ABINGDON, VA – Master Dane S. Harden, owner of Western Masters Martial Arts, is spearheading a very special event called the Wounded Warrior Expo. With 23 years of service in the U.S. Army, he is a highly decorated combat veteran and Senior Flight Surgeon with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan to his credit. Additionally he also holds black belts in Aikido, Isshin-Ryu Karate, and a 6th dan in Tae Kwon Do. Understandably, only a person with such a unique resumé would have the vision to merge two aspects of his life — the military and the martial arts — into a powerful opportunity to support our troops.

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The Wounded Warrior Expo 2011 is a charitable event which will be held in Annapolis, Maryland, at the St. Johns College near the United States Naval Academy. According to Master Harden, “Our goal is to provide truly world-class training for our seminar participants and also for ANY wounded warrior interested in one of a kind martial arts skills!” At this event, Master Harden will teach alongside Aikido great Kevin Blok (8th Dan World Kobudo Federation, 7th Dan Yoshinkan Aikido), Shihan Dana Abbott (7th Dan Goshindo), and the incomparable Grandmaster Joe Lewis (full-contact karate legend and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp.). The goal of the Expo is to generate funding that will be donated directly to the Wounded Warrior Project. Full details are available at WoundedWarriorExpo.org.

The NVTO chief-instructor Master Webb, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, met Master Harden’s news with great enthusiasm. “When Master Harden mentioned the Wounded Warrior Expo, I thought it was a fantastic idea! Master Harden is a true patriot in my book. The NVTO is a proud supporter of the Expo and I would like to encourage our members around the country to consider doing likewise,” said Master Webb. He also commented, “I come from a family where my father served in the U.S. Air Force, my uncle in the U.S. Navy, and now my younger brother is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. This is a very worthy cause and I would ask every martial arts school owner around the country to help support and publicize this event.”

Wounded Warrior Expo 2011 Website

Wounded Warrior Project Website

Western Masters Martial Arts Website