The term TKDTutor is used interchangeably to refer to either the website itself or to the author of the website. This article introduces you to TKDTutor, the author of the web site.
MACM(SW) Ron Hartman, United States Navy (Retired)
Master Chief Hartman
Things I do when not working at the computer
- Learning. Constantly reading and learning new things.
- Reading. I read every night. I read 52 novels a year.
- Computers. Designing martial arts software and maintaining TKDTutor.com.
- Hiking. Jog and hike woodland trails rail with my dog, Fuji.
- Target shooting. Shoot at least once a week at gun ranges with my Savage Mark II FVSR target rifle.
- Motorcycle touring and camping. I have rode and camped up and down the East and West coasts and most places in between. Motorcycling is dormant now because of back problems.
- Disc golf. I have played courses all around NC and neighboring states.
- In-line skating. This is the way I toured cities around the world that I visited while I was in the Navy. I've logged over a 1,000 skating miles. Skating is dormant now because of back problems.
- Geocaching. This is a winter hobby, when all the snakes, spiders, ticks, fleas, etc. are dormant.
- Member of American Mensa
Martial Arts Background
As a child, I was always fascinated by the martial art advertisements in comic books, I even sent away for one of the booklets. After I started college in the 1960's, I remembered seeing a The Andy Griffith Show episode called "Barney's Uniform." In the show, after Barney gives a tough guy a ticket for littering, the guy threatens to beat Barney senseless if he ever catches him out of uniform, so Barney wears his uniform continuously. To save Barney from a beating, Andy enlists the aid of Barney's Judo instructor, Mr. Izamoto, played by Yuki Shimota (an Asian-American actor who new little about judo), to teach the tough guy a lesson. The Judo shown in the show was terrible, but the show again peaked my interest in Judo and the martial arts. In the late 1960's, the martial arts fighting scenes in the Batman television show helped push me into joining a Judo dojo.
- Started training in Judo with Mr. Merichek at Central Y.M.C.A. in Winston-Salem, NC, affiliated with United States Judo Federation, now the United States Judo Association (USJA), late 1960's.
- Trained in Shorei-ryu karate with Mr. Drdyk at North Carolina School of Self-Defense in Winston-Salem, NC, affiliated with United States Karate Association and Master Robert Trias, late 1960s.
- Trained in Taekwondo with Master Ko at Ko Karate Institute in Chicago, IL., early 1970's.
- Trained in Judo with Master Byung Dae Suh at Great Lakes Judo Club in Great Lakes, IL., affiliated with the Armed Forces Judo Association, now the United States Judo Association, early 1970's. Trained with O'Sensei Phil Porter, Master Phyllis Harper, and Master Ryozo Nakamura.
- Trained in Seishin-kai Karate in Glynco, GA., early 1970's.
- Head Judo instructor at Chase Dojo (a United States Judo Association (USJA) Bronze Star club over 100 members) in Beeville, Texas, early to mid 1970's. In 1972 the club was the 9th largest Judo club in the USJA. Trained with Master Rene Pomerelle.
- 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, American Taekwondo Association (the original organization, not the present Songahm organization).
- Certified Instructor in Taekwondo, American Taekwondo Association (ATA), early 1970s.
- Taught Taekwondo at Bee County County College, now Costal Bend College in Beeville, Texas, mid 1970s.
- Established and taught at a Taekwondo club in Gynco, GA, mid 1970s.
- Established and taught at Toraki Taekwondo Studio in Keflavik, Iceland (the first Taekwondo dojang in Iceland), mid to late 1970s.
- Trained Judo with Mr. George Morris, 4th degree in Judo, at the Keflavik Judo Club in Keflavik, Iceland, mid 1970s.
- 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo, United States Judo Association (USJA), late 1970's.
- Certified Instructor in Judo, United States Judo Association (USJA), late 1970's.
- Taught police tactics course for Keflavik, Iceland branch of Los Angeles City College, mid 1970's.
- Took over and taught Keflavik Judo Club in Keflavik, Iceland, late 1970's.
