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Hurricane Harvey Floods National Festival Site<br /><span style='font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; color: teal;'>May Jeopardize 2017 Ko an Ja Shim Sa Location</span>

Hurricane Harvey Floods National Festival Site
May Jeopardize 2017 Ko an Ja Shim Sa Location

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Dear Federation Members,

I hope this message finds you and your family in good health and spirits.

We have all been watching with horror the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas has created unimaginable hardship.

So far all reports are that our Soo Bahk Do family members in the area are safe. 

As most of you know we have been on course to hold 2017 Moment with the Masters and the 2017 Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa at La Torretta Resort in November.

The complex is about 45 minutes outside Houston and has experienced some serious flooding. 

We are hopeful that La Torretta will still be able to host our event in November, but due to uncertain circumstances we are also exploring alternative locations.

First, I would like to reassure everyone that there will be a 2017 MWM/KDJSS this fall; however, there is a possibility that we could be forced to relocate outside the Houston area or even Region 6.

I would encourage those planning to attend to postpone making airline reservations for a short while until we have a more complete assessment of the situation.

I will get back to you as more information becomes available.

Sincerely,
Ron Strong,
Chairman Board of Directors
Region 5

Soo Bahk Do Institute

Fourteen Days Until Moo Duk Kwan® Gathering<br /><span style='font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; color: teal;'>Aug 10-12, 2017 La Toretta Lake Resort and Spa, Montgomery Texas</span>

Fourteen Days Until Moo Duk Kwan® Gathering
Aug 10-12, 2017 La Toretta Lake Resort and Spa, Montgomery Texas

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Wow how time flies!

In only 14 days Moo Duk Kwan® members will be hosting the largest national gathering of Soo Bahk Do® practitioners in the USA at the La Toretta Lake Resort and Spa in Montgomery, Texas.



Will you be joining us there?  

Click To Download 2017 National Festival Registration Form


Please RSVP whether you plan to attend or not.

Click To RSVP for 2017 National Festival 


The 39th National Festival of 2017 continues an annual tradition of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® that began in 1978.

2017 marks the introduction of exciting new demonstration divisions and Kwan Jang Nim's Moo Duk Kwan® Heritage & Preservation seminar plus a bit of Region 6 Southern hospitality.

2018 National Festival planning is already underway and the Technical Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors are currently requesting member feedback about the 2018 National Festival and you can share your thoughts by clicking the button below.

Click For 2018 National Festival Poll

 

300+ Members Are Time Eligible To Apply For Ko Dan Ja

300+ Members Are Time Eligible To Apply For Ko Dan Ja

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The Moo Duk Kwan® Ko Dan Ja  Shim Sa is a premiere training experience open to candidates who have been invited to test for Ko Dan Ja ranks as well as Dan and Ko Dan Ja Alumni who are all eligible to return to the annual event as visitors.

Variable length stays are available, a mature practitioner training track is offered and the one-of-a-kind Moment With The Masters experience await all who attend this exciting event scheduled for November 10-17 in Montgomery, Texas at the La Toretta Lake Resort and Spa.

More than 300 Federation members have been notified of their time eligibility to apply for Ko Dan Ja Rank promotions in 2017.

You can view the list of time eligible members here.

Members who submit their completed questionnaire before March 31st, 2017 will then be seeking recommendations from their personal instructor, regional officials and Technical Advisory Committee members in order to be invited as a testing candidate.

Invitations are scheduled for distribution in May, 2017.

Take a moment to check out the list of fellow members and extend your encouragement to anyone you know who is targeting this opportunity in 2017.

Save The Dates!<br /><span style='font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; color: teal;'>Moo Duk Kwan® National Festival 2017</span>

Save The Dates!
Moo Duk Kwan® National Festival 2017

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2017 United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®

National Festival August 10-12,  Montgomery, Texas

Moo Duk Kwan® National Festival 2017
Early Festival Registration ends May 31st, 2017 

Register Now And Save!

A Moment With The Masters... And Then It's Gone

A Moment With The Masters... And Then It's Gone

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As a member of the USA Federation, you have access to top Moo Duk Kwan instructors in the world and the finest training experiences available.

The Federation hosts A Moment With The Masters in conjunction with the 1st weekend of the Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa in order that fellow members have an opportunity to share a few moments with the wave of new Ko Dan Ja rank applicants and current Ko Dan Ja leaders and visiting Ko Dan Ja Alumni who are also  participating in the week long Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa experience.

For a brief, fleeting moment every Federation member has the opportunity to share a moment with the masters and experience “Oneness” with the most senior practitioners and Ko Dan Ja in the entire U.S. Federation as well as international Ko Dan Ja.

The Moment With The Masters is a wonderful opportunity that literally calls for action… it calls for attendance.

It is calling you.

Learn More About It

10% Not-So-Early-Discount Until Oct 31<br /><span style='font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; color: teal;'>SAVE 10% When Registering Before October 31</span>

10% Not-So-Early-Discount Until Oct 31
SAVE 10% When Registering Before October 31

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10-circle-couponGood news for busy people who missed the 15% Early Registration Discount For The Moment With The Masters & Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa Visitor Tracks with flexible durations for Dans of all ranks!

