If you are thinking about attending the 2017 National Festival and you typically train about twice a week, then you have about sixteen classes to make up your mind and register before May 31st in order to save 15%.
Most Moo Duk Kwan® certified schools provide at least two classes a week for students and classes are typically jam packed with technical content to learn and review. When a National event is approaching and certified instructors want students to also experience the many tangible and intangible benefits of participating in an event like the 2017 National Festival, then even more things need to be communicated to students and fit into each busy class session as the National Festival approaches.
Different instructors employ different methods of inspiring students about the opportunities of attending the National Festival and educating students about how they can enjoy the most rewarding experience possible at the Festival and finally for motivating students and parents to take action and register.
Less than 13% of all students typically attend the National Festival because attendance requires a big commitment to one's Soo Bahk Do® career; however, attendees consistently report that the benefits of participating far outweigh the time and expense required to do so.
Some dedicated students who are determined to attend the Festival despite the time and costs involved may also seek to acquire sponsors from among family, friends and local businesses to help offset the costs of attending. You can do it and we've provided a couple of sponsorship forms to help you out below.
Below you can download two "ready-to-use" sponsorship forms to reach out for sponsors from now until the Festival.
Scroll down for a Regional Team Member sponsorship form.
You can win free stuff (no purchase necessary to enter) just by helping assure that fellow members, Alumni and even non-members with Moo Duk Kwan® heritage are aware of the 2017 National Festival scheduled for August 10-12, 2017 in Montgomery, Texas at the La Toretta Lake Resort and Spa.
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.
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.
Hwang Kee's world renown Moo Duk Kwan® organization has spawned schools and instructors in countries worldwide since 1945 and countless alumni and others with an historical connection to the Moo Duk Kwan® who have lost touch with their Moo Duk Kwan® roots and heritage.
November 9th is the Moo Duk Kwan® Founding Anniversary and now is a great time for current members, alumni and others to celebrate Moo Duk Kwan® heritage by acquiring official, licensed apparel that you can wear proudly year-round to share your history.
For the first time ever, officially licensed Moo Duk Kwan® apparel is available during this campaign in several name brands in a wide variety of colors and styles until November 28, 2016 when this campaign ends.
Online ordering closes on November 28th and items that have the required number of minimum orders will be produced and shipped to arrive to you by December 15th.
Counterfeits and knockoffs may be acceptable for those with low self esteem, but those who want to celebrate their Moo Duk Kwan® heritage proudly with legitimacy and authenticity while supporting the Moo Duk Kwan® and all it stands for are invited to do so through this campaign.
To help assure that enough orders are placed for the products that you want to acquire, you can share this link to the campaign page with your friends and others who share some form of Moo Duk Kwan® heritage and invite them to join you and celebrate their history with official, licensed Moo Duk Kwan® swag.
Online orders placed before November 28th will be produced and shipped with guaranteed delivery to you before December 15th provided the minimum order qty is met. Share with friends to help ensure minimums are met so we can produce these items for you. Great gift items for all tang soo do and Soo Bahk Do® practitioners with perfect delivery timing for the holiday giving season. Note: Each different product campaign requires its own order, so if you want a Polo shirt and one of the Jackets, you will be placing a separate order on two different campaigns in order to receive each product. International Moo Duk Kwan® Alumni and supporters: If the payment system does not accept your international billing addresses, then please email your order for the products and colors you want to email@example.com and we will place your order and process your payment for you through USA Headquarters.
Online orders placed before November 28th will be produced and shipped with guaranteed delivery to you before December 15th provided the minimum order qty is met. Share with friends to help ensure minimums are met so we can produce these items for you.
Great gift items for all tang soo do and Soo Bahk Do® practitioners with perfect delivery timing for the holiday giving season.
Note: Each different product campaign requires its own order, so if you want a Polo shirt and one of the Jackets, you will be placing a separate order on two different campaigns in order to receive each product.
International Moo Duk Kwan® Alumni and supporters: If the payment system does not accept your international billing addresses, then please email your order for the products and colors you want to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will place your order and process your payment for you through USA Headquarters.
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.
I hope this finds you all in good health and spirits.
The Board of Directors met on October 26, 2016. Following are the major issues that were addressed.
Board Director nominations are underway for Regions 1, 4, 5, 7, and 8. An online voting ballot is available here. The secretary is also distributing ballots by postal mail and email to all voting age Dans. Watch for them. Your participation is important.
Region 6 will be hosting the 2017 National Festival at the La Toretta Lake Resort and Spa in Montgomery, Texas (just outside Houston). Contract negotiations are currently underway with LaToretta Resort. Also being considered is the possibility of using the same facility for the 2017 Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa and Moment with the Masters. Additional information will be coming out in the weeks ahead.
The annual review of the TAC EA has been concluded and the Board of Directors unanimously approved a two year extension of Sa Bom Nim Duncan's contract. The Board of Directors also acknowledged the level of expertise and professionalism he brings to the position.
Having reviewed the financial reports submitted by the Finance Committee, the Board unanimously approved the 2017 Projected Budget as recommended by the Finance Committee. Highlights of the 2017 Projected Budget include:
The Board has been deliberating for several months on the best way to address the decreasing membership and the ever-rising expense of doing the day-to-day business of the Federation. Several options have been put before the Board by the Finance Committee, individual Studio Owners, and individual Members. All the options have been studied and given serious consideration. In the June 10, 2016 board summary we asked for your comments regarding some of the options. Your representatives on the Board have given your comments and opinions great weight in this deliberation. We heard your voice and applied your recommendations.
Please note that this increase is only for the purpose of covering ordinary operating expenses and does not address other Federation needs. You can help support the Federation's mission with your kick-a-thons and personal donations. Please consider what you might be able to do.
Addressing the declining membership is a major focus of the Board. The 2016 Fall Membership Drive is an initiative encouraging every member and school owner to reach out to new members and the Board approved incentives to encourage participation. The 2016 Fall Membership Drive support mailing that went out to Studio Owners was the most extensive in recent history. Unfortunately, it arrived at schools well into the drive. Therefore, the Board has elected to extend the 2016 Fall Membership Drive and the incentives through the end of the year. Studio Owners are encouraged to continue reaching out to schools, other community organizations and individuals to bolster your membership.
Any new student who applies for Federation membership during the membership drive will receive a one year subscription to the Soo Bahk Do® Institute. Included in the package will be all White through Green Belt information. That's a $116.28 value for the nominal fee of $1.00. This is a great value and intended to support member recruitment and bring new students into the Federation.
You will recall that a special Work-Group was established recently to address declining membership. Studio viability and student membership is critical to the future of the Moo Duk Kwan®. The Work-Group will be recommending initiatives to reinvent our approach to marketing, technology, business practices, and best practices to support our studios. This is a long term project and much of the work will be in the background as we develop a stronger and more vibrant Federation.
This concludes the major issues of discussion.
Respectfully in the Moo Duk Kwan,
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!
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!
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
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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.
Each 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!
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!
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!
Regions may now field multiple teams in each Regional Team Division at the National Festival.
TAC will accommodate all Regional Teams present at the National Festival.