New Location Inside the Mall
Dear KMA Students and Parents,
KMA will be moving to a new and larger location within the Pittsburgh
Mills Mall. The unit number is 519 and is next door to ITT Tech and
across from the News Stand. The best way to get to classes will be to
come in at the Police and Mall Offices entrance just to the right of
Houlihan's and the Theaters from the outside perspective. This new
location has a main floor that is larger than our current location as
well as two additional rooms in the rear. We needed this extra space to
accommodate the larger classes in one room. It will also only have one
main doorway to the Mall inside area and smaller windows (so we can not
feel like we are in a fish tank).
I am very excited about this new location and hope everyone feels the
same once we start training there. We will be making our official move
Saturday March 2nd, many students have already pledged their help for
the move and anyone else who cares to join us is welcome. We will have a
pizza party at some time during the day to keep your strength up as
well. We will get started at around 10 am but I will be their from 9 on.
I will also be moving some smaller things to the new location this
Saturday Feb 23rd beginning about the same time (yes I can use some
Thank you and keep up the Great Training!
Master C Osu!
Into 2013 and Beyond
School Update and Classes Information
Students and Parents of Students,
I have spent many years in training and exploring a vast array of
martial arts receiving more than a few black belts or higher rankings in
each of them. I have aligned us with some of the greatest martial
artists within each of these arts so that we know we are getting the
best source and the highest credentials that can be had within each art.
The Dan Inosanto Academy under Sifu Hal Deily
The World Hapkido Association with Hapkido Legend SGM Hwang In Shik and
GM Tae Jung
Sigung Paul Vunak Contemporary JKD "Descendents of the Masters"
The International Progressive Taekwon-Do Federation with GM Javed Khan.
Each student in our TaeKido Program works toward earning their coveted
Black Belt in each of these arts as well as TaeKido itself and all at
the same time. No other school can offer this to their students.
I am still training and still a student in each, but not so many
people have the time, energy, resources and drive to go and train in all
these different programs. I truly do consider myself fortunate to have
had this opportunity. I also consider myself fortunate to be able to
pass this learning down to you, my students. All that I ask of you is to
make each training day, your best training day and learn as much as I
can teach you because you are the future of our art.
TaeKido includes all 5Zones of Self-Defense :
1. Weapons: Gun, Stick, Knife, Bottle, Belt, Box cutter, Screwdriver
2. Kicks: Kicks and Knees. Throws, blocks and counters against kickers.
3. Hands: American Boxing, Chinese Boxing (Trapping, bridging and
counter striking)Throws and joint locks against punches.
4. Takedowns: Defense against and use of take-downs, throws and joint
5. Ground: How Not To go to the ground. How to get up from the ground.
Solid escapes and finishes from the ground.
* We will adding a regular children's class each Saturday morning at
10-10:45 that will include sparring and anything else that may be
pertinent to whats coming up on our school calendar (testing). Beginning
Dec 3, 2012.
* We of course will continue our very well taught children's Taekwon-Do
program and now with the addition of a Jung Bong (Bo-Staff) and Kum Bop
(Sword) program. This program is of no additional cost and will be
alternated on certain weekdays or Satudays that Sam Dan Tom Shotts will
announce in classes each week. This should be very exciting for the
children and a skill that they can use in competitions in the near
* Our Warrior Fit Program is our Kyuktooki or Korean Kickboxing program
and is a primary class for TaeKido, teaching proper fighting stance
techniques, footwork, strikes, counters, bridging and pad work. Not to
mention a great way to build up your stamina. In addition if you wish to
compete in any Muay Thai, MMA events or continuous sparring
competitions, this the class you need to take regularly. We have added a
Saturday class at 9:30 am to accommodate those who have busier schedules
during the week Beginning Dec 3, 2012. Red belt candidates and above
must take at least 6 per month and will need at least a Level 2
Certificate to test in TaeKido. I really get a chance to tweak
participants in their fighting techniques during this class. We will be
actively seeking out Muay Thai school "Smokers" events as well as any
sparring events that will allow us to use what we learn here in their
competitions. Any BJJ or Shan Shou events that anyone hears of should be
reported to myself or an instructor so we can pursue the info. We will
continue to post an "Upcoming Events" flyer at the school for those who
want to compete. If we are not testing our methods we can not be sure
they work or what works for us as individuals.
* I have purchased closed face head gear in a variety of sizes so that
we can include "all striking" into training and sparring. It is not a
slug fest by any means but it certainly will keep hands up and
defensive. This also keeps the random finger or thumb from the eyes
especially since we get close and personal with the throws and take
downs. This type of sparring is not mandatory but it is highly
recommended. Anyone (or parents) wishing to not do this type of sparring
need only say so and we will work around it.
* School Tuition Prices for 2013 will remain the same as 2012. $75.00
per students, unlimited classes. I am dropping testing fees to be one
fee to cover the TaeKido testing that in turn will cover all the arts
within- $40.00. Additional family memberships will remain the same as
well. (It will no longer be $40 and $25 for each additional art.)
* SEMINARS: We of course will be hosting Guro Deily, Grand Master Khan
and 10th Dan Kancho John Farrell at different times thru out the year
again in our pursuit of perfection. Classes will be in Jun Fan Gung Fu
or Bruce Lee Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do, Silat, Kali Knife, Kyokushin Karate
* The World Hapkido Association Winter Camp 2013 will be taking place in
Santa Monica California this February 15-16-17th. I will be attending
and anyone who cares to travel with me is more than welcome. I will be
traveling out a few days early to train with GM Jung for a few days. I
am sure after seeing how the Summer Camp here in Pittsburgh went that
you already know how tremendous this camp can be. Try to make it if you
* Grand Master Jung has given us the honor of being the annual or at
least the semi-annual location for the WHA Summer Camps. He was very
very happy about how the Camp turned out this past year. This allows
those that are WHA members located on the East Coast of the USA and
Europe to have a more reachable location to attend at least one camp per
year. The other location will be at Master Monty Hendrix's school in
North Carolina. Very probable to be here again this year though.
