ANC21 wrap-up

ANC21, the Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation’s National Virtual Camp, was held on the 11th of September 2021.

States on the Eastern seaboard were in lockdown while Region 1 gathered in the Darwin Botanic Gardens and Region 2 members gathered in Albany, WA. The event was attended by members from every Do Jang in the country, as well as members joining from Japan, Nicaragua and the Philippines.

Our theme of “Strengthening Our Connections” was clearly evident throughout the day. Kwan Jang Nim HC Hwang recorded a message for our opening ceremony, speaking in support of our efforts to strengthen connections within our organisation and our training, and expressing appreciation for the modern technology that has enabled members to continue to participate in our art during the pandemic.

Australia’s Designee to the World Moo Duk Kwan, Kriton Glenn SBN, opened our event with a positive message to all the members present and emphasised our connection to Kwan Jang Nim HC Hwang and World Moo Duk Kwan. Newly appointed Senior Advisory Committee member, William Johns SBN, introduced the physical aspect of our first session and the emphasis of the day, Moo Pahl Dan Khum, connecting us back to our Chang Shi Ja Nim (Founder) Hwang Kee. The Technical Advisory Committee (Mark Koina SBN and Kim Wyles SBN) and TAC assistants (PJ Steyer SBN and Lauren Andersson SBN) then took us through a series of seminars on the connections of our practice to the Moo Pahl Dan Khum, starting with Gi Cho (basics) in seminar 1, partner work in seminar 2 and finishing out the day with Hyung in seminar 3. SAC member Michael Austin SBN led the final run through of the Moo Pahl Dan Khum for the day.

Two theory webinars, “Creating a home-based training program” and “Health and wellness benefits of Moo Pahl Dan Khum”, were also presented during the day. Those who attended the children’s seminar, “Haengju Do: The Way of The Tea Towel” will remember the creativity, connection, and fun experience shared by Joe Parry KBN.

The TAC would like to thank all those involved in making this event successful, including the members who organised each Region’s online or in-person events, documenting the many faces of the event by taking photos, and especially the family members who supported us and are always a vital part of any event.

Australian TAC

Vale: Jim Kehoe, Sa Bom Nim (Sa Dan, Dan Bon 41678)

Jim Kehoe SBN4 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. 


Early Days

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)


Outside of the Moo Duk Kwan

While we know Kehoe SBN as a martial artist, his training was only one aspect of his life. First and foremost he was a family man, with a son and daughter that were clearly the most important people in his life, and anyone who has met them knows this all too well. Kehoe SBN was a true friend to many, and always found time to support those in his life, treating all as equally important, and was always available as a shoulder to lean on in times of need and to celebrate in times of joy. He always had time for conversations, or to catch up for a meal or a drink, and often invited people into his home to share his time and love. Of note while attending college (University) he was a formidable varsity wrestler, evidenced clearly for those who were his partner for ground work.

Kehoe SBN remained at the University NSW, becoming a Professor of Psychology in 1994. He specialised in learning behaviour which proved beneficial to his martial arts pursuits. His study included research into the benefits of the traditional teaching methods of martial arts with one of his many students. He would happily spend hours discussing the transition from student to peer/colleague, seeing analogies to the growth of members within the Moo Duk Kwan. In 2019, Kehoe SBN wrote an article on learning behaviours, to be considered for inclusion in revised Certified Instructor Programs offered throughout the Moo Duk Kwan.

In his later years, Kehoe SBN joined the Australian Army Reserves. On commissioning, he was appointed the rank of Major, reflecting the level of expertise and specialist knowledge he was bringing to the role. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in January 2011, and retired from the Army in October 2020. Much of his work was with new recruits, utilising his knowledge as a Professor of Psychology to help them understand how to identify PTSD early and what steps to take next. Kehoe SBN also worked with elite specialist forces units, and was one of the rare people sufficiently trusted to be allowed into their inner sanctum. 

