is a native Washingtonian whose first exposure to martial arts came while hosting
his own Emmy-winning TV talk show for young people on the local CBS affiliate
station. He became one of the first Americans ever to practice a then-obscure
Korean karate called Taekwondo, studying personally with Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee,
the Father of American TKD. In that same Emmy/TKD year, Herb also received a National
Press Association award for his high school journalism.
After taking his Bachelors degree from The University of Virginia, Herb returned
home to the District of Columbia where he worked as a TV director at his old station.
He continued to broaden his martial arts background by training, first, with the
late, revered Tang Soo Do grandmaster Ki Wang Kim; and then as a student of sifu
Willy Lin, whose tien shan pei kung-fu school was only the second open-door kwoon
(Chinese training hall) in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Herb moved from media work to Marketing VP of a Maryland software firm. At the
same time, he became a closed-door student of the legendary Robert W. Smith, the
first American ever to write books about t'ai chi and other styles of "internal"
boxing , and the dean of U.S. martial arts writers.
Herb's software firm was bought out by Martin Marietta. He became the third-degree
black belt senior instructor under Maryland-based Jung Il Kim, a Kukkiwon (World
TKD HQ) 9th dan grandmaster, in whose school Herb has also trained in Korean hapkido.
In 1988, Herb was internationally honored by grandmaster Un Young Kim, President
of the World Taekwondo Federation in Seoul, Korea, who cited Herb "for his contributions
to the art and sport of taekwondo."
In recent years, Herb has written scores of articles for most of the major martial
arts magazines. He is a Contributing Editor for Black Belt magazine and was Inside
Kung-Fu's 1997 Hall of Fame "Writer of The Year". In the late 90s, Herb penned
a monthly column for Martial Arts Illustrated magazine where he was Associate
Herb is producer/writer and on-air host of the first show in television history
to cover national martial arts tournaments on a weekly basis. Called "Black Belts",
his pioneering half-hour cable-TV program, now in its third season, is seen nationwide.
Herb is an advisor to the National Governing Body of domestic kung-fu, The United
States of America Wushu-Kung-fu Federation. For the million-dollar 1995 World
Wushu Championships, held outside Asia for the first time and attracting athletes
from 54 countries, Herb was Director of Public Relations and Advertising Director.
Herb was the first journalist ever invited to train in SCARS, the official Navy
SEALS hand-to-weapons combat system. Afterwards he was also given the first interview
ever granted by SCARS creator Jerry Peterson.
Herb wrote the screenplay for Cynthia Rothrock's "Honor & Glory", a 1993 Imperial
Entertainment release which Entertainment Weekly (4/30/93) called "fun". "God
of War", his screen adaptation of the memoirs of Medal of Honor soldier Sgt. Franklin
Miller, won the Gold Award at the 1998 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival,
the largest and oldest independent film festival in the country.
Herb is married to national t'ai chi champion and noted painter Elena Maza Borkland.
They live with their black-belt college student son David in a small country town
halfway between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland.
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