Train to Live
Live to Train!
Senior Master Joe Cosentino
This Months Quote:
It is unfortunate that some instructors just
seem stuck in the past. Yes be traditional but also bring to your
students what the great martial arts melting pot has presented to us
all. It is an injustice to the students who depend on us to not do so.
ONCE UPON A TIME... In Martial Arts...
ONCE UPON A
TIME… Martial arts instructors were dedicated, tough, strong and
intelligent. They taught the
arts because they wanted to uphold a tradition in the arts. They taught
the arts because they
loved it and wanted to share with others. They taught the arts because
they believed it was their
calling. They taught the arts to give something back to their community
and most of all "they taught".
ONCE UPON A TIME… The dojang was a place of sweat, training pain
and sacrifice. It was a place where
strong moral character was forged in the fire of extremely hard work. It
was not a social club
where one gathered to meet friends. It was not a place of music and
You would never here vulgarities or swearing of any kind or you would be
in a world of pain.
ONCE UPON A TIME... Martial artists considered the training hall
a temple dedicated to the
excellence of human personal achievement. Where Modesty, Courtesy,
Integrity, Self-Control, Perseverance
and Indomitable Spirit were your highest goals not just what you
repeated for testing. Where each member of
any rank showed respect and courtesy to each fellow instructor or
student. No "Hey" or "Wuz up"
ONCE UPON A TIME...The martial arts were not for everyone; and
were never intended for
everyone. If someone could not keep up with the class, if they could not
"get" the techniques,
they were never promoted to the next level. You had to step up or step
ONCE UPON A TIME... Promotion exams were not a major social
event. Mothers, fathers,
grandparents, wives, boyfriends, and girlfriends were not seated around
the testing area
watching the students perform. Testing was private; after all, it was
possible to fail and have to
retake the test.
ONCE UPON A TIME... Everyone strove for improvement to reach that
proverbial high bar. The bar
was never lowered so that everyone could rise over it. If you couldn't
reach it, you worked
harder, you put more time in. You strove for excellence and were not
satisfied with mediocrity.
ONCE UPON A TIME… The black belt had meaning. A brown or red belt
was someone to be feared and
respected. A black belt was something else. A second degree was
extremely difficult to get, not
even to mention a third or fourth degree. Becoming a black belt was a
long hard road to
travel and required extremely intensive study.
ONCE UPON A TIME… Uniforms were either white or black. You could
identify the school
of a student by the simple patch on the uniform. The name of the school
was not emblazoned
across every stitch of the uniform and it did not look like a costume of
a cartoon super hero.
ONCE UPON A TIME… Techniques and philosophies worked and you knew
they worked because
they were tested against peers in the dojang or at a tournament. Plain,
simple and true; if your
philosophy did not work, you got your backside handed to you.
ONCE UPON A TIME… Martial arts magazines were filled with
information about exceptional martial artists,
styles, systems, training methods and tournaments. They were not ads or
pseudo articles espousing the virtues
of a particular school or "Grandmaster" who spent the most in
advertizing in that magazine.
ONCE UPON A TIME... If you were in martial arts you were part of
a unique, small and elite family.
It was a family rich with history and traditions. You were proud to be a
part of that family. You
were not belittled or degraded; people did not walk by the dojang and
make fake Bruce Lee
noises. You were respected and you earned that respect.
ONCE UPON A TIME… The air was cleaner, flowers smelled fresher,
candy was much sweeter... or was it?
Was it just the perceptions of the world through the tinted eyes of
youth? Maybe... it seemed so long ago, once
upon a time... Please let us try to make it so again...
thoughts on the development of TaeKido
From my original Taekwon-Do Grandmaster:
Taekwon-Do’s Hee II Cho values the stability of tradition, but
recognizes the need to move forward
by Jose Fraguas (circa 1990)
GM Cho Quotes:
"The time has arrived for the fresh air of change to sweep away the
static insular attitudes and exchange them for new ideas and
rejuvenation. This needs to be a porous acceptance of change within all
aspects of the various systems of martial arts, especially from the
martial artists themselves."
"The future of all systems of martial arts depends on continual
growth. While holding onto our noble traditions, we should explore new
concepts and training methods... "
"My martial arts’ ancestors may curl up and cringe at my ideas, but I
am interested in analyzing and exploring the most effective scientific
methods for developing techniques. The great masters of the past were
indeed excellent teachers but, surrounded as we are today by new
technology and innovative research into new training methods, there may
be better ways of developing certain techniques. I, therefore, do not
feel guilty nor compelled to stick to one method formulated many years
"I see myself as a traditionalist and non-traditionalist. I follow
the mental, ethical, and moral principles of traditional martial arts,
which includes self-control, perseverance and indomitable spirit. As a
non-traditional master, I have adapted my training regimen to my
students and will incorporate new techniques to benefit them. As I
said, I maintain an open mind to all styles of fighting and recognize
the benefits of each discipline."
"I insist on being open to change and to throwing out what is
unessential. If one hopes to improve his art and his life then that is
an absolute necessity. Life is change."
Taekwon-Do Grandmaster Hee Il Cho, Sometimes known as the "Taekwon-Do
I couldn't agree more...
My Guro and leading force in my martial arts training and development...
Guro Dan Inosanto...
