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    Our school, USA Hapkido, (originally known as American Falcon Hapikdo) has been in operation for more than 29 years. The head instructor, Dr. Walter “Doc” Krawiec, originally began teaching a small group of select students in his home back in 1977. After a couple of years, a more suitable commercial space was needed and acquired to fit the needs of the growing school. A few years later a larger space was acquired in a professional building. We had been at this same location for 27 years but in September of 2007, we have moved to 1245 Main Ave., Clifton, New Jersey. Over this time, the school has promoted nearly 100 Black Belts, reflecting a commitment to providing the highest quality training, rather than offering rapid promotion at the expense of a thorough education.

   We are specifically a Hapkido school, unlike some schools, which teach mainly Tae Kwon Do with some Hapkido added in. However, we have selectively integrated a few elements from other art forms over the years. Most notably, a number of elements of Goju Ryu Karate have been incorporated without compromising the integrity of the primary art. Examples of such elements are the inclusion of additional kicking and striking techniques not originally found in Hapkido and a group of additional defensive parries to supplement Hapkido’s standard blocks. Also, we have the tradition of referring to our school with the Japanese, “Dojo” rather than the Korean, “Dojang” and likewise using the Japanese title “Sensei”, when addressing instructors.

   These minor additions reflect the head instructor’s original background in the martial arts, when he first began studying Goju Ryu Karate. Sensei Doc currently holds an 8th Degree Black Belt in Goju Ryu Karate from the late Grandmaster Peter Urban, and a 6th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido from the American Teachers Association of the Martial Arts that is also recognized by the International Federation of Ju-Jutsuans. His original Black Belt in Hapkido was from Synbonim Yun Sul Sun. He also holds a Black Belt in Temeshiwari (breaking). As a professional educator, Sensei Doc had been a full time teacher of American history and presently is an Assistant Principal in the Wayne Township Public School System in Northern New Jersey. He has been committed to teaching and education for over 35 years. He holds a BA and MA Degree in Social Sciences from Montclair State University and a Doctorate in History Education from Walden University. His career in education has afforded Sensei Doc unique insight and understanding of children, adolescents, and adults when teaching the martial arts. His success in teaching children as well as building discipline and positive self-esteem has always been a strong point of the school.

   In addition, we have a thriving Adult Class which has attracted a diverse range of successful and well educated professionals. Our students have included chiropractors, medical doctors, accountants, investment brokers, computer programmers, and even members of the Clergy. Sensei Dr. John Surie is a licensed Chiropractor with an office located in Northern New Jersey in a Gold’s Gym. He is the third ranking Black Belt presently in the school after Sensei Doc and his son, Sensei Richard Krawiec. Both Sensei Rich and Sensei John each hold 4th Degree Black Belts in both Hapkido and Goju Ryu. Sensei Rich is a marketing executive and is, together with his father, a co-owner of the school.


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