Profile of Presenters
Grand Master Wil Widmeyer – 8th degree
KJN Wil Widmeyer was born and raised in Indiana, USA. He began learning martial arts at sixteen after defending himself against an armed assailant. After training at the local gym, Wil looked for an instructor to further his passion for the martial arts. Wil eventually discovered a school taught by Grandmaster Inn Suk Pak. GM Pak tested Wil for first dan in Tae Kwon Do and told him to return that summer for further training.
Wil sped through the curriculum. Competing for many years in Olympic-level figure skating left him with exceptional body awareness and a strong work ethic. Impressed with Wil’s ability to learn, GM Pak began train him privately, often eight to ten hours a day. GM Pak augmenting this with other instructors and reinforced what Wil learned through full-contact fighting.
Grandmaster Pak continued to challenge Wil’s physically and mentally. Always evolving as a martial artist, GM Pak developed a new system incorporating the theories and advanced principles behind Kongshin and Chinese Medicine. During this time they were hired by the State of Tennessee to train inner city children. It was during this trip that Grandmaster Pak suffered a sudden heart attack and died in Wil’s arms. The last thing Pak said to Wil was “ok, you good boy.”
After Grandmaster Pak’s funeral, Wil returned home and opened his first martial arts school. Wil continued to train diligently and started teaching defensive tactics. This led him to train various units of the United States Military and Federal Agencies in order to improve their effective at home and abroad.
KJN Widmeyer competed in many full-contact MMA related tournaments, winning a World Championship event in NYC in 1997. Over the following years Wil competed in many international open style MMA championships and retired in 2000. Since then, KJN Widmeyer has spent his time reorganizing Grandmaster Pak’s final instructional material and principles into his own system.
Among KJN Widmeyer’s many awards are induction into two Black Belt Hall of Fames and numerous letter of commendation from the United State Military. In 2015 KJN Widmeyer was recertified by GM Rudy Timmerman, as 8th Dan in Kong Shin Bop. Additionally, in 2015, he was named as an official Ambassador to the KMA Master Hall of Fame. KJN Widmeyer holds collegiate degrees from Ball State University and continues to travel extensively to teach and spread his love for the martial arts.