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Moo Duk Kwan is the trademarked name of a martial art organization founded by Hwang Kee in Korea in 1945. Licensed Moo Duk Kwan schools teach Soo Bahk Do, formerly Tang Soo Do (and earlier 'Hwa Soo Do'). 'Moo Duk Kwan' translates as "School of Martial Virtue".
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Personal Message from Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang

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

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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.

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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.

 

 

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Moo Duk Kwan

Moo Duk Kwan is the trademarked name of a martial art organization founded by Hwang Kee in Korea in 1945. Licensed Moo Duk Kwan schools teach Soo Bahk Do, formerly Tang Soo Do (and earlier 'Hwa Soo Do'). 'Moo Duk Kwan' translates as "School of Martial Virtue".
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Moo Duk Kwan® School Proudly Remembers Robert Shipley, III, Sa Bom Nim, Dan Bon #4825, Charter Member and Hu Kyun In

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

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series Moo Duk Kwan Memorials
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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.

 

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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.

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

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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).

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Appointed Hu Kyun In in 2005.

Shipley Sa Bom Nim participating in the Swiss Summer Camp 2016

Swiss Summer Camp 2016

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REST IN PEACE SA BOM NIM

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.

 

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Moo Duk Kwan

Moo Duk Kwan is the trademarked name of a martial art organization founded by Hwang Kee in Korea in 1945. Licensed Moo Duk Kwan schools teach Soo Bahk Do, formerly Tang Soo Do (and earlier 'Hwa Soo Do'). 'Moo Duk Kwan' translates as "School of Martial Virtue".
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Moo Duk Kwan® School Proudly Remembers Master Frank Trojanowiz Dan Bon#13333, Charter Member

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

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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

Moo Duk Kwan is the trademarked name of a martial art organization founded by Hwang Kee in Korea in 1945. Licensed Moo Duk Kwan schools teach Soo Bahk Do, formerly Tang Soo Do (and earlier 'Hwa Soo Do'). 'Moo Duk Kwan' translates as "School of Martial Virtue".
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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

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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

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Moo Duk Kwan

Moo Duk Kwan is the trademarked name of a martial art organization founded by Hwang Kee in Korea in 1945. Licensed Moo Duk Kwan schools teach Soo Bahk Do, formerly Tang Soo Do (and earlier 'Hwa Soo Do'). 'Moo Duk Kwan' translates as "School of Martial Virtue".
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Moo Duk Kwan® School Proudly Remembers Adam Cory Nadiak, Dan Bon #38450

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

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The World Moo Duk Kwan® School Proudly Remembers…

Adam Cory Nadiak, Dan Bon #38450

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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 support.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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

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

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Moo Duk Kwan is the trademarked name of a martial art organization founded by Hwang Kee in Korea in 1945. Licensed Moo Duk Kwan schools teach Soo Bahk Do, formerly Tang Soo Do (and earlier 'Hwa Soo Do'). 'Moo Duk Kwan' translates as "School of Martial Virtue".
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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,

Sincerely,

John P Neace

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Moo Duk Kwan

Moo Duk Kwan is the trademarked name of a martial art organization founded by Hwang Kee in Korea in 1945. Licensed Moo Duk Kwan schools teach Soo Bahk Do, formerly Tang Soo Do (and earlier 'Hwa Soo Do'). 'Moo Duk Kwan' translates as "School of Martial Virtue".
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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

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

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    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

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Moo Duk Kwan is the trademarked name of a martial art organization founded by Hwang Kee in Korea in 1945. Licensed Moo Duk Kwan schools teach Soo Bahk Do, formerly Tang Soo Do (and earlier 'Hwa Soo Do'). 'Moo Duk Kwan' translates as "School of Martial Virtue".
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Wishing You a Wonderful, Happy and Safe Holiday Season! Soo Bahk!!

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Events, Featured, Front Page News | 0 comments

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From all of us, Happy Holidays!