Kehoe SBN travelled extensively throughout his life, giving him the opportunity to train and make connections with many international Moo Duk Kwan members. Some of his highlights included practicing Soo Bahk Do on the ice in Antarctica and training while onboard a cruise to see the Northern Lights. Kehoe SBN was keen to explore the world and see many of the more remote places that were a little ‘off the track’. His passion for people was inspirational, and we will certainly miss his presence, his annual personal reports and informed discussions on geopolitics.

Kehoe SBN is survived by his partner Jude and his adult children Thomas and Emily.

2021 New Year greeting from the Australian Federation Chair

To all Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation members,

We have been through an interesting year that has led to huge changes in our daily lives. New opportunities arose that enabled us to connect in these difficult times, through Zoom. Strengthening our connections nationally for the benefit of all members. Some members embraced these opportunities and should feel proud of their efforts. These opportunities were facilitated by the “COVID-19 Response Team” who spent hours determining how to navigate the current health crisis. The COVID-19 Response Team were supported by instructors across the country who provided regular online classes to all members.

Opportunities arose to train with international members via Zoom, forging stronger connections across the globe. Those who embraced these opportunities received instruction from senior members worldwide; opportunities seldom available in Australia let alone in our own homes.

World Moo Duk Kwan hosted the 75th Anniversary celebrations with a range of virtual seminars that saw attendance from across Australia and globally. This was another great opportunity to strengthen connections and to train with some incredible instructors from around the world.

As a result of COVID-19 all Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa were cancelled in 2020. The Australian TAC are currently preparing candidates for 2021 events and hope to see Australia well represented.

Please take a look at the 2021 dates for events due to be held in your Do Jang, Region and across Australia and be part of sharing and growing the Art. Communicate and connect with others on all levels and make 2021 a wonderful Moo Duk Kwan year. Train hard and look after your fellow members.

Yours in the Moo Duk Kwan,

Derek Koina
Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation


End of Year message from the Australian Designee

As we prepare for the end of year break I wanted to reach out to the Australian WMDK membership and to each of you say thank you for organising your lives as you continue your pursuit of our art.

This was no ordinary year, and there will be significant impacts for some time, yet you have maintained a link, reflected, and taken action by adopting and embracing new ways to connect. Regardless of your rank, from 9th gup to senior Ko Dan Ja whenever you take action, you inspire your peers, your teachers and the seniors of our art. So thank you.

While navigating the disruption, there has been a range of new training options many of you have used, this has required herculean efforts by your Do Jang leaders and TAC.  The TAC are to be commended for this commitment particularly with the finalising of grading requirements. Do Jang operators have shown tenacity and steadfastness – In Neh on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. All have suffered financial hardship and spent many late nights figuring out how to maintain an effective rhythm to provide the membership a path to continue the Soo Bahk Do education. And our art continues, directly because of their dedication, and they deserve our thanks.

The ASBDMDK Federation and its office bearers have maintained their efforts providing a structure where our art is safely administered. The Youth program has lots of energetic bursts of growth and has its eyes on the horizon as we chart new situations. The foundation and direction encourages confidence in the future.

The 75th celebration was very successful due to powerful efforts by a tight band of operators including key Australian personnel. Australia’s direct involvement in the 75th event provided a high level of professionalism and continuity. When ever you have the opportunity please keep the connections with those you engaged with and keep a ‘Oneness’ and a living link with the members throughout the world.

As the Australian Designee there has been regular engagement with Senior MDK members supporting the future direction and development of our art. Additionally, ongoing coordination as the Chairperson of the WMDK Symposium and now weekly contributions as the Chairperson of the newly formed Sa Jei Ji Gahn committee as it actively supports the worldwide membership.

So all of this activity, knowing the commitment of our Do Jang operators and the strength of our administration, the productive knowledgeable TAC, the energetic youth program please have confidence in the longevity as we are guided along the path of our ancient art.  As we share time with our loved ones and friends over the summer break remember we will all be here in 2021.

