Biographies of KMA Icons



The inaugural KMA Masters Hall Of Fame induction ceremony was held on he weekend of August 14, 2014, in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada.  The event is a sincere effort to recognize the contributions of KMA Icons and Legends who stand head and shoulders above the average practitioners.  The 2014 induction ceremony was hosted by Grandmaster Rudy W. Timmerman; and, with the help of many of his students, members of NKMAA, as well as Grandmasters of the Korean Martial Arts Brotherhood, tickets for the event were sold out several months in advance.

Hundreds of Korean martial arts practitioners gathered at the beautiful Delta Waterfront Inn, to celebrate the induction of KMA Icons and Legends they had long admired.  The KMA Masters Hall Of Fame tries very hard to accommodate these Korean Martial Arts Icons and Legends, and we do this by hosting events in various parts of North-America in order to minimize their travel.  Even so, the 2014 event attracted some of the most respected Korean style Grandmasters and Masters from as far away as Europe and all of North-America.  The dedication of these KMA Icons and Legends is very much appreciated, and everyone who attended had a fantastic weekend training with them.

The KMA Masters Hall Of Fame was not created to stroke the egos of a few martial arts practitioners; rather, it is a sincere effort to preserve for all time, the contributions made by these KMA Icons and Legends who keep Korean martial arts alive and well.  To show our appreciation, each of the Inductees will have their bio and a page of rare photos added to the “Who Is Who In Korean Martial Arts” book.  In addition, we share a condensed version of their bios here, and we encourage all practitioners of Korean martial arts to peruse the bios of these KMA Icons.  Come Soar With The Best!


Biographies of 2014 Inductees


Choi Yong Sul
Choi Yong Sool (1904 – 1986)

Grandmaster Choi Yong Sool was born in 1904 at Chung Buk province in Korea. He lost his parents at an early age. According to martial arts historian, Kim Jeon Yoon, the orphaned Choi was taken to Japan by a Japanese family and he is thought to have been employed as a houseboy in Japan by 1913. He then spent four years living in a temple before Sokaku Takeda, a close friend of the abbot, took him in.

In a 1996 interview with Michael Wollmershauser, Suh Bok Sub stated that Choi had told him that he was born into a very poor Korean family who lived near a candy factory, run by a Japanese couple. The couple took a liking to Choi, and as his family could not afford him, they allowed the couple to return to Japan with their son. The couple left Choi at a Buddhist temple so they could travel more widely in Japan and also for Choi to be given an education. The head of the temple sent Choi to Sokaku Takeda, a close friend. Choi then cleaned Takeda’s dojo for five years after which the master permitted him to learn aikijujitsu. In the interview, Suh Bok Sub mentions Choi showing him a photograph of Takeda and explaining to Suh that Takeda was his surrogate father.

Dr. Kimm He-Young explains that on Choi’s return to Taegu city in Korea, in 1945 after the end of the Japanese occupation, a bag with his money and martial arts certificates was stolen. This has been confirmed by Suh Bok Sub, who states that the bag was stolen at Younson train station after Choi returned to his home town of Yong Dong, later deciding to relocate to Taegu after he found no one to meet him at the train station. However there are no official records to confirm this. Regardless of these conjectures, Choi’s techniques reflect a definite link to Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu.

Although all records are sketchy, most historians believe that Suh Bok Sup was the first student of Choi Yong Sool, and this came about after Suh watched Choi defeat a number of assailants in an altercation. This so impressed Suh, an avid Yudo practitioner, that he invited Choi to teach him. In 1951, Suh opened a school and he named it the Daehan Hapki Yu Kwon Sool Dojang.

Many Korean martial arts Masters claim to have studied with Choi Yong Sool and thus, Choi became one of THE most influential figures in Hapkido. After a meeting with a number of them, they formed a new association called Korean Kido Hae, and Choi Yong Sool was chosen to be the first Chairman of the newly formed group … another indication of his esteem in Hapkido circles.

There are claims that GM Choi did NOT found the art of Hap Ki Do, and due to the lack of proper records I can’t argue that. In fact, GM Choi himself stated he taught Yawara. Still, no on can deny that GM Choi Yong Sool was a MAJOR contributor to the art. One of the true KMA Icons and Legends.

Bio gleaned from various sources


Choi Hong Hi
Choi Hong Hi (1918 – 2002)

Personal History:
General Choi Hong Hi was born on Nov. 9, 1918, in what is now North Korea. According to statements in his book, he was a sickly child. His tutor, recognizing his frail physique, also instructed him in the Korean art of foot fighting. In 1937, he went to Japan, where he studied English, mathematics, and karate. On his return to Korea in 1942, he was drafted into the Japanese army. After attempting to escape to join the underground Korean Liberation Army, he was arrested and sent to Pyongyang prison on charges of treason. He was freed in August 1945, just days before he was to be executed.

In 1946, General Choi became one of the founders of the South Korean army, in which he eventually became a general. He trained those under his command in the new martial art he founded and eventually he trained instructors in Tae Kwon Do for the entire South Korean army. By the time he founded the ITF in 1966, there were already associations throughout Asia, Western Europe, and North America.

General Choi passed away in 2002, and he is survived by his wife Choi Joon Hee, his son Jung Hwa, two daughters, Sunny and Meeyun, and a number of grandchildren. My experiences with the General During my Tae Kwon Do training, I had the good fortune to meet General Choi several times and I will share the only photo that survived a housefire with you on the following page.

