Mr. Schwettman holds the rank of Cho Dan in Tang Soo Do Taekwondo from the Colorado Moo Duk Kwan Association. Mr. Schwettman states that he feels a connection to both the past and future of martial arts, and trains to bridge the gap.

Summary of Achievements

  • Mid-1970’s: Began training in Taekwondo with father at Powel Crosley YMCA under Grandmaster I.K. Kim, Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • March 2017: Restarted training under Master Imy Rich and Master Jim Beasley at the Clear Creek – Gilpin Academy of Martial Arts.

  • October 2017 – Present: Local tournament competitor. Many time medalist in traditional forms, weapons, and breaking divisions.

  • February 2019: Completed five week seminar on breaking technique and power generation at Evolution Martial Arts. John Miller, instructor.

  • February 2019: Attended Team USA Colorado State Taekwondo Championship in Monument, Colorado.

  • June 2019: Completed six week seminar on traditional weapons at Evolution Martial Arts. John Miller, instructor.

  • mid-2019: Completed Escrima seminar at Evolution Martial Arts.  Dominick Blum, instructor.

  • July 20, 2019: Completed Grandmasters Seminar at Parker Academy of Martial Arts, Parker, Colorado. Focus areas:
    • Hapkido from Grandmaster John Rankin.
    • Bill Wallace Superfoot Technique by Grandmaster Chris Natzke.
    • Bunkai (applications) from Grandmaster David Sgro.

  • April 2020: Competed in Sgro Karate Traditional Forms Tournament.

  • May 2020 – Present: Began monthly training in World Taekwondo Sparring Technique with Alex Wong, many time AAU and USAT Sparring Champion.

  • February 2021: Competed in AAU Taekwondo Winter Nationals, earning two gold medals, in Tang Soo Do Forms and Open Traditional Forms.

  • June 2021: Earned Cho Dan Black Belt in Tang Soo Do Taekwondo under the Colorado Moo Duk Kwan Association.

  • October 2021: Completed Koga Police Training self-defense seminar in Lakewood, CO.

  • February 2022: Joined Moo Duk Kwan Heritage Program.

  • March 2022: Attended Korean History Seminar by Professor Dave Mason.

  • August 2022: Attended Moo Duk Kwan University Summer Camp in Midway, Utah.

Steve’s Cho Dan Black Belt Paper: A History of Our Okinawan Martial Arts Weapons