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Moo Duk Kwan is the trademarked name of a martial art organization founded by Hwang Kee in Korea in 1945. Licensed Moo Duk Kwan schools teach Soo Bahk Do, formerly Tang Soo Do (and earlier 'Hwa Soo Do'). 'Moo Duk Kwan' translates as "School of Martial Virtue".
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Kee Hwang, Moo Duk Kwan® Founder, Part 2
1950-1959

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in 1950, 1950's, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1953-1961, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, Hwang Kee, Moo Duk Kwan Founder, Moo Duk Kwan School | 0 comments

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Kee Hwang, Moo Duk Kwan® Founder, Part 2 (1950's) in a series of timelines about his life and the history of his Moo Duk Kwan® martial art school.  Click on the hyperlinks to see historic photos in the history of the Moo Duk Kwan®

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Hwang Kee Moo Duk Kwan® Martial Art School Founder and

Soo Bahk Do® (Tang Soo Do) martial art system creator

1959 Moo Duk Kwan Fist Logo Trademark

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1950's

1950, June 25th, Korean war begins and suspends teaching for seventeen months photo courtesy of http://remembrance2010.indev.com.au/#p=media/15/Korean-War

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  • 1950 July: Hwang Kee's family relocates to Seok Got Ri. (a village located in the town of Jang Dan Myun, which he was born, to be with family and relatives during these uncertain times)
  • 1950 July: Hwang family's one year old child dies, from the difficult times and conditions
  • 1950: North Koreans begins to investigate the loyalty of employees of the Ministry of Transportation.
  • 1950: Arrested a second time by Communist Party and North Korean military (after all employees are asked to write a biography describing their history, employment, political beliefs and loyalties). He fled to his fathers relative in Seoul, to escape, but was found, arrested, then released, then followed by party officials, and escaped using his martial arts skills, and fled to a cousins home in Tchang Sin Dong, Dong Dae Mun Ku, Seoul.
  • 1950 September: General MacArthur's forces move into Seoul, Hwang Kee returns home
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  • 1950: Returns to work at the Ministry of Transportation, and is arrested a third time and tortured in another unsuccessful attempt to make him confess, after a Mr. Kim, found evidence the North Koreans had forced him to write.
  • 1951 January 4th to the January 4th: Hwang Kee and family flees on foot and railroad 146 miles southeast to Dae Gu. It was due Retreat by the North Korea and Chinese attack forces.
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  • 1951 June: Arrested a fourth time and accused of sympathizing with North Koreans, he resisted and was severely beaten, tortured by hanging upside down, water boarding, then trying to force him to confess. As he was lead one day by a guard with a rifle and given a blanket (use to wrap dead bodies), he was convinced that he was to be shot, the guard said he forgot something and they returned to torture him more. Thinking his family would be shot also if he did not confess, he signed a confession. His family was working to free him , and had a relative (Hwang Jin Young, Hwang Kee's older brothers son, who was a prosecutor and carried a high level of authority, and powerful government position) after seeing him demanded his release, and commanded the police to apologize and rewrite their report and repudiate the confession.
  • 1951 October: Hwang Family relocates to Pusan, taught Tang Soo (Hwa Soo) Do at the Cho Ryang Station.
  • 1951: Established temporary Moo Duk Kwan Headquarters in Cho Ryang-Dong, Pusan
  • 1952 April, Began teaching at the Police Academy in Pusan
  • 1952, October, Began instruction at the Ministry of Defense in Pusan
  • 1953 September, Returned to Seoul to re-establish Moo Duk Kwan Headquarters after Korean War ends.
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The interior of Bruce house – General William K. Harrison (left) and General Nam II (right) sign the armistice agreement which brought the Korean War to a close in Panmunjom on July 27, 1953. (AP Photo) # Photo courtesy of Boston.com

  • 1953, Established Korean Tang Soo Do Association, presiding as Chairman

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  • 1953 November, Established Tang Soo Do studios in middle and high schools throughout Korea

  • 1953 December, Applied to join Korean Athletic Association
  • 1954 April, Established Tang Soo Do studio in Mapo Correctional Facility
  • 1954 July, Attempted to unify Korean Tang Soo Do Association and Korean Kong Soo Do Association (Chong Do Kwan, Jido Kwan, Chang Moo Kwan, Song Moo Kwan
  • 1955 May, Grand Opening of headquarters (43-1 Dong Ja-Dong, Choong Gu, Seoul)
  • 1955 July, Established the following provincial Moo Duk Kwan branches:
    • 1) Seoul: Tchang Young Chung (#15), Se Joon Oh (#26), Seong Heon Chung (#28), Poong Tcheon Kim (#17), Hee Seok Choi (#5), Kang Ik Lee (#19),
    • 2) Kyung Ki Do: In Seok Kim (#12), Yong Ha Park (#21), 
    • 3) Gang Won,
    • 4) Kyung Buk: Jong Soo Hong (#10),
    • 5) Kyung Nam: Eok Tcheon Lee (#49), 
    • 6)Chun Nam,
    • 7) Choong Buk: Sam Hyun Nam (#4), Myong Soon Lim (#20).

