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The Black Lotus Martial Arts Association is a union of martial artists who have banded together to improve the quality of martial arts world wide, and to add a Christian focus to the martial arts.

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Company Name Black Lotus Martial Arts Association
Logo Black Lotus Martial Arts Association Company Logo by Black Lotus Martial Arts Association in Chicago Heights IL
Name Donald Miskel
Position Founder and Instructor
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Phone Number 312-859-2563
231 Frederick Dr
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
United States

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  • Christian Organization, Educational Organization, Promotional Organization

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The Black Lotus Martial Arts Association is a union of martial artists who have banded together to improve the quality of the martial arts world wide and to add more of a Christian focus to the martial arts.

The Black Lotus Martial Arts Association is a union of martial artists who have banded together to improve the quality of the martial arts world wide and to add more of a Christian focus to the martial arts. The BLMAA teaches an eclectic blend of martial styles into one cohesive system. Aside from the BLMA combative system we include and offer instruction in: Shorei Goju Karate, Keehan Ryu American Combat Karate, Dante Ryu Gojute Kenpo, Jute Ryu Aiki Jitsu, Hakka Ryu Jiujitsu, Yinchi Tao Chaun Fa/Chin Na, Combative System and Thunderbolt Kenpo. Each school and system is autonomous in the content of what they teach as long as it doesn't violate our philosophy or bylaws. The BLMAA is affiliated with: The Black Dragon Fighting Society, The Christian Brotherhood of Martial Artists, Thunderbolt Kenpo International, Kenseiryu Karate International, National Progressive Combative Systems, The Shinja Martial Arts Association, Mugei-Munmei no Jitsu Association and the International Combat Martial Arts Unions.

The BLMAA is a Christian orientated martial arts association of several styles, groups, sisterorganizations and systems. Each group is completely autonomous comingtogether for mutual support and a common vision.

Our endeavor is to enhance the trainingof the total person. We believe that man is a triune being. He is aspirit, he has a soul and he resides in a body. We strive to train tounify and improve the disposition of each of these areas in the totalperson. We train in a martial discipline but we don't train to fightnor with the intention of finding opportunity to use these acquiredskills. We strive instead to farther the moral and physical wellbeingof ourselves and others and to have a positive impact on ourcommunities and the world we live in. we strive to practice love,kindness and compassion and to achieve peace wherever we happen to beand whatever our situation.

We embrace reason first and diplomacyif reason fails, resolution if diplomacy fails, de-escalation ifresolution fails, avoidance if de-escalation fails and force only ifno other recourse can be found. We seek harmony rather than conflict,conflict rather than pain, pain rather than injury, injury ratherthan incapacitation, incapacitation rather than death and death onlywhen it is absolutely necessary.

We apply a "back to the wall"approach to fighting. We will walk away to avoid a conflict and runaway to avoid a fight but we will fight if we have to. We know whatwe believe and we'll fight and even die for those beliefs ifnecessary. "If a man doesn't believe in something he'll fall foranything."


Full Membership is given to Shodan and above

Associate Membership is given to kyu ranks

An individual who wishes to join the Black Lotus Martial Arts Association will be required to provide a brief resume and proof of rank.


Members Of The Black Lotus:


Shihan Tony Roberts (Deceased)

Hanshi Donald Miskel

Master Robert Hackett (Deceased)

Sensei Freeman Fox

Sensei Alvin Smith

Sensei G.C. Guard

Sensei Gilbert James (Deceased)

IFAA BDFS Patriarchs:

Dr. Lawrence Day

Dr. Michael Felkoff

G.M. Ernie Reynolds

G.M. Ron Pierce

G.M. Victor Moore

G.M. Frank Dux

G.M. Ashida Kim

Dr. Donald Miskel

Masters Council:

Shodai Soke Dr. Donald Miskel: HanshiDonald Miskel, the shodai soke of the BLMAA fighting system andgrandmaster of Kukeren Gojute kempo, has been involved in themartial arts since nineteen fifty seven. He is one of the co foundersof the Black Lotus Martial Arts System and is its Chairman, presidingmaster and highest ranking practitioner. Master Miskel Is also thefounder of Dante Ryu Gojute Kenpo, and Jute Ryu Aikijitsu, bothmodified combat systems. Dr. Miskel holds the rank of Hachidan (10THdegree black belt) in both the Black Lotus Martial Arts System and Gojute Kenpo, Shichidan (8th degree) in (Black Dragon) Shorei GojuKarate, and Godan (7th degree) in Jute Ryu Aikijitsu. Shihan Miskelalso holds Dan rank, or equivalent, in several Okinawan, Japanese,Chinese and Filipino martial art systems. Shihan Miskel is anordained minister and has graduate degrees in Divinity, Theology,Psychology and Christian Counseling. He was also awarded an honoraryDoctorates degree in the martial arts by the Master’s College ofMartial Arts, has been recognized as a Senior Professor by theUniversity of American Kenpo, and was inducted into the 2008 UnitedStates Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Master of The Year. Hanshi Miskelhas been recognized as a Judan Shodai Soke (First generation masterand family head) by several national and international organizations.Shihan Miskel is a prolific writer and researcher and his primaryfocus is on real life self defense and the philosophy of Christianmartial arts. Dr. Miskel is the Traditional Historian for WorldwideDojo and is a History General of The Museum of Sports Karate. HanshiMiskel is the Head of Family and one of the Patriarchs of the IFAAOriginal Black Dragon Fighting Society.

