Our Staff

Grandmaster John Beluschak
Sun Sa Nim
10th Degree Grandmaster, Sin Moo Hapkido
6th Degree Black Belt, Judo
Chief Instructor/Owner


Grandmaster John Beluschak has been active in the martial arts since 1962. At the age of fifteen, he became one of the youngest Judo black belts in the United States. Currently, Beluschak holds a 6th Degree black belt (Rokudan) in Judo and an 10th degree black belt in Sin Moo Hapkido. He was awarded the title of Sun Sa Nim and his specific style was designated as Sinmoo Yu Sool Kwon by Do Ju Nim Ji, Han Jae, the founder of Hapkido. Beluschak also served as the president of the Sin Moo Hapkido Legacy Group, and is an instructor at Waynesburg University.

As a Judo competitor, Beluschak has won numerous awards and competed in hundreds of tournaments at the local, national and international level. He is a four-time Jr. Olympic Champion, a Pennsylvania State Champion, a West Virginia State Champion, a three-time Grand Champion and a Gold Medallist in the Keystone State Games. Beluschak was also a winner in the International Judo Championship and the U.S. National Championship.

In addition to his personal Judo accomplishments, he has a history of success in the coaching field with many of his students winning national and international tournaments. At one point, his Judo team was awarded top honors four years in a row. Beluschak was awarded a lifetime membership in both the United States Judo Federation and the United States Judo Association and is a certified Judo coach and instructor under the International Judo Federation and Shufu Yudansa Kai.

A first generation Hapkido Grandmaster, Beluschak studied under Sin Moo Hapkido founder Ji, Han Jae and is currently Do Ju Nim’s U.S. representative for the World Sin Moo Hapkido Association. In 2002, he was appointed as one of the vice presidents of the World Sin Moo Hapkido Association in Seoul, South Korea and is formally recognized as a successor to Do Ju Nim Ji, Han Jae. He is also the president of the Sin Moo Legacy Group.

In 1990, Grandmaster Beluschak was elected into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame and in 1998 into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame. His recognition continued in 1998 and 2000 when he was awarded a special commendation at the 1st Annual World Martial Arts Competition in Seoul, South Korea. This honor was presented by the World Kido Association. In 2003 and 2005 Beluschak was voted Grandmaster of the Year by the U.S. Martial Arts Association, and Action Martial Arts Magazine presented him with the Golden Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Beluschak also serves as technical advisor for the Korean Yudo and Hapkido Federation and was voted Educational Funding Company’s Instructor of the Year in 2000. He has been awarded with a distinction of Who’s Who in the Martial Arts, was a recipient of the Pioneer Award, and, in 2013, was inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

With over forty years of instructional experience, Grandmaster Beluschak has taught at local YMCA’s, the Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University and for the United States Marine Corp. As well as conducting private seminars in executive protection, he know devotes his time to the American Judo-Hapkido Institute where he has been owner and head instructor since 1974.

Master Laura Beluschak
6th Degree Black Belt, Sin Moo Hapkido
Chief Instructor, Waynesburg


Master Laura Beluschak is a 6th degree black belt in Sin Moo Hapkido, also holding the distinction of the highest ranking female in the art. She has studied for over 20 years under Grandmaster John Beluschak and Do Ju Ni Ji, Han Jae. Mrs. Beluschak is also a certified Te-Geri instructor under Master David Deaton, the inventor and director of Te-Geri, and was recognized as the 2012 Most Inspirational Instructor by the U.S. Martial Arts Association.

As a self-defense competitor, Mrs. Beluschak has won numerous championships including the Hwa Rang Do Classic and the Superstars of Martial Arts event. In 1998, she was also invited to participate at the first annual World Martial Arts Competition in Seoul South Korea. As a past judo competitor, Mrs. Beluschak has won several in-house events.

In 2002, she was honored by the U.S. Martial Arts Association for fifteen years of experience as an instructor in Hapkido and Te-geri, and in 2009 was awarded for excellence in instruction by Action Martial Arts Magazine.

Mrs. Beluschak is currently chief instructor at the American Judo-Hapikdo Institute in Waynesburg, Pa. and the only female board member of the Sin Moo Legacy Group.

Master Bud Newman
5th Degree Black Belt, Hapkido
Senior Instructor


Master Robert Cronkhite
4th Degree Black Belt, Hapkido


Jacob Boyd
3rd Degree Black Belt, Hapkido

Clairton Staff
Anne Gardner, Amy Miller, Jordan March, Nancy Osterhaus

Waynesburg Staff
Chloe Tuttle, Kyle Piroch, Zoe Crouse

Morgantown Staff
Lizzie Moore, Lisa Moore