Dear fellow martial artist
If you love God and love martial arts, there is no better way to serve Him than thru helping people to become stronger in mind, body and spirit through martial arts.
Prior to 2001- I was training in Taekwondo and God gave me a vision to start a Taekwondo school based on Christian principles . I had never met either of the Grandmaster Sells’ prior to this time. After receiving my 1st Degree Black Belt in 1998, I began more in earnest pursuing the idea of operating my own school. One of my main objectives was to find the best Grandmaster to mentor me since I knew instinctively that if I was going to be the best I could be, I had to find the best. The internet at that time (about 2000) was just coming of age so I went there to start my search –(there was no Google)
I wasn’t even sure what exactly I was searching for or how to start – it is all a bit foggy now but I know without a doubt that God was leading me. I recall at some point coming up with a few names that I sent messages to and I received replies from maybe 3 and one of which was Sr Grandmaster Edward B. Sell. The conversation didn’t go far with my other contacts but Sr. Grandmaster and I seemed to click over email and then we connected soon by telephone. Right away we were on the same page and the rest is history as they say. I was a student of Sr Grandmaster for 13 years before his sudden passing in 2014 and so now will be starting my 14th season with the USCDKA under Sr Grandmaster Brenda Sell.
Meeting Sr Grandmaster EB Sell was the best thing that happened to me personally and specifically to my martial arts career. I have been operating KCMA for more than 13 years now, promoted more than 70 students to 1st Degree Black Belt, I am a World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) certified 5th Dan master instructor and we are in the process of testing for the first time three 4th Dan candidates. Our membership is 180 plus with 3 satellite locations after having started as a single location in our church in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. With the help of my many faithful students, we now have 3 new schools that have started from our students ; 2 in Canada and 1 in Japan, all as Christian TKD schools.
Sr Grandmaster EB Sell and GM B Sell were instrumental in all the success of myself personally and the schools and students under my care. They have groomed me from a fledgling 1st Dan to a 5th Dan master instructor. EB Sell had a rare gift of seeing the best in people and brings that out of them. I will be eternally grateful I had the privilege of training under one of the greatest martial artists of all time.
IF you are a martial artist that wants to make a difference and you want to operate a school that is second to none – then you want to be a member and charter school of the U.S. Chung Do Kwan Association. As a U.S. Chung Do Kwan Association Senior Instructor, you will have the benefit of direct contact and mentoring by Sr Grandmaster Brenda J Sell. Your mentor or instructor can only help you grow and reach goals as far as they have gone themselves. Grandmaster Sell is the highest ranked female in the world in Taekwondo, an ordained minister and has been a champion her entire life setting records and breaking barriers, particularly for females in martial arts. So, in every aspect of MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT she is a leader and can help you grow to your own true potential.
If you have a heart for people there is no better place to reach them than thru a CTU – Christian Taekwondo University School as a member of the U.S. Chung Do Kwan Association.
There were so many things I did not know when I started KCMA but my main driving force was I had a heart for people and I knew that thru Taekwondo I could help a lot of people. One of our tenets is INDOMITABLE SPIRIT be guided by the Holy Spirit. With Gods leading, the support of the Sell Team and perseverance we have built a school that is making a difference in our community.
In closing I would say to any of you that are operating a Christian Taekwondo University or U.S. Chung Do Kwan Association school, or are thinking about it, there are no excuses. All that you need for a successful school is at your fingertips. Connect with Grandmaster B. Sell and “follow the system” as SR Grandmaster EB Sell used to say. The U.S. Chung Do Kwan Association has developed the “ Best of the Best” for all that you need to operate a successful school. I know Grandmaster Sell is there for you and so am I. My success here was not by accident. I believe it was God’s plan but it was up to me to “work the system” and take advice from pioneers that had gone the same path years before.
I PRAY THAT YOU WATCH AND SEE WHERE GOD IS LEADING YOU IN YOUR LIFE – see where he is at work and join Him!
Master Dean Siminoff is a 5th Dan – Master Instructor where he operates his U.S. Chung Do Kwan Association Charter School, Kootenay Christian Martial Arts. (www.kootenaymartialarts.com ) He is the recipient of U.S. Chung Do Kwan Association Master of the Decade and U.S. Chung Do Kwan Association Medal of Honor awards. Master Dean is 55 years old and lives in Nelson BC with his wife Marleen.
The combination of world-class martial arts training and thoughtful instruction of the Word of God makes the U.S. Chung Do Kwan’s Christian Taekwondo University a powerful tool for the Kingdom of God. Students receive the dual benefits of training up both their physical bodies as well as their spiritual minds. They will be equipped to physically protect themselves and their loved ones and to be better witnesses for Yeshua in the days ahead.
Being a small piece in the puzzle that is fulfilling the vision and legacy of the late Senior Grandmaster Edward B. Sell is a fantastic honor. Come join us on this amazing journey!
Pastor Vic Culberson, Church of New Beginnings, Moyock, NC
FIRST (1st) GUP Brown Belt with Black Stripe – July 2014