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October 2010 Combat Hapkido Advanced/Black Belt Testing


October 2010 Combat Hapkido Advanced/Black Belt Testing


In 1990 Grandmaster Pellegrini officially named his style of Hapkido “Combat Hapkido” (Chon-Tu Kwan Hapkido in Korean). The name clearly identifies it and sets it apart from other so-called “traditional” styles of Hapkido. It is also referred to as the “Science of Self Defense”. Combat Hapkido is an extremely realistic and versatile discipline of self protection that includes an extensive variety of joint locks, kicks, strikes, take downs, pressure points, ground survival, disarming techniques and the use of selected weapons. The result is a comprehensive Self Defense system enjoyable to learn, safe to practice and most of all, totally effective. Combat Hapkido’s dynamic concepts are based on scientific principles of anatomy and biomechanics as well as psychology and strategy. It is well suited for men and women of all ages and sizes because physical strength and athletic abilities are not essential. The emphasis is on redirecting the assailants’ aggression and power back toward them with little effort and minimum force on your part. Creating this system did not mean “inventing” the techniques. It was a matter of selecting, from a vast body of knowledge, the most realistic, effective and practical ones, modifying others and then combining and arranging those techniques in a structured method of instruction designed for individuals of all physical abilities living in a modern society. Grandmaster Pellegrini continues to research, study and learn and, as a result, the Combat Hapkido system will be further refined and will continue to evolve and adapt to changing situations. Grandmaster Pellegrini first received unofficial approval for Combat Hapkido by Grandmaster In Sun Seo while training in Pusan, Korea in 1993. After 6 years of monitoring and supervision, Grandmaster In Sun Seo granted Combat Hapkido official recognition and “Kwan” accreditation in 1999. This unprecedented act established Combat Hapkido as a legitimate style of Hapkido, registered with the World Ki-Do Federation and recognized by the Korean government.

Grandmaster John Pellegrini - Founder of Combat Hapkido Grandmaster Pellegrini started his martial arts training at the age of 11 in Italy with Judo. Later Grandmaster Pellegrini studied some Kung-Fu in a local gym up to the age of 17.

While in the Army Grandmaster Pellegrini trained in Jujitsu. Upon moving to the US he received his first of many Black Belts in 1971 in the art known as Shotokan Karate. He then moved to New York and switched to Tae Kwon Do and has remained in the Korean arts ever since. Grandmaster Pellegrini has had many different hapkido instructors with his first being JI Sung Song. He is currently a student under Grandmaster In-Sun Seo. Over the last 30 plus years Grandmaster Pellegrini has studied and applied many different aspects of martial arts training. After many years of development and study, Grandmaster Pellegrini decided that Hapkido was, in his opinion, the most practical method of self-defense. However he did find several areas of study in Hapkido that were not practical in a combat situation (self-defense). Thus he founded Combat Hapkido. 9th Dan ICHF, 9th Dan and Founder of the ITA (Independent Tae Kwan Do Association), Instructor certification in Jeet Kune Do and Akido, Master Instructor in Cane Masters, Founder/President of the ICHF, ITA, IPDTI (International Police Defensive Tactics Institute), and MCA (Military Combatives Association). Page 2

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Master Steve Materkowski – ICHF Regional Chief Director

Master Steve Materkowski began studying martial arts in Michigan in 1975. He began his studies with Judo and European Style Fencing. Master Materkowski was first introduced to Tae Kwon do while enlisted in the U.S. Navy. In 1985, he began formal study with Master K.Y. Park, in Fremont, CA. Master Park emphasized a broad approach to Korean Martial Arts, which included Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Weapons. After moving to Colorado in 1988, Master Materkowski continued his study of Korean Martial Arts including various Philipino Martial Arts. In 1992, he began studying with Grandmaster Vthor Braun. This further enhanced his understanding and skills in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Weapons. At this time he was also introduced to Guru Tuan William de Thouars and his unique art of Kun Tao Silat.

1993 was an instrumental year in that Master Materkowski became affiliated with Grandmaster John Pellegrini. Through his association with the ICHF, Master Materkowski introduced Combat Hapkido to the Rocky Mountain region. Master Materkowski was appointed the Colorado State Director for the ICHF in 1993. He received his 6th Dan Combat Hapkido Ranking in 2005. Master Materkowski was appointed as the Rocky Mountain Regional Director for the ICHF in 2001. Master Materkowski is also a member of the Masters Council for the ITA. He is currently ranked as a 5th Dan in Tae Kwon Do through the ITA and he also holds Master Instructor Certification through both the ITA and the World Ki Do Federation. Currently Master Materkowski is the owner of Defensive Response Training in Conifer, Colorado and travels the Rocky Mountain region teaching clinics in Combat Hapkido and Weapons.

