About Korean Martial Arts Institute in Wilmington , DE

John Godwin Master Instructor

Meet our Martial Arts Instructors

My name is Grandmaster John Godwin, Head Instructor of our martial arts school. For over 30 years we've dedicated our lives to bringing the physical - and mental - benefits of martial arts to our community. The Korean Martial Arts Institute has locations in Newark, Hockessin, Wilmington, Middletown in Delaware, Hamilton Township in New Jersey and Kennett Square and Penndel in Pennsylvania. All of our schools offer quality instruction for all ages and abilities looking to benefit from Martial Arts instruction. Find the nearest location to you and get started. But don't wait too long! Our classes are limited in size, and I'd hate to see you miss out.

John Godwin:

Grandmaster John L. Godwin
Leading Martial Arts in the 21st Century

Growing up in a tough area in Southern, New Jersey, John was subject to the downfalls of the area where most youths were either in a gang or part of the party culture of the time. After a chance encounter with a gang in Camden, New Jersey, Godwin was left badly beaten with multiple injuries. He had two choices; succumb to the destructive path he was heading down or to turn adversity to advantage and fight for a better life. Within days Godwin enrolled in Yi’s karate institute and began his Tang Soo Do and Hapkido studies under Grandmaster Ki Yun Yi. It would become a defining moment in his life. With hard work and dedication, a special master/student relationship developed between the two of them. Grandmaster Yi gave him the finest instruction in leadership and teaching skills. It was as a result of this relationship that Master Godwin was introduced to someone very special, Grandmaster Jae C. Shin, founder of World Tang Soo Do Association.

It was at a tournament that Grandmaster Shin first saw Grandmaster Yi’s student, and soon after asked 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, Godwin was encouraged by Grandmaster Shin to study other martial arts to broaden his understanding. He has practiced and competed in kickboxing under the instruction of Chief Master Steven Chambliss. He also intensified his study of Hapkido, where he is currently a 9th Dahn Grandmaster Instructor under the tutelage of DoJuNim (founder) Ji Han Jae. With whom he has personally trained with in over 300 private seminars.

John Godwin was inducted into the Official Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame as Outstanding Pioneer Tang Soo Do Player for the USA. He currently has a 7th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do. 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.

The trainer of Champions, producing numerous regional, national, and world champions; Grandmaster John Godwin has 1,500 active students at the Korean Martial Arts Institute. Known worldwide as a “21st Century Warrior”, Grandmaster Godwin is also known by his friends and students as a true family man. He enjoys teaching kids the lessons he has learned through the years. He has five children with his eldest son John Jr, a 3th Degree Black belt in Tang Soo Do and 4rd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido, currently an instructor at the Newark studio.

Master Erwin Watters

Master Watters has been training in advanced leadership skills since the inception of Korean Martial Arts Institute’s first SWAT Leadership team, where he was a founding member. Master Watters holds a 5th Degree in Tang Soo Do, and a 3rd Degree in Sin Moo Hapkido. He is also a member of the region #8 Hall of Fame for Instructor of the year.

As a child development specialist, Master Watters has been shaping the minds of future generations for over twenty years. He is currently an Assistant Youth Camp Director for the World Tang Soo Do Association. As an instructor and motivator Master Watters has had a direct influence in the lives of all the students and staff at the Korean Martial Arts Institute in Wilmington , DE.

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 seven 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 40 countries. Our family-friendly programs help make learning martial arts available to everyone. With programs designed to benefit everyone, regardless of age or fitness level, our students range in age from 4 to 74.

Stability and credibility are also what KMAI in Wilmington , Delaware has to deliver. Our affiliation with the World Tang Soo Do Association and World Sin Moo Hapkido Federation offers memberships 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 Wilmington 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 not born, they are created”

“The moment one definitely commits, all sorts of things occur to help you that would never have occurred otherwise. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

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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 Wilmington , DE 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 (302) 992-7999.

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Where are we located?

Korean Martial Arts Institute

2419 W. Newport Pike
Wilmington , DE 19804


(302) 992-7999

About Wilmington

Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware, United States, and is located at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area.

According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 70,851, a decrease of 2.4% from 2000. The metropolitan area which includes the cities of Philadelphia, and Camden, New Jersey had a 2006 population of 5,826,742, and a combined statistical area of 6,398,896.

Wilmington , DE, with surrounding areas in Wilmington, Stanton, Newport, Pike Creek, Elsemere, Newark, NewCastle or New Castle County, is home to Korean Martial Arts Institute, a Martial Arts facility offering classes in Adult Martial Arts and Fitness Kickboxing.