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Moo Duk Kwan® Certified Instructors Combat Bullying Everyday
What have you done to help stop bullying today?

Japanese Occupation of Korea

Japanese Occupation of Korea

History reveals time and time again how entire countries have been overrun and the populace then bullied – often to death – by those who breached their borders.

Hwang Kee

Hwang Kee

In fact, the Moo Duk Kwan® martial art organization founded in 1945 by Hwang Kee in South Korea sprung from just such circumstances and is celebrating its 70th year Anniversary throughout 2016.

The unfortunate events that unfolded in those overrun countries may have been different had more of the population been equipped to confront and diffuse bullying behavior before it transformed into war, societal oppression and even genocide.

Today in America bullying has become an epidemic in our society and we see more and more evidence of parents, schools, universities, churches, governments, etc. adopting policies they hope will minimize bullying behavior.

iStock_000023492726_Full-1600x1060-loUnfortunately, policies are no better than those who have the ability and courage – or lack thereof – to enforce them and those charged to prevent bullying cannot do so if they are not present to witness and intervene in bullying incidents.

When victims succumb to bullying behavior because they feel they have no other recourse, the bully inflicts a feeling of helplessness and shame upon the victim and often infects the victim with a feeling of cowardice; a stigma that the victim many carry with them their entire life.

Where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.
~ Mohandas Gandhi

The bottom line is that bullies are most effectively stopped by the intended victim.

iStock_000018403414_Full-1600x1067-loWhen a victim is able to effectively diffuse, or if necessary, defend against bullying behavior rather than passively submitting to it or allowing it to continue and even escalate, then the bully can be defeated.

iStock_000023503347_Full-1600x1800-loWhile it is often true that unfortunate circumstances in the life of a bully are factors that drive the bully to engage in their errant behavior toward others, those circumstances in one person’s life do not justify their infringement upon another’s life.

In some cases the bully may even be a person in a position of authority or trust who abuses the power of their position. Bosses, co-workers, teachers, coaches, clergy and others can be adult bullies who take advantage of those entrusted to their supervision or care.

A warrior may choose pacifism; others are condemned to it.
~ Author unknown

What can be done to prevent bullying?

Many schools of thought exist about how to address the root causes of bullying, but unfortunately the scope of many of those well-intended solutions seek institutional change or societal change over years or decades and provide little or no help for those who are currently being bullied and who will be bullied tomorrow and the days thereafter.

keep_child_safe_600x1406_smHowever, there is a pragmatic solution available today in the form of the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system available in more than 130 locations across the country.

The Soo Bahk Do® martial art is ideal for anyone who wants to learn superior conflict resolution skills or personal self defense skills or just be more prepared should a bully or assailant come unexpectedly into their life or the life of someone they care about. Soo Bahk Do® is equally suited for individuals of all ages with any and all physical capabilities or disabilities.

Certainly, understanding bully behavior and factors that drive it – or deter it – can help provide one with a strategic advantage by helping one to be educated and mentally equipped to deal with a bullying encounter and/or the bully.

“Know the smallest things and the biggest things, the shallowest things and the deepest things. As if it were a straight road mapped out on the ground … These things cannot be explained in detail. From one thing, know ten thousand things. When you attain the Way of strategy there will not be one thing you cannot see. You must study hard.” The Book of Five Rings
~Miyamoto Musashi

For those interested in reading and learning more about bullying, the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® wiki provides links to some excellent educational resources about bullying. Today another one has been added from Learn Psychology at the request of Dominic Silva-Martin, Chief Communications Officer of
Learn Psychology who states:

“Highlights of this guide include:

– Extensive resources to help those dealing with a bully, as well as resources that school administrators can utilize
– Expert advice from Jonathan Fast, author of “Beyond Bullying: Ending the Cycle of Bullying, Shame and Violence
– Specific bullying prevention strategies

We can’t stop bullying from happening, but we can spread awareness and share resources for those dealing with a bully.”

