Although he is well known for his 40 years as an instructor under the Hemann name, Master Bill Dutcher will open his own Tae Kwon Do studio, Dutcher Tae Kwon Do and Self Defense, Tuesday.
The studio is located in the Midwest Combat Arts Center, 900 Central Ave. Suite 5, in the Trolley Center. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights for students ages 9 to adult.
Dutcher has a sixth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. That, he said, makes him the highest-ranking Tae Kwon Do black belt living in the area.
Dutcher's credentials also include three years with the International Combat Arts Federation where he earned a brown belt in Sogo Ryu Bujutsu, which is an integrated system of martial arts consisting of Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Jujitsu, Hapkido, Aikido and other minor arts.
Midwest Combat Arts Center is co-owned by Mitch Pearson, third-degree black belt in Kempo; and Jeff Stanek, first-degree black belt in Kempo. A variety of martial arts are offered at the center, which operates six days a week, but Dutcher's will be the first traditional Tae Kwon Do class.
Dutcher says he "will be combining the practical elements of all the styles taught at Midwest Combat Arts Center while maintaining traditional Tae Kwon Do, for an experience that no other school in the area offers."
During an introductory class held last week, Dutcher talked with students and spectators about the importance of self defense.
New students may contact Midwest Combat Arts Center , 573-1141, or call Dutcher, 227-8323.