Guro Dan was groomed by Bruce Lee to be his successor in the art of
Jeet Kune Do. Inosanto developed a hybrid philosophy of martial arts,
choosing elements from different systems that all led to one common
goal: fighting proficiency. Lee told him to "take what is useful [from
each art] and discard the rest." In 1967, Inosanto became the only
student Lee ever awarded a third rank in jeet kune do, the level Bruce
considered necessary to teach the system. A consummate student of the
martial arts, Inosanto spent decades studying and researching martial
arts such as the Filipino Martial Arts, Malaysian Bersilat, Indonesian
Penjak Silat, French Savate, Muay Thai, Krabi-Krabong, Japanese Shoot
Wrestling and Machado Jujutsu. He has trained with many highly regarded
martial artists around the world and consequently has held Instructor or
black belt level ranks in numerous, different martial arts. In addition,
he is well known for promoting the Filipino Martial Arts. He is
responsible for bringing several obscure forms of the South East Asia
Martial Arts into the public eye such as Silat, a hybrid combative form
existing in countries as Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
For over 30 years, Dan Inosanto has taught thousands of students from
around the world The Art and Philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, Filipino
martial arts, Shoot wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Silat,
mixed martial arts and other arts at his California school, the Inosanto
Academy of Martial Arts.
Guro Dan Inosanto : Quotes
"We are all climbing different paths through the mountain of life, and
we have all experienced much hardship and strife. There are many paths
through the mountain of life, and some climbs can be felt like the point
of a knife. Some paths are short and others are long, who can say which
path is right or wrong? The beauty of truth is that each path has its
own song, and if you listen closely you will find where you belong. So
climb your own path true and strong, but respect all other truths for
your way for them could be wrong."
Talent is God Given – Be Thankful.
Fame is Man Given – Be Humble.
Conceit is Self Given – Be Careful.
and Finally From the force of nature...
Sigung Bruce Lee:
“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.”
― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do
“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the
― Bruce Lee
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must
― Bruce Lee
“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is
specifically your own.”
― Bruce Lee
“Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation.”
― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do
...and the one that means the most to me...
“Time means a lot to me because you see I am also a learner and am often
lost in the joy of forever developing.”
― Bruce Lee
"You must learn the martial arts before you can mix the martial arts"
~Master Joe Cosentino~
I am sure everyone understands what a great honor and opportunity it was
to attend a seminar with both Grand Master Tae Jung and Supreme Grand
Master Hwang In-Shik. They joined us for the World Hapkido Association
Summer Camp in Pittsburgh, PA. We were also joined by Master Monty
Hendrix, Master Joseph Cosentino of the hosting school Komplete Martial
Arts, and sisters and brothers from all over the United States. Also
present was Shane “Mr. Irish” Mc Quillan all the way from Dublin,
The weekend started with black belt testing on Friday, August 10, 2012.
The judges were Grand Master Jung and Master Monty Hendrix. The black
belts bowed in at 6:00 pm and started their testing promptly.
Congratulations to Danielle Glebocki, Billy Tasker, and Frankie
Abbamonte who attained 1st Dan, to Daniel Post who attained 2nd
Dan and to Mike Barnard who reached 3rd Dan!
Saturday morning, we hit the mat at 9:30 with a bow in to Supreme Grand
Master Hwang and Grand Master Jung. Supreme Grand Master spoke to us at
length about meditation and relaxation. We began training with
instruction and practice with moving from wrist locks into takedowns.
Everyone was on their own for lunch, with most of us heading to the food
court in the mall for a quick bite. After lunch, we worked on ground
work with Master Hendrix while the black belts worked on weapons with
Grand Master Jung.
Saturday evening, we met at Sinobi Japanese Korean Restaurant, where
Master Cosentino had arranged for us to enjoy an authentic Korean buffet
style meal prepared just for us. We had the entire restaurant to
ourselves. Some of the food included miso soup, bulgogi, Korean
barbeque pork, Korean style chicken, beef, various fruits, salads,
cellophane noodles, kimchee and sushi. It was great to be able to spend
some off-matt time with the Grand Masters and fellow students, although
Saturday evening went too fast for many of us.
Sunday morning began with another lesson from Supreme Grand Master
Hwang. He and Grand Master Jung warmed us up. We learned a new warm-up
exercise from Supreme Grand Master Hwang that I am sure many of us will
take back to our schools to implement into our normal warm-up routines.
We moved on to some sparring techniques from Master Cosentino.
Additional techniques were taught by Mr. Barnard. Master Hendrix added
some knife defense work until we bowed out.
All-in-all, the entire weekend was a fantastic experience and learning
opportunity for all of us. I am sure we all looking forward to Winter
Camp and the next chance we have to learn from so many great teachers.
A huge, heart-felt thanks to Supreme Grand Master Hwang, Grand Master
Jung, Master Hendrix, Master Cosentino and all of the black belts and
instructors for providing this learning experience for us.
New KMA Location:
We are very pleased to announce that we have a new KMA location in
Portmarnoch Ireland near Dublin. We will be opening another school very
soon as well. The Chief instructor is Mr. Shane McQuillan and his
assistant instructor is Mr. Daniel Kaneswaren. They will be teaching the
TaeKido program which includes: Traditional Taekwon-do and Hapkido as
well as components of Kali, Muay Thai and Boxing. Mr. McQuillan is a
long time friend and skilled martial artist and I am sure they will be
one of the premier schools in the Dublin area in no time. The new
locations web site is
http://allirelandtaekido.com/Home.html. Won't you please send them a
nice hello and good luck from us to our Brothers in TaeKido!!!
I am very excited to announce that we will be having a new Saturday
class, beginning June 2nd, that will cover our Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do
Hyungs system and the self-defense techniques within them. I was never
taught these techniques or history with other instructors in my past
Taekwon-Do journeys but have been awakened to them by a very studious
Taekwon-Doist (Stuart Anslow) and dedicated book writer that has brought
new meaning to my Taekwon-Do training. We will also train in our One
Step Sparring with different applications and entries of the techniques
during this class.