One of the most notable things I found with the General is that he freely shared his art with whomever was interested and he even gave me some pointers on sparring. To this very day, I have many good friends in the ITF world and I was very fortunate to have met several of his greatest students: Grandmasters, Park Jong Soo and Hwang Kwang Sung.  Both are true KMA Icons and Legends.

By far, General Choi’s most important achievement with regards to martial arts, was the founding of the ITF. This organization gained worldwide popularity and it was without a doubt, THE major fact that the art of Take Kwon Do became as popular as it is today. Another HUGE achievement was his documentation of the entire ITF curriculum and few organizations can lay claim to having anything near such documentation of their art.

Bio gleaned from various sources.


GM Pak In Shyuk (1939 – 1995)

A contemporary of Suh In Hyuk and Lee Joo Bang, Grand Master Pak visited many temples and monasteries throughout his life to learn and train. He also studied under Hapkido founder Choi Yong Sul. He was a graduate of the Dong Kuk University, where he studied Buddhist philosophy and Psychology. During the 1960’s, many KMA Icons and Legends were sent out to promote Korean martial arts and GM Pak was one of them.

He first moved to Germany; and, shortly after that, he moved to Canada where he opened the first Hap Ki Do school in Elliott Lake. After just a short period in that city, he moved to Sault Ste. Marie, where he began teaching the art of Kong Shin Bup. He later moved to Toronto and eventually ended up in Calgary, Alberta.

Personal History: 
During much of this time, I trained with him, following wherever he moved. He treated me like family and this gave me a tremendous opportunity to truly understand the depth of this man’s knowledge about KMA. He was without a doubt, THE best joint-lock technician I have ever worked with and, the only way he would teach is by allowing you to “feel” the technique. In my humble opinion, that is still the best way to learn (and teach) technique and I never deviated from the lessons I learned from this great man.

Always the innovator, GM Pak founded yet another martial art called, Tae Geuk Do. I did not wish to change the art I enjoyed teaching and thus, I never got into Tae Guek Do. Understanding my reluctance to change arts, Grandmaster Pak passed/sold the art of Kong Shin Bup to me for the sum of ONE dollar, and I did my best to promote the art my Grandmaster had founded.  Since KSB is a very physically demanding art, and I suffered a major back injury in 1983, I decided to pass the art of KSB on to Master Kevin Janisse, my most able student at the time, during my 60th anniversary in the arts celebration in 2010.  During the 2014 Hall Of Fame event, I appointed Master Janisse to Grandmaster.

My responsibility to safeguard the art of Kong Shin Bup was completed, and I wish Grandmaster Janisse the very best in his endeavours to continue looking after this fine art.

GM Pak founded the art of Kong Shin Bup as well as the art of Tae Geuk Do and, in 1972, he received a three page mention in that year’s Encyclopedia of World Sports. He was frequently seen on T.V. and he was well-known for his awesome demonstrations of joint locking and breaking. In addition to the fighting elements of martial arts, Grandmaster Pak was also well-versed in the healing aspects of the art, and he often taught his higher ranking students how to apply pressure points and acupuncture for health and fitness. Today, Grandmaster Pak’s students around the world continue to teach the arts we learned from this talented Grandmaster of HKD.  We are forever grateful for his teachings, and we promise to carry on his legacy.

Bio gleaned from various sources


Shin Jae Chul
GM Shin Jae Chul (1936 – 2012)

Grandmaster Shin Jae Chul is the founder of the World Tang Soo Do Association, what is currently the largest Tang Soo Do organization in the world today. He was born in Korea on December 20th, 1936. When Grandmaster Shin was very young, he was sent to live with his uncle, in Seoul, to go to school. While there he joined the the Moo Duk Kwan central gym, Great-Grandmaster Hwang Kee’s school.

In time, Grandmaster Shin obtained his Black Belt and became an assistant instructor at this very school. He began teaching classes at Seoul YMCA – Tang Soo Do School. About the same time he enrolled at Korea University in Seoul and majored in political science. While at the University he was appointed as the instructor of the University’s Tang Soo Do club. Thus began a lifetime of training and teaching the martial arts.

Upon graduation in 1958, Grandmaster Shin was recruited into the Korean Air Force. While serving in the military, he began teaching Tang Soo Do at Osan Air Base (OAB), primarily to American soldiers. While teaching at OAB, he produced many Korean as well as American Black belts and instructors, who have gone onto become Grandmasters in their own right, including: Chuck Norris, Robert Cheezic, Yi Ki Yun, Kim Chun Sik, and many more who are now counted among KMA Icons and Legends.

On October 3rd, 1968, Grandmaster Shin arrived at the Philadelphia Airport as the representative of the Korean Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Association, being sponsored by several of his Black Belt students who had trained at Osan Air Base. He set about organizing all the Tang Soo Do Black Belt Instructors and formed the U.S. Tang Soo Do Federation, in 1969, at the request of Great-Grandmaster Hwang Kee. That same year, Black Belt Magazine honored him by devoting a full chapter to him in the book, 20th Century Warriors, putting him in the company of many of the legendary martial arts figures, ever known.

Eventually, at the urging of many high ranking masters and Black belts who were loyal to Master Shin, he called for a Charter Convention. On November 13-14, 1982, the World Tang Soo do Association was formed and Jae Chul Shin was unanimously proclaimed Grandmaster of this new organization.

Bio provided by GM J. Godwin


GM Humesky
GM Eugene Humesky 1921-2013

Personal History:
GM Humesky was born on December 5, 1921 in Western Ukraine. He passed away at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at approximately 8:37 pm on Monday, November 11, 2013, at the age of 92 – one month shy of his 93rd birthday. He graduated from high school in 1939 and in 1938, he was introduced to Jiu Jitsu. During WWII he was stationed at the Eastern Front, fighting against the RED ARMY. He spent 3½ years in a POW camp in Italy, later residing in England (1946-51) and in Canada (1951-53).

