Martial Artists from far and wide gathered in the Sault for a weekend of training seminars and practice. These seminars started Friday night at the Legion and continued there throughout the day on Saturday, ending on Sunday at the YMCA.
Grand Master Rudy Timmerman, the founder of this tournament/training seminar, has been involved with martial arts for 68 years. He started out in his home country, Holland, then came to Canada in1958, where he started training in various schools. In 1973, he started his own school here in the Sault, and it’s been running ever since.
Timmerman also runs the National Korean Martial Arts Association, which is a worldwide organization. Once a year, he brings people together to the Sault to train.
“Today we have people here from Ohio, Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and various other places. They come here to train with me. So I keep them hopping,” Timmerman told SaultOnline on Saturday. “Many of the out-of-town people come here because, well, in the 68 years I’ve picked up a few things along the way that they want to know, too.”
Although he retired in 2012, Timmerman still does a bit of teaching – both in Canada and around the world.
“When I have people come here, I teach the leaders and then they teach the students, so the local students get a flavour for the international guests that are brought in,” he explained. “Two of my students are continuing on with their own schools here in the Sault. They’re carrying on a tradition, and I just keep helping them.”
Timmerman said events like these are a great way to keep everyone fresh and up-to-date on their training, as well as a good way to both have fun and continue learning new things.
“We’re just having fun together. And we’re learning.”
For more information on the National Korean Martial Arts Association, visit their website at www.nkmaa.ca