Master Herbert E. Hazeley, Jr., is the founder of an art of taekwondo he described as ‘Kpelle Do’ that is loosely translated as ‘The Way of Kpelle Fighting.’
Master Hazeley included in this fighting style of Kpelle Do with other martial-arts such as Tae-kwon-do, Sanuces Ryu, Boxing and Aikido, he said, while living in the United States.
He introduced Kpelle Do in Monrovia on January 26, 2014, at the Sports Commission, on Broad Street and gained acceptance with the present membership of over 50 persons.
A veteran of the United States army and navy, Master Hazeley is also a retired New York and Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and State Corrections officer.
“I want Liberia to open the door for me to help,” Master Hazeley said, in an interview. He meant using his extensive knowledge in the security area, now that “we are facing UNMIL drawdown.”
He said, “God has blessed me to have acquired knowledge in the security field which all started in Monrovia.”
Master Haseley grew up on Ashmun Street where the new Central Bank building is located.
He said his interest in country-fighting came from his Kpelle relatives. “I went ahead to develop the style and mixed it with other styles,” he said.
Like other martial arts, Kpelle Do is mainly used for defensive purposes to protect the weak that is women and children and to also gain physical fitness.
“Its central message is self defense,” Master Hazeley told the Daily Observer in an interview last Sunday.
A religious man, he is a member of the Emmanuel AME Church in Frederickson, VA in the United States where he is a trustee, choir member and self-defense instructor.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Diana E. Davis Orphanage Center in Brewerville.
Master Hazeley presently trains every Sunday morning at the Tubman High School campus.