Master Jim Saemann, Director

Jim Saemann is the Master Instructor and Director of Family Martial Arts Center. He was raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a community of 50,000 on the shore of Lake Michigan. He participated in a variety of sports and hobbies throughout grade school and junior high school, and decided to concentrate on developing his public speaking skills in high school. Jim won a number of awards in debate and public speaking. He qualified for the National Forensic League (NFL) national tournament by earning the top speaker rank in the state of Wisconsin. He earned the level of Double Ruby with the NFL. He was a member of the National Honor Society, and participated in the Voice of America Broadcast competition, the State of Wisconsin mathematics tournament, and the Century 3 Leadership competition. His most important honor in high school came when he was selected as a Presidential Scholar, one of the top 1000 high school students in the nation.

Master Saemann went on to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1983. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and held many offices during his Junior and Senior years. Master Saemann decided to specialize in communication network design during his Senior year. His first job after graduating was with Booz•Allen & Hamilton, a well-known international consulting firm in Bethesda, Maryland. After 2 years in Bethesda, he was recruited by Unisys (then Burroughs) in Paoli. Shortly after joining Unisys, Jim began his training in the martial arts in 1985. He worked at Unisys for two years, and then joined Shared Medical Systems as a Marketing Support Engineer. He continued his training and received his Black Belt. Later that year, he left Shared Medical to join KPMG Peat Marwick, another well-known consulting firm.

In 1991, Master Saemann decided that his future lay not with engineering, but with the martial arts. He opened Family Martial Arts Center in April of 1991, and is the Director and Master Instructor. He is a four-time medalist in Men’s Black Belt Sparring and Forms at the PA State Tae Kwon Do Tournament. He is also a certified referree with the World Tae Kwon Do Federation. In December, 1999, he was awarded the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt (Master’s Degree) in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, and Aikido by Grandmaster Soon Ho Chang. Of the ten people promoted to Master since 1973 by Grandmaster Chang, Master Saemann was the youngest. He has also coached many students who have won championships at the state and national levels. Master Saemann’s daughter, Jaimee, is a Second Degree Black Belt. Jaimee is a Junior at Bloomsburg University.

In Summer of 2011, Master Saemann expanded his connection with Northwestern University and was elected President of the Northwestern University Alumni Club, Philadelphia Chapter. He presided over the club for two years, instituting several new programs to attract new members and expand the mission of the club.

Master Saemann was recently appointed President of the Exton II Chapter of BNI, a worldwide business networking organization.  He holds meetings each week with other business leaders in the area and is looking for new small business owners to join the chapter.

In his spare time Master Saemann enjoys amateur radio, gardening, golf and team sports such as softball and flag football.

Master Saemann is very proud of the accomplishments of all his Black Belt students over the years. Many of them have become state and national champions in taekwondo. More importantly, they have excelled in life. Master Saemann has students who have gone on to become outstanding students, athletes, and parents. He receives letters, emails, and visits from his past students quite often.

Master Saemann resides in Glenmoore with his daugther, Jaimee.  Jaimee graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bloomsburg University in 2015 with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Sign Language Interpretation.  He is a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Chester Springs, where he plays keyboard and sings in the praise band.  He occasionally writes praise songs and performs them for the congregation.

Family Martial Arts Center - 137 Wallace Ave., Downingtown, PA 610-324-0805