Herbie Bagwell,Jr was born and raised in New London, CT in 1965. The son of Herbert and Betty Lou Bagwell. In 1970, the family of five moved to Groton, CT, because of a better educational system. Herbie Bagwell began studying Goju Rye Karate, under the tutelage of Master Chuck Merriman of New London,CT.
Herbie Bagwell studied under Master Chuck Merrman for two years. However, football, baseball and track and field were also loves of Herbie Bagwell. At age 17, Herbie Bagwell began studying Kempo Karate under Master Tim Raynor of Norwich,CT. Studying under Master Tim Raynor was the beginning of the love, appreciation and respect of Martial Arts. In addition, auto racing began to sprout wings in Shihan Bagwell!
While in College, Herbie Bagwell starred in Football and Track and Field. Herbie Bagwell later had football Camp tryouts with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. In Herbie Bagwell’s early twenties, he was introduced to Tae Kwon Do by Master Jones in Manhattan, NY. Mr. Bagwell still trains under Master Lee Roy Jones, and Shihan Bagwell earned his black Belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2000.
In addition, over the past five years Shihan Bagwell has been diligently studying Kempo Karate under the watchful eye of sixth degree black belt Shihan (Master) Dan Jenkins. Shihan Bagwell has recently earned his fifth degree black belt in Kempo Karate, simultaneously earning his Fifth degree in Korean Tae Kwon Do. Shihan Bagwell is a Five time Point Fighting champion in the Krane Karate Circuit, and thoroughly enjoys teaching his two children, (Herbie 15yrs old -1st degreeTae Kwon Do and Katia 17yrs old –Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do). The Bagwell Family welcomed: Aniyah Lee Bagwell (16 months old), January of 20l2! Summer of 2012, Mr.Bagwell earned the prestigious Master of Kempo Kung-Fu, Under a Shaolin Kempo group in Norwalk,CT/WestChester County! Lastly, Shihan Herbie Bagwell has been inducted in the world renown, “ USA MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME.” Shihan Herbie Bagwell was a FIRST BALLOT UNANIMOUS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE!! Shihan Bagwell enjoys his other interests as well: Racing, Acting, Modeling, writing and worshiping at Church.