Most men when they turn 50 they are slowing down, planning for retirement and maybe even have their children raised. Not so for Sherwood’s Danny Dring.
The owner and operator of Danny Dring’s Living Defense Martial Arts just keeps on seeking and achieving new goals — mostly in his long-time craft of martial arts.
"I have always loved martial arts," said Dring, who in June earned his 7th degree black belt in the Joe Lewis Fighting Systems from Joe Lewis. He also recently earned the title of obtaining his 8th degree black belt in Taekwondo.
One year ago, he earned the distinction of being voted the Pound-for-Pound Fighter Trailer of the Year and is the first three-time recipient and the first Lifetime Award recipient of the Pound for Pound Trainer Award.
In 2011, he was a bronze medal winner for the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Masters and Seniors Brazilian Jui-Jitzu Tournament.
He even has helped write books on martial arts. In 2010, he co-authored Stay in the Fight: A Martial Athlete’s Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Injury," which was published by Black Belt magazine.
In addition, in 2010, he was named the Fight Promoter of the Year by the Joe Lewis Fighting Systems.
Other martial arts distinctions include:
• 7th Degree Black Belt in Weeping Style Jujutsu;
• 7th Degree Black Belt in Kickboxing with "Superfoot" Bill Wallace;
• 7th Degree Black Belt in Kickboxing with Joe Lewis;
• 3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu;
As a competitor, Dring’s career highlights include six international gold medals and two international silver medals in taekwondo. He is a four-time national circuit champion for the U.S. Taekwondo Federation and a five-time open circuit state champion. As a kickboxer, Dring had a winning record and also competed once on ESPN’s Professional Karate Association TV series.
As a coach, Dring has produced world champions and professional fighters in kickboxing and mixed martial arts. He has actively promoted kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events.
He also has served on the Arkansas State Athletic Commission for the boxing, kickboxing and MMA regulatory body as a commissioner.
Dring is a certified defensive-tactics instructor and certified pistol instructor in Arkansas.
He has served as a reserve deputy for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office since 1993.
Dring became a certified instructor in defensive tactics and hand-to-hand combat in 1985 and started his own martial arts school one year later.
He also has been used as an expert witness in the use of force cases since August 2009.
Dring said he has enjoyed teaching other peoples about the benefits of learning martial arts.
Dring said learning martial arts would benefit many people.