MASTER D. PUREFOY
Sa Bom Nim (Master Instructor) D.
Purefoy, Chief Black Belt Instructor of Pure Martial Arts Fitness
Academy, holds the rank of 6th Degree Black Belt. He is a military
combat veteran (U.S. Air Force) with 37 years experience in the Martial
Arts to include training in Japan and Korea.
Master Purefoy has won 3 Grand
Championships and many victories locally as well as abroad. He’s a
graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a major in
Accounting. He worked as an Excise Tax Accountant for a Fortune 300
Company in Greenwich, CT until receiving a blessing in disguise when the
company was acquired in 2005. He then pursued his lifelong passion as a
full time Martial Art Instructor.
Sa Bom (Master) Purefoy believes that
persistence, dedication, commitment, humility, and patience are the
forces within us all that makes us the best of the best. However,
sometimes these forces are dormant within us and need to be nurtured to
the surface. His Martial Art is that vehicle which makes it possible.
"I began training just before I turned 17 years
old. I started learning the art of Tang Soo Do from
Master Salim Hasan in Norwalk, CT. After two years practicing
and out of high school, I decided to join the United States Air Force as
an Air Base Ground Defense Specialist to include Law Enforcement,
Security, Military Police, and Peacekeeper Tactical Units. I knew
this would keep me in the line of self-defense and more, but more
importantly it gave me the opportunity to be stationed in Okinawa, Japan
and Korea. These were the two countries that my foundation in Tang
Soo Do was derived. I began training with and under different
Masters from different styles like Kuk Sul Won, Master Larry
White; Tae Kwon Do Champion, Master Mon Del
Rosario (from the Philippines); and again Tang Soo Do Moo Duk
Kwan and Muay Thai (style) Kickboxing, Master Song
Kyu Hwa and Master Moon Kap Kim from the Song ton
Dojang in Korea among a few others not mentioned but well respected.
Song ton Dojang was the actual school outside of Osan Air Base that
Chuck Norris and other U.S. pioneers before my time studied and learned
their discipline. I feel honored and so very fortunate to have had
the opportunity to be influenced by such great Masters during my life,
and now I have the great opportunity to pass it on".