This is to the newest members of the World Hapkido
Association. Congratulations and Welcome! We all look forward to
many years of training and collaboration.
News & Events
Northwest Regional Hapkido Seminar with Master
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Location: Ernie Reyes World of Martial Arts – 2075 SW 234thAve,
Ste #103, Hillsboro, OR
Time: 10 – 1:30 pm
Cost: $55 for WHA Members / $65 for Non-WHA Members if registered
by August 16th!
$65 for WHA Members and $75 for Non-WHA Members – after pre-registration…
Co-sponsored by Mr. Jeff Hindley of the Korean Martial Arts
Academy and Mr. Al Kamara of FamII Hapkido and Personal Training
in Washington. Come join us for a chance to share the mat with one
of Hapkido’s greatest masters.
Contact Mr. Hindley at www.northwestbudo.com
or by personal e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
for detailed information!! Registration form available soon on the
1. There is now a "Links" button on the
World Hapkido Association homepage. Master Jung would like all
Charter members who have their own website to be included
on it with their link. However, you must have the WHA logo on
your homepage and an "indication of affiliation" with the WHA.
- NEW!! For any member, individual or charter, that wishes
to sell or buy anything martial-arts related, please e-mail me
the information and let the WHA membership have first crack at
it. There have been several inquiries to me regarding equipment
and similar items for sale.
- The 2005 Pro-Hapkido DVD is now available on the WHA
website. Last years tournament was held at the Spectrum Club in
Thousand Oaks, CA and produced a 2-time Champion. This is one
DVD you’ll need for the archives. Go to www.worldhapkido.com
for ordering information.
THE WORLD HEAD OF SOKESHIP MARTIAL
ARTS HALL OF FAME
ORLANDO FLORIDA May 26,27 2006
by Master Frank Ehnle
American Hapkido Federation
This past weekend I had the honor of
attending the World Head of Family Sokeship Martial Arts Hall of
Fame Seminar and Banquet in Orland Florida. This is an event that
features two days of continuous International seminars and culminates
with an awards presentation and formal banquet dinner.
The WHOFS is a council of distinguished
Grandmasters many of whom have been in the Martial Arts for 40 to
50 years. For the most part, you will not find the "Hollywood" names
although occasionally several of them do attend. However you will
find the true living legends and pioneers of their respective styles.
This group contains some of those responsible for the early history
of the Martial Arts in this U.S well as other countries. One such
Grandmaster, Gary Alexander is a renowned Grandmaster of Isshinryu
Karate. Grandmaster Alexander was inducted into the Black Belt Hall
of Fame in 1974 and has been making a name for himself after beating
many of the top name bare knuckle Karate-kas in the late 50's. GM
Alexander has one of the longest running tournaments in Karate history.
This tournament has been held every year for the last 43 years.
It gave me great perspective to think that GM Alexander has been
running this tournament since I was two years old. I did some research
and found out that GM Alexander trained in the Marines along with
my first Karate instructor's instructor. In the early 70's the person
responsible for introducing me to and instructing me in Karate,
Louis Coletti studied under Ed McGrath and Don Nagle who are now
legendary Isshinryu Grandmasters and were responsible for the first
Isshinryu Karate School in America. Grandmaster Ed McGrath owned
a school in the early 70's in my hometown of Lindenhurst, Long Island.
His instructor "Don Nagle" is not a household name however if you
do the research you will find he is an absolute legend in Okinawan
Isshinryu Karate history as is Ed McGrath and Gary Alexander. The
two trained in the Marines together and are an integral part of
early Isshinryu history in the U.S. Seeing Grandmaster Gary Alexander
at this event was quite an honor. He is a hard core Marine style
legendary Karate-ka and extremely well respected within the Okinawan
Martial Arts community. He is referred to as "The Hammer" of Isshinryu
Karate and His titles include:
1962 First Karate Champion in U.S. and North America.
First Annual Sport Karate Championships Promoter in U.S.
First Kick Boxing Promoter in U.S.
First Promoter, Martial Arts Seminars in U.S.
Undefeated Karate Fighter.
Endorsed as Greatest Fighter in the History of Isshinryu Karate.
Inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame 1974
For more info: http://www.bohans-family.com/Warrior/Warrior/alexander/gary_alexander.htm
Another senior council member is Prof.
