So today I decided to create a new membership option just for my black belts it, brings some savings for the students and helps continue to support our work here at Hapkido Online during the long years a student trains after 1st Dan.
One of my black belts signed on the new membership right away! This show of loyalty inspired me to get back to work and Mr. Mark Johnson and I resumed filming for an entire hour. In fact I only just finished uploading the video's ten minutes ago. I am happy to report that all of High Blue is loaded!
Additionally we revisited a move from High Yellow called 'The Snake". The old video reflected our legacy Hapkido system and wasn't congruent with Chon Sul Kwan or the encyclopedia. Chon Sul Kwan's snake is vastly superior; simple and effective.
Many of you may not know that I also teach a small dedicated group of Hapkidoin at my base gym in Yorktown.
Till the Hapkido Barn is finished this will be our port of call. The Coast Guard Base Gym has been most kind providing us a place to practice and have been very supportive.
In exchange I provide the best instruction I can.
Many thanks to my lovely wife Julie for taking this photo of the base marquee sign and for her endless support of my martial arts ministry.
Well tomorrow I leave for the Annual THA Conference. These are always the most fun a person can have doing Hapkido. I look forward to seeing old friends and learning new things.
Some of our Online Students are slated to attend I am sure they will be amazed. Everybody be safe out there and I'll see you at the Conference!
So for my Birthday a Hapkido Master named Tim Feathers came to visit me. You are likely familiar with him from his many contributions to Hapkido Online.
Let me tell you that was a very great Birthday present!
Master Tim and I are old friends he was my first and still favorite teacher and frankly one of the best!
We spent several hours re-filming white belt.... I know, I know, we already have white belt film. However most of that stuff was shot over a year ago. Since that time my photography capabilities and film editing skills have greatly improved. Also my ability to teach Hapkido has improved. Also, also, I have lost 37 pounds since that old footage. Also, also,also, this time I could demonstrate it with Master Tim!
As you know White Belt training is free to all who visit Hapkido Online. We want this free test drive content to be up to par with our latest content so that students and potential students can see what they will be getting at all levels. It makes sense to put our best foot forward.
Now those of you heading into the higher Gup levels were not forgotten for we also took the time to film all Blue Belt Joint Manipulation!
Needless to say the film editing for all of this excellent footage is daunting. But I have begun. As I type these words I've been editing for nearly 5 strait hours. Everything I have edited up to this point has been uploaded to white belt breakaways. Even if you are well past this point in your training I urge you to go and have a look see at white belt again and our new footage, it's the best we have done to this point.
You may notice that the move Across the Bow has changed. Master Tim and I originally posted our legacy version of that move. The new film has the move as outlined in the THA encyclopedia. Frankly THA's version is superior to our older way anyhow. For those of you learning and testing. You may demonstrate this technique either the legacy way or the new way, sorry for any confusion.
Well it is well after midnight and my alarm is set to ring in less than four hours...... I'll resume editing and uploading as soon as I can folks. Till then good night and God bless.
Well Folks Happy to say our good work continues. We have new video uploaded to High Green and Blue Belt Level. It is frankly some of the best footage we've shot to date. As always I would like to share my gratitude with Grand Master Rodemaker for shooting Hapkido Online video. Also my undying gratitude to Master Feathers and family for their ongoing
work and effort. Also Mr. David Henry deserves mention for hosting us at his awesome ProForm Dojang. Also I would like to thank my wife Julie and family for allowing the Father/Husband a couple of days to focus on Hapkido.
I've also uploaded the prayer stretch for the warm-up pages. It's a stretch we do every class at my Yorktown school and I feel it's effective.
We still have a LOT of video in the can that needs editing and uploading. I'll
be working away.
Also I would like to mention Mr. Pat Mills, photographer and kindred spirit, who has selflessly lent his camera equipment and advice to Hapkido Online off and on for the last year. Much of the better stuff you've seen on our site was made possible by this man and we are indebted to him.
The last few weeks have been very quiet on Hapkido Online. I suspect that
Spring is here and folks are outside with their families and that is good. Family always comes before Hapkido. I know in the days and weeks ahead I see progress video's from everybody.
For those of you interested in building clubs and/or charter schools. Check out the new club membership option on the join and store page. It's a heck of a good deal.
One thing I can say about Hapkido Online and the Tactical Hapkido Alliance, we want very much for you to succeed. Many orgs are very reticent to share and are territorial in nature but THA has always worked hard to see it's people be fruitful and multiply.
Some of you seem to struggle endlessly with finding uke's. I'll be praying for you. Hapkido can bring people together if you let it. I trust the Lord will look out for you. Remember it's impossible to learn Hapkido alone. One might say it's impossible to really learn martial arts alone. It would be like trying to sharpen a blade without a sharpening stone with the empty space alone.
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
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,
Teacher and Hapkido Online Developer.