You can still get a "Not-So-Early-Registration Discount" of 10% when you register before October 31st.

SAVE 10% WHEN REGISTERING 

BEFORE OCTOBER 31, 2016

Moment With The Masters training and KDJSS Visitor training tracks are exceptional opportunities that are unique to the Moo Duk Kwan® and the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation.

The Moo Duk Kwan®  USA masters test (Ko Dan J Shim Sa) only occurs once per year and lasts for eight days.

Dan members of all ranks can participate in one to eight days (Nov 11-18, 2016) of the highest level of Soo Bahk Do® training available anywhere in the world.

Gups and Dans of all ranks and all ages can participate in the Moment With The Masters weekend (Nov 11-13, 2016) and share an epic learning experience alongside the field of members testing for Moo Duk Kwan® master level ranks (Ko Dan Ja) and master level Instructor certification (Sa Bom) in the Soo Bahk Do® martial art.

Save 10% And Register For Moment With The Masters

Dans All Ranks Save 10% And Register As A KDJSS Visitor

A Moment With The Masters November 11-13
Register Before September 30 And Save 15%

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A Moment With The Masters Ramona, Ca

The Federation hosts A Moment With The Masters in conjunction with the 1st weekend of the Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa in order that fellow members have an opportunity to share a few moments with the wave of new Ko Dan Ja rank applicants and current Ko Dan Ja leaders and visiting Ko Dan Ja Alumni who are also  participating in the week long Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa experience.

mwm-collage-2Each year the Annual Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa is accessible for individual members who are not yet Ko Dan Ja or Ko Dan Ja candidates.  

Dan members of all ranks can even participate in specially designed high level visitor training tracks during the week of the Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa. 

What an opportunity!

For a brief, fleeting moment every Federation member has the opportunity to share a moment with the masters and experience “Oneness” with the most senior practitioners and Ko Dan Ja in the entire U.S. Federation as well as international Ko Dan Ja.

This event is a brief, fleeting moment when every Federation member is given the opportunity to share a moment with some of the most senior practitioners and Ko Dan Ja in the world.

Think about it! 

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In a single trip, with one set of travel expenses and only one weekend away from home, you have the unique opportunity to experience so much!

For a limited time you can save 15% when you register before September 30!

 

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New Year Greeting 2016<br /><span style='font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; color: teal;'>by H.C. Hwang</span>

New Year Greeting 2016
by H.C. Hwang

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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.

70th_logo_nobkgrnd_755x796-142x150There 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.

  1. The Moo Duk Kwan 70th year celebration in Korea (October 30th to November 1, 2015) in South Korea:  It was a powerful experience to see how the Founder Hwang Kee’s vision (from 1945) has grown over the 70 years since the Moo Duk Kwan inception.
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    Members from different countries gathered at the mother land of the Art and strengthened their old friendships and made new friendships while sharing the same values and pride in the Moo Duk Kwan. It was an experience that strengthened our appreciation for our gift from the Founder and the Moo Duk Kwan patch, that has guided us toward our clear objectives.
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    I invite you to join me in continuing our celebration of the 70th year of the Moo Duk Kwan® with our actions throughout 2016.
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  2. 2007_FEDPATCH_CutOut_j_150x149The United States Federation successfully protected the identity of Moo Duk Kwan® which was built 70 years ago by the Founder Hwang Kee.
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    The verdict and judgment was filed in favor of the plaintiff, the US Federation. This stands as an moo-duk-kwan-alumni-patches-various-v1a-cutout-600x600example that the US Federation will defend against trademark infringers as they have over the past 40 years, and they will prevail as they have in all cases.
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    This action and verdict is a victory for all WMDK organizations and sends a clear message to those who infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others. I hope all Moo Duk Kwan® Alumni embrace the spirit of “Only One Moo Duk Kwan” by recognizing the rich history of the Moo Duk Kwan. Our unity will strengthen our Moo Duk Kwan identity for all practitioners.
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  3. Recognition of leaders who were great supporters for PVT II: Your Vision Tour (PVTII) was greatly inspiring, motivating, and supported the transition of our young leaders into roles that are important to the preservation of our art and the future of the Moo Duk Kwan.
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    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.

    Moo Duk Kwan Global Standardization Demonstration at 70th

    Moo Duk Kwan Global Standardization Demonstration at 70th

    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

Five Moo Duk Kwan 8th Dan Rank Certifications Awarded<br /><span style='font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; color: teal;'>First Time In Moo Duk Kwan History That Five Members Earn 8th Dan At Same Time</span>

Five Moo Duk Kwan 8th Dan Rank Certifications Awarded
First Time In Moo Duk Kwan History That Five Members Earn 8th Dan At Same Time

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Perry Araeipour, Sa Bom Nim captured an historical moment through the lens of his camera when for the first time in history, five members were awarded their 8th Dan rank certifications at the same time.

The members came from all across the  United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®  and were  awarded their Moo Duk Kwan® 8th Dan certificates by H.C. Hwang Kwan Jang Nim on November 21, 2014 in Ramona California at the 2014 Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa.

