Ted Gambordella

Ted Gambordella

Coaching Category: Martial Arts

Specialization(s): Martial arts coach, Muay Thai


Ted Gambordella is an esteemed martial arts instructor hailing from Dallas, Texas. His extensive experience in martial arts extends far beyond his own students, as he has dedicated his career to serving the martial arts community at large. 

Sensei Ted has penned a diverse range of books, including the renowned "Complete Martial Arts Weapons" manual, first published in 1976. This enduring work has achieved remarkable success, standing as one of the best-selling martial arts manuals in history, remaining in print for over 35 years. Additionally, Ted has authored a book focused on applying martial arts techniques to sports, aimed at preventing injuries, enhancing performance, and fostering a winning mindset. This book earned endorsements from prestigious institutions like the University of Texas, OU, LSU, Oral Roberts, Louisiana College, Purdue, Rice University, as well as professional sports teams like the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Jazz, along with numerous high schools.

Over the years, Ted's martial arts expertise has propelled him to celebrity status, leading to appearances on various television programs. He graced the screens of national and local television stations alike, making eight appearances on martial arts programs. These included well-known shows like Real People, Entertainment Tonight, Playboy Channel, Fox TV, and Inside Edition, captivating audiences across Texas and Louisiana.

A trailblazer in his own right, Ted holds the distinction of being the first Martial Arts Master to collaborate with the US Olympic Committee, contributing martial arts techniques to train US Olympic athletes. His martial arts prowess was further showcased through groundbreaking Jiu Jitsu demonstrations at prestigious events such as the Karate Olympics, US Karate Championship, Mardi Gras Nationals, Texas Karate Championships, and Big D (an impressive five-year consecutive streak, unmatched at the time).

Today, Sensei (Dr.) Ted is primarily recognized as an advocate for the martial arts industry that has supported him throughout his journey. He tirelessly promotes and endorses martial arts practitioners who make significant daily contributions to the health and mental well-being of the communities they serve. Ted Gambordella's legacy in martial arts education and promotion is a testament to his enduring commitment to the discipline and its practitioners.

Awards & Certifications

Karate Olympics, US Karate Championship, Mardi Gras Nationals, Texas Karate Championships, Big D Participant | 1999-10-10

Work Experience

Complete Martial Arts Weapons manual | Author

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Dallas, Texas, US

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