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Moo Duk Kwan Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa Preparation Seminar

1402919_465959200191903_1501104906_oSam Dans and above are eligible to attend the Technical Advisory Committee’s Moo Duk Kwan® Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa Preparation Seminar at the 2014 United States Soo Bahk Dop Moo Duk Kwan Federation® National Festival and Dan Leadership Convention.

If you are a Dan who has set a personal goal to achieve Ko Dan Ja rank in the future, then this is a great seminar to help you prepare for the seminal experience in your Soo Bahk Do® career which will be the annual Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa.

Check the 2014 Festival agenda for the date and time.



I Missed The Opportunity To Qualify To Attend The 2014 National Festival

Question: I am a Gup student and I missed the opportunity to bid or pledge for the National Festival and I am wondering if there is any way that I can still qualify to attend?

Answer: Yes, you still have another opportunity to attend the National Festival thanks to the leadership initiative of the members and supporters who demonstrated strong personal initiative and extended exceptional support for the 2014 National Festival Destination. (Listed below)

Each of them have been given five (5) invitations that they can give to whoever they want. Contact one of them listed below and perhaps you can still get an invitation to attend the Festival and that is all that’s required for you to qualify to attend in 2014.

You are invited

(If you bid or pledged and your name is not listed, please email headquarters@soobahkdo.com )

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More Teams Per Region Can Now Attend National Festival


Regions may now field more that one team in Regional Team Divisions at the National Festival.

  1. Regional Adult Sparring Team
  2. Regional Teen Sparring Team
  3. Regional Youth Sparring Team
  4. Regional Senior Hyung Team
  5. Regional Adult Hyung Team
  6. Regional Youth Hyung Team
  7. Additionally, the new Goodwill 3-person Teams (composed independently by individuals) allows any number of non-regional teams to be composed by any number of members from any mix of studios or regions, but 3 person teams are individual teams and not ” Regional Teams” which may be eligible for regional funding.

TAC will accommodate all Regional Teams present at the National Festival.

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Four Times As Many Kick-a-thon Prizes in 2014

Four Times As Many Prizes in 2014

The United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® Board of Directors has approved four (4) prize periods during 2014 with National level prizes being awarded at the close of each prize period.

You have multiple opportunities during 2014 to host or participate in a Moo Duk Kwan® Kick-a-thon when doing so best fits into your schedule.  And even if your studio’s schedule prevents one from being hosted, you can still compete for Studio prizes, Regional prizes and National prizes by activating your personal fundraiser online at www.mykickathon.org and raising funds that will count toward your prize totals at the end of each prize period.

Each prize calculation period will close promptly on the dates indicated.

Kick-a-thon proceeds received at Headquarters by, or postmarked by, the closing date will be counted toward prizes in the period during which they are received. For example, if you host, or participate in, a Kick-a-thon in March and the proceeds from that Kick-a-thon arrive at Headquarters in April, then they will be counted toward prizes in Qtr 2, not in Qtr 1 even though the Kick-a-thon occurred in Qtr 1. This policy will assure prompt recognition of participants, prompt calculation of prize winners and prompt delivery of prizes by NOT waiting on late submissions in order to close out prize calculations and fulfillment for a published prize period.


Airplane-Takeoff-256Studio National Grand Prize At Year End 2014

  • Year End Studio Grand Prize
    • Studio that raises the most over $2000
      • The Board has also added a Studio Grand Prize at year end and it will be awarded to the studio with the highest percentage of participating students and raising the most over $2000 by 12/31/2014, so if you want to host more than one Kick-a-thon you can help boost your studio’s chance to win.
      • The studio raising the most over $2000 during 2014 will win an expense paid trip to the 2015 National Festival that includes airfare, hotel, meals and entry fees for one.

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290 Questionnaires Mailed to 2014 Ko Da Ja Shim Sa Time Eligible Members

master_150x150Today, two hundred and ninety + (290+) time eligible members of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® were mailed a questionnaire to further determine their eligibility to test at the 2014 Moo Duk Kwan® Ko Dan J Shim Sa November 14-21, 2014 in Ramona California.

Responses are due by May 14th, 2014 from the 290 questionnaires mailed to 2014 Ko Dan J Shim Sa time eligible members.

