Board Chair Update 2019-05-08

Susan Fittanto, Sa Bom Nim, Board Chair

Susan Fittanto, Sa Bom Nim, Board Chair

Greetings Federation members and supporters,

I hope this finds you well and in the best of spirits.

Please find below a summary of recent discussion points and action items from the Board of Directors as well as other information for your awareness.

2019 National Festival

The room block at the Red Lion Hotel for the 2019 National Festival is sold out.  The Board authorized the execution of an overflow room block at the nearby Oxford Suites which is located directly across the street from the Red Lion Hotel and provides convenient accommodations for Festival participants.

Reservations can be made at the Oxford Suites by calling the hotel directly at (503) 283-3030 or the toll-free number (800) 548-7848 and mentioning Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation in order to obtain the negotiated group rate.

Only two (2) kings and ten (10) double rooms remain as of 06/01/2019

Reserve Your Room Now


2020 National Festival

We are still searching for a suitable venue for the 2020 Festival.  Our goal is to be able to announce the date and venue at this year's Festival.  Any member or region official interested in hosting the 2020 Festival can submit a location and venue proposal by using this online venue proposal form which also provides general facility specifications.  You can also contact Duncan Sa Bom Nim at Headquarters.


Volume 1 Autographed Collector's Limited Edition

Preorders are now open for an Autographed Collector's Limited Edition of Moo Duk Kwan® Founder Hwang Kee's Volume 1. This 400+ page hardback is sequentially numbered and personally signed by Moo Duk Kwan® President, H.C. Hwang, Kwan Jang Nim.  Get more information and preorder your copy here.

If you are interested in obtaining one or more printed or digital copies of regular edition Volume 1 on an ongoing basis after the limited Collector's Edition preorders end, please complete the Volume 1 reprint survey

Your input will help the Board make informed decisions about how to proceed with reprint and production of Volume 1 after preorders for the Autographed Collector's Limited Edition have concluded.



Bill Nelson, Sa Bom Nim

Silent Auction

Sa Bom Nim Bill Nelson is collecting items to be auctioned off at the 2019 National Festival Silent Auction.  If you'd like to donate an item or experience for auction please contact him by email at or by phone at 320-980-1179.


Growth Teleconferences

Growth Teleconferences, facilitated by Board Vice-Chair George Broyles, continue to be held on the last Sunday of each month.  The most recent Growth Teleconference was Sunday, May 26th and featured Jared Rosenthal Sa Bom Nim discussing “How To Use the National Festival to Make Your Students and Your School Famous!”

Receive Growth Teleconference dial-in info and link to each Growth Teleconference wall by texting GROWTH to 70000.  You may also request specific topics and speakers or volunteer to be a presenter by visiting the teleconference wall or submitting them through the online training topic submission form.


Notable School Anniversaries in 2019

Each year the Board Recognition Committee recognizes school owners celebrating anniversaries each year for the first five years after opening their schools and then every five years thereafter.  Notable school anniversaries in 2019 include:

RegionMoo Duk Kwan Certified School NameSchool OwnerAnniversary Year
3Master Brown's Karate SchoolGary Brown SBN35
4Waco Tec. Soo Bahk DoRoy Latimer SBN30
5Tipp City Soo Bahk Do CenterTracy Phillips SBN25
9Maui Soo Bahk Do MDKRichard Wilcox SBN25
9Edelweiss Glendora Korean KarateGeorge Hoffmeister SBN20
10Anacortes Soo Bahk DoColette Arvidson SBN, Andy Arvidson SBN15
3Wilmington Soo Bahk DoMichael Mitchell KSN15
8The Sawbuck Do JangAndrew Hamer SBN15
3Oak Ridge School of Soo Bahk DoTimothy Simpson KSN15
6Kick N Fit KarateRegina Anguiano SBN10
10Oregan Moo Duk KwanJared Rosenthal SBN10
55 Elements Soo Bahk DoDave Willard SBN10
9Palo Alto Soo Bahk DoSofus Macskassy JKN5
8Wasatch Martial Arts – ProvoCaulin Snarr JKN5
1Boston Chinatown Soo Bahk DoAndrew Cheever SBN5
1Mid State Soo Bahk DoPaul Chiasson KSN5
2Queens Soo Bahk DoWilliam Trevino SBN5
5Keweenaw Korean Martial ArtsCarolyn Dekker JKN4
2Pennsville Moo Duk KwanMichael Dean KSN4
7Langford Soo Bahk DoChristine Eichhorst KSN4
10Skagit Moo Duk KwanPat Macken SBN4
5Strong Soo Bahk DoRon Strong SBN4
2Guardian Traditional Martial ArtsTony Le KSN, Master Michelle Hozalski, Master Nancy Borelli3
5Downriver Soo Bahk Do AcadamyMichael Zickafoose SBN2
2Hudson River Moo Duk KwanBrandon Bjerke JKN2
2Fry's KarateMaster Joe Fry2
4Aguayo Soo Bahk DoMr. Andy Aguayo1
10Cascade Moo Duk KwanWilliam Toomey SBN1

Respectfully in the Moo Duk Kwan,

Susan Fittanto
Board Chair
Region 8

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Susan Fittanto, Moo Duk Kwan® Dan Bon 41586 is a life member of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® and an internationally certified Master level practitioner and Master level instructor (Sa Bom) of the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system taught in Moo Duk Kwan® schools worldwide.  She operates a Moo Duk Kwan® Certified school in Colorado and on 08/10/2017 she was  appointed by the Technical Advisory Committee Chairman as a Technical Advisory Committee Assistant. She also serves as the elected Board of Directors representative for Region 8 and in February 2018 she was elected by fellow Board Directors to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors from 02/29/2018 to 02/28/2019.