He operates a certified studio in Owasso, Oklahoma and volunteers his time changing lives at the local Homes For Children Campus in Owasso.
Recently Master Townsend applied to the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® and the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan FOUNDATION for grant support. He wanted to register ten children in his program as Federation members in order that they could formally advance in their studies with full recognition and legitimate Moo Duk Kwan® rank certification credentials acknowledging their accomplishments.
The Federation and Foundation worked together to fulfill his grant application and ten new Federation members were registered in Owasso, Oklahoma.
Here is what Master Townsend had to say about the results his grant yielded:
I can't express enough how grateful the children are for the membership and support provided by the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® and The United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan FOUNDATION, and how grateful I am to be a part of making this happen for these ten children.
Because of the generosity of both organizations, these children get to belong to a very positive and rewarding national organization with member community values that compliment the teaching they receive at the Owasso Campus. One immediate benefit they have received from the U.S. Federation memberships that you made possible is that once they were Federation members I was authorized to test these students (some of whom have been training with me for over a year) for legitimate Moo Duk Kwan® rank certification and I am happy to report they were all successful in their test and my recommendations to the Technical Advisory Committee were approved for them. We will have a promotion ceremony for them this Thursday.
These children have received a significant boost in self esteem and self confidence from their Soo Bahk Do training. Their receipt of national membership credentials with their name on them and international rank certificates also bearing their name is more important to them than many may think. It is not often in their challenged lives that such recongition is shined upon them. The award ceremony will be a celebration of their accomplishments when we award them their hard earned rank certifications. I can only tell you that this will be a highlight of these children's lives and you have helped make it happen.
Thank you so much for making this possible and supporting my work with them.
I hope this will help others and inspire them to reach out and START something either by volunteering their time or supporting those less fortunate through the Federation and the Foundation.
WENATCHEE — A veteran of two wars, Louis Barrier started taking martial arts classes in 1988 as a way to channel his aggression and manage post traumatic stress. It was a good endeavor then and it’s a good one now, said Barrier, who recently resumed the discipline he left behind more than 20 years ago.
Now, at age 83, he hopes to earn a black belt in the Korean karate discipline of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan, becoming one of the oldest people in the Northwest region to do so. Source
The United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® welcomes Dr. John Juliano from Region 2 today as a new Lifetime Member. He is pictured in this photo with fellow Lifetime Members Rick Wilcox, Sa Bom Nim and Pat McCarthy, Sa Bom Nim at Maui Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan.
The United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® welcomes William McCusker III Dan Bon 46617 from Region 9 as our newest Lifetime Member.
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
I received this great message from Sa Bom Nim Michael Zickafoose in Region 5 about how he DOUBLED his donation to the Soo Bahk Do Foundation's 2012 Fundraising campaign using his employer's donation matching program.
Just wanted to share it with you.
By Becka Kurtz, Executive Secretary
Opportunity Manor Inc.
1908 Kruchten Court South
PO Box 280
Sartell, MN 56377
Martial arts training is said to improve physical functions such as strength, balance and stamina. More importantly, it has been proven to increase self worth, self esteem, confidence, independence and an overall improvement in quality of life.
Through Pathway to Opportunities (PTO) collaboration with the St. Cloud Soo Bahk Do Karate School and Master Bill Nelson, 2 of our consumers are shining examples of this. In August 2008 Dustin Potratz and James Klinkner of PTO were awarded their orange belts in the art of Soo Bahk Do.
The martial art of Soo Bahk Do forges the body towards gaining ultimate use of its faculties through intensive physical and mental training. It promotes a healthy and disciplined mind, strong personal character, and respect for life and nature. It also helps one achieve a mature attitude, as well as gives you the mental strength to find your full potential.
In 2007, PTO was fortunate to have Scott Ridlon teach self defense classes to our participants. After taking the class, Dustin and James showed further interest in martial arts and were given the recommendation to take classes from Bill Nelson, Master (sixth degree black belt) in Soo Bahk Do.
He then adapted his classes to fit the needs of our consumers. They began taking regular classes, continuing to increase their rank to the orange belt that they now hold.
Some of the things they have learned through these classes are basic techniques, strikes, kicks, basic form, round house kicks and knowledge of lower rank requirements. They were also able to break boards and spar.
Not only have they gained knowledge of the physical aspects of the art, they continue to gain self worth, confidence, and work toward independence.