TCB Martial Arts & Krav Maga
Grand Master Wayne Carman
Master Samuel Lund
Sensei Gena Hedgpeth
Faith. Spirit. Discipline.
Owners: Wayne Carman and Gena Hedgpeth
Grandmaster (Soke) Wayne Carman Biography
Grandmaster Wayne Carman was born and raised in Memphis Tennessee. Wayne started studying a martial arts weapon from Don Winters in 1969 called the nunchaku which comprised of two pieces of wood approximately 12” long connected together with a chain or cord. Wayne started teaching members of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department along with the Memphis Police Department on how to defend themselves against this weapon. In 1969 Wayne started studying Tae Kwon Do from Kang Rhee, and in 1973 fought his way into becoming a United States Karate Champion. He went on to fight “Superfoot” Bill Wallace for the world title. Wayne started teaching Elvis Presley’s Chief of Security, Red West, the nunchucku and began training with Elvis in the early 1970’s. In 1974 Wayne started working on the road as part of the security team for Charlie Rich and became interested in the management side of the music business. He went on to manage acts such as The Blackwood Quartet, and Johnny Paycheck. Wayne is the Author of the Best seller ”Elvis’ Karate Legacy” and has appeared in several issues of Black Belt Magazine, The Official Karate Magazine, The Fighter International Magazine and the book, The Official History of Karate in America. He has appeared on several television programs including the Geraldo Rivera Show and is in two movies with Elvis, the New Gladiators and This Is Elvis. Wayne has been inducted into several Halls of Fame: The United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame;The Sokeship Council of America; The Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame;The Bluegrass Nationals Hall of Fame; Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame and several more. Wayne loves working with the walking cane and is a cane master. Grandmaster Carman has nearly 40 years of Martial Arts Experience.
Sensei Gena Hedgpeth
Sensei Gena Hedgpeth began martial arts training in 2011. She has won 3 Grand Champion titles in Weapons and Kata. She is certified as a Krav Maga Instructor, Defensive Tactics for Law Enforcement Instructor and Israeli Tactical Knife Fighting Instructor through Professor Marty Cale & the Krav Maga Association. She was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2012 as Outstanding Student of the Year and as Martial Artist of the Year in 2015. She was also inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2016 as Sensei of the Year. She is a co-owner of TCB Martial Arts. She currently holds the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt.