We are pleased to announce the formation of Checkmate Martial Arts West!

Michael Duffy – Instructor

Mike Duffy - Instructor

Mike Duffy

US Army service -6 years – Honorable discharge

1986-Began training in ITF (International Taekwondo Federation) Taekwondo under Grand Master Jae Hun Kim, Boston MA
1993 – Continued training under the WTF Taekwondo-World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) system. Summit County, Colorado
1999 – Earned Internationally Certified 2nd Degree Hanmudo Black Belt
2006-Earned Internationally Certified 4th Degree Taekwondo Black Belt –WTF
2013-Earned Black Belt in Small Circle Jujitsu and Checkmate Jujitsu system under Master Rossi
Michael attended a once in a lifetime trip to China and South Korea, Hosted by Hanmudo Founder – Dr. He Young Kimm. This trip allowed Michael to train at the Kukkiwon – WTF Headquarters Seoul Korea, visit the Korean War Museum, take 2nd place for self-defense competition at the 3rd World Hapkido Games in Gwanju, visit and train with Buddhist Monks (very rigorous training!), visit a remote monastery, attend the Chinese Circus in Beijing, visit the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and much more.
Michael currently practices the healing art of Reiki and has trained in various martial arts systems including:
– Krav Maga
– Hapkido
– Yudo
– Aiki Jujitsu
– Brazilian Jujitsu
– Kumdo
Michael currently holds the rank Shodan under Master Leigh Rossi, at Checkmate Self Defense in Small Circle Jujitsu and the Checkmate Jujitsu system and was honored to receive the 2012 Jujitsu America Ohana award for his continued contribution to his Checkmate family.
Michael now teaches at Checkmate West in Aspen, Colorado and will be greatly missed in NH between visits.

Red Brick Arts Building
110 East Hallam Street
Aspen Colorado 81611

Times: Tuesday and Thursday 9 to 10am
Initial Program: Taekwondo

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