The Martinsburg WV seminar was, I think, a real success. Mr. Henry has an extremely nice dojang and many good people in attendance. Our hotel accommodations were the nicest of any THA seminar I've yet attended and they were priced very, very, reasonably. Seminar turnout was good and everybody genuinely seemed to be enjoying themselves. Many thanks to everybody who participated and to Mr. Henry for hosting. Also as always my appreciation to Grand Master Rodemaker who inspires young and old alike.
I was extremely pleased that one of Mr. Henry's Hapkido Online Club uke's, Mr. Colin, has decided to join up and promote. I found him very capable and was very honored to be able to test him and promote him in
I was so inspired by Mr. Henry's Hapkido Online Club that I've decided to offer a Club Membership Package. It is frankly, the most economical membership package on Hapkido Online. It covers 6 lifetime THA
memberships with two years of Hapkido Online service. For a budding martial arts school or an established school wanting to include a Hapkido Curriculum this is an amazing offer. We help you build a successful Hapkido Online Club and eventually a flourishing THA Charter School with pre-established teachers and students. Everything you need to make it.
GM Rodemaker was so pleased with this idea that he has promised
that any Hapkido Online club that has at least one Hapkido Online Black Belt will be offered a charter school membership at a substantial discount! Folks, I tell you this is an unprecedented opportunity. Don't believe me? Shop around, you will see.
My Fellow Hapkidoin,
Just wanted to remind you that the Martinsburg, West
Virginia, Hapkido Seminar is on the 27th of THIS month.
Our very own Mr. David Henry is hosting this year at his excellent Pro
Form Dojang and I know it will be an awesome Martial Arts experience. This is a real opportunity to train with Grand Master Rodemaker and other Master's and Black Belts including my own teacher and good Friend Master Tim Feathers. For those of you who learn primarily
online these seminars can really, really, help you advance and
Attached is the paperwork and contact information for
the seminar. I've attended a couple of these and every time had a very fun experience and walked away with greater understanding of Hapkido.
GM Rodemaker always foster's a kind and fun loving atmosphere combined
with some serious martial arts instruction.
Our new logo art is the brainchild of master artist Jim Barnes, good friend and skilled Hapkidoin.
The flaming hand is truly a live hand and means so much to us. Not only is live hands a massive part of Hapkido technically but also the concept of the open hand and the flames are filled with meaning for us as Christians. Jesus himself heals with his open hands and calms storms in addition to so many other miracles. The flames have echoes of the burning bush in the Old Testament when God himself spoke to Moses and declared, I AM...
The flaming hand is iconic and is so perfect for our Christian Martial Arts. Many sincere thanks to Jim and his family.
If you would like to see more amazing art from Jim Barnes visit his website: www.ravenseggmultimedia.webs.com
My Fellow Hapkidoin,
One year ago I began building Hapkido Online, while we have come a long way in that year obviously work continues. We've passed many milestones.
Approval and support of the Tactical Hapkido Alliance, first students,
and first international students. We've also seen the rise of the very first Hapkido Online clubs.
In the past year we've added scores of video and text training. We've had to
occasionally go back and re-shoot training video's to ensure the very best
training. We've added lesson's about the history of Hapkido and tons of
I owe thanks first and foremost to God, my wife, kids, and our family. Who have believed in this project from the beginning.
Important people have helped us along the way, most notably,
Grand Master Rodemaker, Senior Master Ziots, and Master Feathers and his
family. Grand Master Rodemaker has been so passionate in his support, where would we be without his energy?
The Feathers family is made up of warriors and they have put in
interminable hours towards the learning and propagation of Tactical
Hapkido. I would also like to send a respectful bow to my brothers, Braxton and Clayton and a big hug to my sister Denise.
I would also like to say a very warmhearted thank you to the uke's who have allowed me to torture them on camera first and foremost among them, Mr. Matthew. You may have noticed him, the tall fellow that is often my uke. In many ways Hapkido Online has grown with Matthew, our belt level content has grown as he has grown as a Hapkidoin. For you beginning students you are in many ways following Matthew's path as my local student.
I would also like to share my thanks to our students and friends at Pro Form TKD. Mr. David Henry and Mr. John Straka were some of our very first distance learners and at the time took quite a leap of faith. Additionally Mr. Henry has been a contributor to Hapkido Online's content occasionally.
In the last year Hapkido Online has welcomed over
70,000 visitors. It has gained critical recognition on other websites and gained notice with advertisers. Most importantly it has a small but
loyal student base that make it all possible. It is YOU the students that allow me to build it so that others may learn and grow.
Hapkido Online has brought Chon Sul Kwan to the hearts of many new people and has made the first steps for a real and lasting international presence for the THA. I would like to express my gratitude to everybody at THA. So many have contacted me to express support for our work here. It really helps.
The 7th of February will mark Hapkido Online's
birthday for that is the date that I purchased the domain.
The domain has been renewed and I look forward to another great
Thank You all so much for your participation, support, and
With Great Respect,
Hello Hapkido Friends,
We have a tremendous seminar coming up April the 27th. It's in Martinsburg,
WV. For those of you who train with me at Yorktown that's only about four hours down the road. I realize for you international guys it's pretty darn far but if you were
planning on being in the Eastern US around that time it would be well worth your
Attached is the flyer with all of the details. The seminar is being hosted by our very
own Mr. David Henry. It will be a fun filled Saturday with Grand Master, Senior Master, and Master level instruction, often you will get personal instruction as they generally walk
around and help people individually. Grand Master Rodemaker is a very dynamic teacher and speaker and is always a joy to learn from.
I strongly urge you to attend, you won't regret it!
