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Trick or Treater Safety School

Trick or Treater Safety School

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Pumpkin For Trick Or Treat Held By Girl In Vampire Costume

Halloween is despised by some and enjoyed by others, but regardless of your perspective about Halloween I am sure you agree that safety is important.

Safety is especially important on Halloween when young kids may be roaming the streets in the dark and when widespread mischief and mayhem may be the norm, so being alert and attentive to personal safety is a high priority.

Adults and tots can both benefit from attending a fun and educational Trick or Treater Safety School offered as a community service program by participating Moo Duk Kwan® Certified schools nationwide.  Look for local ads or flyers about programs near you.

So have fun this Halloween whether you avoid it or relish it, just be safe and remember that you can safely Trick or Treat us by Text message the whole month of October!



Trick Or Treaters Welcome!

Trick Or Treaters Welcome!

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Have you ever Trick or Treated for Halloween by  Text Message? No?

Well, during the Federation's Fall membership Drive  you can Halloween Trick or Treat us from anywhere, in or out of your costume during THE ENTIRE MONTH OF OCTOBER and we are giving away some really neat treats.

Even ol Christopher Columbus can't discover a better deal than this!


Kick-a-thons For The Moo Duk Kwan

Kick-a-thons For The Moo Duk Kwan

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Ed Horni, Master

Ed Horni, Master, Board Chairman

Dear Moo Duk Kwan Supporter,

I trust this message finds you and your family in the best of health and spirits.

Thank you for your very strong support of the Federation’s and Foundation’s fundraising goals iand we hope you will continue your strong support to help us continue pursuing our Mission objectives and Chartered purposes.

The Federation’s Board of Directors has adopted kick-a-thons as the preferred fundraising means to be employed nationally iand we are asking for your support when a kick-a-thon is hosted at your school or in your region before the end of the year. 

All Certified Studios have been sent a packet containing “How To” literature and a link to an excellent demo video prepared by Sa Bom Nim Jim Harwood and which can be viewed on the Soo Bahk Do Institute. The video explains how kick-a-thons are an exciting and motivational activity that can connect you and our art to your local community in a positive and productive manner while raising much needed financial support for the Federation’s causes.


The Kwan Jang Nim, the Technical Advisory Committee, Regional Examiners, 501(c)(4) Board and 501(c)(3) Foundation are fully committed to this extremely important fundraising initiative and will be actively requesting full member support in order to assure its success and to fund ongoing programs to preserve our art’s unique identity and heritage as passed from the Founder to our Kwan Jang Nim and as entrusted to the U.S. Federation to protect and preserve.

The 501(c)(4) Federation and 501(c)(3) Foundation each stand ready to receive the contributions of those who are inspired and motivated to provide their support and donations at this time. These elements will drive the success of the Kick-a-thons for the Moo Duk Kwan®  initiative through your strong Moo Do Ja Seh.

Should you require additional materials, clarifications or have questions, please contact headquarters for assistance.

Again, thank you for your strong support!

In Moo Do,

Ed Horni
Chairman, Board of Directors
United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation


Learn More:

Visit for personal fundraiser pages.

Visit www.soobahkdofoundation for joint 501(c)(4) Federation and 501(c)(3) FOUNDATION Regional Totals



Trademark Licensees

Trademark Licensees

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Registered trademarks assure the public consumer of the consistent quality and standards they can expect from the products and services associated with and/or bearing registered trademarks.

Registered trademarks displayed in relation to, or affixed to, products and services, identify the source for the products and services and only the registered trademark owner regulates quality and consistency to their standards.

Martial art instructors and martial art schools who are legitimately using registered trademarks have entered into a license agreement with the trademark owner to abide by and maintain the expectations, standards and all other quality assurance measures specified by the trademark owner for their products and services as delivered through licensees.

A license agreement with the trademark owner may also specify any other applicable terms and conditions related to the arrangement that exists between the licensee and the trademark owner including, but not limited to, any restrictions, customized terms, special conditions, licensing fees, royalties, etc.

Registered trademark owners may implement their licensing agreements with licensees in various manners, but one attribute that is common to virtually all such agreements is that the trademark owner generally maintains and publishes an official list of all licensees with whom they have an active agreement.

