4 September 1949 – 15 July 2021
It is with deep sadness that the Australian Federation wish to share the news of the passing of Jim Kehoe, Sa Bom Nim on Thursday 15 July 2021. Kehoe SBN passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family. He had been unwell after being diagnosed with cancer last year. Kehoe SBN is remembered by Kwan Jang Nim HC Hwang as ‘always displaying high spirits in whatever he was engaged with smiles’ and had developed many connections across the World Moo Duk Kwan Senior membership.
Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA, Edward James ‘Jim’ Kehoe SBN moved to Australia in 1977 for a three year contract with the University of New South Wales’ School of Psychology. While it was only supposed to be a short term move after being awarded his PhD, he ended up settling in Sydney with his family who had travelled with him.
Kehoe SBN began training in Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan in 1996 with Mr Dave Ryan at Sydney Soo Bahk Do. Other senior members also trained at the dojang during that time, including Derek Koina SBN and Mark Koina SBN, with whom Kehoe SBN formed a close and long-lasting bond.
In 2000, Kehoe SBN tested for his Cho Dan on the first night of a training event at the YMCA Camp Sturt, near Canberra in the ACT. He was subsequently awarded Cho Dan in the 110th Dan Classing, with Dan Bon 41678.
Yu Dan Ja
Kehoe SBN attained his Ee Dan in 2006 and tested for his Sam Dan in 2010 during the Region 3 Camp at Longbeach, NSW. Kehoe SBN continued to train, mostly on his own, in the parks and beaches near his home in Bondi, NSW. He maintained strong connections with the other members of Region 3 via regular trips to Canberra to attend the R3 Seniors Class (a journey of 600 kilometre round trip), and regular post training balcony breakfasts with planning, psychology and military history discussions at Glenn SBN’s residence. He devoted his energy to both the Region 3 Committee and the Australian Federation Committee.
Australian Federation Committee Secretary (2013 – 2015)
Region 3 Committee member
Ko Dan Ja
In November 2014, Kehoe SBN attended the US Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa in Ramona, California where he successfully created lasting connections with his peers as he attained his Sa Dan and Sa Bom Certification. His testing group included fellow Australians Matt Heal SBN and Mick Gillespie SBN.
Kehoe SBN committed himself to providing any assistance he could to support and develop the Sydney dojang. Kehoe SBN was instrumental in motivating many of the new students, a number of who have recently achieved their Cho Dan; something that he personally took great interest in and devoted a significant amount of time and energy toward. Ever-present in class, Kehoe SBN set a high standard of expectation for all practitioners by completing 70 burpees on his 70th birthday, which he celebrated with his Moo Do Family at the Sydney dojang.
As a Ko Dan Ja member Kehoe SBN held the following positions:
Australian Federation Committee Treasurer (2016 to 2021)
President of Region 3 (2015 to 2020)