Alan R. Plechaty
7th Dan Sil Yong Mu Do
7th Dan Chun Moo Hapkido
Master Plechaty’s training began in 1983 when he began his training in the Korean martial arts of Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do. Since then he has studied a variety of styles including Ninjitsu and Karate while serving in the U.S. Navy. After completing his service in the Navy he returned home for a short period of time before joining the U.S. Marine Corps and served another 4 years before returning home to Brook Park, OH. He began teaching with Korean American Martial Arts in 2001, and achieved his 7th degree Black Belt in Chun Moo Hapkido in December of 2011. Master Plechaty also founded Sil Yong Mu Do in December 2011, and is the First Generation Grand Master and Founder of Sil Yong Mu Do.
1st Dan Hapkido/Tae Kwon Do
Mr. LePrevost first started his martial arts training in 1988. He received his black belt in both Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do, as well as his Kickboxing Certification. Always wanting to teach, Randy partnered up with Master Plechaty to teach at multiple Recreation Centers and Health Facilities, since 1995. In addition, you can catch Mr. LePrevost teaching private lessons, group fitness classes and athlete training all across Northeast Ohio.
3rd Dan Sil Yong Mu Do
3rd Dan Chun Moo Hapkido
Mr. Morris has been training with K.A.M.A for approximately 10 years,. He achieved his 3nd Dan Hapkido in December of 2012. Aaron continues to teach having completed college graduating from CSU.
1st Dan Hapkido/Tae Kwon Do
Mr. Kiehl started Tae Kwon Do in high school in 1983 to improve his soccer skills. He then studied several styles of martial arts over the next 5 yrs including Karate, Tang Su Do, Kick Boxing and Boxing before joining Kims Martial Arts main school. He trained in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Judo with a focus on both traditional and sport Tae Kwo Do for the next decade. He continued his martial arts training on and off in several styles including MMA until joining KAMA as a student/Instructor in early 2012.
The History and Lineage of Chun Moo Kwan Hapkido and Sil Yong Mu Do
Chun Moo Hapkido was founded in the late 1970’s in the Geyunggi Do province of South Korea by Choi Song Gul. Choi was the student of three early Hapkido Teachers. Choi Yong Sul, Kim Mu Wong, and Ji Han Jae. One of Choi Song Gul’s senior students was Ahn Tae Ho, who was the principal instructor of Mr. Rick Jessee and Mr. Bek Un Chun. In 1984 Mr. Jessee and Mr. Chun were under the direction of Master Kang Shin Ho of Daegu City.
In 1984 the Republic of Korea Hapkido Association splintered into three organizations. The organization of which Master Kang Shin Ho was a member was the Korea Hapkido Association with Park Dow Soon as the chairman. Mr. Jessee now under the direction of Master Kang belonged to this association. In 1985, Hapkido was to reunify again under a government program by the name of Saemaul Undong Jung An Yun Hyep Hwe (New village movement organization). The new Hapkido association was called Saemaul Hapkido Jung An Yun Hyep Hwe. It was at this time Master Jessee returned to the USA, and founded his own Kwan called Chun Moo Kwan USA, developing totally independent of the Chun Moo Kwan dojang where he had trained in Korea.
Sadly, it is believed that the Korean Chun Moo Kwan was absorbed by one of the other Kwan’s from the Sung Moo lineage and never recognized by the major Hapkido organizations. Master Jessee had reached O-Dun, (5th Dan) the highest technical rank in Hapkido (rank actually tested for), and found himself Headmaster of the only school of Chun Moo Hapkido still in existence. In the USA there were many Hapkido organizations Master Jessee could have turned to, but all of them would have required Master Jessee to adopt to their technical curriculum, Master Jesse however wished to preserve the art of Chun Moo Hapkido and let it develop on its natural course.
Grandmaster Jessee joined the World Kido Hwe in 1994 and was given the option to have the Chun Moo Hapkido style formally recognized, but Master Jesse felt that it was not the right time, and therefore chose to remain independent. After Grandmaster Jessee’s formal retirement from teaching martial arts in 1998, Grandmaster Jessee, still the martial arts student at heart, continued to work out techniques with good friend and senior student Roger Smith. In 2009 Grandmaster Jessee revived the Chun Moo Hapkido USA Association, which is open to all practitioners of Hapkido traditional and eclectic with no politics.
In July of 2010 Alan Plechaty joined the Chun Moo Hapkido USA Association and was personally certified by Grandmaster Jessee as O-Dun, (5th Dan) the highest technical rank in Hapkido. That same year Korean American Martial Arts was presented with its School Charter by Grandmaster Jessee as well. In December of 2011 Master Alan Plechaty was promoted by Grandmaster Jessee to the rank of 7th Dan Chun Moo Kwan Hapkido and founded the new martial arts system of Sil Yong Mu Do prior to Grandmaster Jessee’s retirement as President of Chun Moo Hapkido USA. Grandmaster Rick Jessee even though retired remains closely associated with Korean American Martial Arts and Master Alan Plechaty. Master Plechaty is proud to be a student of Grandmaster Jessee and part of the rich heritage of Chun Moo Kwan Hapkido.
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