A direct student
of Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin, Grandmaster Giacobbe, 9th Dan, began his
training in Tang Soo Do in 1968. For several years, he also received
special training from Grandmaster H. C. Hwang, son of the founder of
Tang Soo Do, and Grandmaster C. S. Kim, founder of the International
Tang Soo Do Federation.
During the late 60's
and early 70's Grandmaster Giacobbe was a well-known, top tournament
competitor on the East Coast.
In 1977 he
traveled to Korea in order to refine his art and undertake the study
of the ancient techniques of mind power derived from internal Chi
energy. The skills he developed through meditation and special
breathing exercises have not only set him apart as a martial artist,
but also landed him on numerous television programs such as That's
Incredible, Evening Magazine, Good Morning America, CNN,
Entertainment Tonight and Sally Jessie Raphael.
feat, performed for the Guiness Book of World Records consists of
hanging two buckets of water onto sharpened motorcycle spokes
inserted in his arms, while holding a suspended weight with his
teeth, all the time standing on two knife blades. A video of this
performance can be seen below.
has been passionate about sports from a young age. He is nationally
recognized as an expert in physical fitness, weight training,
flexibility enhancement and exercise program development. In 1980,
he began training members of the Philadelphia Eagles to improve
their performance. In 1987, Coach Buddy Ryan assigned the entire
Philadelphia Eagle defense to train with him off-season.
personally trained NFL stars Reggie White and Mike Quick.
In boxing, he has
been a special physical trainer in 15 World Championship bouts,
working with Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whitaker and Sugar Ray
has appeared on the covers of six martial arts magazines including
Black Belt Magazine and Karate & Kung Fu Illustrated. In 1985 he won
a Gold Medal in Japan at the World Super People festival, amazing
the Japanese judges by standing on authentic razor sharp Japanese
Samurai swords without getting cut.
The Governor of
New Jersey honored him for his Juvenile Offender
Program, where troubled kids were put into martial arts training,
and all them had positive results.
In 1983 he was
presented the Excalibur Award from the American Cancer Society for
his donation of over $500,000.00 from the Fight for Cancer National
Karate Championships, which he sponsors annually in Atlantic City.
In 2000, he was
inducted into Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame.
is president of the
Intercontinental Tang Soo Do Organization through
which he conducts seminars around the world on the traditional
teachings of Tang Soo Do karate, philosophy, power meditation, Chi
Breathing exercises and the Taoist meditation for healing.