In 1953, he married his present wife, Assya, joining her one year later in Ann Arbor, MI, where she was teaching at the University of Michigan. I had the privilege of knowing GM Humeky and for many years, he and his lovely wife, Assya, attended the annual NKMAA Black Belt tests and promotion ceremonies. The photos on page 2 of his biography in the “Who Is Who In Korean Martial Arts” book were mostly taken at NKMAA events.

Lineage and Achievements:
Grandmaster Humesky received training from the following KMA icons: Grandmasters, Kim Un Yong, Lee Nam Suk, Choi Hong Hi, and Shim Sang Kyu. Chang Moo Kwan “Letter of Appointment” — 1972 International Taekwondo Federation “Letter of Appointment” — 1973 Chang Moo Kwan “Letter of Appointment” — 1976 Who’s Who in MA Elite — 1982 International Karate Hall of Fame — 1990 World Martial Arts Association — “TKD Man of the Year” — 1992 Michigan Karate Hall of Fame — “Man of the Year” — 1992 “Lifetime Achievement Award”: Kung-Fu, Karate and TKD — 1993 World Martial Arts “Lifetime Achievement Award Plaque” — 1993 Vice-President & Advisor World Moosul Kwan Federation — 1991 World Martial Arts Hall of Fame “Golden Merit Achievement Award” — 1994 World Martial Arts Hall of Fame “International Pioneer Award” — 1995

Condensed Bio gleaned from various sources.

Grandmaster Humesky was originally slated to be inducted into the Living Legends Category, and he had accepted his nomination.  Unfortunately, Grandmaster Humesky passed away before we were able to acknowledge his contributions in person.  In a very moving speech at the 2014 KMAM HOF event, Dr. Assiah Humesky accepted his award instead.   We, the members of the National Korean Martial Arts Association,  are forever grateful of the many times GM Humesky and his lovely wife visited us.


Living Legend Category

Sixty Plus Years In The Arts

DojuNim Ji Han Jae – Sin Moo Hap Ki Do

DojuNim Ji began his martial art training in 1949, with the legendary Choi Yong-Sul. His training mainly consisted of the joint locks, throws, sword techniques, and low kicks, commonly found in the arts of Yawara and Daito-Ryu Aiki Jiu Jitsu He continued his training with Choi Yong-Sul until moving to Seoul in 1957. At age 18, he began training with a man he called “Taoist Lee” DosaNim, a man who had treated his family members with herbal medicine and this training involved the use of traditional weapons, such as the short staff and long staff, as well as a complete kicking array similar to that of Taekkeyon. This training was a perfect companion to the training he had done earlier with Grandmaster Choi.

Personal History:
DojuNim Ji was born in 1936, in Andong, and he lived there until his parents moved to Sun Yang in China, a year or so later. He attended school there until his family moved back to Andong, once the Japanese occupation had ended. Beside his martial art training with the Masters mentioned above in the lineage section, he also trained extensively in the mental and spiritual aspects of the arts with a woman he fondly calls “Grandma”. During this time there was a strong movement in Korea to rid their culture of the Japanese influence it had endured for many years, with martial arts being no exception. A classmate of DojuNim, Suh Su-Bok, suggested to change the name of their art to Yu Kwan Sool and in 1957, the name Hap Ki Do was first used by DojuNim, thus Dae Han Hap Ki Do Hwe was born.

By far, the greatest achievement of DojuNim Ji is his tremendous work on behalf of Hap Ki Do in general, and more specifically, for Sin Moo Hap Ki Do. In fact, I would say it is due to DojuNim Ji’s efforts as being the main reason, for the spread of Hap Ki Do around the globe. To this very day, at a time in his life when most others sit back and relax, he can still be found on mats the world over. In his work to share his art, he is assisted by a strong team of exceptional Grandmasters, such as: Ken MacKenzie (USA Director), Juerg Ziegler (European Director), and Geoff Booth (Australian Director), as well as Grandmasters, John Godwin and Scott Yates.

DojuNim Ji, one of the true Korean Martial Arts Icons still alive, helped to spread the art through a number of movies, like the epic Game of Death with Bruce Lee, not to mention, Hap Ki Do and Bruce Lee and I. We are proud that DojuNim Ji and several of his team, will be inducted into the inaugural KMAM hall of fame this August. DojuNim Ji also agreed to get on the mats with us for nearly a whole day of training.  Alas, a sudden illness prevented him from attending and sharing his art with us.

DojuNim Jiʼs condensed bio was gleaned from various sources


Chong Lee
Grandmaster Chong Lee – Tae Kwon Do

Personal History and Lineage:
Grandmaster Lee Chong (Lee Jong Soo) was born on April 19, 1938 in Korea, the only son of a family of four children. Against the wishes of his father, a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Judo, he started to learn Taekwondo with Grand Master Lee Chong Woo, a 10th dan. In order to keep his secret, he bent to his father’s will and studied Judo as well, first at home and then officially at the age 12 in a doajng. He eventually obtained his red belt and would undoubtedly have carried on with Judo had his father not discovered his secret.

After four years of training and two failed exams, Lee Chong earned his black belt in Taekwondo. In spite of this success, he still could not bring himself to face his father with this fait accompli. His father learned the truth accidentally, when Chong was obliged to bring his uniform home to wash it. The harsh reprimand was a small price to pay to see the pride shining from his father’s eyes. At that time, very few people earned their black belt at such a young age. Subsequently, his father accepted that he abandon Judo and focus his efforts entirely on Taekwondo.

