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Moo Duk Kwan® School Proudly Remembers Eveline Moy Chin Dan Bon #47982

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Memorials, Moo Duk Kwan School | 0 comments


Eveline Moy Chin

 December 18, 1927 – May 3, 2015

Mrs. Chin's primary instructor has been Gene Riggs, Sa bom Nim, Dan Bon # 26263, since she entered the Moo Duk Kwan discipline in March of 2008, and received her 8th Gup in Sept of 2008.

Mrs. Chin was promoted to E Dan in 2014 under Dan Bon #47982.


Obituary for Eveline Moy Chin

Devoted wife, cherished mother, beloved grandmother and great-grandmother, Eveline Moy Chin, age 87, passed away in Marshall, TX on May 3, 2015. Eveline was born on December 18, 1927 in Boston, MA. She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas W. F. Chin; Her parents, Goon Ark and You Shee Moy; her siblings, Jean, William, Thomas and Ruth and one niece, Ruby. Eveline is survived by her children, Ronald D. Chin and his wife, Heather; Karen B. Chin and her husband, Steven Kelly; Gary D. Chin and his wife, Anne; and Laura C. Darrach and her husband, Gregg. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Meaghan Cain and her husband, Trevor; Joshua, Jessica, and Michael Darrach, Thomas and Emily Chin; her great-grandchildren, Tristin, Tre, Mya, Maci and Skyler; nieces and nephews, Madeleine, Charley, James, Claire, Beverly Ann, Stanley, Robert and her beloved 15 year old cat, Tandy. Eveline was an active member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, enjoyed Karate and recently earned her 2nd Degree Black Belt in November, 2014 at age 86. She loved to cook, bake, knit/crochet and spent many hours watching the cooking channels, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. A celebration of Eveline's life will be held on Friday evening at 6:00pm, May 8, 2015 at Hillcrest Baptist Church, Marshall, Texas with Bro. Scott Tagert officiating. She will be laid to rest at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA next to her husband. In lieu of flowers, please send donations “In Memory of Eveline M. Chin” to Healing Touch Worldwide Foundation at

Personal Message from Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang

Posted by on Oct 22, 2016 in 2016, Featured, H.C. Hwang | 0 comments

As many of you may know, the Kwan Jang Nim is constantly traveling around the world to spread the art of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan, to increase its visibility and to standardize the art and the World Moo Duk Kwan for everyone.   With the recent loss of our Charter Member and Hu Kyun In, Robert Shipley, III, Sa Bom Nim, the Kwan Jang Nim wanted to share his thoughts on this tremendous loss for the World Moo Duk Kwan.


Shipley Sa Bom Nim was a special friend of mine since I met him in 1965.
He spoke, wrote and understood the Korean culture more than native Koreans in some areas.  He is great part of our living history of the Art and loyal to the Moo Duk Kwan by his actions. He will be truly missed by children, young men and women, and all ages worldwide.”

Kwan Jang Nim H.C, Hwang on the left sitting with Shipley SBN (4825) on the right in Arosa Switzerland, 3.8.16, photo courtesy of Stephanie Spoerri, SBN.



Moo Duk Kwan® School Proudly Remembers Robert Shipley, III, Dan Bon #4825, Charter Member and Hu Kyun In

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Memorials | 0 comments

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Moo Duk Kwan Memorials

See a Memorial Tribute to Sa Bom Nim Shipley by the Swiss Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan, click on the link below, and many thanks to Urs Spoerri, Sa bom Nim.

Shipley SBN 2016 from Urs Spoerri on Vimeo.

We deeply regret the loss of Robert Shipley, III, Sa bom Nim, who passed away yesterday afternoon surrounding by his family and loved ones.  Announcement came from Camas Karate by Anna Oulashin, Sa bom Nim.


photo shipley sbn 1969

E Dan Yup Podo Cha Gi demonstration by Robet Shipley (4825) during 1969 in Hawaii, USA.

Robert Shipley, III was involved in the formation of the US SBDMDK Federation, and was a Charter Member of the Federation and appointed Hu Kyun In.


