By day, Judith “Judy” Romines of Fenton works as a controller for a commercial construction company in Brighton. Once she gets out of work, though, it’s an entirely different world.
On Aug. 26, Romines was inducted into the Korean Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada. She was inducted with a select few that hail from not only the United States, but Mexico, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada, England, South Korea, France and more.
Romines is the second female ever to have achieved this honor. “I am the first at Grand Master rank,” she said. “The first woman was a 5th-degree black belt who is very active in tournaments and was inducted in the ‘Competitor’ category. I was the first woman inducted in the ‘35-plus years in Martial Arts’ category.”
Romines, 55, grew up in Livonia and has lived in Fenton for the past 20 years.
“I started training in the martial arts at the age of 20,” she said. “I am currently an 8th dan (8th-degree black belt Grand Master) in Tang Soo Do, which is a Korean Martial Art.
“I started in Tang Soo Do after going to watch my younger sister who had been training for a…