GM Lee Chong introduced Tae Kwon Do for the first time in Canada in 1964
GM Lee Chong taught over 300.000 students throughout Canada
GM Lee Chong was promoted to 9th dahn at the Kukkiwon promotion test in 1994
GM Lee Chong was selected as Canadian National Coach for 40 years
GM Lee Chong attended competitions in more than 40 countries and coached his athletes to win more than 200 Gold Medals in Canadian National Championships, 8 Gold Medals at the Pan-Am games, and 4 Gold Medals in World TKD games

GM Lee received Best Coaching Award from WTF in 1996
GM Lee received Best Coaching Award from LCSMC in 1999
GM Lee received Longest Time Coaching Award from WTF
GM Lee received Best Coaching Award from Canadian Olympic Committee in 2003
GM Lee was inducted in the World Hall Of Fame as Canadian Pioneer in 2009
GM Lee was inducted in the Newfoundland/Labrador Life Time Hall Of Fame in 2009
GM Lee was inducted in the Canadian Black Belt Hall Of Fame Pioneer in 2010
GM Lee was recognized as “Builder” from Tae Kwon Do Canada
GM Lee was inducted in the 2014 KMA Masters Hall Of Fame as a Living Legend
GM Lee, at the 2014 KMAM HOF, was presented with a letters of commendation from Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Canadians are indeed fortunate to have one of the true KMA Icons live in Canada.

Condensed Bio provided by GM Lee Chong Soo


Grandmaster David Praim – Tang Soo Do

David Praim was stationed in Korea in 1957, where he spent 5 years. While in Korea, he trained 3 hours a day, 6 days a week, under Master Lee Jung Ha. In October 1961, he tested in front of Grandmaster Hwang Kee and was promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt (ID # 3593), thus making him one of the first Americans to be promoted to black belt in Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do.

Personal History:
GM Praim was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1939 and went to Mt. Clemens High School in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Dropping out of school, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1956, at the age of 17. GM Praim is a 1972 graduate of Macomb Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Physical Education.

In 1967 he was appointed Director of Moo Duk Kwan for the State of Michigan by Grand Master Hwang Kee and in 1970, he was awarded his Master Rank, 4th Degree Black Belt. In addition to personally capturing the 1970 American Moo Duk Kwan Heavyweight Championship, Master Praim coached the 1971 Ohio State team champions, the 1972 Michigan State team champions, 1972 North American team champions, and the Detroit All Stars Professional Karate team – which went undefeated in taking the Midwest Championship of the National Karate League. Two of his black belts, Everett “Monsterman” Eddy and Johnny Lee, won Professional World Champion Karate titles.

In 1971 Master Praim became one of the Founders and National Directors of the Karate Institute. In 1975 Master Praim was honored as “Instructor of Best Club in North America” by Professional Karate Magazine. He is also listed in 1975’s, Who’s Who in the Martial Arts, 1982’s Who’s Who in the American Martial Arts and 1985’s Master, Founder, and Leaders of the American Martial Arts. In June 1992, Master Praim was promoted to Grandmaster, 8th Degree Black Belt, by Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Senior Grandmaster, Kim Jae Joon. 1992 also brought his induction into the Michigan Karate Hall of Fame.  Grandmaster Praim is considered one of the few Korean Martial Arts Icons born in the US.

Grand Master Praim is one of the founding members of the League of Grand Masters and also holds International Tang Soo Do instructor Certification #72. In August 2013, he was appointed Technical Advisor to the Global Tang Soo Do Federation. Condensed Bio provided by GM David J. Praim


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Grandmaster Rudy Timmerman – Kuk Soo Hap Ki Do

Grandmaster Timmerman, pressured by his peers and fellow inductees, reluctantly accepted the nomination into the KMA Masters Hall Of Fame.  He is very proud to have been inducted into the Canadian Black Belt Hall Of Fame in 2012, and he thanks his many students and members of the National Korean Martial Arts Association for supporting him for more than six decades of training.  For a complete bio of this KMA Icon, please visit


Pioneer Category

Fifty Plus Years In The Arts

Grandmaster Serge Baubil – Hoshin Kido Hap Ki Do

GM Baubil was assistant to Grandmaster Cho Sang Min, who officially introduced taekwondo in Brazil, as well as assistant to Kwan Bum Moo, a hapkido Founder. He also studied under Grandmaster Kim Yun Sik, a former Korean Marine Corps chief instructor, as well as being a former student of Grandmaster Ji Han Jae. Other major influences in GM Baubil’s career were: Lee Kwan Young, Seo Hong Bang, Kwan Soo Chung, Hung Jun I, Park Chun Won, Kim Yong Man, Kim Yun Sik, and Seo In Sun. Grandmaster Seo In Sun, President of the Hanminjok Hapkido Association and the World Kido Federation, promoted GM Baubil to 9th Dan, during the 2004 World HKD Championships in Seoul, Korea. It was at this same event that GM Baubil and I demonstrated our arts and became good friends.

Personal History:
GM Baubil, while living in France, started Martial arts in 1959 with Shotokan Karate and Judo. In 1970, he began training in Chung Do Kwan TKD with GM Lee Kwan Young, and in 1973, he founded the TKD Institute of Paris, France. He was appointed as a martial arts instructor for the French police association and he was later sent to central Africa (5 years) as martial arts instructor for the police forces and presidential bodyguards in Gabon, Cameroon, Zaire, Congo, and central Africa. He officially introduced Taekwondo in Cameroon, and he was the National Trainer and technical council for the Zaire Karate Federation (Taekwondo department). With more than fifty years of martial arts training, GM Baubil is one of the leading Grandmasters in KMA.

