Richard J. Lewis...
Grand Master Lewis holds the ranks
of 8th Degree Black
Belt in Tae
Kwon Do (Korean Karate), 4th Degree Black Belt in Sun
Do (Korean art of breathing, meditation and
concentration) and 3rd
Bong-Sool (full contact fighting with a 6'
staff). While the majority of American Masters are
certified only here in the U.S.A. by another individual
or organization, Grand Master Lewis is one of a minority
of American martial artists to merit certification as an
International Master Black Belt from
the Kuk Ki Won, located in Seoul,
Korea. Richard was chosen by his teacher, Korean Grand
Master Dong Hi Choi, to succeed him after his death,
which occurred on November 8, 1989, and become Grand
Master and President of Moo Do Won/USA (United States
Martial Arts Center).
Grand Master Lewis began his martial arts
career in 1964 and has been teaching since 1970. He
founded the Kang Do Won Martial Arts Institute
in 1984, which has been at it's current location in
Wickliffe, Ohio, since 1985. Kang Do Won is
Korean and translated means "School of Inner Strength,"
indicating that the educational focus is on positive
personal growth, healthy character development
and behavioral modification, which is how the
true quality and inner strength of all human beings is
Grand Master Lewis offers the following at
the Kang Do Won:
men, women and children traditional martial
positive personal growth, healthy character development,
and effective self-defense skills training.
- men, women and children
self-defense classes... practical application
self-defense training and personal safety education.
to Survive Self-Defense &
Assault Prevention Seminars...
1 - 3 hour hands on, self-defense class and
lecture for men, women or children.
Strive to Survive Kids Self-Defense
progressive, age appropriate, self-defense and
personal safety courses.
Strive to Survive Adult Self-Defense
progressive, practical application, self-defense and
personal safety courses.
Kang Do Warriors
Competition and Demonstration Team...
entertaining and educational, fast paced, martial arts
Warrior Traditional Martial Arts
which he promotes and directs, and is open to all
ages, schools and martial art styles.
Master Lewis created the traditional martial art 'Kang
Do', which translated means "Inner Strength
Way." His personal definition of the term "traditional
martial art" is... "any martial art that
primarily focuses on the development of the most
important part of the human condition... inner
strength, which is comprised of
self-esteem, self-confidence, self-respect,
discipline, determination, honor and courage." This
inner development and strengthening is absolutely
essential because without it, physical skills are
severely impaired, and most often useless when
experiencing the debilitating effects of fear. With
exception to those rare few, who have suppressed fear
through intensive, specialized training, fear is a
common human emotion that is experienced by all. The
fact that a person feels fear does not make him/her
weak, just human. However, a person experiencing fear
who becomes emotionally overwhelmed and physically
paralyzed is weak and a prime candidate for
victimization. As it
applies to a self-defense situation, fear is a
poison, which not dealt with properly, can
result in disaster. Inner strength is the
antidote for poisonous fear. This antidote does not make
the fear mysteriously disappear, it simply empowers
an individual to override it's negative effects and
enable a more effective and productive performance
during fearful stress.
Of secondary importance, 'Kang Do' is
comprised of the following physical characteristics
and technical skills:
- soft and hard, circular and linear
defensive and offensive techniques
- defensive and striking techniques
utilizing all parts of the body equally as combat
- distant and close (body contact)
- ground impact defensive techniques
(break falls and rolls)
- ground impact offensive techniques
(sweeps, trips, reaps & throws)
- ground fighting and grappling skills
- pressure points, locks, counters,
chokes and submission techniques
- weapon defense skills
- education and training in the use of
11 different martial art weapons
Grand Master Lewis is one of a rare and
vanishing breed of martial artists who believe that
martial art is primarily a philosophy... or way of
life, that inspires total human growth and
development, not destruction. He teaches in a very
structured, strict and disciplined manner and
demands maximum focus and effort from his students.
At the same time, when appropriate, Grand Master
Lewis makes sure that his students have fun and
enjoy the education and training process.
In addition, he is one of the few
masters who has written and published an educational
text for his students. His unique, traditional method of teaching truly nurtures the
development and improvement of all the attributes
listed in The
Sixteen Principles of the Kang Do Won, in
each and every one of his students, whether they
be young or old.
Martial art is not what GML
does... it's who he is.
On July 1,
2015, Grand Master Lewis transferred ownership of
the Kang Do Won Martial Arts
Institute, directorship of the
American Warrior Martial Arts
Tournament, the Presidency of
Moo Do Won/USA and sole
educational responsibility and authority for
all of the above to his son, Senior Master
Gary M. Hotchkiss, 7th Degree Black Belt (pictured
to the right).
On that same date, he officially retired
after 51 years in the martial arts and 31
years of service to our community through
the Kang Do Won Martial Arts Institute and
American Warrior Martial Arts Tournament.
Richard J. Lewis breaking ten boards
with a knife-hand strike.
Martial Arts Lineage
The Father of
modern day 'Karate-Do'
Creator of the martial art
Student of Gichin Funakoshi
Founder of the martial art 'Sang
Student of Byung Chik Ro
Founder and past President of the
'Moo Do Won/USA'
Sang Oh Moon
of Dong Hi Choi
Founder of the
'Kang Do Won Martial Arts
Past President of the 'Moo Do
Creator of the 'American Warrior
Martial Arts Tournament'
Creator of the martial art 'Kang
Retired July 1, 2015
Gary M. Hotchkiss
Son and Student of
Richard J. Lewis
Owner and Head Master of the 'Kang
President of the 'Moo Do Won/USA'
Director of the 'American Warrior
Martial Arts Tournament'