After Jeom Tchon Branch members's demonstration on September 28, 1959.

Dan Shim Sa at the Kyung Ki Province Region held at O San Dojang on April 12, 1959.

Members from the Kwei San Branch Dojang during 1961. Cha, Soo Yong (269) was Sa Bom.

  • 1955 August, Ministry of Education prohibits teaching Tang Soo Do in middle and high schools throughout Korea
  • 1955 August, Established Tang Soo Do studio in Seo Dae Moon Correctional Facility
  • 1955 August, Established Tang Soo Do studio at Korean Air Force Headquarters. Young Tae Han (#37) was appointed as an Instructor.
  • 1955 October 30th: Organized and chaired first International Goodwill Demonstration between Korea and China, at Si Gong Kwan (City Public Hall)
  • 1956: Retires from Ministry of Transportation to focus fulltime on development of the Moo Duk Kwan
  • 1956 March, Begins teaching at Korean Air Force Academy.
  • 1956 March, Dispatched instructors to the following bases: Soo Won: Young Seok Kim(#32), Sa Chun: Myung Kyu Kang (#59), Dae Gu: Sang Seop Ji (#39), and Dae Jun Air Force Academy

Narration below by H.C. Hwang Kwan Jang Nim:  Photo taken during the Dan Shim Sa at Ma Po bridge dojang in Seoul, Hwang Kee, Kwan Jang Nim is seated in the center is scoring the Shim Sa.

Dan Shim Sa at the Ma Po dojang

  • 1956 May,Begins instructing at Korean Navel Academy. Jin Tae Hwang (#11) was appointed as an Instructor.
  • 1956 June, Established Tang Soo Do studio at Korean Navel Headquarters. Young Taek Kim was appointed (#526)
  • 1956 June, Established Tang Soo Do studio at In Ha Engineering University. Young Ha Park (#21)

The Founder with Dans from the Kyung Nam Provice Region on May 4, 1958.

  • 1956 October, Established Tang Soo Do at Korean Military Police Headquarters
  • 1956 October, Established Tang Soo Do at Army Printing Corps
  • 1956 November, Established Tang Soo Do at the R.O.K. 2nd Army
  • 1957: Introduced to the Moo Yei Do Bo Tong Ji, at Seoul National Library, by Professor Na Hyun Seong of the Seoul National University
  • 1957 Dale Drouillard (#757) becomes 1st American serviceman to achieve Dan under Hwang Kee
Dale Drouillard, first American to receive a Dan Bon in the Moo Duk Kwan.

Dale Drouillard, first American to receive a Dan Bon in the Moo Duk Kwan.

Newspaper Article on Dale Drouillard

Newspaper Article on Dale Drouillard

  • Col Butterwick below Jumping Front Kick, a photo he sent to Hwang Kee Kwan Jang Nim in appreciation.
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Col John Butterwick #2277

  • 1957 May 18th, Taught at Seoul Technical High School
  • 1957 May, Established Tang Soo Do studio at Korean Marine Corps. Soo Yong Cha (#269)
  • 1957 July, Established Tang Soo Do at Han Yang University in Seoul. Hee Seok Choi (#5)
  • 1957 September, Established Tang Soo Do at the U.S. 8th Army in Young San. Cho Hwan (#80), Sang Kyu Shim (#180)

MDK demonstration at Pu San branch.

Moo Duk Kwan members from the O San Air Force Base. Shin, Jae Chul SB (698) and Robert Thompson SB (1791) are seen with Hwang Kee KJN.

Shim, Sang Kyu SB (180), his early days in teaching Tang Soo Do in USA during 1961.

  • 1958 July, Authored second Tang Soo Do self-defense textbook (Tang Soo Do Bo Sin Bop)
  • 1958 November 30th: International Goodwill Demonstration with Korea, China and USA, Seoul, Korea
  • 1959 May, Established Tang Soo Do studio in Seoul Agricultural University in Soo Won. Young Hwan Lee (#147)
  • 1959 July, Established Tang Soo Do studio in Koryo University, Seoul. Jin Gil Kim (#99).
  • 1959 October, Established Tang Soo Do studio at Air Force University. Nak Eon Baek (#194).
  • 1959: Mariano Estioko (#759) becomes second American to achieve Dan under Hwang Kee

The first modern martial art book published in Korea. The cover of Hwa Soo Do Kyo Bon. Printed on May 25, 1949 Published on May 30, 1949

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Audio narration by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang: Photo taken during the ceremony of Goodwill Moo Do demonstration among Korea, China and USA, this was held at the city hall in Seoul during 1950.

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Audio narration by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang: Hwang Kee, Kwan Jang Nim, with Lee Chun Yun Sa Bom at Kimpo International Airport in Korea during late 1960s.

Video of Moo Do Kyo Pa Demonstration in Korea, year unknown. (Videos courtesy of YouTube and photos of Dale Drouillard, courtesy of Internet site on Dale Drouillard.)

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Narration by H.C. Hwang, Kwan Jang Nim: photo taken after Grand Opening of Moo Duk Kwan branch do jang in Chu Nan province on Jan 31, 1960, Hwang Kee, Kwan Jang Nim is the 3rd from the right in the first row.

Moo Duk Kwan

Moo Duk Kwan

Moo Duk Kwan is the trademarked name of a martial art organization founded by Hwang Kee in Korea in 1945. Licensed Moo Duk Kwan schools teach Soo Bahk Do, formerly Tang Soo Do (and earlier 'Hwa Soo Do'). 'Moo Duk Kwan' translates as "School of Martial Virtue".
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The World Moo Duk Kwan® Proudly Remembers Master Jack Helfgott, Dan Bon #26104

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Black-Ribbon3The World Moo Duk Kwan® School Proudly Remembers Master Jack Helfgott, Dan Bon #26104

Jack Helfgott, Age 63, resided in Edison, New Jersey, 02/22/1952 – 11/1/2015, Moo Duk Kwan Master, Dan Bon #26104

Master Helfgott, known among the Career and Technical Education for his dedication to teaching the Video and editing arts, had a extensive career in education.  He completed his Master of Education degree at Seton Hall University, in Educational/Instructional Technology, received his Bachelor of Arts in Education at The George Washington University, and attended Wagner College.   He attained Sa Dan (4th degree) ranking in the art of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan, while attending Hwang Karate in Springfield, NJ, he started training in 1980 until his passing.

Many of his extended Moo Duk Kwan family know him from his excellent video productions that he helped direct, edit and produce for the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation; many can be seen on the Soo Bahk Do Institute.

Here are some his recent accomplishments:

Supervisor Career and Technical Education

Newark Public Schools

(2 years) Office instructional staff development

Supervised School to Career programs in Public School
School to Careers Department

In Memorium – 

“I am very sorry to learn Master Helfgott's passing. I have many good memories with him and his family.”

With great sorrow,

HC Hwang  &  family

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Master Jack Helfgott standing directly center behind Kwan Jang Nim.

 

Master Jack Helfgott and his wonderful family.  (Photo courtesy of Helfgott family)

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Master Jack Helfgott, 2nd from the left, standing with Springfield dojang Master instructors, Sa bom Nim Orella, far left, Sa bom Nim Bonsignore in the center and Sa bom Nim Murray on the far right.

More photos of Master Jack Helfgott and his family and photos of his Moo Duk Kwan family (photos courtesy of his facebook page and Peter Murray’s facebook pages)

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Moo Duk Kwan

Moo Duk Kwan

Moo Duk Kwan is the trademarked name of a martial art organization founded by Hwang Kee in Korea in 1945. Licensed Moo Duk Kwan schools teach Soo Bahk Do, formerly Tang Soo Do (and earlier 'Hwa Soo Do'). 'Moo Duk Kwan' translates as "School of Martial Virtue".
Moo Duk Kwan
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