Grandmaster Crudup began his formal training in 1971 at the age of 11 in Shotokan Karate at the American Youth Academy Karate Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under the direction of Sensei Ernest Paramore and earned his Black Belt at the age of 14.
was also promoted to Black Belt in Moo Duk Kwan Korean Karate by Master Oscar Young Sul in 1975.
Black Belt in Chang Moo Kwan Tae Kwon Do under Grand Master Ozzie Wright, Jr. and Grand Master James Mitchell in 1979.
He was a top-rated tournament fighter from the mid-70s to early-80s in the Tri-State Area (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware) well-known for his tremendous kicking ability.
won numerous championships during this period to include the World Bi-Centennial Karate Games in 1976 and the Peter Urban American Cup Championships in 1977.
also enjoyed a brief kickboxing career fighting in the Professional Karate Association
(PKA) before entering the United States Air Force
in March 1983.
spent over 15 years in assignments throughout the Pacific theater to include tours in Guam, Korea, Japan and Okinawa before returning to the U.S. in 2001.
returned to tournament competition in 2005 to win the Black Belt Sparring Grand Championship at the Kombat Klassic
in Waldorf, Maryland.
Grandmaster Crudup earned a 7th degree Black Belt in Kyo-Jutsu Karate under Professor Sayfullaah Al-Amriykiy and Soke Nat Abdullaah McBride, direct disciples of the legendary Great Grandmaster Dr. Moses Powell.
Additionally, Grandmaster Crudup
was the first American awarded a 9th degree from both the Malaysian Global Taekwon-do Federation
and the Global Taekwon-do Federation International under Dato Dr. Sabree Salleh.
He has been inducted in over 40 hall of fames to include Aaron Banks' World Professional Martial Arts Organization Hall of Fame, Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame, American Federation of Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Budo International Hall of Fame, Cosmopolitan Florida Hall of Fame, Go Sei Ryu Goju Hall of Fame, International Association of Martial Arts Hall of Fame, International Ju-Jitsu Hall of Fame, Kuroshi-Do Martial Arts System Hall of Fame, Latin-American Martial Arts Hall of fame, London International Martial Arts Hall of Fame, North American Federation of Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Southeastern Martial Arts Hall of Fame, United States Head of Family Martial Arts Hall of Honor, United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame, United States Martial Artist Association Hall of Fame, Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Universal Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame, USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, World Head of Family Sokeship Council Hall of Fame, World Karate Union Hall of Fame, World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and the World Martial Arts League International Elite Black Belt Hall of Fame.
Additionally Grandmaster Crudup was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Martial Arts Science in 2010 by the World Academy of Martial Arts Philosophy and Science located in Malaysia.
He serves as a Senior Executive Advisory Board member for the United States Head of Family Martial Arts Association; Executive Vice President of the International Supreme Elite Warriors Council; Executive Council member for the International Council for Higher Martial Arts Education, World Martial Arts League; and President of the World Organizer of Martial Arts (WOMA USA) New Jersey Chapter.
Grandmaster Crudup was presented the "Men Making a Difference Award for 2007" by Congressman Chaka Fattah.