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

Hapkido

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?

Patience….Patience….Patience

 

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?

Sorcerer…movie

 

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?

Fall

 

17. Favorite food?

Italian or Mexican

 

18. Favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate

 

19. What hobbies do you have?

Clocks

 

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?

werewolves

 

26. Ninjas or pirates?

Ninjas

 

27. What can’t you live without?

coffee

 

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?

communication