Jean & Barry Rodemaker

Grandmaster Rodemaker is the founder and president of the Tactical Hapkido Alliance, referred to as Tactical Hapkido.  He is a strong Christian and routinely upholds his believes, as evident in his personal stories through published articles and he prominently displays the Biblical scripture  Isaiah 54:17 on the alliance’s official website.

Grandmaster Rodemaker is married to Jean Rodemaker and he has six children in his family.  He and his family currently resides in Lawrence Park a suburb near Erie , Pennsylvania.   

Grandmaster Rodemaker founded the Tactical Hapkido Alliance in 2001.  On June 19, 2003 Grandmaster Rodemaker gained international acceptance as the founder of Tactical Hapkido by the International Black Belt Organization. Then on November 15, 2006 Grandmaster Rodemaker received his 8th degree Black Belt From Grandmaster Chang H. Park of The World Korean Martial Arts Union.

Then on June 2, 2007 Grandmaster Rodemaker received further recognition and acceptance by receiving Dojunim certification through the United States Head of Family Martial Arts Association International Supreme Elite Warrior Council.

Then on January 26, 2012 Tactical Hapkido (Chon Sul Kwan Hapkido) is officially registered and accredited as a legitimate “Kwan” of Hapkido by the World Korean Martial Arts Union.

  When Grandmaster Rodemaker was a child growing up in Hershey , Pennsylvania every Sunday after church he and his father would watch Kung Fu Theater where the spark for the love of the martial arts were seeded.   In his early teens his parents would have him attend various local martial arts seminars, as much as possible and when they could afford it, to encourage his interests in the martial arts.

  He started to receive formal training in the martial arts when he was 17 by his mentor Master Joe Fox, now a Grandmaster, Rodemaker received his  first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, but the curriculum taught was Moo Duk Kwan. Being a black belt, his mentor gave Rodemaker a key to the school and made him in charge of the morning classes and then later he taught the evening classes.

  During this time he was teaching, he met a fellow student who was also a 3rd dan in Hapkido and the two would come in early everyday before classes started  and only focus on practicing the techniques not the forms.  Afterwards Rodemaker would then teach his fellow students what he learned.






Overview of the Tactical Hapkido (Chon Sul Kwan Hapkido) System:

Tactical Hapkido is a conceptually driven, systematic approach to the way of coordinating energy in a tactical training environment. 

There is a lot of information in this statement. When heard for the first time it can sometimes cause a blank look from a new student, so let’s explain, in depth, this perspective.

Conceptually” or “concept” is sometimes defined as a "unit of knowledge" built from other units which act as a concept's characteristic. The Tactical Hapkido system is like a pyramid where the base of the system is in the breakaways.

As a white belt, there are only a few techniques to learn.  Sure you can mimic these movements and be promoted to the next level quickly, but do you really understand what these techniques are teaching?

The best way to find this out is to move from the static phase, where there is no pushing/pulling, to a more dynamic phase where we to try to get you off balance, or get you to resist. 

After you have a sound understanding of the breakaways, you can utilize the muscle memory and expand into the joint locking concepts. During the next level of training you need to make sure that you understand the main concepts being taught: wrists and ankles move side to side, up and down, or any combination of these movements, move the joint to the extreme and it becomes a joint lock or break, elbows, fingers, and knees all bend in one direction - move them in the opposite direction and it becomes a lock. Combine these concepts and you can get a variety of techniques using the concepts found in yellow belt. Of course this is the simplified explanation - there are many ways to “tweak” the technique by improving your understanding of the concepts learned previously.

Once you have a firm grasp of the basic concepts, you move on to the rest of the system - the “how to” phase.  Here you are provided with only a few examples on “how to” use the concepts previously learned, but in a variety of new situations where you have to make slight modifications.   It is more than just performing the technique listed; it is demonstrating to the instructor how you can modify the concepts found in yellow belt to your advantage.

Systematic - This term can be applied to the structure of the training regiment as mentioned in the definition of conceptually driven. Both terms describing this aspect are interchangeable. In the Tactical Hapkido system, you can view systematic in the way the techniques are named.  We don’t call the techniques by number, for example - breakaway number one, or orange belt technique number three, but in a way that describes the technique’s general movements.  This helps you retain the information and apply the concepts through out the system in a variety of situations.  No longer do you have to remember the name of twenty techniques that are based on one concept.  You learn the name of one concept and then apply it to twenty situations.  With the uniformity in the system, you can now move to another part of the country, find the nearest Tactical Hapkido charter, and pick up training where you left off.  Of course, each school may have their own little “tweaks” in the system, as noted before, but there will be a solid base of understanding so you can easily communicate with your new instructor.

Approach can be defined as the manner in which a problem is solved, or the way to get to the solution.  Combined with systematic, it is the methodology on how to solve the situation when defending yourself. It can be applied through the psychology of the attacker, i.e., understanding how he thinks, or what his reaction will be when performing a distraction, anticipating his motions using an understanding of bio-kinetics, or redirecting the attacker’s own movement against him - hence the old saying, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”






The Shape:The triangle shape represents the trinity of mind (M), spirit (S), and body (B).  During your training all three aspects are used to perfect your martial arts.  In combat, all three will come to one.  Also, it symbolizes the trinity of Christianity, in honor of Grandmaster Barry Rodemaker, founder of the Tactical Hapkido Alliance, and a devoted Christian. 

The Colors:
The various colors represent proficiency, achievement, and authority. The boarder is gray - symbolic of the brain (as in "gray matter"). 
The white represents beginners, who start as a white belt.

Yellow represents the first level of proficiency, the mechanical stage; the dangerous stage in learning where the student is more impressed with the physical, when he thinks he knows all of the answers.

Black represents the level of expert proficiency. Red is that of professorship, over and above Black.

The Hwarang:

That “guy” in the center is the traditional symbol of the Hwarang. The Hwarang was an elite group of male youth in Silla, an ancient Korean kingdom that lasted until the 10th century. They were educational institutions as well as social clubs, where members gathered for all aspects of study. These groups developed into a more military organization as the Silla court centralized political power, and battled to unite the Three Kingdoms of ancient Korea.

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The THA is an independent organization of schools and individual members with the authority to govern and regulate the system of Tactical Hapkido

(Chon Sul Kwan Hapkido), and to issue internationally recognized certifications to its members.

What’s different about the THA?

  • Reasonable fees:     The THA does not impose heavy financial burdens on schools and instructors

  • Prompt service:     No waiting several months for certificates and other items.

  • Quality products and services:     THA videos, certificates, patches, seminars, and anything that bears our name or logo is of the highest quality.

  • Recognition:     We do not hold back rank. The THA will give you the rank and promotions that you earned.

  • No politics and no egos.

  • High Standards: We hold high moral, ethical, and honest behavior found admirable in western judeo-Christian based religion.




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