Grandmaster Serge Baubil, founder of Hoshinkido Hap Ki Do, received his 9th Dan in 2004. In 2003 he, along with his friend Grandmaster Rudy Timmerman, was nominated by Grandmaster In Sun Seo, 10th dan, as the official representative for the Hanminjok Hapkido Association in Canada. The Hoshinkido method was born in 1992 in Montreal, Canada, with the foundation of the Canadian Hoshinkido Hapkido Association. The International Hoshinkido Hapkido Federation now has representatives in more than 15 countries. GM Baubil has served on numerous martial arts organizations and this KMA Icon is the official representative in Canada for the World Kido Federation.

Condensed Bio taken from GM Baubil’s Web Site

Mc Murray
Grandmaster James Mc Murray – Hap Ki Do

Grandmaster McMurray began his martial arts journey in 1962 at age twelve and he received his first black belt at age twenty. He has studied martial arts for more than five decades and he has trained with a number of renowned teachers including: Grandmaster Seo In Sun (Kuk Sool and Kido), Sensei Ralph Linquist and Grandmaster George Dillman (Isshinryu), Grandmaster Jim Brown (Moo Duk Kwan/Nam Moo Kwan Tang Soo Do), Sensei Lorraine Lewis (Shoreiryu), Master Michael Echanis (Hwarangdo), Master Owen McDonald (Okinawa-Te Weapons), and O-Sensei Philip Porter (Judo/Jujitsu).

Personal History:
Grandmaster McMurray is a former Special Forces / U.S. Ranger Combat Instructor who served two consecutive assignments in Vietnam and Southeast Asia with the 5th Special Forces Group, at B-52 (CCC) and later TF2AE. He is a qualified sniper, an expert marksman with rifle and pistol, an expert in unarmed self-defense, and highly adept at unconventional warfare. He also specializes in “silent-sentry take-out” via pressure points, flex-weapon strangulation, and bladed weapons. Grandmaster McMurray continues to share his vast knowledge of martial arts, life skills, and leadership, through exciting and thought-provoking seminars to the civilian population.

Grandmaster McMurray, a 9th Dan KMA Icon, is the Founder and Director of the House of Discipline Martial Arts Group, based in the City of Harker-Heigts, TX, which was founded in 1983 at Fort Hood, TX. He formulated the United Taekwondo Military System and the Moo Hap Sool Hapkido Society, both of which are currently taught in Afghanistan, Canada, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Panama and the United States. GM McMurray’s martial arts’ style, is deemed to be one of the most effective hand-to- hand combat systems in the world by many martial arts, military, and police, organizations. Concerned about the direction and options for todayʼs youth, Grandmaster McMurray has taught martial arts, life skills, and leadership, to children and teens for more than 30 years. He has coached a number of youth groups to win state, national, and international, martial arts competition titles.

Bio provided by GM J. McMurray


Grandmaster Ivan Bergeron – Hap Ki Do

GM Bergeron began his martial art training in 1960, in the art of Judo, and joined a Tae Kwon Do school in 1965; however, it was when he joined up with GM Pak In Shyuk in 1966, when he found his niche. He continued to train in the art of Hap Ki Do, and he earned his First Dan in 1969. That certificate, like my early certification, was in the art of Kuk Sool, and signed by GM Suh In Hyuk. These early certificates clearly stated that there was a strong bond with the Korea Kido Association, and certification was recognized by that organization, then headed up by GM Seo In Sun. GM Bergeron has trained with a number of icons in Korean, Filipino, and Japanese martial arts, including: GM Kwan Sik Myung, GM Dave Weatherley, GM Ma Byung Sup, GM Ma Chu Sup, KukSaNim Suh In Hyuk, Guru Brian Smith (Maharlika Kuntaw), Hanshi Yamaguchi, Hanshi Kuniuki Kai, Hanshi Ron Yamanaka, and many more.

Personal History:
GM Bergeron opened his own school in Elliott Lake in 1969, where he has lived since 1957 and Elliott Lake did not have much more than a few dirt roads. He has taught Kuk Sool and Hap Ki Do ever since, in one form or another. Today, although semi-retired from martial arts, he still has a school and the primary Instructor, Sylvie, now teaches the art of Dahn Mu Do. It should be noted that this art is VERY similar to the Kuk Sool and Hap Ki Do taught in Northern Ontario, as it basically stems from the same root. There is no doubt that GM Bergeron is one of the few pioneers of Korean martial arts in our area and he very much deserves our recognition for his efforts to bring Korean martial arts to Elliott Lake.

Level 11 NCC
Level 1 NTC
Paramedic Certification
Founded Canadian Hap Ki Do Alliance
Founded North Shore Open Tournament
Founded NOMAC

Bio provided by GM Bergeron


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Grandmaster Detlef Klos – Hap Ki Do

GM Kloss began his martial art career in 1966, and he studied with several Korean Masters who immigrated to Germany. Among these Masters were: Kim Sou-Bong and the same Grandmaster from whom I learned the art of Kong Shin Bup and Kuk Sool Hap Ki Do, Pak In-Shyuk. So in effect, we were teammates, even though living in different countries. After GM Pak left Germany and immigrated to Canada, GM Klos continued training with his senior student, the late K. H. Kickuth, who founded the first German Hap Ki Do Association. GM Klos also found time to train with Masters Hong Ki-Bok and Oh Kun-Kyo, both Kuk Sool Hap Ki Do Masters. Later, GM Kloss traveled to the USA, where he attended seminars by GM Suh In-Hyuk and Dr. Kimm He-Young. He also attended seminars by DojuNim Ji Han Jae, in San Francisco.

