Master John Critzos, II

                                                                        Photo above left courtesy of John Critzos

John Critzos, II was the last champion produced by Grand Master Kim Ki Whang, and was known for his close
relationship to GM Kim (he was the son GM Kim never had). As a result, Critzos gave the eulogy at Grand Master Kim's
funeral at the request of the Grand Master's wife and daughter. Today, the Grand Master's uniform, training sticks and belt
hang in Critzos' private dojo. They are perpetually guarded by two authentic 19th century Samurai coats of armor and a
Samurai sword from the 1800's. Critzos is an attorney practicing law in the Washington, D.C. area. He concentrates his
practice on serious personal injuries and auto accidents. He is the head of his firm which has two offices in the D.C. area.

During his competition career, Critzos dominated the traditional martial arts circuit from 1979 to 1985 when he retired amid
controversy which was written about by Black belt Magazine in an article entitled "Traditional Controversy".  The article
exposed the widely known, but rarely talked about judging flaws and abuses that existed on the traditional circuit. It also led to
changes to be effectuated to curb the abuses. He came out of retirement in 1989 and won the All American Open in Madison
Square Garden for the 5th time as Heavyweight Champion. He came out of retirement again in 1994 to win the U.S open for
the 5th time as Heavyweight/Grand Champion at the age of 39. During his career, he also won the All American Invitational 5
times as Heavyweight Champion/Grand Champion; The All American Open 5 times as Heavyweight Champion; The U.S.
Open 5 times as Heavyweight Champion/Grand Champion, The Eastern Regionals twice as Heavyweight Champion/Grand
Champion; The North American Championships as Heavyweight Champion/Grand Champion; The Keystone State
Championships, Ki Yun Yi's National Championships, and numerous other traditional style contests. Few, if any, are able to
boost the record Critzos accumulated as well as the time span during which he dominated. He did not compete on the
American Circuit, but rather confined his career to the Traditional Circuit which he believed had a higher level of competition.
He was known for his flashy leg techniques, truculence, flexibility, and speed in spite of the fact that he was a heavyweight.
His technical ability was matched by few, if any. He has been inducted into Henry Cho's All American Open Hall of Fame,
The United States Naval Academy Karate-do Hall of Fame, the Keystone State Championships Hall of Fame, the
Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame (Outstanding Player & Outstanding Leadership) , and the Hellenic Hall of Fame , which is the
largest Ethnic Hall of Fame in the World. Presently, he is the head instructor of the United States Naval Academy Karate-do
Team, which he founded in 1992.  He is the only student of the Grand Master that has chosen to progress in belt rank one
degree at a time as opposed to jumping degrees in an effort to speed the enhancement of his standing and is a 7th degree
black belt. His first 5 Black Belt Degrees were awarded by GM Kim, He was awarded a 6th degree by GM S. Henry Cho
and a 7th degree by GM Sok Ho Kang. The 7th degree was awarded in April of 2009 at an examination that was held at the
United States Naval Academy and is the highest rank to ever have been awarded at one of the Military Academies in the
United States. This examination was attended by numerous dignitaries from around the country as well as the Commandant
of Midshipmen. He has followed in his instructor's footsteps in that he has produced numerous champions, still adheres
to the traditional style of focused training and advances the philosophical perspective of the warrior not often seen any longer.

                                                                        On April 25, 2009 Master John Critzos, II was awarded his 7th Degree by Grand Master Sok Ho Kang at
                                                                        the U.S. Naval Academy as Captain Matthew L. Klunder  83rd Commandant of Midshipmen observes.
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