"Dan Bon" simply means "Dan Number;" however, that simple description does not reveal or convey the rich depth of tradition, history and meaning associated with the Moo Duk Kwan® martial art organization's Dan Bon system.
The Moo Duk Kwan® Dan Bon system is a very important and traditional part of the Moo Duk Kwan® martial art organization. It is a source of great personal pride for Soo Bahk Do practitioners embracing the Moo Duk Kwan philosophy and goals of technical excellence. Today, I'd like to share a few of the very unique aspects of the Moo Duk Kwan Dan Bon system with you. (more…)
Resolution Affirming the Appointment of H.C. Hwang as Life-President
of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc.
Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee, who founded the Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan martial art system and served as the life President of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc. passed July 14, 2002, 7:05 pm in Seoul, Korea;
Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee named his successor in a sealed document retained in a safety deposit box of the First Union Bank, Springfield, New Jersey, USA;
as specified and in accordance with the Charter and bylaws of the US Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc. the document naming the successor to Kwan Jang Nim, signed by Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee, was opened, witnessed and confirmed August 1, 2002 by Lee Schumacher Sa Bom Nim, Chair of the Board of Directors, Mary Ann Walsh Sa Bom Nim representing the Technical Advisory Committee, Hyun Chul (Jin Mun) Hwang Sa Bom Nim, U.S. Designee, and other senior dan members and officials;
the translation of the succession document was confirmed by a member of the Senior Advisory Committee, Wha Yong Chung Sa Bom Nim in a public statement made at the National Championships August 3, 2002;
the succession document naming Hyun Chul (Jin Mun) Hwang as Kwan Jang Nim and subsequent confirmation of Hyun Chul (Jin Mun) Hwang as the named successor to Kwan Jang Nim are a matter of public record in statements read at the 2002 National Championships and published and disseminated to the general membership in the Fall 2002 newsletter of the US Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc.;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,
that the Board of Directors of the US Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc. publicly affirms the authenticity and validity of the succession of Hyun Chul (Jin Mun) Hwang as Kwan Jang Nim of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan and his appointment as life-President of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc.
Board of Directors
[Adopted Unanimously 07-20-2005 Board of Directors][social-bio]
H.C. Hwang, President of the World Moo Duk Kwan, announced in late 2002 his plans to tour around the World and share his vision for the future of the Moo Duk Kwan with members by training and discussing the Past, Present and Future of the Moo Duk Kwan.
What is the motivation for the President's Vision Tour.
President H.C. Hwang explains his motivation as follows,
"Our beloved Founder of the Moo Duk Kwan, Grandmaster Hwang Kee passed away on July 14, 2002. Upon his passing, Grandmaster Hwang Kee became part of the Past. We are the present, and the future of the Moo Duk Kwan. It is dependant upon us and our actions. Now is a very important time in the Moo Duk Kwan's history for the present members to strengthen relationships with each other and solidify a worldwide structure that will ensure the future longevity of out art into the next century."
When the Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang was asked how the Moo Duk Kwan would continue if he should become unable to serve because of some unexpected event he answered,
“The foundation of the Moo Duk Kwan home must be strong enough to carry our art into the future for our next generations, even in my absence. The future of our art cannot remain dependant upon a single person, rather it depends upon every practitioner willingly carrying the Moo Duk Kwan into the future by moving in harmony with one another. Present day practitioners need to strengthen their relationships with each other worldwide and embrace a global structure conceived and dedicated to the preservation of the Moo Duk Kwan.
WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN OUR FOUNDATION.
Our art’s foundation and life blood is new beginners, Gup members, Dan members, Ko Dan Ja members and their families. All are art of our FOUNDATION. Current members can move toward the goal of “STRENGTHENING OUR FOUNDATION” through their active participation. Individual participation is the Key Energy necessary to strengthen our foundation.
Our Moo Duk Kwan’s unique history is a source of great pride for Moo Do practitioners and by gaining a deeper understanding of the history of the Moo Duk Kwan, we are able to connect with our proud identity as a leader in the Martial Arts community Worldwide. We have the opportunity to continue honoring preserving the values embraced by our seniors and carried through history into our present day training. We can create a bright future for the Moo Duk Kwan by focusing on our individual active role, and our worldwide common goal, of “Strengthening our Foundation.” With this energy, the longevity of our Living Art is very promising. These are my motivation for the President’s Vision Tour.”