Mr. Eric Mayes – ICHF Regional Weapons & Ground Survival Director

Mr. Eric Mayes started training purposefully in martial arts in the very early ‘90s. Mr. Mayes is currently a 4th Degree Black Belt with the ICHF. He is the Rocky Mountain Region Director of Weapons and Ground Survival. Almost simultaneously with his ICHF training, he also started training in Hock Hochheim’s Scientific Fighting Congress. Under Mr. Hochheim he is now an Unarmed Combatives Instructor and holds Black Belts and instructor status in Mr. Hochheim Karatejutsu and Archipeligan Combatives. Mr. Mayes then began training with Mr. Mike Janich and his Martial Blade Craft system. He earned Instructor number 007 in the summer of 2008. Mr. Mayes teaches at United Martial Arts Center (UMAC) and provides advanced training to ICHF students throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.

Mr. Bud Brasier – ICHF Regional Business & Marketing Director

Mr. Bud Brasier began training in martial arts in 1999 with his son, Michael. Mr. Brasier discovered Combat Hapkido in 2006 and has been very involved in this martial art ever since. He received his 2nd Degree Black Belt in Combat Hapkido in 2009 and is the Chief Combat Hapkido Instructor at Family Martial Arts Center (FMAC) and Parker Academy Of Martial Arts (PAMA). He is a certified Instructor in Anatomical Targeting Strategy (pressure points) and also a certified Instructor in Ground Survival. He also became certified as an International Police Defensive Tactics (IPDTI) Instructor in July 2009. Mr. Brasier is the ICHF Rocky Mountain Regional Business and Marketing Director.

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ICHF INSTRUCTORS Master Steve Materkowski, 6th Dan - MHSD Chief Instructor Mr. Eric Mayes, 4th Dan - UMAC Chief Instructor Mr. Bud Brasier, 2nd Dan - FMAC and PAMA Chief Instructor

Mr. Larry Cline 4th Dan UMAC Instructor

Mr. Derek Materkowski 3rd Dan MHSD Instructor

Ms. Miriam Zoole 2nd Dan FMAC & PAMA Instructor Regional Student Manager

Student Instructors Student instructors are those individuals that teach an assigned class each week. Without these student instructors, we would not be able to grow our program. We are grateful for these dedicated individuals who give of their time and knowledge.

Mr. Brad Day, 1st Dan - PAMA Mr. David Gross, Advanced Red Candidate - FMAC Mr. John Kennedy, Deputy Candidate - FMAC Mr. Alex Putica, 1st Dan Candidate - PAMA Mr. Greg Way, 2nd Dan - UMAC

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CANDIDATES Mr. Michael Brasier - 1st Dan Black Belt Candidate

Mr. Brasier is 17 years old and has enlisted in the US Air Force; awaiting orders for boot camp. He has been very active in martial arts since he was six years old when he began TaeKwanDo. He was the Colorado State Champion in 2000 in his division for forms and was a four-time gold medalist at the State Games of Colorado in 2004. He also won a gold medal in forms and bronze medal in weapons at the 2005 National Games. Michael is currently a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and teaches Combat Hapkido classes on occasion. Michael is also a PADI Rescue Scuba diver with over 70 logged dives.

Mr. Alex Putica – 1st Dan Black Belt Candidate

Alex has been married to his wife Tracy for 7 1/2 years. He also has 2 daughters, Amber 18 and Emily 12. Alex has been with his employer for 11 years and is their CO/NM Service Manager. His interests and hobbies include spending time with his family and friends, motorcycle riding, watching MMA and training in martial arts. Alex started his martial arts training in Sep 2006 in Taekwondo. He received his Taekwondo Black Belt in Apr 2009 and is also a certified Taekwondo instructor. Alex still trains in Taekwondo and is scheduled to test for his second DAN in Apr 2011. Alex’s interest in Combat Hapkido grew in May 2007 after watching Combat Hapkido classes for several weeks. Shortly after that he enrolled in Combat Hapkido classes and officially started his training in Jun 2007. Since then Alex has had the opportunity to train under Grand Master Pellegrini while attending several Combat Hapkido seminars and has also had the privilege to belt test with GM Pellegrini in attendance. Alex would like to thank all of his instructors and those that were involved in helping him to reach his goals in Combat Hapkido. He is looking forward to achieving his black belt rank in Combat Hapkido and his continued training in martial arts.

Mr. Neal Schroder - 1st Dan Black Belt Candidate

Mr. Neal Schroder was first introduced to marital arts in college when a dorm mate who just attained black belt offered to give instruction in TKD just to get teaching experience. He received a commission in the United States Air Force upon graduation from college and during his first assignment joined a Jhoon Rhee TKD school. He changed direction and took up medieval weapons fighting in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). After leaving the military Mr. Schroder moved to Colorado; filling his free time by playing in multiple sports leagues. He attended 3 regional ICHF seminars over 3 years before eventually joining the Combat Hapkido school under Master Materkowski.

