Get to know Grand Master John Rankin

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget there is more to your instructors than Martial Arts. So we’re going to start a new little thing the first of every month and highlight a different black belt and help you to get to know a little more about them.  First up, the head of our wonderful schools, Grand Master John. W. Rankin.

1. What got you into taekwondo?

Friend in submarine service studied Tae Kwon Do


2. What’s your favorite thing about taekwondo?

The Students


3. Have you studied any other martial arts?

Go Shin Ru

Ie I Do


Tai Chi


4. What do you do when you’re not doing taekwondo?

Work a 9 to 5 job in Engineering, family, clocks


5. What aspect of taekwondo have you struggled most with?

Left side technique


6. Favorite weapon and why?

Bo or Jo…I can pick up a stick anywhere…looks like a hiking staff…


7. Favorite technique and why?

Side kick..for sure…I have had success with it…


8. How has taekwondo changed you?

Martial Arts has given me another family to care about and who care about me…


9. What would you tell someone just starting out in martial arts?



10. What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I am a Horologist….


11. Favorite form?

Piong Ei Dan


12. Favorite place?

Anywhere fishing….


13. Favorite book/author?

Some of my favorite authors are:…Grisham, Rose, Collins, Jules Verne, Claton…Belville….Jack London…Poe….


14. Favorite movie or tv show?



15. Favorite quote?

Any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction “I served in the United States Navy”

John F. Kennedy


16. Favorite season?



17. Favorite food?

Italian or Mexican


18. Favorite ice cream flavor?



19. What hobbies do you have?



20. Dream vehicle?

Jeep cj7


21. Pets and/or kids?

3 dogs, 2 sons, 2 grand daughters with another grand daughter on the way


22. Dream vacation?

China or Alaska


23. What did/do you want to be when you grow up?

I wanted to be an artist


24. What do you want to learn?

To play the piano


25. Vampires, werewolves, or zombies?



26. Ninjas or pirates?



27. What can’t you live without?



28. Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Trek


29. Hero?

My Dad


30. Who or what inspires you?

My Students


31. One thing you wish you were better at?