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Tactical Hapkido Alliance Newsletter

May 2009

In This Issue
• Welcome to our newest THA Charter! • Special Pod Cast Guest May 2009: - Professor Gary Dill • Best Defense – THA in TKD Australia! • Best Defense – New Site is Up! • THA You Tube Contest – Winner takes all • May’s Instructor of Honor: Instructor Jeff Brown • THA Seminar in Georgia– 05/16/2009 • Current Promotions • Upcoming Promotions • The THA Chaplain Corner

Welcome to the Tactical Hapkido Alliance Newest Charter Member!
We would like to welcome the newest member of the Tactical Hapkido Alliance family, Head Instructor Michael Matuszeki owner of the Musa Do Hapkido located in Independence, Missouri. He has been in the martial arts for over 18 years, and holds black belts in TKD, HKD and has trained in Kempo, Judo, Jujitsu, and the study in pressure points. And more importantly, he has the strong desire for putting the Lord at the center of his life in everything he does, including the teaching and study of martial arts. So please feel free to congratulate and welcome our newest member. You can contact Head Instructor Michael Matuszeki at 816-914-4479 or email him at

Special Pod Cast Guest, Professor Gary Dill, Jeet Kune Do
Professor Gary Dill who trained with James Yimm Lee who was Bruce Lee's training partner, closest of friends, mentor, and co-instructor of the Oakland JKD school will be coming to our podcast show to discuss Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee, background and much more! Keep checking the pod cast show for it will be quite informative from one of the most well know individuals in the martial arts world. Grandmaster Professor Gary Dill, who has the rare honor of being one of the few original students who trained in Bruce Lee's Oakland branch school while Bruce Professor Gary Dill training in Bruce Lee’s Lee was still alive and is one of the few garage in Oakland CA, 1972 students of James Lee who was asked to carry on the knowledge of Jeet Kune Do, while Bruce Lee was still alive and is one of the few students of James Lee who was asked to carry on the knowledge of Jeet Kune Do, has teamed up with Grandmaster Barry Rodemaker in holding this historic event! Professor Gary Dill will train you in the dynamic trapping in Jeet Kune Do, then taking the Jeet Kune Do trapping skills; Grandmaster Barry Rodemaker will train you in devastating Hapkido joint destruction and brutal takedowns! So don’t forget to register to be part of this historic event which promises to be one of a kind!

Tactical Hapkido Alliance Contact:
Grandmaster Barry Rodemaker 814-504-8043 gm.rodemaker Headquarters Location: 4006 Main Street Erie, PA 16511

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Locations of Other Tactical Hapkido Alliance Charter Schools: As of May 2009 – 18 Locations -

Tactical Hapkido and Best Defense – Updates:
Best Defense and Tactical Hapkido Alliance in TKD Times Australia!

Colorado: Aurora Georgia: McDonough Seminar 5/16/09 Kansas: Topeka Louisiana: Gonzales Maryland: Odenton Missouri: Independence NEW! North Carolina (2): Dallas Jacksonville New York: Oneonta Ohio: (3) Berea Chagrin Falls Macedonia
Pennsylvania: (2)

In April 2009 Australasian Tae Kwon Do highlighted the Tactical Hapkido Alliance work with Best Defense with an half page article on page 9 about the documentary film series in progress now. Featured in the piece, we can see Grandmaster Barry Rodemaker performing a Tactical Cane technique with the assistance of Master Dr. Douglas Brown.

Erie Altoona Virginia: Charles City Wisconsin: (3) Madison Kaukauna Fall River

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Tactical Hapkido and Best Defense – Updates Continued:
As mentioned in earlier newsletters, MMI and Best Defense was working on developing the next generation of interactive internet TV using the latest (some would consider even experimental) technology. No other site on the web has this next evolution of user active technology. On this new site you can blog (comment on video), vote on the video you like the most and much, much more! But you will have to register as a user to take full advantage of the services offered in this site. So make sure to visit the site, register as a user, check out this new state of the art technology and vote for Tactical Hapkido!

Tactical Hapkido’s You-Tube Contest –Winner Takes All!
Just a reminder that we have a friendly competition within the Tactical Hapkido Alliance. We would like to have instructors in the alliance create a video of you showing off the Tactical Hapkido techniques with in a realistic environment. You can take any creative measures you would like. This is a winner-take-all contest for the video that gets the most views on the You Tube, on the Tactical Hapkido’s website and votes by viewers. The winner will win the next training videos that cover Tactical Hapkido’s trapping, knife and stick. This also includes the Sharkee knife as part of this package. Videos are to be submitted to Grandmaster Rodemaker by email or mail and he will load this on our new Tactical Hapkido You-Tube channel. You can visit the THA website for more details or contact Grandmaster Rodemaker if you have any questions. The double impact seminar will be filmed and the event will be placed up on you-tube for the world to view!

