Grandmaster Benko appoints new ITA Vice-President

GRAND BLANC, MI - Following the death Master Bruce A. Benko, ITA Vice-President, Grandmaster Benko has appointed a new Vice-President of the ITA, Master John McDowell.

Master John McDowell has been appointed to the position of Vice-President of the ITA, by ITA President and Founder, Grandmaster James S. Benko. Master McDowell holds ranks in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Korean Swordsmanship, and Tang Soo Do. Master McDowell is the head instructor at the KMAI (Korean Martial Arts Institute). The KMAI is the World Training Headquarters for the ITA. He is also the Executive Editor of the KMAI newsletter.

Master McDowell has appeared in several ITA training videos with Grand Master Benko and has assisted him in conducting a variety of seminars. He is also featured in Grand Master Benko's book, "Korean Cane Techniques (Ji Pang E Sul)" Master McDowell is also involved in the editing and production of ITA DVDs and books. He has helped design a variety of ITA and KMAF (Korean Martial Arts Federation) training programs.

Master McDowell's entire family, wife Joan, and his four children, Angela, David, Greg, and Joey, hold the rank of Master in Tae Kwon Do, as well as ranks in other Korean martial arts. Master McDowell is both proud and excited about his new position in the ITA and looks forward to accepting the responsibilities which accompany it.

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