Victor Cushing has studied martial arts for almost 50 years with 22 plus of those years specifically in Hapkido. He has
been an instructor for more than 20 years since starting at Hyun's Hapkido School in Chicago, IL in 1983.
This school has been providing martial arts training to Illinois law enforcement units since 1969 and has taught defensive
tactics to numerous departments ; including Chicago Police Department, Cook County Sheriff's Department, Cook County Corrections
Officers, U. S. Naval Intelligence units and police forces from over 25 suburban departments.
Some comments by Vic Cushing:
Often people want to know more about your background and training in the martial arts. Below are some of the details
of my personal training history. In addition to what is listed, I have attended and continue to go to seminars held
by various experts.
Please note: I am not claiming in any way to be a personal student of any of
the people mentioned here. I am just someone who learns what he can from their seminars. I have had the opportunity
to attend seminars given by such leading teachers as Grandmaster Ji, Han Jae, Grandmaster K. S. Myung, Grandmaster In Sun
Seo, Professor Remy Presas, Dr. Gyi, George Dillman, Guro Dan Inosanto, Chai Sirisute, Master Harold Whalen, Master
Sang H. Kim, Tuhon Bill McGrath, Marc MacYoung, Sammy Franco, Rich Dimitri, Master J.R. West, Master Todd Miller, Carl Cestari,
In addition, I often find that not enough information is posted as to what actual training
someone has undergone and under whose direction. To be sure the record is available here is my training history:
Victor M. Cushing Training History:
1963-1969 Judo, and Mixed Martial Arts
1969-1978 Attended many and varied seminars,but no additional formal training
1978-1981 Shoei-Ryu Karate - Racine, WI
1981-1984 Kali/Escrima with Nate Defensor - Chicago, IL
1983-1984 Tae Kwon Do with Grandmaster Han, Cha Kyo - Cgicago, IL
1981-1984 Student at Fred Degerberg Academy - Chicago, IL
1983-1996 Hapkido under GM Kwang S. Hyun - Chicago, IL
WHITE BELT TO BLACK BELT 1983 -1989
1ST DEGREE BLACK BELT NOVEMBER 1989
KIDO HAE # 26106
2ND DEGREE BLACK BELT NOVEMBER 1993
KIDO HAE # 14357
INSTRUCTOR MORNING CLASS NOVEMBER 1993 - NOVEMBER 1995
3RD DEGREE BLACK BELT NOVEMBER 1995 - SCHOOL CERTIFICATE from GM
1996-1997 WORKED OUT AT SCRANTON KARATE WITH MASTER FRANK TROJANWICZ .
LEARNED BASIC FORMS IN TANG SOO DO, TAUGHT HAPKIDO TO SOME CLASSES, AND ASSISTED IN TEACHING CHILDREN'S CLASSES
1995-1997 HAPKIDO UNDER GM Kim- BLOOMFIELD, NJ
4TH DEGREE BLACK BELT JANUARY 1999
UNIVERSAL HAPKIDO INSTITUTE # 4197
1997-1999 HAPKIDO UNDER GM JOHN PELLEGRINI ATTENDED
VARIOUS SEMINARS IN ERIE, PA AND TWO INTENSIVE TRAINING SESSIONS IN FLORIDA IN 1997 AND 1998.
1997- 2002 OPERATED TWO SCHOOLS IN SCRANTON, PA AREA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MASTER GEORGE CONRAD
OF THE WORLD TANG SOO DO ASSOCIATION.
1999 5TH DEGREE BLACK BELT
ICHF # 12147
5TH DEGREE BLACK BELT
World Ki-Do Federation # 99-5-116
World Ki-Do Federation Master Appointment
1999 Founded International Modern Hapkido Federation and resigned from ICHF
2000- 2008 ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON, TEACHING HAPKIDO/SELF DEFENSE
2003 8TH DAN - INTERNATIONAL MODERN HAPKIDO FEDERATION
2003 Resigned from World Ki-Do Federation once I realized they had been claiming that ranks issued were
also Ki-Do Hae ranks when this was simply not true.
Does 45 years of mixed martial arts with 25 plus years in Hapkido entitle one to be the founder of a style and therefore
perhaps 'chief master" of that style? That depends on your point of view. I do not claim the rank of Grand Master as
it seem sot me that is an honor bestowed by others, not claimed. I am just opening the discussion up. My title within
the IMHF is Chief Master.
What is a Grandmaster?
1962 B.S. General Business, Millikin University
1964 M.B.A. Marketing and Finance, Indiana University
1964 - 1967 Doctoral Studies, Michigan State University