Left to right Fred Messersmith, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 20729) from Torrance, California, Daymon Kenyon, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 19839) from San Diego, California,Vic Martinov, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 10189) from Santa Ynez, California, H.C. Hwang, Kwna Jang Nim,from Springfield, New Jersey, Larry seiberlich, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 1815) from Maplewood, Minnesota, James Donnelly Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 14436) from Hampton Roads,Virginia, Kris Poole, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 20632) from Longview, Texas and Bill Nelson, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 21420) from St. Cloud Minnesota

Left to right Fred Messersmith, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 20729) from Torrance, California, Daymon Kenyon, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 19839) from San Diego, California,Vic Martinov, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 10189) from Santa Ynez, California, H.C. Hwang, Kwna Jang Nim,from Springfield, New Jersey, Larry seiberlich, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 1815) from Maplewood, Minnesota, James Donnelly Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 14436) from Hampton Roads,Virginia, Kris Poole, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 20632) from Longview, Texas and Bill Nelson, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 21420) from St. Cloud Minnesota

Moo Duk Kwan Anniversary USA

Moo Duk Kwan Anniversary USA

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FED_and_WMDK_Patches_Scan_Cutout_460x220November 9 is the anniversary of the founding of the Moo Duk Kwan® martial art school by Hwang Kee.

Learn about Moo Duk Kwan® history here.

Learn about how you can help preserve Hwang Kee's Moo Duk Kwan® martial art school legacy here.

Learn about the 2015 Moo Duk Kwan® 70th Anniversary celebration in Korea here.

Access the official Moo Duk Kwan martial art school Soo Bahk Do Institute here.

Please share this post with others and comment below and tell us how you are celebrating this event in your area.

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    H.C. Hwang Kwan Jang Nim Shares His PVT II Message For 2014 Appearances Worldwide

    H.C. Hwang Kwan Jang Nim Shares His PVT II Message For 2014 Appearances Worldwide

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    H.C. Hwang Kwan Jang Nim shares his PVT II message for 2014 appearances worldwide.

    He has also prepared an online quiz that you can take to prepare for his visit here:

    http://www.soobahkdoinstitute.com/videos/2631/personal-vision-tour-ii

    If your region does not have a PVT II appearance booked, contact your elected Board Director and let them know that you would like the Kwan Jang Nim to visit your region.

    • His scheduled appearances are posted here:
    Moo Duk Kwan Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa Preparation Seminar

    Moo Duk Kwan Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa Preparation Seminar

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    1402919_465959200191903_1501104906_oSam Dans and above are eligible to attend the Technical Advisory Committee's Moo Duk Kwan® Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa Preparation Seminar at the 2014 United States Soo Bahk Dop Moo Duk Kwan Federation® National Festival and Dan Leadership Convention.

    If you are a Dan who has set a personal goal to achieve Ko Dan Ja rank in the future, then this is a great seminar to help you prepare for the seminal experience in your Soo Bahk Do® career which will be the annual Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa.

    Check the 2014 Festival agenda for the date and time.

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    National Festival Scorekeepers Have The Best Seats In The House<br /><span style='font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; color: teal;'>2016 National Festival Coming Soon!</span>

    National Festival Scorekeepers Have The Best Seats In The House
    2016 National Festival Coming Soon!

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    IMG20089When you volunteer to serve as a scorekeeper or time keeper at the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation National Festival® your really get up close and personal with all the exciting action because you have the best seats in the house at ringside!

    Score keepers and time keepers are crucial to running the competition portion of the National Festival and your service will be greatly appreciated.

    So Gups, Dans and parents who would like to have ringside seats for the competition can get them by serving as scorekeepers and timekeepers during Regional Team and Individual Dan competition.

    Signup
    Moo Duk Kwan 70th Anniversary

    Moo Duk Kwan 70th Anniversary

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    Information about this important event coming soon from the Moo Duk Kwan 70th Anniversary Planning Committee.

    COMING SOON!

    Spokane Soo Bahk Do® Parents and Students Kicked Up Their Heels

    Spokane Soo Bahk Do® Parents and Students Kicked Up Their Heels

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    When Spokane Soo Bahk Do® instructor Bud Bolan launched their Kick-a-thon for the Moo Duk Kwan®, he even recruited the parents of students to participate in the exciting event. He backed up his request for parents to join in by personally sponsoring each parent for $20.

    Spokane Soo Bahk Do® parents and students kicked up their heels for a good cause and had a blast!

    "Spokane Soo Bahk Do® students can only signup for 60 days at a time due to YMCA policies.

    The classes were originally limited to 6-12 year olds, but at my request, the YMCA has now expanded the program to allow 5-16 years olds which provides those approaching age 12 with an opportunity to continue the program.

    The Kick-a-thon participants include students with a wide range of abilities and special needs as well as parents.

    I was extremely pleased with the strong and high energy response that took place with the invitation to participate in the Kick-A-Thon, by Federation Members and YMCA Members alike, as well as the parents.

    Their combined participation in the program was incredible!"

    -- Bud Bolan

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