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Mr. Scott Smith - 1st Dan Black Belt Candidate

Mr. Smith has been studying Combat Hapkido since 2006 as a complement to Taekwondo. He started Taekwondo as a father-daughter activity in 2004 where he earned his 2nd Dan. He believes that the soft, circular style for close quarters self defense is a great complement. Mr. Smith would like to express special appreciation to Mr. Eric Mayes for the expert private lessons along with the United Martial Arts Center classes taught by Mr. Larry Kline & Mr. Mayes. Thank you to the Hapkido family of instructors - Master Steve Materkowski, Derek Materkowski, Greg Way, Bud Brasier, & Miriam Zoole. A special thank you to Hal Gustin for launching a Combat Hapkido program at the Parker Academy of Martial Arts. When not working on Self Defense/Martial Arts, Mr. Smith likes to spend time with his family traveling, skiing, bicycling, sailing in the northern Great Lakes, and going to car shows.

Mr. John Kennedy - Deputy Black Belt Candidate

Mr. Kennedy became interested in martial arts after watching his son’s Tae Kwon Do classes at Family Martial Arts Center. Although he considered training in Tae Kwon Do, he was looking for something different and found what he wanted in Combat Hapkido. Mr. Kennedy began training in Combat Hapkido when the program at FMAC started in January 2008. He is a veteran of the US Navy and is currently employed as a product manager at a company he has been at for 22 years. Mr. Kennedy lives with his wife and two kids (and three dogs!) in Aurora, CO.

Mr. Dale Wetmore - Deputy Black Belt Candidate

Dale Wetmore is an advanced red belt in Combat Hapkido and a 1st Dan black belt in taekwondo. He’s also received additional training in boxing, escrima, Krav Maga and jiu-jitsu.  A former president of the Colorado State Rifle Team, he trained under the director of the US Army Sniper School, and holds the marksman grade of NRA Distinguished Expert.    A graduate of Colorado State University and the University of Colorado, Dale is Director at JCB Partners, a business intelligence consulting practice.  As well as spending time with his wife and three children, Dale enjoys watching movies and reading books.

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Mr. Mike Tarin - Deputy Black Belt Candidate

Mike Tarin is married to Shawna Tarin and they have twin boys; Dylan and Dalton. Both Dylan and Dalton just received their red belts in Tae Kwon Do. Mike and Shawna have their brown belts in Tae Kwon Do. Mike enjoys spending time with his family. He tries to spend as much time outdoors as he can and loves to hike in the mountains year round. Backpacking overnight somewhere is one of his most noted passions.

Mr. David Gross - Advanced Red Belt Candidate

David Gross has been practicing Combat Hapkido for 2 years. David and his wife Christine have three children, Mikayla, Dylan, and Grant.

Mr. Brian Harper - Advanced Red Belt Candidate

Mr. Harper has studied Tae Kwon Do (TKD) for almost 6 years after watching his two boys start Martial Arts with Young Champions. He has earned his 1st Dan in TKD and is the Lead Instructor for the Cardio Program for Wolfpack Martial Arts (WMA). He also competes in Colorado Karate Association (CKA) Tournaments and has received State Champion Honors in several annual competitions. Mr. Harper took up the study of Combat Hapkido about 3 years ago as a fill in for the up close and personal self defense that is required for personal protection. With Combat Hapkido, he started to enjoy the pain compliance aspect of the Art and would like to further his study by obtaining his Black Belt in Combat Hapkido as well as learning Pressure Point aspect of the Art. Brian also assists in teaching Combat Hapkido at WMA.

Ms. Paige Schavey - Red Belt Candidate

Paige began Combat Hapkido in January 2009, and is currently working towards her Red belt. She continues her training in Combat Hapkido because, as a woman, and being just under 5’3� this is an art that is practical and useful for her to learn. The varying degrees of response make it a martial art that is applicable to any situation she may encounter.

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Limited Time Offer!!! Bring this coupon to any of the following four martial arts schools by November 30, 2010 and receive: 2 FREE COMBAT HAPKIDO LESSONS 1 FREE PRIVATE LESSON

ABSOLUTELY FREE NO OBLIGATION Offer good for new trial students only

Family Martial Arts Center (FMAC) 15400 E Smoky Hill Rd Aurora, CO 80015 (303) 699-1800

Parker Academy of Martial Arts (PAMA) 18632 Pony Express Dr. #103 Parker, CO 80134 (303) 841-0515 Page 8

Mountain Hapkido and Self Defense (MHSD) Conifer Crossings 11825 S Hwy 285 Conifer, CO 80433 (720) 480-1353

United Martial Arts Center (UMAC) 123 W Hampden Ave Unit J Englewood, CO 80110 (303) 783-9632

Combat Hapkido Black Belt Booklet - Oct 2010  

Rocky Mountain Regional Combat Hapkido Black Belt booklet for October 2010 testing. This testing took place in Denver Colorado.

Combat Hapkido Black Belt Booklet - Oct 2010  

Rocky Mountain Regional Combat Hapkido Black Belt booklet for October 2010 testing. This testing took place in Denver Colorado.