Personal History:
Grandmaster Detlef Kloss was born in Rheda, West Germany, on the 24th of May, and his interest in martial arts began after watching the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, while he was just a young boy. Two German athletes won medals at this event and this prompted the young Detlef to begin his training in the art of Judo. Jiu Jitsu and Judo were the only organized martial arts at that time and Jiu Jitsu was mainly practiced at Police training centers. This was about the same in Holland when I began practicing Jiu Jitsu and Catch-as-Catch-Can, in 1950. Karate, Kung Fu, and Korean martial arts, had not yet become firmly established in the west.

In 1976, after the split in Kuk Sool and Hap Ki Do, the German school decided NOT to follow the demands of GM Suh In-Hyuk to change the designation of their association to Kuk Sool ONLY. Instead, they followed Master Kickuth and designated their association to Hap Ki Do, when GM Klos became the Technical Director for the organization. In 1982, martial arts were reorganized by the NRW, and a “Budo” Federation was established, bringing all independent Associations under one roof. Again, GM Klos was appointed as Technical Director. From 1985-1995, the NWHV worked closely with Master Kim Sung-Do from Australia, and he promoted GM Klos to 6th dan. Today, the NWHV consists of about 1600 Hap Ki Do students and most of them studied with GM Klos at one time or another. In 1991, GM Klos founded the Deutscher Hap Ki Do Bund (German Hap Ki Do Association) and this organization is now the largest Hap Ki Do organization in Germany.

Condensed Bio provided by Grandmaster D. Klos


Trailblazer Category

Thirty-Five Plus Years In The Arts

Grandmaster Ken MacKenzie – Sin Moo Hap Ki Do

Grand Master Ken MacKenzie has over 200 tournament wins and although he has experience in Traditional Patterns/Forms and Weapons Forms competitions, he is best known for his accomplishments in Contact Fighting and Power Breaking (Wood, Concrete, etc.). GM MacKenzie won the 1993, 1995, and 1996, National Breaking Titles and was the National Breaking Grand Champion in both 1995 and 1996. In 1996, he set a World Record by breaking 28 concrete blocks at on time. While GM MacKenzieʼs skill in the ring is very impressive, his skill as an Instructor is what makes him truly special.

I met Grandmaster MacKenzie, now a tenth degree black belt under the guidance of DojuNim Ji Han Jae, while in Korea, where we both attended the Hap Ki Do World Championships and, I was immediately taken by his relaxed and humble manner. It’s not often that you find such a high ranking martial artist who has remained humble, but I am very pleased to see that these are the very people who are the ones that are chosen to be inducted into our inaugural Hall Of Fame. Since that first meeting in Korea, we have kept in constant touch and became close friends, who have shared the mats in Australia, Canada, the USA, and Europe.

In fact, it was in Amsterdam that we had a long discussion about the need for a true Korean Martial arts hall of fame and it was there that I asked GM MacKenzie to host the 2015 KMAM hof. I am pleased that he accepted my invitation, and his experience to make such events successful is what is needed to make the KMAM hof a household word.  Grandmaster MacKenzie also agreed with my vision of hosting the KMAM hof event in different locations in order to better accommodate inductees.

It should by now have become clear, that I am particularly fond of Grandmaster MacKenzie; however, this has not influenced my decision to see him inducted into the 2014 KMAM Hall Of Fame. Grandmaster MacKenzie was chosen because of the many votes he received after being nominated, as well as his long list of accomplishments and the many years of dedicated service he has given to Korean martial arts.

Bio provided by GM K. MacKenzie and GM R. Timmerman


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Grandmaster Shelton Moreland – Hanki Do

Grandmaster Moreland started training in Martial Arts in 1966 and has been involved with Martial Arts his entire life. As a child, he was taught the fundamentals of Hapkido by his great teachers, Master Parks and Master Kwon, and later his great Doju Nim, Myong Jae Nam. He earned his first Black Belt in Chang Hun Tae Kwon Do.

Personal History:
Grandmaster Shelton R. Moreland’s Dojang was founded in 1973 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Grandmaster Moreland is a Ninth degree Black Belt with over 47 years of competitive and training experience. His passion for improving physical fitness, mental discipline, and spiritual strength, is apparent in every class he teaches. Grandmaster Moreland has been a positive influence in the lives of many. His ability to reach children and adults alike, has earned his school a reputation as Atlanta’s Best Martial Arts School.

Ninth Degree Black belt in Hapkido, Eighth Degree Black Belt TaeKwon-do, Sixth Degree Black Belt Hwal Ki Do, Black belt in Judo.

Gold Medal in Men’s Lightweight Division, ASKF Karate Championship 1971-81
Gold Medal regional South Eastern AAU Taekwondo Competition 1977
Gold Medal Fort Bragg, North Carolina All Army Martial Championships 1977
Gold Medal Florida State AAU Taekwondo Championships 1979-1981
Gold Medal U.S. Army Military Games Taekwondo championships 1973-1976
Gold Medal Georgia State Taekwondo Championships 1978
Gold Medal Tennesee State AAU Taekwondo Championship 1977-1978
Coach of South Carolina AAU Taekwondo Championship Team 1979-1993
TaeKwon-Do Times Magazine Hall Of Fame Award 1990
7th Annual Korean Martial Arts Festival Presenter 2013
Inducted into the Korean Martial Arts Masters Hall Of Fame 2014

Bio provided by GM Moreland


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Grandmaster Juerg Ziegler – Sin Moo Hap Ki Do

GM Juerg Ziegler is the permanent all European Headmaster and representative for Dojunim Ji, Han Jae since 1990. He is the senior Sin Moo Hapkido Student of Dojunim Ji, and the Sin Moo Pioneer for Europe since 1990. In 1992 he also became the permanent Headmaster and Representative for all Middle Eastern and Eurasian countries for Dojunim Ji. In June 2010 he was the first ever Non Korean and 2nd person worldwide to be promoted / tested to 10th Dan “Golden Belt” in Sin Moo Hapkido.

