By Molly Moser
“I never dreamed in a million years I’d be inducted into the hall of fame,” said Guttenberg Tang Soo Do instructor Jerry Trowbridge. “It’s pretty unheard of,” added his wife Nancy, also an instructor.
It may be a rare honor, but in the Trowbridge family, it’s a familiar one. Jerry and Nancy have seven children together, all of who practice martial arts. Their son Josh was inducted into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame last year, and Josh’s wife, Abbey, was inducted along with her father-in-law Jerry at this year’s banquet on April 18.
Jerry was given the Golden Life Award by the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame for his 41 years in practice. Instructors who have devoted their lives to teaching martial arts may be nominated for the hall of fame and honored for their commitment. Jerry is a sixth degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and has spent a combined three decades teaching in Dubuque, Monona, and Guttenberg. Currently, he estimates that he and Nancy have 75 to 100 students between their schools in Monona and Guttenberg.
“We decided to open a school because we saw what martial arts does for people,” Jerry explained. “Our ultimate goal is to build character. We are building the future leaders in our communities.”