President - Sifu Larry McFadden: MasterMcFadden is the West Coast representative of the BLMAA and holds aYodan (4th degree) in the BLMA system. Master McFadden is a ministerand a college professor at the Moraine Valley College.

Master McFadden is the founder of theKam Balaam Kung Fu system and the McFadden Street Defense system andis recognized as a founding master.

Vice President - Shihan Peter Lee:Master Lee is the BLMAA’s international representative and makeshis home in Australia. Master Lee Holds rank of Godan in the BLMAsystem. Master Lee is also the founder and ranking Master of theThunderbolt Kenpo system and is one of the highest ranking Kenpopractitioners in his part of the world.

John Wallace - Regional Vice President:John Wallace is the president of the South Western arm of the BLMAA.He has studied with Shihan for close to five years and has been hisonly private student in the Southwestern United States. John holdsthe rank of Nidan in BLMA Chin Na, the BLMA Combat System and in JuteRyu Aikijitsu and a Shodan in Gojute Kenpo. John Wallace helpedrefine the art of Jute Ryu Aikijitsu. John is an ordained ministerand an Associate Pastor. John is also a philosopher, and writer.

Shihan Clinton D. Jacobs holds a 8THDan in Shotokan Karate and Gojute Kempo and has also studied Prayingmantis Kung Fu and Aiki Jiujitsu. Master Jacobs is the BLMAA RegionalDirector for the South Eastern United States.

Shihan Shean Smith is the Secretary ofthe S.E United States district and is Master jacob's assistant.Master Smith is a eighth Dan in shorin ryu karate and an 8th dan ingojute kempo.

Shihan Tim Flynn HOLDS AN 8th Dan inAikijiusitsu and a 7th Dan in Gojute Kempo. Tim is the art directorand creative consultant along with Master Peter Lee.

Prof. Gary Lee Is a senior councilmember. Master Lee is the founder and curator of the Museum of SportKarate. Prof. Lee is one of the highest ranked members in th BLMAA.

Denise Miskel is the national secretaryof the BLMAA and is an associate member of the BDFS. She is the wifeof Dr. Donald Miskel and studies the Black Lotus Martial Art CombatSystem.

Brad and Nona Marshall are our Texasrepresentitives. Brad is the Texas regional Vice President of theBLMAA. Brad has master rank in both Karate and Chaun Fa (Chinesekempo).

Darel Chase, Kyoshi is the head of theInternational Combat Aikijitsu Association. He holds senior rank indaita ryu aikijitsu, Shotokan karate and Shorin Ryu karate. He is oneof the senior grandmasters in the BLMAA combat system

The late Dr. Sam Lonewolf was one ofthe senior advisors to the BLMAA.

Prof. Stoffal Van Vuuran is a livinglegend in the martial art community in South Africa. Aside from GrandMaster rank in ninjitsu Master Van Vuuren is master rank in karate,kung fu and several other dicilpines. Master Van Vuuran heads BDFSInternational and hosts the IFAA kumite yearly. Master Van Vuuran isthe regional V.P. of the BLMAA in South Africa.

Master Jonathan Kruger is the fifthgeneration Menkyo Kaiden of the Kodokwan Judo club in Zambia. MasterKruger was a missionary in Japan and Korea and studied Judo at theKodakan, Tomiki aikido and daita ryu aikijitsu under Arao Sensei(Steven Segal's instructor) in Japan and Korean yudo and Hoshinsulin Korea.

Jonathan is the BLMAA reginal directorand V.P. in Central Africa.

The Late Dr. Lawrence Day was one ofDr. Miskel's seniors and one of the Patriarchs and 'Keeper of theFlame' of the Black Dragon Fighting Society. Dr. Day is a tenth Danin Karate and the equivilant in Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi chaun.Dr. Day is the U.S. V. P. and senior council member of the BLMAA.


Donald Miskel

Larry McFadden

Peter Lee

Tim Flynn

Jonathan Kruger

Felton Messina

Hermann Harms

Stoffal Van Vuuren

Brad marshall

Nona Marshall

Dr. Michael Felkof

Master Frank Dux

Master Sky Benson

Master Ashida Kim

Master Irving Soto

Master John Wong

Master Brian Roninson

Master Darel Chase

Master Keith Kugel

Dr.John Enger

Master Quoc Tran

Sensei Paul Corrigan

Sensei Hermann Harms

Sensei Lawrence Valadez

Master Ouoc Tran

Sensei Rafael Pabon

Sensei Rusty Hays

Joe Cayer

Orlando Rivera

Shihan Sean Smith

Shihan Kenneth Moore

Nelson Douglas

Arcino Stanley

Bobby Stapleton

Dana Stamos

Don Miskel

Chris Miskel

Carolyn Miskel

Theodore Miskel

Jason Malone

Brett Barrett

Gary Martz

Jonathan Krugar

Prof. Gary Lee

Clinton Jacobs

John Wallace

Geoff Schully

Vajra Dharmapadma

Dr. Sandee Hickman

Walter Womak

David Angelo

Bob Yoder

Prof. Paul Silva

Brandon Lee Williams

Sensei Dana Stamos

Associate Members:

Denise Miskel

Isaiah Miskel

Kyle Lindsay

Kamaren Lindsay

Kareem Miskel

Najma Miskel

Lajuana Johnson

Douglas Day

Cortez Day

Brian Culbertson

Stephen Hunt

Clara Faye Baity

Davion Thigpin

Dashira Thigpin

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