Company: Conley’s Keichu-Do Academy of Martial Arts
Location: Enterprise, Alabama, United States
Eldrige Conley, Grandmaster at Conley’s Keichu-Do Academy of Martial Arts, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in martial arts.
Backed by an eclectic career, Mr. Conley has served as the owner and grandmaster of Conley’s Keichu-Do Academy of Martial Arts since 2005 and has also been a senior instructor and developer for TAIS Digital Master Gunner Course since 2012. Mr. Conley began studying the Keichu-Do style of martial arts in Alexandria, Louisiana under Soke Karl W. Marx and advanced to the rank of ninth degree black belt in 2017 under Soke Michael McGann. Notably, Mr. Conley was also ranked number two in the American Karate Association for two years and was inducted into the Karl W. Marx Keichu-Do Hall of Fame in 1994. Mr. Conley received an Associate of Arts in music and an AAS in administration of justice from Cochise College. He went on to study at Grambling State University from 1971 to 1975. There, he started the first karate club as a brown belt.
Prior to his current roles, Mr. Conley was an ABC instructor of CPOF and FBCB2 with DSC in 2012 and an instructor of JANUS for the Computer Science Corporation from 2008 to 2012. Earlier, he worked for L3 Communication from 2007 to 2008. Additionally, from 2005 to 2007, he was an ATCOM experimental researcher and instructor with the Saber Group, Inc. Looking back on his career, Mr. Conley was proud to be the first person to begin teaching his style of martial arts in a town in Germany, where it is still being practiced today. He loves to push people to their limit, and he tells his students to never let anything get in the way of their goals and dreams. He hopes to continue focusing on martial arts and to make time for more traveling in order to spread his passion.
In the early years of Mr. Conley’s career, he notably served with the U.S. Army from 1975 to 2005. Beginning as a drill sergeant, Mr. Conley had taken on various roles, such as training and school coordinator, S3 NCOIC and first sergeant, operations manager and sergeant, personnel manager, and aviation battalion sergeant major. From 2000 until his retirement in 2005, he was the battalion command sergeant major for the 1-210th Aviation. For his unmatched success and leadership with the U.S. Army, Mr. Conley holds Army Commendation Medals from 1983, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1992, and 2000 and two Army Meritorious Service Medals from 1994 and 1998. In 2004, he was honored with the Army Legion of Merit and remains a member of the Disabled Veterans Association. Mr. Conley is incredibly fond of his time in the military and believes the skills he learned there have shaped the foundation of his discipline and career success.
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