2017 Spring Seminar Details

The Spring USHF Seminar will be held March 25, at Lucas Martial Arts Academy, in Bedford, IN, from 9:00am-5:30pm.


Order of events:

9:00 – 9:30 – Registration

USHF Schools please bring an updated roster with USHF membership details in order for students to receive school membership discount.


9:30 – 11:00 – Tyler Jenkins

Introduction to Self-defense with Tactical Flashlight

In this course, we will cover basic training drills and techniques using a tactical flashlight in order to increase defensive capabilities. Drills and techniques from Kali/Escrima and JKD will primarily be used in this class. The tactical flashlight is a very practical and useful tool in daily life and the carrying of it is not restricted in places such as college campuses or airplanes which make it an ideal self-defense aid.
Required equipment: We will have some flashlights available.  Please bring MMA gloves and a tactical flashlight if you have one.

Tyler Jenkins has been training martial arts since 2008. He began his martial arts career at Indiana University after enrolling in the Escrima class. With a main focus on the Filipino arts and JKD, Tyler has an affinity for close-in combatives and improvised weapons training. Tyler earned his 1st Dan in Hapkido at Indiana University in 2012 and has continued to train various martial arts styles since then.


11:15 – 12:45 – Bryan Robertson

Basic Form Chapter One: Intro to Self Defense within TKD patterns.

One of the ways I introduce HKD/Self Defense to TKD students is via their forms training. Yet, I am not teaching forms here. Basic HKD/Self Defense drills utilizing the template of a “karate-like” pattern.


Bryan began training with Mr. Don Burns in 1982, starting in TKD followed by HKD in 1983. Bryan has taught at various locations and schools in Indiana and owned Universal Dynamics Martial Arts in Ellettsville for 5 years. Currently, he teaches his programs out of RyuKyu Kyusho Family Martial Arts in Bloomington.


12:45 – 1:45 – Break for Lunch


2:00 – 3:30 – Connor Ford

Mugging Defenses

Muggings, robberies, and home invasions are an unhappy reality that the martial artist should be trained to deal with. They are perhaps the most likely scenario in which the techniques we train would need to be used in the field, and they are an excellent starting point for those interested in self-defense.


Conner began his Hapkido training at Indiana University where he cross-trained in Modern Arnis, Small Circle Ju-jitsu, Olympic saber fencing and HEMA Longsword fencing.  He has continued his training after leaving IU and has explored Krav Maga, Rapier and Epee fencing, Kempo Jiu-jitsu, and Kali.


3:45 – 5:15 – Brian Pike

Line familiarization for Weapon and Punch Defenses

Many similarities can be found when comparing the curving path of a weapon attack and that of a hook. In this presentation, we’ll examine some responses to attacks with a stick, both armed and unarmed, and apply that knowledge to hook defense. We’ll also strive to blend the defenses together to provide context for unarmed stick defense.

Required equipment: A rattan stick (some will be provided)


Brian Pike began training Hapkido at Indiana University in the fall of 2004. From that start, he expanded his study of martial arts into many of the other styles offered by the university, including Jeet Kune Do, Kali, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, and Taekwondo. After earning his first dan in Hapkido in 2007, he was honored to accept a teaching position for the IU Martial Arts Program, a position he held until 2015. During that time, he also served in various leadership roles for the IU Hapkido/Self-Defense Club, including Treasurer, President, and Instructor.
In 2013 Mr. Pike accepted a new position as coordinator for the Indiana State University martial arts program. He currently teaches Hapkido, Jeet Kune Do, Kali, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, and Self-Defense for ISU and recently designed an Introduction to Martial Arts course to broaden students’ understanding of the historical and cultural origins of these arts. He also teaches the ISU Martial Arts club and happily serves as the Treasurer for the USHF.


Building: Lucas Martial Arts Academy

Address: 715 6th St, Bedford, IN 47421

If you have questions, email the USHF Secretary at jawatson@indiana.edu.


The cost is $50 for Non-USHF Members, $35 for USHF Members. Typically USHF membership is purchased through your school.  Discuss membership with your school’s instructor.  If you do not attend a USHF school, membership can be purchased at the time of the seminar.

If you are a USHF member dues are paid in either the Spring or Fall. Try to keep track of when you need to pay dues so that you will not have an extra $15 fee to pay unexpectedly. If you are affiliated with a school, they should be keeping a current roster and can therefore tell you when your dues need to be paid and if this is the case, you should be paying your dues to your school who will then forward the appropriate amount to USHF.


Another payment option is purchasing a life membership (also purchased through your school) which, as the name indicates, will grant you access to all USHF Seminars for free for life. The cost of a life membership is $150.

USHF apparel and patches are always available for purchase at the seminars so bring extra money if you are interested in purchasing any USHF apparel.

Satori Training Weapons will have a table at the spring seminar with dozens of handmade blades, nunchaku and “The Art of Joint Locking”, Including over 80 joint locks, joint lock flows, joint lock defenses, 20 directions of response, and more!!   190 pages.  There will be seminar specials and sales, so please stop by purchase a new training weapon.



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