Clyde Stanley is a lifelong resident of Minden, Louisiana. He began his martial arts training under Master Harvey L. Kennedy on July 5th, 1972, and later became the senior student of Master Joel Chandler of Atlanta, Georgia.
For almost 25 years he has been a private student of renowned Grandmaster Ron Van Browning of Dallas, Texas. Through his instructors, Clyde has met and trained with many of the most respected and well known martial artists in the world. Those include Matt Hughes, Royce Gracie, “Judo” Gene LeBell, Lyoto Machita, Chuck Liddell, Frank Shamrock, Cung Le, Max Bishop, Randy Couture, Bas Rutten, and many others.
Sensei Stanley cross trains in many systems including, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Kung Fu San Soo, Judo, Catch-Wrestling, boxing and was a charter member of the “American Freestyle Grappling Association”. He holds master ranks (9th Degree Black Belt) Karate, and (10th Degree Black Belt) in Half-Circle Jiu Jitsu.
He was the co-founder of Half-Circle Ju-Jitsu and has authored instructional videos and DVDs on the system. He is also the author of the series, “Stand-Up and Ground-Fighting Submission and Finishing Tactics” that has been sold worldwide
Clyde Stanley regularly travels from coast to coast teaching martial arts seminars. He is considered a “close quarter combat consultant” by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and regularly conducts tactical training with them. Over the years he has trained FBI, SWAT teams, police, sheriff’s deputies, and National Guardsmen on defensive tactics.
For a number of years he was the chief officer survival instructor for the “National Association of Certified Interdiction Officers” which was founded by the legendary Texas state trooper and national officer of the year, Frank Rios.
Clyde was one of the first twelve martial artists inducted into the Louisiana Black Belt Hall of Fame. In 1995 “Cultural Crossroads of Louisiana” chose him the “Outstanding Performing Artist”. He was one of the first 36 members inducted in the “Isshinryu Hall of Fame”. He was named “Master of the Year” by the International Hall of Fame in 2002.
Sensei Stanley and Coach Mike Dick started America’s very first accredited Mixed Martial Arts class in a public school, Minden High School, in 2006.
In his city and state, Mr. Stanley has conducted countless fund-raisers for St. Jude, The March of Dimes, the Humane Society, and others. He was elected president of the Downtown Business Association in 1996 and served two terms. He has been featured in several “Who’s Who” publications as well as “Black Belt” magazine.
His gym, Clyde Stanley’s Martial Arts, has been awarded Top 100 martial arts schools in North America, and in 1998 was named Martial Arts School of the Year by the Isshinryu Hall of Fame.
When I walked into that first dojo in 1972, I had no idea of what to expect. Soon, the martial arts became “my thing” and my life would never be the same again. I have provided security for many famous entertainers, been able to travel far and wide, and gained many lifelong friends. I even met my wonderful wife Trish, through the martial arts.
Never, in my wildest dreams, could I have imagined the huge, positive impact martial arts would make on my life.