2014 KMAM-HOF LIVING LEGEND INDUCTEEDavid J. PraimDavid Praim was stationed in Korea in 1957, where he spent 5 years. While in Korea, he trained 3 hours a day, 6 days a week, under Master Lee Jung Ha. In October 1961, he tested in front of Grandmaster Hwang Kee and was promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt (ID # 3593), thus making him one of the first Americans to be promoted to black belt in Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do. Grand Master Praim was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1939 and went to Mt. Clemens High School in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Dropping out of school, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1956, at the age of 17. GM Praim is a 1972 graduate of Macomb Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Physical Education.In 1967 he was appointed Director of Moo Duk Kwan for the State of Michigan by Grand Master Hwang Kee and in 1970, he was awarded his Master Rank, 4th Degree Black Belt. In addition to personally capturing the 1970 American Moo Duk Kwan Heavyweight Championship, Master Praim coached the 1971 Ohio State team champions, the 1972 Michigan State team champions, 1972 North American team champions, and the Detroit All Stars Professional Karate team – which went undefeated in taking the Midwest Championship of the National Karate League. Two of his black belts, Everett “Monsterman” Eddy and Johnny Lee, won Professional World Champion Karate titles.In 1971 Master Praim became one of the Founders and National Directors of the Karate Institute. In 1975 Master Praim was honored as “Instructor of Best Club in North America” by Professional Karate Magazine. He is also listed in 1975’s, Who’s Who in the Martial Arts, 1982’s Who’s Who in the American Martial Arts and 1985’s Master, Founder, and Leaders of the American Martial Arts. In June 1992, Master Praim was promoted to Grandmaster, 8th Degree Black Belt, by Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Senior Grandmaster, Kim Jae Joon. 1992 also brought his induction into the Michigan Karate Hall of Fame. Grandmaster Praim is considered one of the few Korean Martial Arts Icons born in the US.Grand Master Praim is one of the founding members of the League of Grand Masters and also holds International Tang Soo Do instructor Certification #72. In August 2013, he was appointed Technical Advisor to the Global Tang Soo Do Federation.