We will study the history and development of the Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do
patterns as devised, taught and developed by the founder of Taekwon-Do;
General Choi, Hong Hi. Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do is the oldest and original
style of Taekwon-Do and was developed with battle and self-defense in
mind. It is only it's modern version that has been watered down to be a
children's art. Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do, Hae Sul is an in-depth study of
the Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do patterns; their history and their roots;
Taekwon-Do's evolution; its genetic make-up; its differences with other
martial arts; and the techniques and movements that define the system.
Realistic interpretations for the Ch'ang Hon patterns including Chon-Ji,
Dan-Gun, Do-San, Won-Hyo, Yul-Gok, Joong-Gun, and Toi-Gye. The patterns
are examined, dissected and rebuilt to help both our students and our
instructors understand the applications that are really contained within
the Ch'ang Hon patterns - many of which were previously unknown and
undocumented. In step-by-step detail, learn what the techniques and
combinations of the Ch'ang Hon patterns actually represent and how to
turn your patterns into a realistic way of training actual self defense
techniques that work, and turn them into something much more than they
are practiced today. Along the way, our students are treated to a
fascinating insight into the history of the Ch'ang Hon patterns as well
as Taekwon-Do itself, with many of its understudied principles revealed.
Learn what helped to shape the art which became so feared on the
battlefields of Vietnam that enemy soldiers were told not to engage the
Korean soldiers, whether armed or not, due to their knowledge of Taekwon-Do.
A historical study of Taekwon-Do and its patterns - a mental training
manual and an encyclopedia of realistic applications - make this class a
must-attend for all of our students that study and practice Ch'ang Hon
This class is an ongoing class that will be the 1st Saturday of each
month unless a Holiday of other event falls on that same day.
As always please check the School Google calendar for updates as we keep
it very current.
Komplete Martial Arts
Bringing the Tradition back to Traditional Martial Arts
PS We have also added a Jun Fan JKD, Silat class
Saturday mornings at 9:30 for all who are interested.
Quote of the month
If one really wishes to be a
master of an art, technical knowledge of it is not enough. One has to
transcend technique so that the art becomes an "artless art" growing out
of the Unconscious... ~DT Suzuki~ But told to me many times by Supreme
KMA Web Site Of The Month:
This is an outstanding web site for any Taekwon-Do
practitioner especially for
Chang-Huhn style Taekwon-Do of which we at KMA are. Enjoy!
WHA, GM Jung Seminar Pittsburgh, Pa.
again, the students of Master Joe Cosentino’s Komplete Martial Arts of
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania were honored with training with Grand Master
Jung on June 18, 2011. We were joined by five black belts including
Master Monty Hendrix of Essential Martial Arts in Greensboro, North
Carolina, Mr. Chuck Edwards of More Than Conquerors Hapkido Martial Arts
School in Freeport, Pennsylvania, Master Derrick Harris of Michigan
Hapkido Community Outreach in Saginaw, Michigan, Mr. Aubrey Lawton who
flew in from Staten Island, New York, and of course Master Joe
Cosentino. Master Cosentino earned his WHA 3rd degree black belt the
night before with Grand Master Jung, WHA President, and Master Hendrix,
WHA East Coast Director, judging. Graced with all of this knowledge at
hand, it was truly a seminar not to be missed.
Master Jung warmed us up with stretching and rolling, stressing the
importance and relevance of proper rolling. We began with working on
circle steps and progressed through much of the WHA curriculum. We
worked on wrist locks, combos, throws, reversals and ended the day with
ground work. The black belts worked on weapons in the back training
Grand Master Jung gave each of us individual attention throughout the
seminar, it was fantastic having so many black belts present. It was,
in essence, a day long private lesson for each of the attendees. The
quality of attendees, from white belt to black, was impressive. The
eagerness to teach, and learn, by all was truly inspirational.
humbling to see Grand Master Jung instruct in person. The speed and
gracefulness of his execution of technique is indescribable. While our
books, descriptions and videos of technique are necessary and
irreplaceable, there is nothing like seeing Grand Master Jung in action,
in person. The small changes and adjustments he makes in our techniques
makes such a difference in the end result.
seminar, that lasted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., ended with a presentation
of plaques to both Grand Master Jung and Master Hendrix signifying our
thanks and appreciation for taking time out of their busy lives and
passing their knowledge and talents to the rest of us.
reading at KMA is:
The author of
"Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul "-
"Real Applications to the ITF Patterns": Vol. 1, by Stuart Paul Anslow.
This book covers the original self defense techniques built into the
Ch'ang Hon Hyungs by the General and the founders of Taekwon-Do.
"The Encyclopedia Of Taekwon-Do Patterns"
"The complete patterns resource for Ch'ang Hon, ITF and GTF Students of
Taekwon-Do" Volumes 1,2 and 3 by Stuart Paul Anslow. These books contain
the exact and correct moves for each of your Taekwon-Do patterns (Hyungs)
up to Grandmaster and are our guides in all pattern questions. These are
the original non "Sine Wave" patterns.
Seminar’s: Mataas Na Guro Hal Deily will be in this May for seminar on
advanced knife and defensive techniques. More info to follow on this
A great new
online Taekwon-Do magazine that I highly recommend you add to your
This is the
Web address for the Free online TKD magazine
renowned for its awesome throws, spectacular kicks and dynamic
Self Defense techniques are
best utilized when used in combinations. When training in
Hapkido, we learn how to apply these skills not only as separate
techniques but also how these may change and flow on to other
techniques. In the case of takedowns, combinations (including
strikes) can be used to force the opponent to react, creating
opening or opportunity to take them down. One technique although
effective in its own right may be of more use in setting up for
the primary maneuver, thereby taking the opponent's focus away
from your real intention. Combinations rely on principles of
adaptability and a solid foundation in a variety of techniques
from predictable positions and reactions.