The Charter Convention at the Hilton Hotel in JFK, NY on June 28, 1975


The 1975 US Charter Convention clinic: Stand Rear; Robert Rondelli (17416), Psyche Smith (18143), Jame Lee (14317), Greg William (11695), Carl Jenkins (18983), Ron Savage (15879), Dennis Miller (18430), Peter Canciani (18911). Stand second row; CS Kim (2457), Paul Johnson (), Warren Adams (), Jeff Moonitz (17650), Andy Ahpo (10187), Joe Weeks (3596), Frank Bonsignore (15805), Arthur Pryor (), Benjamin Cortese (11689), Larry Seiberlich (1815), HC Hwang (509). The 3rd row seated; Robert Fernandes, Jr.,(17927), Holly Whitehouse (18943), Robert Fernandez, Sr. (14464), The founder, James Rushton (4130), Victor Martinov (10189), Fred Kenyon (14345), Young Ki Hong (9193). Bottom row seated; Joyce Keyes (19448), Russ Hanke (4137), Robert Beaudoin (5661), Ki Yul Yu (5311), Frank Trojanowiz (13333), Robert Shipley (4825).



Appointed Hu Kyun In in 2005.

Shipley Sa Bom Nim participating in the Swiss Summer Camp 2016

Swiss Summer Camp 2016



His beloved mountain, Piz Beverin. He even climbed it!!

Special thanks to James Pumarejo, Sa Bom Nim for the historical photos, and those who posted many of these photos on Facebook.


Moo Duk Kwan® School Proudly Remembers Frank Trojanowiz Dan Bon#13333

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Memorials, Moo Duk Kwan School | 0 comments


Frank Trojanowicz, 75, of South Scranton, died Saturday surrounded by his family after a brief illness. His wife of 51 years is the former Nancy Coolbaugh.

Born in Dickson City, son of the late Josephine Trojanowicz, Frank was a graduate of Dickson City High School. He was an Army veteran and an avid outdoorsman.

Frank began his instructional career in the early 1960s, teaching one of the first Korean (Tang Soo Do) karate classes in the Northeast at the local YMCA in downtown Scranton. From that point, he continued to plant the seeds of what would become a forest of well-known and highly respected students, master instructors and other grandmasters of karate. Several of these men and women would eventually become internationally famous for their martial art feats and abilities.

The 1975 US Charter Convention clinic: Stand Rear; Robert Rondelli (17416), Psyche Smith (18143), Jame Lee (14317), Greg William (11695), Carl Jenkins (18983), Ron Savage (15879), Dennis Miller (18430), Peter Canciani (18911). Stand second row; CS Kim (2457), Paul Johnson (), Warren Adams (), Jeff Moonitz (17650), Andy Ahpo (10187), Joe Weeks (3596), Frank Bonsignore (15805), Arthur Pryor (), Benjamin Cortese (11689), Larry Seiberlich (1815), HC Hwang (509). The 3rd row seated; Robert Fernandes, Jr.,(17927), Holly Whitehouse (18943), Robert Fernandez, Sr. (14464), The founder, James Rushton (4130), Victor Martinov (10189), Fred Kenyon (14345), Young Ki Hong (9193). Bottom row seated; Joyce Keyes (19448), Russ Hanke (4137), Robert Beaudoin (5661), Ki Yul Yu (5311), Frank Trojanowiz (13333), Robert Shipley (4825).

The 1975 US Charter Convention clinic: Stand Rear; Robert Rondelli (17416), Psyche Smith (18143), Jame Lee (14317), Greg William (11695), Carl Jenkins (18983), Ron Savage (15879), Dennis Miller (18430), Peter Canciani (18911). Stand second row; CS Kim (2457), Paul Johnson (), Warren Adams (), Jeff Moonitz (17650), Andy Ahpo (10187), Joe Weeks (3596), Frank Bonsignore (15805), Arthur Pryor (), Benjamin Cortese (11689), Larry Seiberlich (1815), HC Hwang (509). The 3rd row seated; Robert Fernandes, Jr.,(17927), Holly Whitehouse (18943), Robert Fernandez, Sr. (14464), The founder, James Rushton (4130), Victor Martinov (10189), Fred Kenyon (14345), Young Ki Hong (9193). Bottom row seated; Joyce Keyes (19448), Russ Hanke (4137), Robert Beaudoin (5661), Ki Yul Yu (5311), Frank Trojanowiz (13333), Robert Shipley (4825).

In those early years, the “Art of Karate” was mostly unheard of and hardly understood. As karate was slowly gaining recognition throughout the country in the mid-1960s and early 1970s, Frank Trojanowicz, as he was known then, was instrumental in introducing many Korean and American martial artists that would later become famous in their own right. He is listed in textbook encyclopedias of the original martial arts, among others, as being influential in the traditions and historical development of karate as an authentic pioneer in karate in North America. He was always unwilling to use his rank and status for self-promotion or public acclaim.

