Grandmaster Daniel T. Rogers (July 8,1958 – November 24, 2001) has been involved in the Martial Arts for a period of 33 years. He currently holds an 8th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido. His instructor in Hapkido is Grandmaster Choi, Han Young, who ranks as a 10th Degree Black Belt, with over 50 years martial arts experience and has appointed Master Rogers as the Eastern United States Vice-President of the World Chun Ki Association.
Master Rogers began his martial arts studies in 1965, initially studying the Japanese art of Judo “the gentle way”, until 1969. In 1969, his Judo instructor was sent overseas to serve a tour in Japan with the Navy. At this time, Master Rogers was introduced to the Korean Martial Art of Tae Kwon Do (the way of the feet and hands), which he practiced diligently from 1969 to 1971. In 1971 his involvement with Hapkido began, and in 1973, he received his Black Belt under Master Choi. Master Rogers continues to train daily using Hapkido, “the way of coordinated power”, as his way of life.
While studying the martial arts, Master Rogers also served in the U.S. Army as a medic, infantry man, and communications specialist with the 82nd Airborne Division and Special Forces where he instructed (in Hapkido) members of the military’s elite , such as the Special Forces, Paratroopers, Rangers, LRRPS, Force Recon, and numerous other elite forces both in the United States and abroad from 1974 to 1988. He has assisted in writing books used by the military for hand-to-hand combat and appeared in the American Ninja, a book written for special operations warfare type personnel. Moreover, he as received numerous awards for his Martial Arts contributions from the World Chun Ki Association, Korean Kido Kuk Sool Won Association, the World Martial Arts Federation, American Martial Arts Alliance and fellow martial artists. He has been featured in Black Belt Magazine, local newspapers, as well as being accepted by the Who’s Who as a life member and was inducted into the World Karate Union’s Hall of Fame for 1998, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for his devotion and service to the martial arts. He has (also) appeared in publications across North America and Germany. Master Rogers presently holds the rank of 6th Dan in Han Moo Tae Kwon Do under Grandmaster Kyo Yoon Lee, 8th Dan in Nihon Ryu Aikijutsu, and 6th Dan in Shorin Ryu Karate under Dr. Soke Sacharnoski.
He founded the World United Hapkido Association in hopes of unifying all of the fragmented Hapkidoist(s) around the world affording them the opportunity to practice standardized techniques and the rank recognition that they deserve. He continues, and will continue to be a decisive driving force in us, his students, here and abroad by providing a disciplined path, narrow in its sway, yet never-ending in its destiny, for us to follow and emulate.
The previous information was taken directly from the World United Hapkido Association Curriculum Manual and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the WUHA and AHA.
Grandmaster Rogers was a great martial artist, father, husband, soldier, and friend. He was a true warrior in every sense of the word, up until his last breath, and will be deeply missed by all those who knew him. Words cannot express my gratitude to him but I will keep it simple and say, “Thank you, Sir, for everything.”