I am happy to share with you some news about the revamped NKMAA.com web site, as it allows me to keep it up-to-date. I have learned the basics of word press, so I can do just that. To be honest, the old site had been neglected for years, and it was very necessary for me to learn how to take care of our site myself. GM Janisse had been doing his best ever since we created the NKMAA.ca site; however, even though he WILL help me out whenever I am stuck, he has too many things on his plate to continue to be our webmaster. The fact is that his position as Grandmaster of Kong Shin Bup will likely take up all the spare time he has.
Congratulations to the new GM of Kong Shin Bup – GM Kevin Janisse
In 2010, many of GM Timmerman’s friends gathered in Sault Ste Marie to celebrate his 60th year of training, and it was at this “Gathering of Masters” that GM Timmerman appointed his highest ranking student, KJN Kevin Janisse, to succeed him as the second inheritor of the art of Kong Shin Bup. The appointment was witnessed by a large number of very high ranking and respected Grandmasters, so no one could dispute this transfer. At a similar large gathering, this time the Korean Martial Arts Masters Hall Of Fame, GM Timmerman bestowed the title of Grandmaster to KJN Janisse. GM Janisse is the FIRST ever to be award the title of Grandmaster in the National Korean Martial Arts Association. Thank you for your many years of service to NKMAA and the art of Kong Shin Bup GM Janisse.
Great to have GM Janisse officially on board as a contributor to the kmacollege. GM Janisse, current Grandmaster of Kong Shin Bup, brings with him many other extraordinary skills such as, but not limited to: Nak Bup, Fitness, and Sword making to mention just a few. Glad to have you on board Sir.
Sad News: Grandmaster Eugene Humesky (1921-2013)
It is with a sad heart that I announce the passing of a dear friend and valued member of our board Of Advisors, Grandmaster Eugene Humesky. GM Humesky was slated to be inducted into the KMAMhof in August 2014, and he had accepted his nomination. Unfortunately, he passed away before the event, and his lovely wife of many years, Dr. Assiah Humesky accepted his induction award at the event. See photo below.
Photo Above Left: SM Judith Romines introduces Dr Humesky, Top Right: Dr. Assiah Humesky accepts her late husband’s award. Bottom Right: some of the KMAM hof Ambassadors (unfortunately not everyone is in the photo).
NKMAA BOA Appointments:
I am very proud to announce that Grandmaster Michael Romines (a long time friend), has joined the NKMAA Board Of Advisors for the art of Tang Soo Do. He brings with him more than fifty years of experience, and he will be assisted by Senior Master Judith Romines. Both are KMAMhof Ambassadors, and both were on hand at the 2014 KMAM Hall Of Fame, and you could not have missed SM Romines in her beautiful Korean dress. I understand that GM Romines will be on hand at the 2015 NKMAA Summer Camp to be held at the NKMAA HQ next August 7th to 9th. Don’t miss training with the best of the best.
Congratulations CM Francis Moore
With the sad passing of our BOA member, Grandmaster Eugene Humesky, I have been looking at appointing a new man to the BOA for Tae Kwon Do. We have many highly skilled Masters to choose from; however, we need more than skill when it comes to our Board Of Advisors… we need dedication, and the opportunity for our new appointee to BE THERE. After many months of thinking hard about this choice, I have finally come to the conclusion that none other than Chief Master Francis Moore deserves this appointment… he never misses our NKMAA Summer Camps, and he is an excellent Instructor. Certificates of appointment will be presented to GM Romines and CM Moore at the 2015 NKMAA Summer Camp.
Welcome GM Mahdi Nazhand – NKMAA Rep. Iran
I warmly welcome Grandmaster Mahdi Nazhand to NKMAA. He is our Ambassador for Iran, and he is a certified NKMAA 8th Dahn in the art of Hap Ki Do. Many of our members had the opportunity to train with this fine Master of HKD during the weekend of our KMAM Hall Of Fame. We hope he will return more often.
Welcome SM Will Widmeyer
It is wonderful to see former students of GM Pak come together; and, at the 2014 KMAMhof, three of the most senior students of GM Pak (GM Timmerman, GM D. Kloss, and SM W. Widmeyer) were on hand to celebrate his induction into the KMAMhof. A fourth, GM Ivan Bergeron, could not make the trip.
SM Widmeyer is registered as 8th dahn with NKMAA… the rank he had earned under GM Pak.
New Project: KMACollege
I am also happy to announce the creation of the KMACollege in order to replace our original Long Distance Training (LDT) program. Many NKMAA members living a fair distance away from HQ, still managed to gain knowledge AND meaningful certification, and this made our LDT program highly successful. It is this success that I wanted to share with the entire Korean martial arts community – not just NKMAA members – and the KMACollege is designed to do just that.
As you know, I am always picky about having only the best Instructors in our association, and so it should not come as a big surprise to anyone that I have set the same standards for the KMACollege. I am very pleased to announce that Grandmaster Shelton Moreland (Tae Kwon Do) has agreed to join my new venture, and we also have Grandmaster Kevin Janisse (Kong Shin Bup), Chief Master Dickson Kunz (Kuk Sool), and KJN Rob Poll (KSHKD) on board. While I am looking for more good Instructors, we are off to a good start with these dedicated and highly skilled Masters. Please visit the kmacollege.com site, and check it out.