Before acquiring his grandmaster rank and status, he was respected and admired worldwide by those who knew him or had heard of him. He was first an officer and later president of the American Tang Soo Do Association in the 1960s. Later, a master instructor with the Korean Tang Soo Do Association in the 1970s, and after that a senior master instructor with what became known as the U.S. Tang Soo Do/Moo Duk Kwan Federation in the 1980s. In 1982, he became a charter member of the World Tang Soo Do Association. The predeceased legendary teacher of Chuck Norris once said that Frank Trojanowicz was the “best” technician he had ever taught.

Grandmaster Trojanowicz was deeply and sincerely a private man who did not seek attention or recognition for himself, but unselfishly cast light on others. In spite of many hardships, disappointments and discouraging setbacks, he never gave up or put anyone else down. Examples too numerous to mention give credit to his generous spirit in allowing others to be awarded for success and accomplishments that he had promoted or engineered himself. Even as he watched the growth of commercial and sport karate, and the proliferation of questionable ranks and promotions, he always stayed true to his practice of giving others the benefit of any doubt.

Having been affiliated with martial art associations, federations and associations throughout his life, he turned to enjoy a more independent practice for himself and his students in 1994 while maintaining his local, but still well-known Scranton Karate School, and continued to enjoy the respect and recognition of martial artists near and far.

Perhaps one of the most important things he will be remembered for among his family, friends and students is the exemplary manner in which he lived his entire life in the martial arts and abiding by the traditional codes and tenets of karate. He stood by these ideals in such a steadfast manner, that his most loyal and faithful students always appreciated his core authenticity even as it may have been misunderstood and undervalued by others.

Grandmaster Trojanowicz possessed the integrity, the perseverance, humility and an indomitable spirit that encouraged the heartfelt respect and loyal obedience to his authority that others continue to emulate in the Way of Karate.

The legacy of the Scranton Karate School will live on with the knowledge and guidance passed down to his granddaughter, Master Samantha Kenney.

Also surviving are four daughters, Rebecca Kenney and husband, Robert, Scranton; Sharon Bonning and companion, John Notchick, Simpson; Cindy Poland and husband, Howard, Philadelphia; and Carrie Trojanowicz, at home; a son, Frank Brian Trojanowicz, at home; six grandchildren, Justine and husband, Dustin; Sami, Kerstan, Sydney, Emily and Zachary; three great-grandchildren, Addyson, Richard and Dawson; two brothers, Anthony and Joseph Trojanowicz, and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, John; and two sisters, Regina Trojanowicz and Frances Trojanowicz.

Private funeral services to celebrate Frank's life will be from the Neil W. Regan Funeral Home Inc., 1900 Pittston Ave., Scranton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Speranza Animal Rescue, 1216 Brandt Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
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Moo Duk Kwan® School Proudly Remembers John J. Basso, Esq., Dan Bon #38982

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Memorials | 0 comments


John Joseph Basso, Esq., passed away peacefully at home on Sunday May 22, 2016, after a long illness surrounded by his wife and children. He was 63 years old.

John was married to Kathleen (Mueller) Basso of St. Louis, MO for 5 days shy of 33 years. John was a PROUD father to three adult sons Raphael John Basso, Luke Henry Basso, and Zachary Emmett Basso. He was a stand-in father to his nieces Corie, Elaina, Gina, and Chrissy, whom he thought of as daughters. He is survived by his brother Donato Basso, II, his sisters, Mary Caccese, Margaret (Peg) Basso, Jane Basso, nephew Donato Basso, III, niece Dina Basso, their husbands, wives, and children. He is also survived by his wife’s sister and four brothers, whom he thought of as his own along with dozens of nieces and nephews.

John’s Life had a wide-reaching impact on his community in multiple circles. As a prominent local attorney and 1982 graduate of Brooklyn Law School he was a perennial selection by his peers for New York Super Lawyers. He was well respected in all legal circles including the Judiciary and was beloved by his employees and scores of grateful clients. John hosted a local cable television show for many years called the “Law and Your Money,” where he interviewed many community leaders and drew attention to issues of local concern. He was a Past President of the Dutchess County Bar Association and was instrumental in many projects such as the first inaugural Ducthess County Law Day free legal clinic and the revitalization of the Dutchess County Courthouse. John served on the Arlington Central School District Board of Education for 6 years.

In addition to his very active professional life, John was Founder and President of Arlington-Lagrange Youth Lacrosse League. He coached lacrosse at Arlington High School at both the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels for over 10 years. John was a lifelong athlete himself, having been recognized in high school as a Varsity Captain and selected as an All New York City linebacker in football and Varsity Captain in lacrosse for Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. He was also a proud member of the 1972 Hobart College National Championship Lacrosse Team, which has been recognized as a “Team of Distinction.” He had a deep love of the “creator’s game,” which he continued to play well into his fifties and that he passed on to hundreds of children over the course of his lifetime. He was extremely proud of his role of coach both on and off the field.

