Does anyone know of Master Kevin Wilbourn; He operated a school in Charlotte N.C.. He was an excellent Hapkido instructor and taught here in Charlotte for 10-15 years before closing Chang's Hapkido Academy. I would love to resume training with him or a Black belt of his.
Yes, it appears that despite the amount of time that the school was here that little remains in terms of it's legacy; no word of Master Wilbourn, no contacts as far as his more advanced students,no word from other stylists(jujitsu,judo,taekwondo) in this area. I routinely scan the various pulp and media sources and remain hopeful. Master Wilbourn is a great instructor and produced very good technical black belts.
Yes sir, that was the location of the school when it closed. This was a more affluent location, more upscale. I suspect that the difference in rent was commensurate and probably contributed to the school's demise. The other location was on South Blvd., admittedly a little less "nice" but I'd prefer it was still there even if you were scanning the area as you approached. Actually a good habit to get into!
Sometime ago, probably 4 or 5 months, I did e-mail one of the instructors, I believe his e-mail indicated he was at or of Clemson University. He told me that he was aware of the school closing however he wasn't aware of Master Wilbourn's immediate plans as far as further instruction. He indicated that he was not a personal acquaintance of his and that he may have been a student of a student of Grandmaster Chang for example.
I have contacted and heard from several of Grandmaster Chang's associated instructors listed on pages linked to him and am currently planning on attending a seminar he is hosting on November 22nd at Georgia State University. Hopefully I will learn of any plans for resumption of training in my area. Thank you, for all the help I received on this forum. The specifics concerning the seminar are listed on the announcements page of Budoseek under Hapkido seminar. Happy Veteran's Day, Thanks to you all and Semper Fidelis!
Just thought I'd add that I wasn't able to attend the seminar and I haven't heard any more of Master Wilbourn so I guess I'll just add that I sincerely wanted to establish dialogue with him or one of his senior students to find out more about the state of Hapkido instruction here and for no other reason. Hope you and your family are well sir. Kham sa hap ni da Master Wilbourn!
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If you are interested in attended classes please feel free to contact me through my user account here (rustyrich) or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any additional information. I am working on obtaining extra uniforms from old students which I can provide you to use if you need.
Thanks for the tip, rustyrich. I was beginning to give up hope of ever resuming legitimate Hapkido instruction here in Charlotte. Thank you also for the pm you sent me. I am looking forward to seeing Mr. Wilbourn again. I will try to get my weight and wind together somewhat as I remember all too well the vigorous workouts that his sessions were. Perhaps they only felt that way to me due to my poor conditioning. Are you a black belt or no? Please relay my greetings to Mr. Wilbourn and I will see him soon. Again, Thanks for replying to my thread. This is a much better way to end it!