I would like to express special thanks to all who participated in International, National, and Regional events supporting Soo Bahk Do® throughout the year of 2016.
I also extend my sincere thanks to all the family members who supported the practitioners while they participated in all the 2016 events.
Your individual participation and "Action, Action, Action" created the success of each event.
I wish to share on some particulars of recent events in 2016.
The Korea Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa, South America Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa, and U.S.A. Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa were successfully completed with practitioners demonstrating high levels of:
2016 marked the 33rd year of the Moo Duk Kwan® week long Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa.
The Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa experience has provided opportunities for many senior Dans to remain inspired and active in the art by defining and creating a depth of Soo Bahk Do® knowledge that is unique to the Moo Duk Kwan®.
Many current leaders previously graduated from the Moo Duk Kwan® Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa experience and are currently serving the art worldwide.
The Moo Duk Kwan® Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa experience contributes to the strong worldwide connection among Soo Bahk Do® practitioners who embrace Moo Duk Kwan® standard curriculum and instruction.
“Il So Il So, Il Lo Il Lo”
You can view photos of various 2016 Ko Da Ja Shim Sa here:
October 7-14, 2016 in Korea Nineteen (19) highly motivated Moo Duk Kwan Youth Leaders gathered in Korea from thirteen (13) countries.
During the week of the Youth Leaders Symposium, they strengthened their bonds through sharing good training and improving their understanding of their role and leadership opportunities within the Moo Duk Kwan®.
They created a Youth Leaders Mission Statement to clarify their goals and to help establish an informed network of participants to support and implement their goals.
Those in attendance demonstrated their motivation and initiative by quickly producing their first video project which serves as a testament to their leadership potential.
Their video has been quite successful and popular as they prepare the next ones to achieve their mission.
The 2nd Youth Leaders Symposium is scheduled for October 20th to 27th 2017 in Korea. There are high interested in attending from more countries in 2017.
Around the world, 2016 experienced noticeable changes in leadership activity by the next generation.
For example the very well organized and memorable event hosted in Palma De Mallorca November 4-6, 2016 by the Spain Federation which is one of the youngest entities in the Euro Federation.
Founder Hwang Kee expressed his VISION for the Moo Duk Kwan® and his dedicated followers and disciples have been implementing his vision since the Moo Duk Kwan® was founded in 1945.
The next generation of Moo Duk Kwan® leaders shall also preserve his VISION and promote it consistently worldwide using modern technology such as social media to help create increased public awareness and understanding of our art.
“Honoring the Past, Creating the Future”.
We should all participate to support natural change.
Unfortunately, in the early days of Korea's development as an independent nation, the Moo Duk Kwan® was badly impacted by the political birth of, and government sponsorship of, Tae Kwon Do in early 1960’s.
At that time, a number of Moo Duk Kwan® Alumni and supporters chose to join the Tae Kwon Do organization being sponsored by the government.
Since those days, there has not been any significant or official interaction between the Moo Duk Kwan® students training in Soo Bahk Do and (tang soo do) and those practitioners training in Tae Kwon Do organizations.
2016 marked the 1st time in almost a half century that Moo Duk Kwan® alumni who have been training in Tae Kwon Do have expressed interest in reconnecting with their Moo Duk Kwan® heritage by attending a special training session at the Moo Duk Kwan® central Headquarters.
During these special seminars, the Moo Duk Kwan® history and basic teaching from the Founder Hwang Kee were shared with them.
It is now time for all of us to join in and support unified global efforts to protect and preserve our identity that is connected with our trademarks, service marks and intellectual property (IP).
I am pleased to share the Founder's teachings and vision with any lost Moo Do family members we encounter who wish to make their home in the Moo Duk Kwan®.
We have the opportunity to also explore and embrace these opportunities as we move forward in pursuit of our mission.
We wish you and your family the best during the holiday season and hope you have a happy and prosperous New Year 2017.
Yours in Moo Duk Kwan,
H.C. Hwang and Family
2016 New Year’s greeting
I hope this message finds you and your family in the best of health and spirits as you are receiving a bright New Year.
There were many meaningful Moo Do events that took place worldwide throughout the year in 2015.
I would like to recognize some of them as we enter the New Year.
In Seok Kim (Dan Bon 12) who was a student of the Founder Hwang Kee. He was an inspirational to his students by providing education about the uniqueness of Moo Duk Kwan
Vic Martinov (Dan Bon 10189) who was a role model for anyone wishing to be a true Martial Artist and to understand the value of “Neh Ghang Weh Yu”. He understood the Moo Do and its application in life. He further shared himself by Action as well as great stories with others. He is my friend.
Jong Kuk Hong (Dan Bon 15856) who I met mid 1960s in Korea and had served the Art. He shared many stories of the Moo Duk Kwan with his students.
Jack Helfgott (Dan Bon 26104) who studied at the Springfield Headquarters Do-Jang on September 1980 with me. He was a great leader for youngsters through his teaching career as well as volunteer for whoever needs help and support.
Carlos Schiavo (Dan Bon 34642) who was an excellent practitioner and was a role model for youngsters in Argentina. I have fond memories of training and personal time with him during his 5th Dan testing in Buenos Aires in 2014.
These dedicated practitioners passed in 2015. They will be remembered in the Moo Duk Kwan history as well as in our Vision Tour stories. They were great contributors for the PVT II efforts and supporting our future young leaders.
I am looking forward to your continuing participation in your Vision Tour and your support of our future leaders in 2016.
Finally, I would like to recognize and celebrate the Moo Duk Kwan standardization worldwide. We had very little time to rehearse for the 70th Demonstrations and we also encountered some technical and administrative challenges during our preparations; however, all participants felt good about the demonstrations and received positive feed back from the audience, especially from the other Martial arts practitioners who were in attendance.
Moo Duk Kwan® standardization worldwide was the key element for the grand success of the 70th Demonstrations. I am proud to be associated with this process.
Thanks to the Founder’s teaching, his vision and the support of Moo Duk Kwan practitioners worldwide, the success of the 70th celebration was made possible.
My family and I thank you and your family for the meaningful 2015. We are looking forward the 2016 with your active participation.
We trust you and your family had good holiday season and wish the best for the Happy New Year!
Yours in Moo Duk Kwan,
H. C. Hwang
"Dan Bon" simply means "Dan Number;" however, that simple description does not reveal or convey the rich depth of tradition, history and meaning associated with the Moo Duk Kwan® martial art organization's Dan Bon system.
The Moo Duk Kwan® Dan Bon system is a very important and traditional part of the Moo Duk Kwan® martial art organization. It is a source of great personal pride for Soo Bahk Do practitioners embracing the Moo Duk Kwan philosophy and goals of technical excellence. Today, I'd like to share a few of the very unique aspects of the Moo Duk Kwan Dan Bon system with you. (more…)