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Isaac Costley is a Hapkido master and the owner of Calvary Family Martial Arts and Fitness in Colorado Springs. In this live seminar, the former police officer and veteran of the United States Air Force teaches a variety of practical self-defense techniques.

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When taekwondo master Rondy McKee gives a keynote speech, it's standing room only. Her tips on marketing and advertising are worth their weight in gold. Consider this update Black Belt received right before going to press:

"I just got home from Germany," McKee said. "In addition to teaching several classes, I was the keynote speaker at a large seminar in Munich, training attendees on marketing strategies and in how to implement new programs for martial arts schools.

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Training in Hapkido, Watching Billy Jack and becoming a sheepdog

On the East Coast and West Coast, schools had been emerging and multiplying since the mid-1960s, but those of us who lived in "flyover country" had few opportunities to broaden our understanding of arts like karate, kung fu, judo and taekwondo.

At Union University in my hometown of Jackson, Tennessee, I'd been fortunate to train from 1969 to 1970 in the then little-known art of hapkido. In a field-house basement, a Korean student and former captain in the ROK Army known only as Mr. Suh organized and taught the system to a small group of dedicated students. Suh ran a no-nonsense traditional class, and for 10 months, we couldn't get enough of his instruction. Despite the bruises and the blood, we always looked forward to our next session.

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Brothers Simon and Phillip Rhee joined Black Belt Magazine for a live seminar to raise funds for Red Cross' fight against COVID-19! This live training session featured not one but both martial arts legends, demonstrating techniques and new skills for everyone to learn during quarantine.

Simon Rhee is a world-class martial artist, stunt performer, a 7th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Hap Ki Do, and a many-time Grand Champion of the tournament circuit.

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