Local Tae-Kwon-Do grandmaster inducted into Black Belt Hall of Fame

Grandmaster Tracy Tillman of Tillman's Tae-Kwon-Do School shows off the awards he received from the World Head of Family Sokeship Council at its 25th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Banquet earlier this month. (Submitted)
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RYAN PHILLIPS
For Daily Times Leader

Grandmaster Tracy Tillman of Tillman's Tae-Kwon-Do School in West Point was recently honored for his work and contributions to martial arts at a ceremony in Orlando.

Tillman - a trailblazer for martial arts in the Golden Triangle - was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame and awarded Outstanding Instructor of the Year by the World Head of Family Sokeship Council at its 25th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Banquet on Sept. 1-2.

The event was held at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel at the entrance to Universal Studios.

"I was overwhelmed," Tillman said about receiving the news of his induction. "'I've been doing martial arts since 1979 and just the idea that the award that was given was dealing with a lot of guys from different parts of the world. I was very overwhelmed."

Tillman carries the legacy of his brother and mentor - the late Grandmaster Walter Carl Tillman of Little Dragon Tae-Kwon-Do School in West Point - who was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 2015. Walter Carl Tillman passed away last year, but Tracy Tillman said scores of former students will always cherish the impact his brother had in their lives.

"My brother was the pioneer that brought martial arts through West Point," Tillman said. "Back in the day it used to be like Friday night football, it was off the chain and we just have a lot to thank my brother for. A lot of kids came up under him and they reach back and always give him the appreciation for the things they have done in their life."

The World Head of Family Sokeship Council is the "largest and most elite gathering of martial arts grandmasters and masters worldwide."

The ceremony honored martial arts leaders from around the world, representing a wide ranging of styles. This included influential leaders from Israel, Denmark, Japan, Switzerland, England, the U.S. and more.

The World Head of Family Sokeship Council was founded in 1992 and currently has over 160 members worldwide of every conceivable martial arts style and origin.

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