2014 KMAM-HOF COMPETITOR INDUCTEEJohn GodwinGrand Master John L. Godwin began his martial arts training in the late 1970’s, learning Hapkido and Tang Soo Do from Master Yi Ki Yun. After just a few months, he began a lifelong journey to master the martial arts by dedicating himself to practice six days a week. He would arrive early to help with the children’s classes and stay late, practicing additional skills and Master Yi rewarded this dedication with special instruction.In 1983, Grandmaster Shin Jae Chul hired Master Godwin to work at the World Tang Soo Do Association Headquarters in Philadelphia, as the chief instructor. This position allowed him full-time dedication to the martial arts, with the opportunity to train with many masters in various aspects of martial arts, broadening his skills in areas such as, kickboxing, weapons training, studio management and operations.In the mid-1990’s his friend, Master Ken Mackenzie, introduced him to Do Ju Nim Ji Han Jae and so he dedicated himself to the study of Sin Moo Hapkido, hosting over 300 private instructor seminars with Do Ju Nim Ji. Do Ju Nim Ji rewarded him generously by sharing his skills and philosophy, and ranking him among the top Hapkido practitioners in the world.Grand Master John L. Godwin has over 35 years experience as a successful competitor, educator, and inspiring martial artist. Dedicated to training instructors since 1984 and has produced over 1000 Black Belts through his 8 Full-time schools. His ability to communicate closely with his students has brought them many awards and successes. Many of whom are World Champion competitors, outstanding instructors, and masters of the highest caliber. Grand Master Godwin now dedicates his time to training future leaders with his instructor training and leadership program.In 1982, John Godwin was awarded his black belt and he began to distinguish himself in martial arts competition, earning over 150 First Place awards, 500 Trophies and Numerous Grand Championship Titles. In 1990, he was inducted into the Tae Kwon Do Times Hall of Fame as the Forms Competitor of the Year. As a well-rounded performer, he became a World Champion in fighting, forms, weapons, and demo team competitions. In 1999, he won 2 Gold Medals and a Silver Medal at the World Hapkido Games in Korea, as a representative of the U.S. Hapkido team.