The United States Korean Martial Arts Federation is headed by Grandmaster J.R. West, 9th Degree Black Belt sanctioned by the Korea KiDo Association (DaeHan KiDoHwe Certificate #89). Grandmaster West is the head instructor of West’s HapKiDo Academy in Jackson Mississippi. He is the President and Managing Director of the USKMAF, which has member schools in over 20 states that practice traditional Korean arts such as Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, and Tang Soo Do. GM West continues to stress the philosophical as well as historical aspects of Korean Martial Arts training in order to produce Black Belts of the highest quality.

Grandmaster West first received his Black Belt in 1967 during his contact with the Korean Tiger Division (ROK Capital Cavalry) while serving an extended tour as a communications specialist in Binh Dinh Province in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam. West's Hapkido Academy opened its doors in 1973 in Jackson, MS when GM West was a 3rd Dan. After searching the southeastern United States he was fortunate enough to become associated with Dr. He-Young Kimm. The two began a friendship in the 1970s which continues to this day. Dr. Kimm regularly teaches clinics at West's Hapkido Academy as well as acting as GM West's friend, mentor and advisor.

Heath's Martial Arts Academy is proud to be associated with the USKMAF and Grandmaster J.R. West.

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