Other GMs he studied with are: GM Kang Ban Chuan (Southern Shaolin Lohan Kung Fu, Chinese Medicine), GM Quek Heng Choon (Southern Shaolin Lohan Kung, Chinese Medicine), GM Low Koy Tho (Southern Shaolin Lohan Kung Fu,Chinese Medicine), GM Austin Goh (Wing Chun Kung Fu, Ng Mui Pai, Chi Kung, Siu Lam Pak Tui, Tai Chi, Human Energy, etc.), GM Ernst Zbinden (SEZ-Jitsu), and many more!

Personal History:
Swiss native, born 1963 in Switzerland; started Martial Arts at 10 years of age, began teaching Martial Arts in 1982, opened his first own Martial Arts School in 1986 (Juerg Ziegler Martial Arts Centre – JZMAC). In the meantime he became true Pioneer for Martial Arts in all Europe, Middle East, East Europe and Asia and has students in more then 54 countries worldwide. Many of his students became Instructors, Masters, Senior Masters and Grandmasters in their own rights. Besides his own schools he is member / representative / advisor of more then 90 organisations worldwide.

In 1990 he set up the European Sin Moo Hapkido Association (ESMHA) and in 2002 he became Vice President of the new World Hapkido Association by Dojunim Ji. In May 2008 he established the World Community Sin Moo Hapkido (WCSMH).

Books published by GM Ziegler:
Wing Chun Kung Fu (1985)
Chi Kung (1988), Guide for Breathing & Meditation (1988)
Flying Eagle Hapkido (1988), Sin Moo Hapkido (1990)
Self Defence (1987), Guo Lo Wing Chun Kung Fu 1 & 2 (2002), and many more.

In 2011 he was the Co-Star in the Hollywood Movie “Extreme Counterstrike” and was nominated for the Pasadena Film festival 2012 in Hollywood in “Best Supporting Actor” Category. As is evident, GM Ziegler has a very diverse background in martial arts.

Condensed Bio provided by GM J. Ziegler


Competitor Category

Olympic and World Class Champions

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Grandmaster Don James – Tae Kwon Do

In 1970, KJN James was recommended to study ITF Tae Kwon Do under the instruction of Master Park Jong Soo, a 5th degree black belt. It was there he came to understand the demands of “dedication and commitment” in learning to defend himself through Tae Kwon Do. During the following 9 years of studying and fighting under Master Park, he developed his inherent skills, eventually attaining 3rd degree black belt in 1977. In December of 1979, KJN James left Master Park; however, while studying at the University of Windsor, he had the pleasure of additionally honing his skills under Master Peter Gretes in Windsor, Ontario. While in Toronto, prior to Master Gretes’ emigration to New York, KJN James also studied with Master Choi from Korea, as well as his fellow classmates and the numerous others who visited the dojang to learn from Master Park.

Personal History:
Don James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and emigrated to Canada in 1962. Throughout the years of martial art training, he traveled across Canada, various states in the USA, Europe, and the Caribbean, and continued to further hone his fighting skills against competitors of a variety of martial arts styles, including: Hapkido, Jiu Jitsu, Kung Fu, Karate (Chitoryu, Gojuryu, Kyokushinkai, Okinawan, Shotokan, Wadoryu) and Taekwondo (ITF/WTF). In 1980 KJN James opened a dojang, a shared space in the Len Gibson Dance Studio and he ventured onward in training to cultivate himself and others throughout the years until his final tournament in 1998. He became a part-time teacher in the public school system in 1977 and upon accepting a full-time position in 1985, he closed his dojang to the public.

Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame (Pioneer Competitor) Tae Kwon Do
May 2011  Inducted in the USA World Martial Arts Hall of Fame (Instructor of The Year)
April  1992 Ontario Government Amateur Athlete Sports Award Recipient 1978 / 1980
Two times ITF World Middleweight Free-Sparring Champion 1974-1978
Five times Canadian Middleweight Open Tae Kwon Do Champion 1974-1979
Four times North American Open Grand Champion 1974-1978
Three times Canadian Open Grand Champion
Undefeated European Tour Champion & Contact Fighter (Canada/Caribbean) 1976-1978 Numerous Canadian and American LW/MW Grand Championships 1973-1998

Bio provided by KJN D. James


Grandmaster John Godwin – Tang Soo Do

Chief Master John L. Godwin began his martial arts training in the late 1970’s, learning Hapkido and Tang Soo Do from Master Yi Ki Yun. After just a few months, he began a lifelong journey to master the martial arts by dedicating himself to practice six days a week. He would arrive early to help with the children’s classes and stay late, practicing additional skills and Master Yi rewarded this dedication with special instruction.

In 1983, Grandmaster Shin Jae Chul hired Master Godwin to work at the World Tang Soo Do Association Headquarters in Philadelphia, as the chief instructor. This position allowed him full-time dedication to the martial arts, with the opportunity to train with many masters in various aspects of martial arts, broadening his skills in areas such as, kickboxing, weapons training, studio management and operations.

