Thursday, July 24, 2014

GM Donn Miskel – Traditional Historian

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Donn Miskel at BDFS Reunion 2012Donald Miskel began his martial arts studies in 1957 at the Washington Park, Chicago Park District field house where he took up Judo and boxing.

In 1959 he began studying Judo and Kano Jiu Jitsu under Mas Tamura at the Jiu Jitsu Institute in downtown Chicago.

In the mid sixties Donald began studying Shotokan Karate under Shojiro Sugiyama.

GM Donn MiskelDonald received his first black belt in Chinese Kempo (Chaun Fa) and Chinese Kuntao while in the service. He also had an opportunity to study and rank in several other martial arts while in Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines and in South East Asia during his stint in the military.

In the early seventies upon leaving the military, he trained with John Keehan on West Ashland Avenue in Chicago.

In his martial arts career he trained under many martial arts masters including Master Bill Qua, Master W. Choi, Master James Hu, Master Quoc Tran, Master Robert Hackett, Sensei Grazanski, Sensei Gilbert James, Sensei Freeman Foxx, Sensei Benji Appalado, and others. He has advanced black belts in several systems of Karate, Jiu Jitsu and, Kenpo and other systems. Don’s highest ranks are as follows:

10th Degree Shodai Soke: of the BLMAA and the Black Lotus Combat System.

Grandmaster: (Dante Ryu) Kokuren Gojute Kempo Ryu Jujitsu

10th Degree in BDFS Shaolin Kung Fu

9th Degree Lu Tran Kung Fu

7th Degree Honto Seisen Ryu Kempo

7th Degree in Kan Balam Kung Fu

7th Degree Tinh Vo Dao

7th Dan Jute Ryu Jujitsu

Master Instructor:

Cane Fighting

Stick Fighting

Knife Combat

He is a licensed and ordained minister and Pastor. He has a Doctorates in Theology (ThD) and a Doctorate in Christian Counseling (DCC). He also has a Masters in Divinity (DDiv.) and a BA in Psychology. I have an A.A in Microbiology and Chemistry.

Donald has worked professionally as a Quality Control Chemist, a Psych Tech., a Crisis Counselor, a Prison Chaplain and a Pastor at various times of my life.

He is a Certified Christian Counselor, a certified Crisis Counselor and a Certified Prison Chaplain.

He has honorary Doctorates in Martial Science and Martial Arts Education.

He has been inducted into the Martial Arts Halls of Fame of several organizations.

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