At Triad Martial Arts, our mission is to provide our students with the absolute best martial arts training in Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Vale Tudo/Mixed Martial Arts for all ages in a fun, safe and disciplined atmosphere. We have locations in Cullman and Madison, Alabama.
Instructor Johnny Lee Smith began studying the martial arts in 1979 at the “Silent Fury Karate Institute” in Decatur, Alabama. His instructors were Jimmy Webster and Jamie Hooper. Bobby Robinson ran the school but is not considered one of Johnny Lee Smith’s teachers. Silent Fury was actually a Tae Kwon Do school where Webster and Hooper only taught part time. They had both been actively studying another art, Tang Soo Do, under Young Ju Lee in Huntsville, Alabama. Later in 1981, Webster and Hooper left Silent Fury and started Southeastern Tang Soo Do Studio in association with Young Ju Lee’s Master Lee’s Martial Arts College. Due to numerous disagreements between Master Lee and Jimmy Webster, Webster and Hooper broke all ties with Lee and became an independent school. In that same time frame Johnny Lee Smith started his tournament career. His first tournament was hosted by Robert Coley in Cullman, at Cullman High School gymnasium in 1981. Many tournament championships would follow.