May’s Instructor of Honor - Instructor Jeff Brown:
Jeff Brown earned his Black Belt in Tactical Hapkido & Renzoku Jiu-Jitsu in 2007, and was also recognized as a Black Belt in Hapkido from Master Blaine Grissom. Brown formerly trained in a "Modern Style" of Hapkido from another association for several years, but never truly felt at home with the direction of the other association, and was looking for a "Christ Based" organization which glorified God, and not the man. Brown is a former Kansas Law Enforcement Officer, Former Police Detective, and Former Chief of Police. Brown is also a student of the Prestigious Executive Security International, and attended the ESI Residency Course in 2006, and was awarded the "Top Student Award", and participated in ESI'S very first "Faith Based" experimental Executive protection Team while at Resident Training. (ESI is considered the Harvard of Bodyguard Schools). Brown has worked Protection Details for such notables as: Zig Ziglar, Jerry Lewis, Rick Springfield, and IBC Executives (Dolly Madison & Hostess), at the IBC Corporate Headquarters. Brown is now a Full Time Licensed Private Detective, and works undercover assignments in Domestic Marital Infidelity surveillance assignments, and Insurance Fraud Investigations, where he travels extensively across the USA conducting Covert Surveillance. In his spare time, Mr. Brown visits Martial Arts schools, and encourages other Bible Based Instructors to Consider the Tactical Hapkido Alliance as a way to network and be a part of a Great Association!
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Tactical Hapkido Seminar at USA Martial Arts, McDonough GA!
Grandmaster Rodemaker will be heading to McDonough Georgia for a Tactical Hapkido seminar hosted by Master Donald Martinez. We will appreciate those who can make it for your support of this event and look forward to see you there. Date: May 16, 2009 Location: USA Martial Arts Address: 256 Keys Ferry Street, McDonough, GA 30253 For More Information: Contact: Phone Number: Email: Master Donald Martinez 678-583-1832

Current Promotions and Services Available to Members:
Tactical Hapkido Alliance Bibles for Martial Artist:
Tactical Hapkido Alliance has established Bibles for Martial Artists. Staying true to the Christian believes that this organization was founded on, Grandmaster Rodemaker is asking for voluntary donations to cover the purchase of the bibles and for shipping. This donation is not tax deductable and is purely voluntary. Any donation made will be greatly appreciated and will be used to fully fund this outreach program. We have received numerous donations with a host of people signing up to receive their free Bible. As such Grandmaster Rodemaker would like to say thank you for your support in this outreach service.

Tactical Hapkido Alliance Prayer Team:
As stated in our first podcast, Firm Foundations, we are a unique organization unlike anyone else that stands true to what the THA was founded on. As such we would like to let everyone one know we are establishing a Tactical Hapkido Alliance prayer team consisting of any one who would like to be a team member. We realize that these are trying times and we would like for everyone that receives this newsletter that you are not alone and are a part of our family. If there is anything that you need prayer for all you have to do is send an email to and our team members will include it in our prayer meeting. Please include at least what you need prayers for and everything else is optional. From our beginnings we have seen doors swing wide open that we never anticipated and had prayers answered in way we never expected by solely trusting in the Lord. So when your prayer need has been answered please let us know by sending an email to so we post on our website to show how the Lord has helped you in your time of need and for everyone to see how the Lord works in His mysterious ways.

Tactical Hapkido Alliance New School Builder Packages:
Grandmaster Barry Rodemaker is offering his years of experience in making available to all charter members a proven system of methods and personal hands on advice put into one package, which is operating wildly successful at the THA headquarters. The package will include, among many other items, two lead boxes, personalized lettering system, local marketing assistance, and one on one assistance anytime with Rodemaker to aid in building and keeping your student base. You can contact the THA headquarters and get the details with Grandmaster Rodemaker.
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Customized Email Address from the Tactical Hapkido Alliance:
Using the latest in email forwarding technology, now all Charter School Owners, your Instructors and sanctioned Tactical Hapkido Alliance representatives can now customize their emails for free with out changing a thing. Our THA Information Technology team can set up this service where any email sent to Your_Name @ will be forwarded directly to your original email account. If you are interested just send Grandmaster Rodemaker an email at with what you want your email to be and your name. This is a free service to our members so take advantage of this.

Tactical Hapkido Alliance Instructor Honor Roll Program:
Tactical Hapkido Alliance has established the Instructor Honor Roll program for those instructors who are showing the most active dedication in the alliance. Instructors can achieve this honor more than once a year and the honoree will receive, from Grandmaster Rodemaker himself, an honor certificate to place in your school and he/she will be honored with an article in this newsletter. Please contact Grandmaster Rodemaker for further details.

Combat Services Manual for Charter School Owners:
The Tactical Hapkido Alliance has a special operating manual specially designed for Combat Services personnel. This manual was made for military, intelligence, police and security personnel who have to get the training quickly and thoroughly on top of the training they already received. This manual takes all the techniques in the regular manuals (white to master series) and breaks the techniques down to 8 main concepts. In this manual the instructor is to teach the concept and then the student will apply it to a variety of situations by examples. If you are interested in this program feel free to contact the THA headquarters for more details.

