Officers

The Kom Do Kwan™ management team is comprised of senior members of the organization who help manage events, facilitate networking connections, and manage the daily affairs of the Kom Do Kwan™ Martial Arts Association.

Jason Thomas, 7th Dan, Chief Instructor and President

Jason ThomasJason Thomas is a 7th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a 1st Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate-Do. Master Thomas has been training in the Martial Arts for over 30 years. Master Thomas spent 9 years in the US Army, serving in both the Military Police Corps and the Military Intelligence Corps assigned to elite units such as the 10th Mountain Division. Master Thomas taught martial arts to U.S. Service men at Military Recreation Centers at Ft. McClellan, AL, the Presidio of Monterrey, CA, Ft. Drum, NY, and Kelly Air Force Base, TX. He trained in Korea and Japan several times while on temporary duty assignment. Currently, Master Thomas is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Collective Group, LLC in Austin, TX.
Master Thomas is a member of several well-known martial arts organizations such as the Amateur Athletic Union's (AAU) National Tae Kwon Do Program, the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF)/Japanese Karate Association (JKA), and serves as the Vice President of the United Martial Arts Society (UMAS).


Master Thomas is a consummate student, who can often be found in local martial arts schools wearing a white or color belt to learn new techniques and further expand his understanding of the martial arts. Master Thomas holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Information Systems, a Master's of Business Administration (MBA), and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Marketing.

Paul Cruz, 4th Dan, North West Regional Director

Paul Cruz is the North West Regional Director for the Kom Do Kwan™ Martial Arts Association and the acting Director for the South West. Paul has over 20 years of experience in the martial arts and is a highly proficient martial artist with great flexibility. Paul studies Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate, Kempo Karate and Hapkido.


Paul is the head instructor for North West Colorado Tae Kwon Do in Craig, CO.  He is a great mentor to students and black belts alike.

Cyndie O’Bleness, Kom Do Kwan Women’s Liaison

Cyndie O’Bleness is the founder and chief instructor of Elements Martial Arts, Inc., a non-profit organization that offers an empowerment-based martial arts and self-defense training approach to its community of adult women and co-ed children.  A proud member of several women's martial arts organizations, she attends annual conferences and seminars sponsored by the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF) and the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors (AWMAI). Through these relationships, she has developed a holistic view of martial arts, which has deeply influenced her understanding and approach to training. Additionally, Ms. O’Bleness holds a degree in behavioral psychology, and is a mother to three young children. These, and other life experiences, serve as the impetus to her passion for social responsibility. In the community, she shares her knowledge of martial arts and self-defense with domestic violence organizations; public and homeschool groups; and several private and corporate entities.


Ms. O’Bleness is a registered Kom Do Kwan Black Belt, currently training under Master Jason Thomas. In her role as the Kom Do Kwan Women’s Liaison, she works closely with Master Thomas to enhance understanding of women’s issues within the association. Specifically, to promote the development of an empowerment-based self-defense program for Kom Do Kwan schools. She serves as an ambassador for Kom Do Kwan, promoting its support of women in the martial arts to women’s schools and female students who may wish to become members of the association.

Philip Hornsey, Association Secretary

Philip Hornsey began his martial arts training in 2004, but took a brief pause due to medical reasons. He is now back on the mat training diligently. Philip is an avid martial arts supporter and lends his business experience to the Kom Do Kwan™. Philip runs all administrative functions of the Kom Do Kwan™, including document and certificate creation, program design, and management of Kom Do Kwan™ administrative programs.


Philip is the Vice President of Finance & HR for the Collective Group, LLC in Austin, TX. Philip holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University Rolla, a Master of Science in Accounting and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosopy (PhD) in Finance.

Advisory Board

The Kom Do Kwan Advisory Board is comprised of senior martial artists who are seasoned professionals with a wealth of experience both inside and outside the martial arts community.

William Valdes, 9th Dan - Technical Advisor

William ValdesGrandmaster (GM) Valdes began martial arts training at age 5 in Cuba, studying Judo. In 1968, he began studying USA Goju Ryu Karate under Grandmaster Peter Urban and Sensei Alex Saavedra, from whom he earned his 1st Dan Black Belt. GM Valdes entered the military in 1974, and while stationed in Korea, studied Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do. GM Valdes currently holds the rank of 9th Dan in Tae Kwon Do. In 2003, GM Valdes was awarded the rank of 6th Dan in USA Goju Ryu Karate, and has continued to train in multiple art styles over his 40+ years the martial arts. He is presently on the Board of Directors for the United Martial Arts Society, serves as the Technical Advisor and Executive Advisor of Kom Do Kwan™.


GM Valdes and Master Thomas have a student/teacher/mentor relationship that has spanned over 20 years. They met while Master Thomas was assigned at the Defense Language Institute (DLI), Presidio of Monterrey in 1990. GM Thomas, Daniel J. Rodriquez, and James Taylor ran the DLI Tae Kwon Do Club as an affiliate of the United States Tae Kwon-Do Federation (USTF) and International Tae Kwon-Do Federation (ITF).


We are proud to have the service of Grandmaster Valdes on the Kom Do Kwan™ Advisory Board. He has a wealth of experience and is truly a gifted martial artist. His passion for martial arts study and teaching is unrivaled and he is always on the mat training with his students.

Dane Harden, 7th Dan - Medical Advisor

Dane Harden PictureMaster Dane S. Harden formed his nearly lifelong affiliation with the martial arts when he began studying Aikido in 1969 at the age of ten. He went on to train in Tae Kwon Do with the Jhoon Rhee Institutes in Cumberland, Maryland, until enlisting in the Army in 1976. Over the course of the next forty years he earned Black Belt ranks in Aikido, Isshin Ryu Karate-do, and most notably a Seventh Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Additionally, Dane has been awarded the Shidoin rank (certified instructor with promotion authority) in Yoshinkan-Aikido under the Chudokai Aikido Federation International and Eighth Degree Black Belt, Kevin Blok Kyoshi. Sensei Blok trained under Gozo Shioda Soke, the Founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. Shioda Soke was a senior student of O'Sensei (Morehei Ueshiba) the founder of modern Aikido. Harden Sensei also studies the Japanese Katana and recently earned a Goshindo Mein Ryu Instructor's certification under Dana Abbott, Shihan (Black Belt Hall of Fame, Weapons Instructor of the Year). Sensei Harden often works various applications of weaponry, striking arts and control measures into training with his students who benefit from the variety of his skill sets.

Sensei Harden was also an avid tournament competitor on the U.S. National Karate Circuit for over thirty years, frequently winning top positions in forms, fighting, and weapons competitions at state, regional and national levels. Some of his tournament victories include such prestigious events as The Battle of Atlanta, The U.S. Diamond Nationals, and The Battle of Baltimore. He was also an early full-contact proponent and competitor in the Professional Karate Association (PKA) circuit in the 1970's. Sensei Harden transitioned his focus to teaching and then founded Western Masters Martial Arts, Inc., in 1979. The schools now have locations in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. This year Sensei Harden will celebrate admission into the Martial Art Masters Hall of Fame for his forty-two years as a martial artist, competitor, and teacher. He was nominated for this prestigious honor by Sword Master Shihan Dana Abbott. Additionally, he is active in numerous martial arts groups and organizations including the Chudokai Aikido Federation International, The Joe Lewis Fighting System, U.S.A. Olympic Tae Kwon Do, Kom Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do Federation International, North Austin Tae Kwon Do Federation, and the Goshindo Batto Do Samurai Sword and Chanbara Association. Sensei Harden is a published author in several martial arts journal including USADOJO, AikidoJournal.com, and Black Belt Magazine. Sensei Harden serves on the Seniors Mentors Black Belt Board for the Joe Lewis Fighting System and the USA Dojo Advisory Board as the USADojo medical adviser. He has recently completed a highly acclaimed instructional DVD series featured in the February 2009, edition of Black Belt Magazine February. The DVD series is a pivotal work for its quality of instruction and understandable approach to human physiology, martial arts history and culture, training, and tactics and strategies.

Sensei Harden brings a unique view to the martial arts with a history as a professional soldier with twenty-three years of service on active duty and with the Army National Guard. He is Senior Flight Surgeon/APA and a highly decorated combat veteran with several operational deployments to his credit. These include Estonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Hurricane Katrina. His military decorations are to numerous and impressive. He received the very prestigious Order of Military Medical Merit (awarded to less than 10% of career military medicine professionals). He still serves with the Tennessee National Guard as a Lt. Colonel and is a Graduate of the U. S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College and the Army Flight Surgeon Program at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He is also a graduate of SERE, Combat Tactical Medicine, Combative, Air Assault, Expert Field Medical Badge courses, and holds Physician Assistant Medical Specialization's in Emergency Medicine and Orthopedics. Sensei Hardens views and opinions on budo, martial arts, fitness, and psychology in warfare are based on a history of real-world experiences. His approach and philosophy are more then just physical. They tend to be very practical in application.

Dane's educational background is equally impressive. He holds Bachelor of Science Degree's in Biological Science (B.S.) and Respiratory Therapy (B.S.). He also holds a Master's Degree's in Medical Science Education (M. Ed.). He graduated from a Johns Hopkins Medical Center affiliated Physician Assistant Program (P.A.) in Baltimore, Maryland in 1993. He is Board Certified in Primary Care Medicine and General Surgery through the NCCPA (PA-C). Also, a Fellow of the Wilderness Medical Society (FAWM) and often lectures on national and international stages. He has presented topics as varied as hyperthermia management, self-defense, improvised medical care in a wilderness setting, and recently lectured at the International Conferences on Wilderness Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Chamonix, France!

Dane is married to a very supportive and caring wife, Dr. Sherry Harden, who holds a Pharmacy Doctorate and an MBA. Sherry is an avid Aikidoist, Goshindo sword practitioner, and has trained in Tae Kwon Do for more then twenty years. They have one son who is also involved in Tae Kwon Do, Goshindo sword, and Wing Tsun Kung Fu. They all train together regularly and enjoy hiking, climbing, shooting, and white water rafting trips. Sensei Harden and his wife recently completed the challenging "Tour Du Mont Blanc" through the heart of Alps in France, Italy, and Switzerland.

Constantly Learning

The Kom Do Kwan™ management team and members are constently look for opportunities to learn new things to share with the rest of the group. The management team has been fortunate to travel an attend seminars and training sessions with many great martial arts instructors such as the following:

General Choi Hong Hi, 9th Dan
Tae Kwon-Do
Chuck Seriff, 9th Dan
Tae Kwon-Do
Yang Moon, 9th Dan
Taekwondo
William Valdes, 9th Dan
Tae Kwon Do
Robert Wheatly, 8th Dan
Tae Kwon-Do
James McMurray, 8th Dan
Tae Kwon Do
Gordon Jue, 7th Dan
Tae Kwon-Do
Dane Harden, 7th Dan
Tae Kwon Do
Jim Miller, 6th Dan
Tae Kwon Do
Jack LoCoco, 6th Dan
Tae Kwon Do
Hirokazu Kanazawa, 10th Dan
Shotokan
Teruyuki Okazaki, 10th Dan
Shotokan
Yutaka Yaguchi, 9th Dan
Shotokan
Keinosuke Enoeda, 9th Dan
Shotokan
Takayuki Mikami, 8th Dan
Shotokan
Shojiro Koyama, 8th Dan
Shotokan
Stan Schmidt, 7th Dan
Shotokan
Joe Lewis, 9th Dan
American Karate
Kevin Block, 8th Dan
Aikido/Kobudo
Teru Chinen, 8th Dan
Goju-Ryu
Rudy Timmerman, 9th Dan
Kong Shin Bup
Dr. He Yong Kim, 9th Dan
Han Mu Do
JR West, 9th Dan
Hapkido
Geoff Booth, 7th Dan
Hapkido
Jeff Delaney, 9th Dan
Modern Arnis
Jay Davis, 5th Dan
Tukong Moo Sul

 

 

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