Grandmaster Robert Lowrey
At age 7, Robert Lowrey began the study of Judo/Jujitsu with his Father, Mercer Lowrey. Their instructor was a famous professional wrestler and Judo/Jujitsu Instructor named Hans Von Toffton. Mercer Lowrey went on to become a regionally prominent Judo and Jujitsu Instructor, opening clubs throughout the Southeast with Robert as his assistant. Through his father, Robert began studying other arts including Aikido, Tae Kwon-Do and Shotokan Karate. Robert went on to study Tang Soo Do and Yoshukai Karate from 1973 until 1977. During this time Robert began to participate in various tournaments and kickboxing matches, winning first place under full contact, bare knuckle rules at the all-Yoshukai clinic in 1976. In 1980, Robert began training under Master Kwang Jo Choi, founder of Choi Kwang-Do. Mr. Lowrey excelled under Master Choi’s tutelage. In 1985, Mr. Lowrey began teaching martial arts as a college level accredited course at Kennesaw State University. He still oversees this course today, and it has become one of the most popular courses in the Physical Education Department. Continuing his study of Choi Kwang Do, Mr. Lowrey moved up the ranks and became one of the organization’s foremost pioneers. He was appointed Chief Instructor and Examiner for Choi Kwang-Do International in 1987. In 1991, he was appointed Regional Director and International Technical Director and earned his 4th Degree (Master level) Black Belt. Master Lowrey went onto train with martial artists from all over the world, exchanging ideas and developing skills. He worked extensively with various law enforcement agencies, training the local Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna narcotics squad in 1990, and participated in the FBI retraining seminar in Bullhead City, Arizona in 1993. He attended the 40 hour Police Defensive Tactics Instructors course in Cobb County, Georgia in 1996. Master Lowrey went onto conduct seminars for military personnel, including Army Rangers at Fort Benning GA from 1994 through 1996. In 1997, Master Lowrey and Master Eric Hennings (Asst. Technical Director, CKD) went on to found Modern Defense Martial Art. In 2006, Master Lowrey joined forces with Gideon Hajioff, who was the Technical Director for in the United Kingdom to form Dynamic Self Defense International. Now Grandmaster Lowrey was promoted to 6th Degree (highest in this art) in 2020. Currently, Grandmaster Lowrey conducts training seminars throughout the U.S. and is a Field Training Officer at Northside Hospital Cherokee in North Georgia.
Grandmaster Robert Lowrey
With Grandmaster Sergio Barriga, Bill Wallace and Mrs. Lowrey at Florida seminar, 2010
Photo shoot, 2004
"Squaring off" with Grandmaster Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, Florida Seminar, 2010
Ground Seminar, DSD Ohio with Master Scott Mulhollen, 2010
5th Degree Black Belt Exhibition, 1997