Anaheim, CA - Shihan Dane Harden, 6th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and founder of Western Masters Martial Arts, was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame during the Eleventh Annual Awards Ceremonies on Saturday, June 19, 2010, at the Anaheim Hilton. Harden, who was nominated by Sword Master Shihan Dana Abbott, was honored for his over 40 years of experience in the martial arts including Aikido, Isshin Ryu Karate-do, and Japanese katana. Sensei Harden also holds black belts in Yoshinkan Aikido and in Goshindo Sword, and is active in numerous martial arts organizations. He is a published author with articles in USADOJO, Aikido Journal, and Black Belt Magazine, and recently completed a highly acclaimed instructional DVD series that was featured in the February, 2009, edition of Black Belt Magazine.
In addition to his martial arts experience, Shihan Harden is a career military man with over 24 years of service, including deployments in Estonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He is a Graduate of the U. S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College (Masters in Military Science with a concentration in National Security and Strategic Studies) and the Army Flight Surgeon Program, and is currently a Lt. Colonel in the Tennessee National Guard. Harden graduated from the Johns Hopkins Medical Center-affiliated Physician Assistant Program in Baltimore, Maryland, and is Board Certified in Primary Care Medicine and General Surgery through the NCCPA. Shihan Harden also holds a Masters Degree in Education.
“My impression is that of all the values martial arts can teach someone, as we grow in confidence and skill, we understand that persistence and humility are by far the two most important values to teach by, to lead by, and to live by,” -Sensei Harden.Shihan Harden thanks the Masters Hall of Fame and Sword Master Shihan Dana Abbott for this honor, and dedicates it to his father, Robert C. “Mick” Harden, and to his “best friends in the world,” his wife and son. He believes that the martial arts are, in effect, a journey requiring dedication and discipline. “My impression is that of all the values martial arts can teach someone, as we grow in confidence and skill, we understand that persistence and humility are by far the two most important values to teach by, to lead by, and to live by,” says Sensei Harden.
For more information about Shihan Harden’s Western Masters Martial Arts Academy, please visit the website at http://www.wmma.cmasdirect.com. For more information on the Masters Hall of Fame visit http://MastersHallofFame.com. For press inquiries contact Kamatoy Media Group via email or at 619-573-9456.
I had a great conversation with Sensei Harden yesterday and was able to check out this video online. I really like the Scissor take down that's going in the repertoire.