Sabumnim Edward Ricciuti- Holds a 4th degree black belt in Combat Hapkido, level 5 in Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do, held two welterweight boxing championships, and was the best boxer 1957 at University of Notre Dame. He studies Black Dragon Kung Fu and Tai Chi, is a cofounder and president of GHMA and a Senior Instructor in hapkido.
Sifu/Sabumnim John Himmelman- Holds a 4th degree black belt in Combat Hapkido, in which he is a Senior Instructor. He holds a Black Sash in Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do, and a Level 1 in Filipino Martial Arts. He is a co-founder of GHMA, and past president. He serves on the GHMA board of directors.
Sifu Sean Gallimore ran our JKD curriculum for 10 years, before relocating. Much of what we continue to teach came from him.
Our JKD teaching certification comes from Sifu Raffi Derderian of the Derderian Academy of Martial Arts. He is a man of many titles and accomplishments - in JKD, Shinko-Ryu Kempo, Uechi-ryu, Filipino Martial Arts, Oki-Ryu Kenpo... just visit his website. If you live in the New Haven area, Sid Werthan teaches Combat Hapkido and Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan. He is a long time friend of our school (where he earned his 3rd Dan black belt in CH) and an extraordinarly talented martial artist. His school, Moonlit Path Martial Arts is in Branford, CT.
Junior Instructors (certified to assist in teaching Youth Hapkido)
ALL of Senior Instructors at GHMA trained in combat hapkido under Sabumnim Arthur Blair, the founder and head instructor of Green Hill Combat Hapkido. (Here he is twisting Sid around). When health issues forced him to retire, we reincorporated as Green Hill Martial Arts.
Sifu Karl Neumann- runs our Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do program. He holds a Black Sash (black belt) In Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do and a Level 2 in Filipino Martial Arts. He serves on the GHMA board of directors. His two sons, Kiefer and Kyle have earned blackbelts in Combat Hapkido in our school.
Mr. Brian Vecchitto has been training in Combat Hapkido since 2012 and holds a black belt in the art. He is a full instructor in the system and teaches Combat Hapkido on Thursday nights.
Jeet Kune Do
Green Hill Martial Arts JKD
Green Hill Martial Arts Jeet Kune Do
Green Hill Martial Arts Hapkido
Paul Dykas was an auxiliary instructor at our school for several years. After earning his orange belt in hapkido, he decided he just wanted to train and learn for the joy of it. His black belt in Uechi Ryu and training in hapkido made him a valuable asset to our school and his students. Sadly, we lost him to cancer in 2017, but we still practice what we learned from him.
Sabumnim David Townson is a cofounder of our school and ran our Saturday hapkido classes for many years. Sadly for us, he moved out of CT in 2020, but we are fortunate to still have him involved on our board.