Youn Wha United Martial Arts of Southern Arizona




of Southern Arizona

28661 S. Nogales Hwy Amado, AZ 85645


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GrandMaster Man Hee Han

GrandMaster Man Hee Han wearing GMHMA uniform

Grandmaster Han has stated several times that he is indeed a blessed man.  He has had the unique opportunity to train and master several martial arts and in addition he trained under three famous martial artists of his time.

His first teacher was Son Bop Sa.  Master Son was a traveling monk who had observed the young Man Han.  He then presented himself to the young man’s mother and asked permission to take the boy along with him and educate him in the meditation and martial arts.  Permission was granted and the six year old Man went off with the monk to train and learn.

      Most of the training Grandmaster Han went through was the strengthening and sensitizing of the mind.  In other words, he was trained to have a strong ‘sixth sense’ mainly through Zen and other mental activities.  His training consisted of focusing the mind through meditation and qigong or breathing exercises.

Six years later, the young Han began to long for home and asked his master for permission to go back and see his parents.  The monk conceded and let the young man go.  It would be the last time he would ever see his master again.

The second of his famous instructors was a man known as Byung In Yun.  Master Yun taught Grandmaster Han a system that predated Tae Kwon Do called Kong Soo.  Grandmaster Han began training under Master Yun at the age of 13.

At the same time, the young Han met Sae Chong Wang, who taught him Youn Wha.  This system is a conglomeration of high level fighting techniques from all martial arts systems, but it does contain some forms.

      During this same time period, middle school and high school, Grandmaster Han also studied Hwarang-do, Kendo, Kong Soo, Hapkido, and various weapons.  He has attained an 8th dan in Hwarang-do, 7th dan in Kendo, 8th dan in Hapkido, 4th dan in Judo and has trained extensively in 24 different weapons including rope, throwing star, double sticks, short stick, six foot staff, Hapkido cane, tonfa, and sai, among others.

After leaving high school, Grandmaster Han entered the law program at Kon Kuk University and graduated with his Bachelors degree.

       Grandmaster Han was, and still is, a respected member of the martial arts society.  He was on the Board of Directors in the Korean Tae Kwon Do Federation in its early days and helped design the Palgue forms presently used by the World Tae Kwon Do Federation.  During his tunure with the Korean Tae Kwon Do Federation, Grandmaster Han was appointed president of the North Province of Seoul.

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GrandMaster Man Hee Han wearing GMHMA uniform

Along with his martial arts credentials, Grandmaster Han has served as a Special Tactics Instructor for the Korean Intelligence Agency, teaching the member martial art techniques.  He was also called to train the 7th Army Infantry Division from 1970 to 1972 in hand to hand combat and served as Close Combat Instructor for the 2nd Army Infantry Division from 1972 to 1976.

       In 1976, Grandmaster Han and his family made the choice to move to the United States.  His first encounter with the U.S. was New Jersey.  From there the Han family moved to Tennessee, then soon after to Florida and in 1978, they made the final move to Texas.

Grandmaster Han has a dream of reaching the entire world with the Youn Wha system, and through his instructors he hopes to accomplish this.  Grandmaster Han firmly believes that because of its completeness, the Youn Wha system is the best available.

Facts about GrandMaster Han

  • Grandmaster Han celebrates his birth day May 9th and was born in 1936.
  • Grandmaster Han graduated from Konkuk University in 1960 with a bachelorettes in Law.

  • Grandmaster Han receives his 8th dan in Taekwondo through the Jidokwan December 17th, 1972. This was the Jidokwan’s 57th promotional test and was conducted by Chong Woo Lee.
  • Grandmaster Han was awarded an instructors certification by Un Young Kim the KTA’s 6th president November 30th of 1974.
  • Grandmaster Han immigrated to the US in 1976 and settled in the Dallas area of Texas in 1978.
  • Grandmaster Han was promoted to 9th dan by his students in the World Youn Wha Ryu Association in 1985.
  • Grandmaster Han accepted the title “Grandmaster” in 1992 after awarding the rank of 5th dan to James Parrish, Lois Sather, and Rory Kyle on September 12th. (…and possible Craig Hamann as well.)

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