United States Korean Martial Arts Federation's roots go
back to the late 1970's when several American instructors
in the Southeastern United States joined forces in order
to increase the amount of knowledge available to their students.
By conducting clinics, seminars and testings at central
locations, these instructors set a new higher standard for
the average student to attain. During the late 1980's, under
the leadership of GM J. R. West, interest in the organization
went well beyond it's original regional boundaries and became
the USKMAF that exists today. The requirements for membership
are rather simple and straightforward. Members are required
to operate a school or class within the USA, teach a "recognized"
system of Korean Martial Arts, this includes using Korean
terminology, instructors and students wearing a traditional
Korean uniform, teaching Korean philosophy and Korean-style
techniques. Regular attendance at organizational twice-yearly
seminars is expected. Dan testing and seminar fees are very
reasonable for those schools that meet our criteria. OUR
GOAL IS TO INSTRUCT FIRST AND CERTIFY SECOND.
GM J. R. West
9th Degree Black Belt
KiDoHwe) Cert #89
HapKiDo Black Belt since 1967
A letter of
Recommendation from Dr. He-Young Kimm, President and Founder
of the World HanMuDo Association.
• A letter
of Recommendation from Master Kang Rhee, President and Founder
of the World Black Belt Bureau.
• A letter from William
Jenkins, Acting Special in Charge of the Jackson, MS FBI
office Thanking Master West for Working with the FBI and
inviting FBI agents to attend one of our regular seminars.
• An email
from Kevin Sanderson, Jackson FBI SWAT Team Leader
thanking West's Hapkido for our Law Enforcement Officer
• A letter
from Major Mike Wadsworth - U.S. Army, Regarding our hand
to hand clinics held at Ft. Benning GA for, among others,
members of the 2nd Ranger Training Battalion.