Holiday Greetings

Message from AIMAA President,

Grandmaster Hee Il Cho


Holiday Greetings!

20th Sept Scotland  

"I believe our strength and our future lie in the creativity and determination we find in our diversity...
a bright future is structured through our commitment to unity. "

Holiday Message From the AIMAA President


Dear AIMAA Members:

Greetings for this holiday season. It is a season for kindness, a season for peace. It is a time to come together with family and friends, sharing warmth and compassion. As I reflect on the events and experiences of this year, 2019, the events which stand out are those which were shared by our AIMAA family members. We came together in November for a very special International Black Belt Testing. This year's IBBT featured the awarding of the highest belt ranking of 9th Dan to Grand Master Philip Ameris and 8th Dan ranking was awarded to Grand Master John Darcy. They have each trained under Grand Master Cho for over 40 years. Their leadership and martial arts skills are only surpassed by their human individual qualities of generousity and compassion. It is the greatest honor of the teacher to see the student ascend to the highest levels of achievement.

On November 17th, AIMAA HQ hosted the 2019 International Black Belt Test, and we are honored to announce our new AIMAA Masters, Master Jeanne Ameris, Master Doreen Kenny, Master Aeneas O'Connor and Master Karim Belgacem. AIMAA also welcomes three new 5th degree black belts, Gerry Long. Paul Healy and Alexander Walker. We proudly acknowledge our new 3rd degree black belts: Lorraine Dunne, Kara Gough and Andrew Gillan. We also acknowledge the dedication and accomplishments of six new 2nd degree's and seven new 1st degree black belt recipients. We wholeheartedly congratulate these individuals for their dedication and years of commitment through which they have earned these high levels of accomplishment. We also acknowledge the many other members of our association who attained their black belt ranking during this past year. To all, well done!

It was a great pleasure to see our AIMAA Masters, Instructors and students from different parts of the world. AIMAA is truly a world family. We support each other as members of a family, we celebrate one another's achievements and we strive to encourage and uplift one another in times of sadness or hardship. For 40 years, it is this family structure which has characterized our organization. It is a feeling of unity and acceptance for the diversity which exists in all forms. We are from many backgrounds, many regions of the world and hold many different positions within society. Yet, amidst all of this diversity, unity prevails. It is for this reason that we come together throughout the years and enjoy the spirit of unity and the sense of commitment to striving for higher values in life which is shared by our members throughout the world. It is for this purpose of unity that I envisioned and formed our AIMAA organization.

I am very fulfilled when I see the deep bonds of friendship express itself between students, and I observe a profound respect between students and instructors and the dedication between our members and our organization as a whole. This commitment is clearly demonstrated with the arrival of our devoted members, traveling halfway around the world to participate in only a few days of training and events.

As 2020 approaches, we set our sights on progress. AIMAA stands for action, and it is through each of our actions that the bright future of AIMAA will come to be realized.

I look forward to the development and growth which is structured day by day through each of our members and through each of our AIMAA schools worldwide. We are committed to unity and harmony, and are strengthened by our support for one another.

I wish to thank all AIMAA members for your continued support and wish for the further development of unity in the year ahead.

May health, peace and prosperity prevail within your homes and for all on earth. Have a warm and wonderful holiday season with health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year!

Grandmaster Hee Il Cho
President/Founder AIMAA


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