Unbalancing can be used as the
primary technique for a takedown or as a secondary technique to
allow the defender to better complete some other maneuver. When
causing the opponent to become unbalanced, they will usually use
their energy and attention to get that balance back. The
defender uses this motion to their advantage by completing a
different technique (combination). Unbalancing is commonly used
in Hapkido to set up for a throw, or to create motion for
subsequent locks or strikes. One of the simplest methods of
breaking balance is found in basic striking skills.
Low center of gravity
All body throws in Hapkido use
the same principles found in Judo. The most important component
of the majority of throws is keeping our center of gravity low
while maintaining balance. While most beginners use their own
strength rather than mechanical leverage, simply changing height
can allow far superior application. Lowering your height is also
a simple way to maintain balance during a struggle.
Leverage of joint locks
Joint locks can be used before
a fight breaks out of control, at the end of a take down, or
even to gain leverage for the common Hapkido whip throw. If you
watch the news you may see police or security personnel use
these types of locks frequently. The common wrist lock used in
Hapkido utilizes a double-handed grip of the opponent's wrist
(with opponent's palm facing outward). With this grip the two
thumbs use leverage to force the hand back towards the
opponent's own elbow. Keeping the wrist bent often causes the
opponent to retract their arm in pain, allowing combination
attacks to the shoulder or elbow joint. Variations of this lock
can be completed after a takedown by applying a foot or knee
onto the shoulder blade, or converting to various arm bars.
Wrist locks are best used to maintain "pain" control over the
attacker - however I would recommend other techniques when
controlling an attacker who is affected by alcohol or drugs,
with their sense of pain dulled. These other techniques are
always based on position and leverage.
To explain some of the
maneuvers presented in this newsletter, we will discuss some
important concepts that are vital to Hapkido. These basic
principles can be used to improvise and apply to martial arts of
any style. Historically speaking, some of these concepts draw
important influence from Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, Judo and even several
Chinese martial art systems.
The Hapkido practitioner learns
to use the opponent's force in many ways. After deflecting an
attacker's lunging punch, it takes little effort to continue the
direction of that force. By grabbing the wrist and adding a
simple tug, the attacker will find themselves off balance or at
least forced to maneuver to maintain balance. A swinging punch
can be dealt with by continuing the momentum in a circular
pattern. By maneuvering our back into the attacker's path after
grabbing the wrist and arm, a variety of hip and shoulder throws
are easily completed.
Any technique that involves the
opponent being taken to the ground should always be treated as
part of the big picture, not necessarily viewed as the final
While many Hapkido takedowns
may take the wind out of your opponent, always be prepared to
maintain control through position and leverage, and be prepared
to flow into other techniques such as joint locks, submissions
and strikes. Takedowns and throws always occur in close range,
so be extra vigilant for hidden weapons, and ensure that you can
make a clean escape if need be.
Live to Train-Train to
Grand Master Jung’s 1st Visit to Pittsburgh, Pa.
The students of Komplete Martial Arts of Pittsburgh, Pa,
had the great pleasure of meeting and training with Grand Master Jung,
WHA President, on November 27, 2010. We were also joined by Master
Chuck Edwards of the “More Than Conquerors” Hapkido Martial Arts school.
Training began at 10AM, GM Jung had us loosen up by getting some reps in
rolling. We then began what was to be a progression from circle steps to
sensitivity drills and the rudiments of our lock flow basics to almost
the entire WHA curriculum up to black belt before the day was over.
Grand Master Jung’s power and speed of execution was phenomenal. All of
the attendees were extremely impressed with Grand Masters effortless
movements while delivering such stunning techniques. We were also
equally impressed by the well thought out and developed progressions
that had us all up more than a few notches in our locks and take downs
by the end of the day.
The other thing that impressed all attendees was the excellent person
that Grand Master Jung is and how he taught as if we had all been his
students for years. There was a lot of talk afterward about future WHA
events and more great training.
The event ended at 4PM with the KMA students presenting
Grand Master Jung with a plaque to remind him of how much we appreciate
him. I cannot say enough about the quality of all aspects of the
WHA organization. It has left me with a renewed vigor to teach and
train. I also want to thank Grand Master Jung for all of his time and
insight during our conversations and personal training. I was also
greatly honored when Grand Master Jung asked me to test for 3rd Dan at
the upcoming 2011 WHA Summer Camp in Austria. He has truly become
a guiding force and new friend in the martial arts for me.
Live to Train - Train to Live
Master Joe Cosentino
The author of Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul - Real
Applications to the ITF Patterns: Vol. 1, 2 & 3. Stuart Paul Anslow, has
a great new online Taekwon-Do magazine that I highly recommend that you
add to your personal favorites.
Book of the month “A Killing Art: The Untold History of
Tae Kwon Do” By Alex Gillis
Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do
We are back from the World Hapkido Associations Summer Camp in Orlando
Florida. Students who attended are Mr. Dave Endlich, Robbie Magee, Glenn
Riddle and of course myself, Master C.
