Board Chair Update 05-02-2020
2020 National Festival

Dwayne Townsend, Sa Bom, Board Chair

Greetings Members and Supporters,

I trust this finds you and your families safe, well, and in good spirits.

We have been closely monitoring the activities regarding state and federal responses to the Covid-19 outbreak.

As the outbreak, related government policies, and travel restrictions progressed, it became evident that we needed to consider a different option for the 2020 National Festival. 

However, before any changes were made we wanted to confirm that we were acting in alignment with the interests of members particularly members expressing a desire to participate in the 2020 National Festival even amid the current circumstances.

To help move forward with necessary decisions, member surveys were disseminated to determine the level of interest in maintaining the July schedule for the National Festival in Orlando or exploring a combined Festival and KDJSS/MWM event later in the year. 

After hearing your voices in the member polls, dialog with Regional Officials and considering ongoing travel restrictions, local attraction availability and other factors, we decided to focus on producing a combined event in the Fall rather than proceeding with the National Festival in Orlando in July. 

The combined Fall event's schedule of activities may include the Festival, Moment with the Masters, and the Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa. More details will be forthcoming from the Technical Advisory Committee about the slate of activities.

We are currently working out the details at locations capable of hosting such a mega-event. Based on input from Regional Officials the following region venues are currently under consideration:

  • Region 4 - Florida, Orlando (same hotel as July, but different date)
  • Region 6 - Texas, Montgomery (same facility that previously hosted both events, but under new management as Margaritaville)
  • Region 8 - Utah, Midway (same facility that hosted 2019 KDJSS)

At present, it appears the most likely dates will be November 6-14 with the Festival during the beginning days of the event.

As soon as facility arrangements and available dates have been confirmed, then you may once again be asked to help select the destination and date for this exciting mega-event through a final member poll or bidding scenario.

Your voices have helped inform these decisions and we thank you for your understanding and your support as we proceed through these uncharted waters.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.







Dwayne Townsend
Board of Directors, Chair

Dwayne Townsend (15)

Dwayne Townsend currently serves as the Board Chair and also as the Board representative elected by United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® members in Region 6. Townsend Sa Bom Nim has also been appointed by the TAC Chair as a Regional Examiner for Region 6 of the United States So Bahk Do Moo Duk KWan Federation®.  He is an internationally certified 5th Dan practitioner and a certified master instructor (Sa Bom) of the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system taught in Moo Duk Kwan® schools worldwide.


  1. alexandralalieu on 05/02/2020 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you for this update & for listening to the membership!
    May I respectfully suggest before we make a decision about holding our National Festival, MWTM & KDJSS, we first consider whether there is a Covid-19 test for immunity, a vaccination or at least a successful treatment available so that we do not put ourselves or our Moo Do Families at risk at our events? Our Art will certainly survive this coronavirus, this invisible foe, but if we are not extremely cautious (& patient), some of us may not. God bless your decisions. Thank you!
    In jong sook,
    Alexandra Lalieu

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