Registered trademark owners often provide a searchable list of their authorized licensees on the web (like this one), so that consumers are assured that those locations are upholding the standards of quality established and controlled by the trademark owner.

Registered trademark owners may frequently authorize new licensees and may frequently terminate existing licensees, so checking a trademark owner's official list of current licensees is an important due diligence step when verifying whether or not a particular martial art school or martial art instructor has the legal permission of the trademark owner to display and use the registered trademarks they may be employing.

With a minimum amount of due diligence you can easily determine if material fact is being misrepresented and if particular types of fraud are being perpetrated by verifying the name of the registered owner of the:

  1. martial art school name
  2. martial art system name
  3. martial art system logo

You can then use the links below and search through 3rd party references and/or government references to discover if any of these are registered trademarks and if the martial art school is licensed by the trademark owner.

If any of them are returned in your search results, then you can verify the trademark owner’s name and if the owner’s or the trademark owner's licensee list does not match the martial art school or instructor displaying the marks, then fraud is occurring and you have factual evidence to prove it.

  1. In both search features, searching for only LIVE marks will produce the most relevant results
  2. Search: U.S. Patent And Trademark Office (USPTO) (results depend on correct use of the feature)
  3. Search: Trademarkia (provides a simple search feature and accesses most records of the  U.S.P.T.O.)
  4. others

These fact verifying steps are key to determining whether or not any of following types of consumer fraud may be occurring due to a martial art instructor or martial art school engaging in any of these specific activities:

  1. trademark infringement fraud
  2. trademark counterfeiting fraud which can be a felony criminal offense.
  3. trademark counterfeiting conspiracy fraud which is a felony criminal offense.

Suggestions for protecting yourself from trademark related fraud include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Identify - (Recognize fraudulent circumstances)
  2. Verify  –  (Perform a bit of due diligence to confirm if fraud is present)
  3. Testify - (Report fraudulent circumstances to appropriate authorities)

The Martial Art Fraud website provides direct links to a number of different reporting agencies dedicated to protecting consumers from fraud and criminal activity. If you discover these illegal activities taking place in your community we encourage you to report them.

The Martial Art Fraud website provides information intended to help you proactively 1) recognize and identify circumstances with a high potential for you to become a victim of fraud, 2) verify factual evidence of fraud and 3) report evidence of fraud to appropriate agencies and authorities. Disclaimer

Right of Publicity

Right of Publicity

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In addition to trademark infringement and trademark counterfeiting laws,  right of publicity laws address another tactic that may be employed by fraudsters which is the unlicensed use of a well known person's image or likeness beyond fair use.

One common illegal practice is affixing an unlicensed image or likeness of a famous person to a product, website, advertisement, etc. in order to play upon the well known reputation of the person whose image or likeness is then used in a manner calculated for the advantage of the unlicensed party and may often include promoting whatever their image is used in relation to, or affixed to, and/or to drive sales of the items bearing the image or likeness.


About The United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation

About The United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation

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About United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®

The United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®  is an IRS approved 501(c)(4) nonprofit martial arts membership organization with its National Member Headquarters located in Springfield, New Jersey. Donations to the 501(c)(4) Federation are NOT tax deductible.

Contact United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®

Fed_Fist_Patch_300_DPI_Transparent_TU_kNational Member Headquarters

20 Millburn Ave Flr 2
Springfield, NJ 07081
(888) SOO-BAHK

Many different volunteers serve the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation's members in many different roles and capacities. Contact information for most Federation Officials can be found on the following wiki pages. You may need an active wiki account to access some information.

If you are unsure who to contact, just call or send us a message at National Member Headquarters.

Intellectual Property

History of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®

ted_mason_hki_calendar_coverBy Ted Mason, Sa Bom Nim
Hu Kyun In

A few American Servicemen began teaching Hwang Kee's martial art system after returning to the U.S. during the 1960's. There were also many Korean instructors certified by Kwan Jang Nim who began teaching in the United States during this period. Kwan Jang Nim believed that the Moo Duk Kwan needed an organization in the United States and asked for a meeting with all Dan Members. This meeting was held on November 29, 1974 in Burlington, New Jersey where a "Task Force" was elected for the purpose of developing a charter.


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