After May 14th, the names of the members who respond will be submitted to their Regional Officials for recommendations, then the Technical Advisory Committee will distribute official invitations to qualified members who are recommended and approved to receive an invitation.

Dans and Gups can join in the excitement and the unique learning experience of the annual Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa by participating in the Moment With The Masters on the opening weekend of the annaul Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa week.

Follow the 2014 Ko Da Ja Shim Sa to learn more about the extraordinary training opportunities available at this unique Moo Duk Kwan® event.

2013 Moment With The Masters Participants

2013 Moment With The Masters Participants


Are you thinking about the day in the future when you might be one of the members receiving a questionnaire determining your eligibility to test for a master level rank? If so, then you may want to contemplate the personal actions you will need to take between now and then so that your answers will be favorable for the following questions:

2014 Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa Eligibility Questionnaire

Please answer all questions on separate page(s) and be sure to submit your personal instructor’s signed recommendation form before May 14th, 2014. Date: Name: Address: Mobile Number: Email: Dan Bon: Current Rank: Date Of Last Promotion:

Date Your Membership Expires: Your Institute Account User Name: Your Institute Affiliate ID: (if applicable)

  1. Please specify which Federation National Championships you have participated in over the last five years.
  2. Please list all donations you have made over the past five years to the Foundation, the Federation, or the National Moo Duk Kwan-a-thon fundraiser at the National Festival. (silent auction contributions, monetary donations, time, services, etc.)
  3. Please list all Federation Summer Camp or TAC Seminars you have attended in the last five years.
  4. Please list all Federation Regional Dan Testings at which you have assisted in the past five years. (Places and dates)
  5. Please give the names and dates of all Regional Tournaments or Regional Seminars that you have organized or assisted with.
  6. What other contributions have you made to your Region?
  7. What contributions have you made to Soo Bahk Do on the National Level?
  8. What contributions have you made to Soo Bahk Do on the International Level?
  9. Do you support the Federation as a “Member’s Organization” by teaching and encouraging parents and students to register all students promptly with the Federation?
  10. If you are a Certified Instructor operating a Certified Studio or a Certified Teaching Program, please list the exam dates for each of your Gup Test submissions to Headquarters over the past three years. If your records are incomplete you can request a report from Headquarters.
  11. If you are a Certified Instructor, have you ever received inquiries regarding your student’s rank testing submissions or registration of new members? (e.g. Failure to submit student rank testings or failure to register new students as members.) If yes, please explain.
  12. Please list any awards or special recognition you have received in or outside of the Moo Duk Kwan® or Soo Bahk Do® training.
  13. How many classes per week do you personally teach?
  14. Do you serve as Chief Instructor? Assistant Instructor? At what Certified Studio?
  15. How often do you train with your own instructor? Their name?
  16. How often have you trained at National Headquarters in the past five years?
  17. Why do you think you should be considered a Ko Dan Ja Candidate?
  18. If you are invited to test, would you prefer to test in Korea in October 2014 or in California, USA in November 14-21, 2014

“Individual participation is the Key Energy necessary to strengthen our foundation.” – HC Hwang, Kwan Jang Nim

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Seven Characteristics of a Moo Duk Kwan® Quality Soo Bahk Do® Practitioner

70th_Anniversary_Challenge_Chip_2_150x150What characteristics exemplify a Moo Duk Kwan® “quality practitioner”?

Certainly, producing practitioners with technical excellence is a proud distinction of the Moo Duk Kwan® and some may think of “quality” only in terms of technical performance, but there are so many other dimensions to becoming and being a Soo Bahk Do® practitioner, that viewing quality through only the narrow lens of technique is like trying to see all of our art through the peephole of a door.

The Kwan Jang Nim refers to ”quality of practitioners” in his Vision Objectives as being one of the two most important outcomes of the Federation’s activity. He goes on the define a quality practitioner as one who embodies and exemplifies our Moo Do values in their daily lives outside the dojang.


Charles Smith, Sa Bom Dan Bon 33141, R10 Elected Board Director, Lifetime Member

2009 Board Chairman, Charles Smith, Sa Bom Nim once requested a group of people to provide him with a one-word description of  how they perceived him.