John was a passionate New York Giants fan, an avid skier, black belt in Soo Bahk Do, and was an unquenchable student of history, especially that of the Civil War. He loved to travel, eat and drink, but most loved sharing his home with his family, many friends, and colleagues.

John was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 20, 1953 to Marjorie (Weber) Basso and Donato Basso, M.D.

Mr. Basso supported the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan® Federation and Region 2 by attending and supporting our National Championships, local region 2 tournaments as a competitor and mentor for three sons, Raphael, who also achieved his Black Belt Dan Level, his son Luke also achieved his Black Belt, and son Zac got 4th Gup Green Belt.  He will be missed by his friends at Baran's Soo Bahk Do.  Alex Baran, Sa bom Nim and Debbie Lindemann, Sa Bom Nim, are his proud instructors.

Moo Duk Kwan® School Proudly Remembers John J. Basso, Esq., Dan Bon #

John J. Basso , Esq., and his son, Raphael J. Basso, Esq.

Respectfully Submitted,

Roberto Bonefont, Sr., Region 2

Moo Duk Kwan® School Proudly Remembers Adam Cory Nadiak, Dan Bon #38450

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Memorials | 0 comments

This entry is part of 8 in the series Moo Duk Kwan Memorials


The World Moo Duk Kwan® School Proudly Remembers…

Adam Cory Nadiak, Dan Bon #38450



Adam Cory Nadiak of Greenfield Park, NY passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. He was 30 years old. Adam was born on June 4, 1985 in Harris, NY; he was the son of Samuel and Lisa (Poppo) Nadiak.

Adam served his country during the Afghanistan War as a Sergeant in the United States Army.

He had worked as an IT Security/Disaster Recovery Analyst with FlightSaftey International. Adam was a black belt in Karate; he enjoyed golf and sport shooting, and was so intelligent he could build a computer. He loved taking family vacations in Cape May with his mother, sister, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was committed to life-long relationships with anyone he befriended. “When Adam cared about you he cared about you deeply and forever.” He will be missed.

In addition to his parents Samuel and Lisa, Adam is survived by his sister Jillian Nadiak. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Joseph and Leona Poppo.

Visiting will be held on Friday, April 8th from 10 am to 12 pm at Loucks Funeral Home, 79 N. Main St., Ellenville. A Mass of Christian burial will immediately follow at St. Mary and St. Andrew’s Church, Ellenville.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Adam’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or online at

To send a personal condolence to Adam’s family please visit

Adam trained at the Ellenville Moo Duk Kwan Do Jang, Instructors Sa Bom Nim Cort Stinehour and Master Mary Kate Stinehour.

Moo Duk Kwan® School Proudly Remembers Master Felix Antonio Nichalson, Jr., Dan Bon 12204

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Memorials | 0 comments

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The World Moo Duk Kwan® School Proudly Remembers…

Felix A. Nichalson, Jr., Dan Bon 12204, Region 5 Dayton, Ohionicholson

Master Felix A. Nichalson, passed away on February 23, 2016.  He was 89 years old.  Master Nichalson overcame great odds at an early age.  Both of his parents passed away when he was only 11 years old.  He grew up in the “Great Depression.” Along with all of this he also battled the ethic racial problems that occurred during these troubling years.

Mr. Nichalson served in the United States Navy, he fought during World War II.  He was honorably discharged.  Master Nichalson's owned the first Tang Soo Do Do Jang in the Dayton Area.  His instructor was Master Robert A. Thompson, Dan Bon 1791.

Many words could be written, or said about Master Nichalson.  In retrospect though he was a gentle giant of a man that never talked down to anyone.  He always had a smile, and a kind word.

The last visit with Master Nichalson, Sa Bom Nim Genkowski and I visited him in the hospital .  He ordered me to throw a back fist.  He then proceeded to go into self defense.  All of this while he was in the Intensive Care Unit.  He taught up to the end.

Thank you,


John P Neace


2016 New Year Greeting
by H.C. Hwang

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in 70th Anniversary Info, H.C. Hwang, President's Vision Tour II, Trademark Enforcement | 0 comments

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.
    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.
    I invite you to join me in continuing our celebration of the 70th year of the Moo Duk Kwan® with our actions throughout 2016.
  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.
    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.
    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.
  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.

    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