Your seniors will be putting on our Do Boks and turning up early to the Do Jangs whether they be in our garages, community/school halls or dedicated facilities. Our art connects us.


A big merry Christmas and a wonderful new year to all of you and your families.


Kriton Glenn

Australian Designee

2020 New Year greeting from the Australian Federation Chair

To all Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation members,

We have seen members sitting testings at the Korea Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa.  The year also saw several members travel and train internationally strengthening connections worldwide.

The TAC facilitated the Australian National camp in Berry, with 55 members attending receiving instruction from the Ko Da Ja in Attendance. We would like to thank TAC, the Camp organising committee and the Instructors for the effort they have put in to host an amazing event that included opportunities for growth in the Youth Leadership program. The Australian National camp is set to become a feature with the next one planned for 2021.

The international Youth Leadership Symposium occurred in Korea during the Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa providing new information to invigorate the program in Australia with the support of the TAC and the Australian Federation we look forward to this growing and ensure the future of our organisation. The TAC and Committee see this program as an opportunity for personal growth and development. Australia was proudly represented by Master Stephen LeHars.

World Moo Duk Kwan has announced the 75th-anniversary dates (26th-28th of October) with the Korea Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa immediately prior to this (20th to 26th October). This is a great opportunity to strengthen connects, to forge new connections or to reconnect with those you haven’t seen for a while.

World Moo Duk Kwan has also announced the “Heritage Program” with more information available from the seniors. This program is new and exciting opening more opportunities for our membership.

Please look at the 2020 dates of events held in your Do Jang, Region and across Australia and be part of sharing and growing the art. Communicate and connect with others on all levels and make 2020 a wonderful MDK year.

Yours in the Moo Duk Kwan

Derek Koina
Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation

2019 New Year greeting from the Australian Federation Chair

To all Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation members,

Over the last 12 months we have seen Australian members attend testings at both the Korean and US Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa, and Australia’s first ever Chil Dan (7th Dan) certificate was awarded. 2018 also saw several members travel and train internationally, strengthening our international connections.

The TAC facilitated the South East Asian Leadership Seminar (SEALS) held in Region 5. The more than 60 members attending received instruction directly from Kwan Jang Nim HC Hwang. We would like to thank Region 5, the SEALS organising committee and the TAC for the effort they put in to host an amazing event.

The 3rd World Moo Duk Kwan Youth Leadership Symposium occurred in Korea in October, during the Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa. This international event provided new information to invigorate the program here in Australia, and with the support of the TAC and the Australian Federation we look forward to this program growing to ensure the future of our Art and our organisation. The TAC and Committee see this program as an opportunity for personal growth and development. Australia was proudly represented by Mr Stephen LeHars (Region 4), who will hold the role of Australian Youth Leader for the coming 12 months.

The TAC has announced a National Camp to be held in Berry NSW in from 3 – 6 October 2019. This is a great opportunity to strengthen our connections, to forge new connections or to reconnect with old friends.

Please look at the 2019 dates for events held in your Do Jang, Region and across Australia and be part of sharing and growing our Art. Communicate and connect with others on all levels and make 2019 a wonderful MDK year.


Yours in the Moo Duk Kwan
Derek Koina
Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation

Welcome William Johns SBN

William Johns SBN with Kwan Jang NimWelcome to William Johns SBN (Yuk Dan, Dan Bon 20535), a member of the Australian Federation, who many of us met recently at SEALS 2018 in Melbourne.

Johns SBN is a man with a great vibrant sustained Moo Duk Kwan heritage and is a direct student of our Kwan Jang Nim. Fortuitous for us here in Australia, this qualified senior resource can be called upon regarding protocols, procedures, combinations and history. He now is opening a dojang in Albany Western Australia, a lovely part of the world.