Moo Duk Kwan® certified instructors embrace strong core values and a philosophy that guides their instruction of the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system for the benefit of students of all ages. Surprisingly, physical prowess is often not the most needed skill to effectively diffuse bullying encounters or to stop a bully in their tracks; however, knowledge of effective self defense skills and the ability to apply them are definitely a critical secondary line of defense should other conflict resolution strategies fail.

Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit softly.
~ Theodore Roosevelt

I invite you to add your support to the efforts of Moo Duk Kwan® Certified Instructors who combat bullying everyday in our society and to explore the benefits currently being enjoyed by thousands of Soo Bahk Do® practitioners of all ages across the country by contacting a Moo Duk Kwan® Certified Instructor near you.

Summon your courage, your brave energy, your yong gi and refuse to tolerate bullying behavior.

Do our society a favor and take a stand against bullying when any opportunity to do so presents itself to you.

Disneyland Tickets Discounted For Moo Duk Kwan® Group
Discounted Tickets Valid 06/25/2016 to 07/06/2016

The United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® has made special arrangements for members who are registered to attend the 2016 National Festival to receive discounted ticket pricing for Disneyland® which is only two miles from the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Hotel where the festival is hosted.

REGISTER  OR  LOG IN TO THIS SITE  to access these special ticket prices which are not available to the public or once you arrive at the Resort.

The Disneyland ticket store closes at 9:00 PM PST on Monday, June 27, 2016.

Don’t delay!  Prices are subject to change without notice.

These specially priced tickets are intended only for guests that are participating in this Event. Only the registered attendee is allowed to purchase tickets from this discounted ticket store link and may purchase up to 6 tickets maximum.

Disneyland reserves the right to contact the ticket purchaser to request event registration confirmation.

If it is discovered that the purchaser of the ticket is not participating or attending this event, then the ticket order will be considered a misuse of this offer and ticket, and the ticket(s) will be blocked and will not be eligible for a refund.

In addition these discounted tickets cannot be purchased for the purpose of being resold.

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2016 National Festival Poster
Design by Kyo Sa Nim Tim Rupert

Download and print one today!

18 x 24 or 8.5 x 11 Design by Kyo Sa Nim Tim Rupert

Region 9 members are excited to host you during your attendance of the 2016 National Festival only two miles from Disneyland park.

Be sure to reserve a hotel room before the low rates for the Soo Bahk Do® group block are all filled.

2016 will be the first year that Dan members can register to participate in Moo Do Sparring divisions in addition to traditional point sparring divisions and hyung divisions.

Early registration opens soon. 

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2016 National Festival Airfares
Major airports near Anaheim, California

Members have reported finding some bargain 2016 National Festival airfares to Anaheim, California June 30 to July 2nd, 2016, so you might want to do a bit of research with your favorite online travel sites to see if you can score a great deal!

airplane-takeoff-256Major airports near Anaheim, California:

These are some of your options about where you might fly in:

  1. The nearest major airport is John Wayne Airport (SNA / KSNA). This airport has international and domestic flights from Santa Ana, California and is 14 miles from the center of Anaheim, CA.
  2. Another major airport is Long Beach Airport (LGB / KLGB), which has domestic flights from Long Beach, California and is 25 miles from Anaheim, CA.
  3. LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT / KONT) has international and domestic flights from Ontario, California and is 31 miles from Anaheim, CA.
  4. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX / KLAX) has international and domestic flights from Los Angeles, California and is 34 miles from Anaheim, CA.
  5. Bob Hope Airport (BUR / KBUR) has domestic flights from Burbank, California and is 41 miles from Anaheim, CA.

Attractions Near The Festival Site:

Click image for Disneyland map onlineA few good reasons to arrive early and/or stay over! :)

 

Disneyland Group Discount Tickets

Group discounts on Disneyland tickets, so you can have even more fun while at the Festival!

  • forthcoming

 

Anaheim Resort Map:

The group block of rooms at discounted rates is filling up fast. 

  • Make your reservation now to assure you get the discounted group rate at the Festival Hotel when you tell them you’re with the Soo Bahk Do® National Festival.
  • A map of the Festival hotel’s proximity to things in the area:

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Festival Registration: