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2014 KMAM-HOF COMPETITOR INDUCTEE Don James In 1970, KJN James was recommended to study ITF Tae Kwon Do under the instruction of Master Park Jong Soo, a 5th  degree black belt. It was there he came to understand the demands of “dedication and commitment” in learning to defend  himself through Tae Kwon Do. During the following 9 years of studying and fighting under Master Park, he developed his  inherent skills, eventually attaining 3rd degree black belt in 1977. In December of 1979, KJN James left Master Park;  however, while studying at the University of Windsor, he had the pleasure of additionally honing his skills under Master Peter  Gretes in Windsor, Ontario. While in Toronto, prior to Master Gretes’ emigration to New York, KJN James also studied with  Master Choi from Korea, as well as his fellow classmates and the numerous others who visited the dojang to learn from  Master Park. Don James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and emigrated to Canada in 1962. Throughout the years of martial art training,  he traveled across Canada, various states in the USA, Europe, and the Caribbean, and continued to further hone his fighting  skills against competitors of a variety of martial arts styles, including: Hapkido, Jiu Jitsu, Kung Fu, Karate (Chitoryu, Gojuryu,  Kyokushinkai, Okinawan, Shotokan, Wadoryu) and Taekwondo (ITF/WTF). In 1980 KJN James opened a dojang, a shared  space in the Len Gibson Dance Studio and he ventured onward in training to cultivate himself and others throughout the  years until his final tournament in 1998. He became a part- time teacher in the public school system in 1977 and upon  accepting a full-time position in 1985, he closed his dojang to the public. Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame (Pioneer Competitor) Tae Kwon Do May 2011  Inducted in the USA World Martial Arts Hall of Fame (Instructor of The Year) April  1992 Ontario Government Amateur Athlete Sports Award Recipient 1978 / 1980 Two times ITF World Middleweight Free-Sparring Champion 1974-1978 Five times Canadian Middleweight Open Tae Kwon Do Champion 1974-1979 Four times North American Open Grand Champion 1974-1978 Three times Canadian Open Grand Champion Undefeated European Tour Champion & Contact Fighter (Canada/Caribbean) 1976-1978 Numerous Canadian and  American LW/MW Grand Championships 1973-1998
2014 AWARD  Competitor Grand Master  Don James xxxx Grand Master  Don James xxxx KOREAN MARTIAL ARTS MASTERS HALL OF FAME 한국무술명수명예의전당
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