Grand Master Art Mason

GM Art Mason

About Grand Master Art Mason: Established on March 1st, 2000, in Belle River, Ontario, Art Mason's Peaceful Warriors' Martial Arts embarked on a mission to redefine martial arts training and teaching.

With a commitment to Hapkido roots and a focus on pure street self-defense, our dojo distinguishes itself from the mainstream, embodying the essence of authentic martial arts.

A Journey of Growth

From our inaugural class on July 1st, 2000, the response was overwhelming. Rapid growth led to the expansion of our training facility to Windsor, Ontario, on October 15th, 2001.

Since then, Art Mason's Peaceful Warriors has proudly stood as a cornerstone martial arts school in the city, shaping the lives of countless individuals.

Dedication to Hapkido Roots

In a departure from the conventional path, we chose to stay true to our Hapkido roots, cultivating a unique environment focused on practical self-defense rather than sport. This commitment has defined us as a martial arts dojo dedicated to preparing individuals for real-world situations.

A Journey of Expansion and Consolidation

During our early years, the school experienced significant growth, leading to the establishment of four locations across Essex County. However, as we prioritized the quality of our training and the well-being of our students, we made the decision to streamline operations, ultimately consolidating to a single Windsor location. Managing multiple locations proved challenging, and our dedication to excellence guided us to optimize our resources for an enhanced learning experience.

Join us on the Journey

Art Mason's Peaceful Warriors' Martial Arts is not just a school; it's a community, a commitment to personal growth, and a celebration of martial arts in its truest form. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, we invite you to join us on this journey of self-discovery, discipline, and empowerment.

A Legacy Unfolds: The Early Years

Early Beginnings of Curt Mason in Martial Arts

At the remarkable rank of Blue Belt, Master Art's oldest son, Curt, began his martial arts journey at the tender age of 4 1/2. Little did he realize that these initial steps would shape not only his life but also influence his family and define his future in profound ways.

The Turning Point: Grand Master Art Mason's Decision

In the fall of 1999, Grand Master Art Mason arrived at a pivotal decision. After 16 years under the guidance of his instructor, he chose to embark on his own path. This was not a decision made lightly; it required considerable contemplation and unwavering support from his family, most notably from his eldest son, Curt, who was 18 at the time. The journey towards independence was challenging, but with dedication and about nine months of tireless effort, the Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts Institute came into existence.

Art Mason’s Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts

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A Journey Unfolding: The Inception and Evolution

Inauguration on March 1st, 2000

March 1st, 2000, marked a pivotal moment in the history of martial arts as Art Mason’s Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts opened its doors in Belle River, Ontario. This milestone initiated a new era of training and teaching, setting the stage for a transformative journey.

First Students on July 1st, 2000

On July 1st, 2000, the first eager students joined the Peaceful Warriors' community, igniting a spark that would grow into a blazing flame. The school quickly gained momentum, prompting the need for expansion beyond Belle River to the vibrant city of Windsor.

Expansion to Windsor: October 15th, 2001

October 15th, 2001, witnessed the opening of Art Mason’s Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts in Windsor, Ontario. 

Since its establishment, the institute has proudly held its position as a cornerstone martial arts school within the city, embodying the values of discipline, respect, and the artistry of Hapkido.

True to Hapkido Roots: A Commitment to Street Self-Defense

Unlike many schools that veer towards sport-oriented approaches, Peaceful Warriors remained steadfast in their commitment to Hapkido roots. The result? A pure street self-defense dojo, where the practical application of martial arts takes precedence over competition.

The Ebb and Flow of Expansion: 4 Locations Across Essex County

In the early stages, the school experienced notable growth, leading to the establishment of four locations across Essex County. However, as we navigated the logistical complexities of managing multiple locations, a strategic decision was made to streamline operations. Over time, this led to the consolidation of our presence to a single, thriving location in Windsor.

The journey of Art Mason’s Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts has been one of dedication, growth, and adaptability. As we reflect on our past, we look forward to continuing this legacy of martial arts excellence in our singular Windsor location.