The event was held at a 8000 square foot facility with all you would
need for almost any martial art training. There was black belt testing
being held on Friday night which we went over to watch and it ended up
that Supreme Grandmaster Whang invited us into a smaller room for a 2
hour private lesson there was only maybe 8 to 10 of us. I had never met SGM
Whang and now I would never forget meeting him! He was absolutely
phenomenal. 72 years young with kicks and punches that would stop a
truck. His Hapkido techniques were absolutely pure, with very little
effort he would toss us about like screaming rag dolls. His message was
that techniques need to be a flowing movement and not just a technical
1-2-3 and lock then takedown. He use a flowing foot movement and subtle
weight transfer that was almost imperceptible until he stopped and
pointed it out to us. He was also one of the greatest characters I have
ever met in my life, just absolutely irreplaceable and funny. He had us
lakeside the next morning at 7 AM for a lesson in Tan Jon breathing
exercises, something I had been very interested in before but now I had
a SGM teaching me its techniques. This man floated in his motions and
had a very easy way to get to where you wanted to be in the breathing
exercises. Isn't that how it always is, the most knowledgeable seem to
know how to get straight to the point.
We then were off to the Dojang for our 8 hour seminar with SGM Whang, GM
Tae Jung and the rest of the WHA master instructors. This event was one
of the most organized events of this kind I have ever attended,
especially considering the large number of attendees. We were split up
among four master instructors and sent off to four different training
areas. My first station was with Grandmaster Jung. It was on rolls,
locks and throws. GM Jung was every bit the student on SGM Whang, he
again exhibited beautiful flowing movements as he tossed us around
flowing from one lock to the next in an endless string of energy and
pain(for us haha). He was meticulous in going over all the fine points
of each lock and flow not forgetting the most important thing of all,
the footwork. We exchanged techniques with our training partners and
input from GM Jung for the better part of two hours. Then we sent off to
station two which was grappling or BJJ. Again this class was run with
expert guidance. We exchanged guard passes, rolling escapes, in the
guard attacker punch control and some free sparring.
We then broke for about an hour. When we returned after lunch I was sent
to train with GM Jung for 3rd Dan and above instructors, we focused on
Korean weapons, the jang bong or five foot staff, jook-gum(aka kendo
sword) and the mok-gum or bokken. GM Jung is also a Master with weapons
specializing in Kumdo and jang bong. I absolutely loved this section of
training almost as must as the lock flow drills. This portion of my
training lasted about 2 more hours.
That evening we attended a WHA awards ceremony GM Jung was very gracious
and invited me to sit with him and SGM Whang for dinner as well as the
rest of the masters of the WHA. These people are genuinely nice people,
all are very approachable and warm. The dinner was excellent as was the
company. GM Jung gave our school and myself a very warm welcome and
a gift of appreciation.
The next day we were off again at 7 for breathing exercises with SGM
Whang then back to the Dojang for four more hours of flow drills and
locks. When we bowed out SGM Whang gave each of us a warm handshake and
a personal parting thought as well except Glenn he gave him one more
takedown to remember him by. LOL
I cannot say enough about the quality of all aspects of this
organization if has left me with a renewed vigor to teach and train. I
also want to thank Senior Master Piller for all his time and insight
during our conversations, he has truly become a new friend in the
martial arts for me.
Live to Train - Train to Live
Master Joe Cosentino
AT THE NEW SCHOOL!!!
a beautiful facility and I am just overwhelmed with excitement!
the student and parents response has been the same and
sure we will be very happy in our new location.
lets all kick it up a notch and train!
Melegrito’s Philippine Combative's Seminar
… held July 17th, Hosted by
Komplete Martial Arts
Cosentino … a
featuring Double Stick, Single Stick, Empty-Hands and Knife Training …
Thanks to Guro Melegrito
for an informative, fast-paced day of Filipino Martial Arts. Thanks to
all the students who came out and made it a spectacular event. A special
thanks to Mataas Na Guro Hal Deily for his attendance and support. It is
not often that you will find a martial art that has such a brotherhood
of learning and acceptance or a Master martial artist such as Master
Deily that would come to a seminar of the same style.
could only be in awe as these two great masters got it on and dazzled
all of us with their skill and love for the art.
This Story is truly amazing and shows that if you really try that you CAN
make a difference.
A real display of Indomitable Spirit! He is my inspiration and new
Boy, 8, Saves Sister From Abduction Attempt
4-Year-Old Girl's Brother Wrestles Her From Attacker
pm EDT May 16, 2010
pm EDT May 17, 2010
MYRTLE BEACH, SC. -- Police in Myrtle Beach, S. C., credit the quick
actions of a caring brother for saving a young girl from an attempted
looking for the man who tried to abduct a 4-year-old girl vacationing
from Pittsburgh. The girl’s mother, Erin Kuhns, of Whitehall, told
Channel 4 Action News that on Friday, she was walking near the beach
with her three children when her daughter, Josie, ran off.
Kuhns said she
then told her son, Nathan, to run after the child. When the 8-year-old
boy caught up with his sister, Nathan said he saw a man trying to drag
the girl into his car.
because of the fact someone was trying to pull her in the car and I went
down there and beat the crap out of this guy," Nathan said of the
Erin Kuhns, the boy was able to wrestle his sister away from the
said, 'Mommy, I just kicked and I punched and I hit, and I just kept
doing it,'” Kuhns told Channel 4 Action News’ Shannon Perrine Sunday.
“[The man] kept grabbing her, and he kept pulling her and kept trying to
put her back in the car.”
was able to provide DNA evidence to police, because he scratched the man
was injured in the attempted abduction.
police have not made any arrests.
The family has
since returned home from their vacation.
(Web site with
video of 8 year old hero's story.)
Hello students and
I have recently been inundated, as I know you
have with all of the negative campaign ads that are constantly on the
TV. You can’t sit down at any time to even watch the news without 10
minutes of news and 20 minutes of negative ads. I was very amused as I
was listening to one negative ad, as the word “Wanna-be” was used. I had
of course heard this phrase used before and wonderer where it had come
from and how it came to be so negative in meaning. So I started to
I guess the most common use is to use it as a
saying that indicates a person trying to be something they are not. Most
often being said by someone who thinks that they themselves are a person
who “Is” or an “I Already am”. Already achieving whatever it is that the
“Wanna-be” must be after.
