Brief history of Soke Schuhmacher's Martial Arts background
Soke Schuhmacher's credentials and reputation are world renown
. He has more than 37 years of experienc
e in the study, training, researching, teaching, and performing several styles and systems of Martial Arts. Additionally he is known throughout the world for his impressive joint lock techniques, pressure point techniques and high impact Martial Arts exhibitions
Mr. Schuhmacher was grown up in Frankfurt ~ Germany ~ Europe. His Martial Arts career began as a little boy with Jiu-Jitsu and Judo under the legendary Grandmaster Heinz Guenther,
who was after Great Grandmaster Erich Rahn, the second highest ranked Judo and Jiu-Jitsu expert in Europe.
Since 1994 Klaus was inducted into 35 Hall of Fame events in the highest categories, including “International Grandmaster of the Year 2009”
, published in the 30th anniversary issue January 2010 of the worldīs leading publication on Korean Martial Arts, “Tae-Kwon-Do Times Magazine" ! This makes him the first German and European, who ever received a Hall of Fame induction, by one of the top three international Martial Arts magazines world-wide !
Soke Schuhmacher is the father of original Hap-Ki-Do in Thailand, Yemen, Bangladesh,
and Costa Rica and appeared with articles about "Oh-Do-Kwan-Hap-Ki-Do" and "Progressive Hapkido" in the world's leading Magazine for Korean Martial Arts "Tae-Kwon-Do Times" !
He was the first who organized an international Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Europe and is responsible for bringing some of the greatest Martial Arts Grandmasters and legends to Germany / Europe ! This include:
[snip - list of guys that I don't know.]
Some of the honors he received are:
"Special medal from the Philippine Sports Commission"(2001)
Award for Continuance of Excellence in the Preservation of the Martial Arts"
"Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame & Spirit Awards",
"Award as one of the World's best Martial Artists" by the H.R. I.M.A.A.
1st Worldwide Hall of Fame in 2003
Some of his Martial Arts properties are:
World champion in Soft Style Weapon Forms 1986
European champion in Soft Style Weapon Forms 1986
22 times Grand Champion in Kata /Forms and Weapons
In 1987 he was a member of the A.F.M.A. US Team at a World Championships in Austria
In the mid-eighties he won three professional Thaiboxing fights in Thailand
He also had two victories at Fullcontact non-rules matches 1987 in Hong-Kong
Between 1983-1987 he was a member of an international Show team were performed over 270 Martial Arts demonstrations all over in Europe
Actual Martial Arts ranks, levels and qualifications
As the only person worldwide he holds a Doctorate in Hap-Ki-Do Philosophy and an 11th Dan ~ Degree Black Belt in Hap-Ki-Do for his establishment of the educational
Oh-Do-Kwan-Hap-Ki-Do System in 1986.
Mr. Schuhmacher is one of only a handful Non-Asians world wide holding a 10th Dan in Tae-Kwon-Do and was the first Non-Asians to receive this highest rank in both Tae-Kwon-Do and Hap-Ki-Do.
Certified, recognized and official registered by over 92 different Martial Arts organizations as the holder of several ranks in multiple Styles and Systems, he is one of the highest ranked in the Martial Arts world-wide.
He received different honorary Ph.D. titles in the fields of Martial Arts, Tae-Kwon-Do Chinese and Korean Martial Arts from several professional Martial Arts institutions.
Additionally he holds to his credit, the new scientific street defense system called "PROGRESSIVE HAPKIDO". Prof. Schuhmacher spends considerable time and effort preparing his Progressive Hap-Ki-Do program. These program grow out of almost 35 years learning, practicing and teaching the Japanese-Korean system of Hap-Ki-Do.
His Hap-Ki-Do instructors since 1975 were Song-Il-Hak, Sou-Bong-Kim (Father of Hap-Ki-Do in Europe),Yu-Un-Son (direct student of Soke Choi), Yang-Seung-Woo (Europe's highest ranking H.K.D. Grandmaster at that time). In 1984 Klaus trained under Chi-Han-Jae in Offenbach, Germany.
