Master Sam began his martial arts journey in 1971 when he enrolled in a Tae Kwon Do class in Burlington, NC.
Since that time he has continued to study Tae Kwon Do and in 2018 received his 7th degree black belt from the Kukkiwon, World Tae Kwon Do . He also began his study of Hapkido in 1988 in which he currently holds a 5th degree black belt from the Global Hapkido Association.
BAS, Accounting, Guilford College
MA, Theology, Christian Counseling Concentration, Houston Graduate School of Theology
Master Sam had a career in accounting that spanned over 20 years. He then changed careers and worked in pastoral care serving as a hospital chaplain, and later transitioning to crisis mental health work. He currently serves as part time Business Administrator for a local church in addition to running Shelton Martial Arts and Strategic Awareness and Defense Training.