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Chief Master Victor Cushing

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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, and others.

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 Hyun, K.S.

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?


OTHER INFORMATION:

Education

1962 B.S. General Business, Millikin University

1964 M.B.A. Marketing and Finance, Indiana University

1964 - 1967 Doctoral Studies, Michigan State University

Professional Licenses

Licensed Private Detective Pennsylvania

Licensed Private Detective Illinois and Security Contractor

Professional Memberships

American Association for Law Enforcement Training

American Women's Self Defense Association

Professional Resume
 

Victor M. Cushing

 

210 Homestead Drive

Roaring Brook, PA 18444-9206

 

570/842-1558 Phone 

570/842-3233 Fax

570/614-9845 Cell

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

 

D.B.A. Work, Michigan State University,  Business  (1964-1967)

 Completed all but the thesis

Ford Fellow in Marketing & Physical Distribution  (1964-1966) 

1 of Top 100 Business Students in USA

MBA, Indiana University,  Marketing & Finance  (1963-1964) 

4.0 /4.0 grade average,

B.S., Millikin University, General Business (1959-1963) 

Dean’s List every semester

 

POSITION:

RESULTS (MILLIONS $):

METHODS:

1991- Present

Owner and/or Operations Manager of Blue Knight Detective Agency providing security and investigative management services to a variety of clients.

 

        Operations Manager

        Established successful service business

 

 

 

 

        Licensed Security Contractor Illinois

        Pennsylvania and Illinois Licensed P.I.

        Conducted civil and criminal investigations

        Specialized in complex investigations

        Provided Security services to an array of clients

 

POSITION:

RESULTS (MILLIONS $):

METHODS:

1980 - 1991

Growth Enterprises, President/

Owner of a consulting firm providing general management, personnel, human resources planning, strategic and marketing planning services to client companies such as:

AT&T , 

GTE ,

AMCA ,     

SUNBEAM,

ARMSTRONG, 

TIMEX ,   

EF HUTTON, 

FMC, 

M&M MARS ,  

OM SCOTT ,  

and other Fortune 500 Companies

 

        Consulting Projects

        Market Share Gains

        Increased profits

        Increased ROI

        More Effective Operations

 

Major assignments usually included the development of business and marketing strategies for these clients.

 

 

 

        Developed strategic plans

        Defined  marketing strategies

        Reviewed manufacturing operations

        Conducted acquisition studies

        Made business divestitures

        Initiated venture start ups

        Refined organizational structures

        Segmented major markets

        Developed new products

        Developed new advertising & packaging

        Changed distribution channels

POSITION:

RESULTS (MILLIONS $):

METHODS:

1979 - 80

Acme Burgess, Inc., President

Direct all P & L functions of a consumer products company

with lawn, garden, and household product lines with sales

volume of $ 18,000,000; 300 employees; 3 sites

This assignment included personnel and human resources

responsibilities.

                                               

                              1979     1980

Sales                     $ 12.7    $18.0

Net                           (  .4)        0

 

        Advertising focused on major new products developed from consumer research led to major volume increases.

 

        Launched major new product

        Focused advertising budget

        Wrote 5 year strategic plan

        Installed MBO process

        Installed financial controls

        Redesigned all packaging into unified look

        Used consumer data to design advertising

 

POSITION:

RESULTS (MILLIONS $):

METHODS:

1976 - 1979

Jacobsen Mfg. Co.,

Vice President  & GM

Direct all P & L functions of a consumer products division

comprised of outdoor power equipment lines with sales

volume of $ 70.000.000; 1100 employees, 3 sites

This assignment included personnel and human resources

responsibilities.

 

               1976      1977       1978

Sales    $ 35.0      $ 48.0    $ 70.0

Net           +.8          +1.0      + 3.4

 

        New product and advertising led to significant market share increases in lightweight snow throwers and walk-behind mowers.

 

 

 

        2 Major products launched

        Increased ad budgets

        Wrote 5 year strategic plan

        Improved manufacturing to lower costs

        Negotiated incentive pay contract with I.A.M.

        Installed MBO process

 

 Sales rose to $100.00 Million and

 Net  Income to $10.0 Million in 1979

POSITION:

RESULTS (MILLIONS $):

METHODS:

1975-1976 Jacobsen Mfg. Co., VP Marketing/Sales

 

Direct all marketing and sales functions worldwide for

multiple lines of consumer and commercial power equipment

with a sales volume of $ 80,000,000; 100 on staff worldwide.

 

 

                              1975      1976

Sales                     $ 70.0    $ 80.0

Net                        (   1.0)       +1.5

 

        Redesigned product lines helped improve earnings

 

 

 

        Resigned existing products for better margins

        Overhauled distribution territories

        3 Major new products  launched

        Wrote 5 year strategic plan

        Added company owned distribution

        Built organization

 

POSITION:

RESULTS (MILLION $):

METHODS:

1973-1975 General Electric Co.  - Housewares Division

Manager, Food  Preparation Products

 

Direct sales, marketing, and product planning on 14 major product lines for Housewares Division.  Supervised staff of 20.

 

 

                1974      1975

Sales   $ 85.0     $102.0

Net             4.4          8.8

 

        Major planned mix shift to more profitable products improved earnings.

 

 

        Added new models

        Changed advertising thrust

        Used consumer research data

        Repriced and restructured product lines during major period  of inflation

 

 

POSITION:

RESULTS (MILLION $):

METHODS:

1967-1973 General Electric Co.

 

Major staff assignments in strategic planning and product

planning.

 

 

        One of first business units in GE to convert to strategic  issue oriented planning

        Established internal consulting practice to serve this business division

 

 

        Helped write 5 year plan for $ 250,000,000 Housewares Division

        Defined long range product plans for steam irons and food preparation products.

 

 

     

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES AND BUSINESS INTERESTS:

 

POSITION:

RESULTS (MILLION $):

METHODS:

1954 - Present Martial Arts

Student, Instructor, Master Instructor, Chief Master, Chairman/CEO of Martial Arts Federation

 

 

 

        Studied wrestling, Judo, Okinawan Karate, Kali/Escrima, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, and Tang Soo Do

 

 

        Developed self defense teaching materials

        Advanced to 8th Dan Black Belt - Hapkido

        Operated 2 schools in Scranton PA Area

        Travel to present International Seminars

 

POSITION:

RESULTS (MILLION $):

METHODS:

1987 -1988 Technomarket, Inc. President

 

CEO and owner of a technology marketing company

 

 

        Positive Cash Flow

 

 

        Acquired Patents

        Negotiated Major Contracts

        Sold Worldwide Licenses

 

 

 
 

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