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Kang Family Are Newest Lifetime Members & Moo Duk Kwan® Preservationists

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John, Jenny, Alex, Christopher and Jackson Kang have joined as Lifetime Members of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation.  They have generously extended their strong financial support as Moo Duk Kwan® Preservationists and will be named along with all other Moo Duk Kwan® Preservationists in Founder Hwang Kee’s autobiography when it is published.
Kang Family left to right: Christopher, John, Jenny, Jackson , Alex

Kang Family left to right: Christopher, John, Jenny, Jackson , Alex

“We are very thankful to be practitioners of Soo Bahk Do®. It has been very beneficial for our family. We are especially thankful to the Kwon family for their support and encouragement to our family.”
– Jenny Kang

Congratulations go out to the Kang Family who are the Federation’s newest Lifetime Members & Moo Duk Kwan® Preservationists!

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.

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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.


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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.

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2016 New Year Greeting
by H.C. Hwang

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.

    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