Master Kevin M. Janisse

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Hello Master Janisse:
I wish to thank you for your dedication, professionalism, and your sheer enjoyment of sharing with others what NKMAA has to offer. 
You are an outstanding example of what Martial arts are all about, and I am proud to be considered your Instructor. 
I know that trips such as this are not easy on a family life, so I would be amiss by not thanking your family for having stood by you while you shared your skills with eager participants. 
You are a true credit to NKMAA.

Warmest personal regards,
Rudy Timmerman, Kwanjang

Founder - NKMAA
Grandmaster - Kong Shin Bup

In 1983 Kevin M. Janisse started Martial Arts training in Tae Kwon Do and Filipino Kun Tao.

Upon entering his University studies in Engineering, he enrolled in Kong Shin Bup-HapKiDo under the training of 1st Degree Black Belt Jonathon Simmonds, who introduced Kevin to his instructor; 6th Degree Black Belt Master Rudy Timmerman.

In 1987 Kevin received his 1st degree in Kong Shin Bup-HapKiDo (#6-51-S) and then changed his focus of training from Kong Shin Bup-HapKiDo to Kuk Sool Won under the instruction of Master Rudy Timmerman.

In 1989 Kevin received his 2nd degree in Kong Shin Bup-HapKiDo.

In 1990 Kevin established a Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts School in Charlevoix, Michigan.

In 1991 Kevin received his 1st degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won (#A-8740).
Later that year he received the National Korean Martial Arts Association (N.K.M.A.A.) "Instructor of the Year" award from Master Timmerman.

In 1992 Kevin received his 3rd degree in Kong Shin Bup-HapKiDo.

In 1993 Kevin received his promotion to 2nd degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won.

On January 22nd, 1994 Kevin held his first Martial Arts Tournament in honor of his student and friend James Rash who died of Leukemia. Competitors as far away a Quebec, Canada showed up for the competition.

In 1994 Kevin developed a training program for the Charlevoix TMI Staff to help them deal with aggressive, mentally impaired adults. He received a letter of commendation from the staff in regarding his ability to teach and respond to their needs.

In 1995 Kevin moved to Canton, Michigan leaving the Charlevoix club to his 2nd highest-ranking student; Rich Wojan.
While living in Canton, Kevin continued training under Master Timmerman and teaching in Okemas, Michigan.

In 1996 Kevin earned his promotion to 4th degree black belt in Kong Shin Bup-HapKiDo and 3rd degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won. 
He also had the honor of watching his head student/wife Debbie Janisse receive the rank of 1st degree black belt (#A-10084).
Later that year Kevin's student Rich Wojan was promoted to 1st degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won (#A-10365). .

In 1996 Kevin moved to Roscoe, IL where he continued training under Master Timmerman by driving to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario for intense weekend training sessions and began to assist Master Timmerman with International Seminars.

In 1999 Kevin opened "Kong Shin Bup-HapKiDo" School in Roscoe, IL with the support of grandmaster Timmerman and the N.K.M.A.A.
Master Janisse also released his "Home Study Program" he had been working on for years and now has long distance students throughout  North America.

In 2000 Kevin received his promotion to 4th Degree black belt in Kuk Sool HapKiDo and had the honor of receiving the N.K.M.A.A. Black Belt of the Year award.

In 2001 Kevin had the honor of receiving the "International Instructor of the Year" Award, from the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, in Orlando Florida. 
Master Janisse earned his 5th degree black belt in Kong Shin Bup-HapKiDo.

In 2003 Master Janisse opened his 3rd school in Clackamas, OR - "Northwest Korean Martial Arts" and became the Northwest Regional Director for N.K.M.A.A. 

In 2004 Master Janisse earned his promotion to 5th degree black belt in Kuk Sool and was recognized as a Master of HapKiDo by the Korean Hanminjok Hapkido Association.
His wife Debbie earned her promotion to 4th degree black belt (Sa Bum Nim) and was also recognized by the Korean Hanminjok Hapkido Association.

In 2006 Master Janisse was promoted to 6th degree black belt in Pusan, Korea by grandmaster's In Sun Seo and Rudy Timmerman during the NKMAA Korea Trip. 
During this trip he performed at the 5th World Hapkido Martial Arts Tournament and Masters Exhibition.

In 2008 Master Janisse recieved the NKMAA Director of the year award.

In 2010 Master Janisse was promoted to 7th degree black belt in the art of Kong Shin Bup. He was also appointed as the next Grandmaster of Kong Shin Bup by Grandmaster Rudy Timmerman.

Additional Training and Certifications: Tournament Judging, CPR and First Aid, Fitness Trainier, and Healing Science.

Master Janisse's Black Belt Tree  

Martial Arts Seminars by Grandmaster's Rudy Timmerman, Ji Han Jae, In Sun Seo, In Hyuk Suh,
J.R. West, Rick Moneymaker, Patrick MacCarthy, and others.

02/1987 Punching & Blocking.....................09/1989 Long Sword #1...................................07/1994 Forms/Techniques
10/1988 Long Staff.....................................09/1989 Long Sword #2...................................07/1995 Forms/Techniques
01/1989 Short Staff #1...............................03/1990 Kicking................................................04/1996 Forms/Techniques
01/1989 Short Staff #2...............................04/1990 Forms/Techniques................................06/2000 Inverted Sword
02/1989 Forms/Techniques.........................08/1989 Ki Training...........................................07/1991 Forms/Techniques
07/1992 Kicking Defense...........................10/2000 Korean Weapons & Hand Techniques
02/2001 Weapons & Hand Techniques.......04/2001 Joint & Knife Techniques......................09/2001 Ki Strikes and Joint Techniques
11/2001 Rope Technique............................03/2002 Ground Grappling, Rope Techniques
03/2002 Ki Strikes, Advanced Joint Locks, Short Staff Techniques.....10/2003 Pressure Points & Wrist Techniques
03/2004 Belt, Short Stick, Cane & Choking........................................04/2004 Kicking, Joint locks, Handkerchief, Cane, Staff, & Reviving
08/2004 Pressure Points, Wrist, Belt, & Ki Strikes..............................10/2004 Pressure Points, Energy Flow/Quadrant Theory
11/2004 Wrist & Clothing Techniques.................................................04/2005  Knife and Stick Fighting
08/2005  Sword Cutting, Joint Locks, and Belt Techniques..................09/2005 Pressure Points, Energy Flow/Quadrant Theory
11/2005  2-Man Sparring Techniques, Punch Defense..........................03/2006 Joint Locks, Belt Techniques, Inverted Sword
04/2006  Escorting Techniques, Palm Strikes, and Joint Locks..............

Awards
1991 "Instructor of the Year" award
1993 Grand Champion "Traverse City Open" Tournament
1995 Grand Champion "Great Lakes Invitational" Tournament
2000 "Black Belt of the Year" Award
2001 "International Instructor of the Year" Award from the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
2002 World Wide Hall of Fame "Master Instructor of the Year" Nominee
2004 "TKD Friendship Tournament" Grand Champion runner up.
Nearly 100 Tournament awards since 1985.