Tactical Hapkido Alliance and TKD promotion:
Due to our increasing traffic ranking on the internet. Tae Kwon Do Times is working with the THA and gave the Tactical Hapkido Alliance members and friends 20% off for a year’s subscription to their magazine. The official THA/TKD Times promotional code is TMAMA09 and is available only through the Tactical Hapkido Alliance. We have a link on where you can sign up using this special code.

Tactical Hapkido Alliance Product Catalog is up:
The Tactical Hapkido Alliance is developing a print version of all the services and products that charters and individuals can take advantage of. We now have this available on line where you may download the file and print copy to give to your students who may be interested in what you can offer to them.
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Services on the Tactical Hapkido’s Website:
THA Video Section: Like the videos on this site, go and visit You Tube to get the code that you can place on your site or vote for the video. You can send your own video to the THA and we can include it on this page also. THA Blog Link: Plenty of items on this blog, some mentioned in this newsletter, a lot not mention. Go check it out and add your view. Comment Section: Please let us know what you like about the training system and/or the organization and we will post it on that location. You can fill this out online now or visit our official blog. News Section: If you are interested or have something to promote please send an email to, or, please make sure to include your name, location and important background information (time, place, event, ect.) and we will start posting this information for you. Sign up for the Tactical Hapkido Alliance Newsletter: It is as easy as putting in your email address. So please let all your students know that they can receive this newsletter so we can get the word out to all who are interested. This will be the primary tool for all members of the THA to take advantage of our collective bargaining power to the mainstream suppliers and organizations. All Membership applications can be done on-line: The applications for individuals and schools have been automated online so that after the application fee is processed, that individual can now complete their membership form online with automatic transmission sent to Grandmaster Rodemaker for expedient processing. Charter Member Section: We have a new secured Charter Membership area on the Tactical Hapkido Alliance website. This site will provide our valuable members to get their gup certificates and black belt certifications online. In addition you can get your co-branding DVD at charter rates, where your school logo or name will be on the cover of the video, at charter prices. And Email was sent out to charters members with the sign on and password to access this valuable service.

Upcoming Promotions and Services:
Tactical Hapkido Alliance Knife, Stick, and Trapping Drills being Edited!
A whole new video / manual series is currently being edited by Grandmaster Rodemaker. The video series will demonstrate to the instructor and student how the core curriculum of Tactical Hapkido can be applied to the 9 planes of motion during a knife/stick attack in addition to how to apply the trapping drills during your training. As a bonus feature of this package, the THA has secured a relationship with Sharkee Knives where we can provide charter members this equipment below wholesale costs by going through THA Headquarters. The winner of the You-Tube contest will get this whole package as soon as it is completed!

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Tactical Hapkido Alliance Chaplain:
The Tactical Hapkido Alliance would like to remind all members and families that we have an official chaplain as a member in the alliance, Rev. Dr. H. George Myers “Skip”. If there is anything you need prayers for, advice, encouragement or the need for any consultation please do not hesitate to contact him at anytime. He is here to help all members of our family. From time to time, he will also contribute articles to this newsletter that will be insightful and helpful for all. Contact Information: Rev. Dr. H. George Myers “Skip” THA Chaplain 330-554-5491 Martial Arts Background: 2nd Dan Tactical Hapkido Education Background: Bachelors of Arts; Bachelors of Music Master’s of Divinity; Master’s of Church History Doctorate of Ministry

THA Chaplain Corner:
I like cats. I know, not everybody does. But I do. I like their independent natures, and even their feistiness. And they can be affectionate—on their own terms, mind you—but affectionate, nonetheless. Even before we had the kids, there was a cat in our family. We had named her “Callie,” because, while she was really a tiger cat, she had some calico coloring intermingled amongst her stripes. She was feisty—but she was also regal, and would often bask on the window sill, surveying her realm, inside and out. It was one night while she was taking a tour, inspecting her outside realm that I knew she was in trouble. Hearing her growling and yowling, I raced outside to the darkened side of the house, and found her face-to-face with a mean-looking raccoon. Quickly I scooped her up and the raccoon moved slowly off into the night. As we turned to go into the house, Callie looked over my shoulder, peered into the darkness at the retreating raccoon and gave out a loud hiss. “Oh, sure,” I thought. “Now that you are safe in the arms of your master—now you hiss at the raccoon!” “Safe in the arms of her master.” It made all of the difference to Callie. “Safe in the arms of our Master.” It makes all of the difference to us. When life becomes a challenge, when it becomes scary, when we are confronted by enemies in the dark, be they spiritual, emotional or physical enemies, we need to remember that we are never alone. The Psalmist knew it when he wrote The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? … Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. And Jesus has promised: “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” We know that his promise is true. Safe in the arms of our Master, we are secure. --Skip

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