Sensei's Corner

Martial arts training really helps children

Martial arts training really helps children

Karate and Kids

This is all about a question I have been asking myself. Question: Does martial arts training really help children improve their lives? Become better students, better people?

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My Mentor

My Mentor

Master Saeed Badiei

I was born in Tehran, Iran in 1965. I lived in a family of 11, including my 9 siblings. As the last child, I was heavily influenced by my brothers, who taught me to wrestle, box and play soccer.

When I was 14, my fourth oldest brother encouraged me to take up martial arts, then known as K​ung fu TO,A,​ a system developed by master E​brahim Mirzai. He was a Persian army official that studied in China. Upon his return, he spread his art through our country rapidly.

I started my journey in martial arts under one of his disciples, master F​arzin Raji. That was the base system I continued for 3 years before it was banned by the regime due to the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

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UKC’S LINEAGE

Whom We Honor with Much Love and Respect

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Master Jung Bai Lee

My First Instructor of Hapkido in 1972.

Grand Master Steve Sexton

My Second Instructor of Hapkido. Taught me the science behind Hapkido in 1980.

Master Bong Soo Han

One of three Masters who tested me for my First Degree Black Belt in Hapkido in 1976.  
Famous from the movie Billy Jack.

Master Fariborz

The Creator of Hapkido Blend.  Showed me there is so much more than Hapkido in 1998.

Sugarfoot Pete Cunningham

Kickboxing Instructor in 1998.

Cecil Peoples

Kickboxing Instructor in 1998.

Master Shervin

Instructor of Balintawak Arnis Eskrima.  The most creative Martial Artist since 1998.

Master Saeed Badiei

My Mentor and Instructor of Kali, Silat, Wing Chung, Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, and Muay Thai Kickboxing.  My closet friend since 1998.

Guro Dan Inosanto

His philosophy is not to be the greatest teacher but the greatest student.

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