About Plano Martial Arts

Plano Martial Arts was founded in 1991 and has offered martial arts instruction that focuses on self-defense and personal growth from the first class. Over the years, PMA has grown and currently offers potential students the ability to achieve their Black Belt ranking in six separate styles. All classes cover all aspects of self defense, but each style will focus more on its strengths. The Styles available are; Tae Kwon Do, Defensive Hapkido, Ju Jutsu, Kendo and Okinawa Kobudo. In addition, PMA offers classes in Aerobic Kickboxing for those not interested in the quest for a Black Belt. PMAm is owned and operated by Grandmaster Craig Hamann. PMA has certified over 400 Black Belts since its founding. Many of these students still train on a regular basis and Grandmaster Hamann is assisted by them in his teaching efforts. It is a fundamental belief at PMA that the students learn as much, if not more, by passing along what they have learned. Therefore it is an unwritten rule that Black Belt students get involved in the day to day teaching of classes. If there is one thing that every student is expected to do, it is to TRY. Our philosophy is "Do the best you can in everything you do". If today is a bad day, DO YOUR BEST, tomorrow will be another day. All anyone can ask of you is to do the best you can. If you only give half effort, no one suffers but yourself. PMA is dedicated to providing the best in Martial Arts instruction and fitness training. Grandmaster Hamann and his instructors are constantly looking for new and different ways to conduct

In September of 2001, Grandmaster Hamann was inducted into the World Head of Family Sokeship Council - International Hall of Fame as Master Instructor of the Year.  The World Head of Family Sokeship Council means more to the martial arts community.  Most people have never heard of them.  It is centered in Southeast Asia, but encompasses martial arts around the world.   In June of 2005, Grandmaster Hamann was inducted into the 1st Budo International Magazine's Hall of Fame as Master of The year.  Budo International is a Martial Arts magazine published in over fifty (50) countries worldwide and in seven (7) languages.  In January 2006, Grandmaster Hamann was honored by Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame for Excellence in Teaching the Martial Arts.  In August 2014 and again in August 2017, Grandmaster Hamann was inducted as Multi-Discipline Master of the Year by the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, "The Original Hall of Fame established in 1976". These are all very great honors. In August 2018, Grandmaster Hamann was recognized with the "Living Legend" award by the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Also training and teaching at Plano Martial Art are six more members of the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Master Desiree Damon, Master Kristin DiFrancesco, Soke Mark Bradshaw, Shihan Rhonda Bradshaw, Master Adam Sanders and Sensei Jorge Aguliar. While having an instructor that is a member of a hall of fame organization is a great honor, to have multiple instructors teaching at the same place is extremely unusual and extraordinary.

 

On November 5, 2017, in Waco, TX. Master Hamann was honored and promoted to the rank of Judan (10th degree) by Shodai George Brock of the Aibu-Jutsu Ryu Federation. Along with this promotion he was awarded the titles of Grandmaster and Soke. PMA is looking forward to a long and productive relationship with the federation. At the ceremony, all PMA instructors in attendance were recognized by the federation. With this recognition comes the respective titles of "Shihan" (Master Instructor) and Sensei (Instructor).

Grandmaster Craig Hamann was one of the first six instructors to be awarded the title of Master in Youn Wha Ryu Tae Kwon Do. He is also one of the first ten instructors certified for this style by the system's Grandmaster. Grandmaster Hamann also holds various degrees of Black Belts in; Combat Hapkido, Aiki Goshin Ju Jutsu, and Okinawa Kobudo. He is also a certified Cardio Karate instructor by the National Association of Professional Martial Artists. He has spent the last fifty five years as a student of the martial arts, and the past thirty five as an instructor. He still trains regularly in an effort to expand his knowledge, which can, in turn, be passed on to his students.

Grandmaster Hamann is assisted by all of his students.  It is understood, that everyone will be called upon to help another student at some time.  As the student becomes more confident, higher in rank, and older, they are given more responsibility.  Many move on to become Instructors themselves and have regular classes they teach. Currently, in addtion to Grandmaster Hamann, PMA has eight other Masters training and teaching classes.