Gary Dill. Professor Gary Dill is one of the first generation Jeet
Kune Do students. Prof. Dill trained in Bruce Lee's Oakland California
Jeet Kune Do school under Sifu James Yimm Lee. James Lee headed
up this JKD school while Bruce Lee was away filming the Green Hornet
series. Prof. Dill has been considered one of the leading authorities
on Jeet Kune Do for the last 30 years. Prof. Dill trained in the
same house that Bruce Lee trained in. He used the same equipment
that was designed and built for Bruce by Sifu James Lee. . Prof.
Dill has some of the original Bruce Lee student training manuals
from that school. He recently presented one of them to Dan Inosanto
as a gift. These manuals are truly historical treasures. Some sections
from these original manuals are reprinted in Professor Dills SDS
Jeet Kune Do manual, which I recently obtained. Apart from his notable
Jeet Kune Do history, Professor Dill is also a fully certified grandmaster
of Bushido Kempo, a pure combat system with techniques from Karate,
Ju-Jitsu, Aiki-Jitsu, Gung Fu, and weaponry. He has been inducted
into several martial art hall of fames, and is a member of three
different grandmaster councils. He has also received official rank
recognition from Mainland China as an 8th Degree Black Sash in Chinese
Wu Shu. The Professor has been active in the martial arts since
1963, and hold black belts in several different combat martial arts.
On a personal note, Professor Dill
has spent many years in law enforcement, having served as a federal
intelligence agent, state police criminal investigator, and as a
chief of police. He was also a firearms instructor and a senior
police defensive tactics instructor. He is a Vietnam veteran, and
served in both the US Marine Corps and in the US Navy, and was a
special agent with Naval Intelligence (NIS). Professor Dill now
delegates all of his time to teaching the combat arts. (The above
description is partly from Gary Dills website).
These are just two examples of some
of the legendary Martial Artists who comprise the WHOFS Grandmasters
To walk around the hotel and mingle
with these legends is quite an experience. To be asked to give a
demonstration of your style is even more humbling. Master Phil Peplinski
and I had the distinct pleasure of being invited to give seminars
along with some of these distinguished Grandmasters. In the grand
scheme of things we are rookies compared to many of these legends.
We also had the distinct pleasure of being invited as guests to
the Grandmasters Council meeting which took place early Saturday
morning before the seminars began. This happened quite by accident.
We were walking through the hotel area near the banquet rooms and
looking for the seminar presentation room. There was an open door
and we saw Prof. Dill speaking at a podium. He glanced over, caught
our eyes and gestured for us to come in. Now we found ourselves
seated in a room of high-ranking Grandmasters from around the world.
There were members from the U.K., Canada, Germany, Australia, and
the Philippines just to name a few. The main theme of the meeting
was to stop the onslaught of these diploma mill organizations within
the Martial Arts. They described it as a cancer growing within the
Martial Arts community. It was a passionate and powerful discussion
and the conclusion was that the Martial Arts must be able to police
itself and control itself from within. One way is to weed out these
diploma mills and not include them within the respected Martial
Arts community. At one point a columnist from Black Belt Magazine
stood up and mentioned he had recently written an article on this
very subject. There were many details covered and certainly enough
for another article. In this article I mainly wanted to cover the
WHOFS Hall of Fame event. It was nice to hear this topic of discussion
and the deep concern among these Grandmasters. Being guests at this
meeting was truly one of the highlights of this event and gave us
great perspective on the council and its members.
The seminars are Friday evening and
Saturday. One by one the chosen 26 Grandmaster or Masters gave presentations
of their style. Master Phil and I had our turn on Saturday and it
truly felt like our "15 minutes of fame". Seated around you were
students as well as the other Grandmasters and Masters watching
your presentation. It is a very different feeling from your average
seminar with these dignitaries watching. This is certainly the time
to turn it up a notch and that is how I approached my seminar. All
in all we were very happy with our presentations and we received
compliments from the seminar director as well as other attendees.
Truly a humbling and unique seminar experience.
Later that evening was the Induction
Banquet Dinner. This is where the council members can nominate students,
instructors, Masters and Grandmasters from their organizations into
the WHOFS Hall of Fame for their accomplishments. Among these awards
you will find Competitor of The Year, Instructor of the Year, Master
of the Year, Grandmaster of the Year as well as Lifetime Achievement
Awards. This is a chance for respective organizations to highlight
their standout students, instructors and leaders. They all travel
to Florida annually to take part in this prestigious event. It is
quite an honor to be awarded anything in the presence of this distinguished
panel of Grandmasters. It is also a great example of how the Martial
Arts can come together to pay homage to each other and our respective
styles. It isn't just about the awards. The host, 10th Dan Grandmaster
Frank E. Sanchez of San-Jitsu stated it best when he said this is
a time for the International Martial Arts community to come together,
share techniques with each other, network with each other, become
one family and also to honor the standout achievements in our respective
organizations. A truly wonderful event for Martial Artists. Prof.
