Master Stuart Emery began his martial arts training in 1984 in the art of Taekwondo under Grand Master Lee, Young Il in Baltimore, MD. Master Emery was promoted to 1st dan in Taekwondo by Grand Master Lee in 1988. Master Emery is currently a 4th dan in Taekwondo promoted by Grand Master Choung, Woo Deuk. Grand Master Choung is a 9th dan in Taekwondo and is the Jido Kwan representative for Taegu, South Korea.
In 1994 Master Emery began training in Hapkido under the American Hapkido Association. Master Emery was promoted to 1st dan in Hapkido in 1997. Master Emery began studying Jung Ki Hapkido in 1998. Master Emery is currently a 6th dan in Hapkido under the Korea Jung Ki Hapkido and Kuhapdo Association and is a direct student of Grand Master Lim, Hyun Soo. Grand Master Lim is a 9th dan in Hapkido promoted by the founder of Hapkido, Choi, Yong Sul.