In the mid-1990’s his friend, Master Ken Mackenzie, introduced him to Do Ju Nim Ji Han Jae and so he dedicated himself to the study of Sin Moo Hapkido, hosting over 300 private instructor seminars with Do Ju Nim Ji. Do Ju Nim Ji rewarded him generously by sharing his skills and philosophy, and ranking him among the top Hapkido practitioners in the world.

Personal History:
Chief Master John L. Godwin has over 35 years experience as a successful competitor, educator, and inspiring martial artist. Dedicated to training instructors since 1984, Chief Master Godwin has produced over 1000 Black Belts through his 8 Full-time schools. His ability to communicate closely with his students has brought them many awards and successes. Many of whom are World Champion competitors, outstanding instructors, and masters of the highest caliber. Chief Master Godwin now dedicates his time to training future leaders with his instructor training and leadership program.

In 1982, CM Godwin was awarded his black belt and he began to distinguish himself in martial arts competition, earning over 150 First Place awards, 500 Trophies and Numerous Grand Championship Titles. In 1990, he was inducted into the Tae Kwon Do Times Hall of Fame as the Forms Competitor of the Year. As a well-rounded performer, he became a World Champion in fighting, forms, weapons, and demo team competitions. In 1999, he won 2 Gold Medals and a Silver Medal at the World Hapkido Games in Korea, as a representative of the U.S. Hapkido team.

Bio provided by GM J. Godwin


Contributor Category

Authors, Publishers, And Other Major Contributors

Grandmaster Chun Eun Kim – Publisher TKD Times

Personal History:
Grandmaster Kim started his career in martial arts as the senior instructor in martial arts for the Marines in the Republic of Korea. Later he opened martial arts schools in Seoul and quickly became a leader in developing top-ranking students, with many of them earning National Recognition awards. GM Kim was also recognized by the President of South Korea for his sensational demonstration teams.

Grandmaster Kim immigrated to the United States in 1971 and eventually started Chung Kim’s Black Belt Academy in Davenport, Iowa. Later, he opened the Family Fitness World school in Bettendorf as well. His students dominated all the local and mid-western tournaments. I had the pleasure of attending some of these tournaments and my students competed against his students. They were good, but we held our own.

My personal experiences with Grandmaster Kim
As I mentioned, my team competed against Grandmaster Kim’s students; however, I got to know him on a more personal level when I visited him to do a cover shot for his magazine, Tae Kwon Do Times. I just loved his Dojang in Betterndorf. It contained several “training areas,” some of which were sunken rooms where students reporteldy trained in sword combat, very much like Japanese Kendo. Other training areas contained a complete Nautilus system, where students could train with weights and other machines… there was even a pool outside.

The lobby area was covered with photos and other memorabilia detailing his long and fruitful career in Korean martial arts, as well as plenty of TKD Times front cover shots. It was like a virtual museum of some of the most successful icons in Korean martial arts and I was ever so proud to know that I would soon be among them.

Without a doubt, Grandmaster Kim will be most remembered for his tremendous contribution to Korean martial arts by way of his magazine, Tae Kwon Do Times; however, not so many people will remember that Grandmaster Kim himself was featured on a number of front covers of various magazines, including Black Belt magazine. The reason for being on these front covers had nothing to do with his own magazine, but it was a direct result of his prowess in Korean martial arts. His students were good because they had a leader who was aweseome. I am very proud to have Grandmaster Kim inducted into the KMA Masters Hall Of Fame. He truly deserves it!

Bio gleaned from various sources


Jane Hallendar – Author

My experiences with Sifu Hallendar
Jane Hallander was a dear friend and I was simply devastated when she passed away. Jane was a frequent visitor to Sault Ste. Marie and she demonstrated her art (Tai Chi Chuan) here on many occasions. I enjoyed attending her Push-Hand competitions in San Francisco, CA and I also very much enjoyed visiting with her at her home in that beautiful city. In fact, her African Grey Parrot and I became quite fond of one another. Jane was also quite an expert on our feathered friends, writing books and magazine articles on them, as well as martial arts.

One might wonder why she is included in a Korean martial arts hall of fame, if her art was Taiji Quan. Well, it was Jane’s incredible knowledge about ALL sorts of martial arts that allowed her to become the prolific writer she was. Not only did she write a number of books on KMA, but she probably authored more magazine articles than anyone I know. In fact, she authored the stories of several of my features in TKD Times.

I will share with you a photo and some links about Jane here; unfortunately, many of my photos burned in a house fire. The photo shown is one of Jane and I at the WKSA World Championships in Houston, Texas. I was ofen asked to look afer the editors of various magazines (like Black Belt Magazine Editor, Robert Young, or Marian Castinado of Kung Fu Illustrated), and I shared some Canadian “snake bite” medicine in my room with them on more than one occasion.

Jane was an accomplished Author who wrote many books on Korean martial arts, especially for the World Kuk Sool Association. WKSA books include the mini book series covering various aspects of Kuk Sool, such as: Breaking, Pressure Points, Defense against a knife, Sword techniques, Staff etc., and the hard to find book called Ancient Weapons of Korean Fighting Arts (Ohara Publications). In addition to Korean martial arts books, she also wrote a large number of books on other martial art styles, particularly Chinese martial arts. Probably her greatest achievements were the tons of articles she wrote for magazines. Being a freelance writer, her stories were often found in just about every martial arts magazine on the newstand. I am very proud to have known Jane. She may have been excentric; however, her knowledge on martial arts was awesome. I am proud to have Jane inducted into the KMA Masters Hall Of Fame in August 2014.

Bio gleaned from various sources