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YMCA North Ironbear history
YMCA North, 7590 State Route 703, Celina, Ohio 45822

Ironbear History

Ironbear history begins with Grandmaster Larry Delaney operated a Taekwondo / Karate school in Fort Recovery, Ohio where David Weaver trained. In 2004, Grandmaster Delaney sold that school to Mr. Todd McAbee. Grandmaster Delaney then opened a new school in Celina, Ohio in the Galleria Shopping Center; Darrell Etgen was an instructor. A short time later David Weaver began helping out and teaching at this school. After a few months Grandmaster Delaney turned that school over to Darrell Etgen and David Weaver. In 2004 they formed Ironbear Martial Arts LLC and formed a completely new syllabus which combined many aspects of martial arts as Grandmaster Delaney taught, along with Taekwondo, Ryukyu Kempo, Shorin Ryu, Kiado, Kali, Pressure Point Techniques, and Jujitsu techniques. Today Ironbear Martial Arts and Ironbear Karate Jutsu have become an outstanding training curriculum from beginners to highly advanced martial artists. We have taught seminars, private lessons and classes to hundreds of area martial artists. We are located at the YMCA North, 7590 State Route 703, Celina, Ohio 45822.

Larry Delaney

Larry Delaney Ironbear history
Grand Master Delaney

Grandmaster Larry Delaney is a 8th Dan Grandmaster in Chung Do Kwan Taekwondo and 8th Dan Grandmaster in Shorin Ryu, and is a 8th Dan Master in Ching Sai Do and he also holds certification in Kempo Jitsu, and Judo. Grandmaster Delaney earned his Judo certification in 1977 through Ball State University under the direction of Dr. David Fields; athletic director, and Soonjay Park, head of the Korean Judo Program. He studied with Master Fred Walliser a student of the late Master Myong Kil Kim of South Bend, Indiana. He received his 2nd and 3rd Dan from Professor Rick Clark at Indiana State University. He has been certified a Level 8 instructor through Master Fred Murphy of the Black Belts of the Faith International. Master Delaney has been inducted in the US National Team / Alliance Black Belt Hall Of Fame under Dr. Thomas; and is a retired Anderson, Indiana law enforcement officer. Grandmaster Delaney remains a student under O’Sensei Kenneth Keegan of Kokomo, Indiana. O'Sensei Keegan is a 10th Dan Grandmaster in Shorin Ryu and 9th Dan Grandmaster in Taekwondo.  Check out this blog post about GM Delaney and an interview I did with him. 

Darrell Etgen

Darrell Etgen Ironbear history
Grand Master Etgen

 Grandmaster Darrell Etgen began studying martial arts in 1986 and currently holds Grandmaster Rank in several styles of martial arts including Taekwondo, and Shorin Ryu. He holds Dan Rank in Jodoryu Karate and Master Rank in Ryukyu Kempo and Dan Rank in several other styles. Mr. Etgen is a Certified Law Enforcement Instructor and is currently a Mercer County, Ohio Sheriff Deputy in Celina, Ohio and is Chief for R&L Security.

David Weaver

David Weaver Ironbear history
Grand Master Weaver

 Grand Master David Weaver began studying martial arts in 1981 under current Master Harry Seo Wood in Moo Duk Kwan (Tang Soo Do) and Hapkido. Mr. Weaver currently holds Master and Grand Master Rank in several styles of martial arts including Kempo and Taekwondo and Dan rank in others.  He was a Domino’s Pizza franchisee for over 28 years. He is currently employed at R&L Security as an security guard and has conducted seminars for Mercer County. Additionally, he builds websites and has a lawn service business. If you would like to contact him about either of those services please use the contact form on the Contact Page or send an email directly to him using this link. Mr. Weaver's wife Judy is an Ironbear Black Belt and operates True Meaning Yoga & Healing Arts teaching Yoga, Meditation and Qigong in Celina. 

Real students, Real opinions

Iron Bear had meaningful impact on the quality of my life. I have the confidence to protect myself and my family now In an safe environment of respect, no matter the experience, I (and all others) were treated with respect. (more…)

Benji M

At Iron Bear Martial Arts you’ll find every instructor is dedicated to the success of each student and as a student you will learn discipline, self respect, respect for others, and that you are truly capable of accomplishing any goal you set for yourself.

Luke W

Iron Bear Martial Arts has changed my life for the better. From self-discipline, self-confidence, and physical fitness. I am forever thankful for the impact it has had on me and my family.

Don P

Saint Marys native Ben Tuttle was a student of Iron Bear Martial Arts from his early grade school years to early junior high. He graduated from Memorial High School in 2015 and now attends Bowling Green State University (more…)

Ben T

We really enjoy Tae Kwon Do instruction with Mr. Weaver and Mr. Etgen. The instruction they provide enhances us physically and mentally. Physically we attain an improved ability to defend ourselves with our fists and our feet. This is achieved from learning (more…)

Troy S

I’d like to say that I am very glad that I had the experience of participating in your classes. What started out as just observing my son learning martial arts in your class, progressed to me (at 43 years old!) joining the class and achieving orange belt! (more…)

Michelle K

The training and fundamentals are very inspiring. It took me a long time to move up because the teachers here WANT to produce functional martial artists and disciplined individuals.I have been a part of this family for about 8+ years now and I have taken these fundamentals of discipline and respect (more…)

Nicholas T

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