So I thought more about the words or
statement and what it means to me and how could these words have changed
to become so negative.
My earliest thoughts of “wanna-be” would
have to go back to my childhood when I thought I “wanna-be” just like my
Father. Why? Because my Father always seemed to be sticking
up for the little guy, always fighting for whoever seemed to need help
regardless of whether they were right or wrong. He also was one of the
toughest human beings that I have personally ever known. Even now at 83
I would rather have him covering my back than anyone else. He is now and
forever my all time I “Wanna-be”!!!
Moving through life I can think of dozens of
other people I looked at and said that’s how I ”wanna-be”. Without a
doubt, second to my father I truly “wanna-be” just like Guro Dan
Inosanto. Why? Because he is the most talented yet humble martial artist
I have ever known. Every time I train with him I see new things done
with such skill I am always in awe. At the same time he constantly tells
us to seek martial arts knowledge in everyway that we can, to take it
all in then “Absorb what is useful and discard what is not”.
I have been training in Kali twice a week for 7
years now under Mataas Na Guro Hal Deily a true disciple of Guro Dan. I
still remember the first time that I went to train with Guro Dan. I was
a black belt in Tae Kwon do and thought that I would just fit right in
and be able to do whatever it was that these Kali people where doing.
Man was I wrong. I felt like a child in with giants. I thought I knew
martial arts LOL! I knew nothing!!! Humbled beyond humble! Guro Dan was
amazing and knew how many of us felt. I will never forget one thing that
he said to us. He said “He admired that we could come to him as white
belts because being able to be a white belt means that there is a new
journey ahead and new things to be learned. He said when he meets
someone that knows a martial art that he doesn’t makes him turn upside
down inside like a kid on Christmas Day”. He said “He believed in going
out and always learning new martial arts and in fact at his school it
was a requirement”!
Haha WOW! That’s what you call
self-confidence and true love of the art!
It is said that the student will know when he has
met his “Master” I knew that I had met my Master… No more questions
needed to be asked.
So am I a “Wanna-be”? Yes, and I really can’t
think of a better phrase to describe it.
Now I don’t know much about politics and smear
campaigns (I leave that to the politicians, corporations and unions) but
I do know something about martial arts. So I thought about what do I
have to compare this to, it came to me quickly. I remember an instructor
who used the phrase “Wanna-be” often because he thought he fit into the
” I Already am” description pretty well. We all know the type. The “I
know more in my little finger” and the “I forgot more than they will
His students listened to this type of talk
as well as other negative comments about almost every other martial art
for years. Unless you trained under him you didn’t “Earn” your belts and
you where only a “Wanna-be”. Then came a day when this “Master” had an
international test for his next rank and an opportunity to show everyone
that he was an “I Already am”. A show of skills and knowledge for the
martial art that he was a master of, to let his students and the world
know this is what you should aspire to be! A “Real Martial Artist”,
“Earning your belt”, “Leading by example”… Unfortunately the “I Already
am” “Master” failed to do this, in fact he failed in every way that a
master of his type of martial arts could have. Embarrassing himself and
his students. Of course he had excuses for his failure and of course it
wasn’t long before this “Master” was once again calling people “Wanna-be's”
and other names. He got his belt too. So much for the “Earning it”
and “Leading by example”.
The story I have told you here is to emphasize
that in real martial arts the truth will eventually come out, unlike in
politics sometimes you get duped and you may never find out that the
person wasn’t who they appeared to be.
One thing I can tell you is that being a
“wanna-be” is all I “wanna-be” because I know that my Guro, Guro Dan is
a “wanna-be” too. I would rather be the lowest “wanna-be” and be able
and tell my students of all the things that I have learned about the
martial arts. Training and traveling to meet new masters and learning
new arts, than to be the highest ranked “I Already am” and end up as a
Please my Students always be a “Wanna-Be”
& Always a white belt.
Check out Guro
Deily’s new promo clip on You Tube with Sifu Cosentino and others.
I am happy to announce that KMA will once again
be offering a Jiu Jitsu class. Jiu Jitsu is a requirement for the World
Hapkido Assoc. program and a necessity in any self-defense program.
It will be offered as “Introduction to Jiu Jitsu”
on Wednesday evenings at 6:30-7:15 beginning in July. The curriculum
will include the WHA curriculum as well as dozens of techniques from BJJ
America under Master David Meyer. I was unable to grapple regularly for
the last year because of my abdominal condition, but because of my
recent surgery and it’s success, I am once again able to offer this
class. Master C
Reminder: Please make sure to look at the upcoming
Seminars and Events posted below. We already have a large number of
students planning on attending the WHA event in Florida. The deadline is
approaching and I want to make sure that you have all that you need to
make it an experience to remember.
Live to Train and Train to Live!
Restore the Dignity of a Black Belt
" In one aspect of what is called "martial arts", the MMA stuff, many
Black Belts come across as heavily-tattooed, cartoon-looking hoodlums,
who respect violence and feel free to curse and degrade others on
The media completely ignored us during the early sixties but now
seemingly only grant visibility to those who believe that it is in vogue
to condone violence and/or that it is okay to send kids the message that
adults accept the use of violence as a means to resolve problems. This
is not the message that parents want their children exposed or taught to
value. Just as "Pro Wrestling" is not real wrestling; in a way, perhaps,
MMA is not real martial arts.
Violence by definition is a loss of self-control. Martial arts teaches
self-control; therefore, martial arts is not violent - people are. Guns
do not kill others-people do.
