May 23, 2024

WORLD HAPKIDO NEWS

WORLD HAPKIDO NEWS

Introducing Master Robert Buckman

Introducing Master Robert Buckman

My name is Robert Buckman, I am a resident of the town of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. I am currently the lead instructor at the Broken Bow Hapkido Club that is Part of a Community Outreach Center. My volunteer work these is helping to change the lives of our students and the community through the character building aspects of martial arts training. I currently hold the rank of 6th degree black belt and am the Oklahoma State Director for the USA Hapkido Union.

I started training in Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do in 1982 under the late Grand Master George Petrotta who was the President of the International SungJaDo Association a Taekwondo and Hapkido organization. Grand Master George Petrotta, 78, of Florence, South Carolina passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at McLeod Hospice House. He is dearly missed by all of us, and I carry his memory and lessons with me in my heart. Grand Master Petrotta taught martial arts as military self-defense arts at a time that Taekwondo was fast becoming an international sport. While we did learn sparring and forms, there was a strong emphasis on practical self-defense.

I have trained under several other instructors but now I am working with Grand Master Paul Holley’s Tong Hap Kwan. The art of Tong Hap Kwan has a flexible curriculum that allows instructors to add their techniques and philosophies into the class so that the art continues to grow and evolve in all aspects of training the mind, body, and spirit. Grand Master Holley is on the Board of Directors of the USA Hapkido Union, the National Governing Body under the authority of the International Independent Hapkido Alliance. He is a senior member of the Board of Advisors for the international Independent Hapkido Alliance and a member of their International Promotion Board.

I also have a membership under Grand Master Derman Hodge Sr. and his World Moo Sul Kwan Federation. Grand Master Dermon Hodge Sr. Founded the World Moo Sul Kwan Federation which has been serving the martial arts community since 1986. As an organization they are known for their focus on both the combative side of martial arts and the healing arts.

I have been in law enforcement or corrections since 1995. My professional background gives me a deep insight into what does and what does not work in real life self-defense situations. This experience working in high threat environments gives me a great advantage as a martial arts teacher having had an opportunity to battle test my skills in the streets as a law enforcement officer and on the job against hardened criminals as a corrections officer. Those experiences have also forged my commitment as a volunteer martial arts teacher in our community.

Anyone wishing to learn more about training at the Broken Bow Hapkido Club in Oklahoma can visit https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100069315741948

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