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Fifty Years of Martial Arts – What I’ve Seen: Chapter Three

Fifty Years of Martial Arts – What I’ve Seen: Chapter Three

By 10th Degree, Grand Master John Worley The Move to Minnesota by John G. Worley After three years at the Jhoon Rhee Institute, Patty and I decided we wanted to have our own school, somewhere. Along with one of the other instructors (Gary Hestilow, another Texas transplant and good friend) and with Jhoon Rhee’s blessing, we started our search for our…

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Fifty Years of Martial Arts – What I’ve Seen: Chapter Two

Fifty Years of Martial Arts – What I’ve Seen: Chapter Two

By 10th Degree, Grand Master John Worley I’m often asked, “Why did you start karate?” and “Why did you choose to make martial arts your life’s work?” In the early 1960’s, martial arts training in America was in its’ infancy and there were very few professional schools. People who trained in martial arts were thought to be “deadly” and black belt…

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Fifty Years of Martial Arts – What I’ve Seen: Chapter 1

Fifty Years of Martial Arts – What I’ve Seen: Chapter 1

The Early Days – Texas – 1967 – 1970 My earliest exposure to any sort of Martial Arts came in February of 1967 when my then seventeen-year-old younger brother Pat demonstrated his Taekwondo green belt skills in our Grandparents’ front yard in Hamilton, Texas. Five years his senior, I had always been able to manhandle him as older brothers often…

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