We must wake up, Black Belts are leaving the martial arts in droves. We
must re-evaluate and grant dignity to the old definition of Black Belt."
thoughts on this
It has been my experience that the bulk of the people that are
looking to train in "MMA" are typically ages 17-35. Unfortunately their
definition of MMA and mine are not the same. Theirs would be training in
three or four different martial arts styles in an abbreviated manner so
that they are capable of pummeling someone into oblivion in or out of a
cage fight. Hummmmm?
My definition of mixed martial arts is to train in two or three
different martial arts in a very traditional way with the hopes of
getting to Black Belt and then passing along your knowledge to others,
philosophy and all.
We do offer at KMA, MMA called Combative Essentials or the 5 Zones of
Self-Defense (Not Fighting) but it is taught with self defense in mind
and is typically our students learning how to put what they are learning
in our traditional classes to use on the street in self-defense
Many times these MMA players have only intermediate belts in a system of
traditional martial arts and sometimes no traditional training at all.
Some only have really hard heads!
Yes they are tough, yes they can fight but doing what's right in
the real world, getting up and going to work, being a responsible
parent, student, friend, spouse are more important and sometimes much
tougher to do. These are the things that traditional martial arts teach
along with the self-defense aspects and the physical fitness. Things
that can be taken with you throughout your life.
I would have to say that I couldn't agree more with Mr. Lewis'
assessment of MMA and it's pollution of traditional Martial Arts.
Quote of the Month
"Martial Arts without Philosophy is just Street Fighting"
Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee
Inosanto Kali Strikes Again! Densel Washington gets his Martial Arts
training from Guro Inosanto for the Book of Eli.
Check it out! Train in Kali only at KMA!
Respond like an echo
Adapt like a shadow
Guro Dan Inosanto
Where the head goes, the body will follow. A
ponytail, hooded sweatshirt, and jewelry all
If your head isn't working, neither are you.
Protect your head at all times.
Keep your eyes open. Just because you can't see
it doesn't mean it's not going to hit you.
Keep your mouth shut. Biting your tongue is not
just a metaphor.
There's nothing about "eye poke" that doesn't
Every time you get hit, learn something.
Size matters. So does attitude, intensity,
conditioning and ingenuity.
The stronger you are, the harder you will hit.
Always work on the big 3: speed, strength
Hydration: sweat is good. More sweat is better.
Water is your friend.
Don't judge someone's ability by his
Advanced Students and Instructors
Everyone walks in the door of a martial arts
school for reasons of self-improvement. People
stay for a vast
array of reasons. Someone else's reason may not be the same as
Help out the beginners. They are the future of
Don't hit the beginners. While it is fun and
easy, they are the future of our art.
Don't partner your new small students with
really big students, or students training for a fight.
leave feeling beaten, and most often won't come back.
Men new to Jiu Jitsu are just as freaked out by
having to grapple with a woman as new
women are by having to
grapple with a man.
If you have new women in the class, keep the
Jiu Jitsu to a bare minimum, unless it's a
Jiu Jitsu class,
and train the triangle choke from the guard on another day.
Breathe. Green, grey, splotchy and ash white
are not colorings you are aiming for. If you see
on your training partner or your students, make them slow down
pass out, keel over, or throw up.
Be nice to the really weird people. You may be
someone else's really weird person.
Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene: soap, toothpaste and
deodorant are essentials to training.
If someone says you smell, you probably do, and
not just on the day they mention it.
If you inadvertently hit your partner in the
groin, get out of range and keep moving until he
Scratching your partner is a bad thing. Trim
your nails and wash under them.
Bleeding on someone is bad form. Cover your
blisters, etc., before you start training.
Running shorts are not good for Jiu Jitsu. Your personal parts will not stay
enclosed in the
A halter-top is not good for Jiu Jitsu. (See above.)
Don't squish your partner in Jiu Jitsu just
because you can.
Storage of sweaty clothes in the trunk of your
car should make them ineligible for the next
class. In a moist, dark environment, they
become a new life form.
Wash your hand wraps and throw your gloves away
when they smell. (Dave)
Don't make anyone else wash your blood off the
heavy bag, floor, Thai pads, focus mitts,
Don't quit unless you are injured, and don't
let anyone else cause you to quit.
Don't quit because you are frustrated. Find a
different aspect of the art, or your motion,
to focus on and
Anything you set your mind to do you can do.
Each of us has a different and unique body,
which has different and unique attributes. Just
want someone else's attributes doesn't mean you're going to
get them. It's
your job to develop the ones you were given.
Don't compare yourself to those around you.
You'll either be way better or way worse in
neither of which is true, and neither has any bearing on your
You can learn from anyone if you keep an open
mind. The answers will come from a variety
of people, styles,
systems and cultures.
Your way is not necessarily the best way, and
is definitely not the only way.
You will change through the training. Make sure
it is in a positive direction.
Unless you absolutely have to (or have chosen
to in a sanctioned format) don't hit anyone
outside of the
Anyone can do martial arts if they put there
mind and body into it. Don't quit, don't whine,
leave your ego
at the door and get to work.
The body talks. Let how you move speak for you.
Regardless of your body and the skills you've got, you have to
establish your own credibility. Once this is done, move on;
it's done. Everyone has the same hurdles to overcome: too
skinny, too heavy, too weak, the wrong gender, too old, from a
different ethnic/cultural background, physically, mentally or
learning disabled, too big, too small, too tall, too short,
the list goes on. Don't let your issues get in the way; they
are irrelevant to everyone but you.
We are all going to
move differently, think differently, and impact others
differently. That is the beauty of Martial Arts. As men and
women in the martial arts, we are all part of a wonderful
experience that encompasses self-defense, health, fitness,
physical, mental and spiritual development and cultural
enrichment, as well as intellectual and spiritual growth. We
have the tremendous opportunity to improve ourselves and those
around us, both in and out of the martial arts environment.
The people with whom we come into contact will enhance this
experience and make our art and us better for it.