In 1989 he was one of the founders of the "German H.K.D. Federation" and trained privately with Yoo-Kyung-Soon in Kassel.
In 1992 Soke started to form his curriculum which now has become known
as Progressive Hap-Ki-Do.
Mr. Schuhmacher is the current President of the World Martial Arts League
(the oldest independent International Martial Arts organization, first chartered in 1953)
and the founder of nine different international non-profit Martial Arts organizations, including the International Council of Higher Martial Science Education
, a worldwide institution for a better control of higher Martial Arts levels and ranks.
Mr. Schuhmacher developed several unique Degree systems, like the "Senator", "Minister", "Ambassador", and "Diplomat" Degree certification program, to keep the retention of high ranking black belts and to motivate, properly train and certify Martial Arts Instructors.
His goal in life is to touch people's lives, encouraging them to be strong in mind, body, and spirit. He supports human rights worldwide and believes in standing up against any kind of discrimination and injustice.
He started to study Chinese Martial Arts under the supervision of the great Sigung Wong-Ying-Kui of the Wong-Gar-Kung-Fu style, what he is representing as the only person in the Western Hemisphere. Additionally he learned several other styles & systems of Chinese Martial Arts.
As one of the first non-Chinese Martial Artists, he also competed in a big Wushu tournament in China in the eighties
. He received his training in the Korean Martial-Arts from several different Grandmasters and studies many other styles in Asia and the U.S.A. Additionally (over the last 34 years) he continues to study Chinese medicine and philosophy in Europe, Asia and the U.S.A.
Soke Schuhmacher is the only German and one of only a handful Europeans were gives seminars world-wide. Since 1981, Soke Schuhmacher already taught different styles and systems of Martial Arts in seminars and private consultations to people in the Caribbean, the Middle East, Costa Rica, the U.S.A., Asia, all over Europe and gave over 96 demonstrations outside of Europe.
Soke Schuhmacher is currently labouring to complete his books "The Complete Chinese Martial Arts Factbook", and "The Ultimate Hap-Ki-Do Factbook".
This picture from the early 80īs shows Grandmaster Schuhmacher
performing a brick break with an internal iron palm strike.
He also is a Philippines certified Instructor for Stickfighting (Minos-Perez Kali), which he practice since 1983 and a certified "Military Close Quarter Combat Tactics" Senior Instructor for his many years of teaching U.S. Special Forces, Army and Airforce personal during their stay in Germany.
He is certified and official registered by many different international Martial Arts organizations from the U.S.A., Asia (including Nepal, India, Singapore, China, Bangladesh, Philippines, Okinawa, Japan and Korea) Europe, Central- and South America. This include very high ranks in Hap-Ki-Do, Tae-Kwon-Do, Ho-Shin-Do, Gum-Do, Tang-Soo-Do, Ju-Jitsu, Chinese Martial Arts, Okinawan Karate (Tamira-Kei-Shin-Ryu & Goju-Ryu),and high ranks in Okinawan Kobudo and Aiki-Jitsu, etc.
Over the years Soke Schuhmacher met some of the best Grand Masters and Legends
in the Martial Arts like Lou Thesz, Grand Master Johnny Kuhl, Grand Master Ken Eubanks, Prof. Robert F. Edwards, Sosei Reno Moralez, Grand Master Chuck Merriman, Grand Master George Dillman, Grand Master Dr. K. Sung, Grand Master Jason Lau, Grand Master Mike Anderson, Grand Master Anthony T. Goh, Grand Master Michael De Pasquale Sr., Grand Master George W. Alexander and Grand Master Gary Alexander.
He also had the opportunities to receive instruction during some of the most prestigious camps and seminars worldwide, from experts such as Soke Ed Parker, Prof. Peter Urban, O'Sensei Phillip Porter, Soke D.P. Hutton, to name just a few.