Mr. Bryan Hilson has been with ASKJ since 1984 and currently holds the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt. After receiving his black belt in 1986, Mr. Hilson spent the next 10 years assisting at the YMCA. In 1996, Mr. Hilson tested in front of a panel of Grandmasters, including Grandmaster John Byrne, at the WHFSC's Annual International Convention in New York. He was promoted from a 3rd Degree Black Belt to a 5th Degree Black Belt by Grandmaster Bryne. Mr. Hilson was inducted into the WHFSC Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2013 for Outstanding Instruction.
Grandmaster Byrne is Mr. Hilson's instructor and mentor.