About Korean Martial Arts Institute in Penndel, PA
Meet our Martial Arts Instructors
In December of 2002 Master of the Month Master John Godwin, Yuk Dan Delaware, Pennsylvania, USA brings a great deal of variety and knowledge to the World Tang Soo Do Association with his 20+ years of experience as an educator, a successful competitor, and an inspiring martial artist. He received his rank of Yuk Dan in 2006.
Master Godwin began his Tang Soo Do studies under Master Ki Yun Yi when he wanted to learn how to defend himself against multiple opponents. Master Yi is a charter member of the World Tang Soo Do association, and served as the Technical Advisory Committee Chairman. A special master/student relationship developed between the two of them. Master Yi gave him the finest instruction in leadership and teaching. It was as a result of this relationship that Master Godwin was introduced to someone very special, Grandmaster Jae C. Shin.
It was at a tournament that Grandmaster Shin first saw Master Yi’s student and soon after asked Master Godwin to work at Shin Karate. That was in 1984. “It was quite an honor to be asked to serve as the instructor at headquarters.”
While working at Headquarters, Master Godwin was encouraged by Grandmaster Shin to study other martial arts to broaden his understanding. He became involved in Hapkido, where he is also a master instructor under Grandmaster Ji Han Jae. He also practiced kickboxing under the instruction of Master Steven Chambliss.
John Godwin was inducted into the Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame as the 1990 Forms Competitor of the Year. He became a World Champion in fighting, forms, weapons, and demo team competitions at the World Tang Soo Do Championships in 1986, 1988, and 1990. In 1999 he won 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal at the Hapkido World Championships in Korea. He now dedicates his time to training future leaders with his instructor training and leadership program.
John Godwin has 1,500 active students at the Korean Martial Arts Institute, including his 2 children: John, an 11 year-old E Dan, and Ali, a 7 year-old red belt.
Mr. Setyanto has been training with KMAI since the year 1994. He holds a 4th Degree Black Belt in Sin Moo Hapkido and a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do. Mr. Setyanto was captain of the Godwin-Shin Creative Demo Team, had first place wins at the 2004 and 2006 World Championships, and was a 2008 Martial Arts Preservation Hall of Fame Inductee.
Mr. Setyanto is the chief instructor of our Penndel location. As a graduate of our Leadership Program he has been a leader and role model since 1994.
Mr. Setyanto excels in the art of Sin Moo Hapkido, as well as the Katana sword, but he says that his favorite thing about the martial arts are the etiquette, traditions, and the honor of sharing his knowledge and skill with future Blackbelt leaders.
Since 1986, the Korean Martial Arts Institute has been on the cutting edge of martial arts instruction. By providing knowledgeable, welcoming and caring instructors in state of the art facilities, KMAI has grown from one small studio in Newport to eight karate schools located throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
KMAI helped to pioneer the World Tang Soo Do Associations pre-school karate education program. It's now recognized worldwide in over 30 countries. Our family-friendly programs here in Penndel, PA help make learning martial arts available to everyone, not just the athletically-inclined minority. With programs designed to benefit everyone, regardless of age or fitness level, our Penndel students range in age from 4 to 74.
Stability and credibility are also what KMAI in Penndel, PA has to deliver. Our affiliation with the World Tang Soo Do Association offers membership in an international community of martial artists. So much is available to you to expand your Karate experience through KMAI:
- Certification through a trusted organization since 1982,
- Specialized camps,
- Clinic and seminar opportunities,
- Literature and other learning materials,
- Local, regional and international competitions,
- And much, much more are available to you as a member.
Korean Martial Arts Institute in Penndel offers great opportunities for those interested in competition. Our students have won numerous championships from local to world class level. From South Korea to Europe, KMAI competitors have excelled on the mat. The challenges are here for everyone to take and succeed in.
“Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach.” – Roseabeth Moss Kantor.
“Hard training requires a lot of physical stamina, but it also builds mental and spiritual strength too. ”
“We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.”
Integrity, sincerity, knowledge, skill, longevity, credibility and a staff that will ALWAYS be there for you! Korean Martial Arts Institute will provide you with the best karate training in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey areas! If you are interested in being part of our Penndel, PA location all you’ll have to do is choose a program that most interests you. Once you have chosen a program you will then have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. And please, if you have any further questions or concerns feel free to give us a call directly at (215) 757-8300.
Korean Martial Arts Institute
397 West Lincoln Hwy
Penndel, PA 19047
Penndel is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,328 at the 2010 census.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,420 people, 900 households, and 549 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,541.5 people per square mile.
Penndel, PA, with surrounding areas in Penndel, Langhorne, Hulmeville, Bensalem, Levittown, Middletown Twp. or Bucks County, is home to Korean Martial Arts Institute, a Martial Arts facility specializing in Adult Martial Arts and Fitness Kickboxing.