His question prompted me to think about the NPVT work that supports and quantifies some attributes of Quality Practitioners as they correlate to the contextual meaning expressed in the President’s Vision Objectives and the Five Moo Do Values.

What are characteristics (or qualities) that you associate with a quality student practitioner, instructor, leader and/or Federation official?

The following thoughts are what I have come up with so far. I invite you to contemplate how you would express what “makes” a Moo Duk Kwan® quality Soo Bahk Do® practitioner and distinguishes them from other practitioners.

Seven Characteristics of a Moo Duk Kwan® Quality Soo Bahk Do® Practitioner

  1. Strives to achieve the technical expectations of proficiency expressed by the Kwan Jang Nim and TAC for practitioners
    1. takes pride in achieving Gup Rank Testing expectations
    2. takes pride in achieving Dan Rank Testing expectations
    3. takes pride in achieving Ko Dan Ja Rank Testing expectations
    4. takes pride in meeting and fulfilling Instructor Certification expectations
    5. takes pride in meeting and fulfilling Studio Certification expectations
  2. Demonstrates and supports a high moral and ethical standard of personal conduct that is appropriate and proper for a martial artist
    1. conscientiously adheres to the Federation’s membership code of conduct
    2. abides by the Federations Joint Board and TAC Administrative Policies
    3. respects and abides by the Federation’s Policy of non-discrimination and harassment at all times
    4. understands and abides by the terms of the Certified Instructor Letter of Understanding
    5. avoids unethical conduct at all times
    6. avoids conflicts of interest
    7. avoids creating or allowing any circumstances that could jeopardize one’s credibility or integrity as a martial artist representing  the Moo Duk Kwan® or the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system.
  3. Embraces and supports the spirit of the Founder’s Mission 2000 Objectives
    1. seeks understanding and takes personal actions intent upon improve human relationships
    2. has a keen understanding of the concept and precepts of Moo
    3. demonstrates embodiment of Moo in one’s daily life, ergo Moo Do
  4. Diligently displays key attributes of a martial artist as expressed by the Founder
    1. 8 Key Concepts
    2. courageous - possesses and exhibits the Yong Gi ~ brave energy necessary to speak up and/or standup for themselves, for others and for justice even in the face of adversity.
    3. 10 Articles of Faith on Mental Training
    4. self motivated - needs no external urging to take individual action
    5. composed - demonstrates Pyong Ahn ~ peaceful confidence and calm resoluteness, especially when confronted by adversity
    6. intent - demonstrates contemplation and thoughtfulness prior to speaking or taking action
    7. focused - demonstrates keen concentration ~ Chung Shin Tong Il before and while taking action
    8. * please post a COMMENT to add your characteristics or qualities to this incomplete list *
  5. Contemplates and embraces the essence of the Five Moo Do Values
    1. strives to exemplify the proper behavior of a true martial artist at all times
    2. conscientiously adheres to the Federation’s membership code of conduct
    3. respects and abides by the Federation’s Policy of non-discrimination and harassment at all times
  6. Comprehends and appreciates the intent of the President’s Vision Objectives
    1. initiates personal actions that demonstrate Vision Participation
    2. initiates Random Acts of Moo Do
    3. actively embodies and applies mission objectives and vision objectives in one’s daily life interactions with others
    4. engages in active advocacy of the Moo Duk Kwan® and the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system.
    5. seizes every opportunity to promote the public visibility of the Moo Duk Kwan® and the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system.
  7. Supports the Federation’s initiatives to assure the long-term preservation of the Moo Duk Kwan® and the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system
      1. appreciates and embraces the Concept of Unity, community and purpose
      2. believes in acting for the common good of the community
      3. has read and understands the Federation’s 501c4 Charter & Bylaws
      4. supports the Federation’s 501c4 Chartered Purposes
      5. understands, appreciates and respects the Intellectual property shared by the Hwang family
      6. engages in active advocacy of the Moo Duk Kwan® and the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system

Think about the characteristics you observe in others, that you admire, aspire to, are inspired by, that motivate, etc. and help the NPVT in their work by contributing your perspective to this list of Seven Characteristics of a Moo Duk Kwan® Quality Soo Bahk Do® Practitioner.

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