Greg LaBranche, PhD
Dr. LaBranche was born a little north of Boston
He did well academically. Becoming intrigued with mysticism during adolescence, he started training in martial arts and earned his black belt before graduating high school. Although focused primarily on Tae Kwon Do, his training was enriched with Yoga and steeped in practices of meditation. After a few years of college, the appeal of academics waned and the pursuits of an entrepreneur followed. He withdrew from the university and formed his own business: Belvidere Martial Arts Academy.
In 1981, he opened his first "dojang" (Korean word for formal training facility) on Central Street in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts. Additional schools followed in neighboring towns - Westford and Tyngsboro. He also established after-school programs for a couple public schools in the area and designed and implemented a training program for officers at MCI Shirley, a state prison in Massachusetts. He had earned his 5th Degree Black Belt by that time and was responsible for promoting dozens of men, women, and children to their ranks of Black Belt and above.
With success came celebration and then "Black Monday" of 1987. The country’s recession of the late 1980’s and a few too many drinks led to addiction and eventual demise of Belvidere Martial Arts Academy. The Central Street dojang closed in 1991 and a fascination with alcohol ensued.
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