Dill told me personally this event is like a family reunion for
him. He considers the other veteran Grandmasters on this panel his
Martial Arts family.
I have great respect for the WHA. I
was welcomed into this Hapkido brotherhood. The level of ethics
and skill among its leaders is what I've always expected from the
Martial Arts. That certainly was not present in my previous organization.
It was for that reason I suggested to Prof. Dill, who is a senior
member of this Hall of Fame council he induct Grandmaster Hwang
Il Shik, Master Tae Jung and Master Dan Piller into this Martial
Arts Hall of Fame. I wanted the WHA, a truly ethical Hapkido organization
to be brought this councils attention. I also wanted to show appreciation
to the WHA for offering me a home after a very uncomfortable departure
from my previous organization. From what I have experienced with
the WHA, its leaders and members share the same ethics and standards
as this council of Grandmasters. I was honored to have the opportunity
to introduce the WHA to this council and induct some of its members
into this distinguished Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
There are multiple Martial Arts Hall
of Fames run by various small groups and even Magazines. To my knowledge
this is the largest and most diverse group of International Grandmasters.
It has been ongoing for the past 13 years. This event was an incredible
opportunity for Grandmasters from around the world to come together
and discuss important topics regarding the current state of our
industry. There was also the opportunity for students and instructors
to sample 26 different styles on the training floor. When viewed
from that perspective the event and this council are certainly significant.
It is not about the awards, it is an International group of Martial
Art leaders coming together, sharing techniques and communicating
ways to better our industry. For around $90 you got a 2-day seminar
sampling 26 different Martial Arts styles and a formal banquet dinner.
In my opinion, certainly worth the price of admission.
Master Frank Ehnle
American Hapkido Federation
Another one this month, we are truly blessed.
For those of you with black-belt tests coming up…words to remember!
Hapkido Test Revisited
by Michael Aloia, Asahi Dojo - Collegeville,
These four words describe just a fraction of what my recent test
for a WHA black belt was.
I spent countless weeks
preparing, over and over, techniques adapted from the core curriculum
videos by Master Jung…never quite achieving his balance and poise
of execution, but tried nonetheless, hoping to do my best.
After spending two days with Master Piller, who was instructing
a Hapkido seminar at Mr. Benedetto’s Dojang, Dragon Star Martial
Arts, test time had come. There was no turning back. I had tested
before but never seemed to be able to elude the butterflies that
seemed intent on taking refuge in the pit of my stomach. There were
questions: "Am I ready?" "Am I good enough?"
"Can I really make it work?" It’s like reading yourself
the Riot Act …and was too late to be asking these questions minutes
before the test.
After a few
brief comments on uniforms and alternate attire, the test began.
What started out as a "demonstrate the basic curriculum"
for me, quickly became a "show me how you would…" Weeks
of preparing seemed to fly out the window. I hadn’t prepared for
this line of testing. But as I found out this was the intent.
did not hold back. He wanted to know, see, and experience what my
years of previous training had to offer, regardless of art or style.
He wanted to see what kind of martial artist I was…to find out if
it was worth his time and effort to come all this way to test someone
for such a prestigious rank. He wasn’t prepared to give it away
by any means. It had to be earned – by heart and soul.
emotionally – all was pushed to the limits. Master Piller had me
dig deep into what it was to be a practitioner of the martial arts,
not just someone who trained in aikido or Hapkido. But rather someone
who could respond, react and deliver without hesitation.
Finally the test was over. I survived and so did my test companion.
Pass or fail – it did not matter. It was an accomplishment. And
that in itself was reward enough.
As I now reflect, I have come to appreciate my many years of martial
arts studies for they have cultivated reactions and thought processes
that made it possible to experience and pass this test. I have also
come to appreciate both the test itself and Master Piller’s approach.
His approach is to draw out the true martial spirit and character
that lives and breathes in each one of us. We just all need to be
reminded and sometimes pushed, to allow that to surface to the moment
where our training and techniques simply just exist – where they
take on a life of their own and become a part of who we are not
just what we do.
Quote of the Month
…Trust in the Process
NEXT MONTH – Due to some of our editorials, I elected
to place the 3rd part of the Stretching
editorial for next month so look for it…always some good