Hello Hapkido Fans,
Tonight I've uploaded the final video for Green Belt. I may re-shoot and fine tune here and there but the base footage is in place. I hereby dub Green Belt to be complete. On to High Green!
Yesterday I uploaded a better same side S-lock video. The video above it was
seven months older. The instruction is better in the new one and after seven months of focused practice my technique is also better. (I originally learned this lock decades ago.) Since the latest video is so much better than the original I've decided to pull the old one.
However before I pulled the old one I took a screenshot of the two video's. I would like to point out that I am 25 pounds lighter in the new video than the old one. Regular Hapkido practice and eliminating wheat and dairy from my diet completely for the last three months
has been good for me. I am still losing weight and on track for my target weight of 185
This stuff works folks!
I found the Pai Mei Diet to be largely un-sustainable and so I switched to the Bible diet. Some have called it the Paleo Diet. Here is my progress:
Calorie diet Today
1/2 cup oatmeal = 83
TBSP Raisins = 40
TBSP Honey = 135
Cup Coffee = 2
tsp Non Dairy Creamer = 10
tsp Sugar = 16
Can Tuna = 191
1 Apple = 116
2 Oranges Mandarin = 70
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds = 182
2 bottles Water = 0
Though my breakfast and lunch are largely predictable, Dinner is always a random variable. I think this is okay because it allows me to socialize with the family and the dietary variety helps reduce cravings and round out any vitamin deficiencies. My only hard fast
rule is that whatever is on the plate I do not eat anything derived from wheat or dairy. I often try to substitute from other sources. For example, on spaghetti night I’ll use brown rice in place of noodles. I also try to eat smaller portion sizes than I normally would and I avoid
dessert altogether preferring to simply eat an apple or orange instead. I find that if I eat a salad prior to dinner and drink a bottle of water it helps reduce the amount of food I eat.
I estimate that on average I consume about 700 calories for dinner most nights.
Daily Caloric Intake (on average): 1,545
Weekly Caloric Intake (on average): 10,815
Monthly Caloric Intake (on average): 46,350
Daily Caloric Burn
8 Hours Sleeping = 549
10 Hours Sitting = 1520
1 Hour Hapkido = 600 (This is only three hours a week.)
1 Hour Walking = 400
2 Hours Chores = 680
2 Hours Lying (TV) = 240
Daily Total 3,989
Weekly Total 25,523
Monthly Total 102,092
Daily Deficit 2,444 (Best case on Hapkido Days)
Weekly Deficit 14,708 (Assumes three hours of Hapkido)
Monthly Deficit 55,742
The conventional idea that a pound of fat is roughly 3,500 calories is essentially flawed. The human body simply doesn’t work this way. However in lieu of a more realistic formula we’ll use it.
Daily Fat Burn 69% of a pound or 313 grams of Fat
Weekly Fat Burn 1400 grams or 3 pounds of Fat
Monthly Fat Burn 5600 grams or 12 pounds of Fat
Since starting my diet in November I have lost 22 pounds so surprisingly the conventional equation isn’t far off for me.
Green belt Interceptions added. These are a very pleasant exercise to practice. Enjoy yourself but have care, for it only takes a fraction of a seconds inattention to make for a bloody nose. Safety First.
Added tic tac toe approach to learning stance to yellow belt.
Added Master Tim's thoughts on high yellow belt joint locks.
It's a late night and as you can see both Master Feathers and myself have been burning the candle at both ends but I am pleased with the material. Bear in mind that everything you are seeing in the training section is Beta edition. As Hapkido Online progresses we will occasionally revisit older video's and improve them.
I hope to get material from some of you out there. It's best to
try to keep making progress.
Hello Hapkido Friends,
We've had a couple of small setbacks and it has slowed progress. #1, I accidentally broke our video camera. Never fear, a new camera is on the way and it is really needed for the Green Belt videos!
#2, I still do not have reliable high speed internet at our new home. I was
making headway on my savings goal to have Cox Cable trench in a new line for the house when the camera broke. I decided to spend part of our Hapkido Funds on the camera. I know that you have entrusted me with your membership money and belt fees and I am committed to using those resources to forward Hapkido Online and make it better than ever. In light
of this I've found a lightly used camera that is suitable. No point paying retail for something that's going to travel about in my gym bag. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Master Tim Feathers for helping out with the Digital Dojang while I get my I.T. ducks in a row.
I would like to cheer Mr. Thobias on his efforts to build the very first Hapkido Online Club in Brazil. Those of you stateside with clubs understand just how much of a commitment that is. We are all behind you Thobias and Good Luck!
Of course, Mr. David Henry and John Straka have my sincere thanks as well for their efforts to grow and develop their own Hapkido Club in West Virginia. Your participation and hard work have filled me with pride.
Grand Master Rodemaker personally expressed his approval for our Hapkido Online Clubs to me on the phone this week. He thinks it’s a novel concept and should be a great stepping stone for new THA Charter schools.
I would like to express my gratitude to my own family who have decided to give me two hundred square feet of our barn to build my new Hapkido Online Dojang in. Thematically I plan to make it strongly resemble the website with warm redwood tones and parchment colors. Finishes will be simple and affordable and in keeping with the Korean ways of
doing more with less. I look forward to practicing and filming Hapkido in a room that has the look and feel of a traditional Dojang. Aahhh Dreams....
But first I'll focus on the necessities of getting internet and adding
content. Never fear.
Though they may not be big changes I continue to build the website and make refinements. Some of you may notice the little things that I have done to make it that much better. I am steadfast in my goal of making Hapkido Online great and giving you the very best Hapkido instruction I can.
Everybody have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!
Teacher and Hapkido Online Developer.