Master Terry” O’Connell is the Director, (Kwanjang-nim) and Senior Master Instructor of the Jung Martial Arts Family Center in Williamsport and Montoursville, Pennsylvania. Students refer to him as “Master Terry”. Master O’Connell is an internationally recognized and certified Master Instructor in the Korean Martial Arts of Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do and Kumdo, (Gumdo, Way of the Sword). Master O’Connell has over 42 years of Martial Arts experience and has been training and teaching Authentic Hapkido, for more than 32 years. He holds a 6th Dan Black Belt in Hapkido. Master O’Connell is a member of the World Sin Moo Hapkido Federation and is an official Representative of the International Hapkido Alliance and the HAPKIDOWON, (World Hapkido Headquarters), where he also serves as a member of the General Assembly under the Secretariat Board and is the Official United States Representative of Jung Moo Kwan Hapkido.
Master O’Connell is a retired Lycoming County Police Officer who served as a Special County Detective and Criminal Investigator for most of his Career. He also served in the capacity of a Special Deputy United States Marshal for the fugitive task force, hunting down fugitives in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is a former United States Marine. Master O’Connell has more than 25 years of real application of force experience and has taught defensive tactics to hundreds of Law Enforcement Officers.
In addition to his Martial Arts certifications, Master Terry is an Instructor for the National Rifle Association Law Enforcement Division for the disciplines of Handgun, Shotgun and Precision Long Range Rifle. Master O’Connell teaches Hapkido full time, both privately and publicly at Jung Martial Arts Family Center in Montoursville.
“I began taking Martial Arts lessons locally when I was fourteen years old, over 4 decades ago. It was difficult to find Martial Arts Schools in the North Central Pennsylvania hills in the early 70’s. My Father and I visited several local “classes”, but my Father, who experienced some Martial Arts training first hand while serving in the U.S, Navy, was never impressed with what he saw. Like many teens In the early days of Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Billy Jack however I really wanted to learn so I attended some classes. It was not until I was old enough and enlisted in the U.S. Marines that I understood what my Father was talking about. I traveled to Japan, Okinawa and eventually Korea, where I discovered that there was a profound difference between Authentic Martial Arts and how it was taught compared to what was being taught at home. I made a vow that I would never again study Martial Arts that were not Authentic in linage and instruction. Today my Dojang and I are affiliated with only the best, most Authentic Hapkido Grandmasters in the world.
Master Terry O’Connell