Grandmaster Michael March
Pin # 10724
Grandmaster March began
training in Tang Soo Do in 1965 with
Grandmaster David J.
Praim, and is
the Head Instructor of Mike March's Korean Karate and President of
United States Korean Karate Association, which he founded in the
mid-1970s. Grandmaster March was also a member of the Michigan Board of
Directors of Karate Institute and the United States Tang Soo Do
Moo Duk Kwan Federation. He personally trained with the late Great
Grandmaster Hwang Kee, the Founder of Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan and
was promoted to 4th Dan by him in 1976. He also started the first Korean
Karate class for college credit in Michigan at Western Michigan
University in Kalamazoo, MI.
Ranked in the Top 10 by Official Karate Magazine, Grandmaster March was one of the nation's best fighters when he was
actively competing in the '70s and early '80s. As a member of the
elite Karate Institute Competition and Demonstration Team he won
over 250 State and National competitions in point sparring. He
was the Captain of the "Detroit All-Stars", the Midwest National
Black Belt competition team that won the East Coast and Mid-West
Team Championships and were undefeated for four years.
All five members of the team were nationally ranked in fighting and
won a combined total of 800 trophies. With over a hundred state and national titles to his credit in
both forms and fighting, many of his students have also gone on to
successful competitive careers.
Even though he
weighed in at the top of the middleweight division, he
always fought as a heavyweight. His teammates and sparring partners
were the likes of "Monster Man" Everett Eddy, Johnny Lee, George
Reynolds, Willy Adams and Robb Hogan. In competition, he had beaten
some of the best fighters in the nation at that time; fighters like
Jeff Smith (7-time World Light Heavyweight Karate Champ, Black Belt Hall
of Fame); Ken Knudson (1971 Grand Champion
Gold Cup, 1972 Top Ten Nationals champ, over 100 Champ titles);
John Natividad (Tang Soo Do stylist, member of Chuck Norris' Championship
Black Belt Team, world rated fighter, US Championship Karate Team
member); Glenn Keeney (PKA & USKA member, Black Belt Hall of Fame
member, founder of the PKC) and more. When Grandmaster March and John Natividad fought on the Redondo Beach Pier,
Grandmaster March won the
match by one point, but his Detroit All-Stars team lost by one point
in a very close match. Master March was
also a guest fighter with the Ohio Karate Institute Competition Team
at Jhoon Rhee's Grand Nationals in Washington D.C. and has been
in magazines of the time like: Professional Karate, Summer 1973,
Spring & Summer 1974, and the Great Lakes Region's Top 10.
Grandmaster March is a skilled Martial Artist who is also a gifted
instructor. His skill and teaching style inspire all who train with
him. He openly shares all he has learned with his students and will
unselfishly guide them forward to their goals. He went on to be the founder and President of United
States Korean Karate Association, an organization that is still
active today. Many of his students who have opened up clubs of their
own are members of the USKKA. Master March's vision for the USKKA
was (and still is) to promote the highest standards of physical and
mental performance and discipline while training and teaching
traditional Tang Soo Do the way it was taught by Grand Master Hwang
Kee himself. Master March has trained with and has been promoted by
Grand Master Hwang Kee personally, so he knows from first hand
experience what the late Great Grandmaster's standards of excellence were and what
Tang Soo Do stands for.
A retired school Principal, Grandmaster
March's professional accomplishments include a
Bachelor's Degree in Education with majors in Biology and Physical Education,
Master's Degrees in both Educational Leadership and Physical Education.
He continues to teach at Mike March's Korean Karate and personally
trains under Grandmasters
Kang Uk Lee
Chung Il Kim.
November 22, 2014, Master March was promoted to 8th Dan by Grandmaster
David J. Praim.