Continuing the Legacy: Teaching Authentic Martial Arts

A Commitment to Excellence

Today, Art Mason's Peaceful Warriors' Martial Arts stands as a beacon in the world of martial arts, continuing to excel in what it does best—teaching real martial arts. Our commitment to authenticity, discipline, and the artistry of martial disciplines remains unwavering.

Grand Master Art Mason's Vision

At the helm of this legacy is Grand Master Art Mason, a guiding force whose dedication to the martial arts transcends time. In a testament to his vision for the global martial arts community, he has taken a significant step by reactivating the World Budo Alliance.

Art Mason circa 1997

Founder and Head Instructor: Art Mason’s Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts (2000-2016)

Founder: Hon Sang Mu Sa Hapkido -Eclectic Style Incorporating a Lifetime of Learning

9th Dan (Degree) Black Belt: Hon Sang Mu Sa Hapkido - Grand Master

6th Dan Black Belt: Pressure Point System (Kyusho Jitsu) - Kyusho Jitsu Master

5th Dan Black Belt: Taekwondo - Master

3rd Dan Black Belt: Kosho Shorie Ryu

Additional Martial Arts Expertise:

  • Cane System
  • Systema (Russian Combat System)
  • Small Circle Jujitsu

Certified Programs:

  • Women’s Self Defense Expert (World Budo Alliance)

  • Kid’s Safe NSA Certification (NSA in the USA)

  • HPPT Certification 3 Level Full Instructor (Humane Pressure Point Tactics)

Teaching Credentials:

  • Certified International Instructor – World Budo Alliance

  • International Instructor – World Head of Society (June 2001 Lifetime)

  • Kyusho Jitsu (Pressure Point System) Master Instructor Level 5 (all levels)

Other Martial Arts Honors:

  • United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inducted 2000 – Master of the Year

  • International President World Budo Alliance 2000-2003; 2022 to Current

  • World Organization of Martial Arts Sports Award – Saudi Arabia

Grand Master Art Mason Today

Grand Master Art Mason

Transition to a New Chapter: 2015

In 2015, Grand Master Art Mason made a significant decision that would shape the next chapter of his journey. At that time, he sold his esteemed school to Kara Borshuk, a former Detroit Police Officer. Seeking a change and a new perspective, Grand Master Art Mason moved to East Europe, specifically Romania.

A Shift in Focus

After numerous years of dedicated teaching and running a commercial school, the demands took a toll, leading to a sense of burnout. Faced with a pivotal choice between passing on the legacy or closing the doors permanently, Grand Master Art Mason chose the former.

His eldest son, Master Curt, had already embarked on a different path, having moved to a different city and pursued new endeavors.

Continuing the Passion for the Arts

Despite the shift in the trajectory of the school, Grand Master Art Mason's personal passion for the martial arts remained unwavering.

In the aftermath of the transition, he founded the Kyusho Jitsu World Alliance. This initiative allowed him to share his profound knowledge in the pressure point system known as Kyusho Jitsu. Through books and courses, Grand Master Art Mason continued to contribute to the martial arts community, ensuring that his expertise reached a global audience.

Home in East Europe, Romania

Today, Grand Master Art Mason, alongside his son, has found a new home in East Europe, specifically Romania. This marks not only a geographical shift but a continuation of their commitment to the martial arts, now manifesting through the Kyusho Jitsu World Alliance.

Wolf's Den Dojo

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Reconnecting with the reason for the creation of Hon Sang Mu Sa Hapkido Grand Master Art Mason has been in pursuit of Kosho Shorei Ryu from the James Mitose system Hanshi Bruce Juchnik is the head of.  

Much of the reason for this is the currently direction of the martial arts with the FAD of sport, and the incomplete teachings of almost all systems.

You can read more about Kosho Shorei Ryu here.

Thus the reason for building a private Dojo in which he will teach Kosho Shorei Ryu to selected students. More information on his Wolf's Den Dojo is here.

This will also be the future home of the Romanian Martial Arts Training Camps. There are no scheduled RMATC's for th coming years. 

They are in the process of opening a dog rescue called Wolf's Den Dog Rescue.

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