- Established and taught at Fallon Taekwondo Club, Fallon, NV, late 1970's to early 1980s.
- Taught Judo at Fallon branch of Chapman College, Fallon, NV, late 1970's to early 1980s.
- Taught Judo at Western Nevada Community College, Fallon, NV, late 1970s.
- Trained in Taekwondo with Mr. Chuck Hawkins at Fitness Achievement Center, San Diego, CA., early 1980s.
- Taught Taekwondo at Calvary Baptist Church, Winston- Salem, NC, early 1980s.
- Trained in Judo at Y.M.C.A., Cary, NC, early 1980s.
- Trained in Taekwondo at Taekwondo Center, Cary, NC, early 1980s.
- Taught Taekwondo Club at Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA, mid 1980s.
- Trained in Judo at Lackland Judo Club, San Antonio, TX, late 1980's to early 1990s.
- Certified Instructor on the PR-24 Police Baton (similar to a tonfa), early 1990s.
- Taught Taekwondo at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX, early 1990s.
- Accumulated a 300-volume martial arts library.
- Trained in Taekwondo at Dong's Taekwondo International, Kernersville, NC, mid 1990s.
- Trained in Uechi-ryu Karate, Charlotte, NC, late 1990s.
- Resumed training as a Taekwondo white belt in United States Taekwondo Alliance (USTA) in 1998 at Michael Deese's Taekwondo Plus. In January 2000, the USTA became the International Taekwondo Alliance (ITA), and now is Tiger-Rock Martial Arts International.
- 1st Degree Black Belt and Instructor Trainee in Taekwondo, International Taekwondo Alliance (ITA), February 2000. Began trainee instructing at Michael Deese's Taekwondo Plus.
- In December 2000, five central North Carolina ITA schools, including that of Michael Deese, broke away from the ITA and joined Taekwondo America (TA).
- 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, Taekwondo America (TA), February 2001.
- 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, Taekwondo America (TA), June 2003.
- Senior Certified Instructor in Taekwondo, Taekwondo America (TA), August 2003.
- Training, sparring, and competition are now limited by Degenerative Disk Disease in neck.
Places I have been stationed and jobs I held while there.
Electronics Field (Navy job title of Electronics Technician)
Boot Camp, Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois, late 1960s.
- Student, Electronics School, Service School Command, Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois, early 1970s.
- Student, Radar School, Naval Technical Training Center, Glynco, Georgia, early 1970s.
- Radar Electronics Technician, Naval Air Station Chase Field, Beeville, Texas, early to mid 1970s.
- Student, Radar Technician, Naval Technical Training Center, Glynco, Georgia, mid 1970s.
- Radar Electronics Technician, Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, mid 1970s. View photos of Iceland.
Law Enforcement Field (Navy job title of Master-at-Arms)
- Patrolman, Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, mid 1970s
- Patrol Watch Commander, Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, late 1970s.
- Student, Radar School, Naval Technical Training Center, Glynco, Georgia, early 1970s.
- Student, Law Enforcement Academy, Fort McClellan, Anniston, Alabama, late 1970s.
- Investigator, Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, late 1970s.
- Chief Investigator, Naval Air Station Fallon, late 1970s to early 1980s.
- Assistant CMAA (Chief of Police equivalent), USS Prairie (AD-15), a repair ship, Naval Station San Diego, California, early 1980s. View photo of USS Prairie
Inactive Duty: Navy Reserves
- CMAA (Chief of Police equivalent), Navy Reserve Center, Greensboro, North Carolina, early 1980s.
- CMAA (Chief of Police eqivalent), Navy Reserve Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, early 1980s.
- Civilian Job, Acting Director of Security, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, early 1980s. Directed security at new art museum leading up to grand opening, including transfer of art from old to new museum.
- CMAA (Chief of Police equivalent), USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7), a helicopter aircraft carrier, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, mid 1980s. View photo of USS Guadalcanal. View photo of Norfolk Naval Station.
- CMAA (Chief of Police equivalent), USS Bainbridge (CGN-25), a nuclear cruiser, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, late 1980s.
