Tim Martin is the founder of MartialQuest LLC and head instructor of MartialQuest Academy. A military veteran with over 27 years of service, Tim has been studying the martial arts and self defense methods since his childhood.
Although MartialQuest LLC is newly formed, Tim’s training in the martial arts began over 30 years ago while growing up in rural Georgia. In his teenage years he earned a Dan ranking in the international style of Tae Kwon-Do. Following his enlistment into the US Army in 1990, Tim continued to pursue his passion for training in the martial arts whenever and wherever possible. His martial arts experience has included instructor rankings in Genbukan Ninpo Taijutsu and Pukulan Pentjak Silat Serak. Additionally, Tim has studied the Russian Martial Art of Systema, Okinawan Karate, Filipino Martial Arts and Jun Fan Gung Fu through the lineage of Guro Dan Inosanto, and the Francis Fong – Jiu Wan lineage of Wing Chun while attending college near his hometown.
He began his jiu jitsu journey in 2007 at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA, and since that time has trained with many members of the Gracie and Machado families to further his understanding of jiu jitsu. Today, he continues his training with his primary mentor, instructor, and Gracie Academy Black Belt, Ricardo Bayona, of Miloki Flow Key Biscayne.
Tim began a study of the Russian Martial Art, Systema, in 2006 while stationed in California. He has found that it provides effective training modalities to increase awareness, gain skill in self defense, and raise overall health through proper breathing, movement, and structure. Since 2017, Tim has followed the specific training methods and guidance provided by the International Combat Systema Association and its head instructor, Kevin Secours.
In 2018 Tim finished his military career as a faculty member in the Joint Command, Control, and Information Operations School at the Joint Forces Staff College of the National Defense University in Norfolk, VA. He was commissioned through the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps in 1995 as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and a Master of Science Degree in Information Assurance. He completed over 27 years of US Army service with Military Intelligence and Information Operations assignments ranging from the company to Army staff level. He deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in 2003 with the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and again in 2009 with the 1st Cavalry Division.
Tim’s passion for the martial arts extends to sharing his training and experiences with others. It is his belief that the martial arts are a valuable vehicle for improving and developing oneself to reach their maximum potential. He sees it as a powerful, life-changing gift for all ages to teach empowerment, confidence, self defense, and overcoming adversity.
In 2017 Tim founded MartialQuest LLC as a veteran-owned small business to further his interests in the martial arts and provide visionary products and services to the public. Currently, he is focusing much of his attention on the design and development of the company’s products and services.
Ranks and Certifications
Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Brown Belt under Ricardo Bayona of Miloki Flow Key Biscayne
Taekwon-do – Chodan (1st Dan) under the International Taekwon-Do Federation and ITF-USA
Matsusokan Okinawan Karate – Shodan (1st Dan) under Sensei Peter Römer
Genbukan Ninpo Taijutsu – Yon (4th) kyu under Kyoshi Gary Giamboi
Pukulan Pentjak Silat Serak – Pembantu under Pendekar Victor deThouars