USA Karate Hall of Fame
“Whatever we are … We are the best there is,” said John Hammock, Georgia State Patrol.
Law enforcement is a job that changes and evolves. It also changes those men and women who put on the uniform. The vast majority of police officers are hardworking individuals who truly want to make a positive difference within their community.
There are not many jobs that when called upon see the pain, suffering and misery. Police officers deal with this daily, exposed to that anguish and negativity takes a toll on them and their families. People think that law enforcement officers have to the answer to all their problems when called.
Working in law enforcement can be satisfying, rewarding and in the same breath, it is lonely and sad. Under the current climate of defunding and eliminating police departments, we need to be supportive of the good officers and continue with quality training.
Two of Americas great karate pioneers, Robert A. Traias and George E. Anderson formed the United States Karate Association, an elite organization that has stood the test of time. Within the USKA, a separate organization was formed called the Police Self Defense Institute (PSDI).
The PSDI views Law Enforcement, Military, and other public safety organizations, and Tactical Defensive Education as a positive, necessary, and on-going process of professional development. They embrace teaching as a service in which the officer contributes to the betterment of public safety, and society as a whole. PSDI is committed to assisting public safety professionals develop and maintain strong, consistent, physical and internal standards!
Many senior law‐enforcement instructors in the United States and abroad received training and certification from the PSDI. Members of the PSDI come from Anti-Terrorists Units, Secret Service, FBI, CID, Interpol, Air Marshals, active police officers, sheriff department. Over the years, the PSDI has had great influence over the methodology of officer survival and self-defense training.
To be a member of the PSDI it is necessary to follow the rules and regulations of the society, which begin with the holding of honor, loyalty, courtesy, and respect as vital personal qualities. After the 911 tragedy, the PSDI has moved to assist security efforts, to provide correct and necessary training for the public and to once again comment on and advise various agencies on sound operational techniques.
PSDI has received authorization and approval from the following organizations.
USA Karate Federation
United States Jujitsu Federation
The World Kobudokan
The Central Taekwondo Association
The World Tae Kwon Do Chang Moo Kwan
The Global Martial Arts Federation
International Karate Instructors Institute
International Bujitsu Research & Development Association
At the 2022 USA Karate Hall of Fame ceremony in Eatontown, New Jersey the following individuals will be presented a PSDI Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to training and teaching those in law enforcement.
PSDI Hall of Fame Members for 2022
Cedrick Barksdale-New York
Cleveland Baxter-New York
Jerry Caldarise -New Jersey
Pat Ciser-New Jersey
Derek Copper-New York
Raymond DeRobbio-New Jersey
Dayn DeRose-New Jersey
Billy Finegan -New York
Peter Freer - North Carolina
David Hollaway - North Carolina
Alex Sternberg-New York
Robert Utsey-New York
Shawn Ward - North Carolina