Chinese Wudang swordsmanship, tui shou, and nei gong as a disciple student of 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.