- Assistant Director of Security/Brig Warden, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), a nuclear aircraft carrier, Naval Air Station Alameda, California, mid 1990s.\
- Retired from Navy, mid 1990s.
Navy Rate Insignia and Awards
Rate insignia and awards worn on uniform.
Master Chief Petty Officer Rate Insignia
Surface Warfare Specialist
Navy Commendation Medal (2 Awards)
Navy Achievement Medal (2 Awards)
Navy Unit Commendation
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Good Conduct Medal (6 Awards)
Navy Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Medal (2 Awards)
Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4 Awards)
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
Expert Rifleman Medal
Expert Pistol Shot Medal
My dog, trail buddy, and faithful friend
(Above all others)
Born: March 29, 2009
After Kuma, my shiba inu dog, died, there was a big hole in my life that needed to be filled. I considered getting another shiba inu, but that would probably have made things worse, so I researched other breeds. Nothing appealed to me so I began researching hybrids (mixed breeds from registered breed parents). I found a breeder in Roaring River, NC, HealtyPets.com, that specializes in hybrids and went to visit. The breeder had many hybrid puppies but one looked into my heart when I looked at him and I knew he was the one. He is a merle coated Brat (Boston terrier/rat terrier). He's much different from Kuma in appearance and personality but we bonded very quickly. I look forward to many mountain hikes and quiet moments by the television with him
The Brat is not a purebred dog, it is a hybrid. A hybrid is an interesting mix of two distinct purebreds, whereas a mixed breed or mutt has unknown heritage and both parents were not purebreds. The brat is a boston terrier/rat terrier hybrid. The brat is quite a small dog in size, generally ranging from 12 to 20 pounds. They have short, coarse hair and come in a variety of colors. As compared to the original boston and rat terrier dogs, they are believed to be less aggressive and more family oriented. Brats are eager to please their masters and especially love to learn new tricks from their owners. The mixture of these two unique breeds give the Brat a wide array of talents. Brats are quite impressive and well suited to stay in urban dwellings, yet they need to be taken out on frequent walks and outdoor activities. They need their dose of socialization and physical activity in order to stay happy and healthy.
The best way to determine the temperament of a hybrid breed is to look up the two breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, where the breeding results in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution. However, bear in mind that the result may also have bad characteristics and genetic disorders common to each breed.
During the 1960s and 70s, I channeled my creativity into creating works of art. Much of the art works went to other people. These are the only surviving photos of some of the art work. Once computers came of age in the late 1970's, my creativity switched to programming, creating software applications, and then later toward documenting Taekwondo on the Internet.
My early work from the late 1960s was a bit morbid
These were depictions of some predicaments the spirit of man may find himself
Some more works from the 1960's, these inspired by Escher
This 1969 work was inspired by the first manned moon landing
Wood and paint 3-dimensional works from the early 1970s
Painting from the early 1970s
String works from 1970s
2006 Type S Touring Mazda3
2001 Volkswagen Wolfsburg Jetta
1989 Isuzu I-Mark RS
1978 Honda Accord LX
1978 Jeep J-10 Golden Eagle
1973 Dodge 340 Dart Sport (mine was similar)
1972 Chevrolet Vega GT (mine was silver)
1966 Rambler Rebel (mine was similar)
1966 Renault R-8 (mine was similar)
1962 Studebaker Lark (mine was similar in dark blue)
1951 Chevrolet Belair (mine was similar)
1995 Kawasaki KLR 650
Replaced the stolen KLR. Still a KLR but it does not match the original one
Sold in 2007. Due to medical reasons, I can no longer ride without pain, so I had to sell the KLR in 2007. First time in 35 years without a bike.
1987 Kawasaki KLR 650
One of the first imported into USA.
Rode on and off road all over NC, SC, VA, WV, TN, KY, GA, TX, NM, CO, UT, AZ, CA, WA, OR, and states in between.
Stolen in 1995 during its prime.
1983 Honda 500 Shadow
1979 Honda XL 500S
1978 Honda XL 250
1973 Yamaha MX 250
1972 Honda 750 (bought new and then customized)
1972 Yamaha 360 Enduro First bike