2018 New Year greeting from the Australian Federation Chair
To all Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation members,
2017 was an eventful year with many positive steps forward and strengthened connections around the country. In February 2017, Victoria was officially recognised as Region 5 with five active dojangs, demonstrating strong growth in that part of Australia. We have seen members sitting testings at the Korea Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa and at the US Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa with Australia’s first ever Chil Dan candidate. The year also saw several members travel and train internationally, strengthening our international connections.
The TAC hosted a camp in Region 2 and introduced some of the necessary procedures for future Dan and Ko Dan Ja rank promotion to a younger, wider audience. This knowledge sharing contributes greatly to the professionalism of the Australian Federation. The event also saw the official introduction of the new TAC who took up their roles on 1st October 2017, and the establishment of the Hu Kyun In for the first time in Australia.
It is important we acknowledge the efforts past TAC members have put in, in order to create a strong foundation for the future of our organisation. Thank you to Glenn Sa Bom Nim, Broman Sa Bom Nim and Connor Sa Bom Nim for their dedication shown over their years as TAC members.
The annual international Youth Leadership Symposium was held in Korea during the Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa. This event continues to provide new information to invigorate the program here in Australia. Under the guidance of the TAC, the Australian Youth Leadership program will be greatly expanded in 2018, strengthening the next generation of our organisation. The TAC and Committee see this program as an opportunity for personal growth and development.
We are fortunate to be hosting SEALS in Melbourne this October. SEALS provides a fabulous opportunity to connect with members across Australia and directly with Kwan Jang Nim. Information regarding SEALS has been sent to all dojang in Australia to be shared with all members.
Please look at the 2018 dates of events held in your dojang, region and across Australia, and take these opportunities to be part of sharing and growing the art. Communicate and connect with others on all levels and make 2018 a wonderful Moo Duk Kwan year.
Yours in the Moo Duk Kwan
Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation