Instructor Bio


Who is the Instructor?

John Scali of Self Defense Virginia
John Scali, Owner of Self Defense Virginia

John Scali was born in Philadelphia.  He was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1980, and retired from the military in 2000. He began his martial arts studies while stationed in Norfolk, Virginia when he joined a Chuck Norris school that taught Tang So Do.  Master Scali’s love for Hapkido began in 1990 when he joined a Taekwondo school in Northern Virginia with his children.   One of his instructors (Mike Snipas)  introduced Master Scali to Combat Hapkido.

John became a Charter Member in 1995 starting his own school called the Hapkido Self Defense Club; thereby bringing Combat Hapkido to Northern Virginia.  Master Scali was awarded his 6th Dan in Combat Hapkido in 2012.

In addition to running his school, Master Scali is also an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College where he teaches a self defense course.    Master Scali is a Vice President of the International Combat Hapkido Organization, Virginia State Director for the International Combat Hapkido Federation, Licensed International Police Defense Tactics Instructor, Budo Magazine Master of the Year, and International Martial Arts Hall of Fame — Regional Instructor of the Year.

He is happily married to his childhood sweetheart of 36 years and has five children all of whom have had extensive training and ranking in the Combat Hapkido self defense system.

Awards and Accomplishments:

  • Vice-President of International Combat Hapkido Organization
  • Virginia State Director for the International Combat Hapkido Federation
  • Licensed Master Instructor by the International Combat Hapkido Federation
  • Licensed International Police Defense Tactics Instructor
  • Certified sixth degree Black Belt in Combat Hapkido
  • Certified Ground Survival Instructor
  • Budo Magazine Master of the Year (2006)
  • Inducted in the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame — Regional Instructor of the Year
  • Member of the International Self Defense for the Disabled

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