Board Chair Update 2019-10-30

Susan Fittanto, Sa Bom Nim, Board Chair

Susan Fittanto, Sa Bom Nim, Board Chair

Greetings Federation members and supporters, 

The Board of Directors held a meeting on October 30, 2019 and the following are the major discussion points from that meeting as well as other items for your awareness. 

Board Director Election Results

The results of the Board of Directors election results for regions 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8 are below.  The following representatives will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2020:

  • Region 1:  Paul Chiasson KSN
  • Region 4:  George Broyles KBN
  • Region 5:  Jennifer Resler SBN
  • Region 7:  Nicole Herlofsky KSN
  • Region 8:  Jennifer Rupert SBN

Congratulations to both re-elected and newly elected representatives and thank you for service to the members of your region and to the Federation.

Volume 1 Commemorative Edition update

Headquarters has received a proof copy of Volume 1 Commemorative Edition from the publisher and Kwan Jan Nim completed his review of the finished product.  The publisher is working on production now and will ship the full order as soon as it is ready.  Once the books arrive at HQ, they will be signed by Kwan Jang Nim and shipped to those who pre-ordered.

Those who pre-ordered have been asked to provide shipping instructions using this online form.

If you have not yet ordered a copy of the Autographed Limited Edition Volume 1, you can still order one while the limited supply lasts.  

Order Here While Supply Lasts


2020 National Festival and 2020 KDJSS

Hotel reservations are now open for the 2020 National Festival. 

The 2020 Festival will be held July 23-25 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.  Visit for a link to hotel reservations and other Festival information. Be sure to provide the group name SOO BAHK DO so you receive the group rate.

Multiple venues in Denver, Colorado are currently being evaluated to host the 2021 National Festival.

Region 7 has expressed interest in hosting the 2020 Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa in Minnesota and is working with Headquarters to secure a suitable venue.

Any member or regional official interested in hosting a future National Festival or Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa can submit a location and venue proposal using the online venue proposal form which also provides general facility specifications. 

You can also contact Duncan Sa Bom Nim at  or  (888) SOO-BAHK. 


Background Checks and Child Safety Training

A showcase of certified Jo Kyo, Kyo Sa, Kyo Bom, CTP instructors and Certified School Owners who are compliant with the Federation's Background Check and Continuing Education policy adopted January 1, 2019 can be viewed on the Soo Bahk Do Institute:

If you have acquired a Continuing Education subscription on the Soo Bahk Do Institute and have completed a background check and child safety training, but do not see your name on the list, you can self-report at the link below:

Background Checks And Continuing Education

The link also provides other useful information including a summary of the Federal Safe Sport Act and how it affects our schools, FAQ's, instructions on how to acquire a CE subscription and a downloadable example Child Safety policy.


Future Continuing Education Topics

The Board of Directors and the Technical Advisory Committee are committed to adding Continuing Education subscription content on a consistent basis to assist school owners and instructors with professional and technical development. 

If you have suggestions for Continuing Education topics that you think school owners and instructors would find useful, please submit your ideas.

Suggest A Continuing Education Topic

I wish you and your families a happy and healthy Holiday Season. 

Respectfully in the Moo Duk Kwan,

Susan Fittanto
Board Chair
Region 8

Susan Fittanto (8)

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.