The picture above is Master Renee West and her Son Eric,
taken at the top of Hoosier Pass, just south of Breckenridge, CO.
Hoosier pass is situated on the Continental Divide and is 14,000 ft. above sea
On June 30th, 2012, a Black belt rank
test was held at the HQ school in Jackson, MS. We are
very happy to report that West's Hapkido academy now has 3
new Chodans.....Mr. Barry Taylor, Ms. Jacie Williams, and
Mr. Josh Branch. In addition there are three new
"Master Instructor" 4th Dans, including Mr. Todd Williams,
Mr. Rod Green and Mr. Paul Swagerty. Congratulations
are also in order for Master Tom Colbert who received his
5th Dan during the ceremony. West's Hapkido now boasts
9 members at 5th dan or above, as well as 12 4th dans.
from our last Korea tour
In 2005, J. R. West is presented an award from Mr. Jong Min Kim, president
of the Korean National Tourism Organization, for Mr. West's over 40 years of
spreading Korean Culture, History and Language.
DVD of Austin, TX Seminar
Review by Erik Mann
20, 2005, at a dinner in Seoul Korea, Dr. He Young Kimm
presented an award to his most senior student, J. R. West,
whom he said should hereafter be addressed as
Inserted by Wayne
The Eagle and the Wolf
There is a great battle that rages inside me. One
side is the soaring eagle. Everything the eagle stands for is good and true and beautiful,
and it soars above the clouds. Even though it dips down among the valleys, it lays
its eggs on the mountain tops.
The other side of me is the howling wolf. And
that raging, howling wolf represents the worst that is in me. He eats upon my
downfalls and justifies himself by his presence in the pack.
Who wins this great battle?
THE ONE I
Never wrassle with a pig!
You both get real dirty and the pig kind of likes it!........Old Zen saying
May 11- 20, 2005 GM West and
assorted mutants from the USKMAF traveled to Korea with Dr.
Kimm for training and sightseeing.
You can tell how hard an instructor has
worked for his rank by how hard he makes others work to get it.
Before you promote a student to black belt, ask
yourself this question. If my reputation as a teacher is to be judged by observing
only this student, how will I be remembered?
Martial arts success is not measured by
the destination, but rather by the distance traveled, and what is learned along the way!
J. R. West
takes a nap video
All Martial Artists are beginners; Some
of us have just been beginning a little longer!
J. R. West
Anything to excess is wrong by definition !
Prayer is talking to God....Meditation is quieting the
body and spirit so that we may hear as God talks to us.
J. R. West
A fool chatters, while a wise man listens.
The next International Hapkido
Seminar will be held in Jackson, MS, on September 21 - 23, 2012