By way of background, Johns SBN began training in 1973 in Alaska, USA and later opened a dojang, the Pyong Ahn Institute, in 1978, as a uni student at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. The Pyong Ahn Institute was very successful and grew to be larger than any other sport or athletic organisation on campus.

Wanting to get closer to the art, Johns SBN became Kwan Jang Nim’s student in 1978. Graduating university in 1980, he moved to Homestead, Florida and began teaching full-time; expanding during the 80’s to a peak of five dojangs and training more US Federation members than any other principal instructor in the USA at that time.

Over time he provided targeted specialised training to the Homestead Police Department SWAT team, multiple Police departments, the Department of Corrections and members of the US Customs Service and military personnel stationed at Homestead Air Force Base.

In 1987, Johns SBN tested for Ko Dan Ja and attended as a guest each year after. Hurricane Andrew hit Homestead and destroyed all his dojang, causing a move to New York in 1992 where teaching resumed. He represented the USA at the 50th Anniversary of the Moo Duk Kwan in Korea, with a demonstration of the Sip Sam Seh with Schermerhorn SBN. Johns SBN has coached and competed locally, nationally and internationally.

His practical experience will help provide us as juniors with access to ideas, skills and a sounding board for growth into the future.

In 2008, Johns SBN forwent his Chil Dan testing to stay in Sweden to provide hospice care to a dying friend. He took time to then assess his life direction and associations and moved to Australia in January of 2012. Discovering that Kwan Jang Nim was about to visit Australia for the 2018 SEALS, he grabbed the opportunity and reconnected to the art on many levels. This rekindled his relationships with Daymon Kenyon SBN and again with his instructor Kwan Jang Nim.

SEALS 2018 wrap-up

The Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation would like to thank the SEALS 2018 organising committee for their efforts. The SEALS organising Committee consisted of Region 5 members who demonstrated good leadership throughout SEALS and its organisation.

  • Michelle McMillan JKN – Chairperson
  • PJ Steyer SBN
  • Leonie Broman SBN
  • Master Derek Robertson
  • Victor Griss JKN
  • Chris McMillan KSN – Treasurer
  • Stephen McMillan KSN
  • David Thorpe JKN
  • Mathew May

The result has been a very successful and well run event that was a pleasure to attend. There were a few bumps along the way that were handled well by the Committee and a few lessons learnt from the experience.

Those members who attended had many fabulous training opportunities with instructors they would not normally train with and were provided opportunities for some downtime to socialise with each other and connect outside the dojang. We look forward to future events hosted in Region 5.

We would also like to thank the Australian TAC (Mark Koina Sa Bom Nim and Kim Wyles Sa Bom Nim) for their work in preparing the class schedule and the instruction provided. As always it was a pleasure to train with Kwan Jang Nim and Daymon Kenyon Sa Bom Nim, and we hope to see them back in Australia again soon.


Soo Bahk!

Derek Koina
Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation

SEALS 2018 – Melbourne, Australia

SEALS-promo-tiles-03The next South East Asia Leadership Seminar (SEALS) will be hosted in Melbourne, Australia from 11th – 14th October 2018.


SEALS is an official Moo Duk Kwan event which has a great tradition of bringing international Moo Duk Kwan members together, strengthening our connection and identity, developing the leader within us and experiencing our philosophy in action.


We extend an invitation to dojangs and members worldwide to train in Melbourne with the Grandmaster HC Hwang. We have many Ko Dan Ja members already registered, adding their instruction and experience to this wonderful event.


Held during Melbourne’s mild Spring, this event allows you the chance to connect or renew friendships with international practitioners from around the world and experience some of the unique cultural experiences Melbourne has to offer.


For information about the seminar, please visit the Victoria Region 5 Soo Bahk Do facebook page or contact us with enquiries at victoriaregion5@gmail.com.


Please forward this information on to your own students and other Moo Duk Kwan members worldwide.


We look forward to see you in Melbourne and training hard with you!


Yours in the Moo Duk Kwan

Region 5 SEALS Committee