Isaiah Gathings Sr. is an accomplished martial artist and has garnered much notoriety in the martial arts community. Isaiah has been training in the martial arts for over twenty-six years. He has cross trained in many different martial arts styles-Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu just to name a few.
Isaiah is the founder of the widely respected art known as “Soo Do Thai”, which blends three martial arts styles together into one effective system (Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, and Muay Thai Kickboxing). He currently holds a 7th degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, and a black belt in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Isaiah is a multiple time karate champion, and has also been successful in both MMA and Kickboxing competition. Isaiah owns and operates the Academy Of Soo Do Thai martial arts school where he teaches his system Soo Do Thai fulltime. He also teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martail Arts classes to amateur and professional athletes. Isaiah currently has one of the most diverse and successful martial arts teams in the United States, as he has not only had students win the Jr. Olympics, but he has also had students compete on the United States National Karate team several times, as well as represent Team USA in both Mixed Martial Arts competitions as well as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions and each time they were successful.