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Grand Master Rich Hodder: A Lifetime Dedicated to Martial Arts


In the vibrant tapestry of martial arts, some figures shine with an extraordinary brilliance, and Grand Master Rich Hodder is undoubtedly one of those luminous stars. With a martial arts journey spanning nearly six decades, Grand Master Hodder's dedication, expertise, and contributions have left an incredible mark on the martial arts community.



A Journey of Dedication

Grand Master Hodder embarked on his martial arts journey in 1964, immersing himself in the world of Taekwondo. He became a student of Grand Master Ki Sun Cho and Master Tae Ro Cho in the early '70s, forging a strong foundation for his lifelong dedication to martial arts. His journey also intertwined with Grand Master J. R. West in 1994, further enriching his knowledge and skills.


A Champion and an Instructor

Throughout his martial arts career, Grand Master Hodder achieved remarkable feats. He claimed the title of Colorado State Taekwondo Association Black Belt Champion an astounding 13 times and secured the U.S. National Champion title twice. But his impact extends far beyond personal accolades. Grand Master Hodder has owned and operated successful Taekwondo schools in both Colorado and Texas, imparting his knowledge to thousands of students. Many of his students have gone on to become high-level state and national competitors and champions.




An Esteemed Instructor and Advocate

Grand Master Hodder is not just a champion and instructor; he's also an advocate for martial arts. As the Executive Director of Taekwondo for the United States Korean Martial Arts Federation and the President of the World Weapons Federation, he plays a pivotal role in promoting and preserving the essence of martial arts. His influence extends nationwide as he travels across the United States, conducting martial arts seminars.


A Legacy of Achievement

With a 9th Dan black belt earned through the USKMAF and the United States Grand Masters Society, Grand Master Hodder's expertise is recognized at the highest levels. His dan rankings span various martial arts disciplines, including Hapkido, Judo, Shorin Ryu, Shin Goju Ryu, Kali, and the World Weapons Federation. He's not only a master of martial arts but also a guardian of its traditions.




Join Us in Celebrating Grand Master Dr. He-Young Kimm

We're thrilled to announce that Grand Master Rich Hodder will be a distinguished guest at the upcoming 60th Anniversary Celebration honoring Dojunim Dr. He-Young Kimm's arrival in the United States. This historic event will feature a Black Belt Test, Seminar, and Banquet, taking place from November 3-5, 2023, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Don't miss the chance to meet Grand Master Hodder and other martial arts luminaries. Reserve your spot today and take part in this momentous occasion. Hotel and dinner reservations must be made by October 14, 2023.

For more details and to secure your spot, visit our event page. Join us in celebrating the legacy of Grand Master Rich Hodder and the martial arts community. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event you won't want to miss!

Stay tuned as we